What is your earliest memory of money?  What did you learn about money from your parents? Why is it easier to talk about sex than money in our culture? Do we really need to accumulate money?  How much is enough? In what ways do couples share money? Do men and women differ in how they deal with money? Are there ways to maximize assets and minimize taxes? What investments have been the most helpful in lifting people out of poverty?

These are some of the questions that have lived in the back of my mind for a long time.  Luckily I was fortunate to be introduced to Kimberley Pittman-Schulz who has had a long career in helping people from all walks of life donate to charities that reflect their personal values.  Kimberley has  been involved in philanthropy for over 30 years working for various local, national and international non-profit organizations supporting conservation, medicine, community development, small business and higher education.  When not involved in fundraising, Kimberley is a published poet and nonfiction author.  I was hoping that Kimberley would be able to read one of her poems but she had so much information to share about our relationship to money that we ran out of time. I could see that Kimberley’s ability to articulate deep emotions in writing spill over into her work with philanthropy, which if done well requires insight, compassion and the ability to guide people to use some of their money in a way that can fulfill their heart’s values, keep them financially safe and go way, way beyond consumerism.



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“Segregation was unfair. It was wrong, morally, religiously. As a Southerner — a white Southerner — I felt that we should do what we could to make the South better and to rid ourselves of this evil.”  

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland


Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in Virginia in the 1950s and witnessed the injustice of segregation firsthand. As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights Movement, attending demonstrations and sit-ins. Because of her passionate belief in the cause, she was involved in several important and historically significant events, including
• The Freedom Rides of 1961
• The Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963
• The March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963
• The Selma to Montgomery March in 1965

Joan says, “Anyone can make a difference. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don’t have to change the world … just change your world.”

Filled with original photography, images of historical documents, and breathtaking collage artwork, “SHE STOOD FOR FREEDOM” is a celebration of the effect a single life can have on the world.



Woolworth's Lunch Counter Sit-In, Jackson, Miss 1963

Woolworth’s Lunch Counter Sit-In, Jackson, Miss 1963

Joan discusses with Brenda how Fred, the Photographer, was affected by their 3 hour ordeal.

Joan and MLK

Joan and MLK







First White Member Of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority AND Arrested & Imprisoned Freedom Rider

First White Member Of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority AND Arrested & Imprisoned Freedom Rider








Joan was asked many times why she was putting her life in danger for the Civil Rights movement. Why had she left her family and friends and her old way of life, to fight for the cause? Her response, at least to herself, was a poem she wrote called “Dialogue”. The poem, Joan said, is “still my response. It still explains my attitude toward what I’ve done on the Civil Rights issue, primarily motivated by being a Southern and a Christian, and incidentally, an American.”























Joan & Son, Loki Mulholland-Author of "SHE STOOD FOR FREEDOM"

Joan & Son, Loki Mulholland-Author of “SHE STOOD FOR FREEDOM”

Illustrations by Charlotta Janssen

Illustrations by Charlotta Janssen



For More Information on Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and The JTM Foundation visit:






To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: Brenda and Joan Trumphauer Mulholland

A Fully Illustrated Children's Picture Book edition. Loki Mulholland & Angela Farewell authors. Charlotte Janssen, Illustrator

A Fully Illustrated Children’s Picture Book edition. Loki Mulholland & Angela Farewell authors. Charlotte Janssen, Illustrator



Dr. Susan Greenhalgh Dr. Susan Greenhalgh enjoys what she calls ‘thin privilege’; in other words, through no particular effort of her own she is, and has always been, thin.  She is quick to point out, however, that thin doesn’t mean better.  Dr. Greenhalgh is currently a Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.  Before she moved to Boston and joined Harvard’s faculty she taught for 17 years at the University of California, Irvine.  Fat-Talk Nation:The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat emerged from her experience teaching a course at UC Irvine on ‘The Woman and the Body’ which explored issues of body image, weight, and eating disorders among other topics.  In 2010 and 2011 she offered her students extra credit to write personal essays about weight, diet and the BMI.  BMI is the acronym for Body Mass Index, a height to weight ratio used by medical clinicians, doctors and nurses, to determine if any one person is fit or fat.  BMI calculations are measured in children as young as two, teens, young adults, older adults and the elderly.  According to Dr. Greenhalgh, its universal use in schools, clinics and doctor’s offices could be causing an epidemic of fat anxiety, particularly among young people.Fat-Talk Nation

