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A Storied Life

My Life and Times in Short Audio Segments.

Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:04:01 +0000

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:28:28 -0400

Copyright: Sonia Brock

#77 - Soul Beliefs

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:40:59 +0000

A Coursera course from Rutgers on Soul Beliefs caused me to re-examine my own beliefs

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#76 - Kobo vs Kindle

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:03:31 +0000

his Podcast is comprised of comments from a discussion thread amongst my long time Computer person Beer Matinée group EMCC. The debate was between the Kindle and a Kobo e-readers.

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#75 - Why I Don't Buy African Violet Show Plants

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:22:08 +0000

All it's efforts have been thwarted until that special Countdown-to-Show clock begins ticking and they are finally allowed to bloom. They will never be this perfect again.

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#74 - Insulin and Me

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 22:08:43 +0000

How I came to terms with Diabetes II

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#73 - The Crash

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:22:07 +0000

Not the Stock Market but my Hard Drive
Plus some bits and pieces on Paint Shop Pro, Incredimail and Photoshop

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#72 - On Depression

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 19:33:41 +0000

A trip backwards in time to describe depression and those I've know who have had it.

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#71 - On Linking

Sat, 1 Nov 2008 20:37:01 +0000

When I started surfing the web in the 1980s the Internet and Linking were very new.

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#69 - Familiar Sayings

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:38:29 +0000

CORRECTION: this item now has the correct sound file.
"Do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb?" was a familiar saying back in my hometown of Chatham, Ontario. The joke answer was "Not if it's in cans!" Here are some familiar sayings from my own and other families.

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#70 - Random Acts

Thu, 7 Aug 2008 15:45:10 +0000

I have witnessed random acts of psychological violence from time to time.

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#68 - Voices

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:19:35 +0000

On the power of the human voice in radio and in war gaming.

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#67 - Photoshop and Me

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:42:41 +0000

Photoshop and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) While learning the intricacies of Photoshop I apply the knowledge attained to a new hobby - Artist Trading Cards

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#66 - Computing and The Wicnic

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 16:40:10 +0000

When computers were new at the office and, also, the Wicnic (Wiccan Picnic)

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#65 - Seashells

Tue, 8 Jan 2008 21:25:39 +0000

About Seashells, Weaving, Painting, Pottery and most of all about Hobby fever.

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#01 - Chatham Days

Sat, 8 Dec 2007 15:15:19 +0000

My teenage years in Chatham, Ontario

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#17 - Chatham Stories

Sat, 8 Dec 2007 14:52:34 +0000

Reminiscences of early days in Chatham, Ontario

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#04 - Introduction

Sat, 8 Dec 2007 14:18:42 +0000

I introduce myself.

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#64 - Crossing the Line

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 20:54:00 +0000

A moral decision led to my facing a screaming mob of Strikers.

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#63 - My Virtual Life

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:56:34 +0000

I live online, in a sense, and many of my friends are people I have met online, either through the earlier Bulletin Board Systems or in various Forums, here there and everywhere.

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#62 - Harassment

Sun, 3 Jun 2007 17:05:41 +0000

A tangled tale of sexual harassment, management fumbling the ball and an attempted deed of daring do.

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#61 - Angel Dust

Sun, 13 May 2007 15:23:11 +0000

A short, anecdotal podcast about a love triangle involving a psychiatrist, his wife, their pet ape and the poison, Thallium.

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#60 - The Chitlin Circuit

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 16:06:55 +0000

The Urban Entertainment Circuit aka the Chitlin Circuit played in theaters catering to primarily black audiences across the United States.
I include some memories from a night at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

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#59 - Stuff

Mon, 2 Apr 2007 17:01:13 +0000

A lifetime of collecting has left me with too much stuff.

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#58 - Les Deux Megots

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 14:54:33 +0000

A very special place in a very special time. A New York city Lower East Side coffeehouse in the 1960's. I was there.

Here's a special Link to more on Les Deux Megots

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#57 - On Gambling

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 20:48:03 +0000

Where I learn about the evils of gambling at an early age.

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#56 - On Aging

Sat, 17 Feb 2007 12:46:11 +0000

On achieving the age of 70 I do a reality check.

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#55 - A Winter's Tale

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 16:04:23 +0000

Stories from my life involving winter and ice storms and cold.

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#54 - Thieves and Rogues

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 18:36:38 +0000

Thieves and rogues I have know including the story of the saddest small thief

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#53 - Burlesque

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 13:02:51 +0000

I had never been to Burlesque and I wanted to see what it was like. We went downtown to this hall that was like an old movie palace. There was even a pit orchestra, absolutely essential for emphasizing bumps and grinds and for the drumrolls etc need by the comedians for their punchlines.

Keywords: burlesque, skirt dance, vaudeville

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#51 - Danny Marks Interview

Sat, 30 Sep 2006 18:11:52 +0000

#51 - Danny Marks Interview
I have guested for several years on Danny Marks BLUZ FM on Here's an interview with Danny which included 3 song tracks.

