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29 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 51: Adieu…for now.
CST started when we were all in the, “I’m going to use this time to make bread, home-cooked meals, concentrate on what I can do to make my and my family’s life better…” phase. And here it is nearly a year later. This is not to say we are deterred and saddened. Rather, this is to say that neither Keith, Jason, Matt or I–or even Shannon, thought that all of this nuttery would still be going on a year later. Things are ugly–and Keith and I need time to reconnoiter, let the vaccines take hold and do their work and wait for some sanity to return. So, for now–call this the end of Season 1 of CST. We’ll be back this summer–hopefully along with all of you, stronger than ever. Adieu. for now…
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 50:Cameron Clapp
Cameron Clapp has taken tragedy and turned it into triumph. An accident that left him a triple amputee when he was in high school left him wounded and wondering. But as became enmeshed in his own hero’s journey, Cameron met mentors and began to take what had happened to him and use it as a tool to reach out to others who were similarly wounded and provide them with a new hope, a life that could take on new meaning and a desire to make each day count.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 49: Can we Reboot 2021?
One hopes that as you read this it has been a peaceful and grand day, free of any silliness, sadness and absurdity as a new president is sworn in. But what lies in wait in 2021 has us all still just a bit off-center. Keith and Mark tackle the everyday issues that come round during a pandemic lockdown and Keith delves into his professional acumen to talk safety and how to clean your air–as well as some other absurdities and simplicities. Let’s move forward, onward and upward as we move through 2021, a year already off to a pretty rough start.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 48: Mr. Executive Producer, Sir.
We welcome to CST our own Executive producer and co-creator of the podcast, Jason Abrahamson. He’s not here to tell us how to do it better, nor to critique us. In fact, he probably should do those things–but Jason is a pretty skilled “pit boss” and bbq/smoked meats master in his own right and in Episode 48, he discusses the finer points of creating good “q,” as well as getting off a couple of excellent shots on Mark. Be ready to cook–the episode is guaranteed to make you hungry, unless you’re a vegetarian in which case, we apologize. For Jason’s tantalizing tidbits of q-ing genius, go to: www.Abrahamsonscaliforniabbq.com or see his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jkabrahamson
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 47: A Trivial Happy New Year
With 2020 now in the rear-view mirror, CST looks ahead to well…..we’re not sure what we’ll be looking at, but it feels disconcerting. And since none of us are quite aware of what 2021 will be, we pause to deal in a bit of trivia, CST style and talk about the year that was, the year that will be and a lot of really fascinating, but ultimately, rather useless information.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 46: New Year’s Revolutions!
The CST duo welcomes our old friend, the mysterious “G” man himself, Scott Wolfe. Usually, Scott brings common sense to the shows with sober reflection and interesting ideas. Well—not this time. A New Year’s Eve eve collection of absurd posturing and a horribly off-the-rails conversation between three friends figuring out where to go from here. Join us. If you, well–if you can stand it. Caution: Some UN-mild language and strange scenarios afoot and we violate our “no politics rule” a few too many times. We wade into those waters, discover the harsh currents and wade right back out.
67 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 45: CST goes to the movies!
Mark and Keith go through their favorite movies and make a fateful decision of their Top 5 movies of all time….until they change their minds. At the Holiday Season, under a California-style lockdown, perhaps a few movies might help pass the time, heal the mind, bring some peace and share a little love. Happy Holidays to you all!
71 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 44: The 80’s.
Mark and Keith in a more…unfortunate, yet well-remembered–time. While attempting to define the 80’s generation, the years during which Mark and Keith came of age as members of Generation X, the conversation veers off course several times in comparing those days with the current state of lockdowns in the state of California. Our opinions get expressed as we decry the absurd political posturing of trying to hide from a virus–while also discussing the deep and intrinsic values of Members Only jackets and parachute pants. Note the 1971 Ford Pinto in the background that was Mark’s pride and joy.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 43: Gary Burk
Gary Burk is the quintessential winemaker. Farmer, businessman, winemaker, musician, dreamer-he and his family’s Costa de Oro Winery located right off the 101 Freeway in Santa Maria, Calif. have been producing award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other varietals and blends. Keith and Mark talk to Gary about everything from his writing children’s music to the similarities between a music career and a wine career–and what makes Pinot Noir so magic! In 1993, while visiting Santa Maria, Gary was invited to dinner with Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat and Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon. After that evening, Gary was hooked…funny what a great glass of Meursault will do! In 1994, Burk was invited to work harvest at the Au Bon Climat/Qupe facility and was hired full time in 1995. He worked in production and marketing for ABC/Qupé until August of 2002, when he left to devote all of his time and energy to Costa de Oro. Since then, the production of Costa de Oro increased each year to the current level of 7,500 cases annually. Costa de Oro currently operates out of the Central Coast Wines Services facility in Santa Maria.
