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

 

 

 

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

 

From the Ashes: A New Vision

Just a few weeks ago, in the early hours of October 9th, some of us started looking around our homes and stepping outside because we were smelling smoke. We were met with ashes raining down in  50 – 60 mph winds.  In other parts of our beloved Sonoma and Napa Counties some of us  were being awakened by frantic knocks on the door and bullhorns screaming “Evacute now.”  As doors were opened, raging 20-30 foot flames were bearing down on them, their homes, businesses and communities.  With no time to waste, frantic choices had to be made about pets, neighbors and what should be gathered as people ran for their lives. Inhaling toxic smoke, hearing the  sounds and smells of exploding gas lines and propane tanks and flames traveling at 230 feet per second, our friends, neighbors, and family members fled into the night and into a community that soon would embrace them with food, shelter, financial and emotional support and open arms as they faced the unknown.

A little over 2 weeks now, with containment still not 100%, hot spots are flaring up, our hills and lands are still parched and dry,  over 40 people are dead, neighborhoods have been decimated, 5700 structures and local institutions destroyed and everyone – the fire victims, the evacuees, and the witnesses are just beginning to assess and process the magnitude of this event.

As the cinders cool and our friends and neighbors return to what is left and what is no longer, we are all beginning  to reflect on what was, what is and maybe what can be. There are lessons here that not only can transform how we keep our homes and families safe in the event of a disaster, but there are bigger and much deeper and profound personal learnings about community, living on our beautiful and precious planet, and about death and grief and life. 

My guest today is one person who can glean a new vision from these ashes. She is someone who can look amidst the rubble and with a different lens find the precious non material gems that offer us all a new paradigm for living richer, fuller and more connected lives. 

I invite you to listen to her story and see if you too can envision a new life trajectory that values aliveness over numbness, stewardess over ownership and a path to deeper connections to ourselves, others and our planet.

If you would like more information about Death Cafes,  future workshops beginning in 2018, and to be added to Tess’s mailing list, you can contact Tess at tesslorraine@mac.com

By Roberta Teller