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.

 

Fran Carbonaro: I’m Still Alive

My guest this past week on Wise Woman Storytime was Fran Carbonaro.  This was Fran’s second appearance, the last being 3 years ago when she was working on her then named CD, And So She Sings.

Since then, Fran’s personal journey has continued and  she is now releasing  her transformed CD titled I’m Still Alive.

Fran has a compelling and relevant story to tell. It is a story of how resilience, determination, courage,  trust and artistic expression can change one’s inner landscape and view of the world. 

I invite you to listen to Fran’s story – to take in the songs and spoken words- as you glean the wisdom of this wise woman.

About Fran:

Fran Carbonaro is a local voice teacher, who has taught privately in Sonoma County for 35 years. Fran works with both budding and seasoned singers, of all ages, in discovering, honing and saving their voices.  She also assists trans women in finding their authentic voice.  Over the years, Fran has appeared on stage in the county as a singer, actor and poet.  She can currently be reached through her teaching website:  setyourvoicefree.com     

 Beginning in 2019, her new website  francarbonaro.com  will combine her work as a teacher with her latest achievement, writing and recording a 14-track CD of spoken poetry and song.  It is titled:  I’m Still Alive.

 

Leiah Bowden: I Greet You in the Name of All Divine Beings

Many of us have pets that we adore.  We buy them the best foods possible and toys to play with.  We take them on walks and vacations or hire pet sitters to stay with them when we head out of town. Some of us buy our pets cute outfits and dress them up for the holidays.  We let our precious ones run around our homes and lock the windows so the ones with wings may fly.  We take the dogs to obedience school, groom the horses, and comb the cats.

We speak to our pets, offer words of approval when happy and express our anger when needed.  But how many of us actually communicate with our 4 legged or winged friends…….I mean really connect with them so as to know their feelings, thoughts, intentions, impressions and sensations?

My guest this past week on Wise Woman Storytime, Leiah Bowden does just that.  Using intuition and emotional congruency, and a faith in the interconnectedness of all,  Leiah connects with these  beings offering us all a deeper understanding into them, ourselves and the Great Mystery.

 I invite you to listen to her story to learn how she connects and receives these messages, what the animals are saying and the greater message to us all. 

To learn more about Leiah  – her art, energy portraits and soon to be published book and animal communication – her website is Lightspeak.com.  

Tess Lorraine: Awakening to Life and Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My guest this past week thinks about death a lot these days – not because of some gruesome curiosity about the macabre – but more because she has witnessed many family and close friends die and understands the tremendous value in looking at death as a transformative tool for living fully, aging consciously, dying peacefully and leaving a lasting legacy for others. 

We all  probably think about our own deaths to some degree.  Some of us may get a glimpse of it and shut the topic down.  Others of us may have our Advanced Directives, trusts, and wills written out with our detailed and concrete ideas about how we want to die, who we want with us, what interventions we may or may not want to consider, etc. etc. etc.

But what happens when we or a loved one are ultimately faced with a terminal illness and all of our previously well thought out (or not) ideas fall by the wayside?   How do we navigate  a whole new world view?  And how do we negotiate this change with our family, friends, caregivers  and ourselves?   

My guest today, Tess Lorraine, has such a story to tell.  Through the  diagnosis, treatment, dying and death of a dear friend, Tess saw how when actually faced with a terminal illness, everything this woman previously thought she believed was brought into question, challenged and a new paradigm for illness, dying and death evolved. 

There is no one better than Tess Lorraine to unpack this story to glean the lessons for living  and the transformational gifts that opening to  death offers us all. I invite you to listen to this very wise woman’s story.

About Tess……

Tess Lorraine facilitates “Speaking of Death…” Cafe venues to talk about matters of life and death.  She networks with senior centers, retirement communities and professional to start the conversations, building community infrastructures of support for our final stages. She provides workshops and retreats to help people and caretakers create the foundations for quality of life into a positive dying legacy. Her website is http://www.awakeningtolifeanddeath.com/

 

 

Me Too: Marcia Singer’s Story

The volcanic eruption of the Me Too Movement has occurred as women finally are finding their individual and collective voices and speaking out and saying ENOUGH to sexual assault and harassment especially, but not limited to the workplace.

Women are finally speaking out publicly, putting a spotlight on years of a good ol’ boys network and a cultural complicity that has looked the other way.  For too long, women have been subjected to inappropriate sexual harassment and  behaviors that demean, intimidate, threaten and compromise the integrity of their very being.

More and more women are feeling empowered, finally exiting this culturally ignored closet of secrecy and shame.   And while lots more work needs to be done, work places, college campuses, even the Olympics are under advisement that we will not be silent any longer…….

My guest on Wise Woman Storytime this past week was tantric and shamanic healer Marcia Singer. Marcia is a long time member of Me Too – there even before the movement got its name.  A victim of sexual traumas, she knows the hellish confines of its claws and has used  self-compassion, kindness  and forgiveness as stepping stones to climb out of the abyss she was stuck in –  to link her to the greater humanity and through her own healing, live a life  touched by  grace, gratitude and love. 

I invite you to listen to this important story. Please be advised that this may not be appropriate for everyone,  Listener discretion advised.

You can contact Marcia Singer at www.lovearts.info.

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