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Community Events • June 28 to July 4, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 14

The Long Journey of Isaiah Poag Art Forward

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June 28 to July 4, 2012

Hope for Isaiah

by Marissa Willman

Local Boy Battles, Beats Rare Brain Cancer


hree-year-old Isaiah Poag of Thousand Palms tackles his older brother in games of tag, plays with his grandmother in the pool and tumbles with his sister during gymnastics class like any other three-year-old. But Isaiah is far from an ordinary threeyear-old. In the last two years, Isaiah has beaten two grave diagnoses: ependymoma, a rare brain cancer, and necrosis, a result of his radiation treatments. “He’s a walking miracle,” his father, Shawn Poag, said. “Every day we’re grateful for him being alive because he’s been through so much.” Poag’s wife and Isaiah’s mother, Amy Heisinger, is hesitant to recollect how they discovered Isaiah’s illness. She prefers to focus on her son’s recovery and doesn’t like to go back there, she says. But soon, Heisinger and her husband are piecing together the whirlwind timeline that, within a matter of days, turned their lives upside down. It began during the summer of 2010. Isaiah’s parents noticed their then two-yearold son, who was walking as a 10-monthold, was having an increasingly difficult time standing upright, often stumbling and falling in his attempts. Isaiah’s head was usually tilted down to the side and the two-year-old was uncharacteristically quiet, as well. Today, Heisinger and Poag know these are all telltale signs of a brain tumor but at the time, Isaiah’s parents thought their son was probably battling an ear infection, an ailment Isaiah had a chronic history with. It was a Sunday when Isaiah’s parents

took their toddler to their regular pediatrician, who examined Isaiah for an ear infection but found nothing. As Heisinger described Isaiah’s symptoms, the doctor insisted Isaiah go to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for a CAT scan. “That’s a scary place,” Poag said. “When a doctor tells you to take your child to Loma Linda? You think, ‘No, we don’t want to go there.’” Isaiah’s doctor insisted and, hoping for the best, Poag and Heisinger made the trip to Loma Linda the next day. They made arrangements for their then 12-year-old Photography by Marco Combs

son, Adam, and four-year-old daughter Savannah, for the day. After spending more than five hours in the emergency room, a doctor spotted Isaiah in the hallway and noticed his difficulty walking, referred to as a gait abnormality. The doctor told Isaiah’s parents that the symptoms were probably due to a lingering ear infection that would eventually resolve itself. As the doctor was getting ready to discharge Isaiah, the toddler fell asleep— and Heisinger insisted they get the CAT scan their pediatrician so adamantly pushed for. The doctor agreed to administer the scan while Isaiah was asleep and the toddler was whisked away to be examined. After the scan, the family returned to the waiting room. They watched as the doctor continued to walk past them, ignoring the family. Heisinger couldn’t understand why the doctor wouldn’t talk to them or let them leave. “We’re thinking, ‘Okay, they should have the CAT scan by now. Why aren’t they letting us go home?’” Heisinger said. Finally, a nurse came to inform the family that something came up on the scan and a room was waiting for them. “They said there was a mass,” Heisinger said. “We didn’t know anything about cancer or tumors. I didn’t even know what a mass was.” The next thing they knew, a chaplain was in Isaiah’s room, praying with the parents over their toddler. Their older son, Adam, was going to spend the night on his own; Savannah’s babysitter would now have to continue to page 5


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by Laura-Anne Rowell

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rt can be as simple as putting paper to pen or the act of picking up a camera and seeing beauty in the everyday. The ladies of OUTSIDE IN HERE are collative talents displaying different genres of art, life and views of the desert. Natalie Aguayo, Kristin Winters, and Rose Winters have collaborated in physically manifesting the internal perception of the Coachella Valley. Their show, OUTSIDE IN HERE, will be exhibited at Venus Art Studios June 29th, from 6-10pm. “I love immersing myself in the land, taking long walks through the desert, and capturing fragments of the landscape,” says photographer and video artist, Natalie Aquayo, who will be showing her current series of photographs which are microlandscapes of the desert taken on multiple local hikes. She describes her work as,

‘‘intimate views of nature, focusing on highly composed units of a chaotic whole.” After moving back to the Coachella Valley out of college, painter Kristin Winters amerced herself into the local underground street art. She says “In the last 3 years the art that is being made in the desert has a lot of energy. It’s not about LA; right now it is the right time to be in the desert.” Her desert landscapes which will be displayed are geometric and psychedelic images which blend human and desert mysticism which represent her life and the desert in union. Primarily working in the field of pen and ink, Kristin’s little sister, Rose Winters is a sketch artist and writer. Her objective is to exhibit the surreal and alienating factors of the desert by using intricate and multipart black and white abstract figures. Along with her art she will be displaying her selfpublished Zines, which intertwine poetry, prose, and illustration. “You can find art in the most unusual places,” says Kristen. “People need to be open to different inspirations and not be afraid to experiment or push themselves. Don’t be scared to make big mistakes and grow.” The external stimuli of living in an inhospitable environment shaped them as people and as artists. All three women

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pull an extra shift. It wasn’t supposed to be this way—Poag and Heisinger expected to be back home by early evening, at the latest. Instead, they prepared to spend the night in Loma Linda’s emergency room. Around 2 a.m., a neurosurgeon delivered the news Isaiah’s parents didn’t want to hear: Isaiah had a brain tumor and his prognosis wasn’t good. He would need to be admitted immediately. Heisinger was in disbelief until the neurosurgeon showed the parents a copy of Isaiah’s CAT scan and compared it to a scan of a healthy brain. “You could see the tumor,” Heisinger said. “It was fully pushing up against his brain stem, fully lodged in there.” Isaiah also had swollen pockets of cerebrospinal fluid above his brain due to the tumor blocking the fluid from draining properly into the spinal cord. Isaiah had managed to survive because the pockets were creating their own narrow rivers around the tumor, relieving just enough liquid to prevent any damage. The swelling was so bad that surgery needed to be delayed for two days while Isaiah received steroid treatments to reduce the swelling. On Thursday, Isaiah underwent an operation to remove the tumor. “The chances of it going wrong were almost 50-50,” Heisinger said. Isaiah was in surgery for over five hours, during which time his parents prayed with leaders from their church and loved ones. After praying, Heisinger said she felt immensely better—until a nurse commented that Isaiah had just been dealt a bad hand of cards. Heisinger broke down into tears.

