Dr. Diane Dickinson has been studying medical cannabis for many years.  She has a small private practice in Arcata and Eureka, CA consulting with patients about the therapeutic and safest ways to use cannabis for multiple medical conditions.

Research on cannabis is incredibly difficult to perform in the United States because of the severe restrictions placed by the federal government. A critical resource-The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, 2017 report on “The Health Benefits of Cannabis and Cannabinoids” analyzed 10,700 systematic reviews and primary research on the medical aspects of this complex plant.  Strong evidence supports the use of cannabis for chronic pain in adults, as an anti-emetic in the treatment of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting and for improving patient reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms. Evidence reported in a 2017 issue of “Neuropsychopharmacology” supports pain relief when cannabis is used in conjunction with prescribed opioids.  In states where cannabis has been legalized for medical use, the number of opioid prescriptions filled has decreased by millions. Cannabis has been shown as a harm reduction safe alternative or adjunct for pain control with no risk of overdose death due to cannabis. During this current national and local opioid dependence and abuse crisis, that’s vitally important information to consider.

The plant has a varied and controversial history. It was made illegal partly because the end of alcohol prohibition left a vast prohibition enforcement organization without work and partly by inciting racist ideology attributing cannabis use to jazz musicians in Harlem and Mexican farm workers.  This propaganda was fueled by Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, established in 1930. Today the legalization of cannabis is opposed by the alcohol industry and pharmaceutical companies.  Private prison companies are lobbying very hard against legalization.

An excellent resource recommended by Dr. Dickinson is Healer.com. This website contains a wealth of information on cannabis and its medicinal use for those who have never tried this compound as well as for experienced users. As the editor of this publication writes “medical cannabis works best with education.”

To listen to and/or download this program click the following link:  TTEOW Corinne Frugoni and Diane Dickinson                        




“My future has shrunk like a sweater steeped in hot water”…so says Madeleine May Kunin looking at her life as Vermont’s 1st & only Female Governor and the 1st Jewish woman elected as Governor (for an unprecedented 3 terms), US Ambassador, Deputy Secretary of Education and now, her journey to her 80’s. Her new book COMING OF AGE: My Journey To The Eighties is NOT a resume of her FEMINISM ; through the Women’s Movement, E.R.A., reproductive rights or her many contributions to making America a better, more inclusive society, BUT it is her need for Self-Definition as she comes into old age.

To listen to/and download this program click the following link: tteow brenda starr and madeleine kunin

photo credit: Todd Lockwood


photo credit:Todd Lockwood


An inspiring memoir full of Poetry, Prose, Honesty with much Humor & Wisdom









LAST SPRING by Madeleine Kunin

First the daffodils die,
then the tulips stiffen,
then the lilacs’ perfume
turns bitter own,
and the peonies slump
to their graves,
I mourn them,
each one,
like I never did before.


photo credit:Paul Boisvert




  For more information about Madeleine; her life in politics, EMERGE VERMONT, and her current adventures visit:
madeleinekunin.org   @MadeleineKunin   Madeleine M. Kunin FB






Other books by Madeleine May Kunin include:





To listen to and/or download this program, click the following link: 


photo:Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Trump administration has separated thousands more migrant kids at the border than it previously acknowledged, and the separations began months before the policy was announced, according to a Federal Audit released mid-January 2019.

“More children over a longer period of time” were separated at the border than commonly known, an investigator with the Department of Health and Human Services said. “How many more children were separated is unknown, by us and HHS” because of failures to track families as they were being separated, she said.

Activist Lynn Silver , who lives in Texas, shares her tale of the Rise and Fall of the Tent City for Migrant Children in Tornillo, Texas. The detention center became a symbol of the largest incarceration for children not being charged with a crime. Their crime would be to seek asylum in the United States.

Along with other Protesting Grannies, Lynn witnessed first hand the zero-tolerance policy adopted in May 2018 and held vigil with others as they watched children, law enforcement officers and politicians come and go. Her accounts are on her FaceBook page. She shares her stories on TTEOW.

