My Childhood Friend is Interviewed in St. John (with Audio)

When­ev­er we talk about an old friend, neigh­bor or acquain­tance, Pam hopes they can come and vis­it us here. She fig­ures that they’ll take a look around, get hooked and move here as well. I guess her rea­son­ing is ‘What bet­ter way to enhance your neigh­bor­hood by mov­ing peo­ple you know into it’?

This also brings up the ques­tion of how big the neigh­bor­hood is that we want to con­sid­er. Is it the Down­town Van­cou­ver Area, or per­haps the province of British Colum­bia? Why not the entire coun­try of Cana­da? If that’s the case, then Pam can rest assured that one of my best friends from child­hood (about age 9 until I went away to col­lege), Cyn­thia Abram­son (now Cyn­thia Nikitin), has spent a good deal of time in our new­ly adopt­ed coun­try and has been com­ing here to Cana­da for sev­er­al years before we even moved here.

Cyn­thia is a Vice Pres­i­dent of the New York-based Non-Prof­it Orga­ni­za­tion, the Project for Pub­lic Spaces, who are “ded­i­cat­ed to cre­at­ing and sus­tatain­ing pub­lic places that build com­mu­ni­ties.” As I could see from her impres­sive bio on their site, she’s been busy in the past 15 years or so.

Not only has my friend Cyn­thia been spend­ing a lot of time in Cana­da, but she was inter­viewed last week by the CBC in St. John, New Brunswick, and we caught the inter­view on the Inter­net. Not only that, I saved the stream to my disk and with her per­mis­sion, post it here:

[audio:Cynthia_Interview.mp3]

This also serves to demon­strate the very easy-to-install and use audio play­er plu­g­in for Word­Press. If I get a lit­tle more ambi­tious, I’ll use the same plu­g­in to include some record­ings of my music on the About page.

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