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Wakeup Call

Do you have a life experience that you consider your wakeup call?
I do.
A few days into January 2014, I got the real flu, and rode out a week of
fever, split lips, aches, chills, a sore mouth and throat, and
the inability to concentrate on or do anything.
I hallucinated for a week.

I deeply understand how people die from influenza.
And I came out the other side of the flu with a new set of priorities.

I wanted to simplify my life.
I wanted manmade chemicals out of my body and home.
I wanted to stop worrying about taking “The Pill” at 10pm on the dot every night.
I wanted to plan out and cook cheap, healthy meals.
I wanted to pay off my student loans.

And these new desires evolved into new habits that radically changed my chemistry, my energy, and my life.

Getting the flu was my wakeup call.
What is yours?

Interview

Episode 35: Season 2 Wrap

It’s hard to believe that Season 2 has come to a close! Four months, 17 interview episodes, and 3 non-interview episodes later, it is time to take a break for reflection and setting intentions for Season 3.

Check out Episode 35, the Season 2 Wrap, for a summary of each Season 2 episode, intentions for Season 3, and a list of three books that are helpful guides along the “keeping things alive” path in current times.

Here is the list of episodes in Season 2, with links to them streaming on Soundcloud:

And here are links to the three books that Laura recommends at the end of Episode 35:

Interview

Episode 34: Joanne Hameister Nuclear

This is the fourth and final episode in a four-part Keeping Things Alive Podcast series on nuclear waste and weapons, with a particular focus on Western New York.

Episode 34 of of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura’s conversation with Joanne Hameister.  Joanne is a retired research analyst and computer consultant who has devoted over half of her life to good decision-making at the West Valley Demonstration Project in Western New York, first through the League of Women Voters and later through the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Joanne on the West Valley Demonstration Project:

Interview

Episode 32: Diane D’Arrigo Nuclear

This is the second episode in a four-part Keeping Things Alive Podcast series on nuclear waste and weapons, with a particular focus on Western New York.

Episode 32 of of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura’s conversation with Diane D’Arrigo.  Diane is the Radioactive Waste Project Director at the Nuclear Information Research Service. Her main area of expertise is radioactive waste and radiation issues, and she also has international nuclear waste experience. She has been with NIRS since 1986, has a degree in chemistry and environmental studies, and has work experience in analytical chemistry and biological research.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Diane on nuclear waste:

Interview

Episode 31: Lynda Schneekloth Nuclear

This is the first episode in a four-part Keeping Things Alive Podcast series on nuclear waste and weapons, with a particular focus on Western New York.

Episode 31 of of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura’s conversation with Lynda Schneekloth.  Lynda is the advocacy chair of Western New York Environmental Alliance, Professor Emerita at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, former Sierra Club chair, co-founder of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, and a grandmother.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Lynda on nuclear waste:

Interview

Episode 30: Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux

Episode 30 of of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura’s conversation with Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux.  Katrinna is a professional nurse and a deeply engaged citizen.  In 2013, she founded the Young Black Democrats, now called the Young Black Citizens of Western New York.  In this episode, Katrinna and Laura talk about the nursing profession, the importance of organized activism, and much more.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Katrinna:

Interview

Episode 029: Jody Chan – Organizing for the Leap

Episode 29 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura’s conversation with Jody Chan, the Organizing Coordinator for The Leap, a Canadian organization that works to implement The Leap Manifesto. Jody and Laura talk about organizing, current Leap projects, self care in the activism space, and much more.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Jody:

Interview

Episode 027: Bruno Ávila

Episode 27 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura’s conversation with Bruno Ávila. Bruno is the President of the Institute for Collaborative Urbanism (COURB), an NGO based in Brazil. After graduate studies at the University at Buffalo, he co-founded COURB with other Brazilians who wanted to make a difference and promote a more collaborative way to build our cities.  At the moment, he is also the Coordinator of Urban Regulations in the Brasília City Government.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Bruno:

Interview

Episode 025: Fossil Free UB

Episode 25 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features an interview with three undergraduate activists (Alexa Ringer, Meghan Griffin, and Aidan Powell) who are a part of Fossil Free UB, a campaign demanding that the University at Buffalo Foundation divest from the fossil fuel industry and re-invest in clean energy and socially responsible alternatives. This episode provides an update on the campaign that Vanessa Dwyer introduced to the Keeping Things Alive Podcast in Episode 9.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Alexa, Meghan, and Aidan of Fossil Free UB:

One week after the interview, the issue that Fossil Free UB is working on (the UB Foundation’s current investment in fracking) was featured in a front-page Buffalo News Article.

Interview

Episode 024: JD Hartman on Socially Responsible Investing

Episode 24 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features JD Hartman, the Managing Partner and Investment Advisor with the Buffalo-based Signity Financial. He is an expert on Socially Responsible Investing. For years he has been helping people achieve financial security by investing their money in alignment with their values. In other words, people doing well by doing good!

During the conversation, JD talks about aligning where you invest your capital with your values. Here are examples of capital that many individuals have:

  • IRAs
  • 401(k)s
  • 403(b)s
  • Inherited stock (ex. in National Fuel, M&T Bank, etc.)
  • Brokerage accounts (ex. Schwab, Ameritrade, etc.)

And here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with JD for the Keeping Things Alive Podcast: