Finally, I can use the Elvis Costello song in context! Last Tuesday, I was a guest host on Less Rock, More Talk over at KWTF with The Lila Cugini and Your Old Pal Will.
On Friday 9/12, I was a guest on The People’s Voice on KBBF with host George Alfaro. We discussed the story I wrote for the North Bay Bohemian (as part of my USC health reporting fellowship project) about Roseland and health. George questioned me about how I became a writer and for words of advice to those just starting out. It was crazy to be on the other side of the mic. Usually, I’m the one asking the questions!
But go to a Zumba class at Roseland elementary and you’ll see the success stories. One woman’s depression is gone. Another has lower insulin levels. And many of the women have dropped a few pounds.
You’ll see that Alejandra Sarmiento has become a community leader. Recently, she was recruited for a five-day neighborhood leadership training class through St. Joseph’s. Sarmiento got a crash course in social justice, community organizing and outreach. She learned about the relationship between governmental policy and the health of communities and strategic planning. She’s excited to go to neighborhood stores as a Healthy Food Project representative, where, for a stipend, she’ll promote marketing and product-placement.
The second installment of my reporting project for the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship is on the stands today.
I wrote a 1700 word feature story for Made Local Magazine about the movement to (re) build a local grain economy in Sonoma County. I really enjoyed the process of researching and reporting this piece. The farmers in our community are doing amazing things!
Edited by the fantastic Gretchen Giles, you can find Made Local Magazine at Oliver’s Market, Pacific Market, Andy’s Produce, Copperfield’s Books, SHED in Healdsburg, and various other spots around town.
Simple and arresting, this is music for the end of the night, when the dancing slows and the party winds down, and whoever is left in the bar is forced, with the disappearance of those distractions, to wrestle with emotional darkness. Like the best songwriters before her (Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams come to mind) Muth writes about the underdogs: the mom who waits for her baby to go to sleep so she can have a well-earned drink, the wives of men who’ve disappeared down the road, and the thousands of regular folks staring out the window of a rundown house “dreaming of a life beyond these blues.”
-A music feature I wrote about Americana singer-songwriter Zoe Muth is up today at The Krush.