#91 “On the Exhale” Actor, Maria Elena Maurin + Director, Ellen Honig

Today I get to sit down with actor and director of a powerful play, On the Exhale. When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

Maria Elena Maurin has been in the theater for 21 years and is currently working on a production of On the Exhale directed by Ellen Honig for the Rhinebeck Theater Society. She’s played other equally challenging roles depicting the female experience in some of her most difficult situations such as her performance in Still about birthing a stillborn child. She has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and at the Sande Shurin Acting Studio, NYC and Woodstock. Her recent theater credits include: Arms and the Man, Still, Outside Mullingar and Brilliant Traces with the Performing Arts of Woodstock and A Turn of The Screw with Kaaterskill Actors Theater. When not acting, she’s working as a massage therapist and a child care provider.

Ellen Honig is a theater director with 35 years of directing experience beginning with The Town Players in New York. She continued directing for multiple companies in the Hudson Valley. For The Rhinebeck Theatre Society: 1776 The Musical, A Little Night Music,Equivocation, Assassins, Copenhagen, and Mary Poppins. With The Cocoon Theatre of  Rhinebeck and now Poughkeepsie, most recently: My Simone and The Little Years. For Performing Arts of Woodstock, Outside Mullingar,  Uncle Vanya, and Arms and the Man. In 1984 she moved with her family to the Hudson Valley and became involved in Community Theatre, first with The Pawling Theatre group and then with Rhinebeck. She currently lives in Kingston NY with her partner, Ken.

Here’s a list of the opportunities you have to see this powerful and thought provoking play.

October 20th, 3pm at Green Kill Gallery

229 Greenkill Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

October 28th, 7pm at Cocoon Theatre

9 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

November 2nd, 7pm at Morton Memorial Library

82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, NY 12574

November 9th at 7pm at Shetler Studios and Theatres

244 West 54th St., NY 10019

November 10th at 7pm at Howland Cultural Center in Beacon

477 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Post show NOTE! Tabs and Clea, a web series TV show is in color correction and should be out end of 2019, early 2020 so stay tuned for cool details on that!

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#90 “Love and Authenticity” with Artist, Lynn Herring and Creator, Jenny Mulak

Today, my first guest is Artist, Lynn Herring, who was born in Chicago but moved to New York in her 20’s to pursue a career as an advertising art director and to develop her studio practice. While in NY, she studied at the School of Visual Arts graduating with honors in 2008 with a BFA in Sculpture. Lynn eventually found her way upstate and recently completed her MFA studies in sculpture and printmaking at SUNY New Paltz where she graduated with honors while developing a new body of work designed to bring people together with art. This body of work is a reengineered Tic Tac Toe game designed to “Make America Relate Again.” Created with organic crooked-shaped, brightly-colored wood Xs and Os and using a more complicated wonky-shaped game board, Herring’s game, XOX! Share the Love®, is an art object used to help many different kinds of people to connect for a playful and sane moment in this time of cultural and political toxicity. She’s participating in this weekend’s O+ Festival where you can play XOX! Share the Love Friday from 6-8pm, Saturday from 12-6pm and Sunday from 12-4pm at Gallery Fifty5, 55 Greenkill Avenue in Kingston, NY.

Lynn and I get to talk about how one goes about making a board game, how she balanced work and school and why she made the leap to follow her passion, downsize and keep making art. Much of her work is very female centric so she shares the inspiration for her work and how it was important for her to follow her art creation versus procreation. She even put a raw egg in her mouth to make her point for one past performance. She’s focused on living life authentically and for that I am grateful for her example!

Today’s second guest is Jenny Mulak who after much soul searching left her big corporate gig and moved to the Catskills to create Juniper Grove, a retreat space on her sacred land designed for healers, artists, lovers, musicians, writers, yogis, seekers and creatives of all kinds. Speaking of she also has her very own organic and vegan body product line “Jenifer Juniper” that she’s bringing to next weekend’s Hudson Valley Vegfest. We get to chat about how she finally made the big leap, the ups and down, really mostly ups, of building her dream retreat space, how and why she makes her Jenifer Juniper products and how and why she became a Vegan. Her online store will be coming soon so stay tuned, but meanwhile locals can check her out and also support past guest Rebecca Moore, founder of Vegfest next weekend, October 19th and 20th at BSP in Kingston, NY.

