267 Dedicated to the Women in My Life

Today I take a trip down memory lane to honor and recognize some of the women I’ve been close to in my life who have shaped me and my life in some way. During Women’s History Month we tend to focus on the famous or unrecognized female “pioneers,” but a big theme in this show is that “women’s work” is so often undervalued and not rewarded in the same way as most “achievements” are celebrated. This show is me thanking all of the women in my life regardless of “achievement.” Your existence is enough! I couldn’t name and appreciate all of them and could have shared even more than I did about those I did recognize, but it’s a start of a practice that I hope to engage with more regularly. Here are the ones I celebrated on today’s show. My Great-Grandmother Viola Dietrich, Grandmother Shirley Cirillo, Grandmother Dorothy Widmann, Mom Sandra Widmann, Aunt and God-Mother Dawn Scarce, Sister Angela Widmann, first friend Stefanie Mulby (Rice), close pals from elementary, middle and high school Jodi Roberts (Finzel), Pamela Toshner (Stubbe) and Ann Casamassa, college Stephanie Berry (Sweeney) and Mary Lindsley, law school Karen O’Keeffe, Sandy Steinman and Jane Sigda, the Squirrels Joyce Manalo, Tiziana Agnello, Emily Furr and Belinda Downey, first Hudson Valley friend Sara Schneller and then a few of the many amazing women in the Hudson Valley who I am so grateful to call friends, Shana Falana, Neslihan Ulus Lord and Tarah Gay. Special shout outs to Tara Sanders for inspiring this show (and being a most amazing friend), Melissa Morse for being on “my team” in elementary school, Rita Bolla Lapinel, Shawn Harrison, Sarah Carlson, Carla Rozman and Marielena Ferrer who’ve been especially present in the past few years. There are so many who I can think of writing this who I left out like Erin Widmann (Kujawa) duh!, Holly Egan Arnold, Tracy Bettenhausen Jennings, Wendy Wein White, Melissa Walkowiak, Brandie Tetzlaff (McPherson), Claudia Beck (Giesie), Angela Hamilton (Stubbe), Connie DeBie-Bailey, Kathy Obler (Ben’s Mom), and of course my nieces! There are others. I don’t know how to end it. I feel like making an art project to honor them all. I love each of you and thank you for being a part of my long and winding life.

Here’s the playlist I mentioned for those interested in hearing more of the songs that got me through college and beyond.

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266 Martha Frankel “On Writing and Woodstock Bookfest”

Today’s guest, Martha Frankel, needs little introduction.

Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, believes reading and writing are central to our inner lives. Long ago Martha’s real life surpassed even her wildest stories. Her writing career started at the original Details magazine with her column on plastic surgery, called Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for Details other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and Redbook. Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling and her own later addiction to online gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group). Martha’s work has appeared in magazines as diverse as the original DETAILS, The New Yorker, Fashions of the New York Times, Japanese Vogue and German Men’s Vogue, The Goodguys Gazette, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Movieline’s Hollywood Life. She has been an on-air contributor to VH1′s Sexiest Movie Moments, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition. She is a winner of a NYFFA Award in creative nonfiction, a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, was named the 1997 Philip Morris Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and taught a memoir class as the 2003 Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Ulster.

She writes, teaches and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, the artist Steve Heller.

Woodstock Bookfest happens March 30-April 2 in Woodstock, NY.

Martha shares the stories of how she learned to love books, writing and the telling of stories. Listening to her speak about her life and it’s many adventures, she sounds fearless, but she shares how that’s not necessarily true. Martha shares generously her advice to aspiring writers as well as some of the non-writing bits of her life.

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265 “The Art of Living” with Isabel Cotarelo and Marielena Ferrer

On this month’s installment of Spirituality and Politics, Marelena Ferrer and I are joined by Isabel Cotarelo, an artist who’s life experiences express through her work. “The need to modify the contiguous space and the objects in it has always emanated as an irresistible force. The experiences that I have had throughout my life have changed the output of that force. As a Latina growing up in a matriarchal family, the useful craft making process and cooking that bonded members and generated stories and guidance are now part of my story and a repository from where I can launch a new re-invention of self.”

​Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and living and working in Kingston, NY, Isabel studied Fine Art and Counseling, has received numerous grants and awards and exhibited internationally since 1983.

She co-curated the exhibit at the Arts Society of Kingston featuring women from around the globe to Celebrate “HERstory.”

Our conversation weaves through the experiences of being a woman, being raised in a matriarchal family, the importance of spaces for women and Isabel’s own HERstory.

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264 Art and HERstory with Viktorsha Uliyanova and Marielena Ferrer

Today I am joined by Viktorsha and Marielena, two participating artists in ASK’s “HERstory” exhibit showing all month in Kingston, NY. Closing ceremony is on March 25th from 3-5pm. We talk about their work, migration, trauma and celebrating women!

Viktorsha Uliyanova is a New York artist whose photographic, fiber and installation works investigate loss, cultural identity and trauma narrated through the prism of memory. Uliyanova’s practice is informed by her upbringing in the Soviet Union, political repression and the immigrant experience. Although her work is grounded in analog photography, her practice often consists of dialogues between different materials including fabric, video and found objects.Through working with cloth and multimedia installations, Uliyanova registers unrecorded traumatic memories that exist outside of historical archive into physical spaces and form. By working with different textures and alternative processes, she points to what has been hidden or lost and makes it visible.

Uliyanova received her BA in English from Hunter College in New York and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography and Related Media at State University of New Paltz. Her photographs have been featured in publications including Atlas Obscura, Business Insider, Float Magazine, InStyle Russia, Curated by Girls, Susie Magazine. Uliyanova’s work has been exhibited at a number of national and international venues including, Lorimoto Gallery in New York, Participant Inc. New York, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art , 8 Ball Zine at MOMA PS1, Das Gift in Berlin, Collarworks in Troy, among others. Her work has been supported by a number of grants including DiPalo-Williams grant,David Lavallee Grant, Sojourner Truth Fellowship and Research for Creative Projects grant. Uliyanova has taught many workshops over the years and is currently an Instructor of Record at SUNY New Paltz.

Marielena Ferrer, my monthly co-host of Politics and Spirituality on I want what SHE has, is an artist and the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization, Chair of the Athena Network New York — a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process, a board member of the Family of Woodstock, a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and Kingston’s City Arts Commission.

Marielena is also showing her Broken Monarch’s exhibit at SUNY Ulster March 10th-April 14th.

Here’s Tanaaz’s Moon Report and Cory Nakusue’s show the Cosmic Dispatch.

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