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Everyday Thin Places

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In each episode of Everyday Thin Places, birth doula Elizabeth Varaso and interfaith hospice chaplain Rachael Gallagher ​draw from their experiences supporting birthing people and dying people to explore with honesty, authenticity and humor how we can all become more truly-living people.​ Although birth and death are two of the only truly universal human experiences, we often think of them as painful, frightening and best kept behind closed doors. But behind those closed doors Rachael and Elizabeth have experienced the wonder and delight of “thin places” - those points in space and time where the line between known and unknown, between temporal and eternal, between the ordinary and the transcendent become beautifully blurred. No matter if you are the kind of person who finds the topics of birth and death thrilling, terrifying or just not all that interesting Rachael and Elizabeth’s conversations with each other and with guests from all walks of life will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. No topic is off-limits and every episode will have you seeking and savoring the everyday opportunities to visit life’s thin places.

In each episode of Everyday Thin Places, birth doula Elizabeth Varaso and interfaith hospice chaplain Rachael Gallagher ​draw from their experiences supporting birthing people and dying people to explore with honesty, authenticity and humor how we can all become more truly-living people.​ Although birth and death are two of the only truly universal human experiences, we often think of them as painful, frightening and best kept behind closed doors. But behind those closed doors Rachael and Elizabeth have experienced the wonder and delight of “thin places” - those points in space and time where the line between known and unknown, between temporal and eternal, between the ordinary and the transcendent become beautifully blurred. No matter if you are the kind of person who finds the topics of birth and death thrilling, terrifying or just not all that interesting Rachael and Elizabeth’s conversations with each other and with guests from all walks of life will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. No topic is off-limits and every episode will have you seeking and savoring the everyday opportunities to visit life’s thin places.

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United States

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In each episode of Everyday Thin Places, birth doula Elizabeth Varaso and interfaith hospice chaplain Rachael Gallagher ​draw from their experiences supporting birthing people and dying people to explore with honesty, authenticity and humor how we can all become more truly-living people.​ Although birth and death are two of the only truly universal human experiences, we often think of them as painful, frightening and best kept behind closed doors. But behind those closed doors Rachael and Elizabeth have experienced the wonder and delight of “thin places” - those points in space and time where the line between known and unknown, between temporal and eternal, between the ordinary and the transcendent become beautifully blurred. No matter if you are the kind of person who finds the topics of birth and death thrilling, terrifying or just not all that interesting Rachael and Elizabeth’s conversations with each other and with guests from all walks of life will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. No topic is off-limits and every episode will have you seeking and savoring the everyday opportunities to visit life’s thin places.

Language:

English


Episodes

Cycle of Lives featuring David Richman

11/29/2021
This week Rachael and Elizabeth are hosting a conversation with David Richman, author of the book Cycle of Lives: 15 People's stories, 5,000 miles and a Journey through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer. After losing his sister June to cancer, David was inspired to push the limits of what his body was capable of, and to engage his heart and mind with the emotional journey of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, their loved ones and the medical professionals who treat them. You can find...

Duration:00:47:16

Happy Thanksgiving (& Receiving)!

11/22/2021
Rachael and Elizabeth give thanks for each other, for this podcast, and for our listeners. Plus, we take some time to share how you can help to support the podcast. Everyday Thin PLaces is powered by subscribers like you! To keep all our Everyday Thin Places content ad-free, consider making a donation by buying us a cup of coffee! https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaceshttps://www.everydaythinplaces.com/Instagram.

Duration:00:07:05

Generosity as a Thin Place

11/15/2021
This week, we bring you a conversation about generosity as a thin place. More than anything, this episode felt like a really fun, yet super meaningful time of reflection. Featuring: Check back to see the still TBD "Brenda's Choice" cause to support. Also, please, please! Follow Everyday Thin Places: https://www.instagram.com/everydaythinplaces/?hl=en Everyday Thin Places is powered by generous listeners! To keep all of our Everyday Thin Places content free and accessible to all,...