Come check me out at O+ this weekend performing with past guest, Aki Goto Saturday evening at 6pm at Litebrite Neon and then Sunday, co-facilitating a Healing Ring of Tantra with past guest Nidhi Adhiya-Huba. All this makes you want to move to the Hudson Valley, huh? Come on join us!

Until next week, love yourself and uplift one another!

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#89 “Surrogacy & Souls” with Filmmaker Beth Aala and Musician Lady Moon

You’re gonna love the talent, conviction and compassion of my guests today.

First up is Beth Aala, a three-time Emmy award-winning producer & recipient of a Peabody Award for her documentary work at HBO. Beth co-directed & produced feature documentary, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN for Discovery, which premiered at Sundance in 2017. She also directed & produced, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (A&E IndieFilms) with comedian, Mike Myers. It won the Hollywood Film Award for Best Documentary & was nominated for the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Beth recently completed her latest feature documentary, Made in Boise about a surprising surrogacy industry in Boise, Idaho. It had its world premiere at AFI Docs Film Festival in June 2019 and is screening it at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival on October 4th and 5th. You can purchase tickets here. Not in the Hudson Valley, not available this weekend? Made in Boise will have a broadcast premiere on PBS’ award winning Independent Lens on October 28th at 10pm eastern.

Amongst other things, I get to chat with Beth about her film career, working at MTV, what it was like working at HBO with so many talented women, how a close friend asked her to be her surrogate after years of trying to conceive and how that coupled with a friend working in Boise led her to the subject matter of this latest film. I urge you to watch this fascinating documentary about a subject that is well worth a longer conversation.

During the second half of the show I get to sit down with Lady Moon of Lady Moon & The Eclipse, a multicultural ensemble based in New York. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, they create inspirational music that explore the cosmic soul; a journey to become one’s best self. Lady Moon carries the essence of the Moon, delivering a message of love, peace, and light, while the musicians serve as the Sun shining light upon her. The audience represents the Earth, also known as the Star People of Earth, completing the metaphorical eclipse. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipse explore positive music through the live experience to grow and make a difference in themselves and in the world.

Lady Moon and I talk about how she became Lady Moon, her parents, how they shaped who she is, making music, relationship through her musical collaborations, the moon, the sun, the cosmic soul, and becoming free. She’s a woman full of deep wisdom and sincere love. I can’t wait to catch her and her “star-mates” at the upcoming O+ Festival on Friday, October 11th from 9-10pm in the back of BSP in Kingston, NY. And stay tuned for news on the release of a new single coming later in October!

Thanks for tuning in friends!

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from Lady Moon and the Eclipse and our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#88 Gyno Chat with Dr. Novatt and Improvising with Musician Arone Dyer

Woo hoo, I am back from my travels and happy to be chatting live with some ladies today. First up, Dr. Amy Novatt, Gynecologist and Women’s Health Advocate is back with us answering questions about menopause and perimenopause today. She’ll be back again in November taking your calls so stay tuned for more details on her next appearance.

Joining me for my chat with the doctor and for a deep dive into her life and her process is Arone Dyer, a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & founding member of duos Buke and Gase@bukeandgase & Mistresses@mistressesband as well as the composer and director of Dronechoir @dronechoir where she examines social dis/comfort through long-durational choral performance, metamorphosing through a moving meditation of sometimes subtle sonic changes. In addition to her own projects she has made appearances on the National’s 2018 Grammy-winning release Sleep Well Beast, creating and singing the introduction to their #1 Billboard Hit “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” and collaborated with many other artists too! We talk about Arone’s formidable years, her first band, leaving the band, collaborating, improvising, letting go, dreaming and a bit more that you’ll have to tune in to hear all about. She’s participating in this year’s O+ Festival with Dronechoir and if you’re interested in joining the Dronechoir, subscribe here to be in touch with Arone.

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner and Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/ She’s got a new release coming out on October 25th so go click on her website!

As well as the songs:

“Derby” by Buke and Gase, Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez

“Define” by Mistresses, Arone Dyer with drummer Ryan Oslance

“SYLLABA” a sonic snippet of Dronechoir from Basilica’s Dronefest in 2018

It’s Over” by Arone Dyer with singers Heather Woods-Broderick and Bethany Meyers, live at People Festival in Berlin 2018

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#87 “Connecting and Restoring” with Artist, Keiko Sono and Restorative Justice Coordinator, Claudia Abbott-Barish

And finally, my interview with Keiko and Claudia! Making my way into Morocco, but thanks to my guests for coming into the studio a few weeks ago to record these amazing conversations for you all to hear.

