Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher returns to Through The Eyes Of Women to once again share her experiences, vision and leadership after her first 18 months as Humboldt State University’s President.

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Lisa A. Rossbacher


While many believe that women’s battle for gender parity in the workplace has already been won, recent data suggest that this is far from reality. According to ACE’s The American College President 2012 report, only 26% of the nation’s college and university presidents are women and the rate of change has stalled since the late 1990s. Although women now earn the majority of all college degrees and are well represented in entry- and mid-level positions in most sectors of the economy, they have made surprisingly little progress in advancing to chief executive positions.

Dr. Rossbacher is a Member of Moving The Needle and has encouraged students of all genders to share in her vision. As she states:

“we have a mission to educate students and to build on our values of social and environmental responsibility.
We have ambitious plans to fulfill this mission. And these plans are continuing to evolve as we adapt and grow as an engaged community and as a University where students are involved in place-based learning. Our current strategic plan is focused on four key areas: supporting student success, providing a welcoming environment for our diverse community, ensuring we have the resources needed to fulfill our mission, and expanding partnerships, both on- and off-campus.”

President Rossbacher on campus

President Rossbacher on campus

There are few scientists who become university presidents and Dr. Rossbacher is one. The HSU President here shares her ideas on the Earths Interior: http://www.youtube.com:watch?v=wSCA9hDZK7E.webloc

Tango at the beach Aug 2014


Tango, often seen with Dr. Rossbacher on campus, enjoying a Northern Humboldt beach

thMerien Townsell is a senior at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California majoring in Geography.  For one of her classes she had to complete an assignment on landscape analysis.  What she came up with was a very creative, original and thoughtful analysis of the history of black people in Humboldt county past and present.  She titled her paper “Blacks in Humboldt County-A Race Out of Place.”

What is it like to be Black in Humboldt County?  According to Merien, there are many layers that need to be explored encompassing politics, history, geography, personal and group relationships, cultural memory among others.  All contribute to the notion of Black social space and social consciousness. As of the 2012 census, Black people make up only 1.4% of the population of Humboldt.  But the tension between forces of accommodation, assimilation, exclusion, social control and racism have all contributed to unique challenges facing individuals as they arrive and live, study and work in this predominantly white county. Merien is dedicated to challenging preconceptions and she along with black students and residents of Humboldt live by the maxim “still I rise.”

To listen to and/or download  click the following link:TTEOW Corinne and Merien Townsell 2-1-16

“in the context of Love” is an intensely charged story about family secrets, love and lust.context-3D

Angelica’s first flame wrote her a poem:

You cannot pass from child to adult

without falling into holes of doubt,

broken wheels of trust

and traps of betrayal.

What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions? In the Context of Love, contemporary fiction by Linda K. Sienkiewicz, revolves around the journey of Angelica Schirrick as she reevaluates her life, and its direction.
Returning with her children from their first visit with her now imprisoned husband, she tries to figure out where it all went so wrong. Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Can she find love and purpose again? Her future, which once held so much promise, crumbled like dust after the mysterious disappearance of her first love, and the shattering revelation that derailed her life, and divided her parents. Only when she finally learns to accept the violence of her beginning can she be open to life again, and maybe to a second chance at love.

Linda K Sienkiewicz  attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop. She is published in fiction and poetry, has a poetry chapbook award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and an MFA in Fiction. Her short stories, poetry, essays and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Permafrost, CALYX, Rattle, Controlled Burn, The MacGuffin, and A Twist of Noir. Among her awards are a poetry chapbook from Heartlands (Bottom Dog Press) and a Pushcart Prize Nomination. She has three other chapbooks: Postcard of a Naked Man, Dear Jim, and Security. Her MFA is from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.

Linda lives with her husband in southeast Michigan where they spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home.linda-headshot

“Linda K. Sienkiewicz’s powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. In the Context of Love should be required reading for all wayward teenage girls—and their mothers, too.”
~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River, and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.

You can hear Bonnie Jo Campbell on THROUGH THE EYES OF WOMEN, Nov.9,2015

FOR MORE INFO ON LINDA GO TO:  http://www.lindaksienkiewicz.com

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

1_goldenrule.ngsversion.1434724718382.adapt.676.1The Golden Rule,a 30 foot ketch was the first environmental action and peace vessel that set sail in 1958 to protest atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs.  Four Quaker activists left San Pedro, CA to sail to the Marshall Islands in order to halt nuclear testing in the Western Pacific.  The voyage was stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii and the four crew-members were jailed, tried and convicted.  This journey ignited international protests to stop nuclear testing and halt the arms race and initiated a tradition of protest boats carried on by organizations such as Greenpeace.

