We Are Story

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My father passed eight years ago. His last request was that I tell the stories. I made that promise without fully understanding the definition of stories. What stories? Over the years, I have come to recognize that he was speaking about a wider narrative, one that integrates the past with our current reality. A story that could be sent off to the future as a recollection of what was, mingled with a call to action to continue.

And that is the background of how the Podcast, Tea Toast & Trivia came about.

Tea, Toast & Trivia is about exploring the creative spirit within a dynamic, ever-changing global world. The pursuit of creativity is essential. It speaks to the soul of our culture and society. It allows us to celebrate our individuality and our togetherness. We live in a world that offers unimaginable possibilities.

My goal is to encourage a deep and profound awareness of our personal journeys. There is always a story to be read, an adventure to be imagined, and an idea to be understood. Our conversations and connections give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity.

Sharing a cup of tea signals a pause, a breathing space.

Toast signifies bread – the staple food that has been with us since ancient days.

And trivia – those seemingly insignificant details that we soon forget – they are important. They influence our actions and define our lives. Isn’t it time to give relevance to what we overlook in our busy, even frantic schedules?

So put the kettle on and join me for Tea, Toast and Trivia.

All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…” Richard Wagamese

32 thoughts on “We Are Story

  1. Intrigued by the title explanation – and the challenge set down to u by your father, I myself am exploring my creativity having decided that I have completed the move from my old career to the new, and that I can crack the technical skills of my trade – my new focus is developing the creative and artistic elements – so some stretch and following one influences and gut.

    We seem to be on similar paths….

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    • Absolutely, we are on similar paths. I can tell by viewing your photography. I am delighted, and very excited that you are exploring your creativity. There comes a time when you know that it is time to transition. The unknown is a tempting place to go. Being risk averse, I needed a little push in that direction. Have you ever read the poetry of Mary Oliver? I came across this thought and have kept it close at hand to remind me to step out and participate. “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Mary Oliver. We will be coming over your way next year. Will keep in touch.

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  2. The reasoning that inspired the Tea Toast & Trivia Podcasts is a indeed praiseworthy and by extension is like a breath of fresh air in this high speed world of preoccupations, for the most part worthy of quickly forgetting. Thus so in comparison to Rebecca’s wonderful “Walking in Autumn” The beauty of it always a bit too soon to be buried neath Jack Frost’s Winter white.
    Thank you, Rebecca , for sharing the beauty of nature’s ongoing reinvention.
    In the meantime, if I may, my meagre contribution to nature’s followup…!
    “ Winters ”
    – white toll –

    Spilling from the sky,
    Snowflakes falling
    On a dying autumn,
    Means hide traces
    Renders fall faceless
    In snow blanket pall,
    Hiding dead places
    Of falls grey sprawl,
    This season suffers
    With architect’s cold,
    Be Jack Frost’s hold
    Of long enduring nights,
    Thru winter’s white toll!

    © Jean-Jacques Fournier

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    • I have been working on a podcast on solitude – I love the “solitude” poems that you sent me and have been working on the recitation. I have been researching the idea of “loneliness” in a time, as you said so eloquently – “this high speed world of preoccupations”. Your thoughts on solitude remind me that we must transition from loneliness to solitude. The question is “how?” I believe that poetry is a way in which to explore this relationship. “Spilling from the sky, Snowflakes fall On a dying autumn” speaks of transition, of movement, of changing seasons. Recognizing that we are safe, that we are loved begins with an internal conversation. Poetry allows our minds to embrace and embed new thoughts, a fresh start. Thank you so much for sharing your words. And yes, winter is coming…. I have books, tea and a warm scarf – I’m ready!!!

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      • Thank you for your kind words… Ever so pleased about your appreciation of the “solitude” poems, as well as the work on “loneliness” if they be an inspiration and or of use for your wonderful podcasts.
        You know dear friend, you can call on me anytime, for whatever I or my poetry, and or other writings may be of help to you…

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  3. It really is one long story of spirit. Those of us fortunate to live in temperate zones experience firsthand the cycle of seasons in which we first sense our eternity. Sharing stories is sometimes difficult for those who come from broken homes, experience physical and mental suffering, survived wars, etc. But when someone shares their blessings or stories of how they endured, it changes lives. As you say, we see countless possibilities. That’s why I always thank others for sharing their blessings, because nobody can say how those in turn will bless others. Thank you for the many ways you find and share joy! Hugs!!

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    • I agree wholeheartedly – sharing stories is very difficult for those who have travelled ways that few have passed, or felt the physical or mental suffering that comes with experiences that wound the soul. Kindness and compassion must be our companions along our journey as we forge communities that invigorate the spirit. We live in complex times. A softly spoken has the power bring about healing. I love the quote by Richard Wagamese and have enjoyed his books which has brought sunshine to dark places. Life my father, he has moved on to his next journey. I thought you would appreciate his obituary (I still cry when I read it) ! https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/ojibway-author-richard-wagamese-found-salvation-in-stories/article34422836/

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    • I have always been afraid of weights but now they have 1 pound weights and I have moved into 3 pounds weights, which I will be staying with going forward. It is so easy to move too quickly. I forget my age and think that I can do the things that I could do at 30. That ship has sailed! The spirit is strong, but alas the flesh is weak. Thanks for your comments – very very much appreciated.

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  4. I feel like you and I just went for a walk in those gorgeous fall woods! I love your concept and your stories Rebecca. They tell the tale of a beautiful life. Be well my friend.

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    • You have added much joy to my life, Cindy! Thank you for stopping by and joining me on my autumn walk. Many hugs!

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  5. Stephanie is very cool, and she’s right!
    Your dad was very cool.
    Now you are cool, too!
    Very neat and positive post, Rebecca!

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    • I love being cool!! Did I ever tell you that I used to have long hair, a braid, bell bottoms, floppy hat, paisley shirts, and granny glasses? Loved those late 60’s and early 70’s. And life continues to be amazing!!! Many hugs!

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    • Thank you Dave!! I’m so glad that we connected, thanks to Elisabeth’s blog. I love your posts – you give me insight into books I will never have time to read. I hope that I am not being too forward – would you ever consider podcasting from a distance with me? We’re working on our audio connections to that voices sound as if the conversation is happening in the same room. Let me know!!

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  6. Thank you for sharing that “Tea, Toast, and Trivia” was inspired by your late dad’s request. I just lost my mother, and I’m struggling for a way to honor her. Maybe with time . . .

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    • Oh Liz, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I understand the struggle – it is a journey into the unknown, into grief and redemption, into finding a voice of healing. It is about transitioning from loneliness to solitude. It takes times, but it was a precious time that gave me new insight into my mortality. Many hugs and love coming your way…

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