To listen to and/or download this program, click the following link: tteow brenda starr and lynn silver- tornillo activism

Activist LYNN SILVER in front of the Tornillo Detention Center in Texas




All photos credit:Lynn Silver







You can follow Lynn Silver on FaceBook







Everyone can breastfeed. Everyone. That’s the nutshell of Kristin Wilson’s book Others’ Milk: The Potential of Exceptional Breastfeeding. Men. Women. Children. Anyone can provide a child the nourishment and bonding that is so important to a human’s earliest days of development.

Welcome to the bright, open world of exceptional breastfeeding, where the only thing that matters is giving a kid the absolute best care possible within the given circumstances, and helping other families do the same.

Take a breath, parents, you’ve got this.

To listen to and/or download the program, click this link: tteow emma breacain and kristin wilson – breastfeeding

For more information about Kristin Wilson, visit KristinJWilson.com.

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | December 10, 2018

Amy Stewart Writes Again; and The Kopp Sisters Head to Amazon

Amy Stewart has recently released her fourth in her fiction series about the real-life Kopp Sisters.  The Kopp sisters, particularly Constance, jumped from the headlines of 1914 newspapers. right into Amy Stewarts life. 

Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit  is the fourth, but definately not the last, book in the Kopp sisters series.  Amy says the current book is set in 1916, on the eve of the United States joining World War I.  She has material through the 1920s, hence a lot more stories to create for her heroines.  In addition, the sisters may soon appear on your streaming devices if the series development with Amazon goes as planned.  Though Amy has no say in the matter, listen in as she talks about her ideal cast member picks.

To listen to or download this show click the following link:  Kathleen Marshall with Amy Stewart Miss Kopp and Amazon Streaming

In the second of this 2 part series Sharonne Blanck, Interim President of the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) talks about bias in people in power, from store clerks, to police to Humboldt State University administration in Humboldt County.

If you live in Humboldt County Sharonne invites you to join the Euereka NAACP.  In addition to its Legal Redress Committee there is also a group examining white fragility, and social activities for expanding your cultural competency and expand the boundries of your community.

Communication, she says, is key to examining and addressing overt and hidden bias in our lives and institutions.  Communication from HSU President Lisa Rossbacher regarding the NAACPs request for HSU improvements in programs serving students of color has not happened.   That lack of communication is an abdication of administrative responsibility to students of color who lack a sense of safety and security on, and off, campus.


To learn more about the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP go their website www.eurekanaacp.org

To listen to this show again click the following link:Kathleen Marshall with Sharonne Blanck of the Eureka NAACP 11-12-2018

The National Association of Colored people is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.  Started in 1909, in response to the 1908 lynchings and race rights in Springfield, Illinois, the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln, the NAACP was a multi-ethnic, multi-gender and multi-cultural endeavor.  It’s missin was to stop the lynchings of African-Americans.

Since its inception its mission has changed, “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”

Sharonne Blanck is the interim president of the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP.  In this first of a two part interview Sharonne talks about the history of the NAACP, its membership and its work in Humboldt County.

To learn more about the national organization please visit their website at www.naacp.org

To learn more about the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP visit their website at www.eurekanaacp.org

To listen to or download today’s show click the following link:  Sharonne Blanck Eureka NAACP with host Kathleen Marshall

Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 in rural Kentucky.  She has lived and worked all Barbara Kingsolverover the world, is fluent in Spanish and now resides on a farm in Southern Virginia.  She holds degrees from DePauw University and The University of Arizona in biology.  Her first novel, The Bean Trees, was published in 1988.  Since then she has published nine novels, four works of non-fiction including Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life, and a book of poetry.  She says when she was little she was a storyteller, but thought growing up to be an author was like growing up to be a fairy; impossible.

