#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”

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, www.radiokingston.org.

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

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#46 Liz Baker (Broadway Arts) / Rachael Pazdan (The HUM Series) “The Power of Faith and Women Collaborating”

ONE MORE WEEK and Shana returns. Calling in from Ohio today.

As we begin playing clips from the film RBG, we are still circling this conversation around anger as we ponder Associate Justice Ginsburg’s mother’s advice to her, "Be a lady, don’t be overcome by useless emotions like anger." Useless? Is it? Let us know what you think!

Our first guest today is Liz Baker, a Kingston community builder and uplifter who co-founded Broadway Arts as a place to bring community together and encourage creative activity and a celebration of the arts. Liz shares about the challenges of her youth, her mother’s nervous breakdown, being in an out of trouble, living in foster homes and becoming pregnant at a very young age. When she experienced a life threatening automobile accident where the doctor’s said she would never walk again, she began to take back her life and lean on her faith to not only walk again but to turn things around for herself. She’s been active in pushing to repair police relations in her community after her son was wrongly attacked and tased by police just because his shorts’ color matched the description of the someone the police were looking for. What makes Liz most happy? Spending time with her family. You can find Liz at the new juice bar opening at Broadway Arts in a few weeks, and wish her a happy birthday on December 18th!

Our second guest today is Rachael Pazdan. Former talent buyer for Le Poison Rouge in NYC, she is now curating and promoting through her own company Hypnocraft. She is also the creator of the HUM Series, "a unique all-female collaborative music series where female musicians collaborate, write, and perform new material live, in the center of the room, for the very first time. The Hum’s mission is to highlight the double standard in the industry that makes it unusual for audiences to experience a night of music composed entirely by women". As a kid Rachael just knew she was going to be at the head of something, she just didn’t know it would be women in music. After overcoming an intense injury, she moved to NYC with determination, seems like a classic story, but her innovation and grit got her even further. Take a listen!

Self care time! Shana is listening to her body. She may not always like what it’s saying, but she is promising to listen to it. She’s also using lots of products from Dana Ronquist’s line of herbal products. Theresa gives her new moon reading about wish fulfillment from the Anahata chakra wish-fulfilling tree…wish big but be careful what you wish for! New Moon this Friday, blessings to all!

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We heard music from Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/, and audio from the film, RBG, https://www.rbgmovie.com

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#42 Donna Costello (Choreographer) / Reverend Jordan Scruggs (Modern Spirituality) “Process Junky and Modern Day Spirituality”

Happy election results! Let’s hear it for the rainbow!!! And the women who are a part of that rainbow. It’s about time politics looked different. As this NY Times Article explores, the women "marched, they ran, and on Election Day, they won." Way to do it ladies, of both parties!

Shana’s calling in from the road on her 2018 Fall Tour, and today she and Theresa thanked all of those who volunteered and canvassed and worked so hard against the odds to get their candidates elected. Congratulations to Antonio Delgado, Juan Figueroa, and Jen Metzger with the big wins in our region. We discussed the type of perseverance it takes to run a political campaign. S

Our first guest is Donna Costello, choreographer and dance educator at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. She’s been a dancer her whole life, and managed to move quite quickly into her success in NYC. She calls herself a ‘process junkie’ and she gets into how to create a free and honest atmosphere when working in a group so that there can be a good work flow and creative feedback. She loves teaching but she also loves collaborating, and recently created Jitterbug and the Aftermath, a movement theater duet. This work was presented in 2018 at the Estrogenius Festival in the East Village and at Definitive Figures, A FemFest of Performance, a festival that Donna and Jenny Sargent conceived & produced together in New Orleans holding space for over 10 inspiring femme and female-identifying artists of mixed disciplines. This interview really dives into the world of dance expression and artistry.

Our second guest is Reverend Jordan Scruggs, Deacon and Community of Ministries Director at Saint James United Methodist Church in Kingston, NY. In her role at the Church Jordan is broadly focused on the alleviation of poverty which translates into some truly beautiful community building activities like "Waffle Church" and the transformation of a neighboring Church building into a community driven center open to all regardless of faith. . She quotes Martin Luther King Jr., "The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Toward Justice," when asked about how we overcome the conflicts we are experiencing politically and spiritually in our country. She hopes that we will learn to celebrate diversity rather than pretend our differences don’t exist, and when asked about how she reconciles the role women have historically played or rather not played in religion, she sums it up with her impression that God is your Mother. Amen to that!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.
We heard music from Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/, and audio from the film, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com

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