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Talk of Our Towns – March 07 2024

Donna Quinn interviews guest Elizabeth Hayes, the President of the ENCORE, about the classes their organization offers. These classes cover across a range of subjects in the interest of our elder community members. They discuss the importance and benefits of providing a place for seniors to learn and grow together.

Talk of Our Towns – January 04 2024

Donna Quinn interviews two psychotherapists about the concept of conscious aging and how it can help respond to the challenges of getting older. Longtime friends Katelyn Staecker and Jerry Rousseau exchange their ideas about the results of clinical studies, the experience of aging and how community affects the lives of our elders. This special version…

Talk of Our Towns – December 7th, 2023

Donna Quinn and Suzanne Harold, the Astoria Public Library Director, discuss upcoming renovations for the library building, visions for youth involvement and more. They call upon the community for ideas on a temporary space for library operations and Donna guides us through spending some time in the moment. 

Talk of Our Towns – October 5th, 2023

Join Host Donna Quinn on “Talk of Our Towns” to find out more about a Community Gathering on Friday, October 13th at 6 pm at the Netel Grange. This first event will explore ways to support Healthy Living and Aging for Vital Elders and Young Old Souls … in other words… everyone!  Licensed Clinical Social Worker…

Talk of Our Towns, September 07 2023

Join host Donna Quinn on “Talk of Our Towns” for a lively and thoughtful discussion about enhancing sensitive communication in our daily interactions with others during these challenging times.  Her guests for Thursday, September 7th are: Katelyn Staecker, a licensed clinical social worker/psychotherapist in private practice in Astoria and trainer of the healing method, IFS, Internal Family Systems …

Talk of Our Towns, August 04 2023

“Talk of Our Towns” Host Donna Quinn focuses on the Astoria Regatta Festival happening August 9-12.  Since 1894 Astoria Regatta has celebrated all things Maritime with boat races, parades, Coast Guard demonstrations and more. This year’s theme is “A New Wave”.  Donna’s guests are Michelle Murray, Vice President Astoria Regatta Association and Leah Boles, 2022…

Talk of Our Towns, March 03 2023

Donna’s guest is Melissa Meadow, a licensed funeral director, who is pioneering the first not-for-profit funeral home and conservation burial park for people and pets in the Pacific Northwest through her 501-c3 organization, The End Foundation …website TheEnd.green.  Melissa is based in Long Beach, Washington where she currently offers green cremations for pets among other…

Talk of Our Towns, November 03 2022

Join host Donna Quinn for this month’s Talk of Our Towns.  The topic is Resilient Clatsop County, a new network community initiative to help children suffering from various kinds of trauma … which have been an exacerbated since the pandemic. The main guest is Angel Escobeda Senior Program Director for Columbia Pacific CCO. Other guests…

Talk of Our Towns October 6 2022

In this episode of Talk of Our Towns, Donna Quinn interviews Portland author Lara Messersmith-Glavin whose latest book “Spirit Things” is a collection of essays exploring the secret histories, science, and mythology of objects on a fishing boat in Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News named it “a book to love and cherish”. Today Lara is…

Talk of Our Towns, September 01 2022

Host Donna Quinn interviews Oregon based nature writer and author Marina Richie.  Her new book, “Halcyon Journey … In Search of the Belted Kingfisher” has just been published by Oregon State University Press. Marina writes blogs, articles and poetry, teaches classes, is on the Board of the Greater Hells Canyon Council… and much more.  Together…

Talk of Our Towns, August 04 2022

“How Can We Help?”   In today’s world, we are swamped with a constant tsunami of disturbing images and news of pain, suffering, and conflict through 24/7 access to tv, radio, social media, blogs, texts, and tweets.  Many of us tune out in response to feeling overwhelmed and powerless to do anything about the myriad problems…

Talk of Our Towns, July 7 2022

Host Donna Quinn interviews Suzanne Roberts, an award winning travel writer, memoirist and poet.  Her books include the just released “Animal Bodies: on Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties”, “Bad Tourist”: Misadventures in Love and Travel released in 2020” and “Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail” released in 2012 and which earned her…

Talk of Our Towns, June 02 2022

My guest tomorrow on “Talk of Our Towns” at 9 am is Lexie Hallahan.  She is the visionary and Director of Northwest Women’s Surf Camps based in Seaside, Oregon.  We will be discussing her upcoming events, camps, programs and how her business has grown, changed to now offer family friendly and co-ed experiences, adapted and…

Talk of Our Towns, April 7 2022

Today we will be learning more about the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, a non-profit statewide civil rights organization promoting justice, equity and inclusion in housing across Oregon.  My guests are Eliza Galaher, Education and Outreach Specialist North and Central Coast Region and Samuel Goldberg, Statewide Education and Outreach Specialist focusing on land-use issues.

Talk of Our Towns, November 04 2021

Host Donna Quinn interviews former investigative journalist William Dean, who has just published his debut suspense novel “Dangerous Freedom”.   Set in the Pacific Northwest, Astoria in particular, Bill moved to Astoria last year from the East Coast and wrote “Dangerous Freedom” during the pandemic.  “Dangerous Freedom” is inspired by a true story from his days…