Bonnie Bruinsslot: Parenting-It’s All About Love

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Parents make hundreds of decisions every day. While most are quickly forgotten, some remain indelibly pressed into our minds and some live on in our hearts forever more. 

This week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime, Bonnie Bruinsslot shares a personal story from her child rearing days and offers us all an important lesson on trusting your parental instincts, valuing your relationship with your child and the importance of making the choices in our lives that most reflect and resonate with our values.

By Roberta Teller

Diane Masura: Trust Life, Trust Yourself

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Growing up there are cultural conventions, behaviors, even attitudes that are expected of us, often times in direct conflict with how we see ourselves and who we are.

What happens when, your authentic self is in direct conflict with others and society’s pressures to conform?  Try as you might, you think differently and want different things and your round peg just doesn’t fit into that square hole?

And then what happens when you think you’ve found the match for your round peg, and you find yourself bumping up against a workforce that undermines, demeans and refuses to take you seriously simply because they deem you to be the wrong gender?  What happens when the quality of your work is jeopardized  with  sexist attitudes, prejudices and work place discrimination and your job performance is compromised by behaviors and attitudes that thwart your success in your chosen career?

Diane Masura, my  guest today on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime faced these challenges in her early and young adult years. But rather than succumb  to feelings  of alienation and victimization, instead went on to create a fulfilling, rich, creative and inspiring life- one that brought her to Sonoma County over 50 years ago  where she has thrived personally, worked professionally and has been a quiet force and non-stop contributing member to our community.

Listen to her story and hear the wise woman lessons that we can all learn from.

By Roberta Teller

Shepherd Bliss: The Making of an American Idol

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Most weeks on Wise Woman Storytime, I invite an elderwoman on to the show to share a personal story from her life.  This week, however, my guest is a he rather than a she.  While my focus is still on putting the spotlight on older women and giving them the voice and visibility they so deserve, it is not lost on me that there are wonderful Wise Men; and today you will get to hear the story from one such man.

It’s no surprise that I first met my guest today, Shepherd Bliss at a political action about 4 years ago, shortly after I moved to Sonoma County.  Although at the time when I was first introduced to him, his name sounded familiar, I was soon to find out that this quiet, soft spoken and gentle soul was a powerhouse to be reckoned with; a positive force for the good of the people; a steward for the planet, animals and the environment; and someone who lives his life by deeply held convictions; never afraid to speak up and speak out about injustices and inequities.

Shepherd is knowledgeable, informed, and a community organizer and activist. But to me, his greatest gift is the kind and gentle spirit that permeates through everything he does and everything he says. When you come from a place of love and connection, your light cannot help but shine brightly,  lighting the way for others. That’s the magic of Shepherd Bliss……

I invite you to listen to Shepherd’s story and learn how The Making of an American Radical came to be……

By Roberta Teller