eglash_annBreastfeeding should come naturally and easily.  That’s what many new moms think when they first put their newborn to their breast.  Thanks to improved education and awareness more mothers in the U.S. are breastfeeding their babies right after they’re born. But too often tears of frustration are shed as mother and baby take the first steps toward latching and sucking.  And after a few weeks to a few months, too many women stop for many reasons: frustration, time, and most importantly, lack of support.

Dr. Anne Eglash, family doctor and lactation consultant lives in Wisconsin, home of some great cheese. Twenty six years ago, Anne was fully committed to breastfeeding her daughter.  But when she encountered some problems, she could only find a few resources for guidance. With persistence and some serendipity, she did take one of the only courses on lactation available at the time in Los Angeles.  Those first few months of breastfeeding launched Anne’s dedication and passion to not only promote breastfeeding in the United States but to gain an academic understanding behind the science of breastfeeding.  Twenty six  years later, her daughter is in law school  and Anne has become one of the country’s foremost physician experts on breastfeeding. She cofounded the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is the medical director and co-founder of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. For Anne, it’s not just about the amazing health benefits of breastmilk but nurturing of the bond between mother and baby. benefits-small

Anne and her husband Mitch Rosefelt have started a wonderful non-profit organization called The Milkmob.  The mission of The Milkmob is to build breastfeeding friendly medical systems and communities.  Go to its website and you will find a wealth of information about any questions you may have about breastfeeding and breast-milk. If you want to know more about alcohol or marijuana use and breastfeeding, supplements during breastfeeding, breast-milk banks, introducing solid food to breastfeeding babies, childhood obesity and breastfeeding, pacifiers and breastfeeding, safe sleep and breastfeeding,  and any other questions you can think of, The Milkmob has answers based on sound scientific research and presented in the most practical, engaging and fun manner.  If you are a medical provider or a community educator, The Milkmob offers training courses to become  “breastfeeding champions.”  Take a few minutes to browse the site.  It’s fun and educational.



To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with author Dr. Anne Eglash, click the following link: 20001_tteow-2-13-17_feature



Leslie Bennetts has created a juicy, poignant look at comedy royalty with her new book about Joan Rivers , Last Girl Before Freeway-The Life, Loves, Losses And Liberation Of Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers’ career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.

Leslie Bennetts

Leslie Bennetts

Bennetts writes, “This book is dedicated to everyone who lost love or work or money or success or youth or beauty or hope: may Joan’s indomitable spirit encourage you in your bleakest hours, inspire you to triumph over any odds, and remind you to keep your sense of humor along the way-as it has done for me.”

Leslie Bennetts is also the author of The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?, the groundbreaking bestseller that looks at women’s lives and the price they – and their families – pay when they leave the workforce.

For more info you can visit:


Late-night icon Johnny Carson gave Joan Rivers her start on "The Tonight Show". (AP)

Late-night icon Johnny Carson gave Joan Rivers her start on “The Tonight Show”. (AP)

Rivers was a "Tonight Show" regular for decades. Here with Betty White. (NBC/NBCU PHOTO BANK VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Rivers was a “Tonight Show” regular for decades. Here with Betty White. (NBC/NBCU PHOTO BANK VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Rivers starred on the E! Network's "Fashion Police" alongside Kelly Osbourne & daughter Melissa. (CHELSEA LAUREN/GETTY IMAGES FOR HYUNDAI)

Rivers starred on the E! Network’s “Fashion Police” alongside Kelly Osbourne & daughter Melissa. (CHELSEA LAUREN/GETTY IMAGES FOR HYUNDAI)












To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with author Leslie Bennetts, click the following link:
































Catholics for Choice is a pro-choice Catholic organization based in Washington, D.C.  Formed in 1973, CFC states that its mission is “to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health.”

CFC describes its mission “to shape and advance sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women’s well-being and respect and affirm the capacity of women and men to make moral decisions about their lives. CFC works in the United States and internationally to ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable reproductive health-care services and to infuse our core values into public policy, community life and Catholic social teaching and thinking.”

CFC writes that they “are part of the great majority who believes that Catholic teachings on conscience mean that every individual must follow his or her own conscience – and respect others’ right to do the same.”

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice has said “The Catholic hierarchy’s powerful lobby plays a huge role in influencing public policy and affects everyone, Catholic or not, by limiting the availability of reproductive health-care services worldwide.”  Pope Francis is now urging “responsible parenthood.” But unlike a majority of Catholics, he is against birth control.

So, is it possible to be a faithful Catholic and support women’s health rights, contraception and abortion?  According to Catholics for Choice, and Katie Breslin, staff member of the organization, it is a matter of “conscience.”   According to O’Brien “The majority of Catholics support the rights of conscience, religious liberty and human dignity for all. We strive to create a world where all women and men are trusted to make moral decisions about their lives.”

