#146 Tamika Dunkley of “Seasoned Delicious”

Tamika Dunkley is the CEO of Seasoned Delicious Foods, a Registered Nurse for over a decade specializing in cardiac critical care, a dietitian, a Member of Saugerties Police Reform and Reinvention Committee and a Board Member of Harambee as well as Seasoned Gives. Seasoned Delicious is a dynamic Gourmet Foods Company located in the Hudson Valley, formed in 2016 with the goal to provide a range of delectable, health-based food products. In September of this year, they opened up the SDF cafe in Kingston.

Today we dig into sooooo many things! Being a nurse during COVID, opening a business during COVID, being a mom, wife, business partner, business owner, mentor, board member and board member and… the list goes on. Tamika shares some valuable information on what it’s like to run a food production business and how they grew organically into having their own cafe and store. As a member of the Police Reform and Reinvention Committee, Tamika shares some valuable insight into why these initiatives are not only important, but necessary. Of course we also check in on self care and how she really does it all and still has a welcoming smile on her face! Some things to note in particular: they are looking for mentors for their Seasoned Gives business mentoring program, and they also have a support your neighbor program at the cafe where you can pay it forward if you’ve got it. So much goodness!

Here’s a link to the Guided Chakra Meditation I mentioned at the end of the show. Let me know how you like it!

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#145 Perla Ayora and Martha Preve Ayora of “No me Digas!”

Today I get to speak with two creative latinas, Perla and Martha. They’ve collaborated together on several projects including this short, OFF OFF OFF OFF Broadway, and their new radio show “No me Digas” on Radio Kingston.

Martha Lorena Preve Ayora @martha_preve one half of the dynamic duo behind No Me Digas on Radio Kingston. She is a Mexican theater and film actress, writer, director and producer. She is the co-founder of Something from Abroad  @somethingfromabroad an Indie theater company based in NYC. Originally from the Yucatan Peninsula, Martha loves creating art that mixes English and Spanish and combines her Mexican traditions and culture with American characters. Martha has also been working as a Stage Manager OFF BROADWAY. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and watching as much dark comedy as she can!

Perla’s back! As the other half of the creative team behind “No Me Digas” on @radiokingstonny and frequent collaborator with her cuz Martha, she’s been busy since February when she was last on the show to talk about her stand up comedy. Soooo much has happened, or not happened since then, but cleary Perla’s making the most of it while stand-up is on hold. As a stand-up comedian @perla_ayora enjoys writing songs, poems, essays, and… jokes. As a member of the Radio Kingston tech team, if you’ve ever been to one of their supported events, you’ve likely seen her dancing between wires, framing cameras, or setting up a stage with complex technical sound design. Originally from Yucatan, Mexico, Perla now lives in Kingston with her hubby and two children.

No me Digas” Is a bilingual show about top news and contemporary events, hosted by two latina comedy writers, Martha Preve Ayora and me, Perla Ayora. We will make you think and laugh at the same time. It’s fun and informative, informativo y divertido. Irreverent and unapologetic, sorry, maybe just irreverent. This show will promise to exceed your expectations as long as they are very low. Tune in and if you support diversity share this show with the people you like, if not, share it with the people you don’t like. There is a lot of division in this world, we hope at least we can laugh together. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Spanish, you will end up yelling “¡No Me Digas!”

Here’s the collage class I was talking about with past guest Mel Toth.

Here’s the article I referenced on 3-Minute Commitments!

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#144 Hope and Healing with Reiki Master Lorry Salluzzi

Seems like a good day to focus on hope and healing. Allow me to introduce Lorry Salluzzi who is a stress management therapist, Lupus survivor, psychic medium, Reiki master, healer and teacher. She was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus in 1988 when her doctor could not be sure she would live through the night. Medications saved her, but she was not getting any better. Through the practice of Reiki and Guided Imagery Meditation, she achieved full remission 2 years later and has had no evidence of the disease since 1990. Her doctor still sends her patients as do many other practitioners in the allopathic and holistic fields. She has had success with many chronic health challenges such as cancer, depression, pain, migraine, Lupus, chronic fatigue, Epstein-Barr, etc. Lorry believes that Reiki and Meditation will change your life in a positive way by managing stress before a disease can occur. And the amazing thing is Reiki is something you can do for yourself whenever you need a little love!

