Frieda Ferrick: A Story of Love, Hope and Courage

I think we can agree that all families have stories………some might be tall tales that one might question, others might be more subtle and understated.  Some stories may show pride in ancestral heritage and others might be silenced by shame, misunderstanding or the inability to speak the unspeakable.  Children in these families are often kept in the dark so they listen in on whispered conversations, sometimes in foreign tongues,  seeking to make sense of the unsaid and creating meaning and understanding for themselves as they navigate the family landscape.

My guest this week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime, Frieda Ferrick grew up in such a family – where the past was unspoken and the stories eventually unwoven, although perhaps never completely revealed.

A child of Holocaust survivors, Frieda slowly wove the threads of her parents earlier years together.  It’s  taken her years to piece her father and mothers story together and she still is exploring its impact on the people closest to her, the ones she never knew, the generations to follow and herself. 

In this week’s show, Frieda reflects on her most recently completed book. Following Stories My Family Could Not Tell and Stories I Must Tell You, her third book in this trilogy offers us all a path to finding connection, optimism, and bravery during this and other turbulent times.  Stories of Love, Hope and Courage has never been more relevant and important. 

You can find out more about Frieda and purchase her books at friedaferrickpoetry.com and listen to her story below……

By Roberta Teller

 

Susan Lamont: An Activist’s Path to Justice for All

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we are all on a path….some paths may  twist and turn  and and take us off in unimaginable directions…..others may be straight and steady with goals checked off at each end point as new ones are quickly created. Some of our paths are influenced by family and the values we learn in our early years and some paths are influenced by curiosity, and openness,……..even dreams, intuitions, synchronicities, coincidence  and perhaps a bit of magic. Some of our paths are a hodgepodge of all of the above.

My guest this week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime, Susan Lamont has been a feminist most of her life.  While always politically conscious, her activism became energized and more focused around 2000. Today’s story is about the intersection of all of the above……how the values in a family inform us; how the coincidences of our lives influence us and how synchronicity, a little bit of magic, a determination to live in a just world and the sheer grit and willingness to roll up our sleeves and jump in, transforms us into our best selves. 

Susan Lamont is currently actively involved in social justice work through the Police Brutality Coalition, the Green Party of Sonoma County, the local chapter of Veterans For Peace, It Won’t Happen Here and 100 Thousand Poets for Change. You can contact Susan at Peacenik@sonic.net