I sit at the loom, my hands moving the strings and feet stomping the pedals, my mind is busy absorbing books and podcasts.  There are SO many powerful stories being told, & fascinating and important information being shared in podcast form right now I want everyone to share in this bounty! So here they are, book, podcast and maybe sometimes musical recommendations.  

This is by no means a comprehensive list of favorites. I will be adding to this list very frequently. Please do feel free to contact me with recommendations of your own if you'd like.

photo of text on a page from the book Feasting Wild
Page from Feasting Wild by Gina Rae La Cerva 

Feasting Wild by Gina Rae La Cerva

“A memorable, genre-defying work” — Gina Rae La Cerva
Feasting Wild is a delicious food adventure, as Gina Rae searches for wild foods—and reveals what we lose in a world where wildness itself is misunderstood, commodified, and hotly pursued.

Im going to start this list with a book I read last summer, Feasting Wild by Gina Rae La Cerva.  It is a facinating exploration into the history and current state of eating wild foods, along side stories of human history, ecology, love, exploration  and our stewardship of the land.


On Being - With Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall – What It Means to Be Human
For Thanksgiving, a beautiful conversation with the legendary primatologist — on her spiritual and moral wisdom, and the hope that sustains her.

On Being is a podcast that I have been visiting from time to time for years.  The poetry, philosophy and inner explorations that are shared are brilliant.  I love being on the journey of exploring what it means to be human through this podcast.

This is an eposode that came out recently with an interview with Jane Goodall.  


Ologies - Dolorology

Dolorology (PAIN) with Dr. Rachel Zoffness — alie ward
PAIN. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can we hurt less? Which hurts more, a kidney stone or heartache? Why does chronic pain persist? Can we turn down our pain dials? To answer these huge questions, pain psychologist Dr. Rachel Zoffness enthusiastically explains the brain, pain and how

Ologies is another podcast that I've been listening to for years, and once I discovered it, went back and listened to all of the back episodes.  Its informative and entertaining!  This particular eisode I found to be quite poignant and thought provoking. It is an interview with pain psychologist Dr. Rachel Zoffness. Check it out!


Craftsmanship Quarterly - The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton

The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton - The Craftsmanship Initiative
Organic, recycled, or synthetic: as the fashion industry scrambles to find more sustainable textiles, what’s the future of cotton?

This podcast is one I discovered recently through the Fibershed (https://fibershed.org) emails that I receive.  Though I've only listened to a few of the most recent episodes, I'm really enjoying it.  This episode about the human cost of recycled cotton has a lot of extremely relevant information about our clothing systems.  Please give it a listen.


This is Love - Among the Oak Trees

Episode 32: Among the Oak Trees
One day in the spring of 1986, a woman in Hot Springs, Arkansas named Ruth Coker Burks was visiting a friend in the hospital. She noticed a door down the hall that had a red tarp over it, and the nurses were avoiding the room. So she decided to sneak in.

I highly recommend every episode of the podcast This is Love, however the episode Among the Oak trees was particularly powerful.  It is a deeply moving story of compassion in the face of hate.


Haptic & Hue

Listen - Haptic&Hue
Haptic & Hue creates podcasts looking at how textiles change our lives and work and how they change the course of history.

This podcast if for the real textile nerd! I recently started listening to it, and have subsequently gone through and listened to all of the episodes.  The history, background and human emotions woven into textiles are fascinating.  


The Dirtbag Diaries - Endangered Spaces--Oak Flat

Endangered Spaces-Oak Flat - The Dirtbag Diaries
We dive into the fight to possess and protect Oak Flat, Arizona, a place with incredible spiritual and economic power.

One of the main reasons (other than family) why I decided to live in the States is because of our wilderness and open space.  Wilderness is precious and necessary.

This is another podcast that I really enjoy.  This particular episode is a must listen for many reasons. It is unbelievable that in this day and age large corporations are still able to destroy irreplaceable wild spaces for the sake of temporarty profits for a very few.  


On Being - A few Episodes  

Here is a list of a few episodes of this brilliant podcast that have stuck with me. If you get the padcast version, there is the option to listen to the unedited interviews instead of the produced-radio versions.  I frequently prefer to listen to the full interviews. I love listening to the conversations flow!

Teju Cole — Sitting Together in the Dark
The writer and photographer on manifesting hope in a carefully tuned sentence and finding life’s meaning in the moment (with really fresh black pepper).
Bessel van der Kolk – Trauma, the Body, and 2021
The psychiatrist and trauma specialist, with practical help and unique wisdom on what’s been happening in our bodies and our brains.

Two books by Robin Wall Kimmerer

In the last year I read (listened to) two brilliant, beautiful and inspiring books Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  The audiobook versions are both read by the author, which I really loved.  Please read these books!!!!!!!

Books — Robin Wall Kimmerer