Backyard Oasis

Backyard Oasis

Backyard Oasis is a podcast designed by and for older adults living in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, and produced in the multimedia studios at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. Backyard Oasis reaches out to older adults who seek knowledge to help them live more thoughtfully, healthily, and happily; who hope to inspire others with their ideas; and who serve their communities in the interest of greater good. Join us frequently in the Backyard Oasis for wide-ranging conversations with a diversity of people who are growing older...and want to talk about it! Created by Dennis Lee, Denise Schwartz, Chad Fuller, Christine Copeland, and Judy Raper Produced by Alex Audette at Greenfield Community College's Teaching and Learning Innovation Center.

Episodes

February 21, 2024 27 mins

In this episode of Backyard Oasis, author Ed Orzechowski talks about the conditions and abuses at the Belchertown State School, and tells the story of one resident who got out and went on to a very productive life.

Contributors: Dennis Lee, Denise Schwartz, Ed Orzechowski

Produced by Alex Audette in the multimedia studio at Greenfield Community College

Edited by Nina Bocko

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In this episode of Backyard Oasis, Chad Fuller speaks with Al Rimbach about cars through the ages, from their initial invention to the modern electric revolution.Contributors: Chad Fuller, Al RimbachProduced by Alex Audette in the Multimedia Studios at Greenfield Community College

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January 24, 2024 36 mins

Dennis Lee talks with Bruce Landon a former American Hockey League and Hartford

Whalers goalie about his playing career, moving into management, and then writing

his autobiography "The Puck Stops Here."

Contributors: Dennis Lee, Bruce Landon

Produced by Alex Audette in the Multimedia Studios at Greenfield Community College

Edited by Nina Bocko

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Judy Raper, Associate Dean for Community Engagement at GCC hosts regional hairdresser and mother of two, Jessica Niebala and Indiana native MacKenzie Shanahan, who is employed in the entertainment industry to talk all things Reality TV! Favorite shows, celebs and intergenerational viewing habits are discussed along with perspective on just how real Reality TV is. Don't take this conversation TOO seriously. Just have fun with it. We...

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Jessica Niedbala, Mackenzie Shanahan and Judy Raper reunite to discuss all things reality TV! Coming from three different generational perspectives; they share their thoughts on "Summer House", "Big Brother", "The Golden Bachelor", "Paris in Love" and a lot more!

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Backyard Oasis Season 1 Episode 6:

In this episode, Dennis Lee talks with musician, poet, and former firefighter Tom Clark (A.K.A. Tommy Twilite) about a life spent split between a career in public service and a passion for creating art. Be sure to like the video, subscribe to the Greenfield Community College YouTube channel, and check back regularly for new episodes of Backyard Oasis, as well as other enriching GCC content.

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December 13, 2023 32 mins

Backyard Oasis Episode 05: The Power Of Love And Music: A Conversation With Nick Kachulis on "Life With Bill"

Life With Bill Facebook: / lifewithbill1 ;

Nick Kachulis: https://www.nickkachulis.com/life-wit...

“At ninety two my dad came to live with us. I had no idea how it would transform my life.” Writer, storyteller, composer and musician Nick Kachulis tells the story of caring for his dad. https://www.nickkachulis.com/life-wit.....

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Backyard Oasis Episode 04: Brook Hollow Press and Independent Publishing in Western Massachusetts

In this episode, Christine Copeland of the Backyard Oasis podcast team talks to Russell Powell of Brook Hollow Press about the independent publisher's mission and achievements, as well as opportunities for community members to contribute their own creative work. Be sure to like the video, subscribe to the Greenfield Community College Y...

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November 15, 2023 24 mins

Backyard Oasis Episode 03: Keys to Combatting Loneliness & Isolation

In this podcast Chad Fuller, Backyard Oasis volunteer, and Jessica Gifford, Founder of ProjectConnect, explore the similarities and differences between isolation and loneliness, and discuss strategies for combatting them. Be sure to like the video, subscribe to the Greenfield Community College YouTube channel, and check back regularly for new episodes of Backya...

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November 1, 2023 38 mins

Four individuals, born in different decades, explore both the blessings and challenges that the evolution in technology has brought about. They also discuss their personal relationships to technology. Be sure to like the video, subscribe to the Greenfield Community College YouTube channel, and check back regularly for new episodes of Backyard Oasis, as well as other enriching GCC content!

Links: https://www.gcc.mass.edu/

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October 25, 2023 28 mins

Backyard Oasis Episode 01: Keep On Churnin'!

In this conversation with Pat Sicard of RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), we explore opportunities for volunteering in the Pioneer Valley. Learn how you can get involved, and what steps you need to take on your way to volunteering! Be sure to like the video, subscribe to the Greenfield Community College YouTube channel, and check back regularly for new episodes of Backyard Oasis, a...

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