Varda Rose: Healing Herself/ Healing Others

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On January 22, 2015, Varda Rose was my guest on Wise Woman Storytime.  A native Israeli and a long time resident of northern California, Varda wears many hats -pun intended, crafting what she calls slouchy crocheted hats. She has studied handwriting analysis for over 30 years and has a curiosity about people, alternative health, poetry,, antiques, beads, shopping, ethnic foods and is always open to new ideas and others’ points of view.

And while today,Varda is vibrant and so full of life, with a zest and openness to learn grow and thrive, her early years were shrouded in hyper vigilance, uncertainly, stress and war.  You see, Varda was born in the newly established nation of Israel in 1948.

David Rosenberg, Varda’s father left his hometown of Poltusk, Poland in the 1920″s to live his dream of settling in Palestine.  Grasping the seriousness and threat to Jews in general and his family in particular, David took the long and grueling trip back to Poland in the early 1930″s to plead with his family to give up their flour mill and home and return with him to Palestine. Only a few relatives followed; everyone else perished.

Varda’s early years were not easy. War, her father’s anguish, great loss, grief and the challenges of living in a developing country in the middle of a desert were the building blocks of Varda’s early years. And so, Varda built herself a life that inspired her to understand, make sense, explore and learn the life lessons that continue to guide her to living with meaning, purpose, presence, forgiveness and the ability to let go of what is not in her best interest to hang on to.

She shares this wisdom and the expertise of her guests  on her radio show aptly called Healing Ourselves which airs  on KOWS 107.3FM   the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 1 – 2pm.

Listen to this wise woman’s story and see for yourself how an open mind and an open heart are healing and life altering.

By Roberta Teller




Wise Woman Storytime is a personal journey for me.  Each show, I am blessed with the presence of an amazing woman willing to take time from her busy life to share her story . Every show continues to be a learning experience for me.  As you may remember from previous posts, being at a small local radio station, the DJ/host is responsible for working the boards which includes recording the show, playing the music, and making sure that the correct microphones are in use at the right times. It’s an orchestration of phasing in and phasing out – multi-tasking  as you coordinate it all. For someone with NO background in radio and a limited techy repertoire, this has been a challenge. But, like anything else in my world, it’s the challenges that take me to greater places.

On January 15, 2015, I had the privilege and honor of having my friend and author, Gael Chandler as a guest on Wise Woman Storytime.  Even though I’ve known Gael now for about 4 1/2 years and we’ve shared many of our stories and experiences, the pieces of her professional life really came together for me today as she took us on her journey from that third grade girl who declared that she wanted to be a writer,  to the published author she is today.

To me, manifesting a book is a great feat.  Not only do you have to have an idea, a vision of what you want to say, you have to have the discipline and focus to do it. While I am very organized and can become extremely focused, words don’t just flow out of me when I write. I consider myself a “functional” writer – one who can get the job done, but  one who labors over words, sentences and paragraphs, writing and rewriting many times before I’m satisfied with the end result.

So, you can say that I was most intrigued to hear how Gael actually gets her books written: how she organizes herself, her days and how she pushes through the stumbling blocks and challenges.

The author now of 4 books, Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know, two editions of Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video and her latest book Chronicles of San Francisco: Discovering the Historic City by the Bay, Gael is now contemplating moving from the world of non fiction to writing her next book with a more personal and biographical slant.  Additionally, she is now creating book trailers for her fellow authors at

Enjoy Gael’s story and remember to follow YOUR dreams.

By Roberta Teller