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When Grief Calls ForthWhen Mary Rockefeller Morgan's twin brother Michael disappeared off the remote coast of New Guinea in 1961, at the age of 23, her loss was both deeply personal and extremely public, as the event was front page news around the world.  In this touching memoir, Morgan discusses grief, healing, and her life-long work as a psychotherapist specializMary Morganing in twin loss and bereavement counseling.  Morgan is also Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary on genetic determinism and the American dream.

Join us on Writers' Voices this week for what promises to be a moving conversation.

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    Apr 14
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How About a Biography or Two (or More?)

East Meets WestWe have a rare treat for biography lovers this week!  First up, John Adago, author of "East Meets West," the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and across the centuries, and introduced Meditation and Eastern Philsophy to the West ( and yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the featured teachers.) Check out thejourneyback.net for more information on the author and this many subjects.No Better Time

Our second guest, Molly Knight Raskin, is a journalist and former writer/producer for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. You may never have heard of her subject, Danny Lewin, but you will wonder why not. Danny grew up in the US and Israel, became a member of an elite counterterrorism unit in Israel, came to MIT to study abstract math, and co-founded one of the early dot-com companies that tranformed the internet. And, he was most likely the first victim of the 9/11 attacks when he was fatally stabbed while attempting to stop the terrorists on one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center. The book is titled "No Better Time."

Three Fairfield womenWomen Who Write join Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to share examples of free writing done in classes led by Rae Bird, and writing groups that sprouted from Rae's classes. Pictured at the mike, from left to right, are Mary Ellen Maguire,  Laya Hawthorne and Sallee Garst Haerr.

According to these women, Rae Bird helps to create a safe space for women to develop their creative voice, being supportive and encouraging while pushing her students to go deeper.  The focus is on free writing and sharing the result, not critiquing, although the women acknowledge that there is a time and place for critique groups.  The works the women read on  air are honest, intimate, and remarkably polished considering they are only lightly edited.

Once we have the show archived, we will also post the manuscripts on writersvoices.com so listeners can read them as well. In the meantime, enjoy these wise and melodious voices of Fairfield Women Who Write.

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    Mar 28
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    Mar 31
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"Writings from The One: 108 Insights from the Divine"

Writings from The OneThose of you who listen to Writers' Voices regularly know that, on Fridays, our live broadcast follows "The Filmosophers" featuring Chris Busch and Bruce Miller.  Bruce is a freqent source of recomendations for Writers' Voices and has also stepped in as co-host several times (including last week at a moment's notice), and we are pleased to welcome him back as co-host this week.  Our guest,  Julia Desmond, comes highly recommended by Bruce.Julia Desmond

Julia, a Wisconsin native, is a former investment banker and now serves as a "spiritual teacher for the modern world."  She teaches Oneness Meditation, and wrote this book to inspire others to experience their own insights from the divine.  Tune in for what promises to be an enlightening conversation!

Road to Reckoning"The Lord made men, but Sam Colt mad them equal."  This week on Writers' Voices we go back in time, to 1837, when the idea of a revolver that could shoot 6 times without reloading was novel - and the basis for this taut, suspenseful young adult novel set in the wilds of Pennsylvania during a depression. 

Robert Lautner, who lives in a wooden cabin in Wales, had a childhood fascination with guns and loved the legend of Colt creating a wooden revolver in order to get a patent for his invention. The seed for  "Road to Reckoning" was "What type of man could walk into a room filled with armed murderers with only a wooden gun?"

"Road to Reckoning" is a most unusual combination of fast-moving action, compelling characters, rich historical detail, and literary language. It was a February Book Club selection by BBC Radio 2 and has garnered much attention - understandably so!  Join us this week for a look at this fascinating era in American history.

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Exploring Family Relationships with Jane Isay

Secrets and LiesThis week's guest on Writers' Voices spent 40 years as an editor, working with some of the top writers in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, including Anna Freud and Mary Pipher ("Reviving Ophelia"). When she retired, she turned to writing books about family relationships.  Jane Isay considers herself  "a mapmaker, sketching out the routes to conflict and acceptance, to anger and to love."

In Isay's most recent book, "Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives,"  she reveals the secret that deeply impacted her first marriage.  By sharing her own and other's stories of secrets kept and seJane Isaycrets found, she illustrates the many ways that secrets affect family relationships and cause emotional distress, but also provides guidance in how to move past the pain, guilt and blame.

Join Monicaand Caroline for an intriguing conversation with a woman who knows both sides of the desk when it comes to writing and publishing.

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    Mar 07
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    Mar 10
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Do You Believe in Angels?

 

The Angel EffectToday's long-awaited guest on Writers' Voices with Monica and CarolineJohn Geiger, is perhaps best known as the writer of "The Third Man Factor," which explores the oft-reported phenomenon of an unseen presence, or "third man" offering guidance and support to people, such as Arctic explorers, who are facing life and death struggles.John Geiger

After that book was published, Geiger was flooded with stories from ordinary people who'd had a similar experience in times of crisis.  In "The Angel Effect: We Are Never Alone," Geiger shares some of these first-hand accounts, including his own experience, and delves into research on various explanations for The Angel Effect, ranging from the scientific to the mystical.

Whether you believe in angels, or find the power of the human brain to create illusions to be a more convincing explanation, you will find this a fascinating interview.

And with any luck - the weather will be clear tomorrow so Caroline can make it to the station for this live interview.  We asked John to postpone our previously scheduled show due to a snowstorm and are very glad he agreed!

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    Feb 21
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    Feb 24
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Putting Enlightenment into Perspective - With Craig Pearson

Supreme AwakeningThis week on Writer's Voices, Monica and Caroline welcome MUM Executive Vice President Craig Pearson to discuss his recently released book, "The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time  - and How We Can Cultivate Them." The product of research Dr. Pearson did for his doctoral dissertation, this book allows the reader to share the enlightened experiences of people throughout history. By gathering these many stories from across history, from saints and mystics, writers, world leaders, even athletes,Craig Pearson Dr. Pearson provides a unique perspective on what is obviously a universal experience.  

Many of the people profiled within are expected, people who are well-known for their spiritual experiences - Buddha, St. Teresa of Avila, Thoreau, Rumi. But there are many surprises here as well - Anwar Sadat, Einstein, Plato and many more.  I was most fascinated by these stories.  It made me realize that the accomplishments of many great persons may have been a direct result of their experiences with other states of consciousness.

Dr. Pearson is also the author of "The Complete Book of Yogic Flying."

Love and Other DelusionsIt's Valentine's Day 2014 - and due to a snowstorm we are postponing the live interview scheduled for today (John Geiger with "The Angel Effect." ) I was looking for a past show that would fit with the theme of the day - LOVE in all it's myriad forms - and I believe it is fair to say that is Larry Baker's prevailing theme.  I hope you enjoy this rebroadcast.

Iowa City author, Larry Baker, has written five novels, including "Athens, America" and "The Flamingo Rising". His most recent book, "Love & Other Delusions", presents a fresh take on the story of a married woman having an affair with a younger man.Larry Baker

Larry Baker is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Iowa, as well as an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College. Baker is also working on a documentary about the creative process, focusing on the writing of "A Good Man," in which Baker drew on, or "stole" as he would say, from a variety of predecessors.  Check out Monica's review of "A Good Man" at http://www.writersvoices.com/books-review/books-review/good-man-larry-baker/. <--break->

The Angel Effect

BREAKING NEWS:  Due to the snow, Caroline can't make it to the station today so we are postponing this interview until March 7.  Tune in today for a rebroadcast of Iowa City author Larry Baker with "Love and Other Delusions"

Today's guest on Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline, John Geiger, is perhaps best known as the writer of "The Third Man Factor," which explores the oft-reported phenomenon of an unseen presence, or "third man" offering guidance and support to people, such as Arctic explorers, who are facing life and death struggles.John Geiger

After that book was published, Geiger was flooded with stories from ordinary people who'd had a similar experience in times of crisis.  In "The Angel Effect: We Are Never Alone," Geiger shares some of these first-hand accounts,and delves into research on various explanations for The Angel Effect, ranging from the scientific to the mystical.

Whether you believe in angels, or find the power of the human brain to create illusions to be a more convincing explanation, you will find this a fascinating interview.

 

 

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