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The Interdisciplinary Work of Lyss Warmland.

August 3 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
LISTEN HERE for the podcast version. 

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Hear my chat with the incredible Kim Doolittle!!

We chat about :
– Writing and performing music
– Her newest album “Into the Blue
– Being a long-term pillar of the music community for 40+ years
– Being a chick singer
– The housing crisis in Northumberland County

AND!!!! She played a song live on air!!!

Featured Tunes:

Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco
Abby Zotz
Al Kirby and Jim Yates.

 

 

WHAT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?

I’m Fine is the story of a family as they navigate the cycles of birth and death.

Four repressed siblings discuss the logistics of relocating their aging mother to a Long Term Care Facility while welcoming a new baby into the family – all while isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WHY I WROTE IT:

I’m Fine is relatable in various ways to most, whether that’s from the perspective of a new mother, a new grandparent bridging distance in hopes of connecting with his daughter and grandchild, the adult child whose parents require more care than they can give them, or the partner of a person who is moving into the next stage of life. There’s something here for everyone.

I was inspired by the disconnected form of connection that comes with communicating through technology and the way that creatively represented the disconnected form of connection many families default to during challenging times. I was also inspired by the way people have been resilient through the challenge that is the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the context of parent-child dynamics at all stages of life. I also feel inspired every day by feminized labour and care work.

HOW IT PLAYS WITH SENSE OF PLACE:

This play takes place entirely over Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, and WhatsApp, so it explores the way we strive to connect through technology when we can’t connect physically.

Sweet Coffee Club is an interdisciplinary creative collaborative between Lyss Warmland and Jeannette Breward. We create surrealist photos based on original poetry. It’s a project we’ve been working on for almost two years, over the course of both of us becoming mothers alongside one another, and are ready to finally push out into the world. Sweet Coffee is one of the first poems we worked from.

Our work aims to find connection, care, and empowerment through creative expression that centres our relationship with our Selves, our bodies, and a relationship with the earth.

Sweet Coffee Club is unapologetically feminist. This work is about the lived experience of the women we are. It’s political and personal all at once. It’s soft and mean and spiritual and firmly grounded. We are white, and queer, and cis, and anxious, and sore, and tired, and settled, and vulnerable, and honest… but we don’t want Sweet Coffee Club to be just about those perspectives.

You can join Sweet Coffee Club too. Show us, however it makes sense to you, how you, in your body, find connection, care, and empowerment through your relationship with the environment around you. Mention us and hashtag your posts and stories #sweetcoffeeclub 💓

To learn more about Sweet Coffee Club, please visit our Instagram and check out this article by Jenni Burke!

Twenty-six.
Karen, I see you
Your hair used to reach 3/4 of the way
To that space where your waist curves in
Where your lover used to hold you
But now you can’t stand to be touched 
by the end of the day

You cut your hair because your baby,
Captivated by its colour 
when it catches the light,
Grabs the front pieces that had just started to
Grow back
Postpartum hair loss 
Doesn’t include the loss from infants
Manually extracting hairs from their mothers but it’s never looked less like yours
And more like his

You cut your hair because 
Who has time to style it when 
It’s more important 
To chase after your newly mobile son
And you lost your curls when he
Lived in your body 
His first home
You thought he may have stolen them
The way he stole your childhood birthmark
But his hair is straighter than an arrow

Karen, I see you when you lose it
At the coffee shop barista because
She put cows milk in your almond milk order
Because your body can’t process cows milk
Since everything changed 
And it’s the first time you’d spoken to 
Another adult all day and
No one has listened to you in nine months
So that almond milk order was your attempt
To reach out for what you needed and
It went unheard 

Karen, 
That barista is someone’s baby
And she phoned her mother during her
Cigarette break from her shift 
To reach out to her verbally because
She hasn’t seen her in nine months 
Because she has to work to pay her rent and
Her mother has been sick for years and 
She just doesn’t know what 

the right thing 

to do 

is

Just like you don’t really know what he right thing

To do

Is

I see you, Karen, 
You feel unheard because you are
And so is she
And this isn’t new
This isn’t about milk
This isn’t about masks
This isn’t about care
This is about desperation. 

Check out my conversation with Morgaine (aka Sari) and Sophia!


We talk about:
– what brought them to spiritualism
– how they feel about the language of “witch”/”witchcraft”
– what their spiritual practices look like
– All about their upcoming courses
– How to create safer spaces in spiritual practice
– Effective grounding
– Connecting with divinity, the inner self, and the outer self

and more!

Featured Tunes:
Witchcraft by Elvis Presley
The Mirage by Bad Cop Bad Cop
Of Flesh and Blood by Jenn Fiorentino
Rainy Weather by Hailiah

Check out my conversation with Sarah Norris Andrews!

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We talk about:
– How Sarah came to Northumberland County
– Babywearing and getting outside locally
– Sarah’s experience parenting as a non-binary parent
– Gendered language
– the messages they learned about gender and what they want to teach their daughter
…and way more!

Check out my conversation with my Uncle Bob!



We talk about:
– How Bob got interested in air traffic control and aviation
– What his job was like and how he got there
– The shift in technology over his 35 year career
– What it was like working on 9/11
– How being detail-oriented and confident was important for air traffic control
– What it’s like working on a male-dominated industry and how it’s shifting
– Staying well and managing stress in a high stakes job
and more!

To learn more about air traffic control, visit https://www.navcanada.ca/

Check out my conversation with Sherry Heenan!



We talk about:
– What pelvic physiotherapy is and who can benefit
– How Sherry got interested in pelvic health
– Sex after birth
– How pelvic physiotherapy can benefit people of all genders
– C-sections and pelvic health
– incontinence
– What it means to empower women
– What “moving well” and “birthing well” mean
– What a first pelvic physiotherapy appointment is like
and more!

Sherry’s website.
Sherry’s Facebook.
Sherry’s Instagram.
Nurturing Health website.

Check out my conversation about Sweet Coffee Club with Jeannette Breward!

Sweet Coffee Club is an interdisciplinary creative collaborative between two friends. We create surrealist photos based on original poetry. It’s a project we’ve been working on for almost two years, over the course of both of us becoming mothers alongside one another, and are ready to finally push out into the world. Sweet Coffee is one of the first poems we worked from.

Our work aims to find connection, care, and empowerment through creative expression that centres our relationship with our Selves, our bodies, and a relationship with the earth.

Sweet Coffee Club is unapologetically feminist. This work is about the lived experience of the women we are. It’s political and personal all at once. It’s soft and mean and spiritual and firmly grounded. We are white, and queer, and cis, and anxious, and sore, and tired, and settled, and vulnerable, and honest… but we don’t want Sweet Coffee Club to be just about those perspectives.

You can join Sweet Coffee Club too. Show us, however it makes sense to you, how you, in your body, find connection, care, and empowerment through your relationship with the environment around you. Mention us and hashtag your posts and stories #sweetcoffeeclub 💓

Come visit the in-person exhibit at Happenstance Coffee Pub in downtown Port Hope in November and December!

Check out my conversation with Harmony Page!



We talk about:
– Harmony’s thoughts about the recent emotional labour and woman empowerment episodes
– An update since her last time on the show
– Why women are awesome
– Coping with feeling isolated
– relationships during the pandemic
– Hiking and outdoor gear
– Learning to love being outside in the winter
– How Harmony’s relationships with humans and the environment keep her well

Check out my conversation with Jenn Linton!



We talk about:
– How Jenn got interested interested in nutrition
– The process of becoming a nutritionist
– Who can benefit from working with nutritionist
– Why nutrition is an important part of health and wellness
– Some of the common misconceptions about nutrition
– Nutrition and women’s health (including nutrition during pregnancy and postpartum)
– Introducing babies to solid foods
– Some of Jenn’s favourite food blogs and resources
and more!

Check out Jenn’s website here
Instagram here
Nurturing Health’s website here