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Blogger.Visual Storyteller.Traveler: Exploring the creative spirit within a dynamic, ever-changing global world. The pursuit of artistic excellence is an essential element of our humanity; it speaks to the soul of our culture and society, allowing us to celebrate our individuality and our togetherness. My goal: 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. Words give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity, past and future.

Tea. Toast. & Trivia. Rebecca Budd

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Blogger.Visual Storyteller.Traveler: Exploring the creative spirit within a dynamic, ever-changing global world. The pursuit of artistic excellence is an essential element of our humanity; it speaks to the soul of our culture and society, allowing us to celebrate our individuality and our togetherness. My goal: 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. Words give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity, past and future.

    The Trio on Goal Setting

    The Trio on Goal Setting

    Season 2 Episode 37: The Trio Goal Setting

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.
    Thank you for listening in.
    I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss goal setting.  We want to seek progress, to live our best lives, to be recognized and valued for our contributions.  There are many ideas and opinions about goal setting.    We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com.

    So put the kettle on and add to the conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    • 10 min.
    Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys

    Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys

    Season 2 Episode 36: Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys

    My dear blogger friend, Liz Humphreys from her blog Leaping Life and I have once again bridged the 7,059 kilometres between Edinburgh and Vancouver to discuss, well, let me give you a hint:

    ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited.’

    Yes, Liz and I will be discussing Daphne du Maurier.

    Put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com

    I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Liz from the blog, Leaping Life and to heavenali, who hosted Daphne du Maurier Reading week May 11 – 17, 2020.

    • 16 min.
    Traveling the Mists of Ancient Orkney with Lorna Brown

    Traveling the Mists of Ancient Orkney with Lorna Brown

    Season 2 Episode 35: Traveling the Mists of Ancient Orkney with Lorna Brown
    Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    Join me as I travel across the ocean to Orkney, where the fresh sea air and rugged landscape captures the spirit of daring souls.  I am delighted that I am meeting up with my friend, Lorna Brown of See Orkney Tours, who was our family’s intrepid guide through the mists of ancient Orkney.  We touched the Standing Stones of Stenness and traced the prehistoric path of the Ring of Brodgar.

    Travel plans may have been placed on hold, but for today imagine that you have joined Lorna and me on the white sandy beach that leads up to Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old Neolithic village. Do you feel the chilly breeze off the ocean?  It is sunny, a perfect day to begin our adventure.

    So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation.I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    A special thank you to Lorna for sharing the stories of Orkney. She has promised to come back for another conversation.  Until then, you can meet up with her at See Orkney Tours

    Until next time, keep safe and be well.

    • 16 min.
    Elisabeth on the Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2

    Elisabeth on the Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2

    Season 2 Episode 34: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    Elisabeth Van Der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from Finland, the far distance of 7,514 km from Vancouver.  Elisabeth promised to come back and talk about the  “The Eugene Onegin Challenge” which is happening on her blog, A Russian Affair.

    As you know, I have taken up the challenge and am reading Alexander Pushkin’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, which he wrote over the course of eight years. The adventure is underway.

    So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    “With this challenge I hope to add something extra to your reading experience that will make it more interesting, intense, attentive, and (even more) enjoyable. I will be eating, dreaming, thinking, hearing Eugene Onegin for the next four months and I can’t wait to find out what the end result will be!” Elisabeth Van Der Meer

    • 17 min.
    The Trio on Should we learn another language?

    The Trio on Should we learn another language?

    Season 2 Episode 33: The Trio on Learning a New Language
    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia! Thank you for listening in!
    I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss – should we learn another language? In 2019, UNESCO launched a special website dedicated to the International Year of Indigenous languages (IY2019)

    The purpose of this website is to increase the awareness about the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages around the world. There are some 6.000-7.000 languages in the world today. About 97% of the world’s population speaks only 4 % of these languages, while only 3% of the world speak 96% of all remaining languages.

    IMPORTANT CORRECTION: In the podcast I stated that 7000 languages would be lost by the end of this century. I should have said:

    “It is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of the over 6,000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only an irreplaceable cultural heritage, but also valuable ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages. UNESCO’s Endangered Languages Programme

    So, put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com

    I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    • 12 min.
    Jean-Jacques Fournier The Poetry of Crows & Ravens

    Jean-Jacques Fournier The Poetry of Crows & Ravens

    Season 2 Episode 32: Jean-Jacques Fournier The Poetry of Crows & Ravens



    I am delighted and thrilled that my dear friend and poet; Jean-Jacques Fournier is with me today to speak about crows, and ravens within his poetry. As background, ravens and crows are embedded within our mythologies from ancient times. In Greek mythology the crow was a symbol of Apollo in his role as god of prophecy. In Norse mythology, Odin is portrayed by a raven.  In Celtic mythology, Morrighan, the warrior goddess appears in the form of a crow or raven. Crows and ravens have been envisioned as a mediator animal between life and death.  They have been known as tricksters and mischief makers.

    Jean-Jacques has great insight into these magnificent creatures.
    So put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion, on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    • 21 min.

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