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The Art of Friendship. Pursuing social/racial/economic justice through the art of friendship. A thought-provoking conversation series, changing the world with the friends we show up for, seeking wisdom -about our society, culture, history, and life experiences, transforming the way we heal and build our worlds, from families to corporations and neighborhoods around the world. Words create coherent energy of compassion, appreciation, love, and respect for all life, ourselves, humanity, and our natural world. Friendship is the key to social / economic justice, health, joy, and peace for ourselves and our global family.

Our Friendly World with Fawn and Matt Fawn Anderson

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

The Art of Friendship. Pursuing social/racial/economic justice through the art of friendship. A thought-provoking conversation series, changing the world with the friends we show up for, seeking wisdom -about our society, culture, history, and life experiences, transforming the way we heal and build our worlds, from families to corporations and neighborhoods around the world. Words create coherent energy of compassion, appreciation, love, and respect for all life, ourselves, humanity, and our natural world. Friendship is the key to social / economic justice, health, joy, and peace for ourselves and our global family.

    Making, Baking, and Breaking Bread Together - The Gata, with Joseph Krikorian

    Making, Baking, and Breaking Bread Together - The Gata, with Joseph Krikorian

    This is a longer show for a reason. We begin before Joey shows up by expressing some emotional stress and turmoil that happened to us this past week from fires to blizzards, to another case of Fawn experiencing some more racism, yet another mass shooting in Colorado, to all the other stuff. We talk about how important it is to clear the air before we meet our friends, before a ceremonial time together. So we do this before Joey shows up.
    When Joey shows up, we discuss the importance of ceremony, the importance of learning and respecting each other's cultures and history, Star Wars, why pronunciation is such a trigger, and then we continue talking as we make, bake, and break the Gata Bread. Just press pause when you need to and come back and make sure you hear all of this episode (where you'll learn to make the most amazing ancient dessert) and make sure you are present for the last 30 minutes as we come to a very special understanding about get-togethers in life.
    Some Links:
    If you would like to support our show by buying us a coffee:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/friendlyspace
    To reach Joey: 
    Kryptontoalderaan@gmail.com.
    https://www.instagram.com/kryptontoalderaan/
    https://linktr.ee/kryptontoalderaan
    https://twitter.com/kryptonalderaan
     
    To reach Andrew Janjigian
    Pictures and recipe for Gata – Thank you, Andrew Janjigianhttps://www.seriouseats.com/gata-5185123
     
    Preshow therapy Transcript
    [00:00:00] Fawn: Our sweet friend, Joey is coming here soon in like a few minutes. And one of the things we always talk about is the art of being a good host. I feel like I needed to talk with you all before Joey comes. So before a friend comes, have you ever experienced this? When you've had a hard time with something, it could be anything, but you're having a hard time meaning that maybe you're not in the best mood and that you need to process something first before you open up the doors and go, hi.
    Yay. Our friend is here. Right.
    [00:00:38] Matt: So no, and I get that, but you know, being raised in a more Germanic household, we just compartmentalize,
    [00:00:44] Fawn: well, I don't. And before, before sweet Joey comes, I need to express, I need to communicate what's been bothering me the past few days. Yesterday was Elle's birthday. Right?
    The day before that I had to take her for immunizations. I got into a really bad mood. Like I wasn't expressing it to anyone, but it was a seed. Something was bothering me and it was starting to build. Every time I experienced any form of microaggression or macro aggression. It takes me by surprise because every time I process it, I'm like, okay, that's done. I'm not going to continue with this baggage. I'm going to clear it and I'm moving on as if that was just a one-time occurrence.

    • 2 hr 28 min
    After the Show Conversation with Joey Krikorian

    After the Show Conversation with Joey Krikorian

    Join us for more conversation with our friend Joey as we get more relaxed and talk about Star Wars, pasta, geology, music, Armenia, and our next episode together and all the things we did not get a chance to talk about (about the root of why things happen the way they do).
    To contribute to our podcast, you can buy us "a cup of coffee" by leaving us a little something, or a big something ;) here:  buymeacoffee.com/friendlyspace
     