I think it’s important to mention that Lorry’s story is not meant to imply that if you are suffering from some illness that it’s your fault, that you haven’t done enough. Some things are just simply out of your control. Her story and her work is meant to empower you to take positive steps for your own wellbeing if that’s something that resonates with you. Tune in to hear Lorry’s wild journey into Reiki and be inspired into hope for whatever it is you’re needing to call into your life.

Here’s a direct link to Lorry’s offerings on her Patreon page.

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#143 Beth Bengtson is Working for Women

Beth Bengtson believes that real change happens when business talent supports non-profit missions, when women achieve economic independence, and personal passion meets organizational focus! She started WorkingForWomen (W4W) to provide a new operating structure that taps into all these pillars.

She learned the power of purpose-driven business practices through years of education and professional experience. She has an MBA from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a BS in management from Penn State University; and is certified in empowerment design and facilitation through the Empowerment Institute. She has spent 20 years in leadership roles on the agency side and in-house at organizations large and small, facilitating change through communications internally and externally. Her focus is on helping organizations evolve and be purpose-driven.

Her work is strengthened by an energetic family – two adolescent boys, two dogs, and her husband – biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Any remaining free time is spent with friends or alone in nature.

Beth says the key to success is taking baby steps toward your goals each day.

Today we talk about how she’s fared personally during the pandemic, the state of women’s issues/work and funding, what she’s up to at W4W and taking care of our shared outdoor spaces. You can learn more about and make a donation to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust here.

Here’s the info for Raising Hope’s Fundraiser, Thursday, October 29th, 7-8pm.

Here’s the info for Seasoned Gives Domestic Violence Awareness Yoga with Tara Sanders, Saturday, October 31st, 12-1pm.

And here’s a link to my Full Moon Manifestation Zoom class on Friday, October 30th, 10am.

Want to explore Samhain, here’s a place to start!

Several other articles that were mentioned can be found here:

The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll on Women

Female Doctors Spend More Time and Earn Less

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#143 Beth Bengston is Working for Women

Beth Bengtson believes that real change happens when business talent supports non-profit missions, when women achieve economic independence, and personal passion meets organizational focus! She started WorkingForWomen (W4W) to provide a new operating structure that taps into all these pillars.

She learned the power of purpose-driven business practices through years of education and professional experience. She has an MBA from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a BS in management from Penn State University; and is certified in empowerment design and facilitation through the Empowerment Institute. She has spent 20 years in leadership roles on the agency side and in-house at organizations large and small, facilitating change through communications internally and externally. Her focus is on helping organizations evolve and be purpose-driven.

Her work is strengthened by an energetic family – two adolescent boys, two dogs, and her husband – biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Any remaining free time is spent with friends or alone in nature.

Beth says the key to success is taking baby steps toward your goals each day.

Today we talk about how she’s fared personally during the pandemic, the state of women’s issues/work and funding, what she’s up to at W4W and taking care of our shared outdoor spaces. You can learn more about and make a donation to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust here.

Here’s the info for Raising Hope’s Fundraiser, Thursday, October 29th, 7-8pm.

Here’s the info for Seasoned Gives Domestic Violence Awareness Yoga with Tara Sanders, Saturday, October 31st, 12-1pm.

And here’s a link to my Full Moon Manifestation Zoom class on Friday, October 30th, 10am.

Want to explore Samhain, here’s a place to start!

Several other articles that were mentioned can be found here:

The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll on Women

Female Doctors Spend More Time and Earn Less

Today’s show was engineered by Nick Panken of Freedom Highway on Radio Kingston.

Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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#142 Gemma Calinda “Caring Majority Rising”

Gemma Calinda is an Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities who is currently working as a field organizer for Caring Majority Rising, a political movement of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, and domestic and home care workers. At the age of 16, Gemma was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis in the midst of a flourishing athletic career. She is currently confined to a wheelchair, and her mobility is limited. In addition, the multiple sclerosis has caused her to be legally blind. Even with all of the adversity M.S. has dealt Gemma, she has a Masters in Business and remains courageous, hopeful and an inspiration to all.

