Fishing Without Bait

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

264 episodes of Fishing Without Bait since the first episode, which aired on June 23rd, 2015.

  • Fishing Without Bait 261: Celebrating 22 Years Sober

    September 29th, 2020  |  29 mins 9 secs

    Jim Ellermeyer is back and celebrating 22 years of sobriety as we reflect on the point where he finally accepted and received help with his obsession to use drugs and alcohol.  We discuss the 12 step program’s influence in his success, giving advice to others who are not accepting, willingness to change, telling his mother he was going to get help, the one individual that helped him with tough love and choosing to help others. 

  • Straight Talk | Episode 260

    September 15th, 2020  |  18 mins 48 secs
    love, mindfulness, obligation, straight talk, sympathy

    Jim Ellermeyer is giving some STRAIGHT TALK as we discuss our “3 AM Friends”, why do we feel obligated, love, sympathy, interpretation, connecting with other humans. 

  • To Make Better Choices | Episode 259

    September 8th, 2020  |  13 mins 18 secs

    Jim Ellermeyer is back with Producer Mike to discuss how we can make better choices.  What does that mean?  How do we develop our intuition and beginner’s mind to assess situations in our lives with your gut feelings.  

  • Recovery from Boredom | Episode 258

    September 1st, 2020  |  15 mins 12 secs
    12 step, addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, mindfulness, recovery

    Jim Ellermeyer is back with Producer Mike to discuss BOREDOM.  What happens when we are left to our own thoughts when we’re making bad decisions and are surrounded by individuals that are encouraging bad decisions and are emotionally needy. How do we attach to better people and places that will help elevate us.   How do we deal with boredom and share people. 

  • Changing Minds with Natalie Bencivenga | Episode 257

    August 25th, 2020  |  36 mins 56 secs
    black lives matter, busy culture, covid-19, defund the police, entitlement, mask debate, mindfulness, mission statement, natalie bencivenga, pandemic, social justice, white privilege

    Jim Ellermeyer is joined once again by Natalie Bencivenga to continue their conversation as they begin to look at the awareness to the world around us due to the extra time from COVID-19 leading to the George Floyd, Me Too, and other Social Justice protests, considering how to be an ally as a white person, White Privilege, entitlement, the mask debate, journalism falling apart, fake news, the police, and how losing loved ones helped motivate her leaving the Post-Gazette.

  • Being a Time Thief with Natalie Bencivenga | Episode 256

    August 18th, 2020  |  25 mins 10 secs
    busy culture, covid-19, mindfulness, pandemic, social justice

    Jim Ellermeyer is joined once again by Natalie Bencivenga to catch up with the changes in her life, and coping with the changes due to Covid-19 Pandemic to discuss the zeitgeist, thinking in ideologies and ideas, hero worship, the common needs people want in their lives we seem to disagree on, slowing down during the pandemic to rebuild and accept the situation, escaping busy culture, and the rapid fire of social justice issues.

  • Even More Mindful Bits | Episode 255

    August 11th, 2020  |  7 mins 30 secs
    anxiety, buddha, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, perspective, time travel

    Jim Ellermeyer is live once again from Highland Park in Pittsburgh, PA to review some bits of wisdom from over the years, including: Buy the Ticket, Words Are Forever, The Five Minute Rule, Naming and, Identify, Immediacy, What We're Not Going to Talk About, What Not to Do and I Choose.

  • More Mindful Bits | Episode 254

    August 4th, 2020  |  9 mins 50 secs
    anxiety, buddha, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, perspective, time travel

    Jim Ellermeyer is live once again from Highland Park in Pittsburgh, PA to review some bits of wisdom from over the years, including: Minds of Uncertainty, Pulling the Weeds, The Requirements to Be With You, Argument Party, Cast a Net, and two Buddha Stories: Cutting the Limb and a Package of Resentment.

