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Episode 109 Spiritual Wisdom For These Difficult Times

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 03/24/2020

Episode 124 Horace Turnbull, Community Builder & Residential Treatment Center COO show art Episode 124 Horace Turnbull, Community Builder & Residential Treatment Center COO

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Horace Turnbull. Horace has spent his life devoted to positively shaping kids lives and uplifting community, through the value and power of the arts. Horace grew up in segregated Greenville, MS, in high school he helped farm families find housing, formed recreational activity program for young people, majored in sociology and psychology at Tougaloo College, before moving to New York. He began his career in a child welfare agency as a child care worker, and for the last 3 years of his career, before retiring 4 years ago, was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for St....

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Episode 123 Frances Pratt, President NAACP Nyack show art Episode 123 Frances Pratt, President NAACP Nyack

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My guest today is Frances Pratt. In my Nyack, NY community, Frances, at age 86, is a beloved, living legend. Frances is a registered nurse, who had a 53 year career at Nyack Hospital, which included being head nurse of ER and later a health administrator. The hospital named a waiting room after Frances, a scholarship in her name, as well as a positive-image rose garden. Frances is also a “licensed family care” provider and for 48 years housed up to 6 mentally challenged women in her home, at a time. The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 and...

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Episode 122 Julia Adamy Pederson, musician/equal justice advocate show art Episode 122 Julia Adamy Pederson, musician/equal justice advocate

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My guest today is Julia Adamy Pederson. Although Julia is an outstanding professional bass player, today’s conversation is not about what a marvelous bass player she is, or her vibrant music career. Julia, my wholehearted, yet humble daughter, is uncomfortable talking about herself. True to the instrument she plays, her personality matches the function of the bass player: to be a supportive role, or as she describes it “I’d rather be felt, than heard”. She agreed to be my guest, stretching herself beyond her comfort zone, only because she feels compelled to speak about what she is...

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Episode 121 Kimberly Jones, author, filmmaker, activist show art Episode 121 Kimberly Jones, author, filmmaker, activist

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My guest today is Kimberly Latrice Jones. Kimberly is an activist, writer, and director. It was Kimberly’s recent impassioned video that powerfully moved me and inspired me to reach out to her. Both Trevor Noah and John Oliver highlighted Kim’s video, where she provides a poignant history lesson, outlines the broken social contracts between whites and blacks in this country, and pleads for people to not superficially focus on the WHAT (looting and rioting), but dig into the WHY.

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Episode 120, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr, Discussion On White Privilege show art Episode 120, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr, Discussion On White Privilege

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My guests today are 2 of my nieces, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr. Siri is a teacher of 8th grade writing in a Boston charter school. She cares deeply about making the world a better place, trusting that with love, we are capable of so much more. Kirsti is an environmental biologist, who has studied raptors in California and Nevada and is currently working on a red-headed woodpecker project in Minnesota. Siri and Kirsti help challenge me to think about how we can openly practice anti-racism in our lives.

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Episode 119 Jamie Surya, yoga studio owner and teacher show art Episode 119 Jamie Surya, yoga studio owner and teacher

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My guest today is Jamie Surya. Jamie is a yoga instructor, owner of her own yoga studio and a revered community builder. Jamie was drawn to yoga at a very vulnerable time in her life, when she was struggling with anxiety and depression. Yoga shifted and profoundly transformed Jamie’s life so she is devoted to sharing the practice with others. Rooted in a reverence for the ancient philosophy and practice of yoga, Jamie adds her modern twist.

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Episode 118 Dr. Deborah Adamy Talks About Raw Emotions  show art Episode 118 Dr. Deborah Adamy Talks About Raw Emotions

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I didn’t plan for, nor expect the flood of tears that came over me, and in between my sobs, I realized it took a pandemic for me to feel the raw emotions of our country’s intensified racism. It took a pandemic for me to weep in a new way for all the people of color who have been terrorized by police brutality and white supremacy.

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Episode 117 Suzanne, TV Producer, Videographer, and Film Director show art Episode 117 Suzanne, TV Producer, Videographer, and Film Director

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My guest today is Suzanne. Suzanne had been a TV Producer, Videographer and Film Director, before her near fatal injury 3 1/2 years ago that created an opportunity for Suzanne to reset everything in her life. Suzanne has slowed down tremendously and is now living a more natural life, more in touch with the earth, animals, and people. She even says that her long road to recovery served as a warm up, preparing her well to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Episode 116 Jason Tomlinson, career skills advocate, community builder show art Episode 116 Jason Tomlinson, career skills advocate, community builder

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My guest today is Jason Tomlinson. Jason is a career skills advocate, community builder, and master barber. Jason’s official title at Rockland Community College (RCC) is “Confidential Assistant to the President”, which entails (other than being able to keep a good secret), coordinating scheduling and logistics for the president and representing the college in the community by building/collaborating/maintaining purposeful community relationships.

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Episode 115 Puzzling Through The Pandemic show art Episode 115 Puzzling Through The Pandemic

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In the past 2 months, during our shelter-at-home precautions for the coronavirus, I’ve done three separate 1,000 piece puzzles. So it won’t come as a surprise that I’ve been reflecting on puzzles, the metaphors they hold, and what it means to me to be puzzling through this pandemic. So instead of a guest today, I want to share with you some of my puzzle thoughts and the insights they have provided me.

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Instead of a guest today, I would like to share some spiritual wisdom for these difficult times. Addressing and responding to COVID-19 marks an unprecedented moment in our history. Not just for some of us, but for all of us. Because this virus does not discriminate based on geography, culture, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic level, we are all impacted! Again not just in our neighborhood, our town, our city, our community, our county, our country, but all across the globe. Many of us have expressed, that in a strange way, COVID-19 has unified us, and we are all going through this at the same time, together. This is not to dismiss the seriousness of this virus and the devastating, even potentially deadly impact of this virus. That is there, too.

However, despite the the isolation felt from social distancing, there are innovative ways people are feeling connected. Have you seen the videos of quarantined neighborhoods in Italy and Spain, with people standing on their balconies, playing a musical instrument, which inspires another person to bring out their instrument, and before you know it, musicians and spectators are all standing on their balconies creating a spontaneous, uplifting moment of intimacy and community. These creative, courageous people are allowing music and song to transcend the experience of alienation.

I encourage you to check out the web sites of Brother Richard Hendrick, Thich Nhat Hahn and Jack Kornfield, so much wisdom and compassion to tap into!! Enjoy the podcast.

Links:

Brother Richard Hendrick's Web Site
Thich Nhat Hahn's Web Site
Jack Kornfield's Web Site
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