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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.

Everyday Thin Places Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

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.

    Changing Your Mind with Halley Kim

    Changing Your Mind with Halley Kim

    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 that you can find at halleykim.com
    In the meantime she's preaching sermons that you can find on YouTube - like this one

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    PBS Documentary: Vaccines - Calling The Shots

    On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
    This Podcast Will Kill You

    Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician and Autism Dad by Peter Hotez
    Please consider a donation to support the work of Voices for Vaccines

    • 56 min
    The Joy of Pets

    The Joy of Pets

    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 https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces.

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    Check out the Don't You Want Me organization!

    • 41 min
    Truly Living with Autism featuring Eileen Shaklee

    Truly Living with Autism featuring Eileen Shaklee

    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 Ocean Foundation for Children 

    • 40 min
    Building a Family Through Infertility with Tara McAlonan

    Building a Family Through Infertility with Tara McAlonan

    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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Grief & Creativity

    Grief & Creativity

    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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A New Season

    A New Season

    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 everydaythinplaces@gmail.com.
    Visit everydaythinplaces.com and follow the podcast on Instagram @everydaythinplaces.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

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Unique concept

Interesting idea and great diversity of guests.

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Quality

These women know of what they speak.

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Deep and accessible simultaneously

Absolutely loving this podcast. It has such depth and feeling threaded throughout it, while also being accessible and inspiring about everyday life. What a brilliant concept, and the hosts have great energy and give-and-take.

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