A joy to interview past Kentucky poet laureate George Ella Lyon with her powerful new collection Back to The Light. Teacher and author of more than 40 books for adults and children, George Ella takes us back to her own childhood and the people, perceptions, insights and healing that has brought her safely and gently to this time of reconciliation and beauty in her life. Published by University of Kentucky Press. georgeellalyon.com
Religious Studies Professor Vanessa R. Sasson finally brings a feminine voice to the timeless story of The Buddha, first made famous to non Buddhists by Herman Hesse. Vanessa tells the story from the point of view and aching heart of Prince Siddhartha’s wife, Yasodhara, in her richly reimagined first novel Yasodhara and The Buddha, a beautiful telling steeped in the fragrance, tastes and colors of northern India. Published by Bloomsbury vanessarsasson.com
Financial wellness expert Jennifer Barrett is a contributor to Forbes, The New York Times and The Washington Post among other trusted forums, and brings her wisdom to The Last Word with her brand new book Think Like A Breadwinner: A Wealth-Building Manifesto for Women Who Want to Earn More and Worry Less. In this fast-paced interview Jennifer debunks common myths and habits that often sabotage our best efforts to earn more, save more and invest wisely. Why do we let emotions rule our financial well being and how can we once and for all put our financial fears to rest ? Think Like A Breadwinner published by G.P. Putnam jenniferbarrett.com
Santa Fe based writer, educator and former business administrator Kay Sellers reads from three collections of luminous prose poetry, Outlier, Constructions and Optics inspired by his sojourns in the Pacific Northwest and South America as well as the American Southwest. Kay shares with listeners how a writer can shift from the practical, day-to-day world of work to the creative, sometimes atmospheric consciousness that writing poetry calls forth. How does a poet turn visual perception and imagery into an award-winning piece of writing ? Sellers is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Medal Provocateur Award for Outlier. His books are available at amazon.com and as always we encourage listeners to order books featured on The Last Word directly from local Santa Fe bookstores. Follow Kay at the blog kaysellers.org
Travel to northeast India to the tea growing District of Assam with environmental scientist Janie Chodosh to meet India’s most revered veterinarian, Dr. K. K. Sarma. Janie’s latest book, The Elephant Doctor of India, tells Dr. Sarma’s inspiring story from his childhood dreams to present day with delightful and sometimes hair raising stories of his work to save elephants both domesticated and wild. Janie Chodosh is based in Santa Fe and her book is available at local bookstores and through her website at janiechodosh.com
Ten years ago Linda Durham closed her internationally acclaimed art gallery in Santa Fe after 33 extraordinary years, propelling her from the highest echelon of glamorous inner circles into an ocean of bewilderment and loss of perceived identity. In this intimate chat Linda talks about how being shaken to her roots helped her find herself again. And again. What is our identity ? Do we actually need one ? Linda Durham’s fascinating memoir Still Moving answers some questions and asks more, available from local bookstores, online and from Linda herself www.lindadurham.us
America’s beloved “dog doc” Dr. Marty Goldstein, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for over 40 years informs and delights pet-loving listeners with his new book The Spirit of Animal Healing: An Integrative Medicine Guide to a Higher State of Well Being. We discuss the importance of knowing what’s in your pet’s food and why diseases in animals have skyrocketed over the last few decades. Did you know that your dear dog or cat may have a spiritual life and certainly an emotional life often in tune with your own ?
Published by St. Martin’s Publishing Group. drmarty.com drmartypets.com dogdogthefilm.com
Writer, poet, psychotherapist and writing coach Ya’el Chaikind reads from her newest book Revelations of The Heart and explains how she follows the ancient Hebrew tradition of Counting The Omer each spring to immerse in the qualities of lovingkindness, strength, harmony, endurance, awe, foundation and dignity. The 50th Day is known as the day of revelation. yaelchaikind.com
A powerful and sometimes uncomfortable interview with journalist, award-winning author and writing coach Marcia Meier about her newly-published memoir, Face. At 5 years old Marcia was hit by a car on a crosswalk while riding her bicycle and dragged underneath for 200 yds. leaving her horribly disfigured and in indescribable pain. Face: A Memoir chronicles her 20 surgeries and a childhood haunted by traumatic scars both physical and emotional. Why did it take half a lifetime for Marcia to complete this book and how has she forgiven those who hurt her, or has she ? Published by Saddle Road Press marciameier.com plus resources including the Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Foundation cptsdfoundation.org and the Facebook group Beyond Childhood Trauma
Santa Fe award-winning author and playwright, Rosemary Zibart joins me to discuss her latest book, Beatrice on Her Own, the second in her Far and Away series for young people, the first being True Brit. Both books are based on real accounts of World War II and tell the story of a young girl who flees London during the blitz to find safety with a stranger, a courageous pubic health nurse hosting her in far away Santa Fe. Beatrice grows up fast in the land of enchantment and Rosemary does not shy away from the difficulties of life in the pueblos in the years before running water and antibiotics. Through Beatrice’s eyes and heart we learn truth about the Japanese Internment Camp as well as picture Santa Fe’s bustling plaza in the days of Zook’s Soda Fountain and grocery stores. kinkajoupress.com rosemaryzibart.com
New Mexico’s celebrated author and writing teacher Natalie Goldberg reads from her newest book, Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku. This elegant book is a reverent journey into the beauty, fragrance and joy of following in the footsteps of Japan’s Haiku masters. Listen with delight as Natalie takes us with her and rediscover how reading three simple lines can “make the mind leap” and open up a spaciousness in our souls. nataliegoldberg.com
Plastic pollution activist and educator Sandra Ann Harris helps to set an intent for this new year to minimize our use of single-use plastic products which are cluttering and destroying the world’s oceans and jeopardizing our own health and that of our children. Founder of EcoLunchboxes and author of Say Goodbye to Plastic: a Survival Guide to Plastic-free Living Sandra suggests an easy-to-follow guide that takes us through each room in our homes to see where we can make changes. Even one small change can make a difference. More about Sandra at ecolunchboxes.com Say Goodbye to Plastic published by Penguin Random House available from ecolunchboxes.com
Perhaps the first form of news reporting and education, storytelling is as ancient as humanity itself. Along with his wife, Liz Mangual, Bob Kanegis has inspired and entertained throughout New Mexico for decades in schools, conferences, gatherings and currently online for everyone to enjoy. This fun interview gives a taste of Bob’s tales that can inform and guide us through this new year. Bob and Liz can be found anytime at storyconnection.com
Ann Todhunter Brode has been a respected bodywork therapist, consultant and writer in the healthcare field for over 40 years. Over decades she has observed time and again how our minds and bodies interact and has published her findings in A Guide to Body Wisdom: What Your Mind Needs to Know About Your Body. In this interview Ann cites just a few of hundreds of examples which will likely have you nodding in agreement and perhaps generate an “aha” moment or two. A well resourced addition to literature about how mindfulness may help to offer a fresh perspective on our health. Published by Llewelyn.com bodywisdomforlife.com anntodhunterbrode.com
This week’s interview honors the life and legacy of fine artist Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris, who’s last wish was to see her almost completed book, A Generous Spirit, brought to publication. Kathy, herself an artist and gifted photographer, compiled Sarah’s book and Judy was the final editor and publishing support. Illustrated in full color, A Generous Spirit brings Sarah’s values, beauty, fearless skill and soaring imagination to all. Her blog artcalling.wordpress.com has been recently updated to offer insights, wisdom and Sarah’s gift for capturing nature and form in glorious detail. A Generous Spirit: Exploring New Directions for The Arts published by Kaminn Media.
Hersch Wilson is a 30-year veteran volunteer firefighter and EMT with Santa Fe County’s Hondo Fire Department. Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times brings the reader into the front lines with Hersch and his teams and offers succinct field notes for those of us on the somewhat less dramatic sidelines. How do firefighters keep calm in the midst of chaos ? How do they process the grief and sometimes anger they feel with passion ? How do they summon grit and courage in the face of monstrous tragedy ? Be brave, be kind, fight fires.
Interviewing Hersch was enormous fun despite the subject matter, and these 23 minutes are dedicated to all the brave and dedicated firefighters in our County and in our country.
Discover “The Wonder-Full World of The Home” with Timothy Hass. Timothy’s compact book is filled with examples and simple exercises to help us bring our homes to vibrant life in “collaboration” with unseen beings that cohabit with us, just like faeries and nature spirits may help our gardens ! Open your mind to the possibilities of techno-elementals, underbuddies and even electro-elementals who might just help to fix our devices and gadgets. Timothy, also works with the Wild Foundation and tells a remarkable true story of how “underbuddies” saved the day in a potentially volatile situation at a Wild Congress in Mexico City. Published by Lorian Press. email@example.com or wild.org for more info about the Wild Foundation.
Santa Fe’s beloved award-winning writer Miriam Sagan is the author of over 30 books of poetry, fiction and memoir and the founder of SFCC’s creative writing program. In this delightful interview Miriam reads from her new collection, Star Gazing: Poems of Astronomy, bringing her inner world and far away outer world to sparkling life. New Mexico is blessed with extraordinary night skies. Look up !
When psychotherapist Malcolm Stern’s daughter Melissa committed suicide in 2014 his grief forced him to face every aspect of his work and life. What emerged is his new book, Slay Your Dragons With Compassion, which is not a grief journal, rather a beautiful story of resilience filled with wisdom, humanity and grace for all of life’s challenges. This intimate interview brings Malcolm’s journey to life. malcolmstern.com
Award-winning author, playwright and theater professor Nancy King, was determined to learn the truth of her painful childhood and the heartbreaking effect it had on her adult life, uncovers the secrets, sees through the lies and breaks the silence.
Her powerful memoir, Breaking The Silence is written in short storytelling form to allow readers an intimate and compassionate insight into her healing journey. Listeners can join Nancy in a Zoom conversation next Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm at TerraNovaBooks.com or contact her at nancykingstories.com anytime.
Bestselling British novelist, Wendy Holden, brings to vibrant life a little-known story of the childhood of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret. Beautifully crafted, The Royal Governess is written through the eyes of their beloved Governess, Marion Crawford, who made one innocent mistake and almost immediately became “persona non grata” after 17 years of dedicated service to the Royal Family. WendyHolden.net
Husband and wife poets and award-winning writers Anne Valley-Fox and Tom Ireland read essays from their grounding, insightful and honest collection The Household Muse. Written as emails to one another from their living room to their kitchen table, from studio to garden chair over a span of almost two decades The Household Muse is a reflection of relationship we can all relate to and profoundly enjoy.
Writer, philosopher and technologist Gary F. Bengier takes us on an Unfettered Journey to a richly envisioned world 140 years in Earth’s future. Protagonist, Joe, seeks to create Artificial Intelligence consciousness and discovers the resilience of the human spirit ... and much more. garyfbengier.com and unfetteredjourney.com
Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast joins us with his startling new book How Trump Stole 2020. Does he have a crystal ball ? What is hard fact and what is propaganda fiction ? Find out, listen and share this link to help protect your voting rights, take action, and make your vote count. gregpalast.com
One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us is the title of a brilliantly conceived anthology by writer and memoirist Erica Heller. She is joined in this delicious interview by author Allegra Huston who reads a portion of her poignant piece of her reimagined “last” lunch with her beautiful, ballerina mother.
The authors describe what happens when 50 deceased celebrities of every walk of fame and infamy were invited to lunch by their grown children, siblings or close friends, where they lunched, what they ate, what wines they chose, what they spoke about the afterlife, or didn’t. We meet and eat with David Bowie to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with Julia Child to Jimi Hendrix and dare you to have a conversation with Steve Jobs and the Catch 22 that happened when book compiler Erica Heller lunched twice with her famous father Joseph Heller.