Aging Frances Podcast TTT Season 2

Season 2 Episode 38: Frances on the Art of Aging

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.  

Thank you for listening in. 

A few weeks ago, my mother,  Frances, and I were discussing the aging process, something that we all have in common.  I think of the quote by Andy Rooney: “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”

There are many self-help books and articles that promise ways in which we can age gracefully and provide tips on how to stay sharp and look amazing.  When Frances suggested that, for her, it was books that added joy to the aging process,   I asked whether she would share her thoughts on a short podcast.  Since we were on our mobile phones, rather than in-person, we did not know whether the audio would have enough clarity.  Thanks to our techie, we have a short discussion about books, life and embracing who we are at any age.

So put the kettle on and add to this discussion. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.

Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.

Kim Mooney on Stories of Courage and Resilience Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

S4 E21: Kim Mooney on Stories of Courage and Reslience Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that my long-time friend, Kim Mooney has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to talk about her soon-to-be published second book, which is about profound stories of resilience and courage. Kim has a degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in leadership. Her career has been an eclectic one, moving between teaching and hospital administration and back to teaching.  She retired in 2018 after fifteen years of teaching at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  In addition to her academic responsibilities at Royal Roads, Kim ran a consulting practice for fifteen years. How can we learn from stories? How do we give honour to another person’s story? How do we connect with past stories and how do we create stories for those who come after us?  These are the questions that we will be discussing today. Thank you for joining Kim and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Kim’s first book, “Hidden Daughter, Secret Sister” is available on Amazon. I am looking forward reading Kim’s second book which will be coming soon. A special thank you, Kim, for sharing your profound and valuable insight into the need to tell our story and to hear and learn from the stories of others.  As always, your candour and compassion come together to encourage a deeper appreciation and recognition of what it means to live with joy and enthusiasm. I invite you to meet up with Kim on her website Kim Mooney and on Goodreads.  I know that you will be inspired by Kim’s journey. Until next time we meet, dear friends, stay safe, be well. Music by Howard Harper-Barnes "Always Remembering" #EpidemicSound
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By Rebecca Budd

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5 replies on “Season 2 Episode 38: Frances on the Art of Aging”

I love Frances’ reading choices 🙂 One of the joys of retirement is all the time we have for reading and enriching our knowledge. It truly is a privilege to have so many options and opportunities, and I’m always so happy to know other families enjoy sharing and discussing what books mean to them. I look forward to more on this topic…

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I am so glad that you joined our conversation, Mary Jo. A few years ago when I was contemplating an ending of a career and the beginning of something new and unknown, I read Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.” The premise was that we have more time than previous generations. What would we do with the extra 15-20 years? As well, family structures had changed. Her main premise was: meaning would come with our willingness to learn, to accept diversity, to actively participate. In other words – to show up. I enjoyed her discussion. This is the thought that resonated with me, at the time, knowing that with aging, it would become ever more relevant.

“… as we age we have not only to readdress earlier developmental crises but also somehow to find the way to three affirmations that may seem to conflict. … We have to affirm our own life. We have to affirm our own death. And we have to affirm love, both given and received.”

Hugs – thank you again for adding depth and breath to this conversation.

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I enjoyed your conversation with your mother on reading. As she aged, my mother became an avid reader, and always wanted me to read what she had just read so that she could discuss the book with me. I couldn’t keep up with her! I remember there was one book in particular (although I don’t remember which one it was) that she wanted the English teacher analysis, which struck me kind of funny, but I obliged her. I agree with Frances that reading is indeed a privilege, and one that I have never taken for granted. In fact, when I was very little, I thought reading was such a privilege and so wondrous that only grownups were allowed to do it.

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I can imagine the animated discussions between you and your mother, Liz. What great memories you have to sustain you on your journey forward. I laughed out loud when I read that you thought that reading was only for adults. You reminded me of my childhood experience. I was 5 years old when I met someone my age who could understand the markings on paper. How was this possible, I wondered? And that was the moment that reading entered my life. Reading was an essential part of our family experience. When we moved, the books were the priority over anything else. Mary Jo Malo recommended Lynn Austin’s books for Frances to read, which she has enjoyed over the past few months of isolation. When you are with a book, you are in good company.


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