Archive for February, 2011

February 25, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, February 26th, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

by arthouseflower

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Guests on Saturday, February, 26th Arts in the Valley: Joan Gelfand, Author of Transported, a spoken word CD, Coke Hallowell, editor of Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin, and Gary L. McDowell, the author of American Amen.

Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin

Edited by Joell Hallowell and Coke Hallowell

Stories of life along the San Joaquin River

For ten years, Coke Hallowell and her daughter Joell asked people with deep connections to the San Joaquin, “What was your life like along the river?” With candor and enthusiasm, people responded. Fishermen, miners, immigrants, Native Americans, hunters, farmers, and environmentalists all clamored to be heard. The result is Take Me to the River—a collection of thirty-three deeply personal accounts of life along the San Joaquin.

These are stories that capture rare snapshots of river history: childhoods spent swimming in the river’s ice-cold waters, rafting downstream in a rickety boat with friends, spearing fifty-pound chinook salmon year after year, eating fresh figs picked right from a huge tree on the river-bank, dredging for gold during the Depression, building a coalition to restore the river’s health, sharing the very last meal before Friant Dam was built and the salmon runs stopped, and many, many fish stories.

Take Me to the River recounts the many trials—damming, overpopulation, climate change—and triumphs that a river undergoes in our times. Each story calls us to discover our own relationships with the natural world and, as a whole, Take Me to the River propels us toward a brighter future—one that holds the promise of restoring the health and vigor of the San Joaquin.

Advance Praise

“We have dammed the river. We have turned its meander into a straitjacket. We have sent its flow to distant parts. And now the Hallowells, mother and daughter, have captured the river’s past as we’ve captured its snowmelt, only with patience and love.”

—Mark Arax, author of In My Father’s Name and West of the West

“This volume is a reminder of why a river matters…environmentally, culturally, spiritually. The life and death and possible rebirth of the San Joaquin form an epic that every American should study and every Californian should revere. Thanks to the Hallowells’ work, we can appreciate that overkill may be a national habit but it isn’t a national necessity.”

—Gerald Haslam, author of Haslam’s Valley and The Other California

About the Editors

Joell Hallowell is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer living in San Francisco. Her collaborative films have been screened at various venues and experimental festivals, including the Harvard and New York Film Archives, the London International Film Festival, the Madcat Women’s International Film Festival, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. She is presently working on Here Come the Brides, a book of oral histories and photographs that capture the stories of couples who were married in California during the few months in 2008 when gay marriage was legal.

Coke Hallowell grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and has been involved in conservation issues for twenty-five years. In 1986 she was part of the San Joaquin River Committee, a grassroots group who rallied to protect the San Joaquin. She was the president of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust for twenty years and is currently chair of the board. She was also a founding member of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and the California Council of Land Trusts and she currently serves on the Planning and Conservation League Foundation’s board of directors.


Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University. He is the author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize in Poetry from Dream Horse Press. He’s also the author of two chapbooks, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and The Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005) and co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Laurel Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Third Coast, Quarterly West, and Verse Daily, among others. He was also recently awarded the 2010 Editor’s Prize from Minnetonka Review for his group of three poems published in Issue #6. He currently lives in Portage, MI with his wife, Mandy, and their young son, Auden, where he’s teaching writing and finishing his PhD in American Literature and Contemporary Poetry at Western Michigan University.


An award winning writer, Joan Gelfand’s poetry, fiction, reviews, letters and essays have appeared in over eighty national magazines, anthologies and literary journals around the world. Publications include The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Poets & Writers, the New York Times Magazine, Rattle, The Toronto Quarterly, Kalliope, Eclipse and Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.

An educator, community organizer and writing coach, Joan teaches in the San Francisco Unified School District under the California Poets in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud programs. A frequent workshop leader and speaker at writer’s conferences, Joan is the Poetry Liaison for the San Francisco Writers Conference.

The Fiction Editor for Zeek Magazine, and the Annual Chapbook Judge for Poetica Magazine as well as the Adult Poetry Judge for the 2010 Pleasanton Poetry Festival, Joan will complete a 10 city book tour for “A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams” in June 2010.

As President of the Women’s National Book Association, Joan has been responsible for New Chapter Development and Fundraising. Joan earned her MFA from Mills College.

About “Transported,” a spoken word CD with original music by Marty Castleberg, Composer and Jazz Saxophonist George Brooks writes: “Once again, Joan Gelfand hits the mark with poetry that is witty, insightful, sensual and direct. She paints with such vivid hues that we are at once “transported” and see the world through her sharp, knowing eyes.”

Joan’s poetry collection, “A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams,” was published by San Francisco Bay Press in January 2009.

California State Poet Laureate Al Young writes: “…’In that space between day and night/Romance and expectation loiter.’ Loiter. Yes. On such smooth and well-charged turns, Joan Gelfand’s poems vibrate, shudder or take flight, roaring and purring to safe and not so safe landings in the heart, in the gut. Readers, beware. This is powerful stuff.”

Joan’s first book, “Seeking Center,” published by Two Bridges Press, is endorsed by Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Founder of Everyday Zen and Jane Swigart, author of “The Myth of the Perfect Mother.”

Click onto the link below to hear selections from Joan Gelfand’s CD Transported.

04 Daddy-O13 Transported

February 20, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, February 19th, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM

by arthouseflower

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Susan Griffin is a well-known writer and poet. Among her many books, A Chorus of Stones, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award, won the BABRA award in 1992 and was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year.  She is the co-editor of the anthology Transforming Terror, Remembering the Soul of the World to be published this spring by UC Press. The author of  Woman and NatureThe Book of the Courtesans, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, and the Emmy award winning play, Voices, she was  named by Utne reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium. She has been awarded an NEA grant, a Macarthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work, which has been translated into 17 languages, is taught in colleges and universities internationally.  She lectures widely in the United States and abroad, teaching at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Pacifica Graduate School, the Wright Institute and the University of California as well as privately at her home in Berkeley.


Arts in the Valley guest,  Faye Saxton is  the Executive Director of Wellness Connections. Their mission is to promote wellness for every individual in the Central Valley through a connected community of health care providers who educate people about wellness — what it is, methods to use, and practitioners who specialize in it.

The Vision of Wellness Connections is to create optimal health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit for all people of the Central Valley.

To accomplish that goal they offer the following Public Events:

The annual Wellness Resource Directory. Available in printed form and online.

An Annual Wellness Fair – held once a year and featuring a variety of wellness services and health maintenance providers.

World of Wellness Magazine – A quarterly magazine offering articles, quarterly calendar of events and advertising opportunities.

Public Education classes and seminars to communicate the wealth of choices available for optimal health and wellness.

Further information on Wellness Connections is available at 559-435-5640 or

February 13, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, February 12, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM

by arthouseflower

Please click onto the link below to listen to the Saturday, February 12th Arts in the Valley ARTSINVAL021211

Arts in the Valley Guests for Saturday, February 12th: Lisa Vaz, President and CEO of the Holistic Xchange in Merced, CA; Santosha Nobel, a Certified Hypnotherapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor, and the creator of ReImaging, a life altering path for those serious about self improvement; and Louise Ungro, voted one of the top 100 Psychics in America.

Lisa Vaz,
President and CEO, Holistic Xchange, Merced, CA

Lisa Vaz had a vision to create a place were both traditional
and alternative health forms can come together and co-exist.
Holistic Xchange, Inc. is one of the largest alternative
health centers in the Central Valley. This “Wellness Mall”
is the hub of over 20 alternative health professionals. In 3
short years Holistic Xchange has grown with Oriental medicine
to Ayurveda (East Indian medicine) to energy medicine, body
work, Chiropractic, homeopathy, classes such as Yoga,
belly dance, meditation, and the list goes on.

Everyone is on a journey to self-mastery. Holistic Xchange has done
the leg work of finding these amazing resources to help you, creating
a one-stop shop for alternative health. This sanctuary
wouldn’t exist without these amazing multiple practitioners
who have mastered their modalities, not just “a jack of all
trades, but a master at none”. It is your journey, your
responsibility to achieve balance, rediscover yourself and
unlock the door to exploring the amazing world of holistic
health.  At Holistic Xchange, you are in the drivers seat to
your health and are open to explore and chose from the variety of professionals who work individually and together.  
Practitioners also work well with traditional physicians to 
give you optimum results in your care.  The goal here is to offer
 practitioners a
plethora of resources to help each and every client with the
 highest form of care & professionalism.


Santosha Nobel, CHt, BA, A.A.S


Santosha is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor with a BA in Counseling and Creative Arts Therapies. She has completed over 100 hours of training in counseling in fully accredited college programs. During her 30+ years as a counselor, lecturer and workshop leader, she has developed an aftercare program for victims of domestic violence, sobriety tool kits (an aftercare program for people in recovery), and the Whole Life Weight Loss Program.

She has combined multiple brief therapies, hypnosis and guided imagery to create Reimaging for clients and other healthcare professionals. Santosha is an alternative care provider and not a licensed health care practitioner.

Reimaging is a life altering path for those serious about self improvement, self-development and personal growth. This is a realistic, comprehensive, guided imagery, deep therapy process designed to help you clear your triggers, buttons or what I call negative patterns and reprogram new ones. You are invited to begin emotional, mental, and physical healing to attract love, prosperity and success.

