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SPOTLIGHT on Dr. Siri Sat Nam

Dr. Siri Sat Nam

Dr. Siri Sat Nam is a yogi, therapist, television personality, wisdom teacher and now an author with his newly published book, The Pocket Guru; Guidance and Mantras for Spiritual Awakening and Emotional Wisdom.  The book is designed as a self- help workbook that covers all the big topics---from anxiety, addiction and betrayal to fear, intuition and trust—for people with limited time who seek mastery.

Dr Siri intuited that he would be healer of “Difficult to Incurable Diseases and Severe Emotional Problems.” He was the first appointed Director of Teaching Training by Yogi Bhajan, later became a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) and received his Ph.D in Depth Psychology. He has been recognized internationally as a lecturer on Eastern spiritual philosophies, yoga instructor and workshop facilitator.

Dr. Siri’s unique ability to integrate Western psychological theory and Eastern disciplines, such as chakra balancing, meditation and rebirthing, is evident in his practice and his television show where he worked with celebrities such as pop sensation Katy Perry on fame, metal rocker Corey Taylor on childhood sexual abuse, and Nathan Williams on drug abuse among many others.  With his new book, Dr. Siri’s channeled wisdom can reach, and support, a wider audience.

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(The Pocket Guru pages 182-3)

PROBLEMS

ALLOW US TO REFRAME our thinking. Rather than processing something as a problem, begin to proclaim it as merely a moment in time and space to use our intelligence, resources and depth. The sun does not always shine, and so it is within our own personal lives that we will have moments of darkness. When we understand that darkness is part of life, we will see troubling moments simply as an invitation to sit in the light of consciousness. Let us pick up our lantern and proceed into the dark, ready to embrace the opportunity to use our wisdom.

  1. PROBLEMS are opportunities to employ my wisdom.
  2. PROBLEMS come from the Divine to test my trust.
  3. PROBLEMS are hiccups that interrupt my peace.
  4. PROBLEMS are merely moments in time and space.
  5. PROBLEMS stimulate me to be resourceful.
  6. PROBLEMS activate my common sense as well as my sixth sense.
  7. PROBLEMS can be reframed.
  8. PROBLEMS are a matter of perception.
  9. PROBLEMS dissolve as Faith arrives.
  10. PROBLEMS can be resolved.
  11. PROBLEMS requires my focus and will.


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SPOTLIGHT on Colette Sartor

Colette Sartor

Colette Sartor is a brilliant new addition to the literary world. Her debut linked story collection Once Removed, the recipient of the 2018 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, will be published by the University of Georgia Press on September 15, 2019. A writing instructor at UCLA, freelance editor and co-host of the Literary Roadhouse Bookclub, Sartor completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Summer Writers Workshops, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale Foundation Residency and Tin House Summer Workshops.

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Women drive the narrative in Once Removed. They carry the burdens imposed in the name of intimacy: the secrets kept, lies told, disputes initiated and the joy that can still manage to triumph. A singer with a damaged voice and an assumed identity befriends a silent, troubled child; an infertile law professor covets a tenant's daughterly affection; a new mother tries to shield her infant from her estranged mother's surprise Easter visit; an aging shopkeeper hides her husband's decline and a decades-old lie to keep her best friends from moving away. With depth and an acute sense of the fragility of intimate connection, Colette Sartor creates characters that resonate with familiarity and emotional complexity. Some of these women possess the fierce natures and long, vengeful memories of expert grudge holders. Others avoid conflict at every turn, or so they tell themselves. For all of them, grief lies at the core of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Colette Sartor teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as well as privately and is an executive director of the CineStory Foundation, a mentoring organization for emerging TV writers and screenwriters. Her writing has appeared in Carve magazine, Slice magazine, the Chicago TribuneKenyon Review OnlineColorado Review, and other publications. Among other awards, she has been granted a Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Glenna Luschei Award, a Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, and a Truman Capote fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she completed her MFA.



