Episode 29: Out of Your Comfort Zone

In this episode of Further Reflections we hear an interview with Dr. Emma Mardlin. Emma is the author of Out of Your Comfort Zone: Breaking Boundaries for a Life Beyond Limits. The book offers effective working tools to conquer our deepest fears, be they minor or major, and harness them to achieve our ultimate goals, establish higher purpose and get everything we want. Visit https://www.outofyourcomfortzone.uk/ to learn more. In the second half of the podcast Mark talks about stepping outside of his comfort zone when in 2004 he went to Fuzhou, China to teach English as a Second Language. Mark was the only Non-Asian teacher at a vocational language school and got to visit some unique towns and villages. Along the way Mark reflects on time spent in Fujian as well as trips to Shanghai, Jiangsu and Hubei Provinces and how a new relationship impacted his life at the time.

Episode 28: Buzz For The Lost

Further Reflections presents two new interviews, Ron St. Louis and David McGee. Mark interviewed Ron before back in 2011. At that time Ron was concerned with peak oil and energy issues but was just getting into beekeeping. Now it is a main interest in his life and source of income. Ron runs the business Capital Bees where he sells honey, breeds bees and does a beekeeping apprenticeship program. In the interview Ron discusses all things bees including a trip to a conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2017. He also returns to some of the themes of the first interview towards the end. David McGee is the man behind the Lost Ottawa website and facebook page which is one of the largest local interest pages of its kind in Ottawa. Lost Ottawa shares pictures of Ottawa as it was then and elicits lots of memories and nostalgia from people online. Recently it was turned into a two book project and has proved very successful in that format too. David discusses all things ‘lost’ as well as reflects on time spent living in Boston and Berlin, Germany.

Episode 27: New Thought, New Movies

Further Reflections returns for a second year with a change to the format. In the first half of the podcast we hear from author Mitch Horowitz to discuss his new book the Miracle Club. Mitch is interested in how thoughts can be causative and the New Thought movement and weaves those themes together with personal examples from his own life and those of his heroes to enable us to potentially manifest positive change in our lives. In this second half Mark talks about several movies that made an impact on him in the second half of 2018 including Roma, The Favourite, Eighth Grade and Beast. He also looks back at Don’t Look Now and recommends the Maltin on Movies podcast among other things.

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Episode 26: Year One

It’s the one year anniversary of Further Reflections and Mark takes a look back at some of the highlights. We hear Jim Birtch, Chris Bisson and Mike Nickerson share their experiences of the city of Ottawa, Glenn Campbell discuss Shamanism, Mark review the book Brida and Pamela French discuss authentic relating games. Later Corrie Rabbe, Randal Goodfellow and Mark talk about the movies, Laurin Fulton discusses environmental sustainability, Stewart McIsaac, Amber Westfall and Daniel Foor share unique travel experiences and Mark ends with some new material, perspectives on the books Muhammad, Jesus and The Buddha by Deepak Chopra. Thanks to all for making the first year of Further Reflections an enjoyable one.

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Episode 18: Tim Yearington

Tim Yearington is the guest on this episode of the podcast. He describes himself as as an Algonquin knowledge keeper and will discuss Thunderbird teachings and being a Thunderbird himself as well as a proposed Shaman school to embody people to heal others and themselves among other interesting topics. Visit http://www.timyearington.com/ to learn more. 

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Episode 17: Movie Recap

In this episode Mark recaps some of the movies that made an impression on him in the first half of 2018. He discusses Black Panther, Annihilation and First Reformed, looks back on Mildred Pierce and The Long Goodbye and re-visits Brokeback Mountain and Her among other titles.

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Episode 16: Sébastien Bacharach

Sébastien Bacharach is an artist based in Perth, Ontario with a passion for sustainability. He discusses his interest in Islamic geometric art, the influence of Islam on his life, his experiences in Thailand participating in meditation retreats, the Transition movement and more. Visit him at http://bastoubach.com/

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Episode 14: Voices on Ottawa

Mark posed the question to 10 previous guests of what they like, dislike and would change about the city of Ottawa. Their responses are gathered in this podcast. Among those voices are Jim Birtch of The Ottawa Biosphere Eco City, Laurin Fulton of Vegetable Visions, Rev. Robert Meagher and Mike Nickerson, author of Life, Money and Illusion.

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Episode 12: Christopher Kelly-Bisson

Christopher Kelly-Bisson is the guest on this episode. He recaps a recent conference about an agri-food policy for Canada and shares some of his perspectives that come from studying politics at the PHD level at the University of Ottawa.  Find Chris on twitter @chrisiferous

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Episode 10: Brian Tohana

Further Reflections returns with an interview with Brian Tohana. Brian doesn't like to label himself but offers Transformational Life Coaching services. In the interview he talks about his work with an elderly man with dementia, how meditation led to a spiritual awakening, Authentic Relating Games, his inspirations and interests, an upcoming book he is co-authoring and more. Visit http://briantohana.com/ or https://www.thepowerofpermission.ca/ to find out more.