Duration:00:43:41

Nostalgia as a Thin Place

11/8/2021
In celebration of the 65th episode of our podcast, this episode is all about nostalgia (New Kids on the Block, I Love Lucy, Goosebumps, etc.)! We are honored to take you on a nostalgic journey! https://www.everydaythinplaces.com/Instagram@everydaythinplaces

Duration:00:40:00

REPLAY (Episode 22) : Horror Films featuring Jennifer Moorman

11/1/2021
Rachel & Elizabeth have referenced this conversation so many times recently that it seemed worthy of a replay! Even with Halloween just having passed, you may still be in the mood for a good horror film, and the insights that film scholar and expert Jennifer Moorman has to offer will have you experiencing, yes, even horror films, as a thin place. Jen shares about how she developed a love for horror films, how monsters in horror films can help "outsiders" to feel empowered, and the power of...

Duration:00:36:38

Activism and Theology as Thin Places featuring Dr. Drew Hart

10/25/2021
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso discuss activism and theology as a thin place with Dr. Drew Hart. Drew is a writer and a speaker on topics of justice black theology, Anabaptism, and white supremacy and he follows in a long line of theologists who have done theology on the fly in the midst of struggling with justice and liberation. You’ll want to check out Drew’s books: Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism and Who Will Be A Witness? Igniting Activism for God’s...

Duration:00:41:51

Curiosity as a Thin Place

10/18/2021
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso check in with honesty, authenticity, and humor about curiosity as a thin place. We begin by talking about Elizabeth's far-fetched husband and his skeptical nature versus Elizabeth's curious nature. After talking through all the possible ways to view the world, Rachael and Elizabeth land on a good healthy way to go through life. Everyday Thin Places is powered by subscribers like you! To keep all of our Everyday Thin Places content free and accessible...

Duration:00:33:46

Changing Your Mind with Halley Kim

10/11/2021
It's our first repeat guest! This time last year Halley Kim joined us to talk about the importance of Birth Stories. At the time, she had a secret that only a handful of people in her life knew about. But today, Halley is sharing freely about what she once believed, what she believes now, and how we can compassionately usher people towards changing their minds. You can find Halley on Instagram as @halley.kim_ and Facebook as Halley_Kim One day she may even return to writing on her blog...

Duration:00:56:52

The Joy of Pets

10/4/2021
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso discuss what pets have to teach us about birth and death, and truly living. Understanding our personal relationships with pets is an important part of understanding ourselves. We support our life's journey when we embrace caregiving, whether it be another person or an animal. You can email the podcast at everydaythinplaces@gmail.com. Visit everydaythinplaces.com . Follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook. Contribute to the show at...

Duration:00:41:27

Truly Living with Autism featuring Eileen Shaklee

9/27/2021
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso enjoy a conversation with Eileen Shaklee, aka "Mama Fry," who blogs at "Autism With A Side of Fries." Eileen first began blogging about life with her french-fry-loving Autistic son 9 years ago, and has built an online community where the unique joys and challenges of living with Autism can be shared. You can find Eileen's blog at Autism With a Side of Fries, or else follow her on Facebook or Instagram. Please consider giving generously to the Monmouth...

Duration:00:40:56

Building a Family Through Infertility with Tara McAlonan

9/20/2021
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso have the privilege of talking through how Tara McAlonan's family has come to be, challenge by challenge, heartbreak by heartbreak and how it all led to the adoption of Cade Francis. We are delighted to share this with you! Resources: Resolve Support Groups

Duration:01:01:18

Grief & Creativity

9/13/2021
In this episode, we interview Elizabeth's first Philadelphia friend, Shera Morris. We have the privilege of talking through how creativity helped her to find thin places even when going through grief. We are delighted to share this conversation with you! http://www.everydaythinplaces.com Pathways to Housing PA Project Home

Duration:01:01:26

A New Season

9/6/2021
In this week's episode we're celebrating being back to regular podcasting! Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso start the podcast off with a recap of the thin places they experienced over the summer. Then, they share some insight on where the podcast is headed in the coming weeks and months. Mentioned in this episode: In the Heights Local 44 Campfire Stories BLTs Bachelor in Paradise Pizzacraft Higher Learning Podcast You can email the podcast at...

