Jean Hegland on Women’s Voices Oct 10 Sunday, Oct 9 2011 

Author Jean Hegland Join me on Women’s Voices at 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday, October 10 on KZYX for an interview with Jean Hegland, author of  Windfalls, a novel about motherhood, and Into the Forest, “a voice and a vision that will haunt our dreams of the future as powerfully as The Handmaid’s Tale.” Jean Hegland lives near Healdsburg, California on 55 acres of second growth forest with her husband and three children. She presents at many writer’s conferences, including the recent Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference this past summer.  Ms. Hegland has had a long association with Calyx Press, a feminist publishing company based in Corvallis, Oregon. She has loved books, reading, and writing from a young age, and is very proud of her many students who have grown into successful writers. I’m looking forward to an intimate conversation with this author, who” treasures the hours spent at her desk engaged in the work and play of understanding what it means to be human…awash in language, images, ideas, and emotions.” windfalls

Osprey Orielle Lake on Women’s Voices KZYX June 13 Monday, Jun 13 2011 

Uprisings for the EarthJoin me on Women’s Voices streaming live at 7:00 PM Pacific Time Monday June 13 on KZYX for an interview with Osprey Orielle Lake, a lifelong environmental advocate, and founder and director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus.  Her book Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature is a 2011 Nautilus Book Award winner. Osprey has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures, and is a board member of the Praxis Peace Institute. She is also advisor to the International EcoCities Framework and Standards Initiative.Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey is also an artist, and creates works that integrate into urban landscapes, while honoring the natural world. One of the world’s few female monument makers working with allegorical images, her international projects reflect cultural diversity integrated with appreciation for nature, to create a sense of belonging and connection. Osprey’s work addresses how nature-based narrative artworks can bring balance and hope into the heart of our cities and homes. kzyx logo

Thinking of My Dad on Memorial Day Tuesday, May 31 2011 

My Dad died peacefully on Wednesday., May 18. I heard about it from my cousin on Thursday. He made arrangements for his cremation and burial at the VA cemetery in Portland and requested that there be no service. My dear friend Maria said to me, “You have always had a relationship with your father, even in his absence”, which is somehow true. His absence has always been very large in my life. I do remember loving him as a child and in spite of everything I’ve continued to love him all along. As a child, he was never unkind to me, and of course I did not realize in childhood that he would later drop out of two families. I guess we’ll never really be able to understand everything about a life. I’ve had many emotions since his death, and I’m glad I decided to go see him in the last couple of years.Dad's Altar May 2011

Even though we are not having a memorial, I made a little altar at home with a vase of Rhododendron, ubiquitous in our home state of Oregon,  and beautiful in its prehistoric tenacity, rosemary for remembrance, a string of Danish flags, candles, and some childhood photographs of Dad and his siblings.  Many of his childhood photos were lost when my log house burned down in the 1970s.

Things turned out differently than I might have wished, but he was once a beloved mother’s son, and that mother was my loving Farmor (father’s mother in Danish). So I honor the memory of those days for him and for her. We all begin life as innocent children, and no matter what choices he made, I find forgiveness in my heart for my father, and know that he is now at peace. Although it may sound strange to some, I feel that our connection may become stronger now. There is a song that my friend sings by the poet Rumi, and some of the lines are:

Out beyond right and wrong, there is a field—I’ll meet you there.Dad license plate Oregon

 

Women’s Voices Interview May 16: Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Jen McGowan Monday, May 16 2011 

Tune in to Women’s Voices at 7:00 PM Pacific Time on KZYX Monday May 16 for an interview with two filmmakers, Emmy award winning Dayna Goldfine, and Jen McGowan who will screen films at the upcoming Mendocino Film Festival June 3-5. I’ve just taped  an interview with Dayna, who has, with her husband Dan Geller, been making documentary films for more than 25 years, including Ballets Russes (available on Netflix, by the way) and Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul as well as several other award winning documentaries. Something Ventured, the Geller/Goldfine film to be shown at 2 PM Saturday, June 4 at the festival, is a fascinating, quirky weaving of the stories of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from the 1950s to the 1970s, and follows their stories into the present, with insightful, revealing, and often funny interviews. In spite of egos, personalities, and enormous risk, the people in these films intrepidly created companies like Apple, Cisco Systems, Atari, Genentech and other icons of our day. This film is fascinating and fast paced – and one of the reasons I love the documentary form. Can hardly wait to see more of their films.jen mcgowan

