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It’s the final countdown to our December gift giving holidays, and if you’re not freaked out, have you considered that maybe you should be? Arcata’s SCRAP Humboldt is a unique resource, part thrift store, part art supply store, part art studio and part school. In today’s episode of Through The Eyes Of Women, SCRAP’s ReWorkshop Coordinator Lexie Fischer talks about the thrill of producing a thoughtful, innovative gift by hand, and the hilarity of when crafting projects go wrong. Deep breaths, everybody, we can do this.

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For more information about SCRAP Humboldt and the craft classes they offer go to:   www.scraphumboldt.org

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Lexie Fischer click the following link:     12-15-2014 Emma_Lexie Fischer

What is Common Core? Is it an opportunity to solve some of America’s controversial education problems, or is it another “quick fix” that will cost a lot of money with little change? 

Building A Better Teacher BookAuthor and journalist Elizabeth Green spent six years interviewing educators and researchers who have devoted their lives to finding the answer. The fascinating results are revealed in her new book, Building A Better Teacher, How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Julie Giannini Previde was a teacher for 15 years before becoming the principal for McKinleyville Middle School.

This is part two of a two-part series on education. To listen to last week’s program on Teaching, click on the following link: 

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For more information on Elizabeth Green go to: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/author/elizabeth-green/

Building A Better Teacher, by Elizabeth Green, is available now.

To listen to and/or download Part 2 of Lynette’s conversation with Elizabeth Green and Julie Giannini-Previde click the following link:

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Building A Better Teacher BookWe all know that a great teacher can have a huge impact, but is it simply a matter of natural charisma, or can it be taught? Author and journalist Elizabeth Green spent six years interviewing educators and researchers who have devoted their lives to finding the answer. The fascinating results are revealed in her new book, Building A Better Teacher, How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Julie Giannini Previde was a teacher for 15 years before becoming the principal for McKinleyville Middle School. She shares how the challenges and the triumphs she faced in the classroom have fortified her as a principal and candidly talks about what needs to be addressed in education now. 

This is part one of a two-part series on education. Next week the conversation continues with Elizabeth Green and Julie Giannini Previde as host Lynette Nutter talks with them about the Common Core; what’s good and what are the challenges teachers, administrators, and parents are trying to figure out. 

For more information on Elizabeth Green go to: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/author/elizabeth-green/

Building A Better Teacher, by Elizabeth Green is available now.

To listen to and/or download the promo for this show click the following link:     12-1-2014 Lynette_Education Promo_Part 1

To listen to and/or download Part 1 of Lynette’s conversation with Elizabeth Green and Julie Giannini-Previde click the following link:    

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Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | November 29, 2014

Next Time on Through the Eyes of Women

December 8, 2014 Host, Lynette Nutter, speaks with education experts, local middle school principal, Julie Gianini-Previde, and nationally recognized educational author, Elizabeth Green.

To listen to and/or download the promo for this show click the following link:     12-1-2014 Lynette_Education Promo_Part 1

The-Last-Taboo-Final-CoverSeven billion humans on planet Earth, and we’re struggling to feed them, but that doesn’t stop women who opt out of motherhood from being viewed with suspicion, scorn and pity.

How have these women resisted the biological and social imperatives to get out there and make more and more babies? Surely such a woman, if she can truly be called woman, is some kind of witch or cyborg or unlovable troll to turn her back on the forces of destiny and purpose. Motherhood is the most important thing a woman can do, right?

Mother of two and author of nine books Rosemary Agonito says no.Rosemary Agonito And in her book “The Last Taboo: Saying No To Motherhood,” Agonito throws down a mighty gauntlet against “unthinking” motherhood and reminds us chapter after chapter about the real challenges and responsibility of parenting which, due to the invention of the nuclear family and the abandonment of the “village” culture and mentality, frequently falls upon one person, Mom.

Still, the child free woman’s choice, which Agonito acknowledges is the biggest choice a woman can make, is questioned and negated all around her, every day, by her politicians, religious leaders, and entertainment media. Even total strangers feel entitled -or obligated!- to assure her she can’t possibly feel the way she feels, telling her again and again, “you’ll see.”

With “The Last Taboo: Saying No To Motherhood,” Agonito encourages making the decision to parent with eyes open and an honest awareness of what it really means and what happens when real motherhood doesn’t look like a pretty, soft-focus diaper commercial. (The fact that those diaper commercials never show poop is one clue as to how far we as a society go to downplay the hard work of parenting.)

Agonito is opening a dialogue and who knows, maybe one day the script will flip and we’ll start asking people “why DID you have kids?”

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Rosemary Agonito click the following link:     11-24-2014 Emma_Rosemary Agonito

Please note: this episode of TTEOW was edited by Katie Whiteside.

Caitlin_DoughtyCaitlin Doughty had a degree in Medieval History.  What do you do with that?  Why, go into mortuary work, of course.  At the age of 23 Caitlin found her first job working in a mortuary.  Finding she could handle it, she decided to make it a career.  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes mech  Reprint 2p.inddHer new book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory, describes her journey from newbie to opening her own practice.  She is the founder of The Order of the Good Death and the YouTube series, Ask a Mortician.

For more information about Caitlin Doughty visit the website www.orderofthegooddeath.com.

