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On Writing  
Even If Your Heart Would Listen—Losing My Daughter to Heroin by Elise Schiller 
July 15  2019 
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Elise Schiller, whose daughter died of an opioid addiction, describes in this week's interview what to do if someone you know is suspected of, or is, using opioids.Listen in to this valuable and hard won wisdom on how to approach someone who is using opioids to save their life.  




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Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin by Elise Schiller 
July 8 2019 
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When Elise Schilller's youngest child, her daughter Giana, died of an opioid addiction Elise began searching through Giana's medical records. What she found there, along with her own independent research into the most advanced methods for treating opioid addiction, describes how the most expensive medical treatment failed to provide Giana with enough support she would be alive today. Listen in as Elise discusses with balance and insight how the medical facilities failed to treat her daughter's underlying emotional diseases and how Elise has joined her city's campaign to bring education and awareness to all about opioid addiction.  









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Mama Mama Only Mama by Lara Lillibridge 
June 17, 2019 





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When Lara Lillibridge found herself divorced with two small boys she did what any woman suddenly responsible for shovelling snow,mowing lawns, shopping, cleaning, night time scheduling, listening, cleaning, wiping tears, and all the other vital activities of being a single parent decided to do: she decided to write. And write she did: a blog, called Only Mama and now a book. Listen in as Lara describes how this book came into being and reads an excerpt from Mama, Mama, Only Mama.

































The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal by Dena Moes 
March 25 . 2019



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Ever think about leaving it all behind, just going off on a wild travel? What about a far away place, like India? Now imagine this with your husband and two young daughters with you. Oh my! Dena Moes expressive memoir commemorates the elaborate ceremonies around every street corner in India, some of the external struggles of hard travel but really focuses on her inner journey: toward the heart of her marriage, the core of her belief in herself and her Buddhist faith. Listen in as Dena relishes once again her memories of being where The Buddha Sat Right here. 












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Summers of Fire by Linda Strader 
June 10 2019 
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Linda Strader faced more than she ever believed in her efforts to keep her beloved job fighting forest fires. In the end she reconciled herself to understanding what exactly had stood in her way. Listen in as one of the first females to fight forest fires opens up about her career, her love of her job, and what tore her from it. 


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Summers of Fire by Linda Strader 
June 3  2019 



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Linda Strader describes in loving detail the countryside of Arizona, a countryside she fought hard to preserve against fires. As one of the first female Firefighters in the US Linda also had to fight: sexism, blacklisting and much more. Listen in as Linda describes her Summers of Fire. 










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Reversible Skirt by Laura McHale Holland 
May 27   2019


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Mother's suicide when Laura was 2, having two older sisters taken from her and then returned, father also taken away and returned, and father's remarriage to a woman he tells Laura is her "mommy" creates a world of chaos and confusion around her. Yet the child's point of view, told with unerring directness and the force of honesty reveals to the reader how Laura made it through. Laura talks about how she wrote Reversible Skirt.  Listen in as Laura talks about her childhood and writing Reversible Skirt.
















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Love You Like the Sky: Surviving the Suicide of a Beloved by Dr. Sarah Neustadter 
May 20 . 2019 








On Writing: 

Dr. Sarah Neustadter continues her insightful and courageous discussion about how the suicide of her beloved left her with profound grief and PTSD. She talks about how this experience opened her to psychic dimensions, the spirit world and how when she finally accepted she could not have saved him, she found some peace. Listen in to this brief, 15 min podcast as this brave woman reveals one of the deepest wounds: suicide of a beloved, and how she found strength to return to her life. 

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Love You Like the Sky: Surviving the Suicide of a Beloved by Dr. Sarah Neustadter 
May 13, 2019 


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Trigger Warnings: Suicide Discussion

Dr. Sarah Neustadter feels a calling to help those left behind after suicide of a beloved. In her book she offers not only her own story of survival but several exercises to help those who, like her, have been left to cope with the death by suicide of a beloved. Listen in here for more. 