Little is known about what happened to this powerful peace symbol DSC04731-1024x682until it was rescued from a shallow watery grave in Humboldt Bay in 2010.  Her skeleton consisted of a hull with two huge holes and no cabin, mast or hardware.  A local chapter of Veterans for Peace learned her history and formed a coalition of dedicated volunteers to bring her back to life.  It took five years to restore her and make her sea worthy.  She launched from Zerlang’s Boat Yard on the Samoa peninsula in Humboldt County in the June, 2015 and sailed down the coast of California to San Diego and back with many stops on the way to educate people about the risks of nuclear technology, the importance of the ocean environment and the power of peacemaking. Future plans include a ten-year peacemaking voyage around North America to challenge military solutions to the world’s problems.

thA new generation of sailors are carrying on the legacy of the Golden Rule.  Helen Jaccard is the first woman full time crew-member of this boat and she shares the adventures of this heroic vessel both on the sea and in the ports. She has devoted many years of her life participating in peace time demonstrations, educating about environmental degradation and the dangers of radiation in the United States and other countries. Five years ago, she joined a cohort of many volunteers and drove in her RV from Seattle to Humboldt Bay to dedicate her time restoring and sailing the Golden Rule and devote herself to the cause of world peace.

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


Lizzy McNaneyLizzy McNaney was 18; excited about her future – going to college and all that means both socially and intellectually.  But everything changed when Lizzy accidently found a lump in her breast.  Within several weeks she was reassured that it was probably nothing.  But with her strong family history of breast cancer, affecting both her mother and grandmother she insisted on a biopsy.  The results she received within a week of the biopsy verified the worst; she was diagnosed with Stage-2 breast cancer and had a double mastectomy just one week later.

Lizzy’s maturity shines through when listening to her frank discussion of her odyessy with, through and beyond breast cancer.  She speaks openly and honestly about the hardships – changed body image, isolation, loss of friends, fertility issues – and about the lessons she continues to learn simply by coping.

Her motto is Strength, Positivity and Growth.  She hopes that hearing about her experience will help to educate young women to pay attention to their bodies and to become their own best advocates in life.

To listen to Kathleen Marshall’s conversation with Lizzy McNaney, please click the following link.    



Native Californian and Trinidad resident Kathrin Burleson is a celebrated artist. She is a member of “Artists for Conservation”, paints Wild Life, Floral and Contemplative series and is a Portrait Artist for The Honor Flight Program of Humboldt County. Kathrin also writes poetry about her life and travels.

Communication is expressing connections between realms and the bridges between realities

For more information about Kathrin Burleson you can go to http://www.KathrinBurleson.com or KathrinBurleson.blogspot.com

LEOPARD, mixed media on paper

Click the following link to hear the mp3 of Brenda’s conversation with Kathrin Burleson aired on Through the Eyes of Women 4/1/2013.  Click the link only once, then be patient while the mp3 loads.  Follow the prompts in the audio/music playback program you have chosen for your computer to playback and/or save the show.            4-1-2013 Brenda Kathrin Burlison mp3

suzashadesSuza Lambert Bowser, Local Humboldt county author has recently completed a 3 year sentence in an Illinois State Prison for trafficking marijuana through that state.  While in prison she completed the first of her Celeste Newhaven Psychic Eye Mystery series, The Case of the Sad-Eyed Stripper. 

Celeste Newhaven owns a small used bookstore in the Old Town neighborhood of Crescent Bay (a fictionalized Eureka). Celeste has the gift of a psychic but is reluctant to disclose her abilities.  Despite her attempts to maintain a low profile, Celeste finds herself caught up in the murder of a local stripper.

I found myself taking particular pleasure in recognizing the familiar landmarks of Old Town Eureka, and was compelled to keep turning the pages to find out the outcome of this mystery. This blog will not disclose the plot or finale any further.

Suza describes herself as a “multidisciplined artist” with a “notorious side.” She has written, produced and directed two movies, A River of Skulls, recently picked up by Lionsgate, and Flea, currently in post-production.  Her talents as an author, filmmaker and artist could not be destroyed while languishing in prison.  Her astute observations of prison life, women in prison and her own necessary adaptations have deepened her sense of discipline and  commitment to her artistic endeavors and provided a wellspring for creating and editing XFelonINK, a magazine devoted to publishing art, poetry, short fiction and nonfiction by prisoners and ex-prisoners across the United States.

If you pick up and read “The Case of the Sad-Eyed Stripper,” you’ll be happy to know that Celeste continues to use her psychic talents to solve yet another mystery in the Mattole Valley that will soon be published called The Case of the Red-Haired Ranchers.”

