The Gale Hill Radio Hour

Kate Jones

Here at The Gale Hill Radio Hour, you’ll find conversations and short essays having to do with the human experience — our purpose, our passions, the stories of our lives, both lighthearted and otherwise. Also, the power of our spiritual selves, whether on our own or when we join with others in understanding, love and light.

I welcome you to join my guests and me in this adventure.

Kate Jones

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Episodes

Music Greats We Lost in 2023 with Sheldon Zoldan, Part 2
Jan 17 2024
Music Greats We Lost in 2023 with Sheldon Zoldan, Part 2
This is the second of two episodes with Song of the Day creator Sheldon Zoldan, who wrote tributes to musical titans who passed away in 2023. The tributes and featured songs are in chronological order according to the date of each person's passing, and the numbering picks up where Part 1 left off. In the audio, the tributes are separated by original music by sound engineer and musician Mike Villegas. You'll find links to the YouTube videos in the chapters.21.  Astrud Gilberto, June 5  "Girl From Ipanema"22. Tony Bennett, July 21  "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"23. Roger Sprung, July 22  "One Morning in May"24. Randy Meisner, July 26 "Take It to the Limit"25. Sinead O’Connor, July 26  "Nothing Compares 2 U"26. David LaFlamme, Aug. 6  "White Bird"27. DJ Casper, Aug. 7  "Cha Cha Slide"28. Sixto Rodriguez, Aug. 8  "Sugar Man"29. Robbie Robertson,  Aug. 9  "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"30. Ray Hildebrand, Aug. 18  "Hey Paula"31. Bob Feldman, Aug. 26  "I Want Candy" 32. Jimmy Buffett, Sept. 1  "Margaritaville" 33. Steve Harwell, Sept. 4  "All Star"34. Gary Wright, Sept. 4  "Dream Weaver"35. Charlie Robison, Sept. 10  "New Year's Day"36. Katherine Anderson-Schafner, Sept, 20  "Please Mr. Postman"37. Terry Kirkman, Sept, 23  "Cherish" 38. Dwight Twilley, Oct. 18  "I'm on Fire" 39. Rudolph Isley, Oct. 11  "It's Your Thing" 40. Jean Knight, Nov. 22  "Mr. Big Stuff" 41. Shane MacGowan, Nov. 30  "Fairytale of New York" 42. Denny Laine, Dec. 5  "Mull of Kintyre" 43. Laura Lynch, Dec. 22  "Pink Toenails"44. Tommy Smothers, Dec. 26  "Yo-Yo Man"To receive Sheldon's Song of the Day emails, send a message to shzoldan@comcast.net with the subject line ADD ME TO SOTD. This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Music Greats We Lost in 2023 with Sheldon Zoldan, Part 1
Jan 10 2024
Music Greats We Lost in 2023 with Sheldon Zoldan, Part 1
Sheldon Zoldan is  the creator of the Song of the Day project, daily music-related stories and yearly tributes to musical titans who passed away. In this episode, we present the first 20 of music greats who left us in 2023, beginning with Jeff Beck. Most of the links go to YouTube videos, while the others take you to some of Sheldon's once-a-week posts on the website of WGCU, the NPR station in southwest Florida where he lives. Here is a list of the tributes and featured songs in this episode. They're in chronological order according to the date of each person's passing. In the audio, the tributes are separated by original music created by sound engineer and musician Mike Villegas.1. Jeff Beck, Jan. 10  "Beck's Bolero"2. Lisa Marie Presley, Jan. 12  "Lights Out"3. Robbie Bachman, Jan. 12, and Tim Bachman, April 28 "Roll On Down the Highway"4. David Crosby, Jan. 18  "Déjà Vu"5. Barrett Strong Jan 28 "Money (That's What I Want)"6. Burt Bacharach, Feb. 8 "Walk On By" 7. David Jolicoeur, Feb. 12 "Me Myself and I"8. Huey “Piano” Smith, Feb. 13 "Rockin' Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu"9. Wayne Shorter, March 2  "Footprints"10. Gary Rosington, March 5 "What's Your Name"11. Jim Gordon, March 13 "Layla"12. Bobby Caldwell, March 14 "What You Won't Do for Love"13. Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, March 17 "I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everyone Got A Thing"14. April Stevens, April 17 "Deep Purple" 15. Harry Belafonte, April 25 "Day-O"16. Gordon Lightfoot, May 1 "If You Could Read My Mind"17. Pete Brown, May 19  "Sunshine of Your Love"18. Ed Ames, May 21 "Rag Mop"19. Tina Turner,  May 24 "Nutbush City Limits"20. Cynthia Weil, June 1 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" Sheldon sends his Song of the Day stories to an email list of subscribers. To get on the list, all you have to do is email shzoldan@comcast.net with the subject line ADD ME TO SOTD.This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Healing Your Bodies — All of Them!
Dec 13 2023
Healing Your Bodies — All of Them!
