#204 Sari Botton and Carolita Johnson “Oldster Magazine”

It’s the return of Sari Botton and Carolita Johnson who were last guests on the same show back in April 2018!

Sari Botton is a writer, editor and teacher living in Kingston, NY. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY and its New York Times-Bestselling follow-up, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY. Sari publishes three newsletters: her newest endeavor Oldster Magazine, as well as Adventures in “Journalism,” and Memoir Monday. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesNew York Magazine, the Village VoiceHarper’s BazaarMarie ClaireMore, and the Rumpus, plus other publications and anthologies. She is a contributing editor and leads essay writing and anthology editing at Catapult and is an adjunct in the MFA program at Bay Path University. Her memoir-in-essays, And You May Find Yourself… will be published by Heliotrope in June, 2022. Sari is the former Essays Editor for Longreads and hopes to one day reopen her co-working space for writers, Kingston Writers’ Studio.

Carolita Johnson is a cartoonist and illustrator from NYC. She spent 13 years in Paris, France, after graduating from Parson’s School of Design with a degree in Fashion Design. In Paris, she earned a masters degree in Modern Letters and Linguistics, and got some (admittedly very idiosyncratic) chops in pre-doctoral Medieval Anthropology, which turned out to be a gateway drug to cartoons and illustration. Her cartoons appear in the new yorker magazine, and in the books: the rejection collection 1, and the rejection collection 2, and sex and sensibility, and she’s illustrated the books the new vampire’s handbook, and women on food. Carolita is also a writer who has contributed to https://longreads.com/author/carolita/, has an essay in the 2021 reprint of Sari Botton’s, goodbye to all that as well as a recent piece in Oldster Magazine on the inner workings of a woman’s body.

We start out by checking in with what’s new with these two since they were last on the show, and then get into a thought provoking conversation based in the essence of Oldster Mag, “perspectives on the joys and frustrations on getting older – at any stage of life.” This means we talk about the aging woman’s body, how it’s largely ignored by the medical industry, ageism, how these two feel about being 56, what’s good about it and what’s not so good about it. Plus they make some reading recommendations that I’ve already started on myself!

Here’s a link to the 10% Happier Podcast I mentioned about ending polarization and the “I, We, I” curve that we can all work to shift.

Here’s a link to the Joan Didion essay, “Goodbye to All That.

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#203 The Caring Majority and Herstorical Female Figures

Today I start out the show talking about Fair Pay for Home Care and the work of the Caring Majority Rising. They do such important work to raise awareness of the unfair labor practices for home care workers and also the impact the shortage of these workers has on those who need the care. There’s a big push here in NY State to increase their wages amongst other initiatives, and I am asking you to help support them!

Here’s the latest and greatest for ways you can get involved!

  • Call Governor Hochul! And let us know how your call goes! 
    • Dial: 518-474-8390
    • Sample Script: Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m reaching out to ask Governor Hochul to include Fair Pay for Home Care (S5374/A6329) in next year’s Executive budget! Fair Pay 4 Home Care is important to me because [XXXX]. Because NY pays poverty wages to home care workers, our state is the epicenter of a home care workforce shortage–forcing disabled people and older adults into nursing homes because they can’t recruit the workers they need to live at home.  Can we count on Gov Hochul to invest in women by including Fair Pay 4 Home Care in the executive budget? Thank you! 
    • Let us know how your call went here!     
  • It’s never too late to call, tweet and write letters to the Governor and Assembly and Senate leaders about Fair Pay! Here is our action toolkitIf you are getting together with your family or friends over the holidays, get them involved too! And send a message to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins asking them to pass the proposed legislation to increase wages to 150% of minimum wage.
  • Tues, Dec 21 at 5PM: End-of-Year Hudson Valley Regional Meeting! If you’re based in the Hudson Valley, we have an end-of-year celebratory meeting on ZOOM. RSVP here!
  • Tues, Dec 21 at 6PM: Phone banking Arizona and West Virginia voters for Build Back Better! Billions in federal funding for home care are still on the line in Build Back Better. It is currently held up in the US Senate by Senator Manchin and Sinema. On Tuesday next week we are joining our partners at 1199 SEIU to phone bank voters in Arizona and West Virginia, asking for them to call Manchin and Sinema to urge them to move forward with Build Back Better. RSVP here.
  • Monday, Jan 3 from 6-8PM: Phone banking for Fair Pay! We will kick off the new year by calling our most active leaders and inviting them to join us for crucial actions coming up in January. This is the best kind of phone-banking, you won’t want to miss! RSVP here.
  • Wed, Jan 5, TIME TBA: State of The State Watch Party! The Governor will be giving her State of The State address highlighting her priorities for New York and we want to be there together on ZOOM to witness and respond. As soon as we know the exact time, we will let you know! This will be in place of our usual 1st Wednesday meeting!
  • Wed, Jan 12 at [5:30]PM: Virtual Training on the In’s and Outs of the Budget with Advocacy Institute! As we head into an intense budget season, we have a very special training from budget expert David Ng from the Advocacy Institute. RSVP here.

OK, for the rest of the show I read from one of my favorite women who definitely has what I want in so many ways.  Maria Popova‘s lengthy yet delightful Figuring highlights the life and work of several truly inspiring women. If you like what you hear, then you should definitely pick it up for some perfect Winter hibernation reading.

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#202 “Spirituality and Politics” with Marielena Ferrer

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 human nature and the spirit, energy and matter, and separateness and oneness.

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

Here’s the information on the Holistic Health Community.

Here’s the Full Moon Report I read from, and here’s the link to register for my Full Moon Virtual Circle with meditation and journaling.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda of Radio Kingston.

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#201 Isis Benitez “I’m Worthy”

On today’s show I share my very real conversation with Isis Benitez, a 22 year old woman who is struggling with loving her body for how it looks. She has struggled time and time again with thinking that she is “fat” (a term she uses). Benitez’s biggest struggle is when she tries to love herself so much but thinks her stomach is the problem. She sees herself as being a big girl, and therefore she made the Instagram account called @_im.worthy_ to help her in this process. She wants to be able to be her 100% authentic self and not be ashamed of her body. With the body image struggle, Benitez also struggles with the fear of saying “No” to others and letting other people down. A lot of this has to do with how society sees Women in America and the expectations and pressure to have to look and act a certain way. Now Isis Benitez is able to speak out on what is truly affecting her with loving herself and loving being a woman.

Here’s the info on Circle Creative Collective’s “Holiday Makers Market.”

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

Plus here’s the playlist of songs for those of you who are listening on the pod.

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