Episode 11: Mel A

Mel A., who identifies as a female Latina who is loud and a Slytherin, talks to us about experience growing up and living in the Southwest of the United States of America. My favorite part of our wonderful conversation is when she talks about being a doorstop for other people of color.  A great listen. Show Notes: Fan Pals Podcast…

Episode 10: Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

A New Yorker first, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is Jewish Puerto Rican woman.  Her city and multiple layers of identity have shaped her; she discussed her experience with us. She shares her story of her recent visit to the Island (Puerto Rico); a visit accelerated due to to fear that the culture and essence will be lost due to climate change and…

Episode 9: Casey Wong

This is the last episode of 2019! I talk with Casey Wong, an Asian – Irish – German – American., who identifies as Asian American. Casey share the stories that made him, about his family, himself and the world. He discusses his name, mama (嫲嫲) paternal grandmother on his father’s side and more. He is thoughtful, eloquent and a joy…

Episode 7: Emma Braun

In this episode we discuss how Emma Braun has navigated being Native and White from San Diego to St. Louis. She tells us about her family planning activism and how she is actively inviting people to the table. Learn more: Burke Museum Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People By Maria P.P. Root Maria P. P. Root, PhD, is author…

Episode 7: Rihaan Puri and Lies-giving

Extra special guest – Rihaan Puri (my 4 year old son) – talks with me about being Punjabi, Tsimshian and American. He also serenades us with one of his recordings (future rock star on our hands). I also talk about things I love – swearing – and things I hate – Thanksgiving. Learn more: The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is…

Episode 5: Tim Norris

Episode 5 features Tim Norris (pronouns: he/him) who shares many parts of his identity; Japanese-American, white, gay, cis-gendered, first-gen high school grad, and more. Learn more: Rainbow City Band Concert: Let It Shine – November 9th My Seattle listeners, get your tickets today to RBC’s first concert of the season. Tim our guest is artistic director of this great ensemble.…

Episode 4: Sandra McKinnie Biehl

My mom is my fourth guest. She shares the story of how her parents – a FBI (Full Blooded Indian) Tsimshian woman from Alaska and an Iowa farmer from no-where Iowa – met. She discusses her experience as a math teacher, meeting my father (in the 6th grade), living in South Korea and more. Learn More from the Episode A…

Episode 3: Aaron Biehl

Episode number 3 features my youngest brother, Aaron Biehl. He is the youngest of us all by far – about 10 years younger than the rest of the larger group. His experience as white-passing Alaska Native man is very interesting (aren’t they all). He discusses his first experience of being identified as not white, his desire for a motorcycle trip…

Episode 2: Paul Biehl

Paul Biehl, my younger brother, is our second guest. He identifies as Paul, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, Native and White. Listen to his grappling with his religion and his understanding of the Tsimshian oral history and more. Paul is an avid (some might say rabid) college football fan, insurance adjuster, father and…

Episode 1: Ruth Hallows

Mixed Identity’s first guest is my sister, Ruth Hallows – K’sm Lxskulgan, Women of the Cedar Mat. Ruth is a white-passing Tsimshian woman, with 4 amazing children and who is working hard on completing her degree. She has a passion for nutrition and how food can make us better and happier people. Join us as we discuss how we have juggled our own perceptions of self and the identities given to us by society.

Mentions:

Daniel Tiger

If you do not have a toddler, or recently had one, you probably do not know Daniel Tiger – or at least his reincarnation on PBS Kids, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. But they name might be familiar to those who grew up with Mr. Rogers. Daniel Tiger is based on the puppet in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. He like Mr. Roger’s helps kids learn to process their emotions. To be truthful, Daniel has helped me to learn to process my emotions better. Ruth and I talk about song “Having Mixed Feelings”.

Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike
Peloton Bike – My Health Plan

Some people call it a cult. I call it, the amazing product/service that gets me to exercise on a regular basis. Some days I can dedicate two hours to myself; 45 minute bike ride (with great music), 10 minute cool down ride, 5 minute stretch and 5 minutes of meditation, followed by a shower. Other days I can only squeeze in a 15 minute ride and quick shower. But I can make time almost every day of the week! It also has a community and digital aspect that helps to keep you engaged; getting/giving high-fives from other riders in the on demand classes, getting shout-outs from instructors during live rides, monthly challenges, achievements for days or weeks in a row. All of these things make me want to get on that bike. I am at a 10 week stretch! I am almost to 75 rides!

It is an investment but at my age my health and my children are my top two investments. Plus, I figured my partner and I were paying for gym memberships. After 1 year of no gym memberships is equivalent to the price of the bike. The monthly membership fee is half the cost of one gym membership. We now exercise 4-7 times a week, with the gym memberships we were lucky to get there once a week.

PS I do not make a commission on this post. I truly dig this bike. BUT if you want to buy one mention my name and rider name #skookumjam and I will get some $$ for the overpriced peloton gear!