podcast

  • Refresh: Conversation with Reena Friedman Watts

    Refresh: I know I needed a refresh this week and so I am delighted to share this conversation with Reena Friedman Watts: Entrepreneur, podcaster, mom of four kids, wife, coach, community grower, storytelling junkie. You’ll want to listen for the recurring chorus of fail better, keep doing your best, tell your story, your voice matters, shine on. Reena’s podcast is called Better Call Daddy, and, yes, it turns out that her daddy is her talisman, her go-to in the times she needs a boost, and her
    Jan 29, 2021
    (reading time: 1 min.)
  • Renewal: Loving the Unlovable — Conversation with Tamara Brown

    Renwal: Our theme for the week led me to a new podcast series: “Loving the Unlovable” First up, a conversation with my sister, Tamara Brown. Her MA in Human Development is what got me to call her but it was our relationship as sisters that helped us talk about the unlovable. What makes us lovable? Why is that such a cringey question? My sister and I dive in, staying on the edges of her professional background as a child development expert but really talking a lot about where we are as far as o
    Jan 22, 2021
    (reading time: 1 min.)
  • Perception: Conversation with Stan Smith

    Perception: It’s all in how you see — the angle, the lens, the depth. This week, we continue our conversation on family, immigration, vulnerability and beauty with Stan Smith, adjunct professor of social work at USC. You have to wait until the 37 minute mark to get there, but this is where we end up: “I think it's true.  Family is beautiful. Not Just the family that I think I deserve to have, or my kid deserves to have, or the family you deserve to have, or the one sitting across the pew from
    Jan 14, 2021
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Persistence: Conversation with Stan Smith

    Persist! It’s those little efforts we make that, over time, move mountains. Today I get to share the first part of a two part conversation with Stan Smith, social worker and adjunct professor of social work at USC (University of Southern California). So, awhile back, I asked Stan about children as possibly the most vulnerable members of our society. He responded with: “We are the vulnerable ones who are afraid of that vulnerability.” I start this episode off with that exchange, and we go from
    Jan 7, 2021
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Joy: Conversation with Anna Katarina of Rumour Mill

    Joy! This week, Anna Katarina and I speak about Rumour Mill [https://www.rumourmill.band/], the band she created with Aline Daigle — and why you (we) should all sing, support live music, and music, music, music. Sing! Singing helps us move from our reactive (fight, flight, freeze or fawn) “lizard-brains” and into our grounded, responsive, fully-alive, fully-human selves. Singing makes it possible to access a full range of emotions. We *know* this, but sometimes we need a reminder. Anna Katari
    Dec 17, 2020
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Peace: Conversation with Dr. Jennie Barron

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and Precious Conversations. This  week, a conversation with Dr. Jennie Barron, executive director of the Mir Center for Peace. Jennie spoke with me about her dissertation which is her research into urban orchards. Urban orchards is code, I found, for some awfully subversive ideas. Jennie unpacked these for me as one might a series of very cherished gifts — first, by challenging my understanding of ownership. Imbuing it with the sense that it’s something we’r
    Dec 11, 2020
    (reading time: 1 min.)
  • Hope: Conversation with Cam Brewer

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and Precious Conversations. This week, a conversation with Cam Brewer, lawyer, activist, author. I told Cam that we would be speaking about the commons. Ha. I planned to have this conversation and then put it out as a helpful adjunct to another couple conversations I am waiting to share with you about both our collective responsibility as a society and our how we can use that collective responsibility as an empowering force for good in the world. Well, as w
    Dec 4, 2020
    (reading time: 1 min.)
  • Integrity: Conversation with David Hall

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and Precious Conversations. This  week, I speak with David Hall, soon-to-be Registered Nurse specializing in Geriatrics. This week I had a chance to speak with my cousin, David Hall. Deciding to make a career chaing in midlife is one thing, becoming a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics is another. First, fingers crossed as I upped my sound editing game this week. Feedback welcome. I start the conversation (I feel) rather abruptly, throwing us into a
    Nov 28, 2020
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Integrity: An Introduction

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and Precious Conversations. This week, I am introducing the idea of integrity. Due to a series of unfortunate events, which honestly included a trasnformer blowing up or catching fire (or something like that ) this week’s episode does not have a guest.  But I think that’s exactly what needed to happen. Next week, we get a conversation with Cam Brewer, lawyer, activist, *accountant*, entrepreneur. This week, we get a short introduction to integrity. A short,
    Nov 19, 2020
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Movement: Conversation with Lisa Richardson

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and Precious Conversations. This  week, I speak with Lisa Richardson, writer. This week I had a chance to speak for the first time with Lisa Richardson, a writer based in Pemberton, British Columbia.  Lisa’s writing moves me. It would be wonderful if there were so much strategic planning around this project that I could honestly say that is why I asked her to talk about movement. Alas, no. Movement was our loose theme but perhaps more correctly, we spoke of
    Nov 12, 2020
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  • Creative Process: Conversation with Jackie Tahara

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and Precious Conversations. This week, I speak with Jackie Tahara, licensed surface pattern designer, illustrator, and artist. This week feels really special because wild and precious conversations is again a real conversation! When I met Jackie Tahara years ago, she was a lawyer. Fast forward many years and she makes her living through her art as a licensed surface pattern designer (notice the patterns in her image, above!) I really wanted to listen to her t
    Nov 5, 2020
    (reading time: 1 min.)
  • Magic & Faith: The power of the curse in our modern lives. The nocebo (and placebo) effect.

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and  Precious Conversations. This  week, I contemplate the power of the curse in our modern lives: The nocebo effect. This week, I have been contemplating the power of our words. There’s quite an industry dedicated to the idea that affirmations, positive thinking, and the like can make you rich, powerful, beautiful and healthy. Contrast that with the reality (which hit me this last week) that there is one emotion we all struggle mightily with that we use as a
    Oct 29, 2020
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Magic: Wild and Precious Meanderings

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and  Precious Conversations. This week, I introduce you to the FREE Science of Well Being class taught through Cousera by Dr. Laurie Santos at Yale. This week, I think Dr. Laurie Santos’ Yale course was on my mind as I contemplated Magic vs Science. I took her “Happiness Class” a few years ago when my family needed, frankly, a reminder of what happiness was. I think that is what was behind my thesis that emotional fitness ain’t Magic — It’s science. And kinda
    Oct 23, 2020
    (reading time: 2 min.)
  • Uncertainty: 12 Wild and Precious (and Proven & Fun) Ways to Tackle Uncertainty and Avoid Burnout.

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and  Precious Conversations. This week, you have an assignment: either go and listen to Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us episode interviewing Emily and Amelia Nagosky, or sign up for my free Self Care First Aid Kit Course. This week I spent a good amount of time editing again — I will admit that I had gotten lazy, but a wonderful piece of feedback gave me renewed resolve to spend the hours editing. Let me know your thoughts.... This week in the newsletter, I wrote
    Oct 15, 2020
    (reading time: 3 min.)
  • Not Happy: A Conversation Around Why Happiness is Not the Goal

    Welcome to another episode of Wild and  Precious Conversations. This week contemplating happiness, as in why we should not strive for it. I tell the story of Nick Brown, who called “bullshit” on a mathematical constant in positive psychology. This week I begin with the story of Nick Brown, a veteran IT guy who, after turning 50, changed into Human Resources and ended up smack dab in a Positive Psychology course in East London. He learned that we need a ratio of 2.9 positive emotions to every 1
    Oct 8, 2020
    (reading time: 2 min.)