#199 Francine Glasser “Shards of Glass: A Kaleidoscopic Life’s Memoir”

Francine Glasser is a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist who recently published a memoir, “Shards of Glass: A Kaleidoscopic Life’s Memoir,” about her experiences as a child and how she took a path to healing from her difficult experiences.

A bit about her book: Because her family constantly had to flee the repercussions of her father’s gambling addiction, Francine Glasser was consigned to a childhood devoid of connection and marked by loss after loss of everything she cherished. Friends, relatives, pets, and possessions were left behind each time her family ran from debt collectors, sometimes in the middle of the night, and left town for yet another hopeless new start. For Francine, painful memories of those rootless years were like the fragments of color, light, and darkness in a kaleidoscope. But years later, clinging to her love for the father responsible for her lost childhood, those shards of glass would reorganize into patterns of forgiveness, stability, beauty, and peace.

This book was conceived long ago, because Francine had always wanted to tell the story of her search for a forever home. Years later, as a practicing psychotherapist and social worker her life was invested in hearing the stories and traumas of those whom she counseled and helped make peace with their past. In this book, Francine has sought to make peace with her own past by introducing readers to all the important people, places, and things in her life on the run. Today, she is home at last, yet struggling with symptoms of Agoraphobia. The pieces of a child’s shattered life, as seen through the metaphor of a kaleidoscope, have finally come together to complete this part of her story.

Here’s Francine’s beautiful reading at the Greenkill Gallery, complete with some of the images from her past that she references.

In the first half of the show, I share some thoughts about private/public, productive/non-productive time inspired by a conference on Hannah Arendt, and read from an interview by past guest JoAnn Stevelos which explores subjects like addiction and depression. Here’s JoAnn’s full interview.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda of Radio Kingston, www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/ and here’s the playlist of songs listened to in the first hour for which I do not have a legal right to!

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#198 June Millington “From Fanny to Institute for Musical Arts”

Today I have the ultimate honor to share my conversation with June Millington, a Filipino American guitarist, songwriter, producer, educator, actress and writer. She was the co-founder and lead guitarist of the all-female rock band Fanny, which was active from 1970 to 1974. After leaving the band, June went in pursuit of her spiritual path, continued to make music, collaborate, act, write and is the co-founder and artistic director of the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) aka the “Magical Queendom” in Goshen, Massachusetts.

The Institute for the Musical Arts was co-founded with partner Ann Hackler in Northern California in 1986 and received its nonprofit status in 1987.  It operated its studio and programs from Bodega, California’s historic Old Creamery until 2001 when property was purchased in Western Massachusetts for a permanent facility. The institute’s nonprofit mission is to support women and girls in music and music-related businesses.  Rooted in the legacy of progressive equal rights movements, IMA’s development is guided by the visions, needs and concerns of women from a diversity of backgrounds and has grown from the need to nourish ourselves and each other. In addition to its summer programs for girls, IMA offers concerts and workshops year-round in support of its nonprofit mission which, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.

Today June shares about how they are supporting girls at IMA, leaving Fanny, feminism, foremothers, Buddhism, cancer, life lessons and what’s she’s got on the horizon.

Here are the important links for you! IMA and their Summer Programs. Memoir, Land of a Thousand Bridges. And if you want more of the  Fanny story, you can check out where to stream Fanny: The Right to Rock.

You can support IMA by joining in their upcoming November 20th and 27th events, both of which will be livestreamed! And stay tuned for June’s upcoming release, “Snapshots.”

You can check out June’s TEDxTalk, “Rocking the Boat: How Playing Like a Girl Can Change the World.”

Linking here also to Ann Hackler’s TEDx Talk, “Leading from the Kitchen.”

And finally the Go Fund Me for Jean Millington, June’s sister.

Here’s the Full Moon report I read from!

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#197 Marielena Ferrer “Spirituality and Politics – Compassion and Anger”

It’s the return of Marielena Ferrer and our monthly conversation inspired by Espiritualidad y Politica, which ponders ideas related to society’s relationship with money, cultural integration, sustainable development, and participation in public life. The overarching message is that it is possible and necessary to marry the art of living (spirituality) with the art of coexisting (politics) to achieve peace. We talk about the practical implications of this and other related topics. Today we discuss how politics has become a team sport, return to our conversation about compassion, and then dip into the point and purpose of anger and how it it seems to be more socially accepted, even revered, if displayed by a man vs. a woman.

Mariaelena is an artist and the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization.

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#196 Shulamit Elson “Grief and Sound Healing”

Today I have the honor of speaking with Shulamit Elson, and we begin the show hearing about her experience in losing her daughter to leukemia just over a year ago and how she moved through the tremendous grief of this experience. This flows into a conversation about Shulamit’s own journey into finding her soul’s purpose and the healing sounds that form the basis of her work today.  She is the creator of MediSounds Meditation, and the Director of MediSounds, as well as the founder of The Great Octave Foundation. She has taught MediSounds Meditation and vocal sound-based mindfulness practices worldwide, in places as diverse as Esalen and Omega Institutes, Tibet House in NYC, meditation workshops in Andalusia, Spain and Oxford, England, the Sri Auribindo Auroville community in India, and in Israel. Under the auspices of The Great Octave Foundation, her activities have included work throughout Israel during a particularly fraught time of conflict in 2002,  HIV positive men and women in Mexico City, and returning Iraq war veterans. In 2001 Shulamit was honored to give the keynote address in Washington, DC to introduce US Congressional Bill H. R. 808 to create a Cabinet Level Department of Peace.

Prior to creating MediSounds Meditation, Shulamit had a 20-year career in business consulting and investment banking. Her positions included Manager of Training and Development at Sandoz Inc. and Director of Organizational Communications at the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton. As President of her own independent consulting firm, Shulamit advised on issues of communication and organizational development at such corporations as Ford Motor Company, United States Lines, Nabisco Brands, and Irving Trust.

Shulamit is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Kabbalah of Prayer ~Sacred Sounds and the Soul’s Journey, and the creator of the newly-released CD MediSounds ~ The Path to Wholeness; as well as Beyond Words ~ Sacred Sounds of the Tree of Life; as well as Vibration ~ Shulamit and the Drepung Gomang Buddhist Monks.

P.S. at the end of the show I append my weekly “pre-show” banter with Warren and Manuel who share with me thoughts about being a people pleaser!

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