Flozell | The B-Sides
This episode focuses on one man’s journey to care for himself and his community during a time of loss and hardship. Flozell’s childhood epitomized the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” as he grew up in a tight-knit and supportive family and community. But within every community, there is a tragedy, and the loss of Flozell’s son significantly impacted his path in life. In that experience, Flozell has risen up as a compassionate leader, while also turning to his community for support. In this episode, he shares how he found meaning within his grief and a renewed calling for acceptance, forgiveness, and compassion.
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Arnold & Jasmine | The B-Sides
This episode explores the concept of freedom in two very different expressions. First, we hear back from Arnold, who exemplifies the idea that 60 is the new age of enlightenment. With every year, Arnold has found it easier to let go of his anxieties, his control, and the ghosts of his past that haunt him. Thanks to this new approach to life, Arnold has shed many of his self-imposed constrictions and found a new zest for life. While Arnold is thriving in his version of stability, Jasmine, on the other hand, is “always in transition.” While that may sound like a bad thing, to Jasmine it truly is not, as it is the constant on her journey to healing and to her truest self. Find out what freedom and evolution mean to these two unique souls as you simultaneously explore what it means to you.
8 Dec 2020
Gina & Lauren | The B-Sides
This episode focuses on two women that are dedicated to breaking the cycle of trauma in their families and who are using their stories as a means to help heal others. First, we hear from Lauren, a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, and pediatrician, who feels that there was no amount of training that could have prepared her for the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the difficulties, she continues to bring comfort to the patients she virtually meets with, all while continuing on the path of reconciling her personal childhood trauma. We also hear from Gina, a pillar of strength for her family and an outspoken advocate in her community. Having lived through the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Gina has found herself in an unsettling but albeit familiar place. In this episode, Gina discusses how she is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the devastating losses and new challenges (good and bad) that it brings.
24 Nov 2020
Amy & Brennan | The B-Sides
This episode focuses on two people whose healing journeys have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unique processes each one uses to cope. In spite of the traumatic experiences that marked his childhood, Brennan’s resilient spirit kept him on his path to become a devoted father and beloved math teacher. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has majorly impacted both him and other members of his family in a very lasting way. In this episode, Brennan reflects on how the pandemic has affected him physically, emotionally, and mentally, as a father, a brother, and a teacher. Last year, Amy couldn’t have imagined that her loss and struggles would uniquely equip her with the tools to take on 2020. But surprisingly, it did. Amy is a body healer/bodyworker and a writer, and in this episode, she discusses how she dealt with the anxiety of a chaotic world in COVID lockdown, as well as the isolation from her father who is living in hospice. In an honest and raw way, Amy explores what “coping” looks like these days.
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