Ep 0154 – Friends Who Care and All We’ve Shared

Tiger the orange tabby cat is fast asleep hugging Laurie's leg
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I express myself this week through the love of Tiger. He loves to sit on my lap every morning and also every time I sit down to edit the show. He is the show’s unofficial editorial supervisor.

Podcast Recap

A story from my past makes me ponder compassion. Mary S. asks me a deep question for After Thoughts. Dawny gives Mark some props and has a great idea for focusing on the new year. BC Dave and his wife, BC Kathleen are on the Bravery Sports Report for ignoring their fears and playing Disc Golf in a tournament. Supportive comments from BC Suz and BC Dave. BC Josephine lands on the Bravery Report for lending her voice to our new feature, Inspirational Quotes. My friend, voice actor Hayley Mix also shares a quote and the powerful story behind it.

Train tracks under the oak trees

I enjoy following the miniature train tracks through the forest in Descanso Gardens on my way to my usual podcast spot.


Laurie smiling in profile with curly long hair free from her ponytail

I let my hair down at Descanso Gardens

Mentioned

The Last Show and comments

Day 120 – the Finale Show where you can hear Dave and the Robot Aliens

The Holiday Show

Daily Adventure Tales – my first podcast

Read our Inspirational Quotes from today – and Find an Available Quote to send

Alen Standish’s Podcast, Inner Effort

Our newest BC, Sarah from NY’s blog, Mindfully Sarah

Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Dawny
After Thoughts Commentator: Mary S.
BC Bravery Sports Report Announcer: Mark Weaver
BC Bravery Sports Reporter: BC Dave G.
Quote by Harper Lee Voiced by: BC Josephine
Quote by Rocky Balboa Voiced by: Hayley Mix

Sounds Used in BC Bravery Sports Report

    Sports music
    http://www.freesound.org/people/club%20sound/sounds/107330/

    Fanfare
    http://www.freesound.org/people/jobro/sounds/156516/

    Sports crowd
    http://www.freesound.org/people/kellieskitchen/sounds/209991/

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
    http://www.freesound.org/people/xtrsounder/sounds/202498/
  • Applause
    http://www.freesound.org/people/bulbastre/sounds/132154/

Circle by Hartley used with permission by agreement with SHUTTERSTOCK MUSIC CANADA ULC

Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

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Ep 0153 – Express Yourself

Boat houses behind boats at dock on a stormy day. Seagull on pilings in the foreground
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I expressed myself by painting from a young age. This painting was my first foray into using a palette knife with acrylic paint. I was inspired by my family’s many boat trips around the sound. I think I was about 10. This is the one painting of mine, I retrieved from Mom’s collection.

Podcast Recap

Time to change for the new year. New music, a new attitude and a new feature, called After Thoughts. Thanks to all of the BCs and Mark for participating in the holiday 2017 show. Our newest BC is Sarah from New York. Her blog, Mindfully Sarah is featured. Enjoy our new song, Circle by Hartley in its entirety.

Laurie smiling under a wintery tree

Can’t give up selfies entirely in my diary. But I want to mix up my expression as we go.


Close up of Tiger the orange cat in front of a computer screen showing waveforms.

Tiger doesn’t seem crazy about this edition – though he TOTALLY loved editing while on my pajamaed lap.

Mentioned

The holiday show

Our newest BC, Sarah from NY’s blog, Mindfully Sarah

Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Laurie Weaver

Circle by Hartley used with permission by agreement with SHUTTERSTOCK MUSIC CANADA ULC

Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

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Ep 0152 – Holiday Show 2017

Mark kisses Laurie at Disneyland
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We enjoy some Disney mistletoe at Christmas.

Podcast Recap

Holiday greetings from BCs old and new, including Cheryl, Dawny, Voice Actor Ginny Hayes, Mary S., Fionna and her son Alden, and most of my voice acting friend, Eddie L. Fauria’s, talented family. A special excerpt of ‘A Christmas Carol’ recorded by a group of my voice acting friends at our holiday party at soundBox:LA, the professional studio where we work out. Dawny shares some new holiday Foolish fun, Mark and I talk about our unexpected Christmas at Disneyland and our resident Singer-songwriter, Fionna Lane, leads us into our new year with a beautiful new rendition of Auld Lane Syne.

Mark looking up before a giant present

Mark is amazed by the holiday cheer within It’s a Small World


Families hurry to catch the parade at Disneyland

Families hurry to catch the parade at Disneyland


Glowing castle at Disneyland behind the crowd at night

We enjoy Sleeping Beauty’s Castle on Christmas Eve night

Mentioned

Cheryl’s Bog, Impromptu Promptlings

A Christmas Carol featuring The Gardner Street Voice Acting Workout Group at soundBox:LA

soundBox:LA – great studio in Hollywood for all of your audio recording needs

The Journal Mary S. Made me

More about Auld Lang Syne

Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Santa: Mark Weaver
Christmas Greetings: Cheryl (AKA Calensariel, our very first BC)
Christmas Greetings: Dawny, fellow Washingtonian and Supportive Foolish Funner
Christmas Greetings: Ginny Hayes, Voice Actor and BC
Christmas Greetings: Mary S. BC and Talented Journal Maker
Christmas Greetings: Fionna and Alden, Mother and Son Singing Duo
Christmas Greetings: The Fabulous Fauria Family, Eddie L. Fauria – aka Dad, Lil Eddie Fauria – age 10, Christopher Fauria – age 6, Nikole ‘Niki’ Fauria – age 3.
Foolish Fun Announcer: Mark Weaver
Foolish Funner: Dawny
Auld Lang Syne Singers: Fionna and Alden Lane
Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit from the Gardner Street ‘A Christmas Carol’ Excerpt*: Eddie L. Fauria and Laurie Weaver
Cratchit Critique: Mark ‘Last Dance’ Weaver
*Used with permission from Tim Friedlander and soundBox:LA

