Happy Birthday

I woke up this morning and knew that it was a special day but I wasn’t sure why. It was one of those feelings that you just can’t place. Then I remembered. It would have been my Grandmother’s Birthday.

Then it really sunk in. It would have been her 100th birthday. Now, the vast majority of folks don’t make it to 100, and many wouldn’t want to. She had enough love in her heart for 200 years and for that I’m thankful. I’m thankful that she got to hear her Great-Grandchildren play in the back bedroom and I’m thankful that she lived long enough to see them walk on the sand at Baba’s Beach.

We’ll be back in the next couple of weeks with more podcasts and some video podcasts from some recent (and not so recent) travels.

Cheers Beach-Granny.

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #20 – The Journey

I grew up in a house that was filled with music. Despite the budget considerations of raising four children on a printer’s salary, there was never a problem finding money for a piano, a saxophone, and a clarinet for us to play or for the long years of tormenting teachers with our efforts to learn how to play them.  We still don’t know how they managed to do this and feed us too. Music, love and wiener soup – could these be the ingredients of the glue that held our family together?

As a present to Dad for Father’s Day 2007,  my brother, sisters and I have purchased a brick in memory of  Nicholas Blaseckie at the Forest Workers Memorial Park in Cowichan Lake BC.

For information about the Memorial Park, visit the Cowichan Lake website at http://www.cowichanlake.ca/bus/forestcoop/fworkpark.html

Music in this episode was recorded live at the Greater Victoria Strings Orchestra  “Bach to the Beach” performance on June 7, 2007 at Willows Beach, Victoria BC.

An Irish Party In Third Class – Gaelic Storm

Entrance Of The Queen Of Sheba – Handel

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #19 – Wrestle A Bear

For more information about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) please visit www.jdrf.ca

To pledge our daughter in the 2007 Walk to Cure Diabetes, please click here.

If you’re going to be in Kingston, Ontario for the Podcasters Across Boarders, please let us know…We’d love to meet you.

Music this week for the Podsafe Music Network:

Moonlight Piano Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2, mvt. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by Ajero, Mario

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #18 – Life with MacGyver

A few years ago while sitting in a coffee shop in Victoria’s laid back equivalent of the Upper East Side, Gordon Head, I overheard two young moms, upwardly mobile, impeccably dressed, comparing pictures from a child’s birthday party.

Every second comment, be it on the cake, the way the yard was decorated or what everyone was wearing was, “That’s just sooo Martha”. It took me a minute to clue into the fact they weren’t referring to the hostess of the party but The Martha…Stewart.  How the mighty have fallen. The coffee shop is closed too.

Thanks for visiting Baba’s Beach today. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear them.

If you’re going to be in Kingston, Ontario for the Podcasters Across Borders, please let us know…we’d love to meet you.

Please visit us at www.babasbeach.ca and send comments to babasbeach@gmail.com

Music from the Podsafe Music Network this week:

Family by Rob Costlow

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #17 – Ad Hominem

No, not those horse people from Gulliver’s Travels or words that sound the same but smell different. It’s trying to win an argument by pointing out your opponent is wearing white after Labour Day. A good debate is a wonderful thing – like a tango with words – and dips should be one of the dance steps, not the participants.

Lee Maddeford – The Soft Hate Song

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #16 – Boomers

But Granny, you don’t have glaucoma.

I remember a Mad Magazine comic about how each generation rebels by
turning into the opposite of it’s parents. Hippie parents were shaking
their ‘fros and rattling love beads in worry over finding a three piece
suit concealed in their son’s closet.


If only the truth were that simple – it’s not the differences between generations that causes problems, it’s that we are actually too much alike.

Thanks for visiting Baba’s Beach today. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear them.

Please visit us at www.babasbeach.ca and send comments to babasbeach@gmail.com

Music from the Podsafe Music Network this week:

Not Alone by Rob Costlow

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Not Dead, Just Resting. No, really.

Season Two on the Beach will start up
in the next few weeks. We took a small break to scour the globe in
search of rest, relaxation, cheap wine and inspiration. Refreshed,
invigorated and having finished the last bottle of Orvieto Classico
from a small family vineyard up in the Umbrian hills we promise to
clean up our act and get back to this podcasting thing.

Well, I've stopped traveling, anyway.
It seems my husband has this work thing that requires extended
periods of time in planes, ships and hotel resorts. Yeah, rough.
Kinda like the time our children were 17 months and 1 month old,
he came back from a 3 week buoy deploying trip and complained the
government budget cuts meant there'd been only two choices of dinner
entree on the ship. I gave him the choice of macaroni or the couch.

Time to get down to being creative and
maybe brush up on my english grammer: where's that bit about
run-on sentences?

Thanks for hanging in there, keeping us
on your podcatcher, staying calm, waiting for the signs and being
brave. Or something like that. We'll all be back on the beach soon.

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Baba’s Beach #15 – A Tough One

When life hands you lemons…
fill in the blank with a greeting card one liner. One of my daughter’s favorite cartoon character says,
“When life hands you lemons, dance:
dance like there’s a muskrat in your pants.”
Actually, life doesn’t hand you anything but sometimes someone is there to hold your hand when it really counts.

Thanks for visiting Baba’s Beach today. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear them.

Please visit us at www.babasbeach.ca and send comments to babasbeach@gmail.com

Music from the Podsafe Music Network this week:

Rob Costlow – Goodbyes

AssertiveSound – Moments of joy

Bettye LaVette – Down To Zero

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #14 – New Undies

“Never Underestimate the Importance of Clean Underwear.

Some people find inspiration at the bottom of a bottle. Some find it on a mountain top. And every so often some find where they’d least expect it.

Many thanks to my back-up singer, Bob, a cockatiel who sings his own tune whenever the spirit moves him.”

Thanks for visiting Baba’s Beach today. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear them.

Please visit us at www.babasbeach.ca and send comments to babasbeach@gmail.com

Music from the Podsafe Music Network this week:

Woods of Chaos by Rob Costlow

Thoth by Chub Creek Music. Thanks Dave and Gary! Be sure to visit them at www.chubcreek.com

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Baba’s Beach Podcast #13 – Well, I Do Declare…

We’re all a bit like Blanche DuBois, forced to rely upon the kindness of strangers. Maybe there was a little magic left in the Mickey ears or maybe, after so many times across the border the statistics were on my side. I’d like to think that if you treat people like people, more often than not, you won’t get strip searched for using creative math skills.

Thanks for visiting Baba’s Beach today. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear them.

Please visit us at www.babasbeach.ca and send comments to babasbeach@gmail.com

Music from the Podsafe Music Network this week:

Hide and Seek – Julia Nonet’s – Woodwind – String Orchestra by Marty Buttwinick

Struck Down by Jacques Grant Rewired

Orchestral by maestross

 

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