sherae onstage

Sherae O’Shaugnessy appears to be having a bit of a moment.  The Humboldt comic and emcee with the wild-woman rep landed a much coveted radio gig hosting KSLG’s morning show, she has columns in two local papers, and she’s hosting multiple events around town including a trivia night, a dating game, a live monthly talk show called Late Night With Sherae, and of course her very own comedy troupe, Ba Dum Chh.

She’s also got an adorable daughter, and a marriage, and she runs an orderly household (she says, we didn’t check), and she manages to look annoyingly great while doing it all.

This means Sherae O’Shaughnessy is like a lot of people you know, working multiple jobs and holding a family together, albeit probably with cuter shoes and a dirtier mouth.

Sherae found time (barely) to share her take on life with KHSU: Her onstage successes and not-so-successes, and how she balances numerous exciting, demanding professional projects with that happy homelife.

For more about Sherae O’Shaughnessy, just turn on the radio, open a newspaper, or walk out your front door. She’s there.

sherae and ivy

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Sherae O’Shaughnessy click the following link:     9-15-2014 Emma Sherae O’Shaughnessy Originally Aired 10-14-13


Elizabeth Rynecki

Elizabeth Rynecki

Imagine a generational puzzle which a Great-Granddaughter tries to solve. Elizabeth Rynecki tries to gain knowledge by searching continents, finding remnants and listening to stories passed down from a community in wartime Warsaw, Poland.

Moshe Rynecki was a prolific painter of daily and religious life in his beloved Warsaw. His work was the caliber of other Jewish artists who fled to Paris during the war. They not only survived but so did their artwork. Moshe painted more than 800 works reflecting components of the Jewish community and culture before dividing the lot amongst……well, that is the mystery and puzzle Great-Granddaughter Elizabeth has been uncovering.

Her Great Grandfather did not survive the Holocaust.


Using social media she has re-created Moshe’s work in a most unique way. And her new film Chasing Portraits highlights his life, times and artwork. Although most of Moshe Rynecki’s paintings show Jewish Faith, Family & Community, and Men Working, Elizabeth has uncovered a lot of paintings that show Women doing daily tasks and being whimsical.

The Ice Skaters

The Ice Skaters


Moshe Rynecki Painting used in #Draw Art

Moshe Rynecki Painting used in #Draw Art






Paige Dansinger's video project

Paige Dansinger’s video project

Elizabeth Rynecki will be speaking about her work at Temple Beth El, 3233 T Street, in Eureka, CA on September 14 from 4:00 pm5:30 pm.

For more information regarding Elizabeth Rynecki  projects you can visit:     or  #DrawArt: A Great Granddaughter’s Perspective

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Elizabeth Rynecki click the following link:     9-8-2014 Brenda_Elizabeth Rynecki

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014 From All of Us, To All of You

Through the Eyes of Women would like to wish all of our followers a restful Labor Day holiday.  We will be back next week with another new show for your listening pleasure.  On September 8, 2014 join host Brenda Starr as she speaks with archivist and film maker Elizabeth Rynecki discussing Elizabeth’s efforts to document her Great-grandfather’s contribution to pre-WWII Jewish Art; it’s recovery and significance.

Tania MalikUntil Three Bargains Tania Malik had only written a few short stories, never really thinking of herself as an author.  But, she did have a long story brewing in her mind.  She wanted, she said, to explore a story of a man who had lost a child.  The story was inspired by her own relationship with her father, a relationship that is very close.  What, she wondered, would it be like to have no such attachment?  What would happen to a child who was not valued?  What would a child, and a father, suffer without a close relationship?  What would a child discover as he grew, about himself and those he loved?Three Bargains

Three Bargains is that story.  Beautifully written, the story unfolds.  12 year old Madan lives in the fictional town of Gorapur in Northern India.  He is a lower-caste child who has not only learned to read, but to read in English.  The story spans 30 years in Madan’s life and in India’s history.

In this, Tania’s first radio interview, she speaks eloquently about her characters, their lives, personalities and motivations.  She talks about life in India and reflects on India’s politics, social systems and the status of women.  She writes using many Hindi words and expressions and does not include a glossary in the book; a fact that, I feel, serves to enrich the reading experience.

