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Paddle Pilgrim Podcast

75 EpisodesProduced by David EllingsonWebsite

This podcast explores adventures in life, relationships, and spirit.

75 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Go Outside and PLAY

March 9th, 2022


When we go outside and PLAY we will learn some of life's greatest lessons in the Great Classroom and Cathedral!

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"Go OUTSIDE and play..."

February 24th, 2022


Finally, after this "ants-in-the-pants" kid had exhausted my mother's patience, she would say "Go, outside and play!"  This second of three episodes …

"GO outside and play"

February 9th, 2022


Finally, after this "ants-in-the-pants" kid had exhausted my mother's patience, she would say "GO, outside and play!"  This first of three episodes …

The Magic of Music: Nathaniel Gumbs

January 20th, 2022


Enjoy the musical journey of a young African American from the Bronx to his position as Director of Chapel Music at Yale University and compositions from Bach to Africa.

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The Magic of Music: Holiday Special

November 26th, 2021


Enjoy a wonderful variety of "favorite" holiday music from Lost and Found, Marty Haugen, Jane Henderson, Dr. Abe Caceres, Agape, Karin Larsen, and …

Grizz & His Friends: The Orchard

November 17th, 2021


Noah Brown in 8 years old and in the 2nd grade. He loves to read, swim, and play basketball.

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Grizz & His Friends: High Water

November 10th, 2021


Izzy Nesse Lindberg is 11 and in the 6th grade.  She loves to read and to draw and paint.

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Grizz & His Friends: The Apple Orchard

November 3rd, 2021


Max is twelve and in 7th grade and loves school, playing games, and doodling!

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Grizz & His Friends: An Artistic Collaboration

October 27th, 2021


Enjoy a conversation between Dave, the writer; Ron, the illustrator; and Anne, who did lay-out/graphic art, and learn how this book came together.

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Grizz & His Friends: Breaking Ice

October 20th, 2021


Jessica is 13 and in 7th grade. Her favorite school subjects are math, English, social studies, and Spanish. She loves playing basketball and …

Grizz & His Friends: Cassie's Nose

October 13th, 2021


Liam is eleven and in sixth grade and loves animals and reading and learning lessons about helping others.

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Grizz & His Friends: Sally's Nest

October 6th, 2021


Brooklyn is 12 and in the 6th grade and loves math, playing softball, and reading stories to her little brother.

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Grizz and His Friends: The Big Nice Wolf

September 29th, 2021


Lucas is seven and a second-grader who loves legos, playing his violin, swimming, and writing and illustrating his own stories.. 

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Grizz & His Friends: Introduction

September 25th, 2021


Learn how this outdoor adventure began and meet Grizz and his amazing animal friends.

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The Magic of Music: Encore III

May 6th, 2021


Enjoy the music of Agape, The Springman's, Karin Larsen, Will Chiles, and a "surprise" finale.

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The Magic of Music: Encore II

April 29th, 2021


Enjoy an encore of music from Rachel Kurtz, Chris Clay. Dr.Andrew Last/Nordic Choir, and Lost and Found.

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The Magic of Music: Encore I

April 22nd, 2021


Enjoy the music of Jonathan Rundman, Marty Haugen, Jane Henderson, Dr. Abe Caceres, Celia Whitler, and Steven Amundson.

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The Magic of Music: Karin Larsen

April 15th, 2021


In her role as a worship leader/teacher in a church setting, Karin weaves together words and melody with exceptional musical skill, theological …

The Magic of Music: Steven Amundson

April 8th, 2021


Steven Amundson, the long-time conductor of the famed St. Olaf Orchestra, shares how music has shaped his life and can shape our minds and hearts building bridges between people and community in our fractured world.

The Magic of Music: Will Chiles

April 1st, 2021


Will Chiles composes and performs music that draws from many genres: folk, country, bluegrass, choral, hymns, and indigenous weaving a tapestry of …

The Magic of Music: Jane Henderson

March 25th, 2021


Jane's vocal and keyboard skills take us on a musical journey through the worlds of jazz, pop, blues, gospel, choral, and sacred.  Your heart will be stretched...

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The Magic of Music: Dr. Abe Caceres

March 18th, 2021


Dr. Abe is an ethnomusicologist and a gifted composer and musician who writes and shares a musical journey from many cultures. His world-music …

The Magic of Music: Marty Haugen

March 11th, 2021


Composer of songs, hymns, liturgy, and musicals, Marty Haugen's wonderful music speaks to all the seasons of our lives with simplicity and …

Grizz and His Friends: Pedro's Pals

March 9th, 2021


Sometimes you have to look hard and listen well to discover your friends.

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The Magic of Music: Celia Whitler

March 4th, 2021


Weaving together country and gospel, Celia uses her gifts to compose, sing, and inspire with songs that passionately explore the highs and lows of life. 