“It broke my heart,” Heisinger said. “My baby doesn’t get bad cards.” Her bishop prayed with her, along with many people on Isaiah’s Facebook page, “Hope for Isaiah.” The page was created by Poag’s sister to allow people from all over to give the toddler their well wishes and prayers. Above all, Heisinger prayed for an avocado. Isaiah’s neurosurgeon explained to the parents that tumors basically come in two forms: mangos and avocados. “Mango” tumors are deeply interwoven with the surrounding tissue, similar to a mango pit. “Avocado” tumors resemble an avocado pit, “where they just grab it and it pops right out,” Poag said. Once the surgery was finished, Heisinger only had one question: Was it a mango or an avocado? With a big smile, Isaiah’s neurosurgeon informed Heisinger that Isaiah’s tumor was, in fact, an avocado. The surgeons were able to remove the tumor completely and would now need to run a biopsy to determine if it was malignant or benign. Isaiah began talking immediately after surgery, surprising his parents with the vocabulary he had compiled over the months but, because of the tumor, was unable to communicate. Within a week, Isaiah was even walking again, but the toddler’s journey was far from over. The family soon learned that Isaiah’s tumor was cancerous. Isaiah was diagnosed with grade III anaplastic ependymoma, a diagnosis that was later changed to grade II ependymoma with spots of anaplasia. According to Heisinger, less than ten percent of children who get brain cancer are diagnosed with ependymoma. Isaiah’s parents began contacting different children’s hospitals, hoping to

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find one that was a little more experienced in dealing with Isaiah’s rare type of brain cancer. Because of the rarity of Isaiah’s cancer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offered to treat Isaiah and cover the expenses. “When they found out it was ependymoma, St. Jude was really excited to get Isaiah over there,” Poag said. Heisinger and Poag left behind their home and Poag’s three businesses to take Isaiah to St. Jude in Memphis, Tenn. They packed their belongings into a storage unit, bringing Savannah to Memphis with them as Adam stayed with his grandmother to attend school. Chemotherapy went as well as could be expected, his mother said, and in January of 2011, the family headed to the Ronald McDonald House in Florida to begin Isaiah’s two-month proton radiation treatment. “They sedated him every day for two months,” Heisinger said. Although her husband expected chemotherapy to be the more difficult treatment, Poag said he was shocked to find radiation was more difficult to endure. In March, the family came back to the desert, just grateful to have Isaiah with them and not overly concerned about their personal situation that left them homeless, carless and jobless. But a mobile home in Thousand Palms and a used SUV were waiting for them, thanks to donations made through the Pendleton Foundation, a local non-profit that provides financial support to cancer patients and their families. As the family settled back into their lives, Isaiah seemed to be headed toward a full recovery. Just three months later, though, everything came to a halt—Isaiah was suddenly and rapidly regressing. “He was doing so good, flying through everything until June or July, when he stopped everything,” Heisinger said. “He stopped walking, stopped talking. He was worse than he’d ever been.” It turned out Isaiah had necrosis, the premature death of living cells in healthy

tissue. It spreads to nearby cells, killing them off in a chain reaction. It was caused by the proton radiation treatment and, in Isaiah’s case, was attacking his brain stem. “The tumor was bad but the effects of treatment are almost worse,” Poag said. “It’s crazy. You’re supposed to be helping but that’s not always the case.” A year after they first discovered Isaiah’s cancer, the family was once again at Loma Linda to explore Isaiah’s treatment options. In October, Heisinger and her son ended up returning to St. Jude to pursue hyperbaric oxygen therapy, one of the only treatment options available for necrosis. The treatment forces pure oxygen into the affected area in hopes of stopping the dead tissue and forming new, healthy tissue around it. “There’s not a whole lot you can do for necrosis,” Heisinger said, adding that a young girl who had the same cancer as Isaiah and also developed necrosis went through hyperbaric oxygen treatment with Isaiah but passed away. Isaiah’s treatment was more successful. He began showing improvement even before beginning the treatment, and after finishing hyperbaric oxygen treatment last December, Isaiah is able to talk, walk and even run, although he gets especially frustrated when he falls. “He asks me, ‘Mommy, why do I fall? You don’t fall. Daddy doesn’t fall. Savannah doesn’t fall. Why do I fall?” Heisinger said. “I tell him everybody falls. It’s okay to fall. Get back up and keep on running.” These days, Isaiah is exceptionally active, even participating in weekly gymnastics classes at My Gym in Palm Desert. Heisinger said she’s always had faith that her son would recover. “To me, he’s always going to get better,” Heisinger said. “Don’t tell me he’s not going to get better because he will.” Isaiah turns four on July 4th and heads back to St. Jude later in July for a routine checkup. Stay updated with Isaiah’s progress at the family’s Facebook page at Facebook. com/pages/Hope-For-Isaiah.


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his week we step into the life of a local artist who has overcome the strains of his past to find his desired future. His inspiring story has successfully fueled the S.E.L.M.A. cause. Chris Redman was born in San Diego and was adopted out by CA, CPS due to severe child abuse resulting in a broken femur. At 1 ½ years old Chris was placed in the first of 6 different foster homes, until his long awaited adoptive parents became his family at 5. He appreciates how his parents, “never stopped supporting him with a new opportunity”. As Chris entered into the difficulties of young adulthood he remembers using his natural passion for art as a means of


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strengthening his concentration and focus in school, but when the idea of Chris becoming a vocational artist arose, his parents were unable to see the viability in an artist life for their son. Instead, Chris followed his fathers’ instruction and attempted a career in Engineering where, sadly, he had to completely abandon his artistic forms of focus. Over time the lack of personal stimulation lead to a disappointed spiral into addiction. Chris then found his own path at our deserts beloved Betty Ford Center, where he followed through with sobriety. Chris was then diagnosed with Bells Palsy after a mini stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side. This is when Chris realized how his passion for art could be reignited. He explored the artistic medium to strengthen concentration and focus and began to simultaneously recover from the stroke and his past through art. 14 months later, Chris realized his art was missing a meaning. Chris notes Bansky, an artist who announces

social issues, as inspiring CVR, Chris’ brand. CVR now has a line called KONSUME, where you will find intense depictions of our Country’s mass media images, like Winnie the Pooh, Barcodes, and Felix the Cat along with an evoking image of an inherently bad black bunny wearing a white bunny suit. Chris’ art now often reflects a “moment of choice”. By continuing to use his “artistic focus” practices Chris has spent three consecutive semesters on the Deans List at College of the Desert. With intended awareness and hope, Chris reminds us to ask ourselves who we truly are without the crutches of consuming “material possessions and social stature …what will we do to change the world?” Chris says we should “Work hard… to be who we really are”. Chris is currently training to become a SELMA Program Director and hopes to share his passion by opening a SELMA, FREE to members MIXED MEDIA ART Program in October 2012. If you are interested in Chris’ art you can find him at CVREDMAN.DEVIANTART.COM or contact him directly at chrisvanredman@ Support and Education for Local Music and Arts ( Coachella Valley Chapter 1

June 28 to July 4, 2012

Don’t Be

CLUELESS IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY Golly, and gee-whiz for good measure. We love summer. The first day of which arrived a week ago as of yesterday. Sorry, we didn’t remind you. We were too afraid it was a ruse to lull us into complacency immediately followed by one of those wicked summer monsoons in India and Arizona that encourage you to tie bells on your toes--but please, hold the dancing, Twinkle Toes. Do you know what tossed rotten tomatoes do to a “do?” Summer opens the door to much ado about everything and nothing, all at the same time. There are some things that we can’t do without in summer. My personal pick is a pair of pants you can wipe your hands on. (Don’t say that fast. Your tongue may dissolve.) Email your personal picks to Another summer musthave: An excuse to party! How about a celebration named for “the shot heard round the world?” Fireworks! Food! Frolicking under the stars! Here’s your invite: Independence Day is July 4. You’ve been reminded! Saturday, June 30, 7pm. For an outof-this-world evening, head to the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theatre for the presentation of Scorpio Moon, featuring the evocative music of two local artists: Steve Rushingwind, an awarding winning Native American flute Player, and Clive Wright, one of the valley’s foremost Electronica, beats, Ambient guitarists, and middle-eastern Oud strummer. (The oud is a distant cousin of the guitar.) The concerts will be performed in the beauty of nature’s purest scenery, accompanied by state-of-the-art astronomy under the stars starring live images projected on two cinema-sized screens. Images will focus on the moon’s craters which will be shown in sharp relief, and also on seldom, if ever, seen images of the planets Saturn (not the car) and Mars (not the candy bar). Please bring chairs and warm clothing! Some food, refreshments and camping will be available. Donation, $10. Contact Southern California Desert Video Astronomers (SCDVA) at www., or on Facebook. Directions to the Joshua Tree lake and campground, off Sunfair Rd. in Joshua Tree, CA, or go to Google maps. Sunday, July 1, 5pm – 8pm. “Jazz It Up” with Bill Marx & All Star Band for ACT for

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MS (Multiple Sclerosis) does just that and so much more at its 4th annual fundraiser at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Just one ticket at the special price of $75 (inclusive of tax/tip) through June 25 ($85 at the door) pays the tab for beer, wine or soft-drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a light buffet, a silent auction, plus all that jazz music acknowledged as the distinctive, exclusively American art form, the hottest around played by composer/pianist Bill Marx, known for his dancing digits and humorous patter learned from his Dad, the late, great

and silent Harpo Marx. Hey, that’s cool! Another cool fact: The $40 donation to the Palm Desert-based charity helps Coachella Valley residents with MS by providing free physical therapy and other programs at no charge to enhance their quality of life. For reservations, call Anne at 760-773-9806, or email Mission Hills Country Club, 34-600 Mission Hills Dr., Rancho Mirage. Wednesday, July 4, starting at 7:30pm. Calling all doodle dandies and doodle dandettes! Get ready for a spectacular celebration of Yankee (rebellious) independence at this year’s fundraiser in support of the Aids Assistance Program in the landmark O’Donnell House in Palm Springs. Designed by architect and artist William Charles Tanner, built by Alvah Hicks. supervised by Palm Springs pioneer Nellie

Coffman, completed in 1925, the Ojo del Desierto was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. “This year’s location is guaranteed to be the best spot in town to catch the City’s fireworks display,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director of AAP, founded in 1991 and dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of those surviving HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $100 for the fundraiser and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and valet parking. Purchase online at www., or by calling 760-3258481. Location: 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs. Wednesday, July 4, 7pm. Fireworks at 9pm. Red, white, blues and more colorful spirit-soaring music to our ears! Starting at 7 pm with the National Anthem, Palm Desert celebrates Independence Day with a free concert by the “Swing Cats Big Band” 7:30pm program of all-American Jazz and Patriotic Music sent out on the warm desert air by professional musicians dedicated to the big band sound! They’ll perform at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park in the Amphitheater with fab acoustics and a summer-style vibe. Concertgoers are encouraged to tote blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets filled with your favorite snacks and soft drinks. (Alcoholic beverages and smoking are no-no’s.) This is an evening of patriotic tunes and swingin’ sounds from a talented band led by trumpeter

and music teacher Dan Methe, an active member of Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). He promises all music is orchestrated to get your toes-tapping, hands-clapping, voices-humming and bodies swaying and swinging from jitterbug to foxtrot, and more!. Location: Civic Center Park, San Pablo Ave. and Fred Waring Drive. For more information, call 760-346-0611, ext. 416. Wednesday, July 4. “Carnaval of Lights!” The City of La Quinta invites residents of the Coachella Valley to celebrate the red, white and blue celebration with a Light Parade around the village area, chili cook off, live entertainment, games, food, at La Quinta Community Park, at 4:30pm, Flashy Fireworks display from La Quinta Resort and Spa at dusk. And don’t forget free swimming from Noon to 5pm at La Quinta Pool, Fritz Burns Park at the corner of Avenue 52 and Avenida Bermudas. Get a hot dog for $1. Not in the mood for a hot dog? Grab your red, white and blue snow cone for $1. Get ready to Party-hearty, courtesy of the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, Desert Recreation District, City of La Quinta, Family YMCA of the Desert, Desert A.R.C. and more La Quinta-loving generous sponsors. For more information, call 760-777-7035 or visit www.LA-QUINTA.ORG continue to page 8


