The Current, A Talk Show with Erin!

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“You’re tuned in to The Current for inspiration on embracing change, sparking curiosity and shifting perspective.” 

That’s right! I have my own talk show featuring locals who make a difference by inspiring us all and bringing positive energy to our community through various creative endeavors. I’ll be talking to a featured guest each show on the themes of passion, service, community, nourishment, and life change.

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Episode #6 features Veterans For Peace Activist, Dud Hendrick

It was an honor to spend an episode with Dud on The Current. See below for useful links and bookmarks to help you navigate and jump to sections that interest you. As always, thanks for watching The Current! Dud and I first met at PechaKucha Portland: 1:40 Veterans for Peace: Dud talks about the founding of VFP (in Maine!!), and the current status of the organization, his own history and the mission of VFP. CORRECTION: Stu Kestenbaum (from Deer Isle) is Maine’s poet laureate 4:54 Dud talks about his personal story, his involvement in Vietnam, and his change of heart 9:03 Dud begins his research of US foreign policy and shares his current views of war as a misdirection of foreign policy 10:25 The impulsiveness of the young! 12:03 The transformative experience that led to Dud's change of heart: World T.E.A.M. Sport's Vietnam Challenge, a 3 week bicycle ride across Vietnam, 1200 miles 14:45 Agent Orange 16:40 An anecdote from the ride: two men amputees 18:28 "Vietnam A Long Time Coming" documentary about the ride 21:20 Further resources Dud recommends (see bottom of comment) Blow Back author: 23:19 David Vine, Base Nation , Andrew Bacevich 24:00 Bath Iron Works and Dud's arrests, Climate Change and Implements of War 26:08 Dud reads some figures regarding the military spending and environmental alternatives 27:50 Jobs in the military, VFP is an ally of the "rank and file" 28:50 Costs of War study (Brown University): 31:50 Dud's politics, being a leftist at Dartmouth 33:15 "We are a militaristic country" mainstream views, the futility of war and Colman McCarthy 35:36 Military Intervention parallel with Medical Intervention... Erin's analogy 36:59 Nia Movement Break! Lateral Traveling! Learn more about the Nia Technique and Erin's classes 42:03 Erin's analogy with Lateral Travel and strategies for life change using existing platforms for new technologies 44:25 45:15 Dud's life balance, or lack thereof... also what he does for physical fitness 47:20 The benefits of moving in new directions, for brain health, for overall health! 48:18 Closing Thought: Greta Thunberg, 17 years old, inspiring millions On Being Podcast:

Episode #5 Features Samuel Kuykendall, Improvisor, Printmaker and Overall Nice Guy

I had a wonderful time talking with Sam Kuykendall about improv, printmaking, life balance, Maine, and much more. Tune in for our full show, or click on any one of the time signatures below to jump to a specific place in our show. I hope you enjoy! 1:00 and 5:30 Samuel's improv company Yes & Co. performs in Biddeford: 2:45 origins of improv in Sam's life, including his brother's involvement in The Focus Group, in Bangor:…-improv-troupe-the-focus-group-marks-10-years 4:25 Theater vs. Improv 8:50 What makes a good improv show? 10:40 the 'micro community' of an improv show 12:40 adults at play 14:15 overview of Maine's improv scene by Sam on the fly, from North to South: The Focus Group (Bangor), Improv Acadia (Bar Harbor), Teachers Lounge Mafia (Farmington), Capitol City Improv (Augusta), Running with Scissors (Portland), Portland Playback Theatre (Portland), American Chamber of Comedy (Biddeford), Yes & Co. (Biddeford), You Should Smile More (Biddeford) 19:14 improv community, human behavior, universal truths 23:50 Nia Movement Break: Cat Stance Learn more at and 28:55 Sam as visual artist, printmaker 30:20 Relief vs. Intaglio printmaking and printmakers 33:40 In art school? Sam's piece of advice... 38:50 Which artists have inspired you? Nick Bantock, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring 42:05 Sam's life, finding balance, physical activity, food 48:45 Parting words about Maine

Episode #4 Features Roxanne Baker, ASL Teacher, Actress and Activist

What a pleasure and honor it was to host Portland, Maine native, ASL teacher, and actress, Roxanne Baker, and her interpreter Meryl Troop on "The Current" back in May. Here are some bookmarks and useful links to resources and terms discussed. Enjoy, and thank you for watching!

4:00 Coming Home to Jewish Deaf Roots, Roxanne's story | Maine School for the Deaf, MECDHH/GBSD 6:20 Acting and connecting to other identities 9:10 Telling our stories as a way of healing 10:00 Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts MOOSE 11:40 How do we cultivate community? 13:00 "Your child will live in her own world." 15:35 Self-advocating | National Association of the Deaf 17:30 Transforming time, 'unhiding' my identity Attending Gallaudet University | 18:50 Deaf Women United | Maine Deaf Film Festival | Maine Deaf Culture Festival 20:10 Passion for American Sign Language | 21:00 Early Language Acquisition and reducing language deprivation 24:00 LEAD-K 26:00 Nia Movement Break: Touching ; Find a Nia class in Maine with Erin 33:15 Being of Service in multiple ways 37:10 Us not "I" Additional Links: Children of Deaf Adults CODA :

Episode #3 features Sarah MacLaughlin, local author and parent educator… Enjoy!

Thanks for tuning in to The Current! Check out the bookmarks and links below... Enjoy!

Sarah's Website: To support her new book: Links mentioned in our show: Birth Roots: Hand in Hand Parenting: Conscious Discipline: Positive Discipline:

Show Bookmarks: 12:50 Lifelong Learning 15:05 The Biggest Misconceptions/Myths about Parenting 19:20 Community for Parents 31:05 Being in Service / Being Served 38:35 Nia Movement Break: Across/Cross Punch 44:15 Our Brains on Play 49:40 Relating to Children Today (≠Carrots/Sticks) 55:00 Final Thought: Kind, loving, connected boundaries (Both And!)

Episode #2 features Kellie Ryan, Sexuality Educator and Licensed Massage Therapist… Thank you Kellie!

It was great fun to host Kellie in the studio! Here are some pics from our show taping. As you can see, my dog Dee is a natural in front of the camera — and so relaxed!

We had a great time filming the very first show! Big thank you to my guest, Erin McCall, who engaged me with conversation on swing dance, occupational therapy, improv, and much more!

Links and Bookmarks for Episode #2 with Kellie Ryan

What is a "sexuality educator"?

6:50 Kellie's personal story of how she became interested in this work

10:45 Massage Therapy

16:23 What does it mean to receive?

20:30 Sexuality and Community

27:50 Nia Movement Break: Finger Flicks! and

34:28 Special surprise moment brought to us by Dee, my dog

35:10 Life Change

42:20 Dis/Comfort with Touch

45:53 "Erotic Capacity" and Feeling Alive

49:20 Saying "No" is also saying "Yes" to something...

53:05 Resource: Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment

Links and Bookmarks for Episode #1

2:35 Portland Swing Project

7:14 Meditation

10:45 Occupational Therapy

14:45 Being in Community (dance, theater, improv, work, etc.)

16:30 Yes & Co. and Portland Playback Theatre.

18:05 Improv Classes, the benefits and resources 22:25 The myth of "Find Your Passion"

25:40 NIA MOVEMENT BREAK: Pelvic Circles!

31:26 Service, what it means and how we show up for it

38:18 Animals

41:15 Why this show is called "the current"

43:35 Meditation, Isolation, Fear and being human