Last Week's Guests
LIZBETH MERIDETH, an author, domestic abuse survivor, speaker and podcaster from Alaska, joined us to discuss her latest release, "Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters".
FROM HER WEBSITE
"I’m an author, speaker, podcaster, and online teacher. I serve mid-life women recalibrating after crises, and/or women who are (finally) ready to stop falling to the bottom of their own priority list. Limited individual coaching available now, with group coaching to come. What experience do I have?
Nearly three decades working as an advocate, investigator, and probation officer means I’ve helped thousands create change. More importantly, I’ve bucked intergenerational patterns of poverty, family violence, and secret-keeping to create the life I live now. I hold a graduate degree in psychology, traveled six of the seven continents (and counting), and am fortunate to have a vibrant community of support. And I did none of this alone."
SHARON BAZANT, a retired teacher and now author living in Vancouver, Births Columbia, visited us to discuss her two books, "Geckos and Guns", about her time in Pakistan; and "Nine Years in Bangkok, a book that discusses her time in Thailand.
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"SHARON BAZANT is a retired teacher living in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, Canada. Sharon has donned a variety of professional and personal hats as a seasoned world traveler and long-term expatriate. Some of her greatest adventures occurred during her years in Pakistan and Thailand. Readers can follow her ongoing exploits on her blog.
Her memoir Nine Years in Bangkok is out now, as is her most recent book, Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years."
EDWARD DI GANGI, an author from North Carolina and adopted at birth, will join us to discuss his discoveries as he traced his roots as he neared the age of seventy. As he discussed in his book, "A Gift Best Given: A Memoir", he learned that his biological mother had been a remarkable woman, and that she had given him the best gift of all. Today's focus will be on "Fathers Day".
FROM HIS BIO:
"Through three years of research, Di Gangi found that his mother had been a celebrity performer in the glamorous ice show spectaculars of the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to recounting his own story, the author details his mother's life and travels beginning with the time she left home in New York at the age of 17 to travel alone by train across the country to join a traveling ice skating troupe. Five years later and unexpectedly pregnant, she returned home, known only to her eldest sister and her sister's husband, to manage the birth and the adoption of her son.
Di Gangi speaks with enthusiasm and clarity about family secrets, reunions with previously unknown family members, and discoveries as well as genealogy and research into family history."
FEDERICA BRESSAN, a researcher, science communicator, and podcaster with a background in technology and culture, as well as a Fulbright and Marie Curie scholar, who writes about science and society. On today's show, Ms. Bressan will discuss her career, her published works, her work in academia, her podcasts, her recent foray into heavy metal music, and all of her terrific work in her field.
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Thanks to my recent research grants (Marie Curie and Fulbright), I have had the chance to travel a lot and meet many incredible people. People are the true potential of this world. The stories they tell you! The knowledge and experience they carry! It's humbling. And inspiring!
At the same time, I have grown a true podcast junkie, bingeing on hours and hours of lectures and debates, with my mind spinning at full steam, racing from religious studies to physics, from politics to anthropology. Synaptic fireworks. I have been constantly triggered by new ideas. One day, after yet another interesting conversation with a colleague, I thought: if only I could share this! If only I could record this conversation and let more people know about this amazing person's story. Then it hit me: I must have my own podcast!"
CHARLIE SHELDON, an author from the state of Washington, joined us to discuss his 3-book series, including "Strong Heart" and "Adrift", with "Totem" to be released this coming October. In addition, Charlie discussed his other books, his writing style, and his other previous work in life.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Charlie went to Yale University and UMass, where he received a Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology/Resource Management. He worked in the fishing industry for 15 years as a deckhand, mate, skipper, and consultant, then relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 1990 to be near Olympic National Park. He worked at seaports for nearly 30 years as a planner, project manager, and executive. When he retired from seaports in 2012 he returned to sea as a merchant sailor for four years, working on various container and military vessels as Able Bodied Seaman and Bosun. He retired in 2016 to work full time at his writing. Nowadays he hikes in the Olympic National Park whenever he can, cooks for his wife, pesters his grandchildren, and continues to scribble tales."
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