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Wednesday, July 4, 5pm. Batter up! Nothing like cheering the home team at a great game of baseball on a holiday. Come enjoy the Palm Springs Power Baseball Team play the Casa Grande Cotton Kings from Arizona, at the Palm Springs Stadium. The Power baseball club recruits elite collegiate players from all over the country to play the all-American game for Palm Springs in the months of June and July providing affordable entertainment for the community in the Coachella Valley. Location: 1901 Baristo Rd., Palm Springs. Gates open at 5:00 pm. Game starts at 6:00 pm. Come see the game and stay for the fireworks at 9:15 pm. For more information call 760-778-4487, or visit Wednesday, July 4. 5pm to 9:30. Semper fi! Party with the big guys at 29 Palms Marine Base for a night that has special meaning for all Americans, especially our soldiers. Live music by MCAGCC 29 Palm Band, a specially talented group with hot weapons in their hands, including horns, reeds, winds, percussion and more! And there’s nothing like seeing a fireworks show in the cool, crisp night air, surrounded by mountains, and the bravery and valor of our military men and their families. For directions and more information, call 760830-5086, 29 Palms Air Ground Combat Center. Wednesday, July 4. The 11th Annual Indio 4th of July Festival is being touted as “an old-fashioned patriotic Fourth of July celebration, with food, fun and fireworks. This momentous day in our country’s

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history, marks our independence from England and a ruling monarchy, and a promotion of “we the people” governance! Hurrah! The constitution lives! Cheer our history and our people at the Riverside County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 760-391-4175. GO WILD JULY AND AUGUST! The Living Desert Summer Zoo Camp is dedicated to letting kids be kids while offering a selection of experiences themed to the appropriate age from 6 to 14 years. Marketing and P.R. Manager Nyla Patzner says, “Our Summer Zoon Camp is popular with children of all ages and interests. Kids have so much fun they lose track of the fact that they are actually learning about the animals and desert environment. It is also popular with parents who are looking for a safe and unique way to get their children out of the house for a few hours in the morning.” Now there’s an honest woman. We like the way she thinks. Here’s the scoop: Weekly, half-day sessions for ages 4-12 are offered July 2nd - July 6th, July 16th – July 27th, July 30th – August 3rd include animal encounters, special behind-the-scenes visits, games and more. Special 2-day ZooCampers, ages 6 to 14, includes Jr. Rangers Program at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Session A, July 9th – 10th, 9am-2pm. Session B, July 11th – 12th, 9am to 2pm. Desert Explorers Programs, ages 10 to 14: Session A, August 6th - 7th, 8am to 12noon. Session B, August 8th – 9th, 8am to 12noon. For more information, including


f you ask Ceasare Orlando what he likes better, being a dancer or a DJ, his answer would go something like this, “That’s a tough question, I love music, and have been playing different instruments since I was five. I also love technology and working as a DJ which allows me to combine those two interests in a way that brings happiness to people and makes them want to dance. I would have to say though that my passion is dance.” Ceasere started dancing at the tender age of 18 months old much to the delight of his parents. “I was always moving— it didn’t matter where I was, there was usually music playing somewhere, or a song in my head and I would always dance to it,” recalls Ceasere. He would watch videos of Michael Jackson and learn all the choreography step by step and perform it wherever he could. While most teenagers were busy playing with video games and friends, Ceasere


was busy working as a dance instructor teaching everything from Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz to Ballet, Latin, Ballroom, and Swing.

ZooCamp Sleepover, call 760-5694, or visit Thursday, August 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The USC Alumni Club of the Desert in partnership with Trojan League Associates of the Desert and Trojan Club of the Desert invite you to the “Scend Off!” for new USC students, and those returning scholars and their families. Enjoy a meet and greet cocktail reception, delicious buffet dinner, fun presentations, student gift bags, and “AWESOME” raffle prizes. All students with parents or two guests attend at no charge as guests of USC Alumni. For additional guests, alumni and friends may attend at $35 per person. Dress code: Business casual. (Warning to revolutionaries: No jeans, short-shorts, t-shirts, hats, or collarless shirts!) For more information, call Craig at 760-832-8620, ext. 40, or RSVP by July 27 to Location: Desert Falls Country Club, 1111 Desert Falls Parkway, Palm Desert.

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Ceasare - The Dancing DJ

While in high school, Ceasere got into DJing and editing music for his dance routines. By the age of 19, Ceasere started to branch out from DJing high school parties and began to book corporate events, weddings, and eventually night clubs and music festivals. In 2010, Ceasere began to realize he could turn his longtime hobby into an actual business where he could dedicate and invest his time, energy, and money into. Ceasere would soon launch his current entertainment company “More Than a DJ Mobile Entertainment,” which provides a wide range of services from DJ’s and dancers to animal balloon artists and face painting. “My mom and dad taught me how to make a living, doing what I love, I don’t go to work, I go and play” says Ceasere with a big smile. While his entertainment company keeps him busy, Ceasere still finds time to pursue his passion for dancing. He recently made it to the Las Vegas round

June 28 to July 4, 2012

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emember Pink Slime, that ammoniated boneless lean beef trimmings made of previously inedible beef byproducts like fat and connective tissue that were used in pet food and cooking oil until it snuck into 70% of all hamburgers eaten in the United States and sold by McDonald’s, Burger King and most grocers or fast food establishments until a grass roots campaign started by Jamie Oliver ended this food type in the diets of most Americans? While Pink Slime may be gone, equally unappealing and/or potentially more dangerous meat types remain in the U.S. food supply - White Slime aka Mechanically Separated Meat, Advanced Meat Recovery and Irradiated Meat.



