Zarsian Adventures


“My dad started whistling. That was the first bad sign,” Cordelia Zars remembers. “Then walking around the cabin and straightening things. The second. When he tromped up the ladder, rummaged around in the loft, and hollered down at me, ‘Oh say, Cord…’? I knew it was over. Some ridiculous idea had sprouted in his brain; negotiation was futile, all hope of rationality lost.”

In this particular instance, the idea involved strapping on cross country skis and dragging a ninety pound keyboard ten miles through the snow on a nine degree Colorado evening.

Now, Cordelia reflects on how much these hair-brained excursions–postholes, shivers, sweat, tears and all–shaped the people her and her siblings became, and left them with a deep sense for what they’re capable of.


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Music: If Walls Could Talk by Jacob Bain & Nis Kotto    •    The Channon by Josh Armistead    •    Decade of Upsets by Doctor Turtle    •    Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata performed by Cordelia Zars

Tracks provided by Free Music Archive and with permission from the artists.


4 Comments on “The Shorts — Zarsian Adventures

  1.  by  Dan Carey

    This was SO good, thank you Cordelia. Easily one of my favorite’s of all time.

  2.  by  Allan Fierce

    This was terrific, Cord. I enjoyed it immensely, especially since I have been dragged along on a couple of Reed’s “adventures” during which, struggling to keep up, I was convinced that Reed would simply abandoned me and leave me to die. I’ve passed this podcast along to my daughters in the hope that, by comparison, they will now view me as much less of an outdoor nut than they currently do.

  3.  by  Andrew Todd

    I loved this episode! Cordelia nails the storytelling (I am particularly fond of her laughing in the background at her family member’s jokes), and grants us a glimpse into what sounds like an incredibly awesome family… It is a lesson for all to bring out the best in the ones you care most about. Hoping for more adventures with Cordelia in 2018 and beyond.

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