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Host Marie Gettel-Gilmartin of Fertile Ground Communications scouts out and helps people share their stories of grit, resilience, and connection. I interview immigrants, people from marginalized communities, cancer survivors, and others who have overcome hardships in their lives and emerged on the other side stronger and fiercer.

Host Marie Gettel-Gilmartin of Fertile Ground Communications scouts out and helps people share their stories of grit, resilience, and connection. I interview immigrants, people from marginalized communities, cancer survivors, and others who have overcome hardships in their lives and emerged on the other side stronger and fiercer.

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United States

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Host Marie Gettel-Gilmartin of Fertile Ground Communications scouts out and helps people share their stories of grit, resilience, and connection. I interview immigrants, people from marginalized communities, cancer survivors, and others who have overcome hardships in their lives and emerged on the other side stronger and fiercer.

Language:

English

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5038606351


Episodes

Terri Kozlowski: From sexual abuse and abandonment to raven warrior transcending fear

8/24/2021
If you like what you hear or read, visit my Fertile Ground Communications website. This week on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast, I interview Terri Kozlowski. She is a proud Native American warrior of the Athabascan, Tlinglet Tribe and Raven Clan. When she was just 11 years old, her mother sold her for drugs and shut her out on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico. After many years of trying to process what had happened to her through therapy, Terri has learned to transcend her fears....

Duration:00:28:50

Mini-episode: How my podcast guests are like octopus

8/9/2021
As a podcaster for justice, I stand with my sisters from the Women of Color Podcasters Community. We are podcasters united to condemn the tragic murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and many others at the hands of police. If you like what you hear or read or would like to see photos of Leslie, visit my Fertile Ground Communications website. This week on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast, I reflect back on the last 13 months. My little podcast is now one year, one month old after...

Duration:00:13:16

Lisa Marie Simmons: Resplendent and creative after abandonment and abuse

7/28/2021
Note: This episode contains a racist epithet. This week on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast, I interview Lisa Marie Simmons. Lisa grew up in Boulder, Colorado, but now lives in Lake Garda, Italy. I contacted her when I read her post on the Huffington Post, As A Young Black Girl, I Loved My Grandfather. Then I Found Out He’d Been A KKK Member. I have interviewed 75+ people since I started podcasting. I’ve made incredible connections and new friendships. But this one feels different. Lisa...

Duration:01:02:09

Leslie Batchelder: Childhood trauma and abuse made her resilient

7/14/2021
As a podcaster for justice, I stand with my sisters from the Women of Color Podcasters Community. We are podcasters united to condemn the tragic murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and many others at the hands of police. If you like what you hear or read or would like to see photos of Leslie, visit my Fertile Ground Communications website. This week on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast, I interview my friend Leslie Batchelder. We both sing soprano in our local Rock Voices choir....

Duration:00:46:33

Amira Stanley: Finding her place and voice as a Black activist

6/30/2021
Read more about Amira and see photos on this blog post. Amira Stanley is a mindset & intention coach, end-of-life doula, and anti-racism educator and community activist. She grew up Black and gay in mostly small cities or towns, has lived with pain from hip dysplasia and lost a huge amount of weight so she could have hip replacement, supported her beloved husband through his transition, and has dealt with the emotional trauma of racism all her life, only to discover this one year ago...

Duration:00:56:26

Lisa Schroeder: Working twice as hard as the guys, now an award-winning chef in Portland

6/16/2021
Read more and view photos here. Lisa Schroeder is a mother, grandmother, chef, restaurateur and author devoted to providing better-than-authentic renditions of traditional home-cooked dishes at her popular, award-winning restaurant, Mother's Bistro & Bar. Lisa is an incredibly hard worker, as all executive chefs are, and she had to work twice as hard as a woman in the kitchen, to be taken seriously. Tragically, five years ago her beloved daughter died in a hiking accident. Now she’s a...

Duration:00:51:30

Melissa Pierce: Sharing lessons from becoming a widow and single parent in her 40s

6/9/2021
This week on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast, I interview Melissa Pierce, who I met through Rock Voices Portland, a 140-voice strong rock choir led by my friends Mark and Caley Barstow. Rock Voices’ theme is “healing through song,” which Melissa and I discuss on this podcast. Melissa was faced with a huge crisis in her 40s: she lost her beloved husband unexpectedly and became a single mom in that moment. Now she dedicates her time to supporting other widows, providing the support and...

Duration:00:54:56

Ruth L. Schwartz: Recovering from Losses and Teaching Others How to Be Conscious Girlfriends

5/26/2021
Read the full blog post and view photos. This week on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast, I interview Ruth L. Schwartz, a writer, teacher, and consciousness-shifter. Ruth has published eight books and taught at six universities, and now she runs the Conscious Girlfriend Academy, the leading global program supporting lesbians and queer women to date wisely and love well. Ruth was born to parents who were only 18 and 20 when she was born. Her mother had never even held a baby before and they...

Duration:00:45:50

Christine Cariño: Consciously Thriving as a Queer, Nonbinary Filipino

5/11/2021
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I hope you’ll join me in signing the AAPI Visibility Pledge to support Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. After launching my second podcast, Companies That Care, I’ve started alternating each week. This week I interview Christine Cariño, a queer nonbinary immigrant from the Philippines. Her grit and resilience story led to her life’s work with underrepresented groups and communities as a transformation coach and...

Duration:00:30:13

Nono Osuji: Broke, Gifted, and Black, Powering through Lupus and Racism

4/28/2021
This week I interview Nono Osuji, a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Nigeria. Nono is a writer, producer, and actor. She is living with lupus, which is hard enough. She’s also living with being “Broke, Gifted, and Black,” the title of her podcast. We had a gritty, deep-down conversation about race in this country. Nono is the youngest in her family, born to her parents after they’d immigrated with their three children to the U.S. She had a huge desire to assimilate,...

Duration:00:59:56

Murielle Fellous: Single Mom Doing It All

4/12/2021
View photos and more details here. Murielle Fellous bounced back after a depression while raising three teenagers as a single mom and living with Hepatitis B. Originally born and raised in France, she founded the "Single Moms Doing It All" coaching practice and podcast. Muriel grew up near Paris, raised to be “very proper.” For example, she was trained not to speak too loudly on the subway and to be very polite. When Murielle was 18, she went to college in Israel and experienced freedom...

Duration:00:34:27

Chuck Bergman and Susan Mann: A Story of Penguins, Hope, and Resilience

4/5/2021
Visit Fertile Ground Communications on Patreon and find out how you can support my work. I’ve turned away several white guys on my podcast. When I started this podcast, I wanted to invite people who do not get a platform to share their stories. I’ve interviewed 50+ people, including 38 women, 24 people of color, 12 immigrants, 12 who identify as LBGTQIA+, and only 7 men. Dr. Chuck Bergman is the first white man I have interviewed, along with his wife Susan. When I was a 20-year-old junior...

Duration:00:48:44

Shannon Whaley: Wild Woman Rising after a Childhood Full of Abuse and Trauma

3/29/2021
If you like what you hear today, visit my Fertile Ground Communications page on Patreon and find out how you can support my work. Shannon Whaley overcame sexual abuse and assault, a toxic childhood, and drug and alcohol abuse. Shannon had a troubled childhood full of sexual abuse and trauma. She doesn’t remember how old she was when it all started. It was just life. She had no safe person to tell what was going on, feeling unseen and unheard. Even though she began getting in trouble at a...

Duration:00:52:54

Brigitte Ayoub: Growing up Palestinian-American, surviving loss, and thriving

3/23/2021
If you like what you hear today, visit my Fertile Ground Communications page on Patreon and find out how you can support my work. Brigitte Ayoub is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. She grew up experiencing the challenges of finding her place as an American with Arab roots. Right after leaving her corporate job to start her own business in April 2018, her dad died…then her mom was diagnosed with leukemia the following year. Brigitte believes that “we have two choices every day, to sit...

Duration:00:48:44

Stefanie Michele: Healing from 20 years of eating disorders and feeling awake!

3/15/2021
Read more about Stefanie and view photos here. Stefanie Michele suffered with eating disorders including bulimia, binge eating, and orthorexia for 20 years. She was born the oldest of three in an Italian family with strongly defined gender roles. Her father was overweight and always dieting. As he got larger, he tried to control his kids’ weight. She ended up dieting to the point where she became anorexic by age 16. People thought she had just become really lean. She knew she had a problem...

Duration:00:54:49

Leah Carey: A “good girl” who now enjoys and talks about sex

3/8/2021
Note: this episode contains adult content. Leah Carey tried to be a “good girl” for decades before waking up sexually in her early 40s. She had a rough childhood. Her dad was an alcoholic and emotionally abused Leah and her mom. He spoke to Leah sexually about her body and told her she was fat and ugly. Later he said he was going to lock her in her room until she was 30 and break the kneecaps of any boy who showed interest in her. This combination of verbal abuse and protectiveness led her...

Duration:01:11:24

Madeleine Black: Surviving gang rape at age 13, she is unbroken

3/1/2021
Support the Finding Fertile Ground Podcast on Patreon! Warning: This episode contains adult content. Madeleine Black survived a gang rape at age 13. Since I was sexually assaulted at 13 as well, we had a tender conversation about how this experience changed our lives. Madeleine was born to two survivors. Her dad survived the Holocaust and her mum had her neck broken in a childhood surgery and woke up bedridden. Her parents handled their own trauma by just living their lives and carrying...

Duration:00:50:55

Elena Joy Thurston: Mormon mom of four undergoes conversion therapy before coming out, whole

2/22/2021
Trigger warning: This episode contains some mature content. View photos and read more info here. This week I launch my “Healing Herself” series with four women who have survived body issues, sexual assault, shame, and trauma. Elena Joy Thurston is an LGBTQ speaker, trainer, and founder of the Pride and Joy Foundation, dedicated to reducing the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ community. A Mormon mom of four who lost her marriage, church, and community when she came out as a...

Duration:01:05:04

Cindy Van Arnam: Moving beyond cocaine addiction and self-destruction to self-mastery

2/15/2021
Cindy Van Arnam has faced a lifetime of mountains…starting when her dad passed away when she was 16 years old. For 23 years, she created a “mountain” in every choice she made about her life. From cocaine addiction and abusive relationships, to travelling to foreign countries without a plan, she was always seeking a way to make life hard for herself. She finally understood she was the mountain that didn’t need to be there. Now she helps entrepreneurs fully discover their own limitless power...

Duration:00:39:13

Marianne Monson: Writing diverse historical stories of gritty, resilient women

2/8/2021
My final “Writer on Resilience” is Marianne Monson. I discovered her through Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women, on my top books list in 2017. She also wrote Women of the Blue and Gray: Civil War Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies and Her Quiet Revolution: A Novel of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon. Marianne’s books contain rich stories of diverse women. Born in Boston, Marianne spent her childhood moving around the country. She relied on books and writing as a way...

Duration:00:55:13