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.



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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.

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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.”

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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 

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Daily news bombards us with descriptions of the plight of refugees leaving war-torn, poverty stricken areas in the world desperately trying to migrate to safer countries. In 2015 more than 1 million refugees had entered Europe by the Mediterranean Sea or from Turkey into Bulgaria or Greece on foot. Eureka resident Sierra Leash felt compelled to help.  She joined Carry the Future, a Glendale, CA based nonprofit organization that provides baby carriers to refugees and in January, 2016 made the 25 hour plane ride to Greece on her own dime.   While there she was able to welcome Syrian refugees arriving by boat and hand out baby carriers and other supplies to make their arrival a little smoother.  The people she met were full of hope.  ctfteam5-3090-650x530She returned to Greece again in March to find that borders between Greece and other countries had been closed and the mood of the migrants more desperate and despairing.

Prior to the war and devastation, Syria had a fairly good standard of living and many of the refugees had stable jobs and professions, extended families, secure housing. Now, thousands live in tent cities, overcrowded with minimal hygienic facilities, little or no education and no jobs waiting for an opening in the closed barbed wire and guarded borders.640px-an_aerial_view_of_the_zaatri_refugee_camp

Sierra is an activist. Back at home in Eureka she is finding creative ways to help refugees find a dignified path to new lives.  And as much time that she has devoted  to helping people abroad she also devotes to volunteering at local non- profits such as Food for People in Eureka.  Active, compassionate and generous volunteering is a way of life for this citizen of the world.

If you’re interested in participating in aid projects that Sierra is participating in, you can contact her at sierraleash@gmail.com.

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good-dayKathleen Marshall is a working woman with a family and many interests including dancing, carpentry, biking, and being an all-around doer and liver of life. So it seemed particularly unfair when she was diagnosed with chronic, invisible illness as a newlywed and young mom who had just completed her nursing degree and begun a brand new job as a nurse.

Marshall had to learn to be on the receiving end of the nurturing she’d been planning to give as her career. Learning to live with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, a.k.a. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, has led Marshall to redefine herself and her life a few times already.

“I was the was a woman in absolute control of her life. Now I have to cede control, but I am a much more gracious human being,” Marshall says.

bad-day“Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitits (CFIDS/ME) is a diagnosis of exclusion.  For those with adequate health insurance obtaining the many exclusionary tests can be relatively affordable, depending on deductible and co-pay amounts required by the policy.  However, for those with no health insurance the costs of diagnosis can be devastating.  In either case, finding a doctor who accepts and is knowledgeable about the disorder is critical.  There are doctors who consider themselves specialists in CFIDS who do not accept insurance payments and who recommend expensive treatments from both traditional medicine and alternative medicine approaches.  I have never chosen to see a doctor who does not accept insurance. To find a doctor in your area a good resource is FM/CFS/ME Resource at www.fmcfsme.com. This organization has vetted doctors in 80 countries.  Even little old Arcata, CA is on the list.  Unfortunately, the one local doctor listed, who was my doctor in the past, has a closed practice and is not accepting new patients.  There are, however, doctors listed in nearby areas such as Novato, San Francisco, and Redding. Even if your doctor is not on that list, he or she may have some knowledge about CFIDS/ME and may be willing to coordinate your care with a specialist outside of your geographical area.

My advice for those who suspect they may have CFIDS/ME is to use one or more of the following resources to learn about CFIDS:

www.cdc.gov The Centers for Disease Control added the definition of and diagnostic criteria for CFIDS/ME to their recognized disorders list in 1994.

www.solvecfs.org The Solve CFS organization provides general information and funds research into CFIDS/ME.

www.mayoclinic.org The Mayo clinic also provides valuable information for patients and their doctors.”

good-day-3Because of her refusal to be defined by her condition, not all of Marshall’s friends and colleagues have been aware of the illness that makes everything she does require a little more effort and a lot more recovery time. And of those who do know, not all of them understand what it means. Indeed people with invisible illnesses struggle for understanding from friends as well as medical professionals.

“People with unexplained illness, even after diagnosis, are often desperate for help,” Marshall says. “Don’t let anyone get away with implying that the underlying cause is your fault.  You did not incur the wrath of the gods, or the universe, or whatever, because you partied in your youth, or didn’t exercise enough, or ate animal products, or have had a lot of stress in your life.  While all of those things may have health consequences, this illness is not karma or just desserts.  Some people recover completely with and without major lifestyle changes, while the rest of us manage our illness to the best of our abilities.  Time along with new time management skills and coping strategies have been most helpful for me.  As I was just 37 when I was diagnosed it was very important to me that I do my best to keep myself as healthy as possible so that I wouldn’t develop co-disorders.  I was determined to keep my heart and other systems as healthy as possible. I was also desperate for a cure.  In that desperation I tried just about everything recommended to me; Chinese herbal treatments, supplements (and believe me there are a ton of them out there recommended for energy revival to sleep), acupuncture, crystal healing, hypnotherapy, muscle-testing, allergy diets, a gluten-free diet, heparin shots, pitocin shots, etc.  Most of those things provided a placebo effect for a short period of time, but the effects did not last and the efforts were not only financially expensive they were emotionally expensive.  good-day-2Finding a good doctor to help guide symptom management including traditional and alternative therapies, working with therapists to develop coping strategies and affect behavior changes, being patient with yourself, maintaining optimism that you can still live a fulfilling life, and nurturing your relationships with family and friends can help you through the desperation phase into restoration and acceptance.”

Marshall hopes that sharing her story will make it easier for us to understand and support our sick friends who do not look sick, and for those sick people to find solace.

“You have to accept where you are at every moment, even if where you are is not where you want to be.”

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IMG_1896In   The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency

Author Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American Presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisolm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign belongs to a much longer, arduous, and dramatic journey.


The tale begins during Reconstruction when the radical Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to seek the presidency. Although women could not yet vote, Woodhull boldly staked her claim to the White House, believing she might thereby advance women’s equality. “Visions of the offices I would hold”, she remembered, “danced before my imagination.”


Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith came into political office

1458149805813through the “widow’s mandate.” Among the most admired women in public life when she launched her 1964 campaign, she soon confronted prejudice that she was too old (at 66) and too female to be a creditable presidential candidate. She nonetheless became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for President by a major party. Unknown-1



Democratic Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ignored what some openly described as the twin disqualifications of race and gender in her spirited 1972 presidential campaign. She ran all the way to the Democratic convention, inspiring diverse followers and angering opponents, including members of the Nixon administration who sought to derail her candidacy.



ELLEN FITZPATRICK, is a professor and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, and is the author and editor of eight books. Ellen is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, where she has been recognized for Excellence in Public Service.She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Ellen FitzpatrickFor more info: http://www.ellenfitzpatrick.net

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Ellen Fitzpatrick click the following link:20001_TTEOW 7-25_program



Click here to watch a PBS video, “The Overlooked History Of Women Running For President”: http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365716304




Today, the good news is that we expect to live much longer, healthier lives. The bad news is that many of us will not have enough money to retire comfortably.  These days we can’t count on traditional pension plans, Social Security, or Medicare. Who, how and where can we turn to save and invest wisely whether for a down payment on a house, our child’s education, or a comfortable retirement, or for an emergency fund to pay for a car repair, broken refrigerator, or medical bill?

If you have a financial nest egg, large or small, should you try to invest it on your own or seek help from an investment professional?  If turning to a financial professional, what type of advisor is the best?  What kind of questions can you ask them? How do you decide to allocate your investments?  What’s the difference between stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money market funds to name just a few?  How can we convince younger people to save some of their earnings?

For years now, I’ve sifted through a lot of incomprehensible financial language to try and make some sound money decisions.  I’ve listened to a number of advisors explain many of financial terms and strategies and still had no clue.  I watched the movie “The Big Short” and had to have someone explain it to me. So when I sat down with Ginger Weber, I appreciated her ability to answer some of my questions in plain and simple English.

Ginger advises families, nonprofit organizations and businesses on a broad range of financial and tax planning and fiduciary issues.  She is a senior advisor and a president of Premier Financial Group in Eureka, CA.  Here are some recommendations she suggests in a newsletter that is put out by Premier Financial Group in Eureka, CA, where Ginger works as a senior advisor and as president.


“If you are like many Americans who have not yet retired, you may be actively striving to get to a place in life where work becomes optional.  With so many people focused on eventual retirement, and a number of tools to help you get there, why does getting to retirement seem to be such a challenge?  Premier’s team finds that there are a number of obligations and expenses that are competing with an investor’s commitment to save and invest.  Here are some of the common items we find that prevent investors from saving more, in no particular order:


  • Cost of being a homeowner such as property tax, insurance and maintenance.
  • High home prices and refinancing with a higher mortgage balance, leading to large mortgage payments for longer time periods
  • Credit card debt
  • Car payments
  • Student loan debt
  • Medical bills
  • High cost of medical insurance
  • 401(k) loans
  • Child care costs
  • Saving for other needs such as a car purchase, remodel or sending children to college
  • Business fluctuations for business owners
  • Providing financial support to adult children or other family members
  • High cost of living such as eating out, shopping and travel
  • Taxes

So with all of these competing commitments, how does one get to retirement?  Well, it starts with planning and figuring out what your goals are and how you are going to get there.  You need to analyze your situation, determine if you are on track (a high percentage of people are not), and then look at the variables that you may need to adjust in order to increase the probability that you will meet your goals.  These may not be easy decisions, but here are some variables that may be adjusted to help you:

  • Downsize to a more affordable residence, if needed.  Having the mortgage paid off by the time you retire to reduce your monthly income needs.
  • Refinance your mortgage for a lower interest rate, if possible.
  • Pay off consumer debts more quickly so you can reduce your interest expense and start saving more for retirement.
  • Look for lower cost services, such as lower cost insurance and utilities.
  • Pay for child care expenses pre-tax through an employer cafeteria plan.
  • Borrow for children’s college expenses rather than covering from current income. This could help with current income taxes as well if you are deferring to a retirement account.
  • Increase household income, if possible.
  • Reduce discretionary expenses.
  • Ask your employer to start a company retirement plan if you do not have one, or possibly start a retirement plan if you are self-employed.
  • Work longer than planned.

You may notice an underlying theme, which is to increase the difference between income and expenses so that you are able to save more.  Then make saving automatic and be wise with your investing.  Make sure that your money is invested in a way that does not take unusual risk and does not sit idle in a bank account or money market earning low rates that are less than inflation.  It is also important to evaluate your investment management costs, as that can affect your overall results.  If you do the heavy lifting first by making a plan, then your retirement account with deferred tax liability and investment returns can help to do the rest.  Understanding your relationship to money, being patient and sticking to your plan are the keys to achieving your retirement goals.”

Ginger, along with her colleagues has also compiled a list of questions to ask an investment advisor which are listed below:

  • How are you compensated?
  • What are the total costs?
  • If you accept commissions, will you itemize the amount of compensation you ear from products that you recommend to me?
  • Do you accept referral fees?
  • Are you held to a fiduciary standard at all times?
  • Would you sign a fiduciary oath committing to putting my financial interests first?
  • Have you ever been disciplined by the SEC or FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)?  If so, what happened? How was it resolved?
  • Do you provide comprehensive financial planning or just investment management?
  • Do you have many clients like me?
  • How ill you help me reach my financial goals?
  • What is your investment philosophy? How do you manage assets?
  • How much contact do you have with your clients?
  • What happens to my relationship with the firm if something happens to you?


Periodically, Ginger and her colleagues at Premier Financial Group offer seminars on savings, budgeting, investing and financial planning.  Call Premier Financial Group or go to their website premierfinancial.com to get more information.

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unknown-4PEEP & EGG- I’m NOT Trick-Or-Treating

by Laura Gehl   Pictures by Joyce Wanimages





Author LAURA GEHL on I’M NOT……..


With four kids of my own, I spent many years hearing I’M NOT every day. And by every day, I really mean every minute. But on the rare occasion that I got a full night’s sleep, or a full bar of chocolate, I could recognize that my kids and their peers weren’t actually trying to drive adults crazy (most of the time). A lot of the hesitation and I’M NOT came from nervousness, rather than stubbornness. I hope Peep and Egg will help parents start conversations with their kids about fears—however ridiculous those fears may seem. And I hope Peep and Egg will remind toddlers and preschoolers that they can overcome their fears.

Laura Gehl is also the author of ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, International Literacy Association Honor Book, and Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice for 2014; HARE AND TORTOISE RACE ACROSS ISRAEL and AND THEN ANOTHER SHEEP TURNED UP (both PJ library selections for 2015 and 2016); and the PEEP AND EGG series. A former science and reading teacher, she also writes about science for children and adults.








Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and four children.

Laura and her 5 biggest fans

Laura and her 5 biggest fans







Visit her online at: http://www.lauragehl.com  Where you can download FREE Curriculum Guides & FREE Activity Sheets for Teachers


Artist/Illustrator Joyce Wan

Artist/Illustrator Joyce Wan

Joyce Wan is an award-winning author and illustrator of many best-selling books for children, including YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE, WE BELONG TOGETHER, and THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL, which was a Junior Library Guild Spring 2015 selection. When she’s not working on books, she teaches courses at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Joyce is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Through all her work, she hopes to inspire people to embrace the spirit of childhood and follow their dreams.

Visit her online at: http://www.wanart.com

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We are who we are, or are we?  We’re learning that there are about 100 trillion microbes in and on our bodies, outnumbering human cells 10 to 1. But as Laura Cox tells us, we don’t need to worry cause as many microbes as inhabit our shell, they only make up about 3-4 pounds of our body weight as adults. It appears that they exert an influence on our health as great and possibly even greater than the genes we inherit from our parents. By far, the largest contingent of these microbial beings live in our gut.

AS-277712338997256@1443223189295_lLaura Cox has spent a large part of her life studying microbes. Working in a lab at the Langone Medical Center at New York University,  she found that a brief, low dose of antibiotics shortly after birth can have long-lasting consequences on the gut microbes in mice and lead to obesity later in life.  Although this study was limited to mice the results agree with multiple other studies pointing toward significant effects on children exposed to antibiotics early in life. At this time, the average child in the United States receives 10 courses of the drugs by the age of 10.  It appears that the nature of our gut microbiome is contributing to the current obesity epidemic.  Does this mean that we capitulate to the trillions of bacteria living in our gut while we grab a donut or add a second scoop of ice cream to that sundae?

The composition of our microbiome evolves throughout our entire life, from birth to old age, and is the result of many different environmental influences – the foods we eat, the drugs we take, how and where we work and play, whether we were breastfed or formula fed, whether we were born vaginally or via a caesarian, where we live and who we live with.  And the composition of our microbiome influences our body habitus, our behavior, our immune system, our health. There was a time not so long ago that we didn’t even know that invisible microbes existed, to a more recent belief that it was us against them, to the beginnings of an understanding that these microbes govern and define who we are. Laura’s work contributes to the growing body of knowledge about the ecology of our microbiome and ways in which we can improve our own health.

So who’s writing this blog-me or my microbiome?   gutbugs310

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