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The Magic of Music: Lost and Found

February 25th, 2021


What began as a bike trip across the country became a long and winding and wonderful musical journey with songs that lift your spirit, challenge your …

The Magic of Music: The Springmans

February 18th, 2021


A lively and fun musical family journey with lots of good lessons along the way.  Invite your kids and grandkids to listen ... 

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The Magic of Music: Agape...David Scherer

February 11th, 2021


Known the world over as Agape, David Sherer is a hip-hop artist whose rhythm and poetry weave together real-world themes of justice, peace, and hope. 

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The Magic of Music: Dr. Andrew Last

February 4th, 2021


Enjoy magnificent music from the Nordic Choir punctuated by personal anecdotes and songs on a musical journey from a small river town on the Mississippi to the great concert halls.

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The Magic of Music: Rachel Kurtz

January 28th, 2021


Singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz weaves together a lively faith, real-world issues, and her personal journey in authentic music that stirs the soul.

The Magic of Music: Brian Christopher Clay

January 21st, 2021


Brian Christopher Clay does it all:  Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Pop.  Join a journey that began at age 4 and enjoy the beautiful music he has …

Grizz and His Friends

January 20th, 2021


How will Grizz and his animal friends solve the latest problem they face?   Learn how they enjoy working together and helping each other.

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The Magic of Music: Jonathan Rundman

January 14th, 2021


A musical journey and mini-concert with the singer/songwriter.  Special bonus: the world premiere of a new tune.

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Portaging the Pandemic: PLAN

December 10th, 2020


When we pause, ponder, pray, play, and pare we are actually practicing and living the PLAN for a healthy and happy life post-pandemic.  

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Portaging the Pandemic: PARE

December 3rd, 2020


How to pare, prune, and simplify your life for added meaning and joy and so that "others may simply live."

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Portaging the Pandemic: PLAY

November 27th, 2020


We know we need to play more, but what is PLAY?   Learn from children, research, and the Nordic practice of Fresh Air Life and Go Outside and Play!

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Portaging the Pandemic: PRAY

November 19th, 2020


Explore the variety of ways to pray, find your prayer path, and be sustained and strengthened during this time of Pandemic...and always!

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Portaging the Pandemic: Ponder

November 12th, 2020


 When we "pause" we have the opportunity to "ponder" and explore not only the external scenery of our lives, but our "inner landscapes" and discover deeper meaning and value on our life journey.

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Life Journeys: World-Famous Epidemiologist and Author: Dr. Michael Osterholm

November 12th, 2020


Dr. O. gives an update on the Coronavirus Pandemic with wisdom for individuals, schools, religious institutions, and our nation as well as sharing …

Portaging Pandemic: Pause

October 29th, 2020


During this time of Pandemic the experience of "portaging" and leaving the river to carry one's gear and canoe/kayak around a waterfall or rapids can become a time of learning and growth.  We begin the journey by …

Portaging Pandemic: Lessons from leaving the waters to portage during the pandemic.

October 22nd, 2020


This series will help listeners navigate, survive, and thrive during the pandemic by pausing, pondering, praying, processing, playing, planning, paring, and creating a new Paradigm with greater peace, joy, and hope.

Life Journeys: Adventurer, Author, Speaker Dave Ellingson

October 17th, 2020


Dave shares life lessons from his journey as a pastor, professor, and paddle pilgrim in a lively conversation with his former student, Bello Dondja.

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Life Journeys: Leader in the GLBTQ+ Community, Church and Beyond, Pastor Casey Tinnin

October 2nd, 2020


Pastor Casey shares his trail-blazing and courageous journey as a Gay Pastor serving his congregation and doing outreach and community organizing in the GLBTQ+ community.  His ministry helps us discover what the church …

Life Journeys: Immigrants, Dreamers, and Citizenship? Judith Ortiz and Misael Salmeron

September 25th, 2020


Their parents brought them as children to the United States seeking the American Dream.  Hear the struggles and achievements and hopes of these …

Life Journeys: Professor, Pilgrim, Historian of Ideas Dr. Jeff Mallinson

September 18th, 2020


Join this adventurous person for wise and witty observations from his journey which has included stops at Oxford for his Ph.D., alternative lifestyle communities across the U.S., and current teaching in history, …

Life Journeys: Pastor Kelly Chatman, Director of the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement

September 11th, 2020


Kelly weaves together his varied and diverse work in schools, churches, and neighborhoods and says "It's all about relationships," as we battle …

Life Journeys: Outdoor Early Learning Educator, Susan Houglum

September 11th, 2020


Sue teaches that the outdoors can be a wonder-filled place for early learning...just add some water, dirt, mud, sticks, rocks, plant, and trees.  Using the teachings of Richard Louv, Claire Worden, and her own outdoor …

Life Journeys: Master Communicator, Videographer, Entrepreneur Bello Dondja

August 28th, 2020


Follow Bello's journey from a village in Africa to America; his struggles communicating and the joy of overcoming those obstacles to become a …

Life Journeys: Adventure Artist and Expedition Kayaker Ellen McDonah

August 21st, 2020


Taking her inspiration to create art from the natural world and her outdoor adventures down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and the Fjords of Norway, Ellen encourages in all of us a deep sense of wonder and …

Life Journeys: Faith Formation Leader/Educator: Mark Jackson

August 14th, 2020


Mark shares how his mentors invited him into servant-leadership and then "got out of the way..."   Now as a parent and educator Mark helps young people discover their gifts and call to serve others.

