Doug Hansen – California, The Magic Island

California the Magic IslandDoug HansenQueen Calafia, the main character of a sixteenth-century Spanish romance about an island overflowing with gold and populated by Amazon-like women, is incensed when she hears that we have adopted her name for our state. Being the good and reasonable queen that she is, she’s willing to hear from twenty-six animals about why California is worthy of her name. But if she decides it isn’t, she’ll launch an army of goddesses riding griffins to wreak her vengeance! Each animal characterizes California in a key cultural object or historical event: for example, the swordfish describes the tomols of the Chumash people, while the gull tells Calafia about the Gold Rush. Large, intricate illustrations display a wealth of research into every subject, rendered with the highest level of artistic skill.

More majestic than most ABC books, California, the Magic Island is a delightful exploration of what makes California worthy of its regal name.

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Fred Setterberg – Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker

Excerpt from Chapter 7 – Former President Jimmy Carter:
“He was not just the best woodworker that ever lived, (h)e was a person admirable in all his characteristics. He was a philosopher. He was deeply committed to basic moral values. I really have been inspired by Sam.”
Fred Setterberg picMaloof cover_300rgbThe first craftsman to receive a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, a man whom his friend and fellow furniture maker Jimmy Carter called the best woodworker that ever lived, Sam Maloof was one of the great masters of midcentury modernism. His pieces sensuous, inviting design and immaculate workmanship elide any distance in critical perception between craft and art, and his furniture is found in private domains throughout the world and in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian. Warm and gregarious, Maloof was loved by those who knew him. His Southern California compound became the hub of a rich network of artists and artisans; and today, six years after his death, thousands of visitors pass through his home and workshop to catch a glimpse of a life so rich in beauty.

This engaging book, which will be released on the centennial of Maloof s birth, skillfully weaves together the words of family, friends, and associates to present thirty-six perspectives on a great artist. Far from the solitary genius we often imagine a creative person to be, the person who emerges from these stories is both the proud product of the community from which he originated and an anchor of the Pomona Valley arts scene he helped create. Surprising and illuminative, Sam Maloof places not only art, but also the role of the artist, at the heart of our culture. The book includes over one hundred color and black-and-white photographs.Published in collaboration with The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts

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Mary Higgins Clark – As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By coverMary_Higgins_Clark_from WikipediaInternational and New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-five suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel; two children’s books; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. We spoke with her back in November 2014 about The Cinderella Murder written with Alafair Burke, and we are delighted to have her back today for her latest, As Time Goes By

The title is a reference to the classic song from Casablanca, and  the line just before that might well apply to her own successful career – “the fundamental things apply:” In her case, that means creating interesting, believable characters, putting them in a complex threatening situation, blending well and serving to the readers with zest. 

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Joel Kabakov – Available Light

Joel KabakovAvailable Light coverJoel Kabakov is a Renaissance man for the 21st Century who has done everything except design siege engines. To quote from the biographical sketch he has provided, Joel was born into a Los Angeles household with a father who spoke fluent native Russion and “colorful” English, a monther who sang accurate alto and played piano. He pursued his love for composition – music and poetry leading him to a doctorate Harvard in music as well as the reason he’s here today. His first volume of poetry, Available Light, was published in October by Goldfish Press of Seattle. Some of the poems in it have previously appeared in a number of journals including the poem Night Singer, which was awarded editor’s choice by Line Zero Magazine.

He is presently the Chair of Arts and Humanities at CGCC and lives in The Dalles with his charming wife Antonia. On Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m. he will join local poet Stacey Shaw and Oregon’s Poet Laureate Peter Sears at Riverenza in The Dalles in honor of National Poetry Month. The event is presented through a partnership between North Wasco School District 21 Libraries, The Dalles – Wasco County Public Library, Columbia Gorge Community College Library and Klindt’s Booksellers.

Stacey Shaw – Half Moon Over: Poems West of The Divide

HMoonCoverStacey Shaw captureStacey Shaw is a person of many talents.  In a previous life, Stacey was a pilot, a climber, and a scuba diver. In that life, she was published in Climbing Magazine, where she was a staff member. Today, Stacey is a teacher, author, filmmaker, and painter. Her specialties also include visual arts, fundraising, business/program development, organizational management, curriculum and instruction development and language education. She is not only bilingual, but biliterate as well in Spanish and English She holds degrees in Latin American Studies and Education.  Here’s how one person described her on her website: “Stacey is a pro at the lost art of listening. After describing to her what was a fully formed and solid story line, she made one small suggestion that immediately solved a fundamental problem with my story structure that I hadn’t discussed, but which had been secretly nagging me for months. It’s rare to be able to turn to someone so wholly present and helpful.”