  • Mindful Bits | Episode 253

    July 28th, 2020  |  11 mins 40 secs
    anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, perspective, time travel

    Jim Ellermeyer is live from Highland Park in Pittsburgh, PA to review some bits of wisdom from over the years, including: Moving the Mountain, Time Travel, Time as Currency, Perspective, Your Life as a Movie, Abracadabra and Uncertainty Leads to Anxiety

  • The Mindset of Quarantine Culture | Episode 252

    July 21st, 2020  |  17 mins 19 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, fake news, fear, mindfulness, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer and Producer Mike are taking a look at this time of the Coronavirus from a mindset 30 years from now, the lack of information leading to minds of uncertainty leading to minds of anxiety, worry, and fear, finding good sources of information that will help navigate through the developing information and trying to understand other perspectives.

  • Fishing Without Bait 251: Keeping the Faith with Maureen

    July 14th, 2020  |  37 mins 9 secs
    depression, disability, legally blind, marine biology, mindfulness, texas

    Jim Ellermeyer continues his conversation with Marine Biologist Maureen from Texas. She discusses her issues with the church around her disability and coming back around for Confirmation and restoring her Faith, interpreting faith and prayer, taking on failure and overcoming obstacles in her Master’s Degree, scuba diving, and in live in general, dealing with depression during the COVID-19 Quaranteen era, and more!

  • Self Worth with Maureen | Episode 250

    July 7th, 2020  |  31 mins 10 secs
    disability, legally blind, marine biology, mindfulness, texas

    Jim Ellermeyer begins his conversation with Maureen from Texas, how she was inspired by the ocean and a teacher to pursue Marine Biology, growing up legally blind and contending with unintended social consequences of being different due to her disability and needing to use the assistive technology, redefining herself in college, seeing the world in a different way, friends and allies, and more!

  • Self Identity with Toria Susan | Episode 249

    June 30th, 2020  |  27 mins 53 secs
    abracadabra, confidence, fear, insecurities, pittsburgh, singer, songwriter, thank you, toria susan, validate emotions, victoria colonello

    Jim Ellermeyer continues his conversation with singer/songwriter Toria Susan about a positive outlook, recognizing feelings, romanticizing the past, signing with Digisonic Records, and more. You can listen to Toria Susan’s music at https://soundcloud.com/toriasusan. Toria is a newly signed artist with Digisonic Records.

  • If You Say So with Toria Susan | Episode 248

    June 23rd, 2020  |  28 mins 16 secs
    abracadabra, confidence, fear, insecurities, pittsburgh, singer, songwriter, thank you, toria susan, victoria colonello

    Jim Ellermeyer is joined by singer/songwriter Toria Susan as they discuss how she came to music and growing with entertainment and dancing, finding her voice, being positive, building confidence, pleasing others, and more!

  • A World of Change with Liss Victory | Episode 247

    June 16th, 2020  |  31 mins 58 secs
    black lives matter, coronavirus, covid-19, george floyd, lockdown, mindfulness, new york city, pandemic, pittsburgh, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer continues his conversation with singer/songwriter Liss Victory as they continue their discussion about her experience in New York City around the Coronavirus, confirmation bias, we talk about how she got to New York City to be a part of The Lit Room, where the group is repurposing a closed thrift store to a music venue and recording studio, “pulling weeds” in your life, the George Floyd Black Lives Matter Protests and what life will look like after all of this.

  • A Change of Scenery with Liss Victory | Episode 246

    June 9th, 2020  |  30 mins 49 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, lockdown, mindfulness, new york city, objectively tragic, pandemic, pittsburgh, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer welcomes back singer/songwriter Liss Victory to the show as we discuss her recent move to New York City in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  How did a realization of being “objectively tragic” helped make a the decision for her.  We talk about her trip out and traveling from Pittsburgh on a train during the height of Coronavirus just before lockdowns and finding compassion on the way, readapting to the New York life, and the zeitgeist of New York during lockdown, her own experience being a denier, and we begin a conversation about what qualities of Governor Andrew Cuomo that instill trust.