The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt 
April 8 . 2019 






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From torture to first woman GM of a Men's Pro Hockey League: 

Born to wealth and ease, Karen Keilt married her prince and looked forward to life unfolding through marriage, children and health. Yet within a few months of marriage, Brazilian police incarcerated them both. Karen spent the next 45 days being tortured.
But what happened next is even more amazing. After release, she gave birth and by the time her son was 18 months, she fled Brazil for the US where she built, slowly and with many false steps an amazing and healthy life for herself and her child.
Through a series of events Karen took on the job of being the first woman GM of a men's pro hockey
team the Florida Hammerheads.
Listen in as Karen expresses more about her life in this interview with this amazing woman.
















Edna's Gift: How My Broken Sister Taught Me to Be Whole   by Susan Rudnick 
feb . 25 . 2019





What do you do when your beloved younger sister, whom you have played with all your young years, displays the signs of brain damage with which she was born? Do you include her as you struggle to be like the other girls your own age? How do your parents relate to the differences between their two daughters?
Listen in here for Susan Rudnick's honest telling of her life with her different sister, how her parents accepted with grace and supported with love their second child's difference and how in the end Susan came to see Edna as the spiritual life teacher she was.










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The BreakAway Girl:Secrets of a Tantric Yogi 
by Paulette Bodeman
April 29 . 2019 


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Join Paulette Bodeman as she explores with me the place of forgiveness, self-forgiveness as part of the highest art—new forms of healing. Bodeman finds joy in the latest science blending with ancient traditions. Take 15 mins to refresh yourself, here, with Paulette Bodeman. 

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The Break Away Girl: Secrets of a Tantric Yogi by Paulette Bodeman 
April 29 . 2019




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Tantric Yogini Paulette Bodeman explains her direct connection with the power of the Goddesses Kali, Sarasvati and Lakshmi in her own life.  She has written this book, The Break Away Girl: Secrets of a Tantric Yogi as a memoir of her life's journey, and paean to her help from the Goddesses.  
Listen in as Paulette describes the three Goddesses who guided her deepening faith. 









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Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility  
by Lara Lillibridge and Andrea Fekete 
April 22  2019 



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When Lara Lillibridge, freshman, was taken under the wing of Andrea Fekete, senior, little did either know they would co-create an anthology of the voices of women. These poems and stories rise from the authors' sense of power and of invisibility or silence. Listen in as Lara Lillibridge describes the process of creating this anthology and her reasons for championing the cause.











The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt 

April 16th 2019 




Karen Keilt, the woman who was arrested and spent 45 days in a Brazilian prison for crimes that still remain undocumented, speaks to us about her writing process. She reveals how writing her story in fiction first helped her feel strong enough to engage with her memoir. Listen in here for more from this remarkable woman.













The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt 
April 8 . 2019 






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From torture to first woman GM of a Men's Pro Hockey League: 

Born to wealth and ease, Karen Keilt married her prince and looked forward to life unfolding through marriage, children and health. Yet within a few months of marriage, Brazilian police incarcerated them both. Karen spent the next 45 days being tortured.
But what happened next is even more amazing. After release, she gave birth and by the time her son was 18 months, she fled Brazil for the US where she built, slowly and with many false steps an amazing and healthy life for herself and her child.
Through a series of events Karen took on the job of being the first woman GM of a men's pro hockey
team the Florida Hammerheads.
Listen in as Karen expresses more about her life in this interview with this amazing woman.






Boot Language: Opera and Singing Meet the Wild West 
August 20 2018 



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When Vanya Erickson's Opera singing mother met and married her ex-military husband, the scene was set for something out of classic operatic tragedy. However through an instinct to focus on the positive, look for beauty and try to help others, Vanya Erickson earned her the way into a life of fulfillment. Listen in as Erickson describe scenes from her well written memoir Boot Language. 

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On Writing presents: The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Fanily Odyssey Through India and Nepal by Dena Moes 
April 1 . 2019 




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In our conversation Dena discusses how her midwifery practice parallels meditation, how her marriage crisis in India and Nepal propelled her toward her inner strength, how her daughter's journal helped incite this fascinating book and much more. Listen in here.










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The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal by Dena Moes 
March 25 . 2019



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Ever think about leaving it all behind, just going off on a wild travel? What about a far away place, like India? Now imagine this with your husband and two young daughters with you. Oh my! Dena Moes expressive memoir commemorates the elaborate ceremonies around every street corner in India, some of the external struggles of hard travel but really focuses on her inner journey: toward the heart of her marriage, the core of her belief in herself and her Buddhist faith. Listen in as Dena relishes once again her memories of being where The Buddha Sat Right here. 












