When Friends Meet

When friends meet to discuss The Brothers Karamazov Readalong , the conversation goes like this: https://teatoasttrivia.com/2021/12/06/season-3-episode-49-liz-humphreys-elisabeth-van-der-meer-and-mandy-henderson-on-farewell-to-the-karamazovreadalong-and-welcome-warandpeace2022/

This was my debut as a podcast participant. It was a wonderful experience thanks to the gentle guidance of podcaster/host, Rebecca, and her chief engineer/techie, Don. Liz and Elisabeth were excellent conversationalists. I am looking forward to joining in the next ReadAlong adventure, #WarAndPeace2022.

Please enjoy our podcast conversation. And to quote Rebecca, “Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading, and be well.”

May 2022 be good to you.

ps This is also my debut on the new WP editor. I may be making a hash of things! I am wishing myself luck as I press Publish.

49 thoughts on “When Friends Meet

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Happy Christmas to you, too, Clare. Yes, it was a fun experience/challenge. It reminded me that in my youthful innocence I once applied for a job as a radio announcer. Fortunately, I didn’t get the job! It would have been totally wrong for me.

      Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It was quite an achievement, Andrea, although my only role in the time zone arrangements was to wake up in time to participate in the discussion. Rebecca and Liz are excellent organisers. It was good to talk to each other; distance and time vanished as the conversation progressed.

      Reply
  1. Lavinia Ross

    It is good to see you back, Gallivanta! I will listen in on the podcast a bit later. It usually takes some playing with cookies and permissions to get these podcsats to work for me.

    Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Lavinia. It’s nice to be back, although it may be only for a brief time. I do miss everyone. It is extraordinary how long some of us have kept in touch. Some of my friendships here are longer than my ‘real’ life friendships. I hope you are able to access the podcast. πŸ™‚

      Reply
        1. Gallivanta Post author

          My creative energy, and energy in general, seems to have hit a slump; just life, compounded by the times we are all going through. Thanks for your concern. πŸ™‚

  2. Rebecca Budd

    My dear Mandy, thank you for your willingness to go out into the podcast unknown with the #KaramazovReadalong 4 person discussion. Don sends his gratitude to you because you have opened up the doors to more of these conversations. He was pleased how we were able to bring 4 different internet connections together for clarity. It takes a little longer in the post-production stage but he really enjoys the process. There is a synergy that comes when the ideas start to flow from one person to another. I am looking forward to our 2022 adventure. It will be the year of Tolstoy.

    Reply
  3. shoreacres

    I’ve not yet become a podcast aficionado, but I certainly will make time for yours! It’s delightful to see you here again, and to know that you’ve found this new form of creativity. Some other of my blog friends just finished their own read-along of The Brothers Karamazov, sans podcast. All of those ‘big books’ seem to be having a bit of a comeback, but at this point in my life, they’re more than I feel I could tackle — or, more honestly, would want to tackle. Still, it’s the reading that’s the point, and I’m doing plenty of that!

    Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you! I don’t follow many podcasts but I do enjoy Rebecca’s podcast conversations because they are mostly with people I have come to know, or know of, from our WP community. I particularly enjoy the podcasts she does with her mother and her sister. I agree about ‘big books’ having their time again. Possibly because we have had more time to read them recently. When I was reading my daily chapter of the TBK, I was reminded of years gone by (for me) when a daily reading from the Bible was part of a family ‘s or a community’s daily routine.

      Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It was a happy day; the first meet up of all 4 of us! I was initially reluctant to join our online reading group because of my aversion to real life book clubs but this experience turned out to be life-changing.

      Reply
      1. Rebecca Budd

        I agree, Mandy. Liz and Elisabeth have been a invaluable duo for me. Elisabeth guided me through Eugene Onegin, providing background to give more meaning to the narrative. You were my daily encouragement for #KaramazovReadalong. P.S.I didn’t know that Eugene Onegin was a poem. YIKES!!! I continue to learn and learn and learn.

        Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Liz. It has been a long time since I was on here. Rebecca is so good with her podcasts and at bringing so many of us together. I wanted to celebrate her work here.

      Reply
  4. ladysighs

    A great project to do on cold winter days.
    OH forgot you are having summer now.
    Not sure how to/where to listen to the next WarandPeace reading.
    Would enjoy listening.
    I still shake with the Block Editor. It is still training me. πŸ˜‰

    Reply
  5. Steve Schwartzman

    I didn’t know that you’d temporarily lost the will to read, and you probably never expected that would happen to someone like you who has read as much as you have. It’s good to hear that the read-along got you back in your groove, so to speak.

    Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      You are right. It was a bit surprising and uncomfortable but it did happen at the time of the earthquakes, too. I didn’t understand what was happening back then, unlike this time when I figured out fairly quickly what was going on. It took 2 years and starting this blog to get me back to a place where I could read in a meaningful way.

      Reply
    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Happy Festive Season to you. The Snoopy cartoon is really funny but, as a result, I am now thinking about choosing a word a day from each chapter. Could be an interesting exercise. πŸ™‚

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.