Saeeda HafizThe Healing

When I see a book that is a memoir of someone who has embarked on a spiritual path (usually Eastern in origin),  and/or promoting a cleaner diet or exercise regime, I expect a rosy picture, filled with tantalizing rewards of living and eating "right." The newly pure are happier, healthier and more prosperous.

In Saeeda Hafiz's book "The Healing: A Memoir of Food, Family and Yoga" is more truthful. Such changes may come slowly and at times involve two steps forward, three steps back. The expected benefits don't always materialize, at least not in the way you expected.

Saeeda is an African American woman raised in an environment rife with poverty, addiction and domesitc violence.  In her memoir, she shares her authentic story of overcoming that legacy through food and yoga.  And lots of hard work.

Join us on Writers' Voices for another great conversation!


“What’s it like to play in the same leagues as the big boys,” you might ask?  Or you might wonder, “What the heck is he talking about?”Lentil Soup

 Well, get your head out of the sand.  Donald Trump hosted Saturday night live on November 7, and NBC has granted “equal time” requests to four other GOP candidates.  No, they won’t be hosting SNL, but they will get prime time access to air their messages to voters.

 On KRUU’S Great Taste we provided a platform for Democratic senatorial candidate Tom Fiegen to communicate his views on family farms, GMO’s, climate change, and sustainable agriculture, and Rob Hogg, another Democrat running in the spring primary asked and presented his thoughts on the same issues.  This week, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley also weighs in on the same topics. 


John Kepner, the Director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists will be intereviewed on Speaking Freely today by Dennis Raimondi along with his special co-host Philip Goldberg, author of the book American Veda.

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Today's guests are filmmakers Peter Rader and Lisa Leeman. Their current film, Awake: the Life of Yogananada, recently opened to rave reviews in theaters nationwide.

"Compelling....enough to make a modern soul look inwards." NY Times. Awake, will be playing at the Orpheum Theater in Fairfield, IA and the Apple Fresh Pond Cinema in Cambridge, MA on Friday November 7.

Dr. Don Ingwerson was appointed to the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Southern California in August 2006. In this capacity, Dr. Ingwerson oversees all media and legislative relations on behalf of the Christian Science Church.

Mr. Philip Goldberg is an author and public speaker. His latest book is titled American Veda, From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West.

Returning to Speaking Freely is Philip Goldberg, author, lecturer, and teacher. Author of 19 books his latest book is American Veda. Mr Goldberg blogs regularly on the Huffington Post and has an upcoming speaking tour in India.


Dr. Timothy McCarthy is a professor of history and literature at Harvard University. He is also the Director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He will be discussing how new laws in Russia are effecting the lives of LGBT people.

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It feels good to be back! 

I did a two month stay in the mountains of Northern California. It was so beautiful!

I forgot how good a bed with a thick comforter feels on a cold day!

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Brother Satyananda has been a monk with the Self Realization Fellowship for over thirty years. He has lectured on the philosophy of yoga and the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda throughout the world.

Dr. Alan Hodder is a professor of literature and religion at Hampshire College. He is a leading authority on the American Transcendentalists and is the author of Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness as well as Emerson's Rhetoric of Revelation.