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Dear Kindred Reader,
For millennia, human beings gathered around campfires and fireplaces to tell each other their stories. It is still by this act, of taking time to tell and listen to one another’s stories, that we make sense of our world and ultimately, decide what stories to believe culturally. In these fireside chats, I am honored to talk with dynamic and insightful authors and activists and how their work is contributing to the creation of a new story for the human family. Please join our e-newsletter, to the right, for notifications for upcoming events that you can join live and postings of those recordings here. Please note, some of these interviews were for Pathways Connect Gathering Groups, a collaborative, community-building outreach project with Pathways to Family Wellness magazine. You can find your local gathering group, and a treasured source of support for your conscious living choices, here. Thank you for joining us,
Lisa Reagan, Kindred Editor
Reclaiming Our Sustainable Future: An Interview with Shannon Hayes, Author of Radical Homemaking
Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with an inspirational discussion with Shannon Hayes and Lisa Reagan. Hayes shares her research and interviews with families who are making the switch to sustainable, holistic lifestyles that are consistent with their values. In this interview Hayes shares:
1- The seven skills of a radical homemaker
2- How to create a values and dreams board with your partner so you can support each other on decision making
3- How becoming sustainable does not mean going to live in log cabins and eating bark
4- How Radical Homemakers, aka Cultural Creatives, are changing the world just by being themselves and living fearlessly.
5- The practical details of living sustainably, including living without health insurance
Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural grassfed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a BA in creative writing from Binghamton University, and a Masters and PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development from Cornell.
Shannon is the author of four books: The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill, Radical Homemakers and Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously. All are published by Left to Write Press, a company that Shannon and her husband Bob started as a way to enable them to live in Schoharie County without having to sell-out to corporate media.
Visit her at www.radicalhomemakers.com
Parenting for Social Change: Transform Childhood, Transform the World
Teresa Graham Brett, J.D., lives her passion for creating social change by combining her work in social justice education with parenting. As a professional, she has spent over 20 years working in and with universities and colleges as an educator, leader, administrator and consultant committed to advancing social change and social justice. Her own life was transformed after becoming a mom to two boys, who challenge her to live the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent everyday.
As a result of this personal journey she founded the website Parenting for Social Change and authored the book Parenting for Social Change: Transform Childhood, Transform the World. Teresa continues to work as a consultant to universities and more importantly works with parents, who like her, want to let go of control and domination as a parenting model and create relationships with children based on trust and respect.
Parenting for Social Change is a powerful parenting book that is not about children, but about the harmful cultural messages adults perpetuate in their relationships with children. Using current research, she debunks the myth that controlling children is necessary to ensure that they grow into healthy and responsible adults. She also shares her own parenting journey away from controlling and dominating children and provides strategies for letting go of harmful control. Through her experiences as a social justice educator, she demonstrates how changing our parent-child relationships plays a critical role in creating social change.
Death Makes Life Possible, New Documentary, an Interview with Filmmaker Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD
In this fireside chat with Lisa Reagan, Dr. Schlitz shares the inspiration for her upcoming documentary, Death Makes Life Possible, created with co-producer, Deepak Chopra. You can read a feature article and interview with Dr. Schlitz and Dr. Chopra in LILIPOH magazine’s winter 2013 issue at www.lilipoh.com. See a trailer for the documentary, due to be released in 2013, at www.noetic.org/deathmakeslifepossible/home/.
Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, is a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, trainer, educator, and charismatic public speaker. She is currently the Ambassador for Creative Projects at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has also served as President and CEO. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing.
TIME Magazine Cover Mom, Jamie Grumet, Talks About Being a Revolutionary Activist for Attachment Parenting
As a passionate activist for breastfeeding and attachment parenting, Jamie Grumet posed on the cover of Time magazine in May 2012 nursing her almost four year-old son. Lisa Reagan called Jamie in May and asked if she knew the cover was going to be used to divide mothers with its inflammatory headline, “Are You Mom Enough?”
In this interview, Jamie tells Lisa about the Time magazine shoot, feeling blindsided by its cover headline and how she and her family have survived a media firestorm. Jamie and her family posed for a new cover on the fall 2012 magazine issue of Pathways to Family Wellness. (The print version of this interview also appears in the Pathways fall issue.) Jamie talks about her desire to represent attachment parenting ideally. She also shares her nonprofit work in Ethiopia through her Fayye Foundation.
The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Keys to the Motherbaby Bond, a New Book on Epigenetics in Pregnancy, An Interview with the Authors
Lisa Reagan talks with the authors of the new book, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the Mother Baby Bond, Tracey Wilson Peters and Laurel Wilson. Keys to the MotherBaby Bond. Tracy is the CEO of CAPPA, the worlds largest childbirth organization. Laurel owns and manages MotherJourney in Centennial, Colorado.
The Greatest Pregnancy Ever is about transforming your pregnancy through thought and awareness. Offering keys to creating a peaceful, joyful and positive beginning to your family, it offers insights and tips on conscious parenting, being present, managing stress and creating a way of life that will transform you, your baby and ultimately the world you live in.
Ina May Gaskin, The Godmother of Modern Midwifery on The Farm, Homebirth and Conscious Choice
Ina May Gaskin talks with Lisa Reagan about the rising homebirth rates, why this doesn’t mean much to her, her history of advocacy for intervention-free birth, including being booed by women students at Yale University in the 1970s, and her hopes for all mothers and babies seeking an empowering and healthy birth.
Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 1996, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled more than 2600 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition.
Cultural and Institutionalized Violence Against Women, with Suzanne Arms, a Teleconference with Audience Q&A
Note to Listener: As Suzanne Arms says to the listener at the beginning of this teleconference in August 2012, this is an adult discussion and you will want to ask your inner child to go play outdoors while your adult self hears some very disturbing facts and information about violence against women in our culture.
Suzanne recently attended two national conferences on violence against women and presents reports from those conferences while integrating her experience and expertise as a birth activist. Suzanne is the founder of Birthing the Future and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Immaculate Deception: Myth, Magic and Birth.
This nearly two hour teleconference includes participants asking Suzanne questions about the connections between culturally accepted and “normative” abuse toward women and hospital and even birth center birthing practices. Lisa Reagan moderates the discussion.
Understanding the Works of Joseph Chilton Pearce, with Michael Mendizza
Michael Mendizza talks with Lisa Reagan about the significance of the works of Joseph Chilton Pearce. Mendizza is compiling Joe’s works and biography into an anthology. He also wrote Magical Parent, Magical Child: The Joyful Art of Parenting with Joe. Michael gives the listener an overview of Joe’s works and how they examined one central issue in human development: Our Amazing Capacities and Self-Limiting Beliefs.
Mendizza helps listeners to understand key concepts in Joe’s work like the model imperative and the bio-cultural conflict. Why is parenting from a place of joy not only possible, but our natural birthright? How do parents rise above cultural conditioning and fearful beliefs? What does it mean to parent consciously and to make “conscious” choices?
Visit Michael at his nonprofit website, Touch the Future, for a 30 year collection of Joe’s works, including essays, video and audio recordings.
Here is a selection of Joseph Chilton Pearce’s works:
Strange Loops and Gestures of Creation – Autographed copies available through Kindred.
The Connected Baby, a Documentary by Researcher, Suzanne Zeedyk, PhD
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, is a neuroscientist from the University of Dundee, and producer of the new documentary film, The Connected Baby. The film shows the magnificent and overlooked nuanced ways babies are constantly communicating and trying to connect with caretakers. The neuroscience presented in the film shows that this need for interaction in the first three years is the basis for proper brain development. The consequences of babies not getting their need for connection to grow and thrive are well documented in the skyrocketing rates of depression and dysfunction in industrialized cultures. As Dr. Zeedyk shares, The Connected Baby has been used as the basis for communities to rethink their approach to child development, childcare and social violence prevention, as well as for mothers in post-partum recovery groups. Visit the film at www.theconnectedbaby.org.
Why Dads Leave: Insights for When Partners Become Parents, Author Interview
When John W. Travis, MD, lauded as one of the founding fathers of the wellness movement, became a parent, he was shocked to discover how unprepared he was for coping with the emotional challenges of parenthood.
Here, his wife and colleague, Meryn Callander, shares the story of their confident plunge into parenthood and the subsequent unraveling of that confidence, as they discovered themselves floundering, exhausted, and struggling to deal with the challenges confronting them.
Why Dads Leave reveals the cultural and generational forces that are colluding to create an unacknowledged epidemic of disappearing dads—fathers leaving their families, physically or emotionally, soon after the birth of a child. Nearly twenty years in the making, this book provides insights and practical ways of preventing and healing the insidious and devastating impact of this dynamic.
Robin GrilleRobin Grille, Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World
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Robin Grill is a Sydney based psychologist and the author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart to Heart Parenting: Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence from Conception to School Age. Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published in Australia and overseas. Robin’s articles and books have received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA and New Zealand.
Visit Robin at Our Emotional Health.
Leslie ManookianLeslie Manookian – Director of The Greater Good Documentary
About Leslie Manookian, Writer and Producer of the Award-Winning Documentary, The Greater Good
As a Wall Street insider in the booming 1990s, Leslie Manookian witnessed the routine prioritization of pharmaceutical profits over public and individual health. In 2003, wrestling with a crisis of conscience, she left her lucrative and high-powered career at its peak to pursue a documentary investigation into the imploding vaccine safety issue. In this candid interview, Leslie shares her journey from confusion to clarity through a labyrinth of interviews with players on both sides of the issue, ignored research gaps, marketing tactics she recognized from her Wall Street days, and intimate, bedside views of the wreckage families with vaccine-injured and killed children face every day. Leslie believes the vaccine safety issue is a “sleeping dog now awakening” as part of a larger, global movement away from industry dictated choices and toward the more scientifically and ethically defensible respect for individual choice.
While the film’s stated goal is to educate and spur rational discussion, its final impact will not only lead the viewer to a greater understanding of the vaccine safety issue, but to the discovery of what and who is sacrificed when informed choice is exchanged for the promise of The Greater Good.