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#50 - Knitting

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 03:37:26 +0000

Adventures in yarn. Knit I must and I find it is a very sociable pursuit.,Transcript

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#49 - Fortune Telling

Sun, 27 Aug 2006 20:02:10 +0000

My adventures learning to tell fortunes. Beware what you say it may come true, as in the self-fulfilling prophecy.

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#48 - My Aunt Gertie

Sat, 29 Jul 2006 20:02:05 +0000

My Aunt Gertie was a stickler for perfection. She had standards and let you know it.

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#47 - Tara, the cat, and Knitting

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 19:12:46 +0000

I have a cat-sized hole in my life that knitting, in part, helps to fill.

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#46 - All That Jazz

Fri, 14 Jul 2006 20:23:38 +0000

Jazz in New York City in the 60's

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#45 - My Parents Visit Me in New York City

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 13:15:01 +0000

It's a long trip from the corn and tobacco fields of Chatham, Ontario, Canada to the Lower East Side of New York City.

We attempt to bridge the culture gap with mixed success.

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#44 - Radical Songs from the 60's

Sat, 17 Jun 2006 12:02:34 +0000

Spanish Civil War Songs, Union Songs and a Country and Western version of the International.

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#43 - Fads and Foods from the 50s

Sat, 10 Jun 2006 21:21:07 +0000

Winkles, Smelt, Finnan Haddie, Wrestling, and Living Better through Chemistry

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#42 - Selling Online

Tue, 6 Jun 2006 14:45:22 +0000

For a year I was an active seller on eBay and, for books, on abebooks. Here's a tale of how I fared and how it isn't easy.

Keywords: selling online, ebay, abebooks

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#41 - The Work of the Weavers

Sat, 20 May 2006 15:48:31 +0000

Extreme panic as sewing machine malfunctions. On sewing and purses and the need to do so. Sewing from patterns and from my own designs is puzzle solving for me. Each completed project is a puzzle unraveled so to speak. I enjoy this.

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#40 - Turn Your Radio On

Thu, 4 May 2006 12:12:57 +0000

How I adopted a radio program
- Danny Marks' Bluz Fm on 91.1 on Toronto's FM dial
8:00 pm to Midnight on Saturdays

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#39 - Mutual Aid

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 16:12:52 +0000

People and books which changed my life -Ghandi, George Washington Carver and Peter Kropotkin.

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#38 - Vampires

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 10:40:29 +0000

Vampires I have known in film, fiction and fact. An overview on dimensions of need.

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#37 - Guild Wars

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 02:06:24 +0000

My online addiction to a massive multi-player war game. An entertaining look at a new way of socializing and a game complexity that rivals chess to some degree.

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#36 - Audience

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:46:34 +0000

Music at its best is defined by a special synergy between audience and performer.
This is a look back at some special audiences I have known.
Web address update added.

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#35 - Nothin' But The Blues

Fri, 10 Feb 2006 20:41:50 +0000

The Blues have been background music for my life. Kept me going when times were tough. This podcast is a short tribute to the Blues

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#34 - Precious Memories

Thu, 26 Jan 2006 14:43:24 +0000

How to Get Your Granny or your Senior Citizen Mum to Podcast Her Memories

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#33 - Preaching to the Choir

Sun, 22 Jan 2006 13:38:03 +0000

When you join a church you get instant community, a village. I joined both a local Anglican church and their choir where I, a female, got to sing with the baritones because I had a low voice and couldn't sing parts.

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#32 - River Road

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 20:06:28 +0000

River Road
Towards the end of WWII we lived on River Road in Chatham, Ontario. This is the story of how I saved my sister from a ferocious sow who was defending her piglets. Here also is the sad tale of Rooster Booster and more....

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# 31 - War Games

Sat, 31 Dec 2005 20:18:43 +0000

I am a war gamer on and off the Net. This is a look back on this area of fun and games

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#30 - Day of the Brain Dead Mall

Sun, 25 Dec 2005 19:03:58 +0000

A mild rant on the working life of the marginally intelligent.

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#29 - Christmas Memories

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 16:17:20 +0000

Lincoln Logs and Pickup Sticks and a private audience with Santa Claus in the snow.

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#28 - Listening In - Some Thoughts on World Radio

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 19:55:42 +0000

To say I'm a radio fan is an understatement. I listen in all kinds of ways. Sometimes I lose track of how many ways I listen.
I have a fairly extensive website and on it are some pages of interest to the listener.
My listen live links where you can choose a radio station to listen to is at

I have a page for world radio at

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#27 - New York City, Junkies and Narrow Escapes

Sat, 10 Dec 2005 05:31:17 +0000

New York City's Lower East Side in the '60s was kind of rough and this Podcast reflects that.