Her first book of poetry, Half Moon Over: Poems of the Western Divide, will be featured at a special event at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles in honor of National Poetry Month. She’ll be joined by local poet and musician Joel Kabakov and Oregon’s poet laureate, Peter Sears. That event is Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m. at Klindt’s.

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Dr. Josh Axe – Eat Dirt

Eat dirtDr Joah AxeIn recent decades, modern “improvements” to our lifestyle and food supply have come with a cost: our health. From pesticides in our soil to the refrigeration and pasteurization of our food to an overreliance on antibiotics and a preoccupation with sanitizing everything in sight, our desire to be clean and safe is actually putting us at risk for a host of chronic illnesses.
That’s because as we’ve shifted our focus to living a germ-free life, our bodies—specifically, our digestive systems—have taken a hit. Starved of actual nutrition, fed toxic levels of processed foods, and overtaxed by chemicals, chronic stress, and excessive antimicrobial use, we’ve developed microscopic tears in our intestinal walls, leading to the widespread inflammation and weakened immunity that characterize a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome.”
In EAT DIRT functional medicine expert Dr. Josh Axe explains the hidden causes and widespread effects of leaky gut syndrome, a condition that is thought to be ground zero for many of the country’s most confounding health crises—including allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, diabetes, digestive diseases, arthritis, adrenal fatigue, thyroid conditions, and even frustratingly difficult-to-treat conditions such as chronic fatigue and autism. It’s believed that several million Americans suffer from leaky gut; it is truly a silent epidemic.
DR. JOSH AXE  is a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist who specializes in teaching people how to use food as medicine. He founded one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world in Nashville, TN and runs one of the top 10 natural health websites at
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Carol E. Richardson, M.Div., MPH – Mornings With The Masters – Mythical Journeys in a Postmodern World

Three Questions for Carol Richardson

Carol Pro 2014Mornings cover image1) What inspired you to write Mornings with the Masters? In the fall of 2013, I followed my inner voice that told me to stop looking for a job, and I spent many of my mornings in prayer and meditation. This led to having numerous experiences of connection with the Ascended Masters who guided me, including Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mother Mary, Paramahansa Yogananda, Mary Magdalene, Lady Kwan Yin, and High Priest Melchizedek, and since then, Lao Tzu. I realized that the lessons were so important, and that the Ascended Masters intended these messages to be heard by everyone. I that I felt I needed to share these lessons, honestly, and vulnerably. The miracle of the story is that the Ascended Masters reached down to teach me even in the midst of my own struggles in life.

2) You have more than 20 years of experience helping people – as a life coach, spiritual leader, and healer. With all that you’ve encountered, what is the one piece of advice that you have for someone looking to change his or her life? Accept responsibility for changing yourself. No one else can change you or your life. Ask for help. God, angels, and Ascended Masters are basically waiting for people to ask for help; not for help changing the world, so much as help changing ourselves. Have faith that you will receive the help you need. Un-prioritize everything else except for connecting with God in order to be transformed into a better person for everyone’s sake.

3) In the face of tough challenges, what are a few key strategies to help someone press onward? What tactics can someone utilize to help them remain strong? The Divine is within you. Know that you are worthy of success, and becoming who you are meant to be in this life, and in this world; not in an egotistical sense, but in the sense of being the beautiful person you are on the inside. Do not ignore that part of you that the world seems to miss, to dismiss, and to stomp on. To give up on yourself and your life is to deny that God is in you. To give up on yourself and life is to give up on God. But, even in the act of giving up you are trying to save yourself from pain. That too is the reality of love in you, that no matter what you think you are doing, you are seeking to reconnect yourself with the love you need. So, why not reconnect yourself with love in a happy way? Keep believing that you will be guided to try something new, and eventually, something will work out for you? Keep on believing in yourself, loving yourself, and maybe do something different that you have not yet tried before.

Reverend Carol Richardson, M.Div., MPH has spent more than 20 years working with people as a life coach, interfaith spiritual leader, and healer. She is a holistic practitioner with the National Integrated Health Associates in Washington, D.C. Her background also includes advocacy, writing, and research projects on various mental and physical health ailments.

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