Before I tell you anything, let me say this: today's conversation with Christa Couture will move you. Take time. Listen closely. Of the nearly 70 episodes in MamaFuel, all of which I've loved, THIS is the one. THIS is the conversation I'd urge you to listen to again and again.
Not only because it's not every day you can listen to a cancer survivor cyborg amputee chanteuse mama of three (as she says "two have died and one is here") mixed indigenous Cree Scandinavian queer radio host non-fiction author and singer-songwriter.
Not only that.
But also because Christa is a sensitive, generous, warm, kind and thoughtful woman whose intelligence and talent seep through everything she creates, including this conversation.
Given the name "Singing Woman" as a child, Christa weaves and shares stories about grief, loss and life as she processes how life is unfolding.
I loved hearing how, at time of recording, Christa was reworking her narrative around Christmas, making space for both grief for her absent sons and delight for her vivacious and very present daughter.
I appreciated learning more about the importance of representation and how critical it is for us to share and talk about our differences. When Christa decided to showcase her "cyborg" limb in its full floral glory, she and the world started interacting differently. It's an important reminder that it's critical for us to share and celebrate difference.
There's so much more, but these are "show notes" and not "show encycopediae" so I'll leave you with this: listen and share this conversation far and wide, and support Christa and her work by pre-ordering her book AND ordering her record.
To discover all of Christa's creative offerings, read her beautiful words and support her new album release and upcoming book How to Lose Everything (coming late 2020), click here. I've included links below for some of my favourite pieces:
Here's where you can read the essay called "These are My Children," first featured in The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood. Do yourself a favour, cuddle up with your favourite soothing beverage and some peace and really drink in these words. Then hug your loved ones even closer than you do now.
Here is the article in which Christa talks about taking maternity photos that showcase her prosthetic leg and her amputation as well as her beautiful baby bump.
Here's the picture that most hit home for me, as we discuss during our conversation.
And last but not least I love both a talk that Christa gave not long ago called Accepting Different rather than Better, and another about being a cyborg chanteuse, in which you can hear her sing! You'll find both here.
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