TmT-Calgary’s Lodgepole Pine, PinusContorta – vvp22

The Lodgepole Pine, Welcome back to Valerie’s Variety Podcast, with your host me, Valerie Moss todays show is short and sweet. I’m calling these Two

Minute Tuesdays or TMT’s. As I’ve been doing more and more research for my episodes and working full time, it doesn’t leave enough in the kitty to record and produced timely, so instead of releasing less often I’ve decided to do these short spurts in between the full episode segments. Let me know what you think. My focus as always will be Calgary, this great city, and all that’s captured within it. Enjoy the episode.

Calgary is known for the Lodgepole Pine Trees. Pinus contorta, with the common names lodgepole pine and shore pine, and also known as twisted pine, and contorta pine, is a common tree in western North America. It is common near the ocean shore and in dry montane forests  Like all pines (member species of the genus Pinus), it is an evergreen coniferPinus contorta is a fire-dependent species, requiring wildfires to maintain healthy populations of diverse ages.  They have serotinous cones. This means that the cones are closed and must be exposed to high temperatures, such as from forest fires, in order to open and release their seeds.  There is also a species of bark beetle  known likely to local Albertans as the Mountain Pine Beetle native to the forests of western North America from Mexico to central British Columbia. It has a hard black exoskeleton, and measures approximately 5 mm, about the size of a grain of rice.  In western North America, the current outbreak of the mountain pine beetle and its microbial associates has destroyed wide areas of lodgepole pine forest, including more than 16 million of the 55 million hectares of forest in British Columbia.

Please visit Valerie Moss.ca for all show notes and research details.

New Show Music – Auditions – Interview – vvp16

Todays show is so exciting for me as I come into my own skin more and more with this podcasting gig I’m getting a better sense of what I want to discuss about Calgary and me as a working professional in this great city. Think of this as a behind the scenes episode. Launching my new podcast music gives me such a sense of  pride, this music will be my core sound from now on..consistent in every episode, thanks to Jason for producing this for me.. I had the pleasure of auditioning for a couple other podcasts (Girl in Space and Forgotten News), losing one and winning one gig and being interviewed for another podcast and I’ll share my experiences with you today.

Content Designs:

  1. Calgary content from local eats, to travel, history & legends, past news and some of my favourite passions.  Suggestions from people like you…so thank you and keep them coming. Did You know you can text me using my email address? valerie@valeriemoss.ca instead of putting in a phone number your test application you can insert the email address.
  2. Getting to know the person behind the Calgary podcast and my “what makes me tic’ approach to my life. I’m passionate.
  3. Great Stories that I come upon from podcasters, working professionals and other topics that drive me to write and podcast.
Let’s get into todays episode:

Yay I finally have my own show music and I’m super pumped. Jason Schnell offered to do the music I’m launching today.

Here’s what our process was, I sent him an email with my ideas of music I like and sounds I’m attracted to…

Email between Jason and myself with ideas
Studio that recorded my podcast music
Girl in Space
Girl in Space Audition Notes
  • check out my audition here…how fun!

Here’s my rejection letter lol, it was so nice genuine, loved this experience and kudos to them for responding – at least I know where it was at.

 

Here’s my most positive rejection letter. Love this chance!
Forgotten News
Forgotten News Podcast

I came upon  a note on a Facebook podcast page from a guy name Jim Goodluck…he was looking for narrations voices guest voice for his podcast called Forgotten News.

Check out their podcast blog Forgotten News Podcast

Welcome to the Forgotten News podcast. This is your window to hear true stories from long ago. Stories that once made headlines. Stories that people thought would be unforgettable, but soon were lost in the sands of time, or were buried deep in the dustbin of history. In this podcast, we brush off the sand and dust, and share those stories with you, today — as fresh as when they were first told.

take a listen…

  • insert audition here

I was also a guest on the Mess Hall Podcast with Avery Cochrane

visit his podcast at

https://messhallpodcast.podbean.com

this is a weekly podcast where Avery talks to comedians and sometimes other people about food. With his chef background and a love for pizza, wings and good quality food, this was an enjoyable podcast…take a listen.