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But My Brain Had Other Ideas 
Living + Healing from Brain Trauma 
Jan 8 2018



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Mathematics professor at Carnegie Mellon, wife and mother of two teenagers, Deb Brandon's life crashed when her body and as she would come to understand, her brain misbehaved. Diagnosed with Cavernous Angiomas, three brain surgeries later, Deb claims "my bloody brain brought me writing. For that I wouldn't go back." 
Listen to this remarkable woman speak of the changes in her life. Listen in to be inspired!

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Boot Language: Opera and Singing Meet the Wild West 
March 11 . 2019 


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When Vanya Erickson's Opera singing mother met and  married her ex-military husband, the scene was set for something out of classic operatic tragedy. However through an instinct to focus on the positive, look for beauty and try to help others, Vanya Erickson earned her the way into a life of fulfillment. Listen to this author describe scenes from her well written memoir Boot Language. 













On Writing Susan Rudnick Talks About Writing Memoir
March 04  2019




Susan Rudnick did not set out to write a book, let alone a memoir. But when she published a chapter in an academic work everyone's response was the same: there is a book here. Through one editor and finally with the right editor, Susan describes her process of writing, 10 minutes at least, at a time. 
Listen in for more from Susan Rudnick On Writing Memoir











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Edna's Gift: How My Broken Sister Taught Me to Be Whole   by Susan Rudnick 
feb . 25 . 2019





What do you do when your beloved younger sister, whom you have played with all your young years, displays the signs of brain damage with which she was born? Do you include her as you struggle to be like the other girls your own age? How do your parents relate to the differences between their two daughters?
Listen in here for Susan Rudnick's honest telling of her life with her different sister, how her parents accepted with grace and supported with love their second child's difference and how in the end Susan came to see Edna as the spiritual life teacher she was.










https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/susan-rudnick/3679238/









Threads Around the World by Deb Brandon 
Feb 18 . 2019 



 When Deb Brandon, Professor at Carnegie Mellon, began to write articles on textiles for her group, Weaving A Real Peace, she discovered her love of the beliefs and myths behind each thread. This book, a compilation of textiles practices from a multitude of countries speaks of the myths and stories of each country: read about Berbers with their belief that once a piece leaves a loom, it dies. When it finds its new home, it is reborn. 
A true book of Creative Non Fiction, it also reveals Brandon's life long association with textiles, from the Druze people who lived up the road from her family when they lived in Israel, to the pieces of exotica her father brought back from his travels. 
fascinating interview awaits you, full of treasures about textiles and threads from the life of one remarkable woman. 















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Another Cheesy Family Newsletter by Elizabeth Silva 
replay Feb 11th 2019 


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When Elizabeth Silva and her husband discovered their teenage daughter's pregnancy the standards of normal were just beginning to shred. Listen in as Elizabeth describes how she and her husband raised their grandchildren while their daughter struggled, finally successfully, against a drug addiction. Elizabeth Silva has much to say that is direct, warm and insightful. 


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Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters 
Lizbeth Meredith
Oct 29 . 2018

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When Lizbeth Meredith learned her daughters had been taken from daycare by their father and flown to Greece, she went into fix mode. With unwavering dedication and grit beyond imagining, she returned from Greece with her daughters. Then the work began. 
Lizbeth describes the path to health for her two daughters and for her, after being torn apart. Listen in here:  







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Ellen S Jaffe, Poet reads her Poetry 
dec 10 . 2018


Ellen S Jaffe, born in the USA emigrated to Canada via England in the 1970's bringing with her a treasury of potential poems. Listen in here as Ellen reads some of her exquisite work. 







Then visit Ellen S Jaffe at 

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Gwen Tuinman Founder of The Wild Nellies On Writing
Dec 3 2018


When she is not promoted, producing, gathering and staging the Wild Nellies, or Women Creatives, to accumulate charity for Women's Shelters, Gwen Tuinman has time to write. She writes fiction and here she talks about fiction, writing and the cross over between her work with The Wild Nellies and her writing.



Gwen Tuinman on The Wild Nellies: 
Women Creatives 
november 26   2018 






While in a Yoga class Gwen Tuinman found a stream of inspiration arriving: she would organize a group of women creatives from all areas of the arts to perform for charity. Listen in to Gwen explain more about her creative idea and the reality it has become here. 









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North of Normal A Memoir of my Wilderness Childhood, My Counterculture Family and How I Survived Both 
Cea Sunrise Person On Writing 
November 19 . 2018


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Cea Sunrise Person used the determination and strength of character evidenced in her memoir when it came to writing the book. After several rejections, which all said the story was very interesting, but her writing needed work, she got to work. 
Listen as Cea describes her choice of Point of View, our discussion of how memories change through writing them and much more, here. 








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North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Counterculture Family, and How I Survived Both 

Cea Sunrise Person
Nov 12 . 2018 

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When her mother's boyfriend decides Cea Person must leave the wilderness that has been her only home she faces enormous turmoil. Through theft and sleeping in their truck, she endures her mother and substitute father's volatile relationship and much more. Cea emerges at 14 by taking on the world of modelling in Paris: by herself! Learn more about how her childhood shaped her current strength here.










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On Writing: Lizbeth Meredith author of 
Pieces of Me—Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters 
Nov 5 .  2018 



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Lizbeth Meredith interviewee from last week, describes her process while writing her memoir. Listen in for details, skills and tips as well as more on her extraordinary journey of rescuing her two daughters. 









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Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters 

Lizbeth Meredith
Oct 29 . 2018

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When Lizbeth Meredith learned her daughters had been taken from daycare by their father and flown to Greece, she went into fix mode. With unwavering dedication and grit beyond imagining, she returned from Greece with her daughters. Then the work began. 
Listen in as Lizbeth describes the path to health for her two daughters and for her, after being torn apart. 






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Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith 
by Carly Gelsinger 
October 15th 2018 


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Carly Gelsinger calls the religious group she clung to as a teenager a cult. Listen in to hear her speak about her experiences in talking in tongues and believing whatever others told her. Learn how she found the courage and curiosity to question more deeply those people immerse in the cult, and how she walked away.   












Another Cheesy Family Newsletter by Elizabeth Silva 
September 10th . 2018 


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When Elizabeth Silva and her husband discovered their teenage daughter's pregnancy the standards of normal were just beginning to shred. Listen in as Elizabeth describes how she and her husband raised their grandchildren while their daughter struggled, finally successfully, against a drug addiction. Elizabeth Silva has much to say that is direct, warm and insightful. 







My World of Normal  A Memoir 
by Catherine Sword 
September 3rd  2018

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When Catherine Sword began to take a backward look at her life she discovered what she had taken for granted was extreme neglect and abandonment. This was her World of Normal. In this interview she describes how her story may help others begin to see in hindsight how their childhood affects their lives now. Listen in here


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Girlish:   A Memoir by Lara Lillibridge About 
Growing Up with Two Mothers
Feb 12  2018






Lara Lillibridge began life in a hetero normal family. Then when her mother remarried a woman in the 1980's Lara found herself having to hide to protect her mothers, her brother and most of all, her safety within this family of two mothers. Listen in here as she describes her life and her memoir Girlish  due out April 3  2018. 








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Mother It's Hard to Forgive You: 
Ridding Myself of the Family Scapegoat Mantle 
by Nancy Richards 
August 27 . 2018 

family scapegoating, abuse, growing away from abuse, boundaries, positive self image

When Nancy Richards wrote her first book Mother, I Don't Forgive You many people wanted to know more. Had she ever reconciled with the family who allowed her to be the brunt of abuse? Had she ever spoken with her mother again? Most of all, how had she gained the strength to create a life of fulfillment and what did she have to share with others? Listen in here as Nancy responds to these questions and more with her message of hope. 


Boot Language: Opera and Singing Meet the Wild West 
August 20 2018 



memoir, healing memoir, healing abuse, healing childhood abuse

When Vanya Erickson's Opera singing mother met and married her ex-military husband, the scene was set for something out of classic operatic tragedy. However through an instinct to focus on the positive, look for beauty and try to help others, Vanya Erickson earned her the way into a life of fulfillment. Listen to this author describe scenes from her well written memoir Boot Language. 






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