Today’s first interview is with Keiko Sono, an artist, turned permaculturist and universal basic income supporter. Keiko’s work has “one fundamental goal: to connect us to the world—to other beings, the natural environment, or objects; in present, past or future; in absurdity, wit, or utter beauty.” She uses visual media, video, and text to create events and projects that focus on connections. She and I get to speak about why she left art and how she fell back in love with it, the work that she’s currently doing to connect people to people and people to place, how permaculture principles now shape her life and something she’s very passionate about, universal basic income. You can find all the details on her Catskill Waters Project including links to the Youtube channel and podcast here, https://catskillwaters.org/.

At the midpoint of today’s show, you will hear my interview with Claudia Abbott-Barish, Restorative Justice Coordinator at the Dutchess County Meditation Center. I heard her speaking at a screening for the film Circle Up (thanks for the hot tip Rashida Tyler) and knew I needed to have her as a guest. Claudia has been a natural mediator since childhood and is a community organizer at heart. Her preoccupation with systemically unheard voices in society began while organizing around various issues of environmental, racial and political injustice. Her current focus is on social disciplinary practices and how to shift from punitive and isolating to restorative and collective. She believes in the power of people and the transformative impact of sharing stories and being heard. She is driven by a desire to help create effective alternatives to punishment and incarceration that focus on community healing and understanding, over policies that separate people from their families and support systems. She’s an inspiration to me and a gem of a human being who has immense wisdom to share.

What a gift these two women are. Thanks for listening!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#86 “Women Helping Women” with New Start for Women Program Director, Jordan Scruggs + Grief Coach, Claire Papell’

Writing from Espańa and after a little schedule mixup on my part, sharing the proper episode for today’s show. Don’t worry, Keiko and Claudia are next week, I promise!!! I am so excited to be sharing these interviews that I recorded with these two fabulous women who embody a big theme of this show, Women Helping Women!

My first interview is with Jordan Scruggs, a past guest with an exciting new job at SUNY Ulster as director of the New Start for Women Program. Jordan shares all the details about this program which to me is a great example of how one community is working to help lift up women who so deserve it. Jordan shares the fears and excitement of a career change and the lessons she’s already learning on her new job about the reality of what life can be like for these women. I can’t wait to have the women in the program on the show to hear about their experiences and the sisterhood they are already forming!

Midway through today’s show you’ll hear my chat with Claire Papell, a Grief Coach for Women holding space for women to heal and recover from the loss of a loved one. I was introduced to Claire by friend Amy Short and was so impressed by the meaningfulness of her work that I wanted to have her on as a guest. Claire is an advanced certified yoga teacher and a continuing student of yogic philosophy and spiritual wisdom which she brings into her work. Claire shares about her own past trauma and how it has led her to the work she does in holding space in a world that is often trying to push and pull us into places we are not yet ready to go. Thank you Claire!

Brava ladies!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#86 “Women Helping Women” with New Start for Women Program Director, Jordan Scruggs + Grief Coach, Claire Papell

Writing from Espańa and after a little schedule mixup on my part, sharing the proper episode for today’s show. Don’t worry, Keiko and Claudia are next week, I promise!!! I am so excited to be sharing these interviews that I recorded with these two fabulous women who embody a big theme of this show, Women Helping Women!

My first interview is with Jordan Scruggs, a past guest with an exciting new job at SUNY Ulster as director of the New Start for Women Program. Jordan shares all the details about this program which to me is a great example of how one community is working to help lift up women who so deserve it. Jordan shares the fears and excitement of a career change and the lessons she’s already learning on her new job about the reality of what life can be like for these women. I can’t wait to have the women in the program on the show to hear about their experiences and the sisterhood they are already forming!

Midway through today’s show you’ll hear my chat with Claire Papell, a Grief Coach for Women holding space for women to heal and recover from the loss of a loved one. I was introduced to Claire by friend Amy Short and was so impressed by the meaningfulness of her work that I wanted to have her on as a guest. Claire is an advanced certified yoga teacher and a continuing student of yogic philosophy and spiritual wisdom which she brings into her work. Claire shares about her own past trauma and how it has led her to the work she does in holding space in a world that is often trying to push and pull us into places we are not yet ready to go. Thank you Claire!

