Assorted Conversations

Assorted Conversations

Are you intrigued, inspired and just have to learn more when you find someone who is boldly embracing their dreams? Make plans to join me every other Wednesday as I share stories from everyday people following their passions and pursuing happiness. Have some laughs, learn about a specific passion and develop an understanding of how and why these guests are turning their dreams into realities, plus possibly get inspired to begin your own journey!


September 14, 2023 56 mins

Imagine taking everything you need for a multi-day backpacking trip in a pack weighing less than 10 pounds. That's ultralight backpacking, and our guest, adventurer Jerry Dugan, is here to share his passion and expertise in this unique outdoor pursuit. With a rich history tracing back to George Sears in the late 1800s and Grandma Gatewood in 1955, ultralight backpacking offers a minimalist approach to exploring the great outdo...

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Can you imagine a 17-year-old helping his peers navigate the complex world of mental health? Join us as we sit down with the inspiring Filimon Meaza, the creator of The Brief Dive podcast. Filimon shares his personal journey of self-reflection, emotional resilience, and positive self-talk, showing us how he transformed his own mental health and now empowers other teenagers on their journey towards mental well-being.

In thi...

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Discover the fascinating world of search and rescue missions in our captivating conversation with Dan Patterson, a founding member of the Mountaineer Area Rescue Group. With over 26 years of experience and participation in more than 300 missions, Dan shares invaluable insights into the immense planning, coordination, and dedication required to save lives in the great outdoors. You won't want to miss his incredible stories of b...

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We were saddened to learn about the passing of a former guest, Jaimie Sherling.  In tribute to the beautiful soul she was, here is her original conversation from April of 2022.

We were deeply honored to have had a conversation with the inspiring Jaimie Sherling before discovering she had passed away from cancer in April of 2023.  This is a remastered version of Jaimie's original episode, "The You Do You Conversat...

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Have you ever dreamt of turning your hobby into a full-time passion and experiencing the thrill of personal fulfillment? 

Join me, your host Helen, as we explore the challenges and triumphs of these brave individuals, from conquering stage fright to expanding a small hobby into something much more significant.

Starting this August, tune in every other Wednesday for inspiring stories from people daring to follow t...

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How do you react when someone pushes your buttons?  This week’s guest, author and coach, Mary Elizabeth Murphy, shares her Reset Your Buttons model to help us identify what is happening and how to respond appropriately in the moment.  

Mary Elizabeth discusses each piece of the RESET model, helps us understand our personal triggers, how we can apply the RESET model and why her mission is to help people develop the introspection...

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This week’s guest, Brian Anderson, is the only full-time Tick and Lyme Disease Specialist in the US.  After seeing the devastating effects of Lyme disease, Brian has devoted several years to educating outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor workers on how to protect themselves from these little blood-sucking critters.

Brian shares with us how and why he took this path, the life cycle of ticks and what to watch out for, what to do if you get...

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Have you ever wanted to just pack your bags and go wander around the globe?  This week’s guest, New York Times Best Selling Author and professional traveler, Heather Markel, left the safety and security of her corporate gig and did just that!  

Heather shares how she prepared herself, financially and emotionally, to make the leap into exploring the unknown; what she’s learned about herself and others through her travels and why she ...

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Adversity can make you bitter or you can choose to let it make you better.  This week’s guest, Jaimie Shearling, has chosen to make lemonade out of the lemons life has given and she’s added a splash of vodka!

She’s a cancer warrior-turned-entrepreneur helping her sister-breast cancer survivors, she has found acceptance and emotional support through her friends in the Madison Wisconsin drag community and has chronicled her journey of...

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Bonnie Jean Kuras, has always had a passion for helping children.  Throughout her career she’s been an educator and school administrator, seeing and experiencing more than what goes on in the classroom and on the playground.  

The behind-the-scenes stressors began to affect her and those around her yet, thanks to a fateful conversation and a hard truth shared by her husband, Bonnie found a path to continue making a difference by hel...

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Home Baker, Christine Crisatelli, has been at her passion and side hustle for 29 years!  Although she had a dream to own her own bakery, she is no less satisfied with continuing to pursue her baking passion from the comfort of her own kitchen.  Her love of baking and the challenges of learning new decorating techniques to keep up with current baking trends are what have kept her motivated and inspired through the years.

She freely s...

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How do you cope with uncomfortable or stressful situations?  This week’s guest actor-writer-director-producer, Meirav Zur shares one of her coping mechanisms:  HUMOR.  When faced with infertility issues and struggling to talk about and share her experiences, she invited her close friends over for a night of “Wine and Hormones” and acted out what she was going through.  To her surprise, many of her friends were in similar situations...

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Massage Therapist, Christine Girouard, joins us this week to share why she’s passionate about helping others relax, de-stress or recover from injuries.  Through our discussion, Christine shares the benefits of massage, defines different massage techniques and identifies the time you should hold off booking a massage.

Additionally, she shares how she got started in the field, tips for helping your muscles recover, what her next area ...

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Ep. 29 - The Custom Wood Carver Conversation

This week’s guest, Tiffany Marchand, has turned a lifelong fascination with wood carving and design into a unique business, Night Carver Designs.  Her passion for her craft is only surpassed by her energy and innovation in continuing to explore ways for sharing her skills, knowledge and creations.

Join us to hear how Tiffany has practiced her craft, gives back to the “maker community” and ...

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Brian Kintz, Stump Trivia Game Host, joins us this week and shares how he has lived out his passion for trivia which has shaped his path to becoming a popular trivia game host over the years.  Listen in to hear how an unexpected opportunity found on Craig’s List was the first step in Brian becoming a weekly trivia host at bars and restaurants, plus emceeing corporate trivia events. 

We have a lot of laughs as Brian tells us how to a...

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Ruby Miner, Blake Barr, joins us this week to talk about his treasure-hunting hobby of mining for gems.  A lifelong geology and mining interest has driven him to learn where, how and when to search for hidden gems buried within the earth.  His adventures have taken him across the US and have led him to discovering artifacts called Guadalupe tools in addition to an assortment of precious gems and even an 83 karat sapphire!  When he ...

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Author, Poet and Outstanding Author Award-winner of the Driftless in CT series, Dianne Bilyak, joins us this week to share her journey to writing the memoir, “Nothing Special, the Mostly True, Sometimes Funny Tales of Two Sisters”.  The stories focus on Dianne’s relationship with her older sister and their family’s dynamics.  Older sister, Christine, is a happy-go-lucky, extrovert who has Down Syndrome while introverted Diane strug...

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This week’s guest, Michael Hilson Roache, AKA Chef Nupe, joins us to discuss his love of food, cooking and sharing his food experiences.  What began when a relative tried to prepare Michael to cook for himself before he went off to college has evolved into a passion he proudly shares with family and friends.

Experimenting with flavors, whipping up the tried and true family recipes he grew up on and enjoying meals wherever ...

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In honor of January being National Blood Donor Month, this week’s conversation is with guest Bill Borkowski, who has been a lifelong blood donor and as of our recording with him, has donated over 20 gallons of blood through the years.  Plus, this super-hero octogenarian has no intentions of slowing down!

Bill shares how he first got involved with donating blood in the 1970’s, how the entire process has improved since he fi...

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Don't miss some of the funniest moments with our guests!  We're sharing bonus clips and bloopers from our 2021 episodes.  Most clips haven't aired, but we included a few that did to make you laugh all over again.  We've also got lots of our own bloopers that let you peek behind the scenes and hear our mess ups, flubs and hysterical laughter when we couldn't keep it together.

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