309 Nancy Furstinger “Catskill Creatures”

Nancy Furstinger is the author of nearly 100 books, including many on her favorite topic: animals! She started her writing career in third grade, when her class performed a play she wrote while recovering from chicken pox. Since then, Nancy has been a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a managing editor of trade and consumer magazines, and an editor at two children’s book publishing houses. She shares her home and heart with her partner, big dogs, house rabbits, and a chinchilla (all rescued), and volunteers and fosters pets for several animal organizations. Nancy has been speaking up for animals since she learned to talk, and she hasn’t shut up yet! Please adopt, don’t shop.

She is the author of CATSKILL CREATURES, a lovely full color children’s book offering readers of all ages a fresh and informative introduction to the Catskill area’s native fauna. This book asks, are you curious about the amazing Catskill creatures sharing your back yard? Your wild neighbors star in nature’s outdoor theater, where exciting drama changes with the seasons. Catskill Creatures spotlights fifteen species of wildlife with intriguing facts and dramatic illustrations. Inside these pages you will discover: Who isn’t scared of the skunks stinky spray? What warty secret weapon protects toads? Where prime raccoon real estate is located? When black bears head into their winter dens? Why the little brown bat is nature’s original bug zapper?

A self proclaimed “animal nut,” Nancy shares heartfelt and inspiring stories of animals that she’s written about over the years. As someone who’s life is rooted in compassion, she gives us a glimpse into the local shelter scene and ways you can help take care of our animal friends. As a life long writer, our conversation also touches on how her career has evolved over the years and advice she has for aspiring writers.

She’ll be at the Poughkeepsie Children’s Book Festival on March 30th and loves visiting and reading at schools and libraries, so get in touch with her directly if you’d like her to visit you!

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature in its beauty.

—Albert Einstein

Here’s this week’s Full Moon Report!

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#281 Freedom and Interdependence with Theresa

Happy Interdependence Day, almost. Celebrating the 4th holiday in my usual way, of reflecting on ways we can remember what freedom and independence is always about, and adding a new twist to thinking about how we are all connected and interdependent upon one another! Today I share Full Moon thoughts and some history about Women leaders of the Civil Rights movement.

Here’s the Full Moon Astrology that I shared from Tanaaz.

Here’s the site where I shared some of the Capricorn mythology.

Here’s the article from the Library of Congress.

Here’s the Waterfall Unity Alliance info.

And finally, here’s the playlist.

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259 Season 6! and Brigid of Imbolc

It’s the 259th EPISODE, and we slid into our 6th season last week. I think that’s something to celebrate!!! Looking down memory lane has me feeling full with all of the phenomenal women that have been on this show.

Today we’re also celebrating Brigid and St. Brigid in preparation for Imbolc and Candlemas. Some sites that I referenced.

https://folkstory.com/articles/imbolc.html

https://mythopedia.com/topics/brigid

https://www.myirishjeweler.com/blog/secrets-of-st-brigids-day-celtic-goddesses-crosses-and-imbloc/

Here’s the tutorial on making a no waste St. Brigid’s Day Cross.

Inspiration for celebrating Imbolc.

I also shared poetry from Tina Barry and Gisela Stromeyer

If you want to join in the virtual Candlemas celebration at the Center for Symbolic Studies taking place this Saturday at 9pm via Zoom, you can email programs@symbolicstudies.org

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Full Moon Report is HERE.

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232 “Spirituality and Politics” with Marielena Ferrer – Separation of Church and State

It’s the second Mo(o)nday of the Month and that means the return of Marielena to talk Spirituality and Politics. Marielena Ferrer is a socially engaged visual artist who serves as the chair of the Kingston City Arts  Commission. She also chairs the Alianza Cultural de Kingston, an advisory board for the promotion,  connection and celebration of the arts and cultures of the diverse Hispanic communities, and is the Executive Director of Humanamente, a diversity and inclusion consulting organization. 

Today we talk about the separation of Church and State, or the lack thereof.

Her upcoming artist residency with interactive art making is running from July 15-August 20 at WAAM and then she’ll be exhibiting August 20–September 11.

Artist Marielena Ferrer will have a six-week residency and interactive project from July 15–August 20 in the YES gallery, which Ferrer will use as a studio space. Ferrer will lead a series of 30-minute workshops that invite visitors to engage in collective artmaking. While creating paper butterflies with the artist, visitors will discuss the ideas that Ferrer’s work probes, including the monarch butterfly migration quest, its symbolic connection to migrant children at the U.S.-Mexican border, the Trump-Pence administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy and the negative consequences of the policy on the health and well-being of immigrant and U.S. citizens alike. A subsequent installation of the artist’s paper butterflies will be on view from August–September 11 in the same gallery.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Opening Reception Saturday, July 16, 4-6pm WAAM will host an opening reception to celebrate the beginning of the artist residency and a new round of exhibitions throughout WAAM’s galleries.

Artist Talk Saturday, August 20th, 3-4pm Marielena Ferrer will discuss her work and residency in a roundtable conversation.

WORKSHOPS A series of workshops with Marielena Ferrer will be offered on a drop-in basis throughout WAAM’s open hours during the designated weekends below. Workshops are free, designed for people of all ages, and no reservations are required.

Saturday, July 16, 4-6pm Opening Weekend: To begin her residency at WAAM, Ferrer will invite visitors to come to the YES gallery and learn about her process and project.

Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24, 12-5pm Upstate Art Weekend Throughout Upstate Art Weekend, which celebrates the cultural vibrancy of upstate New York, Ferrer will lead 30-minute workshops in which visitors learn to create paper butterflies. Visitors will also have the opportunity to chat with Ferrer and discuss the conceptual underpinnings of her work.

Saturday, July 30, 12-5pm Focus on Families Visitors will learn about butterfly migration and make butterflies for the WAAM installation. Drawing materials will also be available for kids and families to draw and explore WAAM exhibitions.

Saturday, August 6, 12-5pm Installation Day The full exhibition of Ferrer’s butterflies will be installed in the YES gallery, as visitors are invited to join the artist in exploring human and animal migration and the importance of art and activism.

Here’s the article we discussed about religion in the government.

YWCA’s Women Who Roar for the Y Gala.

Here’s Voice Theatre’s Summer Youth Workshop info. Registration closes July 20th but could fill up before then. Scholarships are available too!

Here’s the Full Moon Report from Tanaaz at Forever Conscious.

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215 Marielena Ferrer “War Through the Lens of the Tarot”

Back at it for another round of deep thoughts and wild talks with Mariaelena.

The second Monday of the month is inspired by the book, Espiritualidad y Politica, which was published 10 years ago, of which Mariaelena was a contributor. She is also 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.

March 14th is National Learn About Butterflies Day, and because Marielena has been working on an art installation involving 5000 butterflies, she shares why they are important to her, and a bit about her exhibit, opening May 6th, 2022 at the Dorsky Museum, closing May 8th.

Then we move right along to the biggest news in spirituality and politics today, the invasion of Ukraine. This includes a conversation about compassion inspired by this article. Marielena shares her assessment of the situation through the lens of the Tarot and then shares a meditation for all of us to practice on our own, to meditate on the key cards, the Emperor and the Hierophant, the majors players in what is unfolding at this moment.

Finally, we end the show with a little Moon love, and a share from Tanaaz about this week’s Full Moon Astrology.

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211 Spirituality and Politics with Marielena Ferrer “Valentine’s Day Edition”

It’s the second Mo(o)nday of the month which means Marielena Ferrer returns for another talk about Spirituality and Politics, the Valentine’s Day edition. We stumble through the messy history of the day and talk about how we feel about it, debate a bit about how to handle the day if you don’t have/want a romantic partner which brings us back to ways of celebrating the day, self-love, Galentine’s, etc. regardless of your dating status. I then perform my annual ceremony to commit to oneself which Marielena happily plays along with. Here’s the I ME WED ceremony recorded for you.

The Full Moon is Wednesday so we then spend a little time at the end of the show talking about the predictions and suggestions of this Full Moon Astrology.

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207 Full Moon Release and Ritual with Theresa

It’s a Full Moon and so we’re doing a little Full Moon Release and Ritual on today’s show. I share from the Forever Conscious Full Moon report and a little from Cory Nakasue’s show, The Cosmic Dispatch. Then you can move your body for some physical release with a little (mostly) 80’s dance party. Here’s a link to the Playlist for today’s show, or feel free to use your own inspiring music! This is followed by some reflecting and journaling, working with Kim Kran’s Archetypes, The Tear, The Heart and The Vision. If you don’t want to navigate to the playlist, you can hear the full show straight through via Radio Kingston who has the rights to play the songs!

Here’s the article on choosing your word for the year.

And last but not least, advice for changing your life, be flexible!

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#190 Kia Abilay “The Gift of Listening”

On the show today I get to speak with Kia Abilay an Akashic Records Teacher and Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Energy & Intuitive Communicator and a One Spirit Minister. For many years she worked as a practitioner in the Wellness Center at Omega but for the past year has been working on a book sharing stories from her work and lessons about the gift of listening. The book is titled The Gift of Listening, Cultivating Your Connection with Spirit and is due to be released on October 20, 2021. You can get info about the book and general newsletter goodness by signing up for her mailing list, or follow her on Instagram for announcements.

Today Kia shares about her connection with Spirit and how it’s impacted her life as well as some stories from her life and how the process of writing her first book has continued her lifelong work of listening and healing. She also gracefully indulges my curiosities about her time spent doing astral travel and talks about how we all receive these gifts from Spirit, we just don’t always open them.

Here’s the Moon report that I read from in honor of the Pisces Full Moon. Moon blessings to y’all!

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#154 Astrology 2021 with Cory Nakasue

Cory Nakasue is an astrology counselor, writer, and teacher. She is a family-initiated and self-taught astrologer in the Evolutionary and Psychological traditions, and is currently studying the ancient traditions. She has received additional tutelage from Joseph Addeo (NCGR), and participates in ongoing studies in tarot and ancient wisdom.

She has over 25 years of experience in movement arts as a teacher and therapist, and has been mentored by some of the finest practitioners working in psychology, neurology, and pain science. Please visit http://www.corynakasue.com for more information about her movement education and therapy. Her advice has appeared in The New York Times and The Week. You can read her monthly horoscopes in The Lunation, a collaboration with Sassafras Mercantile.

She draws on all of her experience in body-mind therapeutics, writing, and performing arts to help you create strong narratives that are deeply felt. She offers private lessons to individuals and small groups. Her specialties are depth psychology, creative process, personal coaching, and astrological applications for counseling, therapy, and creative practice.

Today we speak ALL about the Moon, what happened astrologically in 2020, what’s happening in 2021, and why it’s important to look at our narratives and perhaps re-examine them in order to build anew in a radically different way!

We also listened to and were inspired by Raymonda Reese speaking about how “Self Care is Radical” at TedX Seattle.

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