We get back to our roots and discuss big issues - the most important issue to us is climate change and the haphazard approach to that that is presented in a way to give us comfort. Yet, we are finding that even "Green Energy" has a large carbon footprint and relies on unsustainable resources. We also get into the nature of consumption and how that relates to over-population. We finished watching the film 'Planet of the Humans' and it gave us a lot to think about and consider. Are we doing the right thing to prevent global climate catastrophe or are we simply relabeling our energy consumption to make ourselves feel better? While there is conjecture and hyperbolic claims in the film - many interesting points and means of energy creation are brought to light - to remind us that larger change - at a different level - will be required for humanity to succeed continually on this planet.
Episode 37: With David Ackley and Christina Hall Ackley Co-Founders of Ginger’s Revenge Ginger Beer Brewery
We speak with David Ackley and Christina Hall Ackley from Ginger's Revenge Ginger Beer Brewery in Asheville, NC. They speak about how David's father contracted COVID-19 almost simultaneously as NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented the shut down orders. They were navigating the shift in their business and a family crisis at once - and it really brings home the unpredictability of the virus. We also discuss how they have had to adapt and how they are moving into Phase 2 openings and how that will effect the future of their business and other breweries in Asheville. This episode best enjoyed with a Ginger's Revenge Hibiscus Lavender beer.
We speak with Travis Holt - Interim Cafeteria Director at Jones Elementary School. Travis has been a chef all over the country and settled back into his native Western North Carolina roots a few years ago to raise his family. He chose to leave the chef world and take a job at a local school cafeteria to have more time with his children with a more applicable schedule. He speaks about how the Asheville City Schools have been preparing and delivering food to those in the school system who need it since the schools closed on March 15. He also speaks about all of the logistics and issues with how a cafeteria can operate during a pandemic and how the school in general may have to adapt - once schools reopen. Great perspective on one of the many moving parts we all need to consider as we move forward through this pandemic.
We speak to Tamara Lee - a Certified Sex, Dating and Relationship coach who also coaches about relationships with money. She specializes in working with women to empower them in their financial and sex lives. Using a combination of healing modalities (breathwork, meditation, embodiment practices) from the Tantric and Taoist philosophies, She is able to help reconnect her clients back to their own voice and internal power. She has some great perspective on dating in the Covid era and how the choices we make during this can empower all of us as we move forward. She is currently single and has some insight as to how approach dating and relationships in this strange time we are living through. We dig into some of her techniques and advice and explore the 'facade of the screen' that can have all of us feeling disconnected.
We speak with Dr. Phil Maffetone. During his two decades in private practice and beyond, Dr. Maffetone has been a respected pioneer in the field of complementary medicine, bringing the latest advances to health-care professionals around the world. He is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, and biofeedback. Dr. Maffetone’s research has been reported in newspapers, magazines and other media around the world, including Huffington Post, The Today Show, Men’s Health, CNN, Readers Digest and The Atlantic magazine. Since the 1970s, Dr. Phil Maffetone has warned against sugar addiction and carbohydrate intolerance along with pioneering the use of biofeedback via heart-rate monitoring devices. We speak about the 'Overfat" pandemic that has run headlong into the Covid-19 pandemic. He discusses how unhealthy living and poor food choice are a big part of why the virus has affected the United States so heavily. Dr. Maffetone believes we need to have social distance from sugar and junk food. Dr. Maffetone has recently published a paper with fellow researcher Paul B. Larsen called "The Perfect Storm: Coronavirus Covid-19) Pandemic Meets Overfat Pandemic". Its a good read and highlights his theories and how they apply to the pandemic outbreak. He also had a recent article concerning how we move forward health-wise Post-Covid and beyond. It was an interesting conversation and brings to light some other things in our lives that need reset.
We speak with Nicole Rule who runs a budget and finance coaching company called The Greatest Worth. She talks about having kids at home, changing her own budgeting through Covid-19 and the advice she offers many of her clients as we go through this unique time in human history. She brings up many interesting ideas about how we look at budgeting and some different ways to do that. A great conversation with a wonderful person.
We speak with Emily Glaser - Managing Editor at Capital at Play Magazine. We talk about her company's adaptation to Covid-19 and what she is hearing from other businesses in Western North Carolina as they are navigating the changes. Capital at Play has a couple of features in their magazine that highlight some of those businesses and has an upcoming one speaking to restaurants handling the take out only model and what that entails. We dig into the future of business - the future of Asheville and even get a hint of how her publication is going to have a different approach going forward.
I thought I had lost this recording - but luckily I found it. This was originally recorded on April 20th, 2020. We speak with Walker Aderhold who is a cook at The Grey Eagle Taqueria in Asheville, NC. He speaks about his experience through Covid-19 and being laid off at this time. He also talks about one of his passions which is trail running and races and how those races might look in the future. We also speak about cannabis legalization and how that could be an unexpected boon to the economy. Lastly Walker speaks about his son who is in addiction recovery and what that experience has been like since the pandemic began.
We get an opportunity to speak with Kaye Bentley with Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. She is a WNC native and former US Postal worker. Kaye was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Month. She has obviously had to adjust and reconsider how her business will operate now as Covid-19 has changed all of our lives. She discusses her processes and how she has pivoted and prepared for the coming reopening. She has also been using her tour van to deliver food to health care and medical workers while her business is closed during the Stay Home orders. A fabulous conversation with a WNC native and entrepreneur.
"Those who witness extreme social collapse at first hand seldom describe any deep revelation about the truths of human existence. What they do mention, if asked, is their surprise at how easy it is to die.
The pattern of ordinary life, in which so much stays the same from one day to the next, disguises the fragility of its fabric. How many of our activities are made possible by the impression of stability that pattern gives? So long as it repeats, or varies steadily enough, we are able to plan for tomorrow as if all the things we rely on and don’t think about too carefully will still be there. When the pattern is broken, by civil war or natural disaster or the smaller-scale tragedies that tear at its fabric, many of those activities become impossible or meaningless, while simply meeting needs we once took for granted may occupy much of our lives."
-Excerpt from The Dark Mountain Manifesto by Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine written in 2009
We speak with Paul Kingsnorth - a large influence on Tommy's thinking and worldview and - that influence is one of the reasons that lead him to start this Podcast. It's a rare opportunity to speak to someone who has been thinking about a situation like the Pandemic has placed us in for some time and has been examining the inevitable collapse of our current society and how to prepare for that. Paul is a writer and activist with a unique perspective on these events that are unfolding before us. Tommy first found Paul's writing in an essay entitled: Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist where Paul examines 10 years of environmental activism and coming to the conclusion that there was no possibility of slowing down - much less stopping the coming climate catastrophe. This lead him to writing The Dark Mountain Manifesto, which is an artistic manifesto - urging writers and other creatives to create as if the coming climate crisis is true and happening and how embracing nature to do that can lead us to a less convenient - but more authentic future. While prophetic in his approach to how systems and globalization may melt down - he is also hopeful for a future where we embrace that we are a part of this planet - not superior to the rest of the natural world. A deep and insightful conversation with a great mind who has much to teach and leave for all of us to consider.