Stories Within Us

with Lisa Bush

Conversations with writers, poets, educators, activists, artists, and researchers whose work is questioning, disrupting, or altogether transforming how we view ourselves and each other.

Stories Within Us explores how our lived experiences—and the process of sharing those stories— has the power to connect, heal, and change.

Welcome to Season 6

S6:3 ADHD in women and girls with Shannon Smith

In the second episode of our two-part series, photographer Shannon Smith and I dive into our lives with ADHD. We discuss how ADHD presents as parents, as creatives, as women. How neurodivergent folks tend to mask and the repercussions of masking. Finally we explore the beauty of being neurodivergent, specifically as it relates to our work and lives as creatives. 

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S6:4 Body image, health, and consent with Dr. Angela Grace

Dr. Angela Grace discusses how body image is a social justice issue, how consent is far more complex than saying yes or no, and how our current health curriculum has the potential to cause harm, “Once you start treating the body as an object rather than an experience, the significant problems start to happen.”  

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S6:2 Breaking toxic parenting cycles with Shannon Smith

Photographer Shannon Smith and I discuss how parenting patterns run deep and stopping toxic cycles is sometimes like looking off a cliff into the abyss. How certain environments can cause us, and our kids, to mask. How Shannon and I both are unlearning relationship patterns and learning how to re-parenting ourselves. How art is going to save our world—seriously it is—and how as artists we live in the grey zone. We’re inquisitive, curious, and this is exactly what the world needs more of. 

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S6:1 Nurturing our Gender Diverse Kids with Anna Murphy

Political-minded powerhouse for 2SLGBTQIA+ and women’s issues Anna Murphy shares how parents & educators can create spaces our gender diverse kids need. She speaks to what needs to be done for gender diverse kids in Alberta’s schools, communities, and beyond. And provides us with next steps to fighting back against global stripping of 2SLGBTQ+ rights.

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self-harm, suicide

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S5:11 Healing and Music with D’orjay

Country music artist, healer, and author D’orjay speaks to us about healing, music, and her book, SHIT MY SHAMAN SAYS. D’orjay shares her healing journey and how it led to her work as a Shaman and Pranic Healer. Dorjay explains that a shaman is, “Someone who sees light in the darkness.”

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S5:10 Motherhood Tax with Dr. Maki Motapanyane

Today’s episode with Dr. Maki Motapanyane explores the ongoing, unceasing tension that exists for women navigating motherhood and careers. I found this conversation refreshingly validating; Maki doesn’t downplay the challenges mothers in the twenty-first-century face.

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S5:9 Radical Self-care and Communal Self-care with Dr. Bri Wiens

In this episode, I speak with activist-scholar Dr. Bri Wiens on radical self-care and communal self-care. Bri and I discuss the invisible labour that women are currently expected to do in the academy and in other places of work. Bri shares her research on feminist shadow networks, explaining, “They are quiet when they have to be; they are loud when they have to be.”

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S5:8 Treating your stories with care with Tomi Ajele

Today’s episode is with Calgary writer, journalist and truth teller Tomi Ajele. Tomi shares with us the importance of slow journalism, creating your own blueprint and treating stories with care. Tomi speaks to the intent of the media collective, Afros In Tha City, saying, “We don’t want to give you a soundbite. We don’t want to give you a quick pitch. We just want to show up and tell our truth.” She also speaks to the creation process, “We don’t even know what failure looks like because we don’t even know what we want to become. It was just us putting our truth out there; it didn’t feel like it needed to look a certain way.” 

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S5:7 The importance of empathy, conversation, and action with Nagwan Al-Guneid

In today’s episode, I speak with sustainability leader, mother, and activist Nagwan Al-Guneid about her life-long passion for politics and her vision for the future of energy. We discuss the importance of empathy, conversations and coming together in order to create a just energy plan. Nagwan states,  “I believe energy transformation is about having conversations in diverse settings with diverse perspectives. It involves everybody.” 

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S5:6 Getting Unstuck with Miche Priest

In today’s episode, recovering hustle culture disciple Miche Priest walks us through the process of getting unstuck. She provides three steps we can take to finding solutions: widening the lens (not hyper focusing on two binaries), getting missing data, addressing the risks/fears holding us back. 

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S5:5 Have the audacity to dream

Why we need to dream—and dream big—especially during challenging times. I share my thoughts on why we must dream our own dreams and not what society expects us to dream. I tell a story involving a spreadsheet (because spreadsheets are beautiful) about how taking ownership of my dreams is something that I still struggle with to this day.

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