Teenagers in the Era of Social Media

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko interviewed Meredith (17) and Caroline Finnerty (16) on their experience using texting and facebook to communicate with their friends.  Caroline shared with us how an ex-boyfriend used both to stalk and harass her after their break-up, and Meredith revealed her desire for privacy and her discreet use of the social media to manage her community of friends.  Their advice to parents – take away our phones at night so we can get some work down and get some rest!  We are going to have them back on an ongoing series about the younger generation and how they communicate.

The Giving Show

Serene Mastrainni and Carole Murko can’t think of a better holiday gift than donating to charities that provide essential services and fill basic needs  - a great gift for someone who has everything. Four organizations were featured.  Information on where and how to send donations are on all of their websites:

  • Woodhull Institute – www.woodhull.org
  • Tapestry Health – www.tapestryhealth.org
  • Berkshire Grown – www.berkshiregrown.org
  • Berkshire Taconic – www.berkshiretaconic.org

Pilates, Goddess Camp and Karendipity

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko had way too much fun interviewing Karen Lee, of Karen Lee Central in Lenox.Karen teaches one-on-one pilates classes using the reformer and cadillac which she believes are essential to mastering the techniques that are central to Pilates.  It’s all about the core!!  She channels her positive energy in many ways but her heart is currently devoted to offereing a Goddess Boot Camp to young girls – 7-14.  To help them celebrate their truth, beauty and goodness from the inside out.  For more information go to http://www.karenleecentral.com/

Berkshire Grown – Preserving the Harvest

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko hosted Julie Michaels, Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Grown and Lisa Dachinger, farmer and owner of River Valley Farm, a CSA (community supported agriculture). We are so lucky to live in a community that helps bring farmers and restaurants together and where local farmers offer shares in their farm produce.  It’s important to knowing where your food is grown, know your farmers and keeping it local.  Thank you Berkshire Grown for providing a resource for farmers, people and restaurants.  www.berkshiregrown.org

Women in Advocacy -The Elizabeth Freeman Center

Carole Murko and Serene Mastrianni hosted Carla Doobie and Janis Broderick to a sobering hour about the mission of the Elizabeth Freemna Center to help create a world free from violence and all forms of oppression, especially victims of domestic violence.  Among the many services, a 24 hour hotline is available for anyone in need. Please call 866-401-2425 if you or anyone you know needs help.

Women in Advocacy – Elizabeth Debold studies young girls and self esteem

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko hosted Elizabeth Debold, coauthor of the bestseller, Mother Daughter Revolution.  Our discussion was fascinating as we discussed girls and their mothers.  Quite frankly we barely scratched the surface.

Women in Business – Lisa Newmann creates a healthy cookie for the mass market

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko not only interviewed Lisa Newmann but they sampled her delicious and HEALTHY cookies.  Lisa has spent her life in the food industry but it isn’t until now that she is realizing a dream – create and offer a healthy cookie to the mass market.  Her cookies are marketed under the brand Cookiehead and can be found at Guido’s and many markets nationwide. For more information go to www.cookieheadcookies.com

Women in Business – Susan Schneider turns passion into lampshades

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko had a great time hearing how Susan Schneider turned her love of collecting vintage goods – wallpapers, old prints, textiles into an often overlooked object, lampshades.  She has also been very successful at adorning match boxes with vintage papers – they make excellent gifts and can be customized.  Susan is the perfect blend of left and right brain.  Her studio/storefront is in Millerton, NY,  www.shandells.com.  A must!!

Healthcare Reform Alert – Advocate for End of Life Services!

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko are back in the studio and they tackle a very complicated issue, Healthcare Reform.  It is never to soon to think about your health and your life and when each of them may become compromised.  Tough stuff right?  Well it’s even tougher to think of them when you have just been diagnosed with a live ending disease.  To make matters worse end of life and palliative care services are being left out of healthcare reform and sadly left out of most terminally ill patient options.  Luckily the women of R2W are here to educate families and patients on how to put palliative care in the healthcare package.

Guest(s):  Jan Healey, RN Founder of Healey Group

To learn more about Jan and her consultative palliative care company visit her website at www.healeygroup.org

Women In Powerful Places Series Features Eugenie Sills

The Women in Powerful Places Series continues with one of Serene and Carole’s favorite women in the Berkshires.  Meet Eugenie Sills and listen to how she started The Women’s Times (TWT) an award-winning publication for women in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. Founded in 1993, TWT is the region’s premier venue for reaching women—the world’s most powerful consumers.

TWT’s editorial mission is to tell women’s stories and share resources in a high-quality, regional format. Their content reflects women’s interests in business, technology, education, health care, house & home, mothering, gardening, philanthropy, the arts and more.

Guest(s): Eugenie Sills, Founder and Publisher of The Women’s Times