Sandra Tjoa teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi, ancient practices that helped her reclaim her health and have now become an integral part of her daily life. In this episode, she explains how these practices may benefit you.Chi, also spelled Qi, is life force energy. This energy travels in pathways in the body, but it can become stagnant or stuck due to unresolved emotions. The practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong focus on the body's energy pathways, helping us loosen stuck energy and open us up to more flow. Sandra explains all this way better than I do, but at least that's a start. In this episode, she emphasizes the power of the body to heal, and she offers tips for starting your day and decreasing stress. You'll also learn that we actually have five bodies: our physical body, of course, and our mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic or energy bodies. As Sandra explains, paying attention to the health of the energy body also will support our other bodies, which have energetic aspects as well. Before she began practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, she was not in good shape. As she tells it, she was depressed, sleep deprived, haggard. Now, she's the picture of strength and good health, as you can see from her photo. For the complete story about her health turnaround, please visit her website.A resident of Nelson, British Columbia, where she lives with her family, Sandra teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes online, where she also conducts month-long healing programs. You can learn more on her site and find her on YouTube, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
More Far-Out Tales with the Haunted's Bibiana Krall and Veronica Cline Barton
Nov 6 2023
More Far-Out Tales with the Haunted's Bibiana Krall and Veronica Cline Barton
This is the second part of a fascinating interview with Bibiana Krall and Veronica Cline Barton, the authors of a collaborative project called The Haunted Series. In the previous Gale Hill Radio Hour episode, appropriately titled "Scary Stuff," we shared details about these award-winning books filled with psychological suspense. In this episode, we turn to other aspects of Bibiana and Veronica's creative output. You'll hear how Veronica published her first book, a cozy mystery, in 2018 and now has eight books in the series with another one underway. She also has two other books, the Hygge & Bisous Holiday Mysteries series, whose main character is Rikkhe St. Claire. Then you'll hear about Bibiana's Irish Phantom Series, which is gothic and mythological, before delving into a disturbing future with Aether, her series about "the digital world, about artificial intelligence, about a world that has basically left its humanity behind and is so controlled by technology that it loses its way." Here are links to their sites: Bibiana's and Veronica's.Finally, writers and would-be writers can learn a lot about writing, collaborating and  publishing from these master storytellers. Hope you enjoy their insights.This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Sockwell for Happy Sheep (and Feet)
Oct 24 2023
Sockwell for Happy Sheep (and Feet)
This is Kate Jones, here to talk about a brand of socks with style and function. Recently, I came across Sockwell's Essential Comfort line at Dave’s Boot Shop in Petoskey, Michigan. The key component of these socks is merino wool that comes from free-grazing sheep raised in the U.S. In other words, as the packaging notes, the wool comes from "happy sheep." I bought a pair of non-cushion socks with an attractive “Big Bloom” flower design, which lives up to the company’s stated intent to bring “fresh modern styling to every sock we make.” The socks are super comfortable too. Visit sockwellusa.com to find out about all the Sockwell lines and also the company's commitment to wellness, sustainability and ethically raised sheep .If you’re going to Petoskey and want to check out Dave’s Boot Shop, you can find the address and phone number by visiting the store hours page on the website. Sockwell socks weren't on Dave's site when I visited it, but the store doesn't list its entire inventory online.This is the third in an occasional series that I call GHR Recommends. It's a service of The Gale Hill Radio Hour. The first episode in the series is Ep 62 about my favorite granola; the second is Ep 69 about a stylish and beautifully made robe.  As always, no payment or goods are exchanged for these recommendations. This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Martinique® Banana Leaf Sleepwear
Oct 18 2023
Martinique® Banana Leaf Sleepwear