Today, Gemma shares her “Care Story,” talks to us about MS and what it does to your body, how it started for her and the challenges she’s faced since her diagnosis. 

Then we jump into why she’s working for Caring Majority Rising, what they do and how you can get involved! Tonight they’re hosting a fundraiser, but you can always get involved and volunteer by reaching out via their website

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#141 Barbara Sarah “Circle of Friends for the Dying”

83 years young, Barbara Sarah, has brought a lot of goodness to the world and shows no signs of slowing down. Following a breast cancer diagnosis in 1992, she left a 20-year career as a school social worker on Long Island and chose to dedicate herself to work in oncology. Founder of the Oncology Support Program at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NY State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the NY State Governor’s Award for Innovation in Breast Cancer Education. She’s a Co-founder of Circle of Friends for the Dying, which both sponsors “death cafés,” which consist of people sitting around talking about living, death and dying, and is in the process of renovating a Home for the Dying as an alternative to the hospital or a nursing home. For 25 years she has been an instructor of Morita and Naikan therapies, Buddhist-based strategies for mental wellness. She’s one of the organizers of Calling Our Ancestors, an event taking place in Academy Green Park in Kingston on October 25th from 2-4pm with ritual, drum, calling in the ancestors, sharing and dear Barbara will be leading the group in song, “We Will Meet Again.”

We talk about growing up during WWII, singing to raise money for war bonds, theater, social work, cancer, death and her Japanese practices that regularly help her stay in a place of gratitude and living each day to her fullest. She’s a joy and a force, and I hope you enjoy getting to meet her through our conversation!

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#140 Leslie Woodward “Edenesque Nutmilks”

Chef Leslie Woodward, CEO/Creator of Edenesque, has been passionate about clean eating, local and seasonal foods for over 20 years.  Her belief is that most diseases are connected and caused by the foods we eat or do not eat.  As a student of Holistic Nutrition, Leslie worked with individuals to support their healing using food and training those clients to use proper cooking techniques.  Leslie wanted to understand nutritional diseases in communities of color and begin to unpack the common arguments that are claimed to be the causes for such high diagnosis of nutrient deficient diseases within said communities.

Then, while going to the grocery store, Leslie recognized that the products that filled our grocery shelves were filled with ‘stuff’ – fillers, additives, preservatives…stuff that is not nutritionally supportive for our bodies.  Meanwhile, people are suffering and dying from nutrition related diseases and having to rely on prescription drugs for sustained wellness.  One could argue, that due to the lack of clean and wholesome foods in many areas of our country, notwithstanding, food deserts, public health in our country is at crisis.

Leslie’s dream was a bit idealistic and altruistic but she wanted to figure out a way to holistically serve her community by using her culinary talent.  Guided by these main principles – first, create clean food and produce food items that will strengthen and support our bodies.  Next, create a company that will be supportive and provide opportunities to those that are institutionally underserved in our community.  With these guiding principles, Edenesque was created.

Today we get to talk about all this plus how she takes care of herself despite having a full time job and running her up and coming business.

If you are interested in the event this weekend you can stay tuned to the Facebook Event here or if you’re not on Facebook, the event is on the calendar here and will be updated if we need to move it or cancel.

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#139 Helen Zuman “Mating in Captivity”

After some short technical difficulties, I finally connected with today’s guest, Helen Zuman, a tree-hugging dirt worshipper devoted to turning waste into food and the stinky guck of experience into fertile, fragrant prose. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and a Half-FA in memoir from Hunter College. Raised in Brooklyn, she lives with her husband in Beacon, NY and Black Mountain, NC.