You can enjoy this process on your own with the Reimaging self-help course or receive consulting and coaching sessions with me or with a trained Reimaging Consultant.  Call 1-888-734-6243 to find someone with whom you feel a connection.

Start attracting, intending, attracting, embracing and creating what you want in life. As you journey through the process, watch as your life measurably and amazingly transforms. This process works because it works with the laws of intention, attraction and creation.

Reimaging is sold as a self-help course that includes 2 CDs, a Laminated User Guide and a Book. For the price of just one session with a hynotherapist or counselor you can have endless sessions in the convenience or your home or office. This program includes a CD called Your Garden by the Sea a guided imagery process for reducing stress, identifying blocks, and clearing upsets or trauma. Click above to read about this amazing audio program that’s also sold separately.  The course also comes with a beautifully crafted 2nd CD entitled Reimaging that leads you step by step through the Reimaging process. Both CD’s contain lovely music, ocean sounds and frequencies to help you relax and focus on vocal guidance.


Louise Ungro, Psychic

Louise Ungro is a most extraordinary channel of our time! She is compared favorably to famous spirit channels and healers such as; Arthur Ford, Sybil Leek, Edgar Cayce and Jean Dixon to name a few. Her communications are often from Beings of Light and Archangels that are in harmony with her strong Roman Catholic belief that God’s work is all about helping people and animals. She is a fearless pioneer psychic medium and pet communicator that broke away from years of private sessions and began a public career on the internet in the early 1990’s, at the same time she opened two metaphysical stores, by continuing to carve out a reputation she quickly became a favored radio guest on national networks talk radio.  Her paranormal and UFOlogy expertise is so extensive she has continued to grow as a formidable expert on this subject and featured for her expert opinions and information. She has also literally changed the way people get personal readings live on the air, she assists in finding people, pets, communicates to the other side including unprecedented messages from famous personalities.

She had her own popular paranormal talk show for years interviewing famous authors such as; Dr. Cremo of “Forbidden Archeology,” Rodney Stich retired military pilot  who wrote many conspiracy books such  “Unfriendly Skies,” Dr. Fred Bell inventor, author and retired astrophysicist for NASA, who accurately predicted the tragic destruction of the Challenger, Dr. Leonard Horowitz who wrote the legendary “Healing Codes For The Biological Apocalypse,” David Adair genius and propulsion scientist called upon by the military to Area 51, and many more famous pioneers of paranormal & scientific information. Louise was also a monthly columnist, her amazing reports were “Ask the Pet Psychic” and “The Petascope Report” in “Loving Pets Magazine” there again she ventured ahead of everyone.  She was also a regular TV pet psychic guest on “Saturday Pet Parade”  for the Humane Society, adding to the numerous news features.

February 6, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, February 5, 2011, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM

by arthouseflower

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Brenda Cobb, founder of the Living Foods Institute, and Healer, and founder of School Without Walls Julia Carmen on Arts in the Valley, Saturday, February 5th, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM

Brenda Cobb, the Founder and Director of the Living Food Institute, overcame the early stages of breast and cervical cancer without the use of drugs or surgery by following the simple principles of detoxification and nutrition. She also got rid of allergies, acid reflux, indigestion, arthritis, obesity, age or liver spots, and gray hair. Her eyesight even improved! She looks and feels 10 years younger than she did 10 years ago. Brenda now devotes her life to educating others.

The Living Foods Lifestyle® is Brenda Cobb’s fascinating first work on Living Foods. In her book, Brenda describes her healing journey from breast and cervical cancer. She also highlights the stories of many students that have gotten tremendous results from a variety of ailments and diseases by adopting The Living Foods Lifestyle®. Additionally, she discusses the cause of disease, why Raw and Living Foods is so beneficial, and the contribution of our thoughts to our overall health. Finally, the book is packed with over 50 delicious recipes that Brenda has perfected with her marvelous understanding of how flavors mix to form


Julia Carmen has been a healer for over 20 years. Julia Carmen was born with a gift of a Curadora de Alma (Healer of the Soul). Her gift of being able to see a person’s true soul/self has guided clients to quiet themselves to hear their own true divine soul/self.

Julia is also highly involved in a non-profit based in the SF Bay Area called Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc., an organization dedicated to the wellness of families and community. To learn more about Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc., please visit their website

Julia Carmen created The School Without Walls, a school for healers to awaken to their soul self of the ALL. The School Without Walls provides a space for healers to release the busy mind of the Self and to hear their soul of heart so they can be in their fullness of themselves.

The School Without Walls offers several workshops, trainings, and retreats for those seeking truth and reverence in who they are. The School Without Walls also offers individual guidance through the Curandera de las Curandera’s(Healer of Healers), which is the vessel for individuals into their Soul Self.

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