I was naïve to think a podcast would somehow give me less writing to do every day! If I thought writing solid thousand-word posts were a challenge, imagine how I felt when I realised that there’re ten thousand of ’em in an hour-long podcast! I’d become pretty accomplished as a writer, sure, but I didn’t do that overnight. I still needed to train my podcasting brain so I wouldn’t need to write my thoughts out first… I just wanted to get on the mic and make the magic happen.
But until we reach that day, practice will just have to make perfect, and it’s with that approach in mind that I bring you the second Chatting with Casey!
If you notice a slight change in tone this episode, let’s just say I’ve learned my lesson—don’t record your podcast anywhere you’re not comfortable just being yourself.
I wasn’t finding the time to record at home, so I found a quiet spot to get my thoughts out and get on the ball for episode two!
Yeah, big mistake. I sound entirely subdued like I just had a bad day at the job. It’s a lesson well-learned that I don’t plan to need twice, so here’s hoping you stick around for week three!
As for this episode, it features an interview with Tracy Molyneaux, who among the various other hats she wears, currently manages Coffee Public at Bay and College in downtown Toronto!
It’s worth listening to the podcast to hear Tracy’s story! Amidst her side hustles/passions in makeup artistry and jewellery making and managing a ridiculous number of social media accounts, I’m glad she found time to talk to me!
The world is in pain. There’s so much going on and so many problems that our response can often be to become numb to it and grow apathetic, but that is the completely wrong response. We need to stop complaining about the world around us and do more to make it the world we want to live in.
And that’s where events like the Women’s Brain Health Initiative Launch come in.
Food and Film For Thought
Designed around the premise that Alzheimer’s attacks women proportionally more than men, yet all the Alzheimer’s studies focus on their male counterparts*, the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (or WBHI for short) represents and advocates for the at-risk population of women who may eventually face Alzheimer’s and its debilitating effects.
I heard this was good, but I’ll admit. I had some of the complimentary champagne instead. Yup.
Attending as Christine Pantazis‘ +1, the night started at Tryst Nightclub, where they plied us with as much food and drink as our bellies could handle; met old friends and made new ones; and prepared for the not-quite-long-at-all trek to Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre to see the premiere of Michael McGowan’s Still Mine, a film about an elderly New Brunswicker couple’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and how it profoundly affects their lives.
While generally not one for dramas, I’ll admit that Still Mine is a great film. I haven’t been exposed to very much Canadian cinema (nor have i been farther east than Montreal within Canada), but I’d recommend this film to anyone. The story of Craig and Irene Morrison (as portrayed by Academy Award nominees James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold) and how it affects their family and town of St. Martins is a profound one. The love and witty banter they exchange after 61 years of marriage are things I think many audiences could relate to.
Includes Aroma coffee beans, a WBHI Hope-Knot pin, Purdy’s chocolate, tissues (for the movie), a free beverage at Aroma, and various WBHI literature
Kirstine Stewart, Chair of the WBHI (and fresh from her transition from CBC’s Vice President of English Language Services to the Managing Director of the very new Twitter Canada), bookended the showing with comments as well as a Q&A with the film’s director, Michael McGowan. It was within that Q&A that we learned that despite Craig Morrison’s November 2010 triumphs as detailed in the film, the celebration was sadly short-lived with his death this past February at the age of 93.
So What Can We Learn From All of This?
What I took away from the event is that Alzheimer’s for women is a very real concern and that the WBHI would love your help in funding research and hopefully finding a cure.
But that’s not all I learned.
I learned that people care. That people want a better world, but realize that it won’t happen overnight. It requires generosity. It requires empathy. It requires all of us to see the bigger picture and to take action today for a better tomorrow.
Find a cause you believe in, get up and help out. Our world isn’t going to fix itself!
* After publishing this post, an old classmate — who is conducting studies on Alzheimer’s — pointed out that while the argument is well-intended, it isn’t completely accurate:
“I can see where the argument is coming from, it’s just over-generalized and giving people the wrong idea. Studies for safety, which are generally conducted before studies for efficacy, are usually done in healthy volunteers, often male, because you don’t have to worry about things like pregnancy or menopause. However, once it’s shown to be safe, then studies for efficacy are conducted in both men and women.”
—Abby Li, Research Assistant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands: