Pandemic: A Poem for These Times

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
 
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
 
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
 
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Ask Linda: Linda Cade’s Story

Ask Linda, She Knows Everything…..That’s Linda Cade and no, Linda isn’t a cocky, smart ass know it all; that’s actually the name of her radio show on KOWS 92.5 FM radio. And while Linda would be the first to say she doesn’t know it all, she does know enough to keep leaning the life lessons that keep her, her friends, and clients sane, healthy, active and vibrant.

Hard times and life challenges can bring out the best or worst in us. Linda has had her share of both, meeting the hard times as opportunities to reflect, grow and move forward. I invite you to listen to her story and to glean some of her life lessons for yourself.

By Roberta Teller

Pushing Through: Ranier Maria Rilke & Me

It’s possible I am pushing through solid rock
in flintlike layers, as the ore lies, alone;
I am such a long way in I see no way through,
and no space: everything is close to my face,
and everything close to my face is stone.

I don’t have much knowledge yet in grief
so this massive darkness makes me small.
You be the master: make yourself fierce, break in:
then your great transforming will happen to me,
and my great grief cry will happen to you.

Rainer Maria Rilke
(Translated by Robert Bly)

I could not have described my state of mind and heart more clearly, (except for the use of the term master which does not resonate with me).   Grief stricken, sad, the world as I know it being dismembered. I witness travesty, injustice, and cruelty becoming the norm and the unraveling of so much that I take for granted as sane and safe and steady and present. I too feel like I’m pushing through solid rock, going no where, stuck, closed in, trapped, shuttered.  

Yet reading this poem surprisingly brings me hope and solace and comfort. Like maybe, if I just reached out to the omnipresent  – to the spaciousness -in to the Being of All Light – Goddess, Divine, Beauty- with all the despair and angst and heartbreak – maybe just maybe, my heart will merge with all that is greater than me and I will be embraced in the love and beauty that permeates everything. 

And I break free.

Roberta Teller

 

Making Music: From Dream to Reality- Karen Obidah’s Story

Have you had a dream since you were a child and finally…… retired, career behind you, kids out of the house…… you’re faced with the reality……is it now or is it never?

My guest this past week on Wise Woman Storytime, Karen Obidah faced that quandary. In love with music from a young age, yet never much encouraged to pursue this dream, she dabbled in music here and there throughout her life.. Middle and high school classes, a stint in her high school marching band, a song writing class from time to time, some gigs with friends and local artists and still – a dream – a bigger, wider vision waiting to awaken and be realized…..

Through much inner reflection, sheer determination and courage, Karen has now found her path. A vision has appeared and the journey begun. I invite you to listen to her story and perhaps you too may find a path to your unrealized dreams.

You can reach Karen at Kobidah@yahoo.com.

By Roberta Teller

Marcia Singer: Tales of Awakening a Wild Heart

Whether we’re young or old or in between, we sure do love our stories. Sometimes we love them so much that our 5 year old won’t go to sleep until she’s been read that same story just one more time even though she has memorized every word and can repeat the story verbatim.

We love to tell stories too – like the 97 year old World War II medic who tells and retells the same gory yet gripping war stories with great pride to whomever will listen.

Young or old, stories help us make sense of the world and give us meaning. Stories build bridges to the past and create pathways to the future. They convey our deepest values and convey morality, justice, compassion and wise choices. They entertain, teach, open our worlds and offer us glimpses into places that we might not visit on our own.

Many elders today are taking to writing life reviews – stories that reflect on the past helping to bring understanding and peace into the present. These stories allow seniors to rethink events from their lives, expound upon their life experiences, lessons learned, and perhaps even change the narrative and endings to old story lines. And of course leaving a written legacy for those who someday just might want to know, is an added benefit.

My guest this week on Wise Woman Storytime, Marcia Singer is a storyteller. She tells stories through her music, theatre, writings, and now in her latest memoir, Iron Jane: Tales of an Awakening, I invite you to listen to these stories and glean the universal insights and life lessons that Marcia so eloquently articulates for all of us.

You can find out more about Marcia Singer at lovearts.info.

By Roberta Teller

Healing the Mother/Daughter Relationship Through Dreams

While women are shaped by culture, family values, and societal norms, probably one of the most important relationships and influencers  women have is their relationship with their mothers.  Needless to say, these relationships are often fraught with complexities fueled by the mothers life experiences, their own understanding of the world,  their skills in setting (or not) boundaries, and their ability to be  attuned to their daughters needs, desires, spirits and deepest selves. 

