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.

Interview: Broadcasting for Corrections-vvp6

Welcome Janice Wilby (Reeves) to the show…she came from good humble beginnings surviving a 5 car pile up as a teenager, moving into a small aboriginal town starting highschool with her mom and younger sister, having a baby at a young age, going back to school and ending up as a communications consultant in Policing and Corrections where she loves to push continuous improvement everyday…she’s also met her fiancé in jail…enjoy the episode. Broadcasting for Corrections and her history of pushing for change.

  • Where/When did we meet? Meadow Lake Saskatchewan
  • 1992 accident, September 3
  • 1993 moved to meadow lake at 15 years old
  • Our Parents
  • Favourite memory about living in Meadow Lake with our blended family…and a pig named Stella
  • Having a daughter at a young age
  • Super proud of you
  • Tell me about how your career has evolved
  • How did you and Darrin meet….

Thanks for Listening 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 and due to Janice’s love for the blues…we’ve chosen

  • Funky Electric Guitar 03

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by Janice Wilby

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

Coming up on the next episode an interview with veteran warden for over 20 years….have you been  in jail or spent time in corrections, if you have or know someone who has send me a note at Valerie@ValerieMoss.ca with your story as I’d love to hear it!

 

 

Why a Podcast? Calgary-Work Safety-vvp Pilot

Valerie’s Variety Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1 -PILOT 

  • Why a Podcast
  • Living in the Calgary area
  • Working as a project manager.

Why a podcast? I’ve blogged for years even surpassing 200 posts on quilting, sewing and my own opinions  -now that’s a feat!. VSquareD is a new outlet for me because I have something to tell and have an opinion that I want to share and I listen to so many excellent podcasts on my daily communute that have inspired me to do this. Variety is what I’m looking to put out there for your opinions, your feedback, teach me something, influence me, challenge me and I hope to do the same. LIVE WORK PLAY, what makes you TIC

Podcast also known as autoblogging started in the 1980’s – there’s more than 250,000 podcasts on iTunes in more than 100 languages,

some of my favourite podcasts are (not necessarily in this order)

  • Someone Knows Something a podcast about unsolved crimes in Canada. David Riggen is now on season 4 of this intense excellently produced podcast, he has a great way of telling a story
  • The Minds of Madness – True Crime Stories an investigative discovery, uncovering event, circumstances and state of mind which cause ordinary people to do unthinkable things. Tyler’s voice  is edgy but soft spoken and slightly slow however the stories never let me down
  • S-Town– S.Town or shit town is a podcast from Serial and This American Life, Host Brian Reed about a man named John who despise his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the some of a wealth family who allegedly been bragging that he go away with murder, but when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud a hunt for hidden treasure and an unearthing of the mistrials of ones man’s life.

Calgary, also known as cow town located in the southern part of Alberta in Western Canada. Where  prairies and mountains meet, oil fields are in abundance and destination skiing and winter sports is what everyone talks about. Calgary is home to the most famous Major in the world, Mayor Nenshi – who’s been on the ballot box line up for 3 consecutive votes and won each time. why because he’s grounded, fair and fearless. Isn’t this what we all want in ourselves. Known for the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Flames Hockey Team – Living in Calgary for almost 20 years, my entire career is here, my history is here – we have roots here. I love it here, the weather is hot and dry in the summer  getting up to mid to high 30’s (low 90’s in fahrenheit  in the summer and mid to low -30 degrees celcius in the winter is -22 F, for you southerners it’s super cold, for us yep is super cold too. Have you been to this awesome city? If so share your story and I’ll share it out (or now depends how you feel)

Work?  Something most of us are committed to and can’t avoid I’m a Senior Project Manager for a Signage Company, my first task was to install 7000 signs into the new International Airport Expansion project in Calgary, the 4th largest Airport in Canada. Our scope of the project was supposed to be completed in 6 months was eventually completed in 3 years – we had 160 change orders and 170 sign types. the majority of our change orders happened in the last 3 months of the whole project, just before opening. Talk about pressure. The best part was completion, the worst part was being bullied, harassed and put to the test every single day on this job. Looking back I basically received a whole lifetime of experience as I was the superintendent on site, a female, in her 30’s among 1500 other trades and all men – life lessons were learned. Have you worked on a constuction site? which site?

Thank you for listening to Valerie’s Variety Podcast I hope you enjoyed this pilot episode, please leave me a comment, a rating on itunes . Please visit valeriemoss.ca for show notes, links to today’s topics.

this episode is written through WordPress, researched and produced through Garageband by me, Valerie, edited by Jeff and added to in our b, roll by London.

Jeval Dupioni Silks (166)

Today I wanted to show a short video on Jeval Dupioni Silks and how great they are to work with in your quilting projects.

(To view video larger click the button that looks like 4 arrows under the YouTube logo)

What I wanted to add was the name of the magazine that I read the article in about silks but I’ve seemed to have misplaced it at the moment…

Any questions about Jeval Dupioni Silk, please email me valerie@pastimesonline.ca.

Until next time, stay happy and creative!