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SPOTLIGHT on SaulPaul

SaulPaul

SaulPaul is a nationally touring and award-winning musician, speaker, and entrepreneur. His journey to where he is today wasn't so easy. Despite growing up in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods of Houston, SaulPaul eventually discovered his inner ability to look beyond his current circumstances and transform his whole life. He attributes this ability to the wisdom, compassion and unconditional love of his grandmother who raised him since he was 3. He says of his growing up with “Mama”, “My grandmother chose me. And that was the blessing. Instead of feeling left out, I felt special. I felt chosen. I felt wanted. And I knew I was loved.” 

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SaulPaul found he had a gift of intelligence that he later realized he could use for bad or for good. This choice is what takes him on a journey from an at-risk youth to failing out of college to incarceration and eventually being re-admitted and graduating from college with honors.

Today, SaulPaul is determined to "be the change" not only in his own life but in the lives of millions of other at-risk youth throughout the US that grew up as he did. This Fall, he is proud to release his new autobiography, Be the Change: A Story of Transformation, out Nov. 12, 2019. Through his book, he lights the paths of others to follow and attain their dreams.

Website:  SaulPaul.com



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SPOTLIGHT on Randy Krehbiel

Randy Krehbiel

By Randy Krehbiel Foreword by Karlos K. Hill

A penetrating examination of one of the single worst incidents of racial violence in the United States In 1921 Tulsa’s Greenwood District, known then as the nation’s “Black Wall Street,” was one of the most prosperous African American communities in the United States. But on May 31 of that year, a white mob, inflamed by rumors that a young black man had attempted to rape a white teenage girl, invaded Greenwood. By the end of the following day, thousands of homes and businesses lay in ashes, and perhaps as many as three hundred people were dead. Tulsa, 1921 shines new light into the shadows that have long been cast over this extraordinary instance of racial violence. With the clarity and descriptive power of a veteran journalist, author Randy Krehbiel digs deep into the events and their aftermath and investigates decades-old questions about the local culture at the root of what one writer has called a white-led pogrom. Krehbiel analyzes local newspaper accounts in an unprecedented effort to gain insight into the minds of contemporary Tulsans. In the process he considers how the Tulsa World, the Tulsa Tribune, and other publications contributed to the circumstances that led to the disaster and helped solidify enduring white justifications for it. Some historians have dismissed local newspapers as too biased to be of value for an honest account, but by contextualizing their reports, Krehbiel renders Tulsa’s papers an invaluable resource, highlighting the influence of news media on our actions in the present and our memories of the past. The Tulsa Massacre was a result of racial animosity and mistrust within a culture of political and economic corruption.book jacket In its wake, black Tulsans were denied redress and even the right to rebuild on their own property, yet they ultimately prevailed and even prospered despite systemic racism and the rise during the 1920s of the second Ku Klux Klan. As Krehbiel considers the context and consequences of the violence and devastation, he asks, Has the city—indeed, the nation—exorcised the prejudices that led to this tragedy?

Randy Krehbiel has been a reporter for the Tulsa World since 1979 and now covers political and governmental affairs in Oklahoma and the United States. He is the author of Tulsa’s Daily World: The Story of a Newspaper and Its Town. Karlos K. Hill is Associate Professor of African and African American History at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.

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SPOTLIGHT on Max Weitzenhoffer

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Theatrical producers who make it big on Broadway often start their climb from the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, not the raucous frontier. Even fewer would dream of becoming a successful theatre owner in the storied West End of London. A third-generation Oklahoman, Max Weitzenhoffer has a life story as unique and colorful as you will find, a remarkable blend of risk-taking, glamour, and glitz that has been enriched by saloon keepers, oil wildcatters, wealthy art patrons, artists, and Broadway and Hollywood stars.

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When it comes to both the art world and theatre, there is not much Weitzenhoffer has not accomplished—while maintaining his lifelong ties to Oklahoma and his beloved University of Oklahoma, to which he donated his family’s $50 million art collection. But his real fame came on Broadway, where he produced two Tony Award winners, Dracula and the hit musical The Will Rogers Follies, and partnered with some of the biggest names in the business, including Andrew Lloyd Webber. Today, he and his business partner Nica Burns own six theatres in London, one of which is home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II. Clearly, here is a man who was born to put on a show, and what a show it has been! A native of Texas, Tom Lindley spent his career in newspapers before turning to writing books. He is the author of Out of the Dust andOpening Doors. Both reflect his interest in the people of Oklahoma and his appreciation for their spirit and the land they love.