67 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 42: Things that go bump in the night…
As skeptics about the idea of ghosts and the paranormal, Keith and Mark dive into the culture that exists on the other side of consciousness. Part history, part research and part ham-fisted attempts to comprehend the fleeting para-scientific explanations from those who’ve felt the eerie moments of large, dark and empty places-CST asks the questions. But perhaps we don’t go deep enough as, at every turn, there is something new to laugh about. Enjoy a creative, fast and free-flowing look at the “Other World” and how it invades our own on occasion.
39 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 22: Michael Arndt
Michael J. Arndt has been a Professor of Theatre Arts at California Lutheran University for the past thirty-eight years and is currently the chair of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department. He is a founding member of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and has served as the company’s Artistic Director for the past 24 years. He has written several plays and contributed to the book, Theatre in Cyberspace. He is a past president of the Southern California Educational Theatre Association, a past board member of the Alliance for the Arts, The California Educational Theatre Association, and The Region VIII Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Association and currently serves on the board of Warfighter Advance, a veteran’s support organization. He has received a number of awards including: the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission Certificate for Excellence in the Arts, The California Lutheran University President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the national MacBeth Award for Computing in the Liberal Arts, The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII-Outstanding Theatre Educator, and the Alliance for the Arts’ Exemplary Arts Educator Award. In 2016 he was named a “local hero” by the Ventura County Reporter and in 2017, he was named “Patriotic Citizen of the Year” by the Conejo Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and The Sergeant Michael A. DiRaimondo Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. As a Vietnam combat veteran, he compiled and edited collected stories of combat veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan into a multimedia play entitled Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations. Under Fire has been performed several times in California and in Ohio. He is currently writing a book with a Vietnam Veteran comrade-in-arms, with a working title: Making Contact: The Way to Healing from the Trauma of Combat
43 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 21: Rainer Englisch
Dr. Rainer Englisch (Ph.D., biochemistry), from St. Polten, Austria and Mark have been friends since 2013 when they met through a student foreign exchange program as Rainer’s daughter, Conni, came to the U.S. to live with the Storer family. Rainer was able to come over on business (he’s in the medical technology business working with biochemical reagents for immunology and cell biology) and visit and the rest, as they say…. Since then, Mark and his family have visited Austria and the Englisch family has been back to the U.S. several more times. Despite Dr. Englisch’s career specialty, in this program, the two discuss the idea of what it means to live with fear and with limitations. Rainer grew up in a time when the edge of the world was the eastern border of his country. To the east, “lockdown” was how the Soviet empire exercised its authority and as a teenager, Rainer’s memories run up against that fence. Austria’s experience with the coronavirus has been slightly different from the U.S.’s, and the conversation takes some unexpected and even some fun turns.
35 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 20: Tom Ashworth
Tom Ashworth, a Los Angeles area actor and voice-over artist, joins Mark to talk about how creativity has to happen in the “now” and nothing can change that. An award winning actor who has appeared on television and film since the 1980’s, Tom and Mark worked together during a production of Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company in Thousand Oaks, Calif. You can see him in an array of film’s and videos like Justin Timberlake’s video for the hit song Can’t Stop the Feeling and Ray Donovan as well as How to get away with Murder and Criminal Minds. Tom also audio book voice-overs most recently doing the Gothic western murder mystery, Walk the Darkness Down by John Boden.
42 minutes | a year ago
Episode 19: Barrett Martin
Barrett Martin is not a household name, but he should be. A Latin Grammy Award winning musician, Martin is a percussionist who has played with everyone from R.E.M to the Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Lenny Kravitz, Skin Yard and many more. He won a Latin Grammy playing with Brazilian musician Nando Reis. His latest solo work, Indwell, is a result of his worth as an ethno-musicologist, working with and recording indigenous music from people living in the Arctic Circle and along the Amazon River and points in-between. Barrett talks about music as a healing force and a medium through which resistance can be expressed, change can be driven and empowerment can be given.
32 minutes | a year ago
Episode 18: Melissa Parker
Melissa Parker joins me to talk about her company, Reed’s Remedies and all things CBD. As a small business owner, a wife and mother of three, Melissa discusses the challenges of balancing a full life in the time of the pandemic. Her story is one of perseverance and hard work, overcoming tragedies and finding a way through to optimism and a path forward. She is also a former student of Mark’s from the earliest part of his teaching career in the 1990’s. Melissa was gracious enough to offer a one-time use 20 percent discount code on all Reed’s Remedies products. The code is CST20 and is live now. Simply type it in when you order to the proper box-and receive a 20 percent discount on purchases.
17 minutes | a year ago
Episode 16.5: Three Vignettes
In this special episode of Considering Some Things, Mark explores three short vignettes, scenes from daily life that provide a sense of optimism, or at least a way to see some good peering through the dark clouds that have surrounded the world of late.
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