Sometimes tough to hear, sometimes messy, unexpectedly funny ... it's all about shining a light on life's bitter times to find the hidden sweets.
One Friday night in May 2008, Marie was puttering around getting ready to meet her husband at his sister's place for drinks. Then the phone rang.
A woman said "I'm calling from the West Shore RCMP and letting you know that we're charging your husband with first degree murder. Can you bring some clothes and his reading glasses to the jail sometime tomorrow?"
Marie was stunned. That was the beginning of a two year nightmare that haunts Marie to this day. A nightmare that would see her husband and two sons on trial for murder. A nightmare that played out publicly with her family referenced as the local mafia. A nightmare that took her financial security, her standing in the community and her trust in legal and police authorities.
On Sweet Bitters we’re going to start with Marie’s story as we explore emotional pain through the personal stories of our own experiences. We’ll talk about addiction, abuse, self harm, assault, loss of faith, and betrayals. Sometimes it will be messy, sometimes confusing, a lot of the time it’ll be hard. And incredibly, sometimes we’ll end up laughing.
We’ll journey through the sadness and bitters but we’ll also talk about where you find the joys and triumphs, the sweets. Our goal over time is to start incorporating your stories and experiences into the podcast.
Published May 27, 2022
One morning Marie got a call that Greg had missed check-in at the halfway house. Now he's back in jail and Marie is figuring out how she feels about that.
Published May 13, 2022
It's been five years since the darkest day of Marie's life. In this episode, she tells us what happened that day and her journey since then.
Published April 29, 2022
Marie describes how drug addiction upended their family life and the desperate measures they took to get their boys off drugs.