  • insert clip here

Thanks for Listening to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment/rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music and Sound for this show was edited through Garage Band the music

  • TASCAM 40, produced, written and played by Jason Schnell for my podcast

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Thanks for listening

Thrifty Princess Consignment (Part Two) – vvp13

Interview with Jen Jensen with Thrifty Princess Consignment ladies wear

What a lucky interview I had with Jen Jensen at Thrifty Princess Boutique  as I waited for the interview to start there was a mom and daughter team in there shopping around…they just had such a great time so as I was testing the microphone and the setting I recorded their dialogue, how sweet, I love shopping with London and having fun in this store…trying on clothes and jewellery. Jen is always so genuine and she truly loves what she does and is honest with her shoppers about the items they try on…great feedback. Of course you can hear me in there enjoying all of the items. So tempting. She has such an amazing decorative flair with beautiful antiques within her mix, she has vintage as well as modern high brand names – caters to all.

And Part Two here – includes out takes and mic testing

The cutest antique chair with a top hat just so…

 

Thrifty Princess Consignment (Part One) – vvp13

Interview with Jen Jensen with Thrifty Princess Consignment ladies wear

What a lucky interview I had with Jen Jensen at Thrifty Princess  as I waited for the interview to start there was a mom and daughter team in there shopping around…they just had such a great time so as I was testing the microphone and the setting I recorded their dialogue, how sweet, I love shopping with London and having fun in this store…trying on clothes and jewellery. Jen is always so genuine and she truly loves what she does and is honest with her shoppers about the items they try on…great feedback. Of course you can hear me in there enjoying all of the items. So tempting. She has such an amazing decorative flair with beautiful antiques within her mix, she has vintage as well as modern high brand names – caters to all.

Listen to part one of this interview here:
Jen Jensen from Thrifty Princess
Jen Jenson
Top Hat tipped just so...That's the Thrifty Princess Boutique way
Pill hat tipped just so…inspiring
Shelves of Shoes for days at Thrifty Princess Boutique
Shoes Shoes Shoes
Antique chair (NFS) and shelves of shoes for days
The cutest antique chair with a top hat just so…
Thrifty Princess Secret Trap door that leads under Edmonton Trail NE
Boarded up hole in the wall in her dirt basement storage, leading to tunnels underneath Edmonton Trail…
Thrifty Princess Vintage Swag around the store
Cutest dress form placed just so outside the back entrance…free parking

Visit her instagram page Thrifty Princess Boutique  or on facebook at ThriftyPrincess Boutique she even sells online…don’t forget when you stop by her store located at 810 Edmonton Trail NE, to consign or shop be sure to pay attention to the spirits in her little shop, they’re watching you but they are happy…

Listen to Part Two of the episode here:

 

Working on some upcoming shows

Thanks for Listening to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment/rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music and sounds for this show is provided through Garage Band and due to classy nature of Jen’s store we’ve chosen

  •  Classy Change Layers

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

 

Q & A between Mom and 6 year old Daughter – vvp12

Q and A between Mom and 6 year old

Interview with my 6 year old daughter about life through her eyes…

  • at what age is a person an adult?
    • 41 and 18 is a very young adult
  • at what age do you want to be an adult?
    • 1 then 60
  • What would be hard thing about being blind
    • bump into things – a guiding dog would be perfect
  • What would you rather give up, iPad candy or friend?
    • ipad
  • How would you describe yourself?
    • pretty – nice and fluffy hair
  • what would someone else and your friends describe you?
    • interesting
  • What is the best thing about your mom?
    • Hugs and kisses and podcasts
      • podcastes – podcast-ed :0 o cute
  • If you were a mom what would be the best thing that you would do?
    • watch iPad
    • bike rides
    • be nice
    • unsupervised bike rides
  • What do you love most about camping?
    • (plactus) plastic cheese
    • London describes camping cheese…
  • Tell me the funny thing or person you know
    • funny person at school, Mr. Clark
  • What’s the hardest thing about being a child
    • wants to watch more tv
    • it’s hard to make choices
      • hard to control yourself at school…figure out playing by yourself or with your friends
      • who to play with?
  • Favourite Pets
    • hamster and story about fish
  • Chores
    • dishwasher
  • If you were invisible
    • scare mom and dad.
q and a between Mom and 6 year old Daughter

Listen to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band today we London and I produced our own music using Radio Stager 05 and Sweet Nectar Beat, thanks London for choosing your two favourites.

