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The Interdisciplinary Work of Lyss England

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.

 

 

I was laying in the grass
and I saw one single bird
fly across my line of sight
wings outstretched
sunlight glaring off it’s feathers
which were black
like my hair
spread around me like a halo
weaving through blades of grass
while the bird weaved
through the tree line
shrieking at the barn cat
things were simple.

Once,
I felt part
of something
but
I didn’t feel
part of myself
just part of
outside of me
body lost below me
untouchable
except to anyone else
no room
left for me.

So I’ll just be grateful for birds (for now)
ones with wings that blend
into the night sky
of the new moon
ones that exist
simultaneously with the clouds
the trees even
the lake
when they need/want it,

something like
the opposite of dissociating
something like
the opposite of this
jaw-clenching reality
this existence I’ve tried
to  opt out of
until now.

Check out my conversation with Shelley Simester!

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We talk about:

  • How she became a professional actor
  • What she’s worked on in the past, what she’s working on now, what she’s doing next
  • Shelley’s advice for young people who are interested in becoming professional actors
  • How Shelley’s work keeps her well

and more!

Featured Music by:
The Slivers
Kate Suhr
Clan Hannigan & friends
The Weber Brothers

Check out my conversation with Kristie Salter!

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We talk about:

  • the path to becoming an RMT
  • the connection between mental and physical health
  • living as a working professional with ADHD
  • getting diagnosed with ADHD
  • various ways Kristie treats her ADHD
  • the transition to using cannabis as medicine
  • resilience and life after big traumatic events
  • how Kristie’s work keeps her well

and more!

 

Featured Tunes:
Picture of Health by Muncie Girls
It’s Gonna Rain All Day by Dan Adriano in the Emergency Room
Gold Guns Girls by Metric
You Were Right by Cuff the Duke

Check out my conversation with David Sheffield!

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We talk about:

“Explore Asset-Based Community Development, a tool for connecting and resourcing those who desire to build healthy and vibrant communities. With 20 years of experience in community development, guest presenter, Jonathan Massimi, Community Centres Supervisor for the City of Kitchener, believes if properly guided people can become architects of their own future.

This free, participatory workshop is presented with the financial support of Northumberland United Way. Thanks to the congregation of Grace Church for sharing their space for this Community 101 presentation.”

  • How David stays well in his line of work
  • How David balances his growing family of adult children and grandkids with his community work

and more!

 

Featured Tunes:

Crush Me by The Muffs
Ordinary Day by Great Big Sea
NDN Kars by A Tribe Called Red
Pimmel by The Muffs

 

My grief has looked a lot like
taking the long way home,
ugly sing-screaming to a band all
my friends hate

“I don’t care about anything as much as I used to”

the words another grad school reject
wrote feeling like the ones
I wish i’d written
instead of words with no consistent pattern
no structure
no plan.

But I guess when it comes to grief,
I’ve learned that no plan I make
no work I do
is going to change the simple fact that
I lost them
I might lose this one-
but maybe I won’t.

So when I ugly sing along with
someone who doesn’t know I exist
about beings I’ve lost who never existed
I feel the spark carried by my voice
her words
my meaning
I let it light the candle that
holds some space for hope.

(quote from “Overbite” by Sincere Engineer.)

Check out my interview with Maureen Pollard!

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Maureen has worked in the field of social work since 1991. In private practice since 2011, Maureen is a specialist in traumatic bereavement, helping individuals, families and groups navigate life after losses, including pregnancy and infant loss, child death, suicide loss, homicide loss and sudden or accidental death. Maureen is a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, and she is trained in RTS Bereavement Care (Resolve Through Sharing). In June 2019, she published The Twentieth Year: A Memoir of Miscarriage, a book that tells the story of her journey through multiple miscarriages to parenthood, and how her personal grief experiences influences her work.

 

Social work website: maureenpollardmsw.com 

Author website: maureenmwrites.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MaureenPollardMSW/

Twitter and Instagram handle: @rhythmsinlife 

We talk about:

  • What inspired her to get into social work and specialize in the things she does
  • What kind of training she draws from in her professional practice
  • Her book, “The Twentieth Year: Memoirs of Miscarriage”
  • The process of writing and publishing her book
  • Being public about recurrent miscarriage and early pregnancy
  • Pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage
  • Grief and peoples’ reactions to it
  • How to maintain professional boundaries as someone working with people who have also experienced recurrent pregnancy loss (and other types of traumatic loss)
  • What Maureen wants people to know about recurrent pregnancy loss
  • What Maureen wants youth and parents of youth to know about mental health and suicide
  • How Maureen’s work has contributed to her being well

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Featured Music by:

Sincere Engineer
David Newland
Ellen Torrie
Cale Crowe

 

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE!

 

Check out my conversation with Adilson Jacobs!
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We talk about WWOOFING at Fifth Wind Farm, picking up guitar and developing songwriting and recording skills during his travels, and all the unreal experiences that have got him where he is.

I’m also proud to announce that we’ll be playing a recording of one of Adilson’s original songs for the very first time!

Don’t miss it, this guy has quite the story.

Featured Tunes:

wish you were gay by Billie Eilish
Lip Service by Natalie Sweet
Hope by Adilson
Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode