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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.

Sample in iTunes of the new instrumental tune, The Witness Tree, which is the last track on the 2-disc audio program, Stories of a Stateside Bride. It is by Scott Greeson and Malachi Jaggers.

Website of the artist, Rena Brower - Scott mentions playing music while Rena was creating a water color painting during the Christmas Concert at the Delphi Opera House 2.

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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

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Episode 11 of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris features an interview with singer/songwriter Nicky (Rood) Kerr. 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

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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 me with my horse, Madison and my llama, Betty, as we introduce the episode. Enjoy!

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This episode is a conversation between me and Linda Brammer about the 21-day gentle cleanse Ultimate Reset. We walk listeners through their experiences doing a 21-day cleanse. We step through the Program Guide and share several tips learned along the way. You'll hear about the benefits gained from the change in eating habits and addition of the supplements during the 21 days. We both experienced weight loss and were feeling much better at the end of the experience.

We also talk about several of the recipes used during the cleanse. By Week 2 of the program, we were eating vegetarian and vegan meals.

If you'd like to learn more, I kept a journal during the Reset, which appears in my blog. I was active as a Beachbody coach at the time of the recording. http://www.heartsongfit.com

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This episode covers a variety of topics including:

  • Sounds of the early morning and late evening of Dawn of Dawn of Promise Farm
  • My experiences with the Ultimate Reset, a 21-day gentle cleanse from Beachbody (up to Day 16 for this recording)
  • An interview in Rhyno's Gym with trainer and coach, Mo Amin, who specializes in training fighters in mixed martial arts and people from all walks of life who want to improve fitness. He's had great fighters train with him including John Fitch!
  • A story from my mom, Lucille Maris, about WWII and bringing a Cocker Spaniel, Blondie, home from England. She had been the mascot for Dad's bomber crew. She boarded in England in a kennel with General Eisenhower's dog, as they waited for a ship and the care of a ship's butcher during the boat ride back to America.

You can find details at http://www.heartsongfit.com


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Episode 6 of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris is a special tribute on the 70th anniversary of D-Day (WWII) to Lt. Col. James R. Maris and the men and women who fought for freedom in WWII. Lt. Col. Maris flew 30 missions in a B-24 bomber. His second mission was D-Day. You will hear his recounting of that day as read by his daughter Vickie. 

In this episode, she also reads the story of Mission 23 which she wrote in conjunction with her dad for a posting on the website for the 392nd bomb group. Vickie is now working on the completion of her dad's memoirs. She is interviewing her mom, Lucille Maris, in order to add the perspective of a stateside bride during WWII. You can hear some of Lucille's stories at the end of several of the episodes of Heartsong Fit.

To all those who have served or who are serving in the military for the U.S. and its allies, we salute you. God bless.

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Take a Sunday Ride in the Tractor Cab With Roger Miller | Learn About Auto Steer and GPS | Lucille Maris Shares a WWII Story About the Clausings


Vickie has the recorder on as she climbs into the cab of a John Deere to interview Roger Miller as he works ground to prepare it for planting in north central Indiana.


You’ll feel like you’re in the tractor cab too as you hear the engine running and the variety of beeps and signals emitted from the auto steer in the John Deere.


This interview was a way for Vickie to de-stress after a difficult week at work. Some of her favorite days of her career were from the time she spent in agriculture interviewing farmers about techniques for saving soil and protecting water quality. 


You can see a short video of the John Deere tractor cab and its auto steer system when you visit the Youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/vickiemaris


Free Snack Guide
You can grab a FREE copy of 10 Healthy Snacks to Keep You on the Go when you visit www.heartsongfit.com and join our loyal fans. There is a form in the sidebar of the blog page where you can provide your name and email, so we can keep you informed of the resources we locate and/or create to help you in your journey to improve and/or maintain health and fitness, including life balance, living stress free and having fun! 



You help others find the podcast more easily when you leave a positive review and rating at iTunes which lifts its visibility in the directory. This link will take you right to the page where you can subscribe to the show for free and leave your feedback: iTunes. For other ways to connect with Vickie in social media channels, see the Contact page at http://www.heartsongfit.com.


Lucille Maris Shares a WWII Story About the Clausings

Vickie has been interviewing her Mom, Lucille Maris, who is 91 ½ years, for the book she is working on about her parents’ life during WWII, which stems from the memoirs her dad, Lt. Col., James R. Maris drafted about his 30 missions as a bomber pilot. There will be more about the book in later episodes. For now, please enjoy this story that Lucille tells about news they received while living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee after Jim had returned from the war.


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Hiking along the trails on the farm is one way that Vickie finds relief from stress after a busy day. She often takes one of the llamas with her for walking on the trails. They both benefit from walking for exercise, and at the same time enjoy each other’s company on the trail. 


Vickie teaches you about llamas along the journey and describes the elements of nature that they encounter during the walk. Listen to the llama hum, the creek rushing by, the Sycamore leaves crunching under foot and other sounds from the walk.


Frog Chorus
The frog chorus you hear in this episode is the real deal. Vickie and Scott were returning from a Friday evening dinner out when they passed through Prophetstown State Park and heard the frogs singing in the lowlands of the park. They stopped the vehicle on a service road and hiked over to the swampy area with recorder in hand to capture the frog chorus for you. This location is about one mile from the farm, and the frogs can be heard all around the farm during the spring.




There is a Pinterest board that Vickie maintains at www.pinterest.com/heartsongfit about hiking with llamas for exercise. Repinning a pin from that board to your own Pinterest account would be a fun way to share this episode with others! 


If you’re not a Pinterest user, you can connect with Vickie on the social web in other channels. Twitter and Instagram are two of her favorites. You can find her at either location with the handle @vickiemaris (http://www.twitter.com/vickiemaris or http://www.instagram.com/vickiemaris). Vickie also appreciates when you connect with her in iTunes by subscribing to the podcast for free and by leaving your rating and feedback in iTunes. This step helps the show improve in its iTunes ranking. 


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Category:Health -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Mary Mitchell, health counselor, shares wisdom in this interview with podcast host, Vickie Maris. While the conversation was conducted in early 2013, it has been repurposed for this show so that you can benefit from Mary’s insights. She shares several very useful tips and concepts for busy people who are striving to improve their eating habits. Her tips can help you in your weight loss journey as well. She addresses the primary and secondary foods. Before her conversation about secondary foods, Mary describes the importance of finding balance in the primary foods: career or purpose, physical activity, spiritual activity and relationships.  

Responding to Cravings
In regards to healthy snacks to satisfy a craving, she reminds us about the importance of responding to a craving by drinking a glass of water first, then waiting about about 15 minutes. If you’re still having a craving, then respond with a healthy snack. But more often than not, you were actually dehydrated when you first noticed the craving, and the glass of water will take care of the situation. Drink up!


Did You Work Out Today?

I have finished the workout program, Focus T25, and recently started the new in-home fitness program, 21 Day Fix, with Beachbody trainer, Autumn Calabrese. Hear a quick description of this new program that includes 30-minute workouts and containers for food portion control. Also hear a reminder of why it’s important to listen to your body.


If you’d like to easily track your own fitness stats, blood pressure readings, inches lost, and more, you can you can set up a free account through my Beachbody website. https://teambeachbody.com/heartsongfit


Let's connect! 

There are many ways you can connect with me on the social web. LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram are a few of my favorites. You can find me at these locations with the handle @vickiemaris (https://linkedin.com/in/vickiemaris, https://www.twitter.com/vickiemaris or http://www.instagram.com/vickiemaris).


I also appreciate when you subscribe to the podcast for free in Apple Podcasts or other podcast directories. 


At the end of this episode, you'll hear a story from my mom, Lucille Maris. I have been  interviewing my Mom, for a book I am working on about my parents’ life during WWII. It stems from the memoirs my dad, Lt. Col., James R. Maris drafted about his 30 missions as a bomber pilot.


There will be more about the book in later episodes. For now, please enjoy this delightful

story that Lucille shares about the day she and her girlfriends ran to the top of the Hotel Jayhawk, Topeka, Kansas, to wave farewell to their husbands as the men buzzed the top of the building in their B-24 bombers and headed on their journey overseas. Future episodes of the podcast will close with additional short stories told by Lucille to Vickie.


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Would You Like to Hear a Farm Story?
For this episode, I took the handheld recorder out in the snow and sat near the barn with the llamas. My Connemara pony, Kerrymor Madison, stood next to the fence, and our Jack Russell Terrier, Hope, joined the conversation.


You’ll get to learn about life on the farm as I describe our one-eyed llama, Stunning, whom Madison is so careful with as he moves around her. I also describe the coloring of Primary Colors and how we send the fleeces, sheared in the spring, to the mill for processing into rovings and yarn.


I also share a story about the harsh 2014 winter and the day we found Lily, the llama, shivering in the barn. Lily got to live in the old farm house for a few hours as she warmed up and enjoyed watching Let’s Make a Deal on the TV. 


 If you’d like to watch the video that Vickie mentions of her and Madison out in the heavy snow, you can find it on the Youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/vickiemaris


Did You Work Out Today?
Vickie encourages you in your fitness journey as she talks about her experience following the schedule in Focus T25 to build cardio, strength, and flexibility. She has finished the first five weeks of Focus T25, or the Alpha section, and has moved on to the final five weeks, or Beta.


My thoughts about Focus T25:  “There are three things that really stand out to me in this program. 1) I love Shaun T. He is an amazing athlete and professional fitness trainer. He keeps me motivated, and, well, focused! I also love that these workouts are designed to be done five days a week and are only 25 minutes each. They fit in my day very well. And 3) the modifier who does a low-impact version of the moves has enabled me to do this difficult program and gradually work up to some of the full versions of the moves. 


“My body has really been toning as I do this program, and the inches are melting from my waist line. Love it! If you’re doing this program or any workout routine, I encourage you to do what I do and keep track of your workouts online at Team Beachbody. I like to watch my workout calendar fill up in the month. I also keep track of my stats and track my progress in weight loss, inches lost, my decreasing blood pressure and more. You can set up a free account through my Beachbody website.”  http://www.beachbodycoach.com/heartsongfit



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My mom, Lucille Maris, shares her secrets to keeping fit and healthy at age 91 ½ years (she is 97 at the time of this edit!). Lucille talks about eating healthy from the time she grew up in the 1920s to her diet of meals she prepares in the kitchen of her condo today which are for a gluten-free diet. 


Lucille talks about outdoor activities in the one-room school house she attended to moving on to the large high school, Urbana High, where she played sports from 1936 to 1940. She was a three-sport athlete:  softball, volleyball and basketball (which women played as a half-court game at that time). In her sophomore year, she was captain of the girl’s softball team. She also discusses the PE (physical education) requirements of a high school student during that era of United States history.


In another section, Lucille talks about her switch to a gluten-free diet and what motivated her to start eating gluten-free. As an outstanding cook, she gives you ideas about how to make gluten-free cooking part of your life. Here is clarification about the grains that contain gluten and that you should avoid if eating gluten free:  


wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). If you’d like to learn more about a gluten-free diet, you can visit the Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter from Mayo Clinic:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/gluten-free-diet/art-20048530


Lucille’s husband (my dad), Professor and Lt. Col. James R. Maris, was a pilot in WWII and flew B-24 bombers. He served the United States of America in active and reserve duty for more than 20 years. Lucille introduces the subject in this episode. 


Future episodes contain short stories that Lucille tells about her life as a stateside bride during WWII. These are at the end of several upcoming episodes. Through her stories, you’ll feel how she dealt with the stresses of the time, and you’ll laugh and cry along with her as she recounts vivid memories of those days. 


In this episode she talks about a one-room apartment she lived in with no kitchen privileges while Dad was on base. She also talks about sitting through a double-feature movie twice one day to pass the time while she had no communication with dad and was worried about his safety.


Book Review
Learn a few insights about the marketing book, Fascinate, by Sally Hogshead. The author teaches you about how to captivate your audience and lead them to trust, believe and respect you. You can connect with Sally on Twitter:  @sallyhogshead or visit her website at www.sallyhogshead.com



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