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Thanks for listening.

I’ve been Summoned…have You? – vvp10

I picked up the mail like any other day and there’s a letter from the Alberta government…opening it initially thinking it was for a vehicle fine or something…to my surprise it was a Jury Duty Summons.

A “jury summons” is a court order. It means you have to attend at the time and place stated so that a jury can be selected, unless you have been excused. Although you may not be chosen as a juror, you do have to show up. Serving on a jury in our society is both a privilege and a legal duty.

Jury Summons Important Notice

In Alberta the Jury Duty Rules are:

https://www.alberta.ca/jury-duty.aspx

Courtroom Etiquette:

https://www.alberta.ca/courtoom-etiquette.aspx

Back of the Summons

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be on a jury, watching all of the crime shows and listening to the different cases on the news I wanted to be part of this experience. I hear lots of people do not want to be on jury duty nor are they honoured or thrilled to get this letter…but I am! I think it’s our civic duty to be part of this process. Our taxes and our Right to vote and have an impact. This kind of stuff makes me tic and want to be part of the society we live in. have an impact.

The jurors are charged with the responsibility of deciding whether, on the facts of the case, a person is guilty or not guilty of the offence for which he or she has been charged. The jury must reach its verdict by considering only the evidence introduced in court and the directions of the judge.

There’s a part of me that has a bit of a concern if I was to get a case like OJ Simpson or something like this that could financially impact my life long term and my family unit. What about a case of child abuse or animal cruelty – how would I react…I’m prepared in some ways understanding this would be a serious offence and the people on trial may not be understood or understandable….wish me luck. Tell me your story and I’ll add it to a future episode.  Send me an email and let me know what it was like or leave me a comment through your podcast app or in my show feed.

Over 20 years ago my dad was on a jury, at the time I didn’t know although I was in school and living with him at my childhood home, he kept this a complete secret from me. He got up and went to “work” every day like normal, I had no idea until it was over. He had a very hard case to decide on the the victim in his case was a teenage girl and her name was Valerie.. couldn’t be closer to home for him. It was a tough case and has stayed with him for a number of years. It was about a bunch of teenagers driving around in a car drinking and having a good time, until they weren’t. There was a car accident, the one girl (Valerie) was struck by a tape deck and she bled to death – the biggest part of the story from my dad’s perspective was the driver was concerned about the stolen tape deck and not about this girl bleeding to death – such a bad decision for him. The poor girl died due to his lack of concern – again from my dad’s perspective.

Listen here:

Unfortunately even before I got this episode recorded my chance at jury duty was cancelled. I was working on a job site the day before when I had to call in to ensure that this was still on and scheduled so I called the number for verification and to my dismay – it was cancelled…how disappointed was i? Very….If you have a Juicy jury duty story or want to share your experience with me I’d love to hear from you…

Thanks for Listening to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment or rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and today I chose

Doghouse Melody Piano

Sound effects used today are

Record Player Scratching

The intro for today’s podcast is recorded by Janice Wilby who was featured in my Boadcasting for Corrections episode. The out-tro is recorded by London Moss.

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Thanks for listening.

 

Interview: Expatriate in Qatar Born in Calgary-PartTwo-vvp8

Welcome back to part Two Interview with an Expatriate, Born in Calgary Living in Qatar thanks for joining me for the second part of this two part series, if you haven’t listened to the first segment I’d recommend you do this first to provide you background into today conversation. Enjoy today’s episode about the King of Qatar, weather, muslim culture, teaching, shopping and advice.

