Matthew Sanford was a recent, featured author at the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Author Series. His book Waking: a Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence won the Minnesota Book Award for Non-fiction/Memoir in 2007 and continues to inspire readers to find hope and opportunity thru trauma and loss. Sanford became paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident that took the lives of his father and sister. Waking resonates universally with anyone facing challenges, trauma, disability, or loss.
Peacemaker Resources is a Bemidji based nonprofit dedicated to making the world a more peaceful place for everyone. Through programs in area schools and professional settings, Peacemaker Resources fosters communication, compassion and connection leading to respectful relationships and healthier individuals, families and communities. The programs have been changing lives in this manner for more than 20 years now.
The past weeks and months have presented unprecedented experiences for individuals, families and society in America. Chelsea Ottman Rak and Keila McCracken are Social Emotion Learning Specialists with Peacemaker Resources. They spoke via Zoom on the morning show about their work and they shared advice regarding constructive conversations in these uncommon, sometimes complicated times.
On this segment of Stay Human we have stories, song and poetry about that perfect moment or the perfect start to a brand new day. Stories by Matthew Miltich and Jeremiah Lind, music by Howlin Wolf and Greg Brown and poetry for savoring the moment when everything comes together just right.
Pucker up for The Kissing Show on Stay Human. Aaron Wenger’s First Kiss, Julie Crabb’s Kiss Goodbye, a smooch fest at the movies with Jack Nachbar, and Anne Marie Erickson contemplates this Edvard Munch painting. In private, you don’t have to wear a mask, but it’s always still a little risky, getting that close to someone.
What the President calls “a left wing cultural revolution” continues today, with notes from July 2 1776, July 5 1853, July 12 1976 and the coming Semiquincentennial, July 4 2026. All-American stories about baseball, immigrants, Willie Nelson and magic mushrooms. Plus music for spirit and courage.
Many musicians are writing music relating to the strange time defined by Covid-19. Two local songwriters, Ted Hajnasiewicz and Ryan Ruud are among them. They got together virtually, and then their project grew. As we listen to a singer who goes by Waltzing on Waves, Ted told Phil Nusbaum about writing with Ryan.
Duluth guitarist Kevin Buck joined Ann and Will on Roadhouse for a live performance.