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Perennials Book Club, Chapter 5: Anne of Green Gables

Perennials Book Club, Chapter 5: Anne of Green Gables

March 31, 2020

Chapter 5 of Anne of Green Gables finds Marilla and Anne heading by buggy to Mrs. Spencer's, where Marilla hopes to settle the mix-up and find a way to send Anne back to Nova Scotia. Along the way, Anne shares her history up until that point, and let me tell you...I just wanted to hop into that buggy and turn it right back around to bring Anne back to Green Gables.

Chapter reading: 0:14 - 10:35

Reflections on the chapter: 10:37 - 13:31

For information about the virtual Perennials Book Club meeting on Wednesday, April 1, click here

Perennials Book Club, Chapter 4: Anne of Green Gables

Perennials Book Club, Chapter 4: Anne of Green Gables

March 29, 2020

In Chapter 4 of Anne of Green Gables, Anne wakes up to a beautiful morning and leaves the depths of despair. But she's still sad at the prospect of leaving Green Gables, and chooses to stay inside rather than go out and explore, because she doesn't want to fall in love with the place and find it that much harder to leave.

Chapter reading: 0:13 - 11:44

Reflections on the chapter: 11:47 - 17:19

To join the free, live virtual book club meeting on April 1, from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST, sign up for the Perennials Book Club mailing list to have information sent to you.

Perennials Book Club, Chapter 3: Anne of Green Gables

Perennials Book Club, Chapter 3: Anne of Green Gables

March 28, 2020

In Chapter 3 of Anne of Green Gables, Marilla is surprised, Matthew is quietly distressed, and Anne is deeply (and loudly) disappointed when she finds out that she was right: this was all too good to be true. 

Chapter reading: 0:14 - 11:21

Reflections on the chapter: 11:24 - 15:37

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Episode 42: Holding Space with Zoe Gillis

Episode 42: Holding Space with Zoe Gillis

March 27, 2020

I'm so grateful for this conversation with Zoe Gillis, a licensed marriage and family therapist who in today's episode is helping us to get as grounded as we can and try to stay present during a time of great global anxiety.

There's a lot of uncertainty right now, and a lot that we can't control. Zoe reminds us to focus on what we can control; to meet our own feelings and suffering so that we can work with it and use what we learn to meet the suffering of others; and to look for the good where we can.

Zoe also talks about accessing the healing power of nature, acknowledging that looks very different for people depending on their circumstances.

I mention in the intro that we had technical difficulties with our call dropping a lot (hello uncertainty and lack of control!), but don't worry--I edited the episode so you won't be able to tell!

To find out more about today's episode, and to learn about Zoe, her immersive wilderness retreats, and her upcoming virtual events, visit the Shownotes page and follow Zoe on Instagram @zoegillismft

Perennials Book Club: Chapter Two, Anne of Green Gables

Perennials Book Club: Chapter Two, Anne of Green Gables

March 26, 2020

Join me in reading Chapter Two of Anne of Green Gables today, to find out what happens when shy, woman-fearing Matthew Cuthbert arrives at the Bright River train station to pick up an orphan boy, and instead finds a strange little red-haired, fast-talking, eternally optimistic girl named Anne.

Chapter reading: 0:15 - 24:38

Reflections on the chapter: 24:44 - 30:02

To join the free, live virtual book club meeting on April 1, from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST, sign up for the Perennials Book Club mailing list to have information sent to you.

I'd love to hear whether you're more of a listener like Matthew, or a talker like Anne; whether you ever anthropomorphized objects as a child like Anne does (I know I did!); and of course, the eternal question: "'Which would you rather be if you had the choice—divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?'”

Perennials Book Club: Chapter One, Anne of Green Gables

Perennials Book Club: Chapter One, Anne of Green Gables

March 25, 2020

During this difficult and strange time of social distancing amidst a pandemic, I wanted to offer some extra comfort and connection. So I decided to start a Perennials Podcast Book Club! Thanks to all who voted on Instagram and via e-mail for our first Book Club pick: Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. 

In addition to my typical conversation episodes, I’ll be sharing regular mini-episodes in which I’ll read a chapter of the book and then end with some thoughts on the chapter. 

I’m also inviting you to join me for virtual weekly Book Club meetings to talk about the book. Anyone is welcome--feel free to invite a friend and pop in whenever you want, for however long you want.

I will post detailed information about joining the meeting on the Book Club page soon. You can sign up for a Book Club email list here to get updates on episodes and meetings, and access Anne of Green Gables free online if you want to read along with the text.

My reading of Chapter 1 runs from 3:12 - 18:07, and my thoughts about the chapter/topics for Book Club discussion runs from 18:09 - the end of the episode at 23:30 

Episode 41: Enjoying the Climb with Gillian Herbert

Episode 41: Enjoying the Climb with Gillian Herbert

March 6, 2020

Today, I'm talking to Gillian Herbert, an avid hiker, rock climber and fourth year veterinary student. Gillian hiked the Appalachian Trail after high school graduation, which led her to reassess her plans for college and inspired her to study biology. As an undergrad, she got involved with the outdoors club and started rock climbing. 

Gillian and I talk about how the AT helped her gain more confidence in herself and widen her ideas about what she's capable of. We also discussed how rock climbing helps her to get out of her head and work with fear in a new way.

To learn more about topics covered and references made in this episode, visit the Shownotes page.

Episode 40: Stories that Change Us with Lily Percy

Episode 40: Stories that Change Us with Lily Percy

February 28, 2020

In episode 40, one of my dreams comes true--I get to have a conversation with a producer for the podcast that made me fall in love with podcasts, On Being with Krista Tippett. Lily Percy is one of the founding members who brought On Being to independence in 2013; she's also the host of the delightful podcast This Movie Changed Me, and formerly worked for StoryCorps and NPR's All Things Considered. 

In today's episode, Lily and I talk about what she's learned from her years of loving movies and listening in on conversations with incredible people reflecting on what it means to be human.

We talk about some of the movies Lily loves, how romantic movies always end at the beginning, and our sensitivity when it comes to watching films that are violent or disturbing. We also talk about the wisdom Lily has gleaned from both younger and older generations, from unfixed ideas about identity, to realizing some of the wisest people also face deep struggles throughout their lives.

To learn more about today's episode, visit the Shownotes page.

Episode 39: True Love with Sarah Koestner

Episode 39: True Love with Sarah Koestner

February 14, 2020

Some of the most common myths about love that we hear over and over again can create real anxiety and distress for people who begin to believe that there's something wrong with them, their partner, or their relationship when their experience doesn't match those myths. Today's episode is about unpacking some of our false beliefs and confronting the reality that love, like everything else in life, includes an element of uncertainty--and that it's way more expansive than perhaps we've been led to believe.

Join me and coach Sarah Koestner as we consider questions like "If I experience doubt in my relationship, does that mean something is wrong?" "How do I know if I love my partner enough?" and "Can you love someone else before you've learned to love yourself?" 

Visit the Shownotes page to learn more about Sarah and the episode.

Episode 38: Spiritual Direction for Christmas with Karen Florance

Episode 38: Spiritual Direction for Christmas with Karen Florance

December 16, 2019

As we in the Northern Hemisphere contend with shorter, darker days and the coming of winter, as well as the busy end-of-year and holiday season, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. With just about a week left until Christmas, I'm talking to Spiritual Director Karen Florance about the season of advent and how we can take time to slow down, check in with ourselves and cultivate greater gentleness, compassion and acceptance during this time of darkness and light.

For those like me who struggle with religion and God, who aren't sure what we believe but who are drawn to spiritual people like Karen, I hope this episode encourages you to have patience with yourself, to accept yourself wherever you are, to embrace your own goodness and look for the good in others.

You can learn more about topics covered and references made in this episode on the Shownotes page.