Brava ladies!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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“Connecting and Restoring” with Artist, Keiko Sono and Restorative Justice Coordinator, Claudia Abbott-Barish

Hola from Espańa! I’ve jetted off for a few weeks on my big honeymoon, but thanks to my guests for coming into the studio to record these amazing conversations for you all to hear.

Today’s first interview is with Keiko Sono, an artist, turned permaculturist and universal basic income supporter. Keiko’s work has “one fundamental goal: to connect us to the world—to other beings, the natural environment, or objects; in present, past or future; in absurdity, wit, or utter beauty.” She uses visual media, video, and text to create events and projects that focus on connections. She and I get to speak about why she left art and how she fell back in love with it, the work that she’s currently doing to connect people to people and people to place, how permaculture principles now shape her life and something she’s very passionate about, universal basic income. You can find all the details on her Catskill Waters Project including links to the Youtube channel and podcast here, https://catskillwaters.org/.

At the midpoint of today’s show, you will hear my interview with Claudia Abbott-Barish, Restorative Justice Coordinator at the Dutchess County Meditation Center. I heard her speaking at a screening for the film Circle Up (thanks for the hot tip Rashida Tyler) and knew I needed to have her as a guest. Claudia has been a natural mediator since childhood and is a community organizer at heart. Her preoccupation with systemically unheard voices in society began while organizing around various issues of environmental, racial and political injustice. Her current focus is on social disciplinary practices and how to shift from punitive and isolating to restorative and collective. She believes in the power of people and the transformative impact of sharing stories and being heard. She is driven by a desire to help create effective alternatives to punishment and incarceration that focus on community healing and understanding, over policies that separate people from their families and support systems. She’s an inspiration to me and a gem of a human being who has immense wisdom to share.

What a gift these two women are. Thanks for listening!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#85 “Doing Power Differently” Mid-Hudson Misfits Roller Derby + Sarah Urech, Omega

Ooooh, what amazing ladies were on the show today!

First, I welcome three of the Mid-Hudson Misfits Roller Derby team, Farrell Brenner aka Eleanor Bruisevelt, Laura Palermo aka Madame Manatease, and Samantha Willenbucher, still perfecting her roller derby name. We talk about the nuts and bolts of roller derby, why they started skating, how to become a misfit, how it’s changed their lives, and some pretty amazing roller derby metaphors for life in general plus a little about who they are when they’re not skating. They have upcoming local bouts at Skate Time 209 on September 7th and October 5th and one in Troy on November 23rd. A portion of the proceeds supports local charities…plus you can join the skating party after the bout with special guest DJ’s!

In the second half of today’s show, I have the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Urech, Acting Director of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center about their upcoming Women & Power Conference: Gathering Our Strength coming up at the end of this month, September 27-29th at the beautiful Omega campus in Rhinebeck, NY. This year the conference features speakers Elizabeth Lesser, Tarana Burke, Roxane Gay and many more. It’s not too late to join or to tune in to the year-round happenings and online sessions from the OWLC. Sarah shares personally about how she got the the Hudson Valley via her performance work at the Hudson River Playback Theatre and how that led to her work at Omega. We also get to talk about how to #DoPowerDifferently and how Sarah’s work in Playback Theater has helped her to become a better listener. Watch Sarah speak about the practice of listening as an important step in human evolution.

Plus self care thoughts and practices from all of today’s quests! Until next week, love yourself and uplift one another!

Today’s show was engineered by Ben Benton of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#84 “Living Cooperatively” Evelyn Wright, Commonwealth HV and Julia Farr, Kingston Land Trust

Today I have a special guest host, MY MOM! In town for my big nuptials happening this weekend. We’re talking commons and cooperatives, economic democracy and sustainability with special guests Evelyn Wright founder of Commonwealth Hudson Valley and Julia Farr, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. The website of Commonwealth HV perfectly sums up the importance of the work these women do, "Economic stagnation and the impending climate crisis have provoked a global flowering of interest and activity in developing innovative, community-driven ways to address income and wealth inequality, meet people’s needs, and build more stable, just communities. Communities are using a growing toolbox of strategies including cooperatives, community land trusts, non-extractive financing, and collaborative processes to create good, locally rooted jobs, democratize community wealth, and rebuild local commons. Cities and regions are supporting these efforts by creating support ecosystems, mobilizing anchor purchasing, and building grassroots incubators." Both of these ladies are spearheading this type of transformation in our community, and we hope it inspires you to be more cooperatively wherever you are.

Today’s show was engineered by Ben Benton of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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