Listening In With Francesca

Listening In With Francesca

The Lighthouse, The Cat & The Sea by Leigh W. Rutledge “From the author of A Cat’s Little Instruction Book comes this delightfully suspenseful narrative that can best be told around cat-lovers’ campfires. Snuggle up and listen to the tale of Mrs. Moore, an elderly cat who reflects on her adventurous days back in 1899, when she was a stowaway kitten on the schooner Estella Gomez. There, she endures the cruelties of the sailors, who superstitiously believe that cats on board spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R. One night the Caribbean seas turn angry, and a terrible storm takes ship and crew in its fury. Washed up on the shore of a mysterious island, Mrs. Moore is befriended by an eccentric, sensitive boy who nurses her back to health. She’s embraced into the warm confines of the lighthouse keeper’s bungalow, enjoying sunny, happy days in her newfound tropical home of Key West. But then a surprise visitor pays a call to the lighthouse, and reawakens Mrs. Moore’s memories of the tempest that claimed the ship.” – Goodreads  Listening In Listening In is broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, on select Mondays at 6:30 PM “My radio show Listening In is my way of carrying on the rich oral tradition of using the breath to animate* the written word off the page and into the air, in our case into the airwaves, and into the omniscient ear of the Universe. Because the Universe is always listening in. Myself and my special guests will be reading brief sample passages of books written by BC authors, published listed by our smaller presses, with notable exceptions to that rule....
Julie Glaspy: Stone Sculpture

Julie Glaspy: Stone Sculpture

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative. “Convincing a stone to be something else is no small task; it’s heavy, it’s dusty, it’s dirty and it’s my labor of love”, says stone sculptor Julie Glaspy from Quadra Island. Chosen to represent Canada at the 2020 International symposium in Nepal, Julie talks to CKTZ about her journey in shaping stone to be something else: a granite heart two feet tall, or a small rose quatrz necklace, or her beautiful bowls. “Often, art is about finding beauty in places where it is not always commonly seen; to me art is about making something out of nothing, which is one of my main attractions to working with stone.” Cortes Currents: Francesca Gesuladi interviewing Julie Glaspy Julie Glaspy was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2002. Julie has been exploring stone in its many forms and functions for over ten years. She has worked as a stonemason and has created intricate pieces of jewelry. Julie has embraced both ends of the rock carving spectrum from intricacy to monumental...
Learning To Die: As A Planet, As A Person

Learning To Die: As A Planet, As A Person

Ornithomimidae Skeleton in Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, Ulaanbaatar by Gary Todd, via Flickr (Public Domain) Originally Published on Cortes Currents “Truth-filled meditations about grace in the face of mortality.” @MargaretAtwood “Learning to Die”: In this powerful little book, two leading intellectuals illuminate the truth about where our environmental crisis is taking us. Writing from an island on Canada’s Northwest coast, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky weigh in on the death of the planet versus the death of the individual. For Zwicky, awareness and humility are the foundation of the equanimity with which Socrates faced his death: he makes a good model when facing the death of the planet, as well as facing our own mortality. Bringhurst urges readers to tune their minds to the wild. The wild has healed the world before, and it is the only thing that stands any chance of healing the world now – though it is unlikely to save Homo sapiens in the process.  Top Photo Credits: A Walk Through The Larches by Bernard Spragg via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Campbell River by Darren Kirbyvia Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) On March 20, 2019, twenty stations across Canada participated in the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s (NCRA) 2019 Rendez-vous de la Francophone marathon. Cortes Radio’s contribution was “Beyond Words,” by Quadra Island producer Francesca Gesualdi. “Beyond Words” - broadcast March 20, 2019 She writes: “The Campbell River Francophone Association celebrates its four decades of existence by presenting a play that reflects all facets of the lives of Francophones and Francophiles in a minority setting. Founded in 1978 by Yvette Brett, the organization relies on the energy committment and dedication  of community members to keep French alive in Campbell River. For this bilingual theatrical project, we are proud to unite two small francophone communities on stage, that of Campbell River and that of Comox Valley. “ “Beyond Words / Au Dela Des Mots, is a dynamic and bilingual theatre presentation on the struggle to keep French alive in British Columbia. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Official Language Act in Canada, and featuring amateur actors, Beyond Words / Au Dela Des Mots  is a collection of short stories representing, with humor, the reality of living in French in an English speaking world.” Top photo credit: Campbell River by Adriano Santini via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Way To Go – An Exploration Of Death & Dying

Way To Go – An Exploration Of Death & Dying

Originally Published on Cortes Currents In our feature radio interview this morning, Francesca is talking to Joyce Baker of Way to Go,  a group of Quadrites and Cortesians who have been exploring topics related to death and dying for over three years. They started after Dale Presly, of the former Salish Sea Hospice Society, came to Quadra. He put up a few posters in August 2015. There were seven people at that first talk, called Conscious Dying.  “We thought it was something we should be thinking about for our futures. A couple of the people who were there, including myself, invited him to come again in November of 2016. And after that, we kept the group going,” says Baker.  WAY TO GO Meetings They meet in members homes every month and talk about: Whats been happening in their lives, related to death and dyinga 15 minute talk by someone in the group (some past topics have: downsizing as we grow older, estate planning, organ donation, threshold choir, terminal dehydration, medical assistance in dying, nature burial, after death paperwork, grief and loss  etc) Questions about the topicany group business.  The group has now published a WAY TO GO GUIDE. TENDER:The Movie Way to Go is screening the movie Tender” Friday, March 22, 2019, on Quadra Island, at Quadra Community Centre, Doors open at 7:00pm with information table on local initiatives; Show starts at 7:30pm; Q & A following the movie.Tuesday, April 2, 2019 on Cortes Island, in the Lakeview Room at Linnaea Farm at 6:30pm; with information tables on local initiatives; Show starts at 7:00pm; Q & A following the...