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: suejh@humboldt1.com.

Judy Fjell came to my house to meet Ruth when Ruth was visiting with me in Sacramento, CA in 1985. by PGar

Judy Fjell came to my house to meet Ruth when Ruth was visiting with me in Sacramento, CA in 1985. by PGar


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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 tteowproducer@gmail.com


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 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



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:   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


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 consciousparentingsolutions.com.

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 http://www.ferndalemuseum.com.




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 http://www.wendylestina.com

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:






Schwartz with wife Lydia Martin

It is said that some of us grow up dreaming of our wedding day. This society does not encourage us to think much beyond that first day of marriage, to the (hopefully!) decades that follow. In this world, marriage is the prize bestowed upon the winners of a reality television show where strangers marry a few weeks after they meet. Brides are encouraged to try on dozens of dresses at multiple stores, and to put as much care into a choosing the cake. But how many of us dream since childhood of shared bank accounts and tax returns and wills? About prenuptial agreements? About inlaws and step families? About holding our partner’s hand as they die in the ICU?

Elizabeth Schwartz is not calling for less attention to the perfect caterer and wedding band, but she is definitely calling for more consideration for our financial, legal, physical and emotional well being in her book “Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise.”

In this episode, Schwartz illuminates the possible pitfalls and surprises of the institution, recommends knowledge as power, and discusses her own marriage.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: elizabeth-schwartz-and-emma-brecain-11-28-16

sharon-letts-1Sharon Letts is a proud Cannabis Evangelist. It would be weird if she wasn’t, since she’s got every reason to believe she’s knocked her breast cancer into remission with it for five years.

“I also did away with 10 prescription medications for thyroid disease (50% of all women in U.S. are diagnosed), menopause, chronic pain from a partially disabled knee, and numerous meds and supplements for symptoms from all. I had taken Synthroid for 13 years when I started doing the cannabis oil treatment for my breast cancer. That was five years ago and I’m still off all meds, including sleeping pills, hormones, Valium, etc., and only use plant-based remedies. I have not had a headache, cold, or flu to speak of in as much time. At 57 I don’t get sick.”

Letts has built a career and life writing about the mysterious and controversial plant in publications around the world, and educating people about the healing properties of cannabis and other herbs like chamomile.

In this episode, Letts Skypes into KHSU’s studios from sunny Baja California to talk about her life’s mission of spreading awareness and assistance, and her two new books “Cannaopolis” and “Humboldt Stories,” based upon her time in Humboldt County and focusing on her impressions of the cannabis culture that may or may not define this place. “Both stories are fiction based on factual stories from my time in Humboldt … My portrayal is a last peek into the covert world of farming cannabis, as the industry changes drastically – especially if California legalizes.”

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

Fanny Never Flinched : One Woman's Courage In The Struggle For American Labor Union Rights

Fanny Never Flinched : One Woman’s Courage In The Struggle For American Labor Union Rights

The struggle to establish labor unions in the United States was a long, hard, often dangerous fight and nothing exemplifies that more than then the life and death of Fannie Sellins. Author Mary Cronk Farrell has written a clear, incisive biography of this courageous lady, who, as she says, never flinched in the face of danger.

Fannie Sellins , born in 1872, was an immigrant factory worker turned labor activist. She organized garment workers and later supported and helped striking coal miners and their families.

Entrance to a W. Va. coal mine: a "drift" mine. The live-wire was only shoulder -high in places inside, and unprotected. Location: West Virginia. Sept. 1908 Lewis Hine Call Number: LOT 7477, no. 0132 [P&P]

Entrance to a West Virginia coal mine

Her story, written for young readers, is a timely, tragic, and ultimately inspiring must-read. And as with most books by Mary, adults will also find it a fascinating read.
Fanny would become a full time organizer in 1909 and traveled the nation calling for fair wages and decent working conditions.


The early 1900’s have been called the Gilded Age of American Industrialization. Owners of industrial corporations were the “gilded” while hundreds of thousands of workers subsisted on poverty wages. Today the gap between the rich and poor in America rivals the 1920s.


Fanny Never Flinched, for ages 10 and up, portrays the life of an ordinary American girl who grew up in a time like today – a time of rapid change and economic crisis that called for extraordinary leadership.



Mary Cronk Farrell’s books have been honored with the SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction, and as Notable Social Studies Books for Young People and NY Public Library Best Books for Teens. Mary speaks at schools, libraries, and women’s and family workshops. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Other books by Mary include:


Pure Grit:How American WWII Nurses Survived Battle&Prison Camps In The South Pacific

“Pure Grit”

"Fire In The Hole" about Idaho silver mining

“Fire In The Hole”






For more info: http://www.marycronkfarrell.net

Also available for listening in The Archives is Brenda’s TTEOW interview with Mary on March 17, 2014 about her book PURE GRIT:How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle & Prison Camp in the Pacific 

To listen to and/or download this program click the following link:20001_tteow11-14-15_program


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