That's Life

Lois Richter’s format for That’s Life is mostly interviews. Recurring topics include Davis activities and groups; work and life choices; philosophy and theory; plus birding, cooking, art, and other passions. Lois occasionally breaks into music -- from ballads to the slack key sounds of Hawaii to golden oldies rock 'n' roll -- but mostly we just talk.

If you want to suggest a topic for discussion or a person to interview, text Lois or leave a message in the comments here.

Lois seldom (but occasionally) updates her personal website. Check it out at: https://gotouring.com/

DJ(s): 
Replays Saturday 7-8am
Live Thursday 11am-12pm
Podcast
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

That's Life in Your Patch with Mary Scheidt

My guest today is Mary Scheidt.  She knows so much and is such a good teacher!  Every visit I learn something new or think about things in a different way.  I hope you have a similar experience.  Today included, exploring, birding, plants, and MAKING A REDWOOD HAPPY!  (That "happier redwood" discussion continued with Don Shor in the next hour -- on the Davis Garden Show for 7/22/21.)

This visit we talked about getting to know "your patch" --  your yard, your neighborhood, your region, your climate and ecosystem.  Lois introduced a "hypothetical new birder" to the joys of bird life by setting up a hummingbird feeder and becoming fascinated with those beautiful little friends.  Then we consider how to learn more as you get involved with the hummers lives.  One easy next step if you want to expand your horizons -- a birdbath!   

That's Life with Rescue Dog Walking

They started out as a small rescue shelter in southern California.  Well, those rescue-dogs neeed exercize and socializing and ther were LOTS more dogs than peope.  So these creative people teamed up with AirBnB to "rent" a walk with one of the dogs.  Win-win-win!  People get some canine time, the dogs get out and about, and the shelter gets donations to keep going.  (By the way, AirBnB donates there services to make reservations for the dog-wlks.)

These folks then started a second project -- a spay and neuter clinic.  The clinic has gone dark during the pandemic, but they hope to start back up soon and even expand next year.

The third project -- and the one I heard about originally -- is "Free Animal Doctor" which uses crowd-sourcing to raise money for animals that need surgery or other medical procedures.  The ANIMAL is being funded, not the animal's 'owner'; meaning the money raised is sent directly to the vet or hospital to pay for the procedure and none of it is ever sent to he owner (which makes fraud improbable).  These people change lives --  over 90% of the campaigns are successful.

Today's interview with Ryan explains a lot about what the non-profit does and  how they do it.   To see the animale, check out FreeAnimalDoctor.org .

That's Life for Don Shor

Lois Richter says: In today's show, I talk with the "mystery man" Don Shor. Why do I call him a mystery man? Although I talk to Don every week about the Davis Garden Show (which we co-host), Don usually keeps himself to himself about non-plant-related things. He is a master of the terse reply: How are things at your farm? "Fine." What's happening with you? "I'm okay."

HOWEVER...  Today I got to interview him about his life, so I finally got answers to some questions! Did you know he never had a full-time job working for someone? Instead he went directly from graduating from UC Davis to opening a business in town -- Redwood Barn Nursery -- and will have been doing that for 40 years come August. Lots of history here. I've known Don since my days as a DCTV producer (1992-2003) and because I have known him so long, I could even ask him to explain things that happened 20 years ago. Lots more history! We ended discussing his plans for the future -- and, no, there will be no public tours at the farm.

That's Some Re-Play!

 

Some repeats broadcast during April 2021.  (I just got too busy.  I'm fine; just catching up now.)

15 April 2021 -- replayed  the Judy Fjell show from  the previous week (4/8/21).

22 April 2021 -- replayed the interview with KDRT host Gitane which first aired in February 2019:  https://kdrt.org/audio/thats-gitane

29 April 2021 -- replayed an early home-made show from a year ago --  Blue #1 --   https://kdrt.org/audio/thats-blue-part-1

I expect to make some new shows for May.  

That's Life with Judy Fjell, part 1

In the 1980s, oneof the best-loved performers of Women's Music was Judy Fjell.  She wrote her own songs, performed widely, and was an uplifting singer to listen to.  In 2016, Judy Fjell re-issued her 1985 album as a CD -- "This Side, That Side". -- which is the focus of this episode. [Re-played in 2021.]

Since then, Judy has continued singing, writing, an performing -- but she has also taught many others to sing and write.  Her music camps ... well, I think she says it best on her current (2021) website at https://judyfjell.com/ -- 

"Judy has written and recorded over 20 album collections, published several songbooks and ukulele instructional books, and continues to teach and perform from her home in Helena, Montana."

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Comments

I love listening to your Hawaiian music choices and your comments on Hawaii when you play Hawaiian music. :-)

-- Arielle

I forgot about all this great music...thanks for reminding me.

Great show! Never knew so much about green building...great guest. [Casa Verde]

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