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#26 - NYC and Bitsy the cat's cartoon-like escape

Thu, 1 Dec 2005 19:22:59 +0000

In New York City my cat narrowly escapes a hot bath. Introduced, suitably enough given the current headlines, by a blues number involving tenements and bedbugs.

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#25 - The Russia Trade

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 19:23:43 +0000

Running a website for the Canada Russia Business Forum

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken (song)

Sun, 20 Nov 2005 15:02:03 +0000

Will the Circle Be Unbroken" is a longtime favorite of mine.

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#24 - Ghosts

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:55:44 +0000

How I came to haunt myself and other ghost stories.

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#23 - My Radical Days

Sat, 12 Nov 2005 19:06:49 +0000

My Anarchist days in New York City and later, in Toronto

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#22 - My Father, William Fricker

Mon, 7 Nov 2005 19:26:56 +0000

A family secret and stories of WWI and WWII. Leap Castle in Ireland and a smelly ghost!
Leap Castle has a weird reputation for frightening hauntings.
An evil-smelling creature, half human and half beast, exuding
an abominable stench, is said to roam its lower regions.

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#21 - Traditional Jazz, Vince Hickey and the Blues

Sat, 29 Oct 2005 19:27:40 +0000

Getting started in traditional music.

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#20 - African Violets, Tough Love

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 18:03:55 +0000

This Podcast is about growing African Violets. You have been warned.

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#19 - Martial Arts, eh

Sat, 8 Oct 2005 17:57:06 +0000

I signed up at a Tae Kwon Do gym.

Now started a more rigorous physical regimen unfamiliar to my office sedentary body.
It was like paying to join the Marines.

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#18 - Ma Gov

Tue, 4 Oct 2005 18:53:39 +0000

Some tales out of school about working for the Canadian Federal Government

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#16 - 1960's Reunion of Victoria Spivey & Lonnie Johnson at Gerdes Folk City

Thu, 29 Sep 2005 17:35:14 +0000

The 60's folk boom and a magical reunion of two great blues artists at Gerdes in New York City

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#15 - CB Radio Days

Tue, 27 Dec 2005 15:52:29 +0000

Early adventures in radio. Dungeons and Dragons over the CB Radio.

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#14 - Port Dover, Ontario in the 1920s - Part 3

Sun, 25 Sep 2005 18:28:49 +0000

My mother's step grandfather, Frank Faulkner and other Port Dover relatives.

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#13 - Port Dover in the 1920's - with some perilous escapes.

Wed, 21 Sep 2005 18:47:29 +0000

Family Life in the 1920's in Port Dover and St. Thomas, Ontario - with some perilous escapes.

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#12 - My Mother's Grandmother - Mary Faulkner

Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:52:53 +0000

A trip back in time to 1915 or thereabouts from my mother, Phyllis Fricker's memoirs.

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#11 - How I Almost Became a Folk Singer in the 1960s

Sun, 18 Sep 2005 18:55:44 +0000

I discovered that folk music consisted primarily of three chords and, guess what? I knew three chords on the ukelele!

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#10 - Magick

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 20:10:11 +0000

Magick happens to you. When you focus you embody the center of your focus, which changes your world view and that ends up changing your world.

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#52 - Diabetes, eh?

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 18:13:15 +0000

Diabetes seeks out the weaker parts of your body and produces symptoms there The doctor said it looked like I had full fledged Diabetes II.

Well, darn! r

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#09 - Cloth Dolls

Sun, 11 Sep 2005 16:47:34 +0000

When I was smaller my mother used to read me the Raggedy Ann stories and the most fascinating part for me was, when the people were away, the dolls would stop pretending to be not alive and 'come to life

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#08 - How I Got Into Podcasting

Sat, 10 Sep 2005 14:04:01 +0000

I got an Mp3 Player and had to put something in it. I already listened a lot to Internet radio shows, especially talk shows.

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#07 - My Prison Pen Pal

Thu, 8 Sep 2005 16:31:47 +0000

On death row in Raiford, Florida I spotted a man called Tod, an artist who read science fiction.

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#06 - My Early Days with Computers

Sun, 4 Sep 2005 14:41:21 +0000

How early adoption of computer technology changed my life, for the better, I should add.

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#04 - Atikameg

Fri, 2 Sep 2005 12:49:49 +0000

I went to live on a Cree Indian Reservation 200 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta.

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#03 - I Will Always Be A Member of the Bloody Pirates Club

Wed, 31 Aug 2005 11:23:20 +0000

My father always wanted a boy. This was common knowledge in the family. I was the first born and the first disappointment. As soon as I was old enough to understand the problem I determined to remedy the matter by becoming a very thorough tomboy.

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#02 - New York City - Dobro Guitar

Wed, 31 Aug 2005 01:55:45 +0000

How I learned to play guitar using a high-action dobro guitar

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