Bev Riverwood: An Accidental Activist

My guest this past week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime was Beverly  Riverwood. Bev has had many careers over her long life as a teacher, potter and stone carver. She founded  the Marin Women Artists’ Collective and Marin Women’s News Journal. She opened a successful riding school in Marin where children traveled the trails between Pt. Reyes and the Golden Gate.  She has a degree in law, sings with the Occidental Choir,  plays the harp and writes.  She is one of the 9 members of the West County Writers’ Circle who just published their first book,  Stories From the Left Coast: Nevertheless They Persisted. 

In the late 1960’s Bev moved with her husband and young children to Denver, Colorado expecting an idyllic, serene and laid back lifestyle in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  Surprised by a series of earthquakes that were not part of the natural geological order and unsettled by a suspicious notification in a local newspaper,  Bev did a bit of delving and discovered a dangerous dark cloud looming over her new home.  Her subsequent actions, inquiries and organizing ultimately preserved the health and vitality of the Rocky Mountains and the humans and creatures who live there while forever altering her life path.

I invite you to listen to Bev’s story and learn how she and a small cadre of young women successfully challenged the Atomic Energy Commission, The Bureau of Mines, the gas and oil industry, local and state governments and halted the use of nuclear bombs to frack oil out of the Rocky Mountains.

Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

This story took place over 40 years ago and is as relevant today as it was yesterday. Bev’s story demonstrates how a few passionate and determined people can fight injustice, challenge the  system, and indeed make a difference. There are many lessons here for all of us.  I invite you to listen.

By Roberta Teller

 

 

 

Sher Christian: Star Kissed Shadows, Poetry, Divination and More

Poetry as an art form probably predates literacy. It is believed that the earliest poems were recited or sung as a way of remembering oral history, genealogy and the law.

And today, this magical art form is alive, well and thriving.

Step into any library or bookstore and you will see shelves filled with past and current poets. Almost as easily, you can find an open mic, or poetry slam nearby and hear local artists reciting their own and others poems offering us windows to the deepest parts of ourselves and the world we live in.

This week’s Wise Woman Storytime Show was about this ancient art – its allure, magnetism, power and potential for new visions, insights, vistas and understandings.

My guest Sher Christian, the author of Star Kissed Shadows: Divining Poetry, is a Sonoma County poet and visionary and has her own unique take on poetry.  Through poetry, Sher offers us all some new avenues for personal introspection and transformation.

I invite you to listen to her show, hear her story, enjoy her poetry and learn how writing poetry or listening to others words and images may open up new horizons for you.

Mary Oliver said, ”Poetry is a life-cherishing force…for poems are not words after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.”

Sher Christian offers us a window into this life-cherishing force. Today you get to hear her story.

If you would like more information about Sher, read her poetry, attend an Open Mic or purchase her book, you can contact her at http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

By Roberta Teller