Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris | Healthy Ways to Address Stress








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Mike Jackson is a retired electric lineman and supervisor from Battle Ground, Indiana, who has trained English Pointer dogs for horseback field trials for many years. For this episode of Heartsong Fit, I interview Mike, one of our farm neighbors, in his barn as he is preparing for a trip from Indiana to North Dakota and Montana for training his dogs and younger horses.

He rides and trains Tennessee Walkers, a gaited horse breed, and he raises and trains gorgeous English Pointers. This breed of dog is popular for bird hunting.

Whether you are a dog lover, horse lover, or you are specifically, an enthusiast of English Pointers, Red Setters or other "big running dogs," I'm sure you'll enjoy hearing Mike talk about his adventures.

In this sport, the animal handlers and trainers, work from horseback as they communicate with their highly trained hunting dogs who are broke to wing and shot. The horses, who are also broke to a variety of distraction from gun shot to dogs biting at their tails and winding around their legs, to the flush of birds from the terrain, are very key partners within the team required in this sport of field trials.

Both the American Field and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have divisions for hunting dogs in this sport. You will find categories of Shooting Dogs, Gun Dogs, All Age Dogs, Puppy, Derby, Amateur and Open.

Check out www.dogsunlimited.com for articles about the sport as well as:

I continued my interview with Mike in a discussion about teamwork. To hear our conversation on teamwork that he and his fellow competitors have with their horses and dogs, check out the episode in my other podcast, Online Course Connections.

Direct download: HF025MikeJackson.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

024 | Pull the Help Chain

"Pulling the help chain" is a phrase I describe in Episode 24 of Heartsong Fit. In the Toyota Way, this phrase is related to Andon. The help chain, help cord, or yellow stop button, is a mechanism that line workers can use to stop production and call for help. It's also used to notify the line that something has gone wrong in the manufacturing process.

In this solo show, I record my thoughts about pulling the help chain if you're a caregiver and need help from family and friends. I recorded this episode on a Saturday while in the barn and hanging out with the llamas. They munch their hay and communicate with each other, and with me. I share with you about what it was like to "pull the help chain" in the previous week. I reflect on how helpful my friends, coworkers and family members were in a week of "caregiving on steroids."I thank my friends for stepping up and helping out.

You can hear the llamas' activity as if you were in the barn aisle with me. They munch on hay, stomp their feet, chortle complaints to each other, and give me kisses to make me feel better. Videos available here: https://www.youtube.com/user/dpfllamas

You can get a free pdf download of my list of tips for a caregiver who needs to take a loved one to the hospital for an emergency or for an illness. Get your copy when you visit: http://www.heartsongfit.com

Thanks for listening.


Direct download: HF024PullHelpChain.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

Several of the episodes of Heartsong Fit include short stories by my mom, Lucille Maris, about life in the US during the 1940s when World War 2 was underway. I have been interviewing her about how she dealt with the stresses of those times from finding housing, to scarcity of food and supplies to dealing with the deployment of her young husband (my dad).

This episode is an audio index of the locations of the stories in the podcast so that you can easily find them and listen. You will also hear a brief overview of the topic of each story.

The links mentioned are available in the show notes for the episode: heartsongfit.com

Direct download: HF023WW2StoryRecapIndex.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

Podcast host, Vickie Maris, and her husband, Scott Greeson, share their takeaways from living unplugged for a few days at Fox Lake Resort in Marcell, MN. Planning and preparing meals; fishing; exercising; following a morning routine; and living without digital devices for a few days were all aspects of the week that contributed to relaxation and rejuvenation. Learn more at the website, http://heartsongfit.com.

Direct download: HF022VicScottFoxLakeRecap_Final.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Margaret Williamson and Lucille Maris recount details of their memories of learning the news from President Theodore Roosevelt on Dec. 7, 1941 that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States was entering the war.

These women discuss the atmosphere of the country during the early 1940s and what happened around them as men were enlisting in the service. Both Margaret and Lucille were married to pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

This is a glimpse back 70+ years into the lives of these strong women who were married to valiant service men. They teach of the importance of independence, persevering and taking action.