     
    Transcript
    [00:00:00] Matt: And just because this could be interesting, but yes, I want to talk about man and his sense of smell, but that's going to be handled in the next show, which is great. I also wanted to talk about, you know, there is a tradition, an Italian tradition as far as like, um, you know, pasta comes from the far east and the Italians have quote-unquote made it their own so that the, and during the Roman empire, they grabbed spices from everywhere they could grab it from the spice road, for instance, I mean, God, that that's a culture addicted to spice, right? Yeah.
    Also Joey. I wanted to mention something very interesting. There is a book it's actually two books, the graphic novels it's called "Maus", M A U S
    [00:00:43] Joey: a hundred percent.
    [00:00:44] Matt: He actually talks about how his father didn't want to tell his stories. And he actually gets an explanation from his father and then his father completely changes his tune, but very, very powerful series of books.
    [00:00:57] Joey: I think I want to say something to the first point you've made, which is that I should've said this one thing my Armenian grandfather always did as much as we didn't talk about anything else related to Armenia, anything, anything in the world he would point to and say, Armenians invented that, or that was Armenian pasta, grape leaves.
    I don't know any, anything, anywhere. That was his go-to thing. And it's like something, it was just part of my. Childhood hearing. Right? So it never, like, it was always just a thing, you know, it was always just a thing in my life. So, uh, I never really asked any questions or anything, but looking back that was pretty fun and entertaining and pretty much the truth.
    You know what I mean? I get it. I get it.
    [00:01:46] Matt: And for
    [00:01:48] Joey: go ahead, go ahead. If we're continuing down that same line. Okay. Well to "Maus". Yes. And what a great book and what a great like. EV everyone should read it. You

    • 27 min
    The Root of the Matter with Joseph Krikorian

    The Root of the Matter with Joseph Krikorian

    to contribute to our podcast, you can buy us "a cup of coffee" by leaving us a little something, or a big something ;) here:  buymeacoffee.com/friendlyspace
    We welcome our friend Joseph Krikorian as we explore the Armenian culture and history.
    We're going to begin the root of the matter as we delve into coming from somewhere else and the ways of having to make our way in the world, all the while, carrying with us, all the emotions, the history, our stories, and our mapping out and figuring out a brave new one, a brave new world that is. Sometimes this is hard to do, especially with the trail of the people who came before us. Like our ancestors, grandparents, great-grandparents sometimes even parents, who may not have the stories or they do have the stories, but they're not passed down to us; all the why's, the how's and when's like, why did this happen? Not even knowing that we should be asking these questions because we have no idea, what happened in the past. What makes someone behave the way they do? What makes our household our home, have a certain vibe, or like a certain history?
    to reach Joey:https://kryptontoalderaan.podbean.com/
     
     
    Transcript
    [00:00:00] Fawn: Are we ever going to get a new table? I feel like I got this table for us and I said, we'll have it forever, honey. But we're sitting, we got forever tables in the other room. Well, times were really tough and every dollar counted. And once we started to start to begin to get back on our feet, I saw it as a toddler picnic table.
    I'm like, honey, we have to get it with an umbrella with an umbrella and chairs. And it was like under a hundred dollars, but that was like to us a thousand dollars. And we got it. And to this day we're still sitting and the kids are now taller than I am. And we're still sitting at the
    [00:00:41] Joey: yeah, no, I'm looking at the perspective of Matt sitting at my knee.
    Right?
    [00:00:46] Fawn: Yeah. Look at that. Look at that.
    [00:00:49] Matt: I'm not sitting in one of the normal chairs I have with there's an Ottoman right here.
    [00:00:53] Fawn: So God, if you're listening to me, please help help us move the real table. I know, but nevermind. Anyway, welcome. Welcome back. Welcome back to our friendly world, everybody. So today, today, this show is really important to me because of the bond that I made with our very special gu

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Art of the Map with the Magical Cartographers

    The Art of the Map with the Magical Cartographers

    Today's topic is turning to friends for direction as we introduce you to 4 new friends-The Magical Cartographers (Ish, KJ, Jocelyn, and Mel). Today's art of friendship is the art of the map. Inside of each person is a map. It is there even before we are born, a way to get the full picture of the full landscape is to share what is contained in our hearts because it is our hearts that hold the latent image.
    Side note: If you would like to support our show: buymeacoffee.com/friendlyspace
    To reach your new friends from this episode:
    Jocelyn Lindsay
    http://www.jocelynlindsay.com/
    KJ Nasrulhttps://blissbeginswithin.com
    https://www.instagram.com/musingsonother/
    Mel Morris
    https://www.wtfwithmel.com/WTFHome
     
    Ish Modak
    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindfulworkingmom/?ref=share
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ishmodakmd
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ishmodak/

    Transcript
    [00:00:00] Fawn: Hello, everybody. Welcome to our friendly world. Today's topic is turning to friends for direction. Today's art of friendship is the art of the map. Inside of each person is a map. It is there even before we are born, a way to get the full picture of the full landscape is to share what is contained in our hearts, because it is our hearts that hold the latent image.
    Now latent image. That's my photography term. It's the image held within the silver emulsion that comes to light during the process. So to get that latent image to come to life, we share our stories and our ways. How do we course and navigate the geography and terrain of our lives during a time of change, turbulence, shakeups, and movement, while looking for our original family members? The art of the map is mapping out ways to have lasting friendships; the friendship that has existed in an out of time.
    Imagine if you will a map you could only feel -a blueprint. What if, while we are here, we actually are surrounded by our spirit family and to find them, we would have to unravel all the signs and the coincidences to realize the hidden codes that are there. That have always been there that reveal our friendship, our family alliance. And to do that, we have to have gumption; the bravery to stop everything when you notice a spark and say, hold it right there; asking an opening question, saying, I want to connect with you