This is the second installment of my occasional series, GHR Recommends. It's a service of The Gale Hill Radio Hour. In this episode, I talk about Martinique® Banana Leaf sleepwear produced by Sant and Abel in partnership with CW Stockwell. I have personal experience with this line thanks to a beautifully crafted summer robe that my husband gave to me as a birthday gift in May.  I love the pattern, which is bright, colorful and also vaguely familiar.There's a reason that it looks familiar. CW Stockwell is known for its iconic Martinique® Banana Leaf pattern, created in 1942 and still one of the most recognizable wallpaper designs ever produced. Judging from the fine fabric and details of my robe, Sant and Abel + CW Stockwell has created a line of meticulously made clothing that will last a long time.  I think that's a very good thing. For more information, please go online to Sant and Abel or CW Stockwell.To hear the first installment of this series, which is about granola, please go to Gale Hill Radio's episode 62.One last note: No money or goods were exchanged for this or any GHR Recommends segment. I just recommend what I like. My husband, Bernie Jones, shot the accompanying photo on Gale Hill, where we live.This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Music Sparks a Magical Project About Love and the Unexplainable
Oct 11 2023
Music Sparks a Magical Project About Love and the Unexplainable
Venice, flashbacks from another lifetime, the impossible becoming possible. And love and friendship. That's what this episode is all about.At the heart of it is "Venetian Rhapsody," a novel with a soundtrack about a grand love from another time that reignites in the wondrous City of Canals.The collaboration behind this project is as magical as the story itself. Suffice to say that its award-winning creators are friends who live on different continents, and they've produced something truly special. In this episode, you will meet author Tonya Penrose and classical musician David Bazo, who talk about the inspiration for this project, what they've learned from their transcontinental friendship, and so much more. Clearly, it's been a growth experience for both of them, and a fun, satisfying one at that.As we mention in the episode, the book and the album don't come packaged together because the creators live in two different countries. However, you can order the book and album wherever you buy books and music. I read the Kindle version of Tonya's novel, which also is available on Amazon, and I purchased David's album on Apple Music.  Another really good way to purchase both is to go to the creators' sites.  Visit Tonya's website or go directly to David's store page on his site. For the latter, just scroll down a bit and you'll see the links. The album also is available to download from all the streaming services. Please enjoy the results of this remarkable collaboration.This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
From Pasture to Podium: How Horse Wisdom Can Help Leaders Create a Better World
Sep 20 2023
From Pasture to Podium: How Horse Wisdom Can Help Leaders Create a Better World
What can politicians, parents and other leaders learn from horses? Turns out, a lot! For starters: the lessons include how to listen without judgment and respect differing opinions. And there's much more in this short episode with Jackie Stevenson, who provides leadership training  sessions — with horses — at the ranch where she lives with her husband, Herb, four dogs, and six equine members of the Pebble Ledge Ranch herd. Each training session has a human facilitator, in addition to Jackie, who guides the trainees in relating to the herd. One of the best facilitators, Jackie says, is Kathy Telban, who has spent a lot of time both in business and with horses, and is now running for city council in her community.In this episode, Jackie makes it clear that the qualities that Kathy brings to her role as a facilitator are the same qualities that she will bring to public service.  Jackie also talks about politicians in general, and how some horse sense might help them better serve their constituencies. To learn more about Jackie's leadership programs or to purchase her book, "Someday We'll Live Like Horses: Authentic Presence in Leadership and Life," please visit the Spirit of Leadership website, where you also can purchase a deck of very cool Horse Spirit Wisdom cards. Jackie's book is available on Amazon as well.To learn more about Kathy Telban, please visit her campaign website. This is Kate Jones. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! The show is available in Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast directories. Also on Substack and YouTube; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.