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of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 5 auditions. Ceasere recalls, “I was surrounded by some of the most talented dancers and choreographers I have ever seen. It was a great learning experience.” Ceasere confesses he has actually been thinking about auditioning again for an upcoming season. A longtime desert rat Ceasere is in the process of moving to Huntington Beach where he is expanding his Mobile Entertainment business to the Orange County and LA areas. He is also managing and DJing for an all age dance venue in Huntington Beach called SoundWave. If he wasn’t busy enough Ceasere is also working on writing and producing a lot of music which he plans to release near the end of this year. If you want to reach Ceasere you can 760-567-8393 or Written by: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 619-3276

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White Slime or Mechanically Separated Meat is made by forcing animal carcasses through a highly pressured separator to remove bone from the edible bits. The edible bits are then ground into a pastelike batter. In 2004, mechanically separated beef was outlawed because of the fear that the spinal tissue might carry mad cow disease that could sneak into the food supply. Mechanically separated chicken and pork continues to be made and is in a wide range of products like luncheon meats, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Fortunately, this is labeled on the products that you buy at the grocery store although it is not required on restaurant menus. A variation on Pink Slime can still be made using an approach called Advanced Meat Recovery. That is the use of machinery to scrap, shave or press meat off of the bone. So long as the resulting meat has less than 150 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams of meat, it is labeled as beef, chicken or pork. If the resulting bits have a higher level of calcium, it is labeled as Mechanically Separated Meat as the calcium signifies higher amounts of bone in the meat. Most troubling is a USDA statement that 60% of the largest meat processors in the United States do not meet federal food safety regulations for the prevention of E.Coli bacteria in their products. This safety issue results in 73,000 infections and 60 deaths annually. To address this problem, much of the U.S. meat supply is irradiated. This is where the meat is exposed to radiation in order to kill the bacteria. With the meat now safe per the FDA, it is widely distributed throughout our food supply. Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health disagrees with the FDA, “The government’s assertion that irradiated food is safe for human consumption does not even pass the laugh test.” Irradiated meat receives 150 times the radiation experienced in a chest x-ray. In addition to the carcinogen benzene (a key hydrocarbon found in gasoline), the treated beef contains ‘unique radiolytic products’ recognized to be carcinogens shown to cause genetic toxicity. Stated in layman terms, irradiation creates bad stuff that can cause long-term and serious adverse health effects. The FDA based their assessment that irradiated food is safe on five of over

400 studies on the subject. Many of the other studies showed a concern that the treated product heightens the risk of cancer as well as genetic damage to the consumer. Irradiation causes the loss of up to 80% of the vitamins found prior to the irradiation. Additionally, the longest study on which the FDA based their assessment was fifteen weeks - hardly long enough to know the health effects caused by longterm consumption of foods exposed to high levels of radiation. Most troubling, other studies done on animals demonstrated that long-term exposure to irradiated meat as a source of food caused increases in cancers, kidney damage and sterility. So what to do? For beef, eat dry aged grass fed beef. In general, grass fed beef

helps to keep you healthy with cancer and heart disease fighting omega 3 fatty acids, high quality protein, conjugated linoleic acids and vitamin E - all things that are very good for you. For other meats, buy organic as health risks besides those highlighted already such as antibiotics and hormones make much of the meat supply a long-term health concern. As many fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are irradiated, buy organic as that is the only way that you can know that you are not exposing your family to irradiated food. PS: Real kobe beef is only sold in Japan or Macau. Kobe beef in the United States is essentially Angus beef relabeled as Kobe beef for marketing and profit purposes.


June 28 to July 4, 2012

Fourth of July Celebrations around the Valley

by Lola Rossi-Meza

by Marissa Willman

Fritz Burns Park will host a “Fun Fourth of July Swim Party.” At 5 p.m., the “Carnaval of Lights” begins, bringing a light parade, entertainment, refreshments and a chili cook-off to La Quinta Community Park. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Fritz Burns Park, corner of Avenue 52 and Avenida Bermudas; La Quinta Community Park, 77-865 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta

“All American Fourth of July” Extravaganza at Palm Springs Stadium


ndependence Day, the patriotic holiday synonymous with backyard barbeques, pool parties and fireworks displays, is just around the corner. Although fireworks are illegal in Riverside County, there are plenty of places for locals to see some spectacular shows in the night

sky. Here are Coachella Valley Weekly’s picks for celebrating our country’s birthday:

“Carnaval of Lights” in La Quinta

Kick off your Fourth of July celebrations with a pool party with the City of La Quinta. From noon to 5 p.m., the La Quinta Pool at

Golf Column

What’s more American than a baseball game and a fireworks show? Join the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Power baseball team for both at this year’s “All American Fourth of July” extravaganza. Power Baseball takes on the Casa Grande Cotton Kings at 6:05 p.m., followed by a fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m. $7 adults, $6 seniors & students;1901 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs

Fireworks and Live Music at Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Bring your picnic baskets and blankets

to Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park this Independence Day to enjoy fireworks and live music. The city’s free annual celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. The Swing Cats Big Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the event with big band and swing hits and a few patriotic songs, too. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. and the 20-minute show will feature synchronized music provided by The Mix 100.5 FM. 73-510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert

Independence Day Celebration to Benefit the AIDS Assistance Program

The AIDS Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting locals living with HIV/AIDS, will host an Independence Day celebration and fundraiser event at the historic O’Donnell House in Palm Springs. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. $100/person; O’Donnell House, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs AIDS Assistance Program, 760-325-8481,

by Mike Livingston

U.S. Open Goes To Olympic


hen the dust (or in this case, fog and mist) had settled at the U.S. Open at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco two Sundays ago, I wonder how many upon reflection, found it was Olympic itself that was the ultimate winner of this year’s Championship. Strange….. What a long, strange trip it was through the four days in San Francisco. So many stories, so many leaderboard changes but then again, that’s what you normally expect at an Open, especially with today’s extended television coverage. This year was no exception as we saw several compelling dramas within the competition itself. There was the 42-year old Georgian amateur who finally qualified for the open after 24 years of trying by winning in a 5-for-3 playoff with a 14-foot birdie putt in his Georgia sectional qualifying when he


had actually thought about not even trying again this year; there was 48-year old club pro Dennis Miller who made a birdie putt from the fringe in a playoff during his sectional qualifying on Ohio only he didn’t see it! That’s right….when the putt sat on the lip he initially stopped and turned around in disgust as the putt then fell in, to be seen by all but Miller; there was John Peterson….Who? John Peterson. Exactly. The guy played out of his mind but look him up and you’ll have trouble finding a profile because he’s played in so many places! He ended up tied for 4th with Jim Furyk, Dufner, Harrington & David Toms…’s that work for ya? And of course, the best story of the Open….17-year old amateur Beau Hossler who, at one point on Friday, lead his idol Tiger Woods and everyone else in the World with his name on top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. Not bad for a kid

looking for a summer job. He had a tough Sunday shooting 76, but earned incredible respect from the players and America and looks to have a tremendous future, as soon as he gets through Algebra. When the sun finally set, it was American Webb Simpson outlasting what looked like an exhausted field, seemingly limping to the finish line. Tiger faded early and some of the other challengers did along the way, as well. For much of the back nine it appeared there was a realistic chance that two-time winner Ernie Els might have one more in him as he played an outstanding round but came up a bit short in one of his best performances in recent memory. The final leaderboard showed Michael Thompson and 2010 winner Graeme McDowell tied for second. The summer presses on and there is still only one place to talk golf on Saturday mornings……it’s YOUR wake-up call!!!! It’s

the Caddy Shack on KNEWS 94.3 FM….. Tune-in, we want to hear from you!…… Fore! Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.


Two Twelve

ecently formed band, Two Twelve, is comprised of veteran musicians who have performed in various other bands, and now have come together to heat up a venue near you. This Friday, June 29, at 9 p.m., they perform at Kokopelli’s Cantina located at 57-154 Twenty-nine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley. (760) 369-6660. Band members include drummer Buddy Greco, Jr., guitarist Chuck Baum, bassist Jimmy “Mystery” Thomas and lead vocalist Lana Jazo. Although Jazo sings most of the songs, the guys in the band also sing lead and background vocals. They will also perform at the Tack Room Tavern located at 81-900 Avenue 51 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on Saturday, July 14, at 9 p.m. (760) 347-9985. With a few private parties keeping them busy, their next public performance will be at Roc’s Firehouse Grill located at 36-891 Cook Street in Palm Desert on Saturday, August 4, at 9 p.m. (760) 340-3222. Originally from Long Island, New

York, drummer Buddy Greco, Jr. has been performing ever since he was 3 years old. According to Greco, he was “cursed”, but I believe he was blessed to be raised in a family where his mother was a classically trained opera singer, all of his sisters sang, and of course, has the genes of his father, legendary pianist, vocalist and composer Buddy Greco, Sr. who now lives abroad and is still performing with his wife Lezlie Anders. Greco, Jr. started writing songs when he was 10 years old, playing in professional bands when he was 16 years old and started his recording career when he was 17 years old. He moved to the Coachella Valley over 5 years ago and performed with his father at “Buddy Greco’s Dinner Club” where he had the opportunity to perform with Joe Pesci, Keely Smith, Sally Kellerman and Jack Jones to name a few. “I started playing with Chuck Baum about 3 years ago, then met Jimmy about a year and a half ago,” states Greco, “Then the

June 28 to July 4, 2012

Valley Rhythms

performs at a venue near you

wonderful Lana came on the scene about 6 months ago, and the ‘noise’ we produced seemed pretty interesting, and we are here to ROCK!” Chuck Baum is doing billboard advertising by day and a professional guitarist by night. He started playing guitar in West Bloomfield, Michigan when he was 11 years old, later moving to Chicago during his high school years playing in several bands there. He moved to the Coachella Valley in the late 1980s and returned to his musical roots as a guitarist in a band almost 3 years ago. “I was giving a motivational speech at a business meeting for Lamar one day and was explaining how water reaches its boiling point at 211 degrees, but is still water,” said Baum, continuing, “I then told everyone how just one degree later it reaches steam that could run a locomotive, 212 degrees.” So, he thought about it, mentioned it to the band members, and they all agreed it was a great name for their new band venture because the “band has so much energy and excitement, the room boils.” Local musician Jimmy “Mystery” Thomas received his name while auditioning for a band several years ago. Also in the advertising field by day, Thomas started playing bass when he was 11 years old. Interestingly, his first instrument was the trumpet. “Playing trumpet in elementary school was extremely important as far as my desire to play music and the direction I wanted to go,” said Thomas, “Back then, my inspiration was Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass.” This again, confirms my opinion of how important it is for children to be exposed to music at a young age

and be offered the opportunity to play an instrument. Thomas performed in various local bands through the years and met Greco and Baum about a year and a half ago in another band. One of his desires is to perform music on big stages all over the country Originally from Alberta, Canada, vocalist Lana Jazo has been writing and performing songs ever since she was 3 years old. “I remember writing my first song about my cat,” Jazo said with a giggle. “I loved my cat and loved performing for my family, I was a real ham.” She has sung with a few other local bands and had the opportunity to open for Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real during the 2011 Stagecoach Festival with the Jon Linn Band at The Date Shed. She joined the band about 6 months ago and enjoys being able to fulfill her passion for singing in such a great band later in life. “I am really excited about our new band and looking forward to working on original music projects with them. The sky is the limit” During our interview, Jazo sang her rendition of “Mercy” a great tune that will keep the audiences begging for “mercy” and wanting more from this exciting vocalist. You can see their billboard on Highway 111in Rancho Mirage just past the Atrium on the left side going toward Palm Desert. It simply states, Two Twelve “The Valley’s Hottest Classic Rock Band” with this great photo taken by Ethan Kaminsky. It also provides booking information, call (760) 321-0212. See you at the Tack Room!


