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Waking from the American Dream


Trying to stay awake through all the bullshit. Author, performer, Founder of Women on the Verge, Shaman of the Carlin family since 1963.

Trying to stay awake through all the bullshit. Author, performer, Founder of Women on the Verge, Shaman of the Carlin family since 1963.


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Trying to stay awake through all the bullshit. Author, performer, Founder of Women on the Verge, Shaman of the Carlin family since 1963.




152: Kelly Risks Forward

This month, Kelly is in conversation with Victoria Labalme, author of Risk Forward, a unique and bold take on what one needs to figure out your next steps on a project, plan or life path. It offers courage, inspiration and whimsical ways past what blocks you.


151: Kelly Lands on the Other Side

Kelly talks about making it through the anxiety, uncertainty and unexpected gifts of the pandemic. And she explores what it's been like to dance with the legacy of her father, and how she has reached a new level of acceptance.


150: Kelly Let's Go

Kelly talks about how to face what the Buddhists call impermanence and letting go. Music is "Headphones" by the Incredible Casuals


149: Kelly is Sheltering in Place

After a 17 month hiatus, Kelly returns with a monologue episode about the pandemic, what sheltering in place is revealing to humanity and what it means to let the 10,000 things name the self. Music is “Work From Home” by Pizza Bees https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=600175907603285


148 Kelly Gets Deep, Creatively Speaking

Kelly is joined by two of the three authors of "Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit," Deborah Anne Quibell and Jennifer Leigh Selig. The conversation explores their unique approach to sparking, feeding and hosting creativity in everyone's life. This is a great conversation for artists, seekers, humans of all shapes. Music by Travis & Shook


147 Kelly Acts Up

Kelly is joined by screenwriter, actor and now author, David Dean Bottrell where they discuss the ins and outs, the loves and hates, the ups and downs of choosing a career in the entertainment industry. David's just published book Working Actor: Breaking in, Making a Living, and Making a Life in the Fabulous Trenches of Show Business is a deep, funny, transparent look at not only David's path in the business as a screenwriter and actor, but real nuts and bolts of how to succeed in this...


146 Kelly Feels the Paine with Harvey J. Kaye

Kelly chats with Harvey J. Kaye, American History professor at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, about ideas such as justice, liberty and equality and how the current Democratic Party keeps missing the important narrative that Thomas Paine so clearly saw as the true potential of this great democratic experiment. Harvey will become a regular of the podcast to help us sort through the upcoming presidential campaign....


145 Octagon Table Discussion - Heroes

The Octagon Table members Dylan Brody, Rick Overton, Erin Brown and Chris Bonno with Kelly gather to unpack what it means to be a hero. They talk about their own heroes, what traits heroes must have and why we even have them.


144 Kelly Pauses, Breathes, and Smiles

Gary Gach, author of "Pause, Breathe, Smile," (and many other titles), mindfulness teacher, poet, joins Kelly to discuss being on the path to enlightenment, why watching your breath changes your life, and other fine hints and moments about being seekers. Instead of music, we give you 273 moments of silence. You can find more about Gary at garygach.com.


143 - Kelly Gets Musical

Kelly sits down with Mark Russell, the political, musical satirist for an exploration of his career and take on politics these days.


142 - Octagon Table Discussion: Courage

In this episode Dylan Brody, Erin Brown, Rick Overton, Chris Bonno & Fiona Goodwin join Kelly to unpack the idea, concept and reality or courage.


141 Kelly Makes Art, Not War

Kelly steps into a new relationship with her creativity and discusses the lines between art, entertainment and the freedom to express ones self.


140: Kelly Finds It's Possible

Kelly ponders about what makes us deem thing possible or impossible and what it means to take chances.


139: Kelly Finds Home

Kelly reads an essay about how she is emerging into a new/old way of relating to the world around her.


138: Kelly is Torn

Kelly feels torn in half watching the Kavanaugh/Dr. Ford testimony.


137: Octagon Table Discussion - Truth

Dylan Brody, Amy Englehardt, Chris Bonno and Kelly untangle the many ideas and perspectives about the concept of Truth.


136: Kelly Lives in the Dream

Kelly delves into how to live life from a place that honors the imagination. She explores how we can be rational beings and still live life from a magical place. Music by Admiral Halsey


135: Kelly Sits with Hope

Kelly sits with Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters, and they dive into mother loss, what it takes to heal from grief, and the broader subject of how women untangle themselves from their family dynamics, aka daughterhood, to step out of their own way and into their deepening lives.


134: Kelly Unlearns Helplessness

Kelly speaks with Ellen Braaten, PhD about how we are all collectively combating learned helplessness with the divisive political climate here in US, and how to combat it.


133: Kelly Faces Humiliation

Kelly talks about how humility is a most human experience, and how getting to act in front of the camera after 34 years heals her.