Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some great books ...



Everybody has a story. It builds up inside us, fighting at the edges of our soul, pushing at us until it forces us to open an outlet and let it escape. So, what do we do? How do we tell the story?

Write Well Publish Right is designed to bring story-tellers from the first glimmer of an idea into completion of a full-fledged print book. This is not a “how-to” book, this is an “I did it and you can do it too” book. For all the writers who have ever attended writer’s workshops, community education classes and library meet-the-author days and wondered how to write a book and get published, this book leads the way. This book takes you on a journey into the world of writing and publishing from the perspective of an author who has been there. Lucinda Moebius has experienced the world of publishing through professional and self-publishing forums. 

Through her journey she has learned many lessons and has experienced both good and bad sides of the publishing world and she has decided to share the knowledge she has gained with you.

There are books out there about writing and there are books out there about publishing. Write Well Publish Right is a book about both. This book breaks down the foundations of good writing, teaches lessons and explaining, in the simplest terms, how you can publish your story. There are no shortcuts to becoming a published writer, but if there was Write Well Publish Right would be the signpost pointing the way.

SOURCE: http://amzn.to/1sXkY3E

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Aspen Morrow's highly anticipated book Med Free Bipolar: Thrive Naturally using the Med Free MethodTM (Med Free MethodTM Book Series: Natural Cures Bipolar) [Kindle Edition]is now available on amazon! http://amzn.to/QhjijH

Aspen's young career as an international investigative journalist ended abruptly in a hospitalization to padded cell with a drain in the floor. Told she should apply for disability and not have children due to her mental illness, at age 22, Aspen had given up hope life would ever be normal again. Speaking out now for the first time, she shares how she beat the odds and recovered fully. From food stamps to business woman of the year, Aspen has spent the past ten years putting her investigative skills to use to bring to light the latest and greatest natural remedies in mental health care. Learn how thousands have recovered, step by step, in her first book in the Med Free Method™ Book Series: Med Free Bipolar.

In Med Free Bipolar you will Learn:

Natural alternatives that are as effective as prescriptions

What you need to know before quitting meds and how to get your doctor and family on board

What types of doctors can actually heal you (some who even take insurance/medicaid!)

What tests to ask for to rule out physical causes that look psychiatric

Natural supplements that can effectively END: rage, anger issues, anxiety, insomnia, racing thoughts, night terrors and "surround sound" noise sensitivity

How to shut your brain off when you want

What kind of diet is the best for bipolar

What to feed to your brain when it's manic, depressed, racing, and having mixed episodes

Natural cures for lost libido and medication weight gain

Easy, lazy lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference in your mental health

The primary goal of Med Free Bipolar is to show that treating bipolar effectively through natural means is not only possible, but highly likely. The Med Free Method™ is designed as a fourth treatment option over being medicated, "unmedicated", or "self-medicated", written by a peer who has been through it and backed by scientifically-proven, field-tested methods.

SOURCE: amazon.com

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives. What happens when they meet him must be left to readers to discover. Suffice it to say, it is significant.

Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos—or worse, in unskilled hands, bathos. Happily, Green is able to transcend such pitfalls in his best and most ambitious novel to date. Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.

SOURCE: http://amzn.to/1m8P92j


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lecture Series Examines the Life and Work of Da Vinci

10322712_10152024089817396_8448769047717540265_nA series of collaborative lectures titled “Da Vinci Dialogues” will feature Boise State University faculty. The lectures will highlight facets of artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci’s life, work and art as it relates to today’s world, how he was influenced by the era in which he lived, and his most innovative contributions to the arts and sciences.

The series is sponsored by Boise State’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Arts and Humanities Institute and STEM Station. The lectures will coincide with the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 W. Myrtle St. in Boise. Tickets are $25 each or $75 for the series of four. All lectures will be held at the Discovery Center of Idaho. Seating is limited to 150 people per lecture. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light appetizers and drinks and the lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Aug. 14
“You Don’t Get Answers if You Don’t Have Questions”
Instructional designer Quincy Conley and philosopher Stephen Crowley discuss da Vinci’s epic failures, incredible contributions and lasting influence.
Sept. 11
“Cultures of Invention”
Artist Dan Scott, materials scientist Will Hughes, art historian Muffet Jones and mechanical engineer John Gardner explore environments in which innovators prosper.
Oct. 9
“Throwing Away the Lines”
Historian Lisa McClain and sociologist Don Winiecki unveil the real Leo and discuss how he not only crossed lines but threw them away to redefine art, invention, observation and even festivals.
Nov. 13
“The Construction of Art and of Artists”
Materials scientist Darryl Butt and art historian Janice Neri discuss the material art is made of, as well as how cultural heritage may be reverse engineered to the point that a man becomes an untouchable legend.

Written by Kathleen Tuck

Friday, May 30, 2014

Meet Jennifer Weaver, Ballet Idaho's New Director

You can Meet Jennifer Weaver, Ballet Idaho's New Director, and Artistic Director Peter Anastos at a welcoming reception from 4 to 6 p.m. June 11 at Bonefish Grill, 855 W. Broad St., in BoDo.

Weaver replaces Paul Kaine, who retired at the end of the company’s season in April.
An Idaho native, Weaver grew up in Council and graduated from Boise State University with a degree in business. She comes to the dance world from the medical field. She most recently worked at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/05/21/3195053/ballet-idaho-fills-its-executive.html?sp=%2F99%2F101%2F#storylink=cpy


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/05/21/3195053/ballet-idaho-fills-its-executive.html?sp=%2F99%2F101%2F#storylink=cpy
The mission of Ballet Idaho is to enrich lives through a dynamic tradition of classic ballet, reaching out to all generations and social groups to instill a life-long appreciation of the arts. Collectively, Ballet Idaho is building a strong cultural institution based on professional ballet performance and dance education serving Idaho and the Intermountain West. :

Ballet Idaho has been performing in Idaho since 1972. Currently it has an artistic staff of 25 dancers, a professional teaching staff of ten, a professional costume designer and a production staff of three.  Up to 40 musicians from the Boise Philharmonic and two pianists provide musical accompaniment for Ballet Idaho’s performances, rehearsals and classes depending on the production or project.  Ballet Idaho offers a full season of 14 performances of four main stage ballets, a professional Academy of Dance, training students in classic ballet and extensive educational outreach programs for students in Boise, the Treasure Valley, and throughout Idaho.  As the only professional ballet company in Idaho, Montana or Wyoming, Ballet Idaho provides important artistic opportunities and experiences that greatly enrich the creative vitality of the Idaho community.  Ballet Idaho served a total audience of 23,871 this past year and its educational outreach programs served over 10,000 students during the 2011/2012 Academic Year with the vast majority being residents in the city of Boise and the Treasure Valley. - See more at: http://balletidaho.org/about-us-2/#sthash.MEwJYTwG.dpuf
Ballet Idaho has been performing in Idaho since 1972. Currently it has an artistic staff of 25 dancers, a professional teaching staff of ten, a professional costume designer and a production staff of three.

Up to 40 musicians from the Boise Philharmonic and two pianists provide musical accompaniment for Ballet Idaho’s performances, rehearsals and classes depending on the production or project. Ballet Idaho offers a full season of 14 performances of four main stage ballets, a professional Academy of Dance, training students in classic ballet and extensive educational outreach programs for students in Boise, the Treasure Valley, and throughout Idaho.

 As the only professional ballet company in Idaho, Montana or Wyoming, Ballet Idaho provides important artistic opportunities and experiences that greatly enrich the creative vitality of the Idaho community. Ballet Idaho served a total audience of 23,871 this past year and its educational outreach programs served over 10,000 students during the 2011/2012 Academic Year with the vast majority being residents in the city of Boise and the Treasure Valley.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Theater Review: Wicked at The Morrison Center For The Performing Arts


Last night, my wife and I took a ride that defied gravity in Boise, as Wicked transformed the city into the magical land of Oz. The show was one of the most complete and satisfying musicals I've come across in a long time. Packed with spectacular coups de theatre and magical effects, Winnie Holzman's script keeps the gags coming as it cleverly subverts the film that spawned it.
The story of Elphaba, the titular Wicked Witch in Broadway’s smash hit musical, Wicked, has become as classic and engrained in our hearts as the original story of Dorothy from Frank L. Baum’s source material for the show, The Wizard of Oz. Composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz was immediately inspired to create a musical about Elphaba when he read the novel by Greg Maguire which expanded and twisted the universe and gave us another look into the world many of us grew up reading about and watching in the movies. The musical is a look into the land of Oz before that familiar girl from Kansas and her dog arrived in Munchkinland and shows that in life, not everything is merely black or white – or green!
The production was fortunate to boast a pair of ace leading women in the main roles. As Glinda,  Kara Lindsay delivered a sensational star turn, displaying a crystal-pure voice and sharp comic timing;  Laurel Harris loaned her powerful pipes to the tricky role of Elphaba. Wizard of Oz  fans will be fascinated by all the back stories. They answer, analyze and develop questions including: "Is Glinda really that good?" ... "Where did the flying monkeys come from?" ... "How did the Scarecrow and Tin man come to be?" Built on songs by Stephen Schwartz, the best thing about Wicked is its stars, whose talent casts a powerful spell.

