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Hosted ByKen Harvey, Jim Hills, Cindy Tingley, and Paul Pitkin

A podcast from Sno-Isle Libraries for lifelong learners with inquiring minds.

Episode 14: Finding boundaries, balance with Sarri Gilman

Chapter 1 – Sarri Gilman

Sarri Gilman helps others search for healthy boundaries and find balance in their lives.

A licensed psychotherapist, the Whidbey Island resident works with individuals, couples and families challenged with issues around relationships, emotions, mental health and being in a state of overwhelm.

Her boundary workshops help people understand how saying “Yes” or “No” is a guidance system – a compass – in life for every relationship and every decision.

Gilman has also brought her work to organizations such as Leadership Snohomish County and Cocoon House.

Gilman shared her philosophy on stage at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2015.

Chapter 1 length: 1:18:02

Chapter 1 links

Selma Bonham at the Mill Creek Library

Chapter 2 – Selma Bonham

At 93, Selma Bonham has seen a few things.

Majoring in geology, she graduated from Penn State University and then earned a Master’s from Stanford in 1949. After 40 successful years in a male-dominated profession, Bonham retired and moved from the East Coast to Mill Creek and became involved with the Friends of the Mill Creek Library. Bonham says her awareness of civil rights began early when her father began hiring persons of color for skilled jobs in his department store. Later, at Mill Creek, Bonham organized a flash mob at the library to sing in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Chapter 2 length: 04:33

Chapter 2 links

Episode hosts

Ken Harvey is Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. Ken brings broad professional experience from his service with Community Transit, Sound Transit, Reno, Nev., and several positions in radio and TV.



Paul Pitkin is Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. He also plays guitar, along with several other instruments, sings and writes music.




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