June 28 to July 4, 2012


by Janet McAfee


ogs love to travel! If you own a dog, chances are he races to go with you whenever you gather up your car keys.  Dogs are natural nomads, traveling in packs in the wild.  They are curious creatures who love seeing new places and meeting new friends.  Traveling with pets has become easier with more hotels and restaurants with outdoor seating happily accommodating them.  Coachella Valley residents are taking off for trips to cooler locations and their dogs often accompany them on day trips and longer vacations.  Wise planning and safety precautions make the experience more enjoyable.   In the past decade while the economy tanked, spending on pets increased 73%.  Marketers realized that people who treat their pets like family are an  attractive demographic with disposable income.  It is good business to cater to pet owners.  Some restaurants even have “doggie” menus with special cooked items for canines.  Your SATURDAY, JUNE 30 well behaved leashed dog is welcome at many retailers including Home Depot, Lowes, 10 AM - 3 PM Apple, The Pottery Barn, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  Many major hotel chains including Let's remember our furry friends less Marriott’s Residence Inn, Motel 6  and Best Western allow pets.  Campgrounds are full of fortunate. Bring in any reuseable pet items family pets.  Doggie day care programs and and Cosmopawlitan will make sure they are local pet sitters can provide coverage if you donated to our local animal shelters. visit tourist sites where dogs are not allowed.  CVW  Single gal Karen Goldberg took her 86 pound Golden Retriever, Riley,  on vacation to a a dog focused resort, Canine Camp Getaway in New York.  Off the chart activities at the camp included scent-detection OF THE STORE ITEMS. workshops for the dogs, decorating home EXP 7/27/12 Saturday, June 30th 10am-3pm. made dog biscuit classes for the humans, and sharing celebratory beverages at “Yappy Open Mon-Fri 8-4pm Hour” for everyone.  Saturday 8am-5pm Closed Sunday  Backyard pools and hotel pools pose a possible risk to dogs. While many dogs swim and know how to get themselves out, other breeds with heavy coats are not able to sustain themselves in pool water. If you have an older dog who sometimes gets disoriented, he should not be unsupervised 73-200 El Paseo #3B near pools.  Life preservers for dogs are an Palm Desert, CA 92260 extra precaution. 




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A host of new products ensures the comfort and safety of your dog during car trips. Cool pads inside his carrier cool down the temperature during hot weather.  Socks or little shoes can keep his feet from burning on

the hot pavement. Tiny sunglasses with UV protection guard against sun damage to the eyes and block dust & debris.  “Cool down” harness vests containing cooling crystals help on hot days.  Car harnesses protect your dog if you have to stop suddenly.  A sturdy dog crate is essential.  Crates keep your dog secure in your car and are required for airline travel.  A crate must be large enough for the dog to stand, turn around, and lie down.  Be sure to take along his familiar food, treats, and extra water.  Pack a recent photograph of your dog just in case he gets lost and you have to prove ownership.  Pictured here is Lilly, an adorable rescue Bichon mix, who recently traveled by car from her home in Alameda, California, to a vacation home in La Quinta.  Lilly enjoyed a lunch break at the Harris Ranch outdoor snack shop and a trip to Nordstrom, another dog friendly store. Of course, unlike this fun photograph, dogs should not be left alone in cars.    NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CLOSED VEHICLE ON A HOT DAY, even with the windows cracked.  The temperature inside can soar in a matter of minutes.  Unattended animals inside cars are also at risk of being stolen.  It takes less than a minute for someone to break a window and steal your pet.  If you are traveling alone with your dog and can’t  find a responsible person to watch him, no one will object if you take a calm dog into a public restroom while keeping him on a leash.  Drive through restaurants and a picnic under a tree may replace restaurant meal stops.  


Health certificates available from your veterinarian are required for all airline travel.  Bring copies of shot records including rabies.  Check in advance with your airline as pet requirements can differ, starting with a check of their online pet policy.  If you have a small dog under your airline’s weight limit, it is recommended you take them in a carrier in the passenger cabin where they travel under your seat. Some groups advise against shipping your pet in the cargo area due to instances of loss, injury and even death.  Ask the airline if their below cabin pet area is climate controlled and pressurized.  If you must ship an animal below cabin, book a direct flight.  Pets’ airline reservations must be made in advance.   Your trusted veterinarian can decide if sedation will make the flight easier for your animal.  However, check first as some airlines will not accept sedated pets because sedation may impact their respiratory function while below cabin. 

by Rick Riozza


Summer’s Take on Sauvignon Blanc


f I’m dreaming about the “wines of summer”, the quintessential summer white, Sauvignon Blanc plays a heavy role. But it is a light wine that tends to be very fresh and crisp with juicy fruit flavors. With naturally high acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is always tangy, tart, nervy, racy, or zesty keeping it from being cloying and sticky-tasting. These elements combine to produce a wonderfully refreshing wine with an affinity for food, particularly those we love in the warm summer months: crudités, salads, light pastas, seafood and the riches that come from the bounty of our garden—or from the local farmers’ market. The wine is very versatile and can handle components such as tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, raw garlic, smoked cheeses or other pungent flavors that would clash with or

overpower many Chardonnays and a lot of other dry whites. In fact, Sauvignon Blanc is probably the best choice for dry white wine to accompany the greatest variety of foods. Sushi comes to mind, and if you’re not thinking sake or a cold beer, try a chilled Sauv blanc. And on the kitchen or patio table, bring out your fresh cheeses—especially the goat cheeses like “chevre”, which pairs wonderfully. It’s also a great “grilling wine”—meaning, if I don’t have an ice cold beer in my hand while grilling outside, I better have a really chilled Sauv Blanc in place of it! There are more than a few styles of Sauvignon Blanc and many regions around the world produce wine with a recognizable and distinct character. Check out the international scene: New Zealand has a very fruit forward style


Amtrak does not allow pets, other than service animals. Smaller regional rail companies are more hospitable, but call first to find out about crating and other restrictions.  Some transit companies don’t allow animals during crowded rush hours.  Short leashes are recommended.   Whether you are on the road or at home, the upcoming July 4th holiday is the worst day for dogs when terrified animals left outside jump fences and go on the run. July 5 is the busiest day for animal control and the shelters are overloaded with strays.  Dead and injured animals scatter our streets and freeways.  Owners should  walk their dogs before the fireworks start, and keep them securely INSIDE the house or hotel until the night and fireworks are completely over.  Playing soft music can  sooth them from the extreme sound.   A wonderful resource, U.S and Canada Dog Travel Guide, can be obtained by going online to  Grab the car keys, load up Fido, and hit the road for a new destination.  Turn on the stereo and listen to the awesome oldie by Lobo, “Me and You and a dog named Boo, Travelin’ and livin’  off the land. Me and you and a dog named Boo, how I love being a free man”. 