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Caitlin Doughty click the following link:     11-17-2014 Kathleen_Caitlin Doughty

Can tapping into your intuition change your life? How do we unlock creativity and embrace our full potential? For most of us, it’s easier said than done. Jill Willard says that we ALL can tap into our intuition in a way that can empower us to be more creative, fulfilled, and reach our potential. Jill Willard is a Los Angeles based intuitive/medium who has a special gift to see beyond what we typically see and focus on what truly matters.

Jill Willard is an Intuitive Base in Los Angeles

Jill Willard is an Intuitive Base in Los Angeles

She says we all have something within that can guide us to lead a more fulfilling life. Find out how to trust your intuition and find power in your inner voice. Jill explains the chakras and how to tap into your own energy to embrace your power:

“We all have a knowing,” she explains. “It’s really just a question of whether we’re willing to acknowledge and honor what we know, and act on it in a positive way. Often, we let our fears get in the way, or we shut it down because we don’t want to believe there is another way, and we don’t want to listen. I have been there, too, trust me. I have completely ignored what I knew to be true because I didn’t like the truth—it wasn’t what I wanted.” Sound familiar?? Her interview on goop is available to read here: http://www.goop.com/journal/be/303/trust-the-gut

 

For more information about Jill Willard, go to her web-site at http://www.jillwillard.com

To read the goop article that inspired this interview, go to:  http://www.goop.com/journal/be/303/trust-the-gut

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Jill Willard click the following link:     11-10-2014 Lynette_Jill Willard

coparent bookRelationships are challenging. Parenthood is challenging. And sometimes, two terrific people are not able to successfully manage both of these major ventures together till death do them part. It happens.

Until recently, parents working through the complexities of “conscious uncoupling” and raising a child with an ex could at least comfort themselves with the fact that “it’s not like we have a handbook for these things.” Well, no more!

Nurse, divorce coach and co-parenting coach Karen Bonnell has created a literal handbook, “The Co-Parents’ Handbook,” with the aim of getting the entire family through this life transition with a minimum of scarring, from telling the kids that mommy and daddy will not be living together any more, to formulating a workable schedule and plan with your co-parent, to navigating family court, to the whens and hows of introducing a new romantic partner into the mix.

Parents and children who survived “broken homes” in generations past may twist their guts in envy as Bonnell presents sane coping mechanisms, gentle guidance and a virtual blueprint for surviving and thriving the entire journey. This hopeful picture for positive parenting (plus strategies for the less-than-positive times), makes it seem certain that these uncoupling parents can take care of their well being and their childrens’. As Judy Blume told us forty years ago, “It’s Not The End Of The World.” Karen Bonnell’s “The Co-Parents’ Handbook” presents a beginning.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Karen Bonnell click the following:     11-3-2014 Emma_Karen Bonnell

Marci HamiltonMarci Hamilton is the Paul R. Verkuil Chair of Public Law at the Benjamin L. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City, and a widely regarded scholar in constitutional law. She is an expert on and advocate for the U.S. Constitution’s required separation of church and state.   Her book, God vs. The Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty, teaches us about the First Amendment, it’s history, it’s effects of promoting the greatest good for greatest number of people, and how it is being co-opted by extreme religious concerns in ways that can be very harmful to others through the Federal and State legislative passage of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.  She cites incidents of polygamy, child abusing clergy and parents denying their children life-saving medical care as examples of harmful religious actions hiding behind supposed religious liberty. God v Gavel As a religious person herself, she says religious belief and harm caused by belief, are separate things and protecting those who do harm in the name of religion is a dangerous trend in interpretation of constitutional law.

When Dr. Hamilton  is not teaching and arguing cases before the Supreme court she promotes adequate protection for minors, individuals and landowners.

Professor Hamilton has been honored as one of Pennsylvania’s Women of the Year; received the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award; the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for outstanding public advocacy and scholarship; and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Pro Bono Legal Service to veterans groups. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

To learn more about Dr. Marci Hamilton and her book, God vs. The Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty, go to http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/directory/marci-hamilton

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Marci Hamilton click the following link:     10-27-2014_Kathleen_Marci Hamilton

THE SITTING ROOM- A COMMUNITY LIBRARY started  in Cotati, California in the early 1980’s and in close proximity to one of it’s founders,English Professor JJ Wilson of Sonoma State University.

THE SITTING ROOM has grown into: a vast library; a community gathering place; a space for women’s oral and written herstory projects ; and a do-it-yourself publishing entity.

In 2003 THE SITTING ROOM began producing a small publication every Spring based on a particular theme. The Publication Party coincides with the Sitting Room Birthday Celebration, usually the first Sunday afternoon in June.

 

Listen to JJ Wilson address the liveliness and excitement of these wonderful readable anthologies. The 2014 theme was “This is what a Feminist looks like…” and the 2015 theme is “An overlooked female author”.

 

JJ Wilson reads aloud a passage from the book "Rumors of Peace" at The Sitting Room. photo by Beth Schlanker

JJ Wilson reads aloud a passage from the book “Rumors of Peace” at The Sitting Room. photo by Beth Schlanker

JJ Wilson states, “seems to me a long overdue conversation in many close knit communities and that the results will be bright bits of fabric which can be pieced together in a warm quilt of understanding, a kind of quilting bee over the internet, open to all interested who follow the guidelines of civil discourse and candid talk.”

THE SITTING ROOM is now located in Penngrove, California. If you are ever in the area stop by!

 

For More information go to:  www.sittingroom.org

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with JJ Wilson click the following link:     10-20-2014 Brenda_JJ Wilson

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