You can learn more at the website for the podcast, http://heartsongfit.com


Direct download: HF021MargaretLucilleWW2_2.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

I chat in the studio with my husband, Scott Greeson, right after we had played a music gig with the band at the Indiana Bacon Festival in Delphi, Indiana.

Other topics of the show include my accordion lessons via Skype with Bev Fess; details of the Bacon Fest gig; and my annual trek to Accordion Camp where I have met and learned from professional accordionists Bev Fess, Murl Allen Sanders, Ron Borelli, Gary Blair, Ilmar Kuljus, Dick Myking, and many more. Friends and fellow accordionists who attend camp make the event a reunion of sorts. Show notes for Episode 20 can be found at http://heartsongfit.com/camp20


Thanks for sharing this episode with a friend!


Direct download: HF020AccordionCamp.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

You'll hear the sounds of nature in this episode of Heartsong Fit. I recorded it out in the woods as I was taking a morning walk for exercise. I have my llama, Heartsong, with me. You'll hear the cicadas singing in the background as we navigate around tree branches, unsuccessfully duck under spider webs and frustrate my horse, Madison, who wanted to go with us on the trail.

If you like to walk for exercise, you'll hear about reasons for getting off the treadmill and taking your exercise outdoors! It's very good for our brains!

Take a Walk for Exercise or Stress Relief
You might like to do yoga, cross fit, running, cardio and other forms of exercise, but consider adding some walking in your day to break things up. If you walk alongside a body of water, you reap even greater benefit!

Below you'll find links to the article I mentioned about the benefits that come when you exercise outdoors. You'll also see links to our music which I have in the background in the podcast. If you'd like to make a donation to help offset the costs of producing the show, you can use the link to my Patreon account. Check out rewards you can receive for the various levels of donation!

Blog post about beneficial changes in your brain while walking outdoors -  http://www.wimp.com/what-hiking-does-to-the-brain-is-pretty-amazing/

Music used in the background of Heartsong Fit -
Llama Dance from the Wabash Gypsies album

Reference was made to these episodes of Heartsong Fit -

Episode 4 is a walk with my llama, Heartsong, during the fall of the year.

Episode 12 is a horseback ride on my horse, Madison, also during the fall. I chat about the keynote speaker, John Medina, who is author of Brain Rules. He spoke at the International Online Learning Conference (OLC) I had recently attended.

Donations to support the podcast

Thank you for listening to the show and thank you in advance if you decide to become a monthly supporter of Heartsong Fit by making a donation in any amount through my Patreon account. - http://www.patreon.com/vickiemaris


Direct download: HF019LlamaWalk.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

I share methods for managing stress that I use while in the caregiver role with my mom. These are ideas you can adopt if you are in a caregiver role and helping your loved one if he or she needs to make a trip to the emergency room or hospital.  

From keeping a bag packed and ready to having a plan for communicating with siblings, to reminders about wills, living wills, health care representatives and more, I touch on several simple steps you can take.

Have a plan in place and take steps ahead of time that will help you manage stress during an upcoming hospital visit. Find the show notes at www.heartsongfit.com/caregiver

Direct download: HF018ERVisit_2.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

Take a walk with Vickie Maris and Dana Drenzek on the trail around the main wolf enclosure at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana.

Learn about the establishment of the park in the 1970s and the activities being conducted to observe animal behavior and to educate the public. You'll hear about the wolves, coyotes, foxes, bison and other animals at the park. Dana also talks about the internship program and the sponsoring membership.

Vickie and Dana even meet up with Monty Sloan and intern, Jeremiah, during the conversation, and Vickie gets her first opportunity to pet a wolf. For more details, see the show notes at the Heartsong Fit website or visit wolfpark.org

Direct download: HF017WolfPark.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

I am excited to be back sharing stories with you through the show, Heartsong Fit! In this episode, I talk about the reasons why I had stopped producing the show for a while and what it was like to get it back online for you.

You'll also hear a preview of the next episode when I take you out to Wolf Park. Find the show notes for the episode at http://heartsongfit.com/16

Direct download: Ep16BackOnAir.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT