Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate
and only the uprooted comprehend.
--- Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history
and Jewish history and all of U.S. history are taught from one book?
Just U.S. history.
--- Maya Angelou
Speaker: Lynn Murphy
Lynn Murphy is the Mental Health Liaison for San Rafael Police Department. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been with the department for 8 years. Her job is to engage with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or mental illness to connect them with whatever services they need. Lynn works closely with Marin County Health and Human Services, the District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s office, The Ritter Center, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Homeward Bound of Marin, and Marin Housing Authority to house those that are the most vulnerable. Since working at the department, Lynn has collaborated with the Marin Alliance to Solve Homelessness (MASH) to house 426 people! Lynn also has a K9 partner named Blue who does outreach on the street. Blue is a retired Guide Dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind and plays an instrumental role in helping employee wellness at the San Rafael Police Department, and in responding to mental health calls. Say hello to them when you see Lynn and Blue on the street!
Read more about what San Rafael is doing to support San Rafael’s unhoused community at
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone
Speaker: Rebecca Johns
It’s 2022. Change is coming at us fast and furious. When making decisions, information is important, but it isn’t enough. We are evolving from the age of information to the age of connection, integration, and intuition.
The most effective leaders refer to their instincts and inner voice to notice trends; they pay attention to emerging patterns to help make decisions. Research backs this up, demonstrating the importance of using our intellect and cognitive capabilities with intuition. (HeartMath.org)
In this experiential presentation, you’ll learn:
“People with higher levels of personal mastery can’t afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head or heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye.” ~Peter Senge
Rebecca Johns is a certified professional Transformational Leadership Coach, based in northwestern Montana. Living within sight of beautiful Glacier National Park, Rebecca’s approach is grounded in the elements of nature and inspired by the power of connection and deep listening.
Wildlife Photographer Suzi Eszterhas
Part artist, part scientist, and part sociologist, Suzi Eszterhas gives us a glimpse into the life of a wildlife photographer. Hear how she composes photos while riding an elephant in India, how she keeps herself safe while working with grizzly bears, and how her photography can help raise awareness of the problems facing wildlife today.
Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer, who, for the last twenty years, has dedicated her life and her work to capturing the family life of wild animals throughout the world, mainly those that are endangered.
Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine covers and feature stories in publications such as TIME, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Popular Photography, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids.
Whether it is photographing cheetahs while living in a bush camp in Kenya's Masai Mara, working with polar bear biologists in the Arctic, or chasing chimpanzees through some of the world's deepest jungles, Suzi has many photographs and adventure stories to share.
Suzi is the author of numerous books. Her books have been featured on GoodMorningAmerica.com and TodayShow.com. Her latest book, New on Earth, is a collection of her most spectacular photographs—from groundbreaking images of tiger cubs in their den in India to newborn cheetahs on the African savanna, to brown bear cubs seeing the world for the first time in the Alaskan wilderness.
She is a passionate animal conservationist. She has built conservation into the very fabric of her highly successful wildlife photography business. To empower teen girls to enter the male-dominated field of nature photography and use their work to further conservation efforts around the world, she founded Girls who Click.
Please join us in welcoming Suzi Eszterhas. We are excited to hear about her journey to becoming a world-renowned animal photographer, author, and animal conservationist. We are not sure whether she will be joining us from some remote corner of the world or from a few miles away from her home base in Petaluma, but we thank her for taking the time to speak to us at Wednesday morning Dialogue.