Backyard Oasis

by Greenfield Community College

Backyard Oasis is a podcast designed by and for older adults living in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, and produced in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. Backyard Oasis reaches out to older adults who seek knowledge to help them live more thoughtfully, healthily, and happily; who hope to inspire others with their ideas; and who serve their com ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • What "Death Doulas" Do with Denise Schwartz

    What "Death Doulas" Do with Denise Schwartz

    Your host Denise Schwartz and death doula Dina Stander talk about how a doula may help a dying person. as well as the person’s family, friends and care circle members, plan and prepare for what's to come. Hosted by Denise Schwartz Produced by Alex Audette in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center at Greenfield Community College (MA)

  • "Where Did We Come From?" Dennis Lee Speaks With Dave "Old Bones" Robison

    "Where Did We Come From?" Dennis Lee Speaks With Dave "Old Bones" Robison

    This week on Backyard Oasis, Dennis Lee talks to professional genealogist Dave Robison. He teaches genealogical research techniques and strategies both on and off the internet, as well as the world of DNA and how it can assist in family research. Join us as Dave explains how to get started in finding out where you came from! Hosted by Dennis Lee Edited by Nina Bocko Produced by Alex Audette Recorded in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center's Multimedia Studio at Greenfield Community College (MA)

  • A Literary Marriage with Denise Schwartz

    A Literary Marriage with Denise Schwartz

    When author Stephen Bilias invited Bela Breslau to write a novel with him, a wonderful creative collaboration ensued. Host Denise Schwartz talks with South Deerfield, Massachusetts writers Bela and Stephen about their long-time marriage, their new-ish working relationship, and how writing books together has made their marriage even more meaningful…and fun! Here's a preview of their in-progress fantasy novel titled “Wu Wei Warrior”: Protagonist Lucy Chung-Corbyn learns she has powers passed on from her father when he took the Kool Aid® while participating in secret government research. Thanks to his mutated genes, Lucy develops a unique superpower: she does nothing, but she does it powerfully, reflecting the Taoist concept of wu wei, or non-action action. You’ll love how Lucy, a non-violent superhero, defeats demons by “going with the flow.” Hosted by Denise Schwartz Edited by Nina Bocko Produced by Alex Audette Recorded in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center's Multimedia Studio at Greenfield Community College (MA)

  • It's Wonderful to Know a Good Pharmacist with Dennis Lee

    It's Wonderful to Know a Good Pharmacist with Dennis Lee

    On this episode of Backyard Oasis, Dennis Lee talks with Brian Joyce about common medications and supplements and some other suggestions to live well and be safe. Hosted by Dennis Lee; Contributors: Brian Joyce Edited by Nina Bocko Produced by Alex Audette in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center's Multimedia Studio at Greenfield Community College (MA)

  • Reframing Aging with Denise Schwartz

    Reframing Aging with Denise Schwartz

    Goodbye, "elderly" and "over the hill"; hello, "wise, active older adult!" Take a moment to imagine an "elderly" person. Now take that mental picture, rip it out of its cracked, broken, gray frame, and REFRAME it in something big, bold, shiny, and new. With a little consideration, you'll start to see wise, active older adults instead of the "elderly," "over the hill" folks you used to picture. Now that is how you change negative stereotypes about aging into positive ones...A.K.A. reframing aging! Join your host Denise Schwartz and guest Meg Ryan while they discuss ways we can all begin to reframe aging in our own lives NOW! Backyard Oasis was created by Dennis Lee, Denise Schwartz, Christine Copeland, Chad Fuller, and Judy Raper Hosted by Denise Schwartz Produced by Alex Audette in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center Multimedia Studios at Greenfield Community College in Franklin County, MA