Duration:00:32:57

REPLAY (Episode 21): Everything is Spiritual with Rob Bell

8/30/2021
One more week of Summer break before new episodes return on September 6th, and we're replaying our most downloaded episode of 2020. Author, speaker and podcaster Rob Bell joins us to talk about his book, "Everything is Spiritual," the power of well-asked questions, and what is giving him hope right now. We begin by talking about the power of a good ending. Then we talk about everything from asking good questions, to the unexpected twists and turns of life, to human reproduction and so much...

Duration:00:56:53

REPLAY (Episode 28): Deconstructing and Reimagining Advent with Kaitlin Shetler

8/23/2021
You've heard of "Christmas in July" - how about "Advent in August"? We'll be back with brand new episodes in a few weeks, but we're rounding out our final two weeks of summer break with our two most downloaded episodes from last year. In this episode we are joined by poet Kaitlin Shetler to discuss her poem "Sometimes I Wonder," the concept of incarnation, going deeper into the beauty of the Christmas story and so much more. Like what you hear and want to help support this podcast? Say...

Duration:00:49:33

REPLAY (Episode 11): Ritual

8/16/2021
Another replay of a favorite episode for you to enjoy while we enjoy our summer break! To consider fear and pain, we also had to think about ritual. We hope this week's episode opens up conversations to help us to learn about helpful rituals that we can practice throughout all of life. Like what you hear and want to help support this podcast? Say thank you by buying us a cup of coffee! www.ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces Visit our website at www.everydaythinplaces.com

Duration:00:37:08

REPLAY (Episode 10): Pain

8/9/2021
Another replay of a favorite episode for you to enjoy while we enjoy our summer break! We've had pain on our minds. After last week's episode about fear, we decided to release a three-episode series on fear, pain, and ritual. We hope this week's episode helps shine a light on the different types of pain that we ourselves have experienced and witnessed. Like what you hear and want to help support this podcast? Say thank you by buying us a cup of coffee! ...

Duration:00:38:41

REPLAY (Episode 9): Fear

8/2/2021
Another replay of a favorite episode for you to enjoy while we enjoy our summer break! Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso dive into the topic of fear, its role and purpose in our lives, and how we can work with our fear in helpful ways. Like what you hear and want to help support this podcast? Say thank you by buying us a cup of coffee! www.ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces Visit our website at www.everydaythinplaces.com

Duration:00:38:11

REPLAY (Episode 19) : Earth with Christa Barfield of Farmer Jawn Greenhouses

7/26/2021
One of the most frequent topics we think about as a birth doula and a hospice chaplain is the topic of the cycle of life, death, and new life. We hope this week's episode about the element of earth with Christa Barfield helps you to understand the heart, intention, and inspiration behind Farmer Jawn Greenhouses, and to have a deeper connection to what the earth teaches us about the life, death, and new life cycle. Like what you hear and want to help support this podcast? Say thank you by...

Duration:00:36:27

REPLAY (Episode 18) : Water with Keri McGinn of Halcyon Floats

7/19/2021
Enjoy this replay of a favorite episode! In 2014, Keri McGinn opened Halcyon Floats in Philadelphia. It was the first flotation therapy location in Philadelphia, but it quickly gained popularity in the Philadelphia area. Keri joins us to talk about water and how floating can help with stress management, letting go, and even meditating to help us experience thin places. Like what you hear and want to help support this podcast? Say thank you by buying us a cup of coffee! ...

Duration:00:48:34