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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.

Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast © 2019 -2021 by Rebecca Budd is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

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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.

Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast © 2019 -2021 by Rebecca Budd is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

    Liz Humphreys on 14 Weeks with Dante Alighieri

    Liz Humphreys on 14 Weeks with Dante Alighieri

    Season 3 Episode 24: Liz Humphreys on 14 Weeks with Dante Alighieri

    “Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice.”  Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    My dear blogger friend, Liz, from her blog Leaping Life and I have once again bridged the 7,059 kilometers between Edinburgh and Vancouver to discuss her profound 14-week journey with Dante Alighieri.

    I vividly recalled her January 10, 2021 blog post which started out, “It’s a funny old life.  Who would have imagined a connection between one of history’s most iconic and enduring works of literature and a modern novel about travelling the world in a converted bright pink ice cream van.”

    Doesn’t that sound like a great first line to a novel?

    Liz has a way of igniting my curiosity. There is always an adventure happening on her blog, “Leaping Life.” I am thrilled that she has joined me to share her thoughts on her trek through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso via Nick Senger’s Readalong. This promises to be an exciting conversation.

    So, put the kettle on and add to this conversation on TeaToastTrivia.com.

    Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank Liz, for sharing your insights on The Divine Comedy.

    Liz has embarked on another readalong voyage – Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  I invite you to meet up with Liz on her blog “Leaping Life.”  You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations.

    Until next time, keep safe and be well.

    • 20 min
    Eglund on the Art of Communication

    Eglund on the Art of Communication

    S3 E23: Eglund on the Art of Communication

    Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    I am travelling over 7900 kilometers to Berlin, Germany to meet up with my friend, Eglund, journalist and writer.

    Berlin is a center of politics, culture, media, and science, home of the world-famous Berlin Opera, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Berlin is on my must-see places to visit once travel comes back.  But for now, I am enjoying my virtual visit with Eglund.

    Eglund is an engineer and publicist. He worked as a science journalist and reporter in Africa for several German newspapers. Since 2005, his focus has been on the environmental initiatives. As a specialist journalist for renewable energies, he works within media related to the ecological energy transition, first of all about solar energy.

    Eglund first appeared as a writer in 1993 when he won the essay prize of the Mayor of Berlin-Kreuzberg for his short story “The nun and dying”. In 2009 his novel “Die Glöckner von Utopia” was published, in which he processed his experiences during the last years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and especially during the turning point in autumn 1989 in Dresden, Leipzig and East Berlin. His second novel, Zen Solar, was published in 2016. This year, his third novel: Nomaden von Laetoli will be published.

    In March 2011 Eglund founded the culture blog Berg.Link, which he designed together with Urs Heinz Aerni from Zurich.

    We live in a world that offers many ways in which to connect and share knowledge and experience. As a journalist and writer, Eglund values authentic communication that fosters life-affirming conversations.  What does it mean to communicate?  What messages do we send? And do we know how to listen? These are the questions that will be discussed today.

    I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Thank you, Eglund, for sharing your insights on communication within a world that offers us technology for global connection.   And a special thank you to Klausbernd Vollmar for introducing Eglund to Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Dear listeners, thank you for joining Eglund and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Stay tuned for Eglund’s return for another stimulating conversation.

    Until next time, keep safe and be well.

    • 22 min
    Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting

    Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting

    S3 E22: Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    Bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops are great places for book readings. There is something extraordinary about hearing the voice of an author reading their stories. Their voice and intonation are nuanced by the many hours of effort putting pen to paper.  They created the characters, structured the plot, and lived every twist and turn that creates bumps in the storyline.

    Living in the reality of Covid-19, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to the podcast series, “Authors Reading their Books”, which will recreate the reading spaces in a virtual venue.  I invite you to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    I am thrilled to introduce Darlene Foster who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from her novel, Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting (Amanda Travels #2) which is available on Amazon.   I am looking forward to meeting up with Darlene and joining Amanda on one of her many adventure.

    Welcome Darlene! Thank you for joining me on the TTT virtual reading room.


    Thank you for joining Darlene and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books.

    And a special thank you, Darlene, for sharing your insights and philosophy of writing.  You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired readers and listeners to embrace a creative journey.

    I invite you to meet up with Darlene on her blog Darlene Foster’s Blog, which she created for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers, friends and friends she has not met yet.  It is a place where stories dwell.

    Darlene’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/DarleneFosterWriter/

    Darlene on twitter https://twitter.com/supermegawoman

    Until next time, dear friends, stay safe, be well.

    • 15 min
    Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Dave Astor on Enduring Literary Themes

    Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Dave Astor on Enduring Literary Themes

    S3 E21: Elisabeth Van Der Meer & Dave Astor on Enduring Literary Themes

    “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” Boris Pasternak, Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    Why do specific narratives endure? Writers and readers come to these stories over and over again.  Is it because the characters are memorable and compelling? Or is it the dialogue, action scenes, or unfolding love that engages?  What transforms an ordinary storyline into an extraordinary critical success that attracts readers beyond the life of the writer?  The answer: A strong literary theme.

    Today, I am thrilled that we are joining Porvoo, Finland, Montclair, New Jersey and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Dave Astor have joined me in connecting three times zones within seconds to bring you a discussion on “Enduring Literary Themes.”

    Thank you for joining Elisabeth, Dave, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  And a very special thank you, Elisabeth and Dave for adding your insights on enduring themes of literature. This has been another exciting conversation. You can connect with Elisabeth on A Russian Affair. You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on Elisabeth and Dave’s blogs.

    Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.

    • 24 min
    The Trio on Letterwriting

    The Trio on Letterwriting

    S3 E20: The Trio on Letter Writing

    Steve Carell once said, “Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.”

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.
    Thank you for listening in.
    I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss letter writing.  In our last podcast discussion, we discussed the art of cursive handwriting style.  There is beauty in the curving lines and connecting letters.  But there is much more about cursive writing to celebrate. I like the idea that cursive writing improves our neural connections and interplay of the left and right cerebral hemispheres.

    When we use cursing writing, we enhance our memory retention and improve our fine motor skills.  Think of it as an exercise program for our minds.  What better way to hone our cursive writing skills, than by writing letters?

    So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia.

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

    Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well!

    • 15 min
    D. Wallace Peach Reading Liars & Thieves, Unraveling the Veil Book One

    D. Wallace Peach Reading Liars & Thieves, Unraveling the Veil Book One

    S3 E19: D Wallace Peach Reading Liars & Thieves, Unravelling the Veil Book One
    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.
    Bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops are great places for book readings. There is something extraordinary about hearing the voice of an author reading their stories. Their voice and intonation are nuanced by the many hours of effort putting pen to paper.  They created the characters, structured the plot, and lived every twist and turn that creates bumps in the storyline.

    Living in the reality of Covid-19, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to the podcast series, “Authors Reading their Books”, which will recreate the reading spaces in a virtual venue.  I invite you to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    I am thrilled to introduce D Wallace Peach who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from her novel, “Liars & Thieves, Unravelling the Veil Book One”  is available on Amazon.   I am looking forward to meeting up with Diana and entering a world of fantasy and imagination.   I am ready for the adventure! Are you?

    Thank you for joining Diana and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books.

    • 16 min

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