Presented at one of the nation's best venues -- The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts -- the costumes, stage props, actors, music -- everything was top notch. Wicked is a seductive slice of popular entertainment. Thus, it has the potential  to help a younger audience develop  a lasting taste for musical theater. Like any good Broadway musical, it taps into every emotion in the book. The impeccable phrasing and timing combine with surprisingly ingenious humor and a gripping narrative. The play gave the material every chance to shine.

The emerald curtain will continue to rise through May 4, 2014. Wicked is a musical you can take the entire family to.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Help Students Read Banned Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Thank you all for the vigorous and thoughtful dialogue on my diary: Meridian, Idaho Public Schools Ban The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie This article summarizes my work with donating books: Many across Valley have joined together to support literacy.
I founded the Literacy Project years ago to support grassroots educational initiatives that directly affect the lives of children. Our goal is to get books into their hands. My wife and our kids love to help give away the books.
I would like to distribute a copy of a wide variety of Boise-area parents, so that they can read it and choose, if, how, and when, they will share and discuss it with their children. Will you help? Here is my crowdfunding campaign:


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Guitar Legend Joe Bonamassa Rocked The Morrison Center

JoeBonamassa100x100 Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and an ever-evolving singer-songwriter, Joe Bonamassa approaches his 26th year as a professional musician. 

He brought his special brand of music to The Morrison Center at Boise State University on Friday.

"As Joe Bonamassa approaches his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old," his website reads. 
Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers at around 200 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. There’s a case to be made that Joe Bonamassa, like another star who shared the same initials, is the hardest working man in show business.

In addition to live performances, 2014 will mark four major projects on the J&R release schedule: a live DVD/Blu-ray plus 2-disc companion CD from the neo-funk/jazz combo Rock Candy Funk Party which was filmed over three nights at the legendary Iridium Jazz Club in New York City; a live CD/DVD/Blu-ray with singer Beth Hart filmed at Amsterdam’s famed Carre Theatre last summer while the duo was touring in Europe; and a 4-disc CD package of Tour De Force: Live In London, Bonamassa’s career retrospective recorded and filmed (the DVD/Blu-rays came out in late 2013) at concerts at four iconic London venues. After that, another blues-rock solo album—aka Joe’s “day job”—will follow.


 “Sometimes journalists just shake their heads, and ask me ‘Isn’t it risky?,’” says Joe. “But I say why not do it? Why play it safe? I want to diversify, not just always have it be business as usual.” 

It all builds on Bonamassa’s ascendant prominence of the past few years. Recent kudos include his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, which he earned with much buzzed about singer-songwriter Beth Hart for their sophomore collaboration, Seesaw; a Blues Music Award nomination for Best DVD for the 2013 solo acoustic project, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House; eleven #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist); five consecutive “Best Blues Guitarist” wins and a top “Best Overall Guitarist” honor in Guitar Player’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and recognition as Billboard’s #1 Blues Artist, 2010— the year Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall was released, featuring Eric Clapton joining him onstage.

Reviewing 2011’s Dust Bowl, Premier Guitar wrote:


“Over time, Bonamassa has created his own universe that no longer has much to do with what we think of as traditional blues. It’s movie music for your mind with astonishingly great guitar playing.” 

Regarding Bonamassa’s 2012 album Driving Towards The Daylight (with guests including Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford), Guitar World called him the “roots-based six-string’s new king of pyromania.”

Rolling Stone wrote:


“his exacting singing blends with fiery symphonic playing.” 

In a review for the 2012 CD/DVD Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre—Live From New York, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said:


“He makes every note matter and resonate emotionally. Indeed, he is one of the finest musicians in the business today.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

tOd aLan presents GLAMOROUSNOIZE 3 a fashion event . An evening where Fashion-Art-Music collide in this colorful Fashion theater

tOd aLan presents GLAMOROUSNOIZE 3 a fashion event . An evening where Fashion-Art-Music collide in this colorful Fashion theater.........Not to be missed . VIP tix $25 available at Azure Hair Studio LLC only and must be purchased in advance. doors open 8.13 SHow starts 9.45pm tickets available at the door for general admission $15.

Special thanks to Amanda WoodsVanessa KaRyn FergusonWoods On Fire Innovative Beauty, and Back 2 Life Chiropractic for alerting me to this great event!


Tod Alan added: "This is the ONE.......the most amazing group of 49 Models......the clothes-fabrics.....textures......the Music......the hair and makeup......going to be electric.........ive never been so Xcited for a show as i am this one.....and this is my 22nd one................Let the games begin."