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Art of the Story -

    The Art of the Story -

    We're talking about the art of the story and how stories shape our lives. Does every story really come down to the two basic plotlines of a stranger comes to rides into town and/or someone goes on a journey? Bottom line is that we are the directors of our own stories (our own lives) and we can create any story we wish.
    if you enjoy our show, please contribute by leaving us a little something, or a big something ;)
    buymeacoffee.com/friendlyspace
     
    Transcript - The Art of the Story
    [00:00:00] Fawn: Stop it. Are you serious? Hello? No. So you're saying no. What about Legally Blonde?
    [00:00:06] Matt: She takes trip.
    [00:00:08] Fawn: Damn she does. She does. She does. Ah, all right. How about Love Actually?
    [00:00:15] Matt: See, that's too many stories. You got to pick a story.
    [00:00:17] Fawn: All right.
    [00:00:20] Matt: I don't know. Trying to grade a novel. Right dude, one guy does take a trip.
    He goes to Portugal.
    [00:00:29] Fawn: I hate that. You're right. Okay guys. So what we're talking about, uh, Matt and I have been talking about stories and how every story comes to. One, one thing, like one, what do you call it? What even call it?
    [00:00:45] Matt: Two basic plots.
    [00:00:46] Fawn: So the basic plot that comes into every story, like, well, this is just what Matt and I have been riffing on is something that you said, what was his name?
    John Gardner a writer. Wait, no, you said
    [00:00:59] Matt: yes, not Grisham.
    [00:00:59] Fawn: . All right. So the whole idea is. This one writer said, ever

    • 33 min
    Perceiving Together and Overcoming Adversity with our Friend Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Perceiving Together and Overcoming Adversity with our Friend Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    With our friend and author/illustrator/singer/all-around artist extraordinaire, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, we discuss Perceiving together (also the meaning of Synesthesia), and overcoming adversity is the topic. We discuss thriving in life and building a toolbox for overcoming anything in life. We get into the concept of HOW WE ARE SEEN vs SHOWING PEOPLE WHO WE ARE. And of course, we get into the etymology of today's topic: OVERCOME.
    If you enjoy our show, please contribute by leaving us a little something, or a big something ;) buymeacoffee.com/friendlyspace
    To reach Vanessa or learn more about her work:
    https://www.vanessabrantleynewton.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/vanessabrantleynewton/
     
    Transcript:Perceiving Together and Overcoming Adversity with Our Friend Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    [00:00:00] Fawn: Hello everyone. Welcome. Hello? Hello. Hi. We are here today with our beautiful friend, Vanessa Brantley Newton. She's here with us.Hi Vanessa. Thank you for coming
    back.
    [00:00:16] Vanessa: Thank you for having me back Excited to be here with you. All
    [00:00:20] Fawn: today's
    topic is perceiving together and overcoming adversity, and there's so much to say there's so many ways we can go with this.
    I just wanted to talk about my tantrum that I had a few days ago. So Vanessa, I either have major tantrums by myself in the bathroom or the greatest epiphany's in the bathroom. I don't know what it is. It's my conference room. It's my place of worship in a way, like I just get messages in the bathroom or I send messages And a few days ago, I was so, um, I don't even know the word for it. I was just having a tantrum. I was so frustrated. And afterwards I was so embarrassed. Cause I was, I was yelling all kinds of profanity to myself and I come out of the shower and you all were quiet.
    You and the girls. Yeah. And then I felt worse. I felt like, oh my God, I am the worst human being. I'm the worst mother. I'm just the worst. And then, so I excused myself from dinner and I said, you guys just have dinner by yourselves I'm not, not eating. And I went in the corner, sitting at my computer in the corner, at my desk . I texted Holly and I just said, help, period. And then I kind of told her what happened in the bathroom. And then I feel like a terrible person and a terrible mom for having the kids hear me have a tantrum to my all by myself. I wasn't talking to anyone. She pointed out that when you don't realize how thin thinly or stretched out, what's the word, I forgot the words you're stretched thin to the point where you don't even realize it, when you have tantrums like that it's for you to realize that you need to take care of yourself.

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

mayaholland08 ,

a lovely, lighthearted conversation

i love listening to fawn and matt because i feel like they’re in the room with me. their conversations are relaxed, but also very informative. their topics are relatable and they take info from their personal lives, metaphors but also outside knowledge.

808LC ,

Inspiring & Informative

I love the lightness of this show! I feel the serenity of Fawn come through and it puts my mind at ease. She and Matt interview amazing people who share about the deeper and more subtle (but powerful) aspects of life, too.
I highly recommend you subscribe and add Our Friendly World to your routine. 😃

Before Bed Podcast ,

Love Themmm

These two are so so sweet! I love their deep conversations so inspiring and relatable.

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