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Where ordinary people build a worldwide community by sharing their stories and what interests them in interviews and recordings to promote better understanding. In addition to individual stories, regular podcasters share their knowledge on a variety of subjects or just tell stories of life and living. One such podcast is "Norah's Notes", which are 'thoughts along the way' in a life that has been both ordinary and extraordinary. The "Web Professor" is another podcast hosted by Christopher Mutch who will share what he's learned in 25 years of carving for a living as well as his latest project, Speak ACCESS, hands-free software still in development.

Where ordinary people build a worldwide community by sharing their stories and what interests them in interviews and recordings to promote better understanding. In addition to individual stories, regular podcasters share their knowledge on a variety of subjects or just tell stories of life and living. One such podcast is "Norah's Notes", which are 'thoughts along the way' in a life that has been both ordinary and extraordinary. The "Web Professor" is another podcast hosted by Christopher Mutch who will share what he's learned in 25 years of carving for a living as well as his latest project, Speak ACCESS, hands-free software still in development.
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Canada

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Where ordinary people build a worldwide community by sharing their stories and what interests them in interviews and recordings to promote better understanding. In addition to individual stories, regular podcasters share their knowledge on a variety of subjects or just tell stories of life and living. One such podcast is "Norah's Notes", which are 'thoughts along the way' in a life that has been both ordinary and extraordinary. The "Web Professor" is another podcast hosted by Christopher Mutch who will share what he's learned in 25 years of carving for a living as well as his latest project, Speak ACCESS, hands-free software still in development.

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English


Episodes

Travel Journal Memories

12/7/2019
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Travel journals are an integral part of storing memories that we may forget over time. I always suggest that friends log their experiences while travelling so they can reminisce fondly about what he or she has witnessed. This podcast is a recollection of three sightings that didn't get captured on camera.

Duration:00:11:20

Australia - Mistaken for a Murderer & Greasy Pants

12/4/2019
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Hitchhiking through the lonely, desolate stretches in Australia's Northern Territory Ian McDonald had the misfortune to look like a German who had killed a family and stole their camper. The police were swarming the area and every time one would spot him on the road with his thumb out, they would stop to question him. It only took Ian to answer the first question for them to know that he was 'that Canadian'. And the bad guy in the movie? He was killed in a shoot-out with a police...

Duration:00:06:26

Tourist or Traveller?

12/3/2019
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Ian McDonald, an avid traveller, talks about the differences between being a traveller versus a tourist with a few tips to help other travellers.

Duration:00:05:43

Who's at the Table?

12/3/2019
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Story Photos Picture sitting at a table in the early years of your life. Who are the people sitting there and how have they influenced your life? At our table in St. David’s, Ontario, there were six people sitting there with me. Each one would play a part in the years to come. However, it was mom and dad who had the biggest influence and this podcast is about them. The year is 1939. Ralph Gordon Essex is 21 years old and a private in the Canadian army. Mary Edith Pettit is 30 and a...

Duration:00:09:36

The Who of Me, Myself and I

11/27/2019
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Living in 33 cities in 50 years, having a hundred or so jobs, being fostered out, having an alcoholic father, being sexually molested at 12, running away at 15, being a single mom at 17, living through an earthquake, a fire, and a business bankruptcy are just some of the lemons life has thrown my way. Thankfully, they have been offset by the roses of knowing great love, having a loving mother and being married to the love of my life for the past 18 years. All these stories and more will be...

Duration:00:13:15

China...Spy in Sanya

11/23/2019
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A visit to Sanya, Hainan, the most southern city in China, turned into a 9-hour ordeal with the Chinese Military. It started out innocently enough - getting photos from a clifftop while waiting to have lunch with my friend, Star. Getting to the top included a few challenges that included 100's of large red bull ants that fell from a tree and started biting me all over my body. To get them off required disrobing on the side of the cliff and slapping them off. It was not safe to return down...

Duration:00:15:39

Introducing Me, Myself and I

11/22/2019
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We all have voices in our head that chatter away about every aspect of our life from the mundane to our core beliefs. This podcast series is sharing those thoughts as well as bits and pieces of a life that has unfolded to be both extraordinary and ordinary with miracles, drama, laughter and tears that have been strewn across the path.

Duration:00:09:09

An Aborted Adventure

11/6/2019
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Itchy foot syndrome sent me off on what was supposed to be a great adventure traveling across Canada in a custom-fitted K-car with wood carvings on hand to pay the way. The plan was to visit small-town Canada from coast to coast, talking to people and taking photos with the end goal of publishing a table-top photo journal. The best-laid plans of mice, or in this case, a 49-year-old woman, went sideways without ever leaving British Columbia.

Duration:00:12:34

Degrees of Fear

10/19/2019
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All of us have known fear. It comes in many shapes and forms. Giving a speech, a new job, a first date, a first child, descending a steep cliff engenders fear in most people. But, sheer terror? That’s different. Have you ever been flat out terrified? If so, you know that it’s right at the top of experiences never to be forgotten. It gets written into your bones.

Duration:00:07:01

Intro to One. Life. Lived.

10/15/2019
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The image that comes to mind when panning back over the years of this life is that of a finely woven, very large tapestry. There are a multitude of fibres, some light, some dark, that have gone into the making of this person named Norah. The podcasts on these pages are bits and pieces of a life that has unfolded to be both ordinary and extraordinary with miracles, drama, laughter and tears strewn across the path.

Duration:00:04:55

10 Seconds Changes 12 Lives

10/10/2019
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In 2003 on the ferry coming into Horseshoe Bay from Vancouver Island I turned to James and said, “You know, I’ve lived on the lower mainland for 25 years but have never been to the Sunshine Coast.” His reply was “Let’s go!”, so we got off one ferry and onto another with no hint that it would change the course of our lives along with many others.

Duration:00:14:00

Should Voting be Mandatory?

10/8/2019
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A federal election is coming up here in Canada so lets talk about the political system and how it could be changed for the better. Along the way, let’s talk about why you vote for a particular party or don’t vote at all. ICan Party has a useful tool to help narrow in on the party that aligns with your beliefs.

Duration:00:16:39

Unlikely Heroes

10/1/2019
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Chris talks about ordinary people who are heroes - a teenager who studied four hours a day to get a ‘C’ and a man collecting bottles to put food on the table for his mom.

Duration:00:15:52

Chainsaw Carver to Software Developer

9/30/2019
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Born with a cleft palate, a chainsaw carver for 22 years, and, more recently, a self-taught software developer, Christopher Coughlin-Mutch has many stories to share. In this episode, Chris talks about the past, present and future. His chainsaw carvings can be seen at Cedar Images.

Duration:00:08:01

What It's About

9/7/2019
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The stories shared in these podcasts are about life and living - the ups and downs and everything in between. Being social creatures by nature when someone tells a story we automatically try to relate to what’s being said with a story of our own or our own life circumstances. My name is Norah LeClare. In this first podcast I explain what we hope to accomplish with this social initiative.

Duration:00:11:54

People in the Workplace

8/22/2019
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Chris and his Mom, Norah, talk about her 30+ years of business experience with Norah sharing the best and worst places she has worked and what made them good or bad.

Duration:00:16:25

About Speak ACCESS

8/7/2019
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A brief description of Speak ACCESS, a responsive, voice-activated virtual assistant for everyone AND podcasts of ordinary people telling their stories to build a community of understanding and sharing.

Duration:00:02:56