#137 Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington “Artist and Consultant”

Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington is 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 network of individuals whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families, and a socially engaged artist.

Maria Elena has successfully facilitated migration-related workshops since 2004. As a member of the global Athena Network Association, Maria Elena has presented her work with immigrants at the network’s annual Migration and Mental Health congress in London, Rome, Berlin and Brussels. She introduced the concept of migratory mourning nationally in 2012, and has since led migratory-mourning panel discussions at several conferences.

She is a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and has been recently appointed by Kingston’s Mayor, Steve Noble, to the City Arts Commission. Maria Elena’s drawings and paintings were recently exhibited at the Muroff–Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at the State University of New York at Ulster awarding her the opportunity to show her artwork at highly regarded Plaza Gallery of the State University of New York in Albany in 2019. She juried the Cornell Creative Arts Center’s very first exhibition, “We’re All Humans,” and inaugurated The DRAW’s new studio at the Energy Square with her art installation, “Masking Identities: Rebuilding Deterritorialized Cultural Memories,” a deep dive into the complexity of the migrant’s narrative and experience. Both art shows are open to the public through October 2020.

Today she shares her own experience as a migrant, what migratory mourning is, the complexities of migration, rebirthing and of course ART!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of La Dosis Perfecta.

Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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#133 Anna Hafner “Artist in the New World Pandemic”

Anna Hafner is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in the areas of costume, painting, performance art, illustration, lo-fi installation and DIY puppetry. She is a creator of occasional rituals and happenings.

Anna’s performance art manifests in two ways: first, as a colorful pantheon of costumed creatures, who live amongst hand painted backdrops filled with verdant textures; second, darker solo performances, using waste to question human excess and societal control of the feminine. She uses tactics of mime, Butoh and improv to lead performance rituals.  Anna’s costume and mask work are made with recycled mixed media and trash is often incorporated within each performance, through set, prop or costume.  Imagery of her performances are echoed within her illustrations, paintings, prints and backdrops; they are expressive and mystical, honoring nature through symbol and landscape.

Drawing on esoteric ideas, mythic symbolism and nature, Anna’s work aims to speak abstractly and emotionally about the greater struggle of excessive waste within society, the destruction of nature, uncontrolled human greed, and our lost connection with the Earth.

Today we talk about lots of important stuff like… identity, being a performance artist during a time when there are no performances, shifting her studio and work during COVID, teaching art, the healing power of creating, hope, mental health, self love, her creative process, self care, taking care of the earth and bunches more.

You can join Anna’s Patreon HERE and get access to all goodies she so generously births into this world and follow her on IG here! Oh and Anna recommends checking out Taraka Larson’s “The Now Age.”

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Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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#121 JoAnn Stevelos “Public Health Advisor, Researcher and Speaker”

Today I am honored to welcome JoAnn Stevelos to the show. A public health advisor, researcher and speaker, she started out working in a virology lab and has since worked for startups and nonprofits to prevent cancer, type 2 diabetes and other chronic illnesses, and is now presently the Executive Director for the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients at the School of Nursing at George Washington University. She is a musician, playwright and writer who has used both her professional and creative skills in her work to prevent child violation, trauma, and sex trafficking, as well as to help political activists who have survived prison and torture receive the psycho-social services needed to help them reintegrate into society. She is published widely including a book about her own story as a victim, survivor, and advocate of child sexual abuse by clergy titled, Howard Be Thy Name.

Today we talk about some difficult yet important conversations like child sexual abuse, grooming of communities by abusers, childhood obesity, young male sexuality, pornography, and early childhood intervention to prevent abuse. JoAnn shares about her creative endeavors which have helped her do some pretty difficult work over the years, how her work with the Coalition has been affected by COVID-19, public health in light of what we’re experiencing with COVID including an article she wrote about Helping Child Abuse Victims During COVID-19, and one of her favorite subjects, HOPE! She’s truly a well of profound wisdom and a force of positivity whose story I am so happy to be able to share.

Thanks JoAnn, can’t wait to follow along in all your creative endeavors!

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#119 Shannon Donnell “NYC Nurse on the Frontline”

The one and only, Shannon Donnell is my very special guest today. Shannon is a nurse on the front lines in NYC right now, but she had three days off last week and graciously gave me some of that time for an interview to hear how things are going for her out there. You may know Shannon from her years of running the clinic for the O+ Festival She’s a multitalented musician, vocalist and big-hearted, brave nurse making a huge difference in people’s lives!

Shannon walks us through becoming a nurse, the various iterations of roles she’s taken on as a hospice nurse and travel nurse up to her current role on the front lines during this pandemic. She indulges my curiosity around lung health and explains the term of the day, pulmonary toileting. Yep! And Shannon agrees, “our lungs are amazing!” She gives us a little tutorial on breathing for good lung health and shares her recommendations for reopening, hint…think like a nurse and wash your hands. Of course we get a little philosophical, talk about self care, the state of the healthcare system, a new economy, and gush over our mutual adoration for Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

Thank you Shannon! We’re thinking of YOU!!!

Here’s O+’s Facebook Page where you can find more information about the Loving Kindness Meditations which will likely be happening on Fridays going forward. I’m subbing this Friday! 2pm Eastern. Here’s the Zoom link to join. The Mental Health Hotline can be found on their website here.

Here’s my article of the oft referenced, “Epic Elimination Diet

To all the podcast listeners who want to cry with the songs, here you go!

“Look at You” by My Morning Jacket

In the infinitely wise words of Jim James from “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)“:

“I’m going where there ain’t no fear
I’m going where the spirit is near
I’m going where the living is easy
And the people are kind
A new state of mind

I’m going where the ain’t no police
I’m going there ain’t no disease
I’m going where there ain’t no need
To escape from what is
Only spirits at ease”

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#73 Lisa Glick “Bipolar and Thriving” + Yukari Ogawa “Is it True?”

Lisa Glick shares her story from undiagnosed mental illness to bipolar to THRIVING! And Yukari Ogawa walks us through “The Work” of Byron Katie.