She is the author of Mating in Captivity (She Writes Press 2018), a memoir of her five years, post-Harvard, in a cult with a radical take on sex and relationships. Mating in Captivity received a starred review from Kirkus, was named a Kirkus Best Indie Memoir of 2018, was a finalist in Creative Nonfiction for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses’ 2019 Firecracker Award, and was both first runner-up in memoir and a finalist for First Horizon and Grand Prize honors in the 2020 Eric Hoffer Awards. Other work has appeared in The New Farmers Almanac, in Communities and Livelihood magazines, and on the Foundation for Intentional Community’s website (ic.org). 

Mating in Captivity: When recent Harvard grad Helen Zuman moved to Zendik Farm in 1999, she was thrilled to discover that the Zendiks used go-betweens to arrange sexual assignations, or “dates,” in cozy shacks just big enough for a double bed and a nightstand. Here, it seemed, she could learn an honest version of the mating dance – and form a union free of “Deathculture” lies. No one spoke the truth: Arol, the Farm’s matriarch, crushed any love that threatened her hold on her followers’ hearts. An intimate look at a transformative cult journey, Mating in Captivity shows how stories can trap us and free us, how miracles rise out of crisis, how coercion feeds on forsaken self-trust.

In addition to cults, we also talk about the journey to trust oneself, the “infinite growth myth,” gift circles, her connection to a well balanced eco-village that is doing intentional living well and how she takes care of herself (no social media!). I can personally highly recommend her book even for those not remotely curious about how one gets pulled into a cult. It’s extremely well written and uniquely empowering to hear some of the more difficult details of her story.

Looking for an intentional community or wondering about the health of one you’re currently in? Helen’s article may be of help to you. And if you do have friends, family or loved ones you fear are wrapped up in a cult, eh hm, political party, then Helen recommends some resources written by therapist and cult expert Steven Hassan. You can tune in to hear the best thing Helen’s Mom did easing her exit from the cult mind-control.

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#138 “Naturalist and Educator” Susan Hereth and Honoring the life of RBG

Susan Hereth is the Education Director at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. Susan holds a BA in geography from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in education from University of Albany.  Susan’s strengths are in development and implementation of experiential learning opportunities for students of all ages as well as professional development workshops for educators. At the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, Susan’s role is to create, enrich, and supervise the youth development program which is focused on teen employment and learning using urban farming,  place based projects, the local environment, cooking, and social justice as the context for skill and job development.  She is the former Education Coordinator at Scenic Hudson and Education Director at Hudson Valley Seed. In 2010 she received the highest recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency given to the public- an Environmental Quality Award. Susan is a certified Master Naturalist through Cornell University. Susan was the volunteer Chair of the Environmental Literacy Committee for the New York State Outdoor Education Association as well as co-chair for annual conferences in 2009, 2011 and 2015. She received the NYSOEA Service Award in 2009. Susan served as an advisor and resource for Teaching the Hudson Valley. Susan loves to explore vernal pools, count glass eels, and she is the steward of multiple bee hives.  She can be reached at susan@kingstonymcafarmproject.org.

Follow the work of the Kingston YMCA Farm Project:  Facebook  @Kingtson YMCA Farm Project or Instagram at @yfarmkingston

The Youth Crew at the YMCA Farm Project made a new video called, ”Truth Talk.” The premiere will be launched on You Tube at 7pm on Friday Sept 25, and be public after that. They have an event created on Facebook where they will post the link.

“Truth Talk” – content was written by the teens based on their antiracist work this summer. Directed, filmed, and edited by Alonzo “AJ” Jordan Jr..

The Summer Youth Crew worked on antiracist learning and action this summer. They read Stamped Remix, painted a Say Their Names utility box mural on Schwenk Drive, discussed and reflected on all they were learning, had guest speakers share their experiences, and teamed up with local florists and artists to share the Say Their Names Memorial along the fence at the greenhouse and farm. Visit the Memorial on Saturday Sept 26 or Sunday Sept 27, 12-5pm, for an opportunity to have a tour or ask questions of youth crew members.

In the second half of the show I pay homage to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a little help from Ruth herself, March Gallagher, Ruth Ungar and more.

Here is the information on this Sunday’s Healing event taking place at Academy Green Park in Kingston from 3-5pm. Come any time and stay as long or short as you’d like!

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