Everyday Thin Places

Everyday Thin Places

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.

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October 18, 2021 33 min

Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso check in with honesty, authenticity, and humor about curiosity as a thin place. We begin by talking about Elizabeth's far-fetched husband and his skeptical nature versus Elizabeth's curious nature. After talking through all the possible ways to view the world, Rachael and Elizabeth land on a good healthy way to go through life.

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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.

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October 4, 2021 41 min

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.

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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. 

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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!

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September 13, 2021 61 min

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!

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September 6, 2021 32 min

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

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One more week of Summer break before new episodes return on September 6th, and we're replaying our most downloaded episode of 2020. 

Author, speaker and podcaster Rob Bell joins us to talk about his book, "Everything is Spiritual," the power of well-asked questions, and what is giving him hope right now.  We begin by talking about the power of a good ending.  Then we talk about everything from asking good questions, to ...

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You've heard of "Christmas in July" - how about "Advent in August"? 

We'll be back with brand new episodes in a few weeks, but we're rounding out our final two weeks of summer break with our two most downloaded episodes from last year. 

In this episode we are joined by poet Kaitlin Shetler to discuss her poem "Sometimes I Wonder,"  the concept of incarnation, going deeper into the beauty of the C...

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August 16, 2021 37 min

Another replay of a favorite episode for you to enjoy while we enjoy our summer break! 

To consider fear and pain, we also had to think about ritual. We hope this week's episode opens up conversations to help us to learn about helpful rituals that we can practice throughout all of life.

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August 9, 2021 38 min

Another replay of a favorite episode for you to enjoy while we enjoy our summer break! 

We've had pain on our minds. After last week's episode about fear, we decided to release a three-episode series on fear, pain, and ritual. We hope this week's episode helps shine a light on the different types of pain that we ourselves have experienced and witnessed.

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August 2, 2021 38 min

Another replay of a favorite episode for you to enjoy while we enjoy our summer break!  

Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso dive into the topic of fear, its role and purpose in our lives, and how we can work with our fear in helpful ways.

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One of the most frequent topics we think about as a birth doula and a hospice chaplain is the topic of the cycle of life, death, and new life. We hope this week's episode about the element of earth with Christa Barfield helps you to understand the heart, intention, and inspiration behind Farmer Jawn Greenhouses, and to have a deeper connection to what the earth teaches us about the life, death, and new life cycle.

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Enjoy this replay of a favorite episode!  In 2014, Keri McGinn opened Halcyon Floats in Philadelphia. It was the first flotation therapy location in Philadelphia, but it quickly gained popularity in the Philadelphia area. Keri joins us to talk about water and how floating can help with stress management, letting go, and even meditating to help us experience thin places.

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In this replay of a favorite episode, Ilyssa and Dave Kyu, authors of Campfire Stories: Tales From America's National Parks are here! Ilyssa and Dave recount their time spent traveling around the US National Parks and reveal how campfires facilitate community, preserve history, and celebrate our shared heritage. Plus, Rachael and Elizabeth share some personal stories of the power of campfires in their own lives.

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In this replay of a favorite episode, Rachael and Elizabeth welcome Amy Wright Glenn to the show! Amy is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and the author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula and Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. Amy talks about how air and breath help her to hold space and be present for others in birth, in death,...

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June 28, 2021 44 min

In this replay of one of our favorite episodes, Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso talk about what to expect in their upcoming series about the 4 elements. Rachael and Elizabeth open up about their experiences with each of the 4 elements as they relate to birth and death. Plus, you'll get a brief primer of each of the 4 elements.

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June 21, 2021 1 min

It's summer break! But, we're using this time to recharge. We'll still be releasing content and we would love to partner with you!  Would you "buy us a cup of coffee"? Click here to support Everyday Thin Places: https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces

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It's our birthday! Everyday Thin Places is one year old and we're celebrating by reflecting on this past year, updating everyone with what is going on now, and dreaming for the future! Help us celebrate our first birthday!

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Today we are joined by Zoe Archer, Reiki master and yoga guide. In this episode we talk about Zoe's journey toward Reiki. We also use this time to learn about what takes place in a reiki session,  we experience a bit of the benefits of Reiki, and the surprise of the role Zoe played in the origin of this very podcast!

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