Sounds used in Laurie’s Foolish Fun Intro

Slide Whistle sounds
http://www.freesound.org/people/plingativator/sounds/188873/
Background Tune/Beat
http://www.freesound.org/people/siakitty/sounds/38478/
Girl’s Laughter
http://www.freesound.org/people/choplin/sounds/109759/
Phone Ring
http://www.freesound.org/people/winsx87/sounds/152028/

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
    http://www.freesound.org/people/xtrsounder/sounds/202498/
  • Applause
    http://www.freesound.org/people/bulbastre/sounds/132154/

Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

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Be Careful What You Wish For – Doh!

Laurie and Mark in bike helmets surrounded by sunlight
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We’re filled with the holiday glow as we get down to the LA River bike path for a quick 15 miles.

First the Good News

  • Tiger the Cat’s blood work came back and he’s in good shape. So his health crisis seems to be on the back burner for now. Phew!
  • Despite my plantar fasciitis Mark and I are back on track with our bike training for my birthday 50-mile race in March.
  • I drove the new truck down to the local park to record the last show and felt happy driving it.

Now the other

In my last show, I read a blog post where I shared my anxiety about having a perfect new truck, and even mentioned in a comment to BC Dave that,

What’s weird, at the same time I hope Mark will get a ding on it, so I can relax.

Well guess what? Right after I drove new beauty home safe and sound, Mark took it out to drive to the hardware store to buy a tool for a project “I asked him to do“, and he got REAR FREAKING ENDED by a distracted driver.

Holy Son of a GUN!

We don’t even have the license plates for this truck yet and it is dinged a plenty.

Oh man, my compulsive, critical mind went into overdrive telling me that this accident was my fault. My responsibility, that I “Wished it” into existence. That “I asked Mark to do the project”. Yada Yada Yada.

That if ONLY I’d kept a constant, vigilant, positive attitude, this accident would NOT HAVE HAPPENED!

Ok BCs, I know in my rational mind, that stuff just happens. That this was an accident, and my wishes and anxiety had nothing to do with this lady’s distraction nor her lack of leaving proper space between vehicles.

Mark was driving safely and he got hit.

He is feeling well so far, so that is a blessing. The truck still runs, so that is a blessing. The distracted driver is actually insured, so that is a blessing.

But this whole incident points out to me how insidious my inner sense of control and responsibility can be. No wonder I’m exhausted but can’t sleep. If my compulsive, perfectionist mind had it’s way, I would be living in a padded house with no corners and the cats would NEVER be out of my vision and I would never dare eat food I didn’t grow and cook my own darn self.

How did this crazy feeling of control develop?

All I know is that it is tied to false safety. Like if I worry enough, I’m keeping everyone safe. Like there is a cosmic bank that adds up my efforts and spits out safety and success. And if either of these are lacking, than it is my fault. I obviously have not controlled events or put enough angst out there to protect us.

Now this is counter to all that’s out there today about maintaining peaceful, positive minds and manifesting good for yourself, your family and the world. This is a nice, positive thought that DRIVES ME CRAZY! Why? Because when crap manifests, obviously, I am not positive enough!

BCs, I am so sorry that Mark’s truck got hit.

But after reading these thoughts, I’m glad it’s shone a light into another nook of my compulsive attitude that needs to be let go of. What you focus on might influence your own behavior, but magic thinking for good or evil, is just another form of Robot Alien.

Positive thinking helps your blood pressure, your attitude, and keeps you smiling. And smiling influences others around you to be positive with you. But it does not keep your truck safe on the road. Defensive driving skills helps there, but even that is no guarantee if a driver is distracted.

So many things outside of our control. So many things we can do to help ourselves lead happier, more meaningful lives. Like the famous prayer in 12 step programs, give me the wisdom to know the difference.

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Ep 0151 – Shine Brightly

Laurie with wavy brown hair down to her shoulders sitting under a tree
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Here my hair’s pretty natural – if you don’t count the dye job!

Podcast Recap

I’m back down to the podcast rock as it’s confirmed, I have a pretty crumby case of Plantar Fasciitis which means no hiking for now. But today’s show will be all about finding the bright side. I let go of success and embrace experience. We greet our newest BC, Patty O., who posted on Daily Adventure Tales. Thanks Amazon shoppers and BC Mary S. for the virtual coffee. I read a blog post inspired by Dawny’s comment then I’ll BRAVELY share the tough love BC Dave gave me after. Comments by Josephine and BC Jo from the UK. Get your holiday greetings in by midnight of Dec. 18, 2017 to be included in this year’s holiday show.
blue skies peek through branches

The view from the podcast rock in the dead of winter.

New BCs

Mentioned

Last show

My blog post about the new truck, my hair and feeling unsure about writing a book.

BC Dave’s tough love comments

How to send audio – Send in your holiday greetings by midnight, PST Dec. 18, 2017 to be part of our traditional holiday fun!

Daily Adventure Tales Recommended Episodes

Our Holiday Show

The Farmers Market (Cheryl’s Favorite)

All about beer (Mark’s 2nd favorite)

Pirate Mark (Mark’s Favorite)

Feeding the Ostrich (My Favorite)

Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

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