Many women enter adulthood with unresolved mother/daughter issues that impact the quality of their lives, relationships, careers and mental health.  Some might seek therapeutic or spiritual counseling and others might join a 12 step program. Some might  walk away from the relationship while others might ignore the issue completely.  

Joyce Lynn, my recent guest on Wise Woman Storytime discovered yet another avenue to healing her 40 year old wounded relationship with her mother.  I invite you to listen to her story of how the nocturnal offerings of her dreams not only changed her mother/daughter relationship, they changed her life…..

You can visit Joyce’s website and order her book Plum Dream Diaries at https://joycelynn.com/

By Roberta Teller

Eric Gattmann: Building Bridges

I created Wise Woman Storytime to give elder women and sometimes elder men the voice and visibility they so deserve so that all of us young, middle age, old and older benefits from the  gifts of their life experiences. 

If the elders are not speaking and if no one is listening, how are our family stories being passed along? How are we building the bridges between past and present? How are we strengthening our communities, sharing our values and giving voice to what really matters to us both individually and collectively as families, communities, as a nation and even globally?

I am honored to have a guest on the show today who as a nonagenarian has a perspective that one does not hear every day. At 94 years of age,   Eric Gattman still reads the NY Times daily and offers monthly current events evenings where he leads spirited discussions about the state of the world.  

Having left Germany at 8 years old with his father and mother with just the clothes on their backs, Eric has seen the worst of mankind and yet lives with hope, optimism and the deepest understanding of how love can transform.  

I welcome you to listen to Eric’s story and glean some of his life lessons.

Roberta Teller

Marcia Singer: Angels in Disguise

Marcia Singer, my guest this week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime returned to the show to share another story and her reflections on what happened. The implications and insights told here can be gifts to all of us who everyday are traversing an increasingly deepening political, social, racial and economic divide. 

While this story took place 13 years ago it is as relevant today as it was then. It’s a story about how during a time when Marcia was vulnerable, alone and isolated, she became dependent upon total strangers  – people she might have said she had absolutely nothing in common with;  people that under other circumstances she might have judged, feared and kept away from.  Her encounter with them however opened her eyes and heart to deep lessons about how assumptions, misunderstandings and  prejudices separate, divide and keep us prisoners in a disconnected, closed minded and small world. There are lessons here for all of us.  Listen below to Angels in Disguise…….

About Marcia

Marcia Singer is a healing artist with a master’s in clinical social work from U.C. Berkeley, certifications in hypnotherapy and Jungian-styled Voice Dialogue.  She’s been a professional singer-guitarist-entertainer for 5 decades, just completing her show biz memoir this year –her 8th book.  Marcia also is a tantric shaman, has starred in educational films about sex and intimacy, and teaches Mindfulness Meditation in Windsor. She writes for the monthly Upbeat Times, loves being outdoors and gardening, and keeping a politically progressive ear to the ground. 

You can contact Marcia on her via her website: www.lovearts.info 

 

 

By Roberta Teller

Ayin Weaver: Souls of Viridian

Ayin Weaver, my guest this past week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime has had many synchronistic and coincidental experiences over the years. I invite you to listen to one of those stories today – a story whose seeds planted long ago have influenced and  blossomed into Ayin’s latest novel Souls of Veridian. 

Hear the story that inspired her book.  Meet a cast of ordinary and yet extraordinary characters and get a glimpse into the heart and soul of her latest mystery.

Souls of Viridian is Ayin’s second novel.  If you would like more information you can contact Ayin at novelweaverpress@usa.net.  

Ayin’s  first novel Bleed Through is also available on NovelWeaverPress and Amazon.  If you would like to hear Ayin’s Bleed Through story, you can listen to my interview by clicking on the link.

By Roberta Teller

Dreams and the Wisdom Within: Joyce Lynn

My guest this past week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime was Joyce Lynn.  Joyce is a journalist, editor, publisher and author. Her latest book is entitled Dreams and the Wisdom Within and was the centerpiece for this show. 

Each night when we sleep we enter into a realm of images, symbols, emotions and sensations – sometimes we remember them and often times we don’t… 

Using her skills as a journalist, researcher and author Joyce shared her story of how she came to trust her dreams; how she came to write her latest book;  and how all of us can glean life lessons from our nocturnal offerings.

You can listen to the show at robertatellerblog.com and you can purchase Dreams and the Wisdom Within on Amazon  or order your personalized copy at www.joycelynn.com.