Catholics for Choice_Conscience MagazineFor more information about this dedicated organization that helps ordinary Catholics challenge the power of the Catholic hierarchy go to

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Catholics for Choice representative, Katie Breslin, click the following link:…/2-16-2015-corinne_catholics-for-choice1.mp3 

WE NEED TO LISTEN ………….says Nancy Ryan as she speaks about her friend

POETRY by RUTH MOUNTAINGROVE is read by Sue Hilton & Pat McCutcheon

Ruth Mountaingrove As Subject At Ovular © PGar And Ruth Mountaingrove Teaching 4X5 At Ovular VI  © PGar

Ruth Mountaingrove As Subject At Ovular © PGar
And Ruth Mountaingrove Teaching 4X5 At Ovular VI  © PGar



When Ruth Was Blue by PGar

“When Ruth Was Blue” © PGar


Ruth Mountaingrove, lesbian-feminist poet, photographer, composer, publisher, musician, playwright, painter, and women’s land pioneer, died peacefully on December 18, 2016, at age 93, at Ida Emmerson Hospice House in Eureka , CA.

Ruth was born Ruth Shook on February 21,1923 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, daughter of Edith Shelling and Herbert Shook. She attended Kutztown State Teachers College. In 1946 she published her first book of poetry, “Rhythms of Spring” and married Bern Ikeler. They had five children. After her 1965 divorce, she became involved in the early feminist movement, and met her future partner, Jean Mountaingrove.

In 1971 she and two of her children joined Jean at Mountaingrove, an intentional community in rural southern Oregon. Ruth and Jean became central figures in the Southern Oregon women’s land movement, publishing “Womanspirit” Magazine, founding and co-editing “Blatant Image” and organizing “Ovulars.” Ruth’s photographs of this era are archived in the Ruth Mountaingrove Collection, University of Oregon Special Archives.

In 1986 Ruth moved to Arcata, California. She continued her photography and poetry as well as participating in many community activities: Through the Eyes of Women and Women’s Radio Collective on KHSU, the Ink People, Senior News, volunteering at the library, teaching technology to seniors, and serving on the Grand Jury. She earned two masters degrees at Humboldt State, in Art and Photography and in Theater Production and Dramatic Writing, the latter at age 80. She wrote book reviews for the L-Word for 20 years, and continued to participate in her poetry writing group and have creative living room conversations with good friends.

Ruth was predeceased by her son David, and survived by her son Jeffrey Eves Ikeler, daughter Heather Eves Ikeler, and Kim Eves (Donna) Ikeler; grandchildren Jeffrey Daniel Ikeler (Tanya) and Hannah Ikeler, and great-granddaughter Evelyn Grace Ikeler.

During recent illnesses, a circle of committed friends and caregivers helped her stay in her home as long as she could. Ruth especially counted on Sue Hilton, whom she affectionately called her “manager.” The PACE program provided invaluable support, and dealt cheerfully with the complexities of working with our group.
Ruth was creative, funny, inspirational, courageous, encouraging, independent, outspoken, and determined.

A Celebration of Ruth’s Life will be held Sunday Feb 12th at 3 p.m. at Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. If you would like to donate on Ruth’s behalf, place contribute to an organization of your choice supporting women or the arts. For further information please contact:

Judy Fjell came to my house in Sacramento, CA  in 1985 and Ruth was visiting. They sang Ruth’s song “Love Comes Love Goes”. by PGar

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

Ruth's Poetry and Artwork

Ruth’s Poetry and Artwork



We commemorate RUTH MOUNTAINGROVE, one of the Founding Mothers of

Ruth Mountaingrove 1926-2016

Ruth Mountaingrove  1926-2016 (PGar photo)

Through The Eyes Of Women, with an Encore Presentation of a 30th Anniversary special from March 2015. 

With Ruth’s recent passing at the well lived age of 93, her contributions, to Through The Eyes Of Women, KHSU, the Arts & Activists communities and life itself will be celebrated with several shows.

If you would like to contact TTEOW with stories of Ruth Mountaingrove, please email audio & thoughtful memories to


From our TTEOW blogpost: March 2015

Through the Eyes of Women has been on the KHSU airwaves for 30 years.  During the month of March we presented 3 shows-blasts from our past; one each from 1985, 1995 and 2009, along with our anniversary, documentary style show about the history of the show, the women who started it all and those who have kept it going over the years.

Ruth Mountaingrove 2015

Ruth Mountaingrove 2015

Ruth Mountaingrove, Ina Harris and Belle Shalom are the founding mothers of Through the Eyes of Women.  In 1985 they found a new medium for exploring their interests in women’s issues; radio.  Talking with them now, they all credit the other for getting things started; and those of us who have followed in their footsteps are very glad they, collectively, did take the leap. They gave birth to a legacy of women’s empowerment on the KHSU airwaves.  Ruth, Ina and Belle are still active in their communities.  Ruth has just published a new poetry chapbook and is being honored for her activism and creativity by the Humboldt County League of Women voters during their annual State of the Community Luncheon on April 17th, 2015



Ina has spent many years involved in the labor movement.  After leaving TTEOW she produced her own radio show on KHSU, Labor USA, for 3 1/2 years.  Ina was honored for her activism by the Humboldt County League of women Voters in the year 2000

Ina and Noel Harris 2015

Ina and Noel Harris 2015


Belle lives in Bellingham, WA and is active in the Books to Prisoners program and Bellingham’s Human Rights Film Festival.

To listen to and/or download Kathleen Marshall’s presentation of The Herstory Of Through The Eyes Of Women click the following link:


Victorian HouseA couple of years ago Ligia (pronounced Lihia) Giovannoni fell through a hole in her personal life.  She coped as her relationship crumbled, left her bereft and on the verge of losing her home.  As she thought about how to save her two-story, modest Victorian home in Eureka, California, a friend suggested she could use her home to help other women in recovery; women recovering from emotional despair, from drug and alcohol addictions, from domestic violence.  And Ligia just knew that was the right thing to do.

And so began Agape House, a safe and sober house for women in recovery.  Agape House officially opened its doors in March of 2014 with four available beds.  In walked Mary Garcia who was thrilled to have found a place that felt peaceful to continue on her own recovery path.  Several months later in May 2014, Agape House added 4 more beds and along came Raeann Leedum.  These three women felt such a kinship that Mary and Raeann soon became house managers.  Mary suggested the name Agape House, and the three planned an expansion to 15 beds.  After a short 6 months since its doors opened, in September 2014, all beds were full, and there is now a waiting list.

These three women dream big.  They’re hoping to expand to a second house, and have dreams of a country retreat for recovery as well; all for women, more particularly, for poor women in need of support and structure during recovery.

To listen to Kathleen’s conversation with Ligia, Mary and Raeann of Agape House click the following link:     1-19-2015 Kathleen_Agape House

“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 If you go to 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



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.


For more information about SCRAP Humboldt and the craft classes they offer go to:

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


Mixer with husband Shane and daughters Lilia and Josephine

Diana Nunes Mizer does not have a blueprint for raising children “correctly,” but she does use classes, workshops and one-on-one coaching to help families reach their personal goals for peace, communication and patience at home. Welcome to conscious parenting.

In this episode, Mizer discusses her own family and offers advice for creating meaningful family traditions and sidestepping some of the stressors of the holiday season.

For more information about Mizer, conscious parenting, and simplicity parenting, visit

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:  diana-nunes-mizer-and-emma-breacain-12-12-16

Wendy Crisp Lestina says she has never seen her father -he died in WWII when Wendy was 16 months old- BUT he has seen her, and with an urgent message: 


And she has!


“My father visited me once, in a dream when I was 50. In the dream I was standing on the river bar, barefooted…..He came up behind me, on my right. I didn’t turn. I knew who it was and I knew he was wearing shoes, street shoes, on the river bar.”  

And so begins A BIT OF EARTH, Wendy’s latest book. It is a compilation of her weekly columns in the Ferndale Enterprise. She wrote them for 15 years and the stories are a reflection of her big life. Full of Love, Humor, Irony and Reflection of rural and city landscapes. Hard times and Happy times. Starting up and starting over.


Wendy Crisp Lestina has been called a born brinkswoman. She’s been a magazine editor, newspaper columnist, speaker, and is a great cook. For her writings on behalf of women & children, Wendy has been awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from Middleburg College, Vermont. She is an active volunteer and member of the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations in Humboldt County. You can find regional documentaries by movie-maker Wendy at the Ferndale Museum




Wendy and husband John opened their “family farm” to visitors. Waldner Farm in Ferndale as an Airbnb welcomes you with  borscht, omelets, homemade breads and so much more from Wendy’s book Old Favorites from Ferndale Kitchens. 




Brenda Starr and Wendy Crisp Lestina

Brenda Starr and Wendy Crisp Lestina

For more information about Wendy and Waldner Farm visit

Local purchase of Wendy’s book include: Rings Drug Store,Times Remembered,Ferndale Museum, Mind’s Eye Coffee and Eureka Books.



To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:20001_tteow-12-5-16_program


Other Books By Wendy Crisp Lestina Include:





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