Fat-Talk Nation offers insights and examples of almost insurmountable weight anxiety in the young adults sampled from those class essays.  No matter where you are in the weight spectrum Dr. Greenhalgh challenges you to look at the role of ‘fat-talk’ in your own lives and the lives of those you love; and then she counsels empathy, kindness and understanding.  To learn more about Fat-Talk Nation visit the website where you can read samples of some of the essays like the one below.

 — Elise; 20 year old Caucasian from Sherman Oaks, CA from her personal story “A Rock Weighing My Spirit Down”

When I was an 8-pound baby who was a week early, it should have been a sign that being skinny would never by my destiny. In high school and college I have been bothered and ashamed by my weight. I noticed that food is my “support” and I abuse it. When I am stressed, I eat. When I am depressed, I eat. When I am angry, I eat. When I am bored, I eat, creating a vicious cycle that is spinning out of control, snuffi ng out the person I am inside. Looking to food to comfort my hormonal and emotional episodes is unhealthy because, if during one of my “feeding frenzies” I happen to gain weight, even just one or two pounds, I fl ip out and feel disgusted with myself. I can feel the disgust manifest in the pit of my stomach like it has a voice, and with every growl and every grubble, it is like a knife into my self-esteem telling me I am too fat and asking why I eat so much.

I believe my problems with my weight began when I was a little girl. My father’s side of the family is very materialistic and looks-based; if you’re not rich, pretty, and skinny, you are nothing. My mother is quite a large woman, and so my father’s mother didn’t like her and always ignored her. When my brother and I were born, my mother gained 60 pounds and my grandmother’s cruel words became more vocal, to the point where as a second grader I knew my grandmother thought my mother was too fat to be with her son. Yet as the years went by and my mother didn’t lose any weight, and I began to grow rounder, her hurtful needle-like words became aimed at me. I will never forget the pain and disgust I felt when I was about in fifth grade. My grandmother, father, and I were at the family restaurant Islands. I was eating a chicken tenders kids meal, yet my grandmother thought this was too much for me. So in the middle of the meal, she looked at me and told me to “stop eating, because if you don’t then one day you will look like that .”

“That” happened to be an extremely large woman in the restaurant, with my grandmother’s finger pointed directly at her. I felt confused and hurt. All these thoughts swarmed in my head: I knew I was big, but was I fat? That day changed my life forever. I have not been able to look at myself the same way again.

To learn more about Fat-Talk Nation:The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat visit

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

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Maggy Herbelin talks with Chara Tolber-Food, Specialist 1 and Elizabeth Schiedel-Boatswine, Mate from the US Coast Guard Humboldt Bay.  Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay serves the public along 250 miles of rugged coastline from the Mendocino-Sonoma County line north to the California-Oregon border.

Cold Pacific currents, powerful Alaskan winter storms, towering offshore rocks, fog, and dangerous harbor entrance bars consistently threaten commercial and recreational vessels operating in the area.

The Command Center located at Sector Humboldt Bay monitors for distress 24 hours a day and directs Coast Guard boats and aircraft to respond to any maritime emergency in the region; along the coast, well offshore, or even inland. The Sector also works with many local, state and federal agencies as needed.


FS1 Chara Tolbert.


As part of Eureka’s Coast Guard City celebration, the Coast Guard will be opening their Humboldt Bay bases to the public. August 13th: Historic Station Humboldt Bay at Samoa will hold an open house 10AM-3PM.


POC: LT Audra Forteza 707-839-6113

coast guard houseTo listen to and/or download Maggie’s conversation with Chara and Elizabeth click the following link :

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:

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”:



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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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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