Feedback Wanted for Block of the Month Clubs (163)

Those of you who’ve been part of our block of the Month Clubs either Journey of a Quilter or A Kittens Tale I would love to hear from you. Either private email me or leave a comment here on the blog with feedback. I’m gearing up for the next round of block of the Month Clubs and really want to know how these first 2 went from you perspectives…Thanks so much in advance for taking the time to get back to me, I truly appreciate it!!
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Within a Quarter Inch Contest: Winner (entry 66)

Hi Ladies, the winner for the Within a Quarter Inch comment/quilt contest has been drawn and the lucky lady is …drum-roll please…Gloria J from Massachusetts, USA…congrats Gloria – Allison Rosen will be contacting you with further details.

I would like to extend a big thanks to Allison for putting up these lovely prizes and for all of you who took the time to visit through my store and blog, so appreciated!! I sure hope you will stop by again soon 🙂

(option one, love it!)

(option 2, now which one would I pick?)

Also, I have to give Allison kudos for my logo name change to include “and the world” I was thinking of adding something to this logo tagline and then when I heard my first sponsor ad on the podcast I snagged Allison’s wording – so thanks for that also:)

The contest isn’t over so anyone who leaves a comment that hasn’t left one already after January 1st ( I see Pam’s comment, only) will be entered into her second draw (which ever quilt from above that isn’t chosen) Yay!! come join the fun ladies!!

Until next time…have a happy and creative day!

e-Interviews (entry 57)

Hi Ladies, I’ve heard back from a few of my ‘regulars’ (I can say that now) of my blog and online store and so far all of them have said yes…to what you wonder?

I’ve decided I want to get to know YOU on a more personal level. So, I’m going to be doing e-interviews. If you are interested, please let me know as I would like to hear from ALL of you out there in blog-land AND from those of you who lurk but don’t comment 🙂

So to kick it off, I’ll be the first:

How many years have you been quilting, what or who got you started?

I’ve been quilting since 2003, when my Aunt-in-law, Karen took me to a Guild Potluck, I was so inspired and in aaaw that I signed up for every class and bought hundreds of dollars worth of the “must-haves”.

Were you a sewer first? 

I can truly say no. I’ve always been creative, liked to knit since I was young but no not a sewer per-sa. I was newly married when my Aunt gave me her old sewing machine (1980 or so Kenmore, metal body weighing a tonne) and I signed up to take some sewing classes to learn the basics – which I loved. My sewing teacher Susan, ended up to be a member in the guild I had been so inspired by and as they say…”The rest is history” 🙂

What is your favourite technique?

Mine would have to be two things, paper piecing and scrappy quilts.

Do you have a favourite store: online or Brick & Motar and why?

Yes, Traditional Pastimes, Calgary, Alberta. A Brick & Motar that is very quaint, helpful staff.

What is a tool that you can’t live without?

My Ginger Scissors. In 2005, I was teaching a class at my local guild and I was walking around helping people with their Raggedy Anne dolls when I picked up Kim’s scissors and cut a piece of fabric with them, WOW my life has never been the same lol. 

Who is your biggest influence in the Quilting world – famous or otherwise?

 I think my influences change from time to time. Since I’ve started this online business I’m influenced by so many of the women I am in this sisterhood with, my Guilds. They all touch my heart and soul on so many levels – thank you ladies. There is also so many here in blog-land: CathiMishka, Heather, Rachel D, Lisa, Rachel G, just to name a few as I read about 100+ blogs.

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have a favourite?

 I listen to all sorts of podcasts for business and pleasure. Go to iTunes and search Podcasts. Some of my favourites are Within a Quarter Inch, Quilting Stash, Sew Stitch Create, Life Coach, Bon Appetite, Digital Marketer and more.

My first official quilt, “Bird Bug”. I have to say I LOVED making this one. Why is it, so many of us start with applique?

all needle turn applique, by hand, invisible thread for the echo quilting

don’t you just love the red button for the eye?

I’m not really sure what this label shape is :~)

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I so look forward to getting to know you all better, have a happy and creative day,

Podcasts and BLOGS (entry 19)

Hi Ladies, I wanted to share a few of my favourite Podcasts & BLOGS with you that I listen to on a regular basis and love.

First: Alison Rosen puts out this excellent BLOG called Within a Quarter Inch – she always has so many good ideas and I love her sense of humour – just a good down to earth person with a creative heart – I can relate, can you? Here’s the link to her Podcast – it’s completely free listen to her while commuting into work and you will have a blast!!

Second: I also listen to Gene’s called Quilted Cupcake she’s also great to listen to – just very down to earth. She just did this fab one on aprons.

Third: Rachel Griffith called p.s. I Quilt she is quite gifted and creative – I like her short & sweet blog postings.

Fourth: Is my sister Lisa Jones’s BLOG called Urbane Bliss. This isn’t a BLOG about quilting or crafting although she is quite creative and is becoming more involved in the whole Pastimes Online Biz and she is an excellent sewer. She writes about her kids, natural parenting, massage as she is a massage therapist and owns her own business called Urban Therapeutics which is mobile massage. I always learn something from her…