Author: March Twisdale

Betsy Bell Interview – PPP071

Betsy Bell, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, is a longtime justice activist. Publications include poems in various chapbooks and magazines; a personal essay in The Oklahoma Review, a non-fiction piece, Sex, Death and Line Dancing, in Stratus, and an opinion piece on senior living in the Seattle Times. Born in New York City in 1937, she has witnessed firsthand the social upheaval created by WWII and the persistent fear of communist power from the USSR and its allies. Reaching across boundaries that separate us from The Other has been a constant thread in Betsy’s life. Twice widowed, she has lived and worked in Seattle since 1969....

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Cathy Yardley Interview – PPP070

Since my first paid gig as a writer in 1999, I’ve written fun love stories. Even when I tried to write angsty, I couldn’t keep the humor out — it’s hard-wired. Now I roll with it. I’ve been letting my geek flag fly here for a while. Some of my favorite authors are Penny Reid, Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Charlotte Stein, Marian Keyes, Jim Butcher, Alisha Rai, and Patrick Rothfuss. When not writing, I’m usually chasing my son and two dogs around the Pacific Northwest, usually admonishing someone to either eat something, stop eating something, or put something down....

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Four Arrows Interview PPP069

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), aka Donald Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D. Fielding Graduate University Born in Missouri in 1946, Four Arrows is Irish, Tsalagi and a made relative of the Oglala Lakota Medicine Horse Tiospaye. Currently a professor at Fielding Graduate University, he served as Director of Education at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation where he fulfilled his Sun Dance Vows.  After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, a variety of adventures brought him to live or work closely among the Raramuri, Kunkaak, Navajo as well. With doctoral degrees in Health Psychology and in Curriculum and Instruction (with a cognate in Indigenous worldview), he has authored...

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To Vote, or not to Vote: that is the question…

“I want freedom from taxation!” If you’ve ever been to America (or various other countries) you’ve probably heard someone say this, either in person or on the radio. And, many people who say this, actually mean it. Until they don’t; such as when their house catches fire, and they expect one or more well-stocked fire trucks to roll up, filled with skilled firefighters and hoses that can tap into a well-designed water system with sufficient pressure to stop the fire. For free. Of course, it’s not for free. It’s a gift, from everyone else in our community, whether they...

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Souls Aside, These Nuns Just Might Save Your Life

If you think Catholic Nuns live a simple life, praying all day long in a stone convent surrounded by meticulously tended gardens, removed from the secular world…think again! Catholic Nuns might be passing you, every day, in the grocery store, at your local hospital, along the halls of government, in your favorite local cafe, or outside the courtroom. No longer are they immediately recognizable by a “Whoopie Goldberg” style black & white habit…but care about you, and me, and our neighbors…they do.  As Sister Sandy Sherman expressed in an article titled Most Americans like Catholic sisters – they just...

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Sister Simone Campbell Interview – PPP068

Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004, and is the leader of Nuns on the Bus. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of economic justice, immigration reform, and healthcare. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. Go HERE to learn about their current 2018 tour of America! Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:37 — 38.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS |...

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Who Do You Know That Is At Risk?

While driving along the Hood Canal, I stopped in at a sweet cafe, and a few minutes later a car pulled up. It had white-supremacist and hate-focused words written across the windows and sides of the car. The white couple (with kids) looked disempowered and angry, the man’s head was shaved, and it was a SOBERING reminder that this issue is everywhere. We must be mindful & take positive action. Today…Pittsburgh is experiencing actions very similar to those depicted in the movie BLACKkKLANSMAN (based upon a true story). If you haven’t yet, SEE the movie. It will move you,...

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I Haven’t Had a Vacation in Years (but I’m traveling more than ever)

Confused? So was I, until a little over a week ago, as I started packing for my trip around the world. Holy Shit! I’m actually going around the world! (No, I’m not joking. Yes, that just hit me.) (I’m back. Heartbeat normal.) Okay, then! Vacation versus travel. That’s the topic and so, let me ask you two questions. What is a vacation and what is travel? Don’t care? Well, if I do my job correctly, by the end of this article, you’ll agree that this question ranks right up there with, “Will Trump be re-elected?” Don’t believe me? You...

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Josh Tickell Interview – PPP067

Josh Tickell is a Sundance Award Winning film director, bestselling author and thought leader in the fields of youth, climate and alternative energy. In 1997, Josh’s vividly painted “Veggie Van” made headlines across the United States as it picked up used frying oil and turned it into fuel. His subsequent movie, FUEL, went to theaters globally and was shown in the White House. He is author of the books KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. He is the co-director and producer of the upcoming documentaries entitled KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:14 — 38.6MB)...

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Kevin Sheller Interview – PPP066

Kevin Sheller (aka Xane Daniel) joined me on the show, to share the inspiration behind his comic book series: Righteous! Struck with an incredible idea after lamenting the state of the world, Xane wasted no time in assembling an experienced team of artists to create his vision. A 21-year veteran of the video game industry, Xane’s first foray into comic creation is not a foreign concept, thanks to all the years of working with extremely diverse and talented artists. Xane writes and produces the popular series while living and working in the Chicago suburbs. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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