Tania Malik was born in New Delhi, and raised in India, Africa, and the Middle East. She was educated in boarding schools in the foothills of the Himalayas, and received her degree from the University of Delhi.  She lives with her husband and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To learn more about Tania Malik and her debut novel, Three Bargains, visit her website at

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Tania Malik click the following link:     8-25-2014 Kathleen_Tania Malik


For anyone who has ever thought of reinvention, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Artist Joan Gold talks candidly with Lynette Nutter about her life, her art, and how she decided to leave behind a very comfortable life in Venezuela and move to Humboldt County, California to pursue her dream of being an artist.


At one point in her life, Joan Gold realized, “this isn’t my life anymore.” She was a mother of four, living and working in Venezuela and yearned to be an artist. At the age of 45 Joan took a leap and moved with her four children to Humboldt County to be a full-time artist. That was 35 years ago and she has not looked back. Her art is hanging all over the world – from Hong Kong to Uruguay, Boston to Seattle. Bill and Melinda Gates are just one of a hand-full of private collectors who are lucky enough to own a Joan Gold painting. Her art is vivacious, full of life and color – it is a reflection of this wonderfully inspiring artist.

See her newest work –  Joan Gold, A Joyful Eighty - at Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery in Eureka, Ca. July 5th- Sept 7, 2014. It is the first time this large gallery has given the entire space to one artist.


Joan’s work is also sold year round at the retail store Plaza, in Arcata Ca.

For more about Joan Gold, go to her web-site:

To watch a video about Joan Gold done by Lynette Nutter click:

To learn more about Humboldt State’s First Street Gallery go to:

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with artist Joan Gold click the following link:  8-18-2014 Lynette_Joan Gold


If you know of an older adult who has memory loss and confusion, then you know how difficult it can be to communicate with him or her.

Some of you may have seen Odile Lavault playing the accordion with the group “Baguette Quartette”  performing in cafes and musical venues or listened to the CDs.  Six years ago, Odile redirected her musical talents  into a communication technique called “The Validation Method.”  This technique, developed in the 1980’s by Naomi Feil teaches both professional and family caregivers how to empathize, understand and communicate with old-old disoriented people.

According to Naomi Feil, the incomprehensible and illogical behavior that people with dementia sometimes exhibit is an attempt  by the person to communicate and express their needs. Odile describes the aim of the Validation Method is to allow care-partners to enter the personal reality of a disoriented person to reduce their anxiety, decrease the need for medication or physical restraints, improve their sense of self worth and allow them to feel safe when communicating and relating to another person.  At the same time the care partner can feel more fulfilled and better prepared to handle difficult situations that can occur with people who are demented.

The following is an example from Naomi Feil of how the validation method works to help communication between a person with dementia and their caregiver. First is a scenario that is less than optimal:

Mrs. K: “Doctor, I have to go home now to feed my children.”

Physician: “Mrs. K, you can’t go home.  Your children are not there.  You are 96 years old.  Your children are grown and live far away.”

Mrs. K: “Oh Doctor I know all that.  That’s why I have to get out of here, right now.  I have to feed them. They’re coming home for lunch, the the door is locked. Get me out of here!”

The following then shows how the validation method focuses on the objective here and now and avoids asking why, a concept that disoriented older people may not wish or be able to deal with.

Mrs. K:  Doctor, I have to go home now to feed my children.”

Physician:  “You must have been a good mother.  You must miss your children.”

Mrs. K:  “You know it.  I always cared for them.  Whatever they wanted, I gave them.  You guessed it.  But I get along all right now without them.”

Odile works as a validation therapist at a home for the aged in the Bay Area and she teaches workshops on the validation method to both professional and family care-partners.  She emphasizes acceptance of the disoriented older person just the way they are in the moment, without trying to change them.  This can then create an exchange of genuine, trusting moments.

For more information about the Validation Method, go to or you can contact Odile at

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Odile Lavault click the following link:     8-11-2014-Corinne_Odile Lavault.mp3






Annie Lanzillotto

Annie Lanzillotto

      Annie Lanzillotto was born and raised in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx. moving to Yonkers with her mother when she was ten years old.  Yet, despite the move, despite her B.A. with honors from Brown University in medical anthropology, despite her world travels, despite her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence University, despite her two bouts with cancer, Annie proudly remains an Italian Bronx butch icon.

L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir chronicles Annie’s life from her earliest memories in her parent’s home in the Bronx, through her current on-going work with cancer patients at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Hers is a remarkable story of love and perseverance in the face of adversaries such as domestic violence, drug abuse, intolerance, misogyny, and cancer.  It is filled with Italian-American Bronxisms, and is written with a distinctly Bronx accent.