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Life Journeys: Scientist, Genetics Researcher, and Cancer Survivor Dr. Alan Herr

August 7th, 2020


An amazing journey that began on a ranch in Idaho to a vocation in science and research in genetics at the University of Washington, Alan's work and life calling have come together as a cancer survivor.

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Life Journeys: Early Learning Educator, Dr. Heather Ingersoll

July 24th, 2020


Heather explores the unique opportunities to recognize and nurture the spirituality of children from her experience as a professor, researcher, mother, and wife.

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Life Journeys: Peer Ministry Leadership Director Lyle Griner

July 17th, 2020


It's all about relationships and what we say after we say "hello."   Lyle explores how to train youth and adults in the skill and spirituality of …

Life Journeys: Washington State Legislator, Sharon Tomiko Santos

July 11th, 2020


Representative Santos takes us into the world of politics and how her journey in her immigrant community shaped and propelled her into creating …

Life Journeys: Travel Writer and T.V. Host Rick Steves

July 3rd, 2020


Rick shares how travel can broaden our perspective and help us become world citizens.  Keep on traveling...

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Life Journeys: GreenFaith Director, the Rev. Fletcher Harper

June 26th, 2020


Learn about a wonderful cooperative effort to save the planet led by people from a wide variety of spiritual traditions, faiths, and religious …

Life Journeys: Singer/Songwriter Rachel Kurtz Part 2

June 19th, 2020


Since our original podcast with Rachel, the world has changed.  The murder of George Floyd has re-awakened the world to the violence and injustice of …

Life Journeys: Singer/Songwriter Rachel Kurtz

June 19th, 2020


A conversation with Rachel about her life journey and, of course, some great music!

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Life Journeys: Poet, Educator, Speaker Christian Paige

June 12th, 2020


Christian shares his journey from the streets of Tacoma to becoming a teacher/mentor to young people, an award-winning poet, and a community leader/activist.

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Take a Deep Breath

June 3rd, 2020


The breath of the Spirit creates, restores, and advocates abundant life for all people.  Breathe deep the breath of God.

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Good fences make good neighbors

May 27th, 2020


Fences can be very important, but this line from Robert Frost's poem, The Mending Wall, is often misunderstood and misses deeper wisdom.

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Atitude of Gratitude

May 13th, 2020


It makes all the difference in your life...whether ancient wisdom from the bible or from scientific research, gratitude reduces stress, sharpens thinking, promotes healing, improves sleep, and brings happiness and …

Freedom AND Responsibility

May 6th, 2020


Freedom doesn't mean I can do whatever I would like.  My freedom must always consider how it impacts other people.  It not an "either-or" but a …

Listening to the Earth

May 2nd, 2020


  Take a walk in the French countryside with Brother Jacque from the Taize Community and glean his earthly spiritual wisdom.

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Cultivating Hope

May 1st, 2020


A short story from Fr. Ernesto Cardinal in Guatamala about what Culture really means...

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We shall overcome

May 1st, 2020


Music powers movements for social justice. This anthem by Pete Seeger has galvanized peace, civil rights, women, and environmental movements around the world.  Sing along and work for the change you advocate in the …

The Earth is the Lord's...

April 22nd, 2020


Celebrating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary with vibrant lessons about creation care from the bible, a master gardener, and Fr. Jacque from the Taize Community in France.

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Cultivate Hope

April 18th, 2020


The earth is a great classroom, laboratory, and cathedral.  Nature can become one of our best teachers if we cultivate (dig into) the soil and not …

Letting go...

April 11th, 2020


This 3rd episode in a series on Life and Death explores the paradox of how the "little deaths" of letting go can lead to real life

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Aging Gracefully

April 10th, 2020


This 2nd episode in the Life and Death series suggests that graceful aging involves a strong dose of acceptance of limits but also fighting the good …

Good Grief

April 9th, 2020


This 1st episode in the Life and Death series examines Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' "stages" death and dying and Rev. Granger Westberg's "stages" of grieving.   Each affirms our body/mind/spirit as we experience loss.

Everything happens for a reason...

April 4th, 2020


Yes, but...  Dive deeper into a discussion of how this statement can be very unhelpful and how often we need to take the opportunity to listen to and …


March 28th, 2020


This phrase which means "the god in me greets the god in you..." can build bridges and grow relationships as we see the divine and the holy in each …

"These things too shall pass..."

March 22nd, 2020


This Sufi phrase contains great wisdom in this time of Pandemic lifting our gaze from the immediate and troubling to the future and the hopeful!

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Say What? A Fresh Look at Old Sayings

March 21st, 2020


A short "trailer" which describes the purpose of the Say What? podcast...

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