Listen to Part Two here…

Interview: Expatriate in Qatar, Born in Calgary-PartOne-vvp8

Interview with an Expatriate, Born in Calgary Living in Qatar

This is a two part series Part One and Part Two

There isn’t many people I come across since living in Calgary that are actually born here…but my dad, Michael Swain was born here at the Calgary General Hospital. He went back to school later in life completing his Masters in Business Administration and then packing up his bags looking for new experiences, across the pond. Finding an opportunity as a Professor in a Commerce school in Doha, Qatar which lasted 7 years.

welcome to the show Michael Swain…

  • where were you born
  • Calgary General Hospital
  • What school did you go to?
  • Live?
  • Where did you mom and dad work

Check out this link for Imperial Oil

  • what do you remember about their jobs?
  • what year was this
  • Stampede memories in Calgary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgary_Stampede

  • Best memory of Calgary
  • coming to calgary now…
  • What does it mean to be an expat?

Saskatchewan Polytechnique 

College of the North Atlantic.

Weather in Qatar

Muslim

Welcome back to part Two Interview with an Expatriate, Born in Calgary Living in Qatar thanks for joining me for the second part of this two part series, if you haven’t listening to the first segment I’d recommend you do this first to provide you background into today conversation. Enjoy today’s episode about the King of Qatar, weather, muslim culture, teaching, shopping and advice.

Thank’s for listening to Today’s episode if I’ve left anything out or you’d like to learn more about Michael’s tenure in Qatar let me know. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment or rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and due to Micheals love for playing base guitar  we’ve chosen

  • Offbeat Auto Wah Guitar

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Part One

Coming up on the next episode I will be reviewing a few Calgary Restaurants and our amazing and not so amazing experiences

  1. Calgary Tower
  2. Wellingtons
  3. Stadium Keg

Interview with a Warden-PartTwo-vvp7

Welcome to the final chapter Part Two of our interview with a Warden – catch the first part here.

Welcome Darren Reeves, Warden for over 25 years…in corrections and policing, he is a very deep thinker and takes his position in society serving the public with humble and respectful thoughts, he’s careful and methodical about his occupation and his opinions  are constantly regarded for others at any level including inmates and colleagues. Treating people right regardless of what they’ve done, he has a very foot forward position to process. Make effective changes in someone else life, we are all human. This episode was recorded in Dalmeny Saskatchewan in my dad’s dining room setting, as you can hear there’s family mulling about in the background…, enjoy the episode!

  • Level of security.
  • Step by Step Processing
  • 7 Different facilities
  • Women Correctional Institutes
  • Process’s
  • Worst Situation, Best memory?
  • How did you meet Janice…

Thanks for Listening to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment or rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Part Two

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and Darrin’s love for Jazz influenced our pic today:

  • Jazzy Downtemp!

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Coming up on the next episode an interview with an Expat, Michael Swain..born right here in Calgary at the General Hospital, his experience with Stampede, later in life achieving his Masters in Business Administration then moving across the world in search of life experiences landed him a Professor position with a commerce school in Doha Dubai.

Interview with a Warden-PartOne-vvp7

Welcome Darren Reeves, Warden for over 25 years…in corrections and policing, he is a very deep thinker and takes his position in society serving the public with humble and respectful thoughts, he’s careful and methodical about his occupation and his opinions  are constantly regarded for others at any level including inmates and colleagues. Treating people right regardless of what they’ve done, he has a very foot forward position to process. Make effective changes in someone else life, we are all human. This episode was recorded in Dalmeny Saskatchewan in my dad’s dining room setting, as you can hear there’s family mulling about in the background…, enjoy the episode!

  • Level of security.
  • Step by Step Processing
  • 7 Different facilities
  • Women Correctional Institutes
  • Process’s
  • Worst Situation, Best memory?
  • How did you meet Janice…

Thanks for Listening to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment or rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and Darrin’s love for Jazz influenced our pic today:

  • Jazzy Downtemp!

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Part One

Coming up on the next episode an interview with an Expat, Michael Swain..born right here in Calgary at the General Hospital, his experience with Stampede, later in life achieving his Masters in Business Administration then moving across the world in search of life experiences landed him a Professor position with a commerce school in Doha Dubai.