To listen to and/or download  click the following link:20001_TTEOW 12-28-15 Corinne Suza_PROGRAMS



Unknown-1Jenny Scheinman is a renowned violinist/fiddle player who grew up in Petrolia, California and moved to NYC pursuing her career as a musician. She has played with some incredible artists – Nora Jones, Madeline Peyroux, and Bill Frisell (just to name a few of many). She has eight albums – mostly instrumental,  all pictures of her complex and lively inner world. Jenny recalls while playing with friend Madeline Peyroux she felt a pull to find that part of her own creative voice to step up to the mic and sing. Now Jenny has a new album, The Littlest Prisoner. In this record she writes, sings and pretty much knocks it out of the park with a heart-felt, reflective album about love, relationships, and childhood. Listening to the songs one can see the slideshow of stories revealed in every verse and chorus. Jenny candidly talks about her creative process, how she survived living in NYC busking, and the transition of being a mom and a musician. Jenny recently moved back to Humboldt County with her husband and two young children, and we are lucky to have them here.


Jenny is having a CD release party at the Arcata Playhouse October 2nd. To find out more go to: http://www.arcataplayhouse.org

You can purchase “The Littlest Prisoner” on iTunes or Amazon.

For more information about Jenny Scheinman and her upcoming tour with Ani DiFranco go to her web-site:


Here’s an intimate look with Jenny Scheinman and Rodney Crowell practicing on the tour bus just before going on at Van Duzer theater! https://vimeo.com/92067000

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Jenny Scheinman click the following link:     9-29-2014 Lynette_Jenny Scheinman


493x335_breastacspc-045513The American Cancer Society issued new guidelines on October 20, 2015, recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer have mammography starting at age 45 and continuing once a year until 54, and then every other year for as long as they are healthy and likely to live another 10 years. The guidelines only apply to women a average risk for breast cancer – those with no personal history of the disease or known risk factors based on genetic mutations, family history or other medical problems.

Previously the Society recommended mammograms every year starting at age 40.  Other health care organizations  such as the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends a later start and less frequent testing: mammograms every other year for women ages 50-74.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends mammograms every year or two from 40 to 49 and every year after 50. To confuse the issue even more, other countries follow different guidelines.

This has generated a lot of controversy.

Given the conflicting advice, how are women supposed to figure out what to do?

mahoneyDr. Ellen Mahoney, general surgeon with a national reputation specializing in breast health and disease has some very definite opinions on this subject.  Her perspective is much more inclusive, perhaps even more sophisticated and her commitment is always toward empowering women with knowledge, promoting women’s health and improving the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Based on her research, scholarly investigation and clinical experience Dr.  Mahoney expresses some serious doubts about the conclusions of the recent American Cancer Society guidelines.

The bottom line is that there are no clear cut answers to the questions posed by these new recommendations. But after listening to Dr. Mahoney, you may have a better understanding about what is right for you.

To listen to and/or download  click the following link: TTEOW 12-14-15 Dr. Mahoney and Corinne Frugoni Breast Cancer


Tanya Ward Goodman Tanya Ward Goodman grew up at Tinkertown Museum, a roadside attraction built by her father, Ross Ward, in the mountains of New Mexico. She attended Northwestern University and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two children.   She blogs regularly for the parenting website The Next Family at http://www.thenextfamily.com

Her memoir Leaving Tinkertown was the 2008 winner of the Southwest Writers Conference Storyteller Award under the title Mighty Fond of You, Too, and is the winner of the 2014 Sarton Memoir Award.

       Leaving Tinkertown is the story of an unusual family dealing with a diagnosis of early- onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  Though Tanya’sLeaving Tinkertown father, Ross,had been showing signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s as early as just 55, he was officially diagnosed when he was 58, her younger brother 27, and she, 29.  In recounting this time in Ross Ward’s life, Tanya Ward Goodman paints a portrait of her quirky artistic father, the place her family called home, Tinkertown, the process of caring for Ross, and the complex, sometimes awkward, relationships between grief and love.

Ross Ward with Tanya Ward Goodman


“Tanya Ward Goodman, writing with a big heart, clear eyes, and a light touch, allows us a privileged glimpse into the shabby, enchanted world of traveling carnivals, roadside attractions, and a beloved, eccentric father’s descent into Alzheimers. Just as her dad animated the handcarved, miniature western world of Tinkertown from coat hangers, inner tubes and old sewing machine motors, Tanya Ward Goodman has fashioned her complex and often hilarious memories into a beguiling, wry, and moving work of art.”

–Michelle Huneven, author of Blame

To learn more about Tanya Ward Goodman visit her website www.tanyawardgoodman.com


To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Tanya Ward Goodman click the following link:     4-28-2014 Kathleen Tanya Ward Goodman

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