Down the well of despair...
So, it's been a while since the last episode. Sorry about that. I've been told we have to be CONSISTENT in publishing our content to build our base of listeners. We managed to put an episode out weekly (I think?) since launching, but February was a tough stretch. There was a snowstorm, and a kid with the flu, and then, one week, Peggy and I met, but I was feeling sad and kind of hopeless, and couldn't imagine recording anything. I'm not sure what that was about. It was probably a combination of hormonal fluctuations that can really wreck me combined with the stress of being a mom, and having a husband who has been travelling and working crazy hours and such. And also, I am not sure that this podcast is doing what I hoped it would do. So, Peggy and I designed a survey, to ask our listeners what they think, and we plan to use that information to make it better. So, thanks for hanging in there, and stay tuned for more.
Having fun with guests...
The first guest was my friend and co-worker Marie Pavia. She is a boisterous, creative, loving, talented person who teaches developmentally delayed toddlers. I was so excited and kind of nervous to record with someone besides Peggy that I kind of rushed through things, but we have plans to do another episode. Then, I had the chance to interview Greg and Kat Nemec. They live in my town, and are a kind of triple threat of goodness; they are super talented creative people, they are friends, and they are making contributions to our community through all kinds of ways, including teaching, sourcing community art shows, working with the PTA and the Friends of Visual Arts, and even organizing a mandala workshop which I led. And then today, we had the pleasure of including Peggy's son Zac in our conversation about creating the world in our image of love. It's made me realize how much I enjoy interviewing people. Thank you all for your kindness and patience as I learn and grow at this.
So, I'm working on learning about audio recording, editing and mixing, about social media, RSS feeds, and graphic design. And, I do think things I make to be excellent. So, it's been challenging to tolerate the ways this podcast does not yet meet all my goals. But, I hope any of you who are listening will hang in there with me. Maybe you can even enjoy observing our learning curve as we launch this project, and make the corrections along the way. Mostly, I hope you'll be able to see past the imperfections to the importance of the message we are sharing about love, and being good to each other as human beings.
Though I am not able to produce a podcast that sounds like one of the famous, long-running and well-loved shows, I am especially excited about Episode 6, in which I managed to include some "field recordings" Peggy made while at the US-Mexico border in December, 2018. Enjoy!
Peggy & April
Rev. Peggy Clarke is the Minister at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester. April Castoldi is a member of the congregation who has served in many leadership roles, including President, Vice President, Membership Chair, and Chair of Religious Education Committee