June 28 to July 4, 2012

Choose from over 300 wines from around the world in our Retail Wine Shop and 40+ wines by-the-glass in the wine bar. Grab any bottle off our shelf to sip and savor in The Wine Bar (no corkage charge for bottles selected from our retail shop). Enjoy some of the best food in Old Town La Quinta. Serving a light, high quality, wine friendly menu all day. Open daily at 11 am. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday afternoon wine tastings. Visit our website for Tastings and Entertainment details.

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featuring pineapple, gooseberry, fresh chilies, grass and even some Kiwi. This wine has emerged as an affordable, appealing, easy drinking yet full flavored quaff. When I was over at The Wine Bar in Old Town in La Quinta for CV’s “interactive Chardonnay tasting” a few weeks ago, owner Robert Mott was very generous to pour some Sauvignon Blanc. Currently, he’s pouring a wine flight of white wines which includes New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay 2011. How about these tasting notes: “ Pale straw green in color and enticingly fragrant, it offers lifted aromas of ripe stonefruit and juicy citrus with underlying notes of blackcurrant leaf and tomato plant spice. The palette is fine yet succulent, with zesty citrus flavors, fresh acidity and a crisp finish.” I just went outside to sniff my tomato plant—yep! That’s the fragrance. South Africa is a source for steely, mineral and citrus styled wines although there is a concerted effort on the part of many producers to emulate the more fruit driven style of New Zealand. Fisherman’s Market & Grill in Palm Desert sells Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc produced in the famed Western Cape where climate from the warm Indian Ocean fuses with the icy cold Atlantic. It’s similar to Cloudy Bay but less intense on all levels and sells at a good price, about $18 a bottle/$5 a glass France’s wine growing regions sprawl across its northern reaches. One could write all summer long on these delicious wines. Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé are the names of some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley. These may very well be the epitome of the grape, full of fruit, mineral, and floral aromas and with a finesse and balance that makes them compelling and complex worldclass wines. Wine Spectator gave 91 Points to Pierrre Deschamps Sancerre 2010. “Soft on the nose with a nice floral element and an almost red plum quality to the aromatic fruit. Shows flashes of Meyer lemon, sweet lime and seashells. There’s a soft mineral cut that adds texture to the palate, which shows some sour apricot and peach tones before adding a peach pit element on the moderately long finish.” Talk about a “sexy” wine! California is typically quite a mouth-

full. Getting to know the traits of the various regions can help you decipher the riddle that is California Sauvignon Blanc. Generally you’ll have to look to climates to determine the type of wine that strikes your fancy. Also, utilizing a little bit of wood barrel (fumé) adds depth, a creamy texture, and orchard fruit tones. • Warm climate - Round and lush with lower acids, grassy and more tropical and citrus fruit notes, but towards the pink grapefruit and orange end of the spectrum as is common throughout much of California. • Moderate climate - Crisp and fruity, higher acid, more green flavors such as kiwi and goosberry such as one finds in New Zealand. • Cool climate - Bracing and mineral with citrus notes that tend to the lemon/lime range and are accompanied by mineral and herb notes. The classic profile for the Loire Valley. Napa Valley’s rather warm climate produces rich, soft wines that benefit from the added depth a bit of oak ageing contributes to the final wine. At The Wine Bar in Old Town, Robert’s pouring the Groth Vineyard Napa Valley 2011 in his white wine flight. This delicious Groth is both a fun & wonderful wine blend of both the warmer and colder regions of Napa. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates provide a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit gives a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness and balances the rich creaminess from oak. With its southern edge wide open to the San Pablo bay, Sonoma Valley’s rolling hills offer a moderate climate that allows Sauvignon Blanc to get fully ripe, losing some of its aggressive herbal character, yet retaining juicy acidity and crisp fruit flavors. In the North of Sonoma County lies the Dry Creek Valley, home of some of California’s finest Sauvignon Blanc. The combination of moderate temperatures and gravelly, sandy soils produces brilliant wines with classic hints of gooseberry & Meyer lemon, grassy with ripe golden fruit. Here’s to a refreshing quaff! Cheers! Reach Rick at


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back from our server and Chef. This was one of my most memorable dining experiences to date! I recommend this restaurant for anyone and everyone, for any occasion. Open for breakfast, lunch, and one of the best dinners you will have, Rockwood Grill is sure to stand out as a new favorite in town, located inside the J.W. Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort and Spa at the corner of Cook and Country Club in Palm Desert.


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by Laura Anne Rowell

Desert Fox Palm Springs

Fox. Known for their stylish, relaxed atmosphere and anything goes attitude, The Desert Fox is quickly becoming the place to go to meet up with old friends and find some new ones. Located on Palm Canyon Drive, across from The Hyatt Regency Hotel, this little oasis of fun is perfectly placed. Inside, the eclectic art work that hangs on the walls, is reflective of the patrons that visit here. It seems to be a mix of young twentysomething fresh faced college kids, older married couples and the beautiful drag queens all laughing and having fun under the same roof. Almost every night there is some kind of entertainment. Sundays are always



or many months, I have heard rumors of a new restaurant opening in the J.W. Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. After the closing of Ristorante Tuscany, one of the desert’s most luxurious restaurants, there has been much speculation as to what could possibly fill the void left from such a reputable restaurant. The wait is over and I have discovered what could very well be the best this desert has to offer! Rockwood Grill not only provides a world class cuisine that would rival some of the finest menus in California, they also have the best server in the Coachella Valley in Elena Sembenini! We were seated in a large, comfortable booth at a fine crafted table imported from Spain. The restaurant is impeccably decorated. We were greeted with a genuine