“Annie’s adventures as a Bronx-born tomboy are one-of-a-kind. The writing is exuberant and lyrical; the characterization masterful. Told with pathos, wit, and unflagging energy. If you’re looking for a memoir in high-definition surround sound, look no further.”— Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger,Tiger: A Memoir

“It’s a book made of dismantled padlocks, and of doors, opened and closed; of spoons clanking against radiators in an attempt to speak or scream; of Ivy League classism and World War II racism; of language ‘spoken and broken.’ Equal parts humor, guts, and grief, it’s a disarming story of all that a person—body, mind, and soul—can undergo without going under, in which ‘Bronxite’ is a new kind of rock.” — Mary Cappello, author of Awkward: A Detour and Called Back

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Annie Lanzillotto click the following link:     8-4-2014 Kathleen Annie Lanzillotto

IMG_1470Well, that was fun. Angie Schwab, founding director of Humboldt Made, has left us. The woman who had the notion to round up this town’s finest artisinal crafts, foods and beverages under the Humboldt Made umbrella for broad marketing and distinctive branding nationwide, is about as far from us as she can get, having moved with her family to the East coast after her husband received an irresistible career opportunity there.

IMG_3530Before her egress, the high priestess of community organization and economic development stopped by the KHSU studios to look back at her time in Humboldt and with Humboldt Made.  She is looking forward to her new chapter in North Carolina, and Humboldt Made’s new chapter without her. Listen, she even addresses whether HM will ever include *that* local product in their roster of local delicacies for which this area is famous.

Schwab is candid about the emotional and logistical challenges endemic to relocating her family thousands of miles, and she makes it clear that Humboldt County will be missed. Fortunately, her work here assures that she will have a much easier time finding some of her favorite Humboldt creature comforts in her new hometown.

To listen to and/or download  Emma’s conversation with Angie Schwab click the following link:     7-28-2014 Emma Angie Schwab

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 20, 2014

July 21, 2014 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Anna Deavere Smith

“The ultimate impressionist: she does people’s souls.” New York Times, 1994902983_124903221034376_1247717878_o

Award winning actress, playwright, educator, Anna Deveare Smith combines the journalistic technique of interviewing people with the art of interpreting their words through her performance.  Never intimidated by controversy, Ms Smith takes on some of the most pressing social issues of our times and weaves the voices of people most affected into one woman theater presentations. “Fires In The Mirror” explores the 1991 clash between Jews and Blacks in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  “Twilight” examines the civil unrest following the Rodney King verdict. “Let Me Down Easy” relates the poignancy of the human spirit facing illness and vulnerability. She is said to have created a new form of theater.

Ms Smith’s new work in progress “Field Notes: Doing Time In Education: The California Chapter” focuses on what is termed “the school to prison pipeline.”  Ms. Smith interviewed over 100 Northern Californians to better understand why so many young people, particularly at-risk, poor, Latino, African American, Native American end up out of school and in our criminal justice system.

Meeting with Yurok tribal members from Klamath, CA

Meeting with Yurok tribal members from Klamath, CA

In popular culture you have seen Ms. Smith in Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, and others. As an author, she has written “Letters to A Young Artist: Straight Up Advice On Making A Life In The Arts,” and “Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines.”  Along the way, she has earned a MacArthur “genius” grant, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, two Obies and in 2013, she received the 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.993400_172914752899889_1490125885_n

Ms Smith is currently tenured professor at New York University. As an educator, Ms. Smith emphasizes the importance of discipline, creativity, commitment and risk taking in order to create artistic works that can engage an audience, open up dialogue and deepen understanding.

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Anna Deavere Smith click the following link:     7-21-2014 Corinne Anna Deavere Smith


imageKeep your tolerance, Suzanna Walters doesn’t need it. Tolerance, by definition, is the act of enduring something unpleasant without adverse reaction, and Walters is making the case that the LGBT community deserves much better than that.

The Tolerance Trap





In her new book “The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality,” Walters analyzes the journey toward “full citizenship” for gay people with equal parts hope and cynicism. Her message, that while society and government are making exciting, incremental steps toward real progress, “we’re not ‘there’ yet.”

Contrasting the slow but steady, frequently grudging acceptance of gay marriage and rights across the U.S. with the high rates of gay youth suicide and public opinion polls in which more than half the respondents deem homosexual sex “always wrong,” Walters remains curiously positive and upbeat as she patiently explains that if we want to live in a world where all humans are treated like actual humans, we still have work to do.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Suzanna Walters click the following link:     7-14-2014-emma-suzanna-walters.mp3

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