Former Surgeon General Vivek Murphy says that loneliness is a public health issue in this country. In his book, Together, he talks to several people trying to tackle the problem of loneliness in one way or another. One of those people is Kate Hoepke, who heads up the Village Movement in California. The Village Movement is an effort to create a community so people who are old and alone can stay in their own houses and not be so alone.
Hoepke says that a village isn’t a place where you live. It’s a structure that enables people to learn new things and improve the quality of their lives while living at home. And, if you belong to a caring community, you’re much more likely to be able to stay in control of your own life.
I believe that books are magical. They can take you away from bad times and they can enhance empathy by putting you in the skin of someone who isn’t like you at all. Polly Buxton, owner of Buxton Books in Charleston, SC, gets to be around books all the time. In fact, her own love story sounds like something out of one of the romances she sells. They met, they shared a love of books and, reader, she married him!
Sleep. It’s the Holy Grail for some of us. Just when we think we’ve got it, a neighbor’s car alarm goes off. Or a pet gets restless. Or it’s too hot or too cold. But getting good sleep is a skill you can learn by unlearning some bad habits. Mollie McGlocklin talks about how to grab on to that elusive elixir.
Cheryl Meyer isn’t a doctor, but she has done a lot of research and became a health coach after traditional medicine couldn’t help her. Turns out, there are a lot of things in your house that are toxic, and they just might be making YOU sick. Forget what’s in your wallet, what’s in your household? Meyer talks about how to reduce and then eliminate the hidden toxins in your life.
Imagine, if you will, a pale creature from the future. The creature walks on two legs, but it has an outsized posterior. On the back of its neck is a spike. It peers around, seeming unable to see until it puts on large spectacles.
That creature, my friends, is us. And the future is now.
We are evolving into monsters. Science backs it up.
I talk about how our love of all things screen are changing our bodies and whether that evolution can tell us more about each other.
Susan J Douglas, author of the best-selling In Our Prime: How Older Women are Reinventing the Road Ahead, talks about the force that older women represent – not just in wisdom, but in pure economic and societal impact. So why does our culture keep trying to erase us? From nodding grannies in ads to pay inequity that creates lifetime poverty, she talks about putting older women back where they should be – as leaders.
Sharon Middleton McGhee works for the airport authority in Charleston, and she’s the first African American woman and the first African American director there. She knows that, for people of color, it can be hard to get financing for their business, and she’s out to change that. From her training and years in human resources, Sharon knows it’s all about the relationships you build, from getting a job to getting a loan. Sharon also has some opinions about the removal of the Calhoun statue from Charleston’s Marion Square. Turns out, Sharon’s probably a descendent of the former vice president and slavery apologist. Sharon Middleton McGhee talks on Keep it Juicy!
Have you connected to your divine feminine? You can, even if you’re not female, because Dr. Debra Muth says the divine feminine is all about exercising the kind of power in which everybody wins. It’s not about ruffles and bows…she’s talking about the power that comes from speaking truth and asking for what you need, especially during sex.
Charleston powerhouse Jennet Robinson Alterman is a ferocious advocate for women’s empowerment. Her work in the Peace Corps fired her initial passion to help women and when she came back to live in the South, she saw some parallels in how a lack of equity has kept women from power. She talks about that and about whether we’ll see an Equal Rights Amendment passed in her lifetime.