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"Run the River Toward Something”: Scott Edward Anderson on Our True Connection with Nature

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Scott Edward Anderson speaks the language of the earth. His new book Dwelling: an ecopoem encourages us to discover a more balanced relationship - an interrelationship - between human beings and the earth.

He urges us to “give back to the earth what is hers.” He reminds us that the earth doesn’t need us. She will be fine. We are the ones who need to adapt, change and have empathy for the earth. Scott’s beautiful book helps us begin to heal that fractured relationship.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Scott Edward Anderson

Scott Edward Anderson is the author of Dwelling: an ecopoem (Shanti Arts, 2018), Fallow Field (Aldrich Press, 2013), and Walks in Nature’s Empire (The Countryman Press, 1995). He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and received the Nebraska Review Award. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Many Mountains Moving, TerrainThe Wayfarer, and the anthologies Dogs Singing (Salmon Poetry, 2011) and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013), among other publications. 

Anderson founded TheGreenSkeptic.com, which he wrote for ten years, worked for The Nature Conservancy from 1992-2007, and currently consults with conservation organizations and cleantech companies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Samantha, and their blended family. Learn more about his work at ScottEdwardAnderson.com and connect with him on Twitter @greenskeptic

 
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Weaving a Magic Life with Elisa Pupko

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Treasure Trunk Theater sounds like a place you want to go ~ even if you aren’t a kid. And by the way ~ when was the last time you read The Ugly Duckling - a story that teaches empathy and compassion?

This is but one of the myriad ways Elisa uses the theatrical arts in a space where kids run around and play - all the while learning communication, teamwork, confidence, empathy and compassion!

Started in a rented yoga studio and now with a permanent home in Brooklyn, Elisa lets us in on her success in combining her love of acting and her love of teaching kids ~ and how she juggles being the CEO of a growing company, the mother of a seven month old and the loving partner in a committed marriage. “Excitement helps with mental energy!”


Meet This Episode's Guest

Elisa Pupko

Elisa Pupko is a New York City actress who was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She was bitten by the acting bug in elementary school when an ambitious drama teacher put on a production of Hamlet and cast her as the guard Bernardo. Elisa continued performing through school and quickly fell in love with musical theatre. Receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from the University of Washington, Elisa studied dance, voice, and women's studies. After college, Elisa landed a full-time acting job in Seattle's Taproot Theatre, where she performed plays on social issues for children around Washington State. 

Since moving to NYC in 2007, Elisa has been performing both on stage and camera. Notable New York and regional credits include "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at East Lynne Theatre, "The Crucible" at The Gallery Players, "The Children's Hour" at Astoria Performing Arts Center, as well as originating roles in several new musicals including "Vamped" with Left Hip Productions and "A Wonderland" at The Ice Factory Festival

Elisa has also appeared in several College Humor sketches, videos for Howcast Media, and as a host for About.com

In 2012, Elisa founded "Treasure Trunk Theatre" which combined her love for theatre and her passion for working with children. Treasure Trunk Theatre is a nurturing place for children to develop and expand their creative energies while learning valuable skills in communication, teamwork, confidence, and compassion.  Through the theatrical arts, children will learn to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to express themselves and be connected with the world around them.

When not performing, Elisa can be found in coffee shops, traveling the world, or walking her super photogenic dog, Zoka. 

 
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Therapists are People too: a Two Part Interview with Susan Lambert

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Switching it up for our listeners ~ In the Balance podcast creator and interviewer Susan Lambert is interviewed by her podcast producer Walker Vreeland!

Therapists Are People Too: Practice & Philosophies

In part one Susan takes us into the world of therapy ~ what happens in “the room,” her thoughts on balancing insight work with how-to strategies and the extraordinary opportunity inherent in therapy ~ to have a “pure, private, sacred relationship that’s all about the client’s wellness.”

Therapists Are People Too: Beginnings, Middles, and the Never-ending Search for Balance

Part two gives truth to the saying ‘therapists are people too!’ as Susan tells her personal story of becoming a therapist. Tune in and get to know the woman whose voice you hear every week on the marvelous podcast series In the Balance.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Susan Lambert

 

Susan is a licensed psychotherapist and teacher whose successful 25-year private practice has included cognitive, insight-oriented and mindfulness approaches with a diverse clientele of all ages.

After gaining advanced degrees in psychotherapy from New York University and in teaching arts from University of the Arts, she began her journey to integrate psychological study with spiritual practice and the arts. The mantra underscoring her path has always been ‘learn and grow with curiosity and focus using the mind, body and heart to thrive in everyday life!'  This is what she shares with others. 

Susan is at the forefront of creating group workshops which are accessible and relevant in their scope and she is consistently expanding the reach of her practice with individuals into the global community through Skype therapy, online courses and live seminars. 

Susan’s studies in yoga and Buddhist dharma, her travels throughout the world, and her immersion in working with people from different cultures continually inspire her life’s work of helping others bring their inner selves to vibrant health and buoyancy. 

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Learn more about Susan's practice as a

therapist on her website!


Meet This Episode's Guest Host

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Check out episodes of Interview with the Artist on the website

and learn more about From Ship to Shape here

Walker Vreeland

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM on Long Island, and as the creator and host of the successful podcast Interview with the Artist where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT.

As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. Off-Broadway credits include: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE (2017 United Solo Awards for Best One-Man Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Milton Justice). Other New York theater credits include: Little Women (with Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), ErostratusJust So Stories (Theaterworks USA), and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). 

He’s been seen on MTV, VH1, CBS Daytime (Guiding Light) and his films include: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind. He is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons of 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Platinum Award) by Dan's Papers.

Compassion Centered Addiction Treatment with Dr. Daniel Mierlak

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Dr. Mierlak is a psychiatrist who has specialized in addictions since 1995. He brings his knowledge of the advances and changes in the treatment of addiction to this fascinating and informative conversation with Susan. His practice ranges from work with addicted homeless mentally ill men at The Freedom Institute to celebrities in his upper east side office.

“There is not a one size fits all treatment for addiction.” He encourages all kinds of techniques, from AA to customized cognitive and behavioral methods, i.e. breaking down how you think about the substance, setting up obstacles to access, changing routines in your day to avoid triggers, etc. A more recent treatment is “harm reduction,” where the patient wants help but doesn’t want to stop using the substance, so the ‘how’ to reduce becomes the creative part of the work. There are a lot of forces working against patients coming in with addiction problems, hence encouragement is key to reduce the stigma, remove the moral judgement, normalize the problem.

“Everyone has their struggles, their demons - including the therapist - we’re all in the same boat,” he says. “Don’t give up hope. It’s a very difficult process. Keep looking until you find the person who you think can help YOU.” To this end, every patient is a clean slate, Dr. Mierlak doesn’t assume he knows what’s best, he listens attentively to the stories his patients tell him, to help discover what is best for them.


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

Dr. Daniel Mierlak

 

Daniel Mierlak is a psychiatrist, board-certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry.  Dr. Mierlak received his MD and PhD from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn in 1989.  He completed his residency training in psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Payne Whitney Clinic, in 1993, and completed his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at New York University Medical Center in 1996.   He has been Medical Director of the Freedom Institute, an outpatient chemical dependency treatment center in Manhattan, since 2008, and is on the voluntary faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Mierlak has worked in hospital, clinic and private office settings, treating a wide array of psychiatric and addictive disorders.  In addition to teaching and lecturing, he has conducted research on psychiatric illness in HIV patients, and substance abuse in homeless, mentally ill men.  He is currently working on a series of essays on his experience as a psychiatrist.

Find out more about Dr. Mierlak on his website!

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