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SPOTLIGHT on Dr. Laurel Mellin

Dr. Laurel  Mellin in the spotlight

New York Times bestselling author and obesity expert Dr. Laurel Mellin delivers a revolutionary plan for weight loss: Start change the emotional brain (the “stress brain”) to end cravings, mindless eating, binge eating and sugar addiction.  The Stress Eating Solution shows why we have become trapped in the stress eating cycle. The powerful drives to overeat, feel depressed and lethargic, crave sugary, fatty foods, and pack on pounds is located in the emotional brain. Traditional methods focus on the thinking brain which, during stress has virtually no power over our cravings and drives when we are stressed – and stress is ubiquitous in modern life!

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Dr. Mellin proposes a new approach to weight loss. Use simple emotional tools to switch off the stress in the emotional brain and rewire four crossed wires that trigger unstoppable drives to overeat. Then use any food plan that works for you and the drive to overeat will shut down and the unconscious desire to release extra weight will ramp up. Her method is the only weight loss program other than surgery that has shown lasting weight loss. The Stress Eating Solution maps out how to use the emotional brain’s natural pathway from stress to joy. Use these tools of emotional brain training (EBT) and in two to four minutes, the craving can shut off. Use the tools in a focuses way to rewire your food, mood, love, and body circuit and discover how much joy you can create without a therapist, counselor or lifestyle coach. This is how the brain works! It want us to be in joy, and instead of counting calories or grams, with this approach, you’ll count moments of joy (“Joy Points”0.

This practical, easy-to read book is based on Dr. Mellin’s unique, proven weight loss method, Emotional Brain Training (EBT). It will free dieters from the three tyrannies: dieting, overeating and overweight. For the millions who have struggled with eating binges, lost and regained hundreds of pounds, or blamed themselves for being out of control of food, this book will be a life-changer.



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SPOTLIGHT on Michael Hageloh

Michael Hageloh in the spotlight

iPhones and iPads sell themselves!  That’s a statement, Michael Hageloh  heard for years. But in his twenty two years with Apple, Michael, author of Live from Cupertino: How Apple Used Words, Music, and Performance to Build the World's Best Sales Machine, shows that there is a bit more to Apple’s success simply creating amazing products.

Live from Cupertino takes readers inside the secret world of Apple showing how the company was built around music, storytelling and a passion that let it not only survive the hard times, but establish itself as a groundbreaking company and one of word’s most iconic brands

Michael, whose book offers many anecdotes about the legendary Steve Jobs, can also discuss how Apple has changed under CEO Tim Cook.



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In his book, available October 2019, Michael, closer of nearly one billion in Apple sales, takes the reader inside the Apple sales culture that made it the world’s first trillion – dollar corporation.  Live from Cupertino offers a unique glimpse into this legendary company, from someone who was involved from the beginning. 

www.Hageloh.com

 



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Jeff Holler in the spotlightz

SPOTLIGHT on Jeff Holler

Jeff Holler’s> Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose brings you eight inspiring and thought-provoking stories of Christian business owners from six continents living out the purpose for which God created them in their unique business settings.

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Through their transparent, true-life stories and the wisdom they convey, you will become better equipped to fully and effectively serve God right where you are – in and through the business that God has entrusted to you, thereby fulfilling the purpose for which God created you. With renewed enthusiasm, you will have greater clarity, commitment, courage, capabilities, and confidence to continue to build and grow as your ministry the business that God has entrusted to you.



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jan Alexander in the spotlightz

SPOTLIGHT on Jan Alexander

Jan Alexander is author of a novel, Getting to Lamma, and co-author of Bad Girls of the Silver Screen, a look at the way Hollywood has depicted prostitutes through the decades. Her upcoming novel is a utopian fantasy set in the wilds of China’s 21st century hyper-capitalism, inspired by her experiences as a correspondent in Asia. She is a long-time contributor to The Neworld Review and has reviewed books for The Chicago Tribune. As a financial journalist and China hand she has covered the global economy for Institutional Investor, Forbes Woman, Worth, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek International, Money and the Economist Intelligence Unit, and has taught a class in Chinese civilization at CUNY Brooklyn College. 



