FROM CANCER SURVIVOR TO HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN: A MYSTICAL JOURNEY

Guest:  Kathy Collins, hospital chaplain and author

Have you ever experienced moments, events or messages that seem more than coincidental – that you are somehow being drawn into a mystical journey? Have you felt a new energy rising within you – that what was happening could possibly belong in a Believe It or Not scenario? Those are the types of sensations that began filling Kathy Collins’ life as she moved from the throes of fighting cancer to a new awakening.

On this program, Kathy Collins shares excerpts from the journey she describes in her new memoir “THE MYSTIC CHAPLAIN: MY STORY. In her book she takes us from surviving six months of being bedridden with cancer to finding peace, happiness and love which led to her becoming a hospital chaplain at Meriter Hospital in Madison.

Kathy Collins will present her story to the public at 7:30 pm Friday, June 29, at Ohlbrich Gardens. More details are available at kathycollinswriter.com.

THE BEACON’S JOURNEY TO END HOMELESSNESS IN DANE COUNTY

Guests:  Jackson Fonder, CEO/President, Catholic Charities; John Adams, Lead Guest Services Specialist, The BEACON….

When The BEACON Homeless Day Resource Center first opened its doors in October 2017, the priority was on meeting the the basic needs of the individuals and families who had no where else to turn. Today, The BEACON has moved into the more complicated territory of ending homelessness.

“It’s a tough place to operate,” said Jackson Fonder, President/CEO of Catholic Charities which runs The Beacon. “When you tally it all up around trauma, mental health, alcohol, drugs, poverty, loss, grief and fear….You don’t know who’s coming through your doors and the journey that they’ve been on.”

On this program, Jackson Fonder and John Adams talk about the learning experience staff, volunteers, police and guests shared in the early months of The Beacon. Since then, a Code of Conduct was implemented, parking passes were instated, outside security was enhanced, and generous donors provided a shuttle to offer safe transportation between The Beacon and area overnight shelters.

Most of all, The Beacon is becoming an environment where guests can regain their footing and connect with services which lead to secure housing and jobs. The Beacon’s second floor is home to a growing number of partner agencies such as OneHealth, Forward Service Corporation, Veterans Affairs, Urban League, and RISE’s Parent-Child Home Program. A Computer Lab offer guests the opportunity to research employment and access services.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, go to thebeaconhelps.org.

FORMER GOVERNOR MARTIN SCHREIBER CONFRONTS ALZHEIMER’S IN HIS BOOK, “MY TWO ELAINES”

GUEST:  Former Wisconsin Governor Martiin Schreiber….

Former Governor Marty Schreiber has faced many challenges in his life, but none has impacted him more than becoming a caregiver to his beloved wife, Elaine, whom he now describes in his book My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Now in the later stages of her disease, Marty Schreiber candidly describes the journey he, Elaine and their family have shared as Elaine’s Alzheimer’s has progressed.

On this program, Governor Schreiber tells the story of his personal experience and wisdom gained as a caregiver and husband to the love of his life – a woman he met as a freshman in high school who supported him through all of his life experiences – college, law school, political wins and losses. He counsels those taking on the role of caregiver and confronts the dilemmas that caregivers face including what surviving looks like for the person diagnosed as well as the caregiver.

Marty Schreiber’s story is real and is recommended as a guide for caregivers anywhere as they struggle to do the right thing: to embrace patience, adaptability and even humor as they walk the journey with their loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease.

WHY FORWARD THEATER PRESENTED “NATURAL SHOCKS” ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF COLUMBINE

Guests:  Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director, Forward Theater;  Rev. Jerry Hancock, Board President, WAVE – Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

On April 20, the 19th anniversary of Columbine and 65 days after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Florida, Forward Theater along with other theater companies in major cities across the country, presented a free performance of “Natural Shocks,” a one-woman play in a tornado by acclaimed playwright, Lauren Gunderson. As the play progresses, the story deepens and shifts as the message of gun violence surfaces.

On tomorrow’s program, Jennifer Uphoff Gray is joined by Rev. Jerry Hancock. WAVE was the recipient of donations received at the Madison performance of “Natural Shocks.”

Hear the behind-the-scenes story of how the play came to be; why Forward Theater chose to present it, and WAVE’s message of approaching gun violence from a public health standpoint.

For the facts on Guns and Suicide, Guns and Children, Guns and Communities, Guns and Domestic Violence, and Guns and the Economy, go to waveedfund.org.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN: UW SCHOOL OF MUSIC OFFERS COMMUNITY MUSIC LESSONS

Guests:  Tim Shaw, retired physician and budding violin student;  Paula Su, doctoral candidate and violin teacher;  Cayla Rosche, soprano and Community Music Lessons Coordinator

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, or take singing lessons? The UW-Madison School of Music has been offering music lessons to the community in all of these instruments since 1968. Lessons are provided by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are overseen by faculty members and staff. Lessons are taught on campus. It’s another example of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.

To hear more about the UW SOM Community Music Lessons Program and the sounds of music that are created, tune into this programs to hear violin student, Tim Shaw, his violin teacher, Paula Su, and CML Coordinator, Cayla Rosche.

To investigate taking lessons, go to www.music.wisc.edu/cml.