IMG_6920Ladies, has your trainer ever told you if you’re not peeing yourself, you’re not working out hard enough? If you didn’t already rightfully call them crazy and book it on out of there, this is your moment. Sure, some of us have health issues that will make incontinence a part of living, but all of us can benefit from learning about our pelvic floor and how to keep everything “down there” in the best possible shape.

Statistics on this embarrassing subject are hard to come by, and most incontinence studies focus on the elderly. But everyone has a youngish, healthy-ish friend or family member trying to be subtle about racing wild-eyed for the public restrooms, conditioned to believe that this is part of life, or life after 30, or life after childbirth. What if it’s not?


Courtesy of the Center for Women’s Fitness

Dancer and movement educator Susie Kidd is proprietress and instructor at Sacred Bodies Pilates in Eureka CA. She is also a faculty member for the Center for Women’s Fitness, makes continuing education a part of her practice, is certified in “Pink Ribbon” post operative exercise, and she recently brought her students a boatload of new information after renewing her certification in pre and post natal fitness.

Kidd dropped by KHSU to tell our listeners all about the pelvic floor, what it is, how it works, how to find it, and how to keep it in tip top shape for healthy menstruation, childbirth, sex, and just getting through another day without peeing oneself.


Courtesy of the Center For Women’s Fitness


To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: TTEOW Emma and Susie Kidd 7-18-16

For more information about Susie Kidd and Sacred Bodies Pilates:

For more information about Carolyne Anthony and the Center for Women’s Fitness:


Elizabeth Rynecki

Elizabeth Rynecki

Imagine a generational puzzle which a Great-Granddaughter tries to solve. Elizabeth Rynecki tries to gain knowledge by searching continents, finding remnants and listening to stories passed down from a community in wartime Warsaw, Poland.

Moshe Rynecki was a prolific painter of daily and religious life in his beloved Warsaw. His work was the caliber of other Jewish artists who fled to Paris during the war. They not only survived but so did their artwork. Moshe painted more than 800 works reflecting components of the Jewish community and culture before dividing the lot amongst……well, that is the mystery and puzzle Great-Granddaughter Elizabeth has been uncovering.

Her Great Grandfather did not survive the Holocaust.


Using social media she has re-created Moshe’s work in a most unique way. And her new film Chasing Portraits highlights his life, times and artwork. Although most of Moshe Rynecki’s paintings show Jewish Faith, Family & Community, and Men Working, Elizabeth has uncovered a lot of paintings that show Women doing daily tasks and being whimsical.

The Ice Skaters

The Ice Skaters


Moshe Rynecki Painting used in #Draw Art

Moshe Rynecki Painting used in #Draw Art






Paige Dansinger's video project

Paige Dansinger’s video project

Elizabeth Rynecki will be speaking about her work at Temple Beth El, 3233 T Street, in Eureka, CA on September 14 from 4:00 pm5:30 pm.

For more information regarding Elizabeth Rynecki  projects you can visit:     or  #DrawArt: A Great Granddaughter’s Perspective

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Elizabeth Rynecki click the following link:     9-8-2014 Brenda_Elizabeth Rynecki


The way Miriam Ching Yoon Louie describes it, becoming an activist and advocate was a logical path for a third generation Korean Chinese American student attending University of California at Berkeley in the late sixties. Louie’s life work as a community organizer has seen her drawing attention to the plights of third word people and third world women in particular, and in 2001 she published Sweatshop Warriors, a novel outlining the real conditions of immigrant factory workers in their own words.  

coverIn her first book of fiction, “Not Contagious Only Cancer,” Louie hands center stage to the most invisible type of human –  a middle aged, non-white, working class woman. Kyong Ah Choi labors as a caregiver in an eldercare facility before falling ill and becoming a patient. Louie weaves the gritty reality of bedpans with mysticism and werewolves, lifelike dialogue and vivid characters to tell what is ultimately the story of a life.

In this episode of Through The Eyes Of Women, Louie talks to her niece about her life and work, and whether she was really “kicked out of UCB for her political activies,” as some internet entries say, or whether it was more complex than that.

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To listen to to this conversation , please click the following link.  

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Louie, right, working with her daughter, illustrator Nguyen Louie


"Two-Spirit Acts" book cover

“Two-Spirit Acts” book cover


Jean O’Hara is a Theater Arts lecturer at HSU. In completion of her PhD she compiled and edited a collection of plays entitled ‘Two Spirit Acts: Queer Indigenous Performances’ . They are four plays about being queer that are written by 4 different indigenous playwrights.These plays touch on topics of desire, identity, and community as they humorously tackle the colonial misunderstandings of Indigenous people and create a space to explore what it means to be queer and Indigenous. Includes: Agokwe by Waawaate Fobister, Hot n Soft by Muriel Miguel, and Justice of the Piece, Seance, and Taxonomy of the European Male by Kent Monkman.


Red Woman

Red Woman

Red Woman” featured the celebrated Muriel Miguel, co-founder of Obie-award-winning Spiderwoman Theater. Founded in 1976, named for the Hopi goddess of creation, the troupe is the oldest continuously operating women’s theatre collective in North America. It has featured Muriel Miguel and her two sisters, Lisa Mayo and Gloria Miguel, through much of its existence. The “storyweaving” they developed blends poetry, personal memory, and traditional Native stories, often in a cyclical presentation, full of searing wit and boisterous humor.  

Muriel Miguel

Muriel Miguel

Muriel Miguel is from the Kuna (a people of Panama and Colombia) and Rappahannock (a people of Eastern Virginia) nations. Her play ‘Hot’n’Soft  features a trickster in the form of a female coyote and focuses on sexual pleasure. her play has been performed world-wide. Miguel trained in modern dance with Alwin Nikolais and Erick Hawkins. With Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, she appeared in the groundbreaking plays “Terminal,” “The Serpent,” “Mere Ubu,” and “Viet Rock.” With Spiderwoman Theater, she has performed at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Walker Art Center, Theater for the New City, Dance Theatre Workshop and WOW Cafe Theatre, among countless other venues. She has also actively mentored young Indigenous performers, mostly women, at New York University, The Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto, and independently. She has pioneered the teaching of Indigenous Performance through “storyweaving” and through the use of the Laban method. She has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Miami University, Ohio, and was profiled in American Women Directors of the Twentieth Century, published in 2008. She was chosen as the first Lipinsky resident (Feminist-in-Residence) at San Diego State University’s Women’s Studies Department. Along with her sisters, Gloria Miguel and Lisa Mayo, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2010 from the prestigious Women’s Caucus for Art. For more information about MURIEL MIGUEL and Spiderwoman Theater go to:

Muriel Miguel On Stage
Muriel Miguel On Stage                                          

For more information about TWO-SPIRIT ACTS: QUEER INDIGENOUS PERFORMANCES , edited by JEAN O’HARA go to:


To listen to or download Brenda’s conversation with Dr. Jean O’Hara and Muriel Miguel click the following link:     2-17-2014 Brenda Two-Spirit Acts


So have you heard of this thing called a multigenerational center? Some towns have them, maybe even yours. It’s a community based resource center inviting folks of all ages to come on down for various activities and classes, some grouped by age, some all together. The idea is that it’s free fun for all, with an undercurrent of sharing across age groups that may expand all our horizons. More fun, less “they just don’t get us.” And it may be taking hold!

The folks at the Eel River Valley Multigenerational Center in Fortuna did extensive research and surveying to determine what they should provide. And lo! Some of those things are art therapy, theatre classes, puppet shows and photography contests spearheaded by Program Coordinator Angelique Hennessy.

Hennessy grew up in Los Angeles and developed a strong affinity for Hollywood’s golden era and a good gut for avoiding skeevy casting directors, leading her to work as a model and award winning actress. Now residing in the woolly wilds of Northern California, Hennessy shares her love for performance and art with the kids and adults of the MGC with drama club, summer day camp, and other creative good times.

IMG_6885To listen and/or download this segment click the following link: TTEOW Emma and Angelique Hennesey MGC 6-13-16

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Born in California in 1945 and acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching (2006), The Niagara River (2005), and Say Uncle (2000). She has received most of the awards American Poetry has to give. Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

For years, Kay had been considered a kind of outsider to the literary world and for years Kay felt compelled to write poetry.  Her commitment, creativity and talent were recognized in 2008 when the Library of Congress appointed her U.S. Poet Laureate. She held the position for two terms, using the appointment to champion community colleges like the one in Marin County, California where she taught for over thirty years.  Since 2006 she has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. More recently she received a MacArthur Fellowship Grant and the  Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize among many others.

Ryan examines enormous subjects—existence, consciousness, love, loss—in compact poems that have immensely powerful resonance.  She regards the ‘rehabilitation of clichés’ as part of the poet’s mission. Her unique rhyme schemes and style have earned her the status of one of the great living American poets with her feet on the ground and with a gentle self-deprecating sensibility.

Here is one of the poems she shared during this interview:


From other

angles the 

fibers look

fragile, but 

not from the 

spider’s, always

hauling coarse

ropes, hitching

lines to the

best posts

possible.  It’s 

heavy work


fighting sag,

winching up

give.  It

isn’t ever


to live.

Watch for a new book of Kay Ryan’s poetry Erratic Facts published by Grove Press due to be out at the end of this year.

To view a video of Kay Ryan, click the following:  Kay Ryan named 2011 #MacFellow, @Macfound Fellow via @sharethis

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:  4-13-2015 Corinne_Kay Ryan



IMG_2294“Fuck you, you don’t know me.” That’s what Star Pahl would have said, had she been able to talk, to the doctor who told her she was never going to regain movement of her right arm. Ten months later, the busy single mother of two can talk and walk and use her arm very well, thank you.

If you’re lucky enough to have medical insurance in America, and you’re somewhat healthy and somewhat young, you’re aces. Right? Perhaps you’ll have a health catastrophe, and you might even rack up some debt, but you’ve got insurance. Things are going to be dealt with. How bad can it get?


Maybe young and healthy you will wake up tomorrow knowing something is horribly wrong. Maybe you’re having a stroke at the tender age of 39.

Find that insurance card.

Call a friend with your one working hand.

Try to form the words to ask for help.

Get a quick ride to the hospital, and….


And nothing. That unfortunately is what Star Pahl got from her insurance-paid medical providers when it happened to her last year.

Despite her outrageously positive attitude and feisty spirit, Pahl’s insurance-paid doctors gave up on her almost immediately, leaving her alone in an examining room for several of those critical early hours when treatment makes all the difference. Failing to diagnose the stroke for three and a half months. Leaving her on her own to teach herself to speak and move again, so she could call other specialists and ask for the help she was not getting. “If I left it up to [my physicians], I’d be dead,” Pahl says.

Fortunately, Pahl ultimately decided this was all just wonderful. She found astounding reserves of grit, resilience, and positivity that allowed her to embrace the experience and begin healing. She’ll tell you it’s a wonderful thing that has happened to her. She’ll tell you it has taught her to accept the love that was always so easy to give and hard to take. And since this attitude is pretty much the only thing that kept her alive and got her walking and talking again, you just might believe her.

Pahl is currently drawing on her personal experience to become a traveling spokesperson for the “alternative” methods – cannabinoids in particular – that are healing her body and spirit, and she’s hoping her story encourages rapid change in the American medical industry as we know it.

Listen to Pahl explain the tremendous journey of this past year and why she insists “I love my stroke.”

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: TTEOW Emma interviews Star 5-30-16

Here are some of Star’s favorite resources:

Amber French~


Marjorie Auckland~

Creating Heaven on Earth


Jamie Kessloff~

Acutonics & Massage Therapies, Reiki, Yoga Classes, Nutritional and Life Coaching, CranioSacral.


Kausalya Denise Payne-Ollivier~


Maya Copper~


Joshua Hanna~ Holistic Evolution


Alyssa Melody~Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine


Stanford Stroke Center~


Care By Design

Martain A. Lee~ author of Smoke Signals




Bridgette R. Alexander studied and worked in New York, Chicago and Paris and in some of the most exciting museums in the world. She entered graduate school at the University of Chicago and eventually taught as an instructor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Bridgette even started an art-advising firm and met some of the world’s most intriguing art collectors. This was a lot of fun, but she was still missing just the all-out adventure that she had enjoyed as a kid reading and writing stories. Enter CELINE CALDWELL, a 16 year old urbane and privileged heroine for a new generation. Alexander brings Readers 12-Adult  a 12 Novel Series, the CELINE CALDWELL MYSTERIES that Alexander has created- starting with SOUTHERN GOTHIC.

  “…an Uptown Nancy Drew.” KIRKUS Review

“Celine Caldwell is clever, impulsive….a stellar represenation of a generation.” Molly MacGregor, Co-Founder National Women’s History SouthernGothic_300Project

Celine Caldwell is a young woman all her own—bi-racial with a cadre of loyal friends, themselves of mixed race and backgrounds. These characters share a reverence for the art world and a devotion to Celine, who is determined to unravel a complex tale involving blackmail, secrets, land theft, the Klu-Klux-Klan, and cover-up of a century old murder from America’s darkest past. And Celine must solve it correctly and well before it destroys her own mother’s career as renowned curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bridgette Alexander writes with beautifully enriching details about Art History and incorporates insights into the high-stakes art world, including; ArtSpeak, the language of art, Provenance, what clues can be found in the ownership history of a painting, how to read a painting, what to look for in the images and story behind a painting; and the art world power brokers, the curators, art dealers, collectors, and experts who engage in million-dollar intrigue in a world few get to see.

Bridgette’s  inspiration?  Her daughter Chloe and husband David, “with whom I am on the most exciting adventures of my life…ever!”

Bridgette and David and Chloe live in Chicago.

For More Information About Celine Caldwell Mysteries and Paris 1865 Press visit:


July 1-2, Thelma Harris Gallery, Oakland

 July 6, at The Sitting Room, Penngrove 

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:20001_TTEOW 5-23-16 Final_program





Savage Severity, photo by Terrence McNally

By day they are a student, and a mental health specialist who works with foster kids, isn’t that sweet? Who cares. PoiSin and her 14 year old daughter Savage Severity are players for Humboldt Roller Derby.


Today we take a closer look inside this seeming utopia that embraces women and girls of all ages and lifestyles and skills, without excluding men and boys. It’s a world where athletes mentor the young, claim each other as partners, and pledge each other unwavering emotional and practical support. A world where they work together to raise money for different community charities. And if you want to join them, they’ll even teach you to skate.


PoiSin, photo by Terrence McNally

Are you sure this is roller derby?

PoiSin’s got your reality check:  “This is not a sport for people who want to skate around and talk with their friends, because I will knock you over.”

For more information, visit

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

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In 1969, a friendly macho bluff between artists spawned an all-terrain art race like nothing seen before: A glittery, sweaty, rolling celebration of art, engineering, athleticism, and above all fun. Ferndale CA artist Hobart Brown was and will forever be hailed as Glorious Founder of Kinetic Sculpture Racing, and he ruled as King of a scene that quickly inspired copy-cat events and spinoffs around the world.


Photo by Tina Kerrigan



By 1973, a friend of Brown – it had to be Barbara Ludwick, right? So many details get lost in all the fun – decided this fabulous party needed a queen. We do know Ludwick coined the traditional kinetic racing battle-cry motto “for the glory!”



She declared herself The Rutabaga Queen, and some time later – maybe in 1978? – there came to be a Rutabaga Ball which serves to this day as a fundraiser for the race and a coronation for a new Rutabaga Queen each year to preside over this colorful, wacky world.

bob doran

Photo by Bob Doran


The Rutabaga Ball is an irreverent three-round tournament that turns the traditional beauty pageant on its head while kind-of-sort-of maintaining the structure of those competitions: Ballgown; Questions and Answers; Talent; and something called “Water Crossing,” which is the kinetic kingdom’s retort to a conventional swimsuit competition. And as within the rest of the kinetic race, bribery is officially encouraged, and contestants take the opportunity to show off their creativity with unique, small, handmade gifts for the pageant judges.


Photo by Terrence McNally

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Photo by Tina Kerrigan

The job of the Queen, according to Hobart Brown, was always “to have more fun than anyone, almost to the point of obnoxiousness.” But when the organizing body of the race disintegrated in 2006, the Rutabaga Queens got serious about their kingdom. They got Brown’s blessing to found the nonprofit organization Kinetic Universe, to preserve and promote the art and sport of kinetic sculpture racing. And they took on the responsibility of operating the event, inheriting an impossible, sprawling, expensive logistical nightmare spanning five municipalities and three days.

Some of them even found the time to become racers.

11224549_962802980469961_739957145954746114_oNone of this, it should be noted, is required in the official duties of the Rutabaga Queen.


Many twenty-first century Rutabaga Queens have chosen active roles supporting and running Kinetic Universe’s Kinetic Grand Championship, serving the community they love, and leading many who consider competing for the crown to ask themselves “what exactly am I getting myself into?” But the official job description of the Rutabaga Queen remains pure.

Have fun, fun, fun.

jeff schmitt

Photo by Jeff Schmitt

Here, Through The Eyes of Women follows 2007 Rutabaga Queen Emma Breacain, 2004 Rutabaga Queen Monica Topping, and Reigning Rutabaga Queen Susie Kidd, aka Glorya Kiddnetica, as they talk to three brave souls who have thrown caution and conventionality overboard to find their place in this weird little community and make a run for the crown: Lady Lasagna of Luncheonshire, aka Karri Thallheimer, a real live school cafeteria “lunch lady”; Sparkle Lumina, aka local belly dancing sensation Shoshanna; and Roller Derby star and mental health specialist Candice Campbell, aka Princess Candie from the Land of Confections.


Photo by Jessica Eden

Between recording and airing this episode, the Rutabaga Queens have been inundated with applications, and have had to change the venue for the May 21 Rutabaga Ball to the infinitely more spacious – you might even say “Queen Sized” –  Arcata Community Center. The contestant pool currently stands at seven queen hopefuls, but only one will wear that crown and the title of 2016 Rutabaga Queen.

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To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link  TTEOW Rutabaga Queen 5-9-16




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