Both women will be part of a panel discussion on Saturday at 11 AM at the festival: Women Behind the Camera, discussing the role of documentary and narrative women directors in the industry. Jen McGowan, who began her career in acting at NYU, will screen a short narrative film, Touch, as part of the Short Films program, screening Friday and Sunday. I’m looking forward to speaking with Jen, and learning about her plans for her first feature film. kzyx logo

Memories are Made of This Tuesday, May 3 2011 

Audrey Hepburn at Vips At a restaurant in Nice recently I came upon this photo of Audrey Hepburn in the toilette, no less. So I placed a rose on her photo and snapped the shot. You can find beauty in the oddest places, and Audrey Hepburn has been a blogging icon since my friend Mary Elizabeth and I started using her image in our work blog from time to time, inspired by the story I once heard about her only allowing herself one piece of chocolate cake a year. i just had my second piece of Molten Chocolate Cake at a restaurant in Nice last night, albeit mercifully small in the French style and served with refreshing Tangerine Sorbet. I had tried it first at Isle Sur le Sorgue on Easter Sunday. Ah well, when in Rome as they say. Now I find myself nearing the end of the vacation. Too quickly it has passed as all good things do. And yet I’m feeling grateful to have been able to spend this time in France after so long, and with family. As we get older it becomes more important to treasure the moments we have with each other. In retrospect, we do treasure moments, but then we call it memory. The trick is to be present to the moments and feel the joy and connection we have with each other while it is happening; sometimes easy to forget in our day-to-day lives. That’s what I like about seeing new places and having new experiences. It’s like a kaleidescope of present time and memories in the making all jumbled together. The eyes are capturing everything to record and remember the richness of life that’s occuring in present time. Comme c’est extraordinare!

Roses at table

La Vie en France Wednesday, Apr 27 2011 

Le cle d'hotel Stayed in Nice a few days and then took to the road in a little Renault for a quick tour of Provence, including Aix en Provence, Isle Sur la Sorgue, Arles, and Cassis. My sister-in-law Jane was crazy about the market at Isle Sur la Sorgue, and I was crazy about the pre-Easter bonfire and candle ceremony starting at 10 PM at a church just one block from our Hotel Cardinal.

 Aix in Provence is where Paul Cezanne hung out, Arles in the Camargue was home to Van Gogh, and Cassis, with a pretty little harbor is where the liqueur Creme de Casssis was invented. My brother Kraig (Paul en France) and his wife Jane are perfect hosts, and indefatigable in showing me around. Hard to believe I’ve been here just a little over a week..we’ve packed a lot in –many villages and towns. I did not take my computer on the vacation within a vacation, but I took lots of photos and just put some up on Facebook. Walking miles and miles each day….there was a bullfight in Arles with massive crowds. We didn’t want to see the bullfight but we saw a big Roman coliseum and St Trophime, a 12th century Medieval church.Amphitheatre Arles
It’s crowded and noisy here in Nice and I’m loving seeing and tasting everything. In Aix en Provence, there were beautiful churches, and on Saturday night before Easter we witnessed the most extraordinary thing on the whole trip so far. A pre-Easter celebration on the parvis of St Jean de Malte church. It started at 10 PM and there was a big bonfire outside. A priest was marking symbols of infinity, the Alpha and the Omega on a giant candle about 6 feet high and a foot wide, and chanting a Eucharistic prayer .Then they burned palm leaves and we all lit candles and went inside the church to hear more beautiful chanting and singing, and then Mass …packed with hundreds of people. We stayed at the Hotel Cardinale just a block from the church and could see the big clock tower and hear the chimes every hour. C’est la vie!
St Tropheme

Le Jour du Depart! Monday, Apr 18 2011 

It’s official at last. The best Monday in a long time. It’s the first day of my trip to Europe, after a mere 30-year delay. I’ll be meeting my brother and his wife Jane there. They’ve been renting an apartment in Nice for several months, welcoming numerous guests (location, location, location), and it sounds as though they’ve been having a wonderful time.  I’m taking my computer and am planning to chronicle my adventures by practicing my blogging skills. Why not? If a picture is worth a thousand words, then surely some words AND pictures will help me remember the trip. Funny how I don’t really get excited until the last minute. I even slept well last night, a rarity for an insomniac like me. I woke up for a minute, but listened to Gangaji on my iPhone and she seems to be my miracle tranquilizer.

So I’m packed and ready…just need to navigate the road to the San Francisco airport (an adventure in itself) and drop the car at the park and fly, and of course there’s the long flight across the U.S. and the Atlantic. If I remember that every step is part of the adventure, perhaps I can keep my equilibrium even with the  indignities of modern travel. It will be lovely to see Nice again.Nice France

Is it Love? Women’s Voices February 14 Monday, Feb 14 2011 

duffySometimes Valentine’s Day is not just hearts and flowers. It can be a reminder that romantic love is sometimes elusive. But what’s love without love songs? Sometimes the saddest songs open our hearts. So whether you are happy, sad, or just like to listen to cool music, join me on Women’s Voices this Valentine’s Day, streaming live on KZYX at 7:00 PM PST for a hot night of  love songs. From pop to electronica to country and classic jazz, we’ll listen to some groovy girl singers.

I discovered Duffy when I watched An Education (nice little film, by the way), and that led to an exploration of a few singers in the pop genre whom I may not have discovered otherwise. I love Corinne Bailey Rae’s sweet voice, and the contrast to Duffy’s rough edged sound. I snuck in some Nina Simone, Lucinda Williams, and we’ll finish the night with Adele. The Grammy’s are in the news lately, and it’s fun to listen to modern young singers along with some other favorites. Let’s mix it up this Monday night.

nina simone Happy Valentine’s Day!

adele

Belva Davis on Women’s Voices January 31 Friday, Jan 21 2011 

Belva Davis

Join me on Women’s Voices at 7:00 PM Pacific Time Monday January 31 on KZYX for an interview with Belva Davis, author of Never in My Wildest Dreams, A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism. Ms. Davis was the first black female television journalist in the western United States. A reporter for nearly five decades, Davis was born to a fifteen-year-old Louisiana laundress during the Great Depression, and raised in the projects of Oakland, CA. She suffered abuse, battled rejection, and persevered to achieve a career beyond her imagination.

“No people can say they understand the times in which they have lived unless they have read this book” –Dr. Maya Angelou

Belva Davis has lived this country’s history as only a brave black woman could, and has witnessed it as a journalist with a world-class head and heart,” noted feminist leader Gloria Steinem. “I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to read her words in Never in My Wildest Dreams without becoming a better and braver person.” The memoir, written with award-winning journalist Vicki Haddock and published by PoliPoint Press, reminds us all never to fear the space between reality and our dreams.

Never wildest Dreams

Here’s an excerpt from Belva Davis’s website:

Never in My Wildest Dreams is a book about courage and achievement from pioneering journalist Belva Davis, who helped to change the face and focus of TV news. When Davis started her journalism career, the major media outlets were largely closed to African Americans and female reporters. In the earliest part of her career, she worked for black newspapers and black-programmed radio stations. In 1966, when, racial barriers began to fall, she became the first black woman hired as a television news reporter in the western United States.

Many of the explosive stories of the ‘60s ’70s and ’80s intersected with her private life. She spent months covering campus demonstrations, anti-Vietnam war protests and the rise of the Black Panthers. She married William Moore, who became the first black television news photographer at a commercial station in California – at one point each of them had station-issued gas masks to protect them during the protests. As she covered the kidnapping ordeal of heiress Patty Hearst, police informed her that white supremacists were threatening to abduct her own daughter. When she reported a series about alleged police misconduct, her son was mysteriously arrested. The family housekeeper turned out to be a likely spy on behalf of the Rev. Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple. And her daughter worked in San Francisco’s City Hall and was there the day Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated.

Never in My Wildest Dreams also covers Davis’ years of reporting on the AIDS epidemic, stories of her travels to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro, and travels to Kenya and Tanzania after the bombing of U.S. embassies in those countries. With honesty and openness, she talks about the difficulty of managing her family and professional career, while quietly fighting racism and sexism. Along the way she held fast to her dream and changed the perception of who should and could be a good television news reporter. Join me on Women’s Voices–this should be a fascinating interview. kzyx

Stephanie Elizondo Griest on Women’s Voices January 10 Friday, Jan 7 2011 

Around the Bloc

Join me on KZYX Monday January 10 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time for an interview with Chicana writer, activist, and world traveler Stephanie Elizondo Griest.

She’s mingled with the Russian Mafiya, polished propaganda in China, and belly danced with rumba queens in Cuba. Her adventures have inspired many books, including Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, and 100 Places Every Woman Should Go.

She’s a passionate activist, and founder of the Youth Free Expression Network, an anti-censorship organization for teens, a program of the National Coalition Against Censorship in New York City, where she is a board member.

Stephanie E Griest

She travelled 45,000 miles in 42 states across America and has been a political reporter and teacher of journalism at China Daily in Beijing. During a three month fellowship at the New York Times, she wrote about male belly dancers, Latina filmmakers, and dentists who replace canines with fangs.

Best Women's Travel Writing

Hodder Fellow at Princeton University,  Griest loves the open road, and her wanderlust has taken her to 35 countries. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. This should be an interesting interview…please join us streaming live on KZYX

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