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SPOTLIGHT on JL Ruiz

JL Ruiz

JL Ruiz is a Mexican-American success story. An immigrant who came to America after receiving his degree in dentistry in Mexico City, he faced many of the same hardships and rejections that others less fortunate face. But he fought back and gained a teaching position at an American college after numerous rejections due to his country of origin. He married, raised a family, and was living his American dream by building a career as an educator with two large practices in the Los Angeles area. But years of involvement in the community made him realize he was one of the lucky ones.

“I have been wanting to write this novel for years,” said JL.  “I have been saving experiences and carefully observing and researching the unexplainable condition of the Mexican-American community in the U.S. The recent wave of attacks against the Mexican-Americans community reignited my desire to write. But it wasn’t until one of my coworkers told me about the terrible suicidal depression her niece was experiencing as a consequence of her uncertain future as a “Dreamer,” that I realized how our inaction is allowing irreversible damage to be inflicted on these young people, and I felt obligated to tell their story.

“When I arrived at this wonderful land as a naïve, fresh-faced Mexican immigrant with big American dreams, I encountered an unexpected, pessimistic attitude toward achieving success by my new Mexican-American acquaintances, which I had not seen in Mexico City. Or the denial that they were even of Mexican heritage.”

In IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE, JL writes through the eyes of a bright, talented Mexican-American teenage girl, Katie Suarez, and how her very comfortable middle-class life in Arizona is turned upside down, how teachers turn on her for standing up for the Mexican-American community and its true history. She experiences the fear her immigrant friends face caused by racists law enforcement that few of her white friends understand. After the darkness point in her life and the total destruction of her family, she rises to become a social justice warrior.

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“This is an American story that acknowledges how, in this nation of immigrants, there is good and bad amongst all people. Without coming to terms with the past, there is no understanding of how it affects the present, and without action, will continue to repeat in the future,” JL Ruiz.

The book, published by WPR Books: Latino Insights, is a four-category finalist for the International Latino Book Awards plus was Amazon #1 new release in three categories when it was published in June.

Learn more about the book and JL at https://jlruizbooks.com/



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SPOTLIGHT on Author/Journalist Ivor Davis

Ivor Davis

On Sunday, August 10, 1969, Los Angeles woke to horrifying news. The glamourous and very pregnant actress Sharon Tate had been murdered along with four others.  Ivor Davis, West Coast correspondent of the London Daily Express, was one of the first on the scene joined by scores of network TV, radio and newspapers reporters--all desperately seeking details of the what had happened behind the gates of the mansion high atop the canyons of Beverly Hills. Twenty-four hours later, there were two more killings. Those homicides became known as “The Manson Murders.” From that day on, Ivor Davis had a front-row seat chronicling the depraved story of Charlie Manson and his girls that brought the Sixties to a gruesome end.

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Written with the efficiency of an investigative reporter and a master storyteller’s eye, MANSON EXPOSED: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder brings new life and unknown details to this story. In his frightening memoir, Davis recounts his exclusive, eyewitness story of tracking down Manson in Death Valley, sitting through the craziest trial in L.A. history and reveals shocking new information never before known about the whole insane Beatles/Helter Skelter theory that convicted Manson and his demented followers.

Over half a century, Davis interviewed Doris Day’s son Terry Melcher, who finally confessed why he became Manson’s target of hate. He interviewed Sharon Tate’s Oscar-winning director husband Roman Polanski. Davis knew most of the players – Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty, Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and District Attorney Vince Bugliosi. Ferociously pursuing truth, Davis divulges how a psychotic ex-con convinced a group of young runaway girls-- barely out of their teens—to murder innocents.

In 1970, he co-authored the first book on the Manson murders, Five to Die.

Fifty years later, all of his new findings are disclosed in MANSON EXPOSED to be released on July 24.

Learn more at IvorDavisBooks.com



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Kat Rosenfield

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Kat Rosenfield is an Edgar-nominated author and pop culture journalist with a gift for reporting on digital-age dramas from the place where art and politics intersect. In 2018, Kat was tapped to co-author an Audible Original, Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light, with Marvel icon Stan Lee, which is set to release exclusively on Audible on June 27th. She previously authored two young adult novels, the Edgar-nominated AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE (2012) and INLAND (2014).



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Kat began her career in journalism at MTV News, reporting on TV, film, books, and young Hollywood culture; her work included in-depth reporting on the survivability of childbirth in the zombie apocalypse, longform essays on Han Solo's space cowboy morals, and gif-ticles on every imaginable topic . Her more recent work as a freelance journalist includes seminal reporting on controversies within the young adult publishing community , a plagiarism scandal from the small-press poetry world, the attempted censorship by a Texas school district of the YA bestseller The Hate U Give, and the conflict surrounding the #OwnVoices movement in young adult fiction. As a contributing editor at Tablet, she has written popular essays exploring women's sexual agency within third-wave feminism , the rise of dunk culture in journalism, and how self-loathing male feminists turn the tables on the mid-2000s "Cool Girl" phenomenon.



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SPOTLIGHT

Jeanne Joe

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Jeanne Joe has been an actress, administrator, and teacher.  Her acting credits include films AIRPORT 1975 and FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER; TV's CRIMINAL MINDS, M*A*S*H, KUNG FU, HARRY O, and THE UFO INCIDENT; theatre productions at the Inner City Repertory Company and the East West Players; as well as radio dramas, voice-overs, and commercials.

She is the author of YING-YING: PIECES OF A CHILDHOOD, YING-YING 2: JASMINE BY THE BAY, YING-YING 3: JASMINE IN L.A. and YING-YING 4: JASMINE RETURNS TO THE BAY.  The Ying-Ying series describe the sad and comic experiences and adventures of a feisty Chinese-American girl as she and her single parent mother take on the challenges of life in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 

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Her most recent book is WIND CHIMES: TWO CULTURES AND A SUPERNATURAL CONNECTION, the fascinating journey of Hai-lan.  Orphaned at age nine, she leaves her village in China to live with her maternal aunt and uncle in Macao.  She falls in love with a mysterious Chinese-Portuguese boy.  At age sixteen her education is cut off abruptly, and she is whisked off to America to fulfill an arranged marriage.  Hai-lan painfully but quickly adjusts to her mother-in-law's tyranny and her new responsibility of raising her husband's nine siblings.  She struggles to become independent, weaving through an obstacle course of tradition and culture both Chinese and American. And then there's her special relationship with the spirit world.  

http://www.jeannejoebooksetc.weebly.com



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Kara Fox

Photographer Extrodinare

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Kara's passion is helping those who seem to be living on the fringe of life. Co-founding Glamourproject 10 years ago with Evvy Shapero, they have been able to serve the homeless, veterans, families, children who are abused or neglected, recovering substance abusers, victims of human trafficking, ‘former’ criminals, cancer patients, etc. Camera (also, iPhone), make-up, jewelry, wraps, hats, many created by their Boston partner, Marilyn Feldman, are their tools. Their team of devoted volunteers work together to ‘glamorize'  participants and at  the end of their session, each receives an over-flowing gift bag and a photo of themselves as a reminder of their ‘forgotten' beauty.  Complementing this passion is Kara's love of  PHOTOGRAPHY..MOSTLY PEOPLE AND ANIMALS, PARTICULARLY OLIVE, HER DOBERMAN PINSCHER, HER MUSE.  Her background in Psychology and Entertainment Advertising Design help her to add happiness to the world around her.  For more, glamourproject.org, @infinitelyolive, @karafoxart.

Besides both presenting her many PORTFOLIO articles, she has hosted many different photographers who have given us the pleasure of their outstanding accomplishments. She has also shown her WORK in the current issues WOMAN ABOUT TOWN article.

Here are some of her most memorable works.

Kara is our own Director of Photography.



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