Tue, 2 August 2016
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
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/
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
Sun, 17 July 2016
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
Fri, 1 July 2016
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
Wed, 29 June 2016
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
Sat, 28 February 2015
Spend time on Dawn of Promise Farm with Vickie Maris and her podcast guest, Brad Bixler, farrier, journeyman pipefitter and adventurer who travels the world.
Life of a Journeyman Pipefitter
During the episode, Brad trims the hooves of Kerrymor Madison, Vickie's Connemara horse. The conversation covers the life of a working man who travels around the United States to the location of the work. He is a journeyman pipefitter.
Travel to See the World When Unemployed
Brad shares of his travel adventures that fill his downtime and keys to his ability to live life relatively stress free. He talks about setting goals and then visualizing yourself as having reached the goal and living in your changed life.
During the conversation, Madison, the impatient horse, continues to interrupt and demand attention.
Lucille Maris Talks About Life on the Homefront During World War II
At the end of the episode, Vickie interviews her mom, Lucille, about her time in 1943 during World War II, as her husband, Jim Maris, was in flight training at George Army Air Field in Lawrenceville, Illinois, and Lucille lived with several other military wives in a small apartment in Vincennes, Indiana. You can learn more in the show notes at http://heartsongfit.com/15 and you can also visit www.statesidebride.com
Wed, 28 January 2015
Come along with farm owner and animal trainer, Vickie Maris, as she cares for her llamas and Connemara pony during evening chores in the extreme cold of winter. You can learn more about her Dawn of Promise Farm and what it is like caring for livestock in the winter when you visit the show notes for the episode at http://heartsongfit.com/14
Sat, 27 December 2014
Scott Greeson, singer/songwriter and entertainer is my guest on Episode 13 of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris. He is also my husband, so that makes him an extra special guest!
Scott has been helping me with the podcast behind the scenes. He's an expert with the recording equipment and use of the software, ProTools, that we use in our music studio.
In this episode, we share insights from behind the scenes of several of our music gigs and recording projects.
Scott shares the reasons for his fondness of the tune, Heart of Gold, by Neil Young, and why he chose to sing it during a Celebration of Life service. He tells a story of his late wife, Janet Greeson, and the role she played in his learning to play harmonica.
We also share news of the release of Lee Anna Atwell's new cd project, Burning Heart, which was recorded here in our studio, Hoosier Surf Records. Her amazing songwriting talent, along with her beautiful vocals and keyboard playing, are all showcased on this disc. (in the links below)
You'll hear us banter about the band, Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday, and our recent Christmas concert.
We tell a special story about how the pieces of my latest project, Stories of a Stateside Bride, came together on a Friday night with a bit of divine intervention.
We wrap this episode with a live recording of one of Scott's tunes, Roadside Lullaby, which we played at the Eye Opener Cafe on Dec. 20 during a Christmas gig.
Reference Links for Episode 13
Soller-Baker celebration of life.
Wabash Gypsies disc of instrumental guitar music by Scott Greeson and Kevin Ludwig - link to album on iTunes
Scott Greeson's music website - www.scottgreesonmusic.com
Battle Ground United Methodist Church - Church where Scott Greeson serves as worship pastor and also the venue of the Christmas concert by Scott Greeson, Vickie Maris, Lee Anna Atwell and Trouble With Monday
Stories of a Stateside Bride - Told by Lucille Maris - 2-disc audio program available through cdbaby as a physical cd set or digital download. - www.cdbaby.com/artist/vickiemaris
Heart of Gold by Neil Young - Link to Heart of Gold digital download on Amazon.com
Roadside Lullaby - Youtube video of Scott Greeson's original tune; photos in video are by Terry Lyons. Link to Roadside Lullaby video in Youtube
Scott Greeson Music Channel in Youtube
To book Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday, contact booking agent, David Leonards, International Entertainment Bureau.
Burning Heart cd - original tunes by Lee Anna Atwell, keyboard player and vocalist in the band, Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday.
Sun, 30 November 2014
Whether you're an experienced horseman or still dreaming of owning a pony, you're going to enjoy taking a ride through the llama pasture during Episode 12. I put my Edirol recorder in my vest pocket so you can hear the footsteps of my Connemara horse, Kerrymor Madison, the creaks of the saddle, the sneezes of the llamas and other ambient sounds of the ride.
This episode is specifically designed to help you relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the moment. If you're not currently giving yourself time to de-stress each day, I hope this ride on Madison plants a seed for something you could begin doing in your journey of self care.
I also recap a keynote presentation given by John Medina during the International Online Learning Conference. He is the author of Brain Rules and several other interesting books about how our brains work and how we learn. He tells us that the research suggests at least 30 minutes of exercising to get your heart rate elevated on a daily basis is you want to stave off memory loss and keep your mind sharp.
Show notes, photos, links to the social media ebook and the audio program can be found here: http://heartsongfit.com/12
Tue, 28 October 2014
Episode 11 of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris features an interview with singer/songwriter Nicky Rood. She tells her story of her journey through a songwriting degree, on to Nashville and how she incorporates the challenges of Type 1 diabetes into her busy life as an entertainer.
Show notes are located at http://www.heartsongfit.com/11
You can find more about Nicky when you visit her website: http://www.nickyroodmusic.com
Wed, 24 September 2014
This episode starts with a story about one of my protective mama llamas, Velvet, who is still looking out for her daughter, Petals, who has long since grown into an adult llama. As I tell the story, my Connemara pony, Madison, interrupts and tries to get the attention on himself.
The bulk of the content in this episode is an interview with the owners of Fox Lake Resort, Edwin and Sheryl Olson, in Marcell, Minnesota - USA. They share the history of the resort - original structures built completely by hand without electricity by two Frenchmen in the 1930s - and the many ways people enjoy the property for fishing and nature vacations. You'll hear the sounds of a fishing line being cast from the boat during an outing to fish for large mouth bass and northern pike, as well as an eagle chirping from the bank of the lake.
You can see photos on the website, http://www.heartsongfit.com/10 and also see a video of Vickie with her horse, Madison and her llama, Betty, as they introduce the episode. Enjoy!