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Help Me 2 Understand

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Help Me 2 Understand is a podcast where women give their voices to issues of social justice, political activism, giving back and more. I'm your host, Felicia Garland, and I want this to be a place where honest conversations can happen. We live in an age of political and social divisions, global warming, economic inequality, racial tension, and a breakdown in many of our social structures. And that was just this morning’s news. It's overwhelming and confusing. I know I want to make a difference in the world, even if it’s only a tiny one—but I also feel, and I think you might too, that we all could use a bit more knowledge and understanding if we are to be the change that we seek. It’s my mission with this podcast to provide some of that knowledge as you seek to understand. So, welcome to this journey of discovery. I’m so glad you’re here!

Help Me 2 Understand is a podcast where women give their voices to issues of social justice, political activism, giving back and more. I'm your host, Felicia Garland, and I want this to be a place where honest conversations can happen. We live in an age of political and social divisions, global warming, economic inequality, racial tension, and a breakdown in many of our social structures. And that was just this morning’s news. It's overwhelming and confusing. I know I want to make a difference in the world, even if it’s only a tiny one—but I also feel, and I think you might too, that we all could use a bit more knowledge and understanding if we are to be the change that we seek. It’s my mission with this podcast to provide some of that knowledge as you seek to understand. So, welcome to this journey of discovery. I’m so glad you’re here!

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United States

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Help Me 2 Understand is a podcast where women give their voices to issues of social justice, political activism, giving back and more. I'm your host, Felicia Garland, and I want this to be a place where honest conversations can happen. We live in an age of political and social divisions, global warming, economic inequality, racial tension, and a breakdown in many of our social structures. And that was just this morning’s news. It's overwhelming and confusing. I know I want to make a difference in the world, even if it’s only a tiny one—but I also feel, and I think you might too, that we all could use a bit more knowledge and understanding if we are to be the change that we seek. It’s my mission with this podcast to provide some of that knowledge as you seek to understand. So, welcome to this journey of discovery. I’m so glad you’re here!

Language:

English


Episodes

…and WE BREATHE, A Conversation For and About Caregivers and Self-Care with Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW, Author and Speaker EP: 15

11/23/2021
According to Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW, ask any caregiver how they’re doing, and they’ll tell you they are “fine.” But, if you take a moment, she suggests, and really ask them how they’re feeling, you’ll discover they may be stressed, full of guilt, anger or resentment---altogether not fine. Somewhere early along the road to caring for a loved one, she points out, caregivers learn to put their own needs on hold. Whether a necessary or chosen caregiving commitment, caregivers take on an...

Duration:00:49:26

THIS IS GRIEF, A Conversation About Love and Loss with author Tanya Detrik EP 14

10/20/2021
For author Tanya Detrik it was a sudden heart attack on New Year’s Eve 2018 that took the life of Wade, her partner, lover and soulmate of 26 years. With Wade’s passing virtually everything in her life changed. Intense emotions following the death of a spouse or partner are not surprising, still she was struck by the kaleidoscope of feelings and emotions she experienced. As a gifted and perceptive author and blogger, she turned to what she knows best—writing---and began capturing in a...

Duration:00:28:52

DIFFICULT MOTHER? DIFFICULT DAUGHTER? Or Both? A Conversation with Karen C. L. Anderson EP: 13

7/28/2021
Have you ever wished for a better relationship with your “difficult” mom? If you’re a daughter, like me, it’s quite likely that you’ve experienced (or maybe continue to experience) some “tension” - such a polite word - with your mom. Perhaps your relationship is merely strained; or maybe it’s toxic. Even if you haven’t spoken in years or your mom has passed on you still may carry the weight or scares of a traumatic past. You may never work it all with your mom, but you can heal yourself....

Duration:00:43:15

Depression is Like a Cancer of the Soul A Conversation with Author Martha Rhodes EP: 12

5/26/2021
In 2009, Martha E. Rhodes sought what she thought would be the easy way out---36 Xanax and three shots of vodka later---she attempted to take her own life. “Suicide was the easiest decision I even made,” she told me in our candid conversation about suicide, depression and her struggle to find an alternative to the six doctor-prescribed antidepressants that failed to relieve the symptoms or her treatment-resistant depression. Despite having a seemingly ideal life, including her corner-office...

Duration:00:45:36

What’s Love Got to Do With It? A Conversation with Arlene Washburn Dating and Relationship Coach EP: 11

4/29/2021
What’s love got to do with it, you ask. According to my latest guest, Arlene Washburn, a heck of a lot. But, it’s not the kind of love you might think. It’s not the love you find with another; it’s the love you have for yourself. As Arlene describes in our conversation, when you fall in love with yourself first, it will be easier to find the romantic love you seek. Arlene was a highly-sought out executive matchmaker when she realized that many of her clients lacked the first element to...

Duration:00:26:52

“Hello God, It’s Me” -- Perspectives on the Infinite Ways We Embrace Religion and Practice our Faith EP 10

4/14/2021
The Talking with God Project is a research project into lived religion among followers of the Abrahamic religions––Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With so much distrust of the “other” wouldn’t it be beneficial for us to better understand the nature of the similarities and differences amongst peoples--especially religious and cultural differences. My most recent guest, Méli Solomon, is an inter-religious leader who seeks to understand--and, importantly, share with the rest of us--the range...

Duration:00:40:15

I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ARE YOU? -- A Conversation with Photographer, Karianne Munstedt EP 9

3/31/2021
Why do so many women cringe at the sight of a camera? It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s for a snapshot at the beach, a family photo or the business headshot. Very few women seem to love how they look in pictures. Why is that? Could your fear of being photographed represent something deeper than just a dislike of your full face, double chin or not so itty-bitty tummy? And could the consequences of that fear be more significant than just wanting to stand behind your cousins in the family...

Duration:00:37:53

Fighting Hate One Muslim Woman and One Jewish Woman at a Time EP: 8

3/17/2021
Through the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom’s growing number of chapters worldwide, Jewish and Muslim women are meeting together to build strong relationships based on mutual trust and respect with the goal of ending anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment. The idea is so simple, yet so profound: better relationships among individuals lead to better inter-group attitudes. “It is hard to hate a different ethnic, religious or racial group when you have friends who are members of that group,” says...

Duration:00:37:47

Feeding Your Passion to Give Back---a Conversation with Diana Polack, Founder & Chief Change Officer at ArtWare For Good & Mission Driven Success EP 7

3/3/2021
Do you want to make a positive impact in the world? You’ve discovered a need and know exactly whom you want to help. How do you make that happen? Do you work with an existing organization OR do you establish an organization that feeds your passion? Where can you go for the resources and strategies to get clear on your goals and stay focused on your mission to help those you aim to serve? Enter Mission Driven Success. My latest guest, Diana Polack, is the founder and chief change officer at...

Duration:00:36:41

We’re in it for the Long Haul: Electing Women to Public Office---a Conversation with Sarah Preston, Executive Director, Lillian’s List.org EP 6

2/17/2021
Are you a progressive-minded woman from North Carolina considering a run for public office-- from town council to the United States Senate or anywhere in between? Or, do you know someone whom you believe would make a good political leader? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, then let me introduce you to Lillian’s List, a not-for-profit dedicated to electing pro-choice, progressive women to public office. It turns out that as many as 20 states---including North...

Duration:00:25:15

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Domestic Violence in New Jersey--a Conversation with Trish Perlmutter, Esq. EP: 5

1/27/2021
When you think about it, it should come as no surprise that the prevalence and severity of domestic violence cases in New Jersey have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Has the pandemic made the daily tasks of living, working and raising children, among other things, easier for anyone? Job loss (and it’s ugly cousin, reduction in household income), homebound parents and children, and forced home-schooling for children are significant stressors that can cause fissures in any family....

Duration:00:36:29

An Island For So Long - A Journey to Gender Identity - a Conversation with Dayne Bachmann EP: 4

12/30/2020
Honestly, after conducting more than 40 interviews over the past two years for this podcast and another, this interview was one of the most challenging for me. In this conversation I speak with Mr. Dayne Bachmann, a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Twin Peaks Counseling located in West Hartford, CT. Dayne’s is the first episode exploring the issues and challenges faced by those in the LGBTQ community. I plan to do others. For me, the challenge began with something as simple as...

Duration:00:26:37

Speaking Up on Behalf of Vulnerable Children EP: 3

12/16/2020
Their stories will break your heart. Jason’s is all too typical: He was removed from his birth mother right before his 5th birthday. It was determined that Jason was at substantial risk of harm due to inadequate parental supervision and homelessness, as well as his mother’s serious mental health issues and substance abuse. Jason was placed into a foster home. Unfortunately, Jason exhibited violent tantrums, and he was diagnosed as suffering from mental illness. He often needed to be...

Duration:00:44:21

“ICE QUEEN - A Cautionary Tale for Teens About Cyberbullying and Sexting EP: 2

12/16/2020
We’ve all read the tragic stories in the news or heard them on television concerning teen sexting, cyberbullying and cyber-harassment. Maybe it’s happened to the child of a friend, or God no, to our own child. It can begin innocently: a girl wants to impress a boy and agrees to text him explicit photos of herself. The photos get shared with others and perhaps posted to the Internet, and the girl becomes the target of cyberbullying and harassment. Reputations may be ruined and a young life...

Duration:00:39:16

Cookies, Building Character and Girls Changing the World EP: 1

12/4/2020
I bet many of us look forward to the annual Girl Scout cookie sale. I know I do. And, I also bet that for many of us, the cookie sale represents what the Girl Scouts is all about. In this interview Betty Garger, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will crumble that notion in a hurry! Girl Scouts and scouting are so much more than cookie sales (although, did you know that over 50% of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alums? You’ll never look at a...

Duration:00:43:01