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October 29, 2014

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Forgiving the father he tried to kill

Joe Loya was a remarkable, smart, loving and joyful boy, whose life was derailed by sorrow, loss , brutality and filled with challenges no child should ever have. Joe and his brother were young boys when their mother died, and added to the misery and grief at losing her, they were, for years after that, […]


October 23, 2014

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Charles Troy sheds a bright historic light on Broadway shows

There is the well-known thrill of the Broadway musical and the lesser-known thrill of what went into producing that show, the backstory, the history, the personalities. The acclaimed Broadway historian with a background in graphic design, Charles Troy brings the details of Broadway shows into focus rather literally through over fifty of his cleverly fashioned […]


October 14, 2014

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Serendipity may be Cupid’s best disguise

Sometimes a mother, quite by accident, does something life-changing for her daughter’s love life. Here one thing led to another with the regularity of the knee bone connected to the thigh bone. She had fallen on some cobblestones in Mexico and injured her leg badly enough to throw off her immediate plans which was to […]


October 2, 2014

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Cheryl Ward on Friends of Faith and an evening of Weather and Wine for cancer awareness

Faith Fancher was an award winning journalist, an exceptionally beautiful and accomplished woman, and an innovator who took her private battle with cancer public in order to raise awareness about breast cancer, the disease that did claim her life. Faith documented every aspect of her surgery and treatment, a powerful collection of moments that aired […]


September 30, 2014

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Reverend Shawn coming out and overcoming his mother’s fury

As soon as you hear the, “Hi, everybody, I’m Reverend Shawn,” you know you are in for a good, candid and emotionally educational time. His mother was not happy finding out he was gay back in the 70s. Understatement. She was furious. He had girlfriends and knew he was supposed to get married and have […]


September 23, 2014

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Reverend Shawn Moninger leading through candor acceptance insight and the ability to laugh

Shawn Moninger was, years ago, an award winning lighting director for the NYC nightclub Don’t Tell Mama. Yes, he used to light people from without. Until he decided he had a far greater power to light people from within, and following that call he became an ordained minister for Unity Center for Practical Spirituality. He […]


September 9, 2014

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More on Broadway conductor David Friedman’s personal road from living fearfully to living sensationally

  The Thought Exchange is so original and makes such sense when you hear what it is that you might wonder why you did not think of it on your own. Well, worry not that it never occurred to you because Broadway composer and conductor David Friedman has not only thought of it but has […]


September 4, 2014

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Bay Area artist Rich Sigberman now playing at…

  Rich Sigberman is an artist of exceptional talent, not only for his imagination, style and precision of his illustration but for the variety of his genres that include representations of musicians as well as for his pop art, illustration and compelling abstract paintings. After years as a successful artist and illustrator he is adding a […]


August 25, 2014

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Todd Lieman’s day well lived and the snowballing world of gratitude

Todd Lieman is an imaginative, conscious, creative man who understands what makes a day well lived and the benefits of specific gratitude expressed. He began by encouraging his young son Kolby to express each night three things for which he is grateful. And, because from the mouths of babes come some of our best insights, […]


August 12, 2014

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Conversation with Myrna Aronoff on the importance of thank you notes

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published Sam Whiting’s story of  Mica Jarmel-Schneider who decided, as his bar mitzvah project, to collect baseball gear to send to kids in Cuba. The start of this adventure was, of course, his generosity. The plot thickened with an astonishing adventure all because Mica never got a thank you note. […]