Her newest         novel, Unsheltered, was released on October 15, 2018.  It is the story of two families, one in 1875 and the other in 2016.  They live in the same house that is crumbling to pieces around them; and, they face similar challenges, living in times of political turmoil and denial of science.  In 1875 Thatcher Greenwood, a science teacher, struggles to support his family in a nation recovering from, but still divided by the Civil War.  Charles Darwin has published two books that Thatcher embraces but is forbidden to teach.  In 2016 Willa Knox and her husband live in a time of increasing political divisiveness.  She worries about her family’s future, having lost what they thought were secure jobs, and worries that climate change denial will threaten not only their future but their grandchild’s future as well.

Alternating chapters between 1875 and 2016 Unsheltered is beautifully crafted.  The characters, including the real-life Darwin pen-pal and science writer, Mary Treat are rich and nuanced.

To learn more about Barbara Kingsolver go to her webpage at:  www.kingsolver.com

To listen to or download this segment click the following link: TTEOW Kathleen Marshall and Barbara Kingsolver

It’s been 20 years since Earth First activist David Nathan Chain, known as “Gypsy”, died while trying to prevent illegal logging.

Gypsy’s Mom Cindy Allsbrooks and others have planned an event to mark the 20 years since the Action near Grizzly Creek in the Van Duzen Watershed . On Sunday September 16, 2018 at the Eagle House in Eureka (now known as the Inn at 2nd & C) there will be a memorial and a fundraising event for the David Nathan “Gypsy” Chain Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation

 Marion Nina Amber joins host Brenda Starr to discuss the Memorial Scholarship and fundraising event in honor of Gypsy’s life. Her son Shawnee Alexandri currently serves as Board President of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and she  reflects on being a mother of an activist.

To listen to and/or download this episode, click hereTTEOW David ‘Gypsy’ memorial

EPIC is one of the Sponsors of the David “Gypsy” Chain 20th Anniversary Memorial along with:
Humboldt Baykeeper, Friends of the Van Duzen River, Sanctuary Forest, Salmonoid Restoration Federation,Northcoast Environmental Center and TREES Foundation.

The Event is Hosted by JULIA “BUTTERFLY HILL and “GYPSY’S” Mother CINDY ALLSBROOKS will be among the Speakers. The evening will include Music, Refreshments and an Art Auction. The festivities begin at 8pm.

For more information about the scholarship fund visit: HAFOUNDATION.ORG/GYPSYCHAIN or call (707) 442-2993








“Lost in the Tower of Men,” Artwork by Star

Star says, “when a Jehovah’s Witness comes to your door, there is a better than 50% chance they’re hurting children.” It’s a shocking thing to say. Equally shocking are the acts she says were perpetrated against her as a child, by members of her religion and family as she was molested for years, kidnapped, drugged and sexually trafficked age 7.

Child abuse is a problem of people, not of any one institution. But Star, who prayed every single day, found no support in the Jehovah’s Witness organization that was the only world she new. She was told these sins were hers.

Today, we know that is not true. Today, Star is a happy, healthy, busy adult with a support network and a mission. She is adding her voice to the chorus of recent awareness of abuses within the organization that shaped her formative years, in the hopes of helping others who are being victimized as she once was.

Shining daylight onto a heinous problem that has been hidden far too long, Star urges other survivors to come forward and share their stories. Specifically, Star wants survivors of JW religious abuse to rise up on Halloween this year, don a costume that makes you feel powerful, and file a report with the police. “Even if the statute of limitations has passed, even if they cannot investigate or prosecute,” Star says, “let’s get it on the record.”
Email TruthIsNowTellYourStory@gmail.com for information on national day of protest.

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: TTEOW Emma B and Star – survivor

Here are Star’s favorite links for people wondering what the current uproar from former Jehovah’s Witnesses is about:
















Here are some stats on child trafficking:


Here is an organization working to strengthen laws against child abuse:



Here is a website that connects former Jehovah’s Witnesses with services and support


Their safety and support line can be reached at 1-800-407-1682.

And here is the number for the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

If you’re in trouble, someone wants to help you.




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