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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.

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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.

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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: http://joangoldart.com

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i7-PqqIxhM&feature=youtu.be

To learn more about Humboldt State’s First Street Gallery go to: http://www.humboldt.edu/first/exhibition.html

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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 http://www.vfvalidation.org or you can contact Odile at olavault@yahoo.com.

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.

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“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

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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.

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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.

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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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Author and Activist, Alice O’Leary Randall writes about  Medical Marijuana in America – it’s the title of her new book and as the First Lady of Medical Marijuana, she knows what she’s talking about.  Her husband, Robert Randall went from being arrested for growing pot to becoming the first American to legally smoke it.  He is known as the Father of Medical Marijuana and she’s the First Lady…find out how they started the Medical Marijuana Movement in 1976 and why she’s excited about the future of Medical Marijuana.

SAMSUNG CSCAlice O’Leary Randall reveals the exciting breakthroughs she sees in Medical Marijuana, the “3 strikes” the government made in prohibiting these breakthroughs and what she says someone in power needs to do “to man up and do the right thing!” If you are at all interested in the Medical Marijuana movement and what the future holds for the drug, you don’t want to miss Alice O’Leary Randall.

 

 

 

For more information about Alice O’Leary Randall and her book go to her blog:     http://aliceolearyrandall.wordpress.com

For more information about the legalization of marijuana go to:     http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/surveys-polls

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Alice O’Leary Randall click the following link:     Lynette Nutter with Alice O’Leary Randall

 

 

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Robert Randall, “Father of Medical Marijuana”

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Alice O’Leary Randall and Robert Randall

Meet Humboldt State University’s New President

Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher

Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher

Lisa A. Rossbacher graduated from Dickinson College (Geology, summa cum laude), received masters degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Princeton University, and earned her Ph.D. (Geological and Geophysical Sciences) at Princeton University. She has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, a geothermal exploration company, and National Public Radio, in addition to serving as a faculty member and administrator at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, Whittier College, and Dickinson College. She was the first woman geologist to become a university president in North America.

Before arriving at HSU, Dr. Rossbacher served as President of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA since 1998. There she worked directly with staff at the University System of Georgia Office, members of the Board of Regents, colleagues at the other 30 University System of Georgia institutions, the K-12 education system, the Technical College System of Georgia, and local, state, and federal legislators to further the University’s mission.

Her bimonthly column has appeared in the magazine Geotimes (renamed Earth in 2008) since 1988, and she has authored books on geology, science, and the media. As a NASA Intern in Planetary Geology she engaged in research on the role of water and water ice in the history of Mars. In 1984, she was a finalist in NASA’s astronaut selection process.

Dr. Lisa Rossbacher shares her ideas about Humboldt State University issues, plans, and reflections on current events in higher education.

Learn more about one of Dr. Rossbacher’s passions at:   www.higheredleadership.wordpress.com

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Dr. Lisa Rossbacher click the following link:     6-30-2014 Brenda Lisa Rossbacher

“Birth and death are the only two universal experiences in the human condition.”barbara

So writes Barbara Karnes, RN who noticed, after her experience at the bedside of hundreds of people before they died, that each death she witnessed was following an almost identical script. Each person was going through the same thing. And most families had the same questions.

In our society death is practically viewed as optional and is definitely a conversation stopper.  Most of us are woefully unprepared when a loved one dies. Consequently  Barbara took it upon herself to provide instruction to families, friends, caregivers and professionals about the dynamics of dying beginning years to moments before the last breath.

Just as there is a labor of birth, there is a labor of dying.

BKB-GoneFromMySight_0In 1986, Barbara published Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience.  This booklet has been so popular with the hospice movement that it is simply referred to as “The Blue Book.”  It is a clear, practical, insightful and poignant description of the signs of approaching death.  Her other booklets are The Eleventh Hour; A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes Before Death, and My Friend, I Care:  The Grief Experience. Her book, The Final Act Of Living: Reflections Of A Longtime Hospice Nurse, is a comprehensive end of life resource that offers knowledge to ease fear and misinformation about dying and death.  Based on her experience caring for her dying parents, she wrote A Time To Live, a booklet focusing on palliative care and dedicated to her parents. They died within five months of each other from lung cancer.

Barbara writes weekly blog articles on end of life issues.  She answers questions and addresses comments submitted to her web site http://www.bkbooks.com. If you go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPx-qpos57g you can watch Barbara talk about her very astute and down to earth observations of people journeying toward their last breath.

Knowing what to expect as a loved one is dying cannot ease the grief but it can allay the fears.  Barbara Karnes is a remarkable resource.

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Barbara Karnes click the following link:     6-23-2014 Corinne Barbara Karnes

 

Angelique Kidjo Eve      Angelique Kidjo is known for her dynamic music and powerhouse persona.  She is called the ‘Premier Diva of Africa’.  Though most people know her as a performer, she is also a ceaseless advocate for the empowerment of women and girls in Africa.

Born in Benin, West Africa, Angelique moved to France at age 19 to pursue a musical career.  One of 10 children she grew up in a supportive household and credits both her mother and father for validating and encouraging her passion and talent.  She was raised to value empowerment and to adhere to the principles of compassion for others and giving back to her community.

A UNICEF goodwill ambassador to Africa since 2002 she regularly travels from her home in New York City to various African nations promoting UNICEF programs for the education and well-being of women and girls in Africa.  In 2007 she founded the Batonga Foundation providing secondary and higher education to disadvantaged girls, many orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  She speaks honestly from her heart about the degradation and suffering of African women, about the causes and reinforcement of their subservient status and what the world can, and should, do to help.

She is currently on a world tour featuring music from her latest album, EVE, which celebrates the resilience of women around the world.  EVE is the result of the Eve Project in which Angelique collaborated with numerous choirs in her native Benin.

To learn more about Angelique Kidjo, her music, her autobiography ‘Spirit Rising’, her humanitarian work and her world tour visit her website www.kidjo.com.

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Angelique Kidjo click the following link:     6-16-2014 Kathleen Angelique Kidjo

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