The truth is, life looks different to you than it does to me. The way race and gender, education and work, and everyday circumstances come together in any person...well, it’s different.
Then these days, we’ve got the pandemic - COVID-19. That, and the isolation that comes with social distancing, have cut our chances for comparing notes down to near zero.
Hosted by Mary Clare, How It Looks From Here brings you diverse perspectives through engaging interviews. It's just too easy to think that everyone is feeling the same way: but they’re not. For every person, how it looks from where they are matters. And, with every interview, we’re enriched. It's helping.
HILFH #14 Alayna Rasile Digrindakis
This week, Mary speaks with Alayna Rasile Digrindakis, about Alayna's work with plant-based textiles, fine art, and environmental activism. As an emerging young artist and designer, Alayna is keenly aware of the need to leverage her skills to make money, but that doesn't mean she needs to sacrifice her values: in fact, leaning into those values can open entrepreneurial opportunities, as Alayna found while working with milkweed fibers.
Find Alayna's work at:
Music this week by:
Cedar Mathers-Winn: https://kgvm.org/show/cedar-mathers-winn-naturalist/ (https://kgvm.org/show/cedar-mathers-winn-naturalist/)
Gary Ferguson - www.fullecology.com
HILFH #13 Dustin Hunt
This month, Mary talks with Dustin Hunt, a muralist, art educator, and DJ at large in Lansing, Michigan. Dustin describes the challenges and triumphs of teaching math to youth through art. Within these lessons, there is a deeper lesson, about belonging, self-love, and a holistic understanding of the world.
Check out Dustin's work at https://www.muralmatics.com/ (https://www.muralmatics.com/)
Music this episode is by Mikeyy Austin. Mickey's music can be found here: https://mikeyyaustin.bandcamp.com/ (Mikeyy Austin (https://mikeyyaustin.bandcamp.com/)). To learn more about his work, check out this excellent interview:https://medium.com/authority-magazine/rising-music-star-mikeyy-austin-why-its-important-to-learn-to-become-as-self-sufficient-as-6fe3d7173a1c ( Rising Music Star Mikeyy Austin.)
HILFH #12 J. Drew Lanham
Listen to how it all looks to Dr. J. Drew Lanham - ornithologist, scholar, activist and author of the celebrated memoir, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. Drew Lanham and Mary cover a lot of ground - from childhood, to the truths of American history, to the way the world looks to a Mississippi kite flying overhead.
Read Drew's incredible poem Joy Is The Justice We Give Ourselves, here: https://emergencemagazine.org/poem/joy-is-the-justice-we-give-ourselves/ (https://emergencemagazine.org/poem/joy-is-the-justice-we-give-ourselves/)
Find more information about Mary and Gary's new book, Full Ecology, here: https://www.heydaybooks.com/catalog/full-ecology-repairing-our-relationship-with-the-natural-world/ (https://www.heydaybooks.com/catalog/full-ecology-repairing-our-relationship-with-the-natural-world/)
Music this week by Alexei Desmarais and Gary Ferguson.
HILFH #11 Pamela Reed Sanchez
For the second episode of Season 2, Mary interviews Pamela Reed Sanchez, the president and CEO of the Seneca Park Zoo Society in Rochester, NY. Pamela holds close the connection of people with the natural world - with their truest nature. She sees supporting that connection as activism of the highest order. As a public leader and a writer of literary nonfiction, she describes what it means to be part of the solution.
Music this week by Cedar Mathers Winn and Gary Ferguson. Find us online, at https://howitlooks.captivate.fm/ (https://howitlooks.captivate.fm/)
HILFH #10 Gary Ferguson
In our first episode of Season 2, Mary talks with her co-author and partner Gary Ferguson about their shared work, and recently published book, Full Ecology: Repairing our Relationship with the Natural World. Season 2 expands the focus of our podcast to larger questions about climate change. We look at how living through the COVID-19 pandemic bridges into circumstances of climate breakdown and presents us with opportunities of repair.
Everyone who Mary interviews has their own perspective on what climate change means for their lives, their work, and the world. So tune in, to find out how it looks from here.
https://www.heydaybooks.com/catalog/full-ecology-repairing-our-relationship-with-the-natural-world/ (Full Ecology: Repairing our Relationship with the Natural World) is available now from Heyday Books at: https://www.heydaybooks.com/catalog/full-ecology-repairing-our-relationship-with-the-natural-world/ (https://www.heydaybooks.com/catalog/full-ecology-repairing-our-relationship-with-the-natural-world/)
HILFH #9 Jon Trapp
In this episode, Mary Clare speaks with Jon Trapp, a wildland firefighter and fire behavior analyst, emergency search and rescue volunteer, and wolf biologist. Jon describes his experience working on wild fires during COVID, being challenged by exposure events, social distancing at fire camps, and increased mental health struggles among his teams and patients.
Find out more about Jon's work at https://travelmontana.com/yellowstone-wolf-experience-with-jon-trapp/ (https://travelmontana.com/yellowstone-wolf-experience-with-jon-trapp/)
Also, keep an eye out for the release of Full Ecology, the new book from Mary Clare and Gary Ferguson, out on Earth Day, April 22, 2021 from Heyday Books. Attend the virtual launch with Sister Helen Prejean by signing up here: https://www.wildboundlive.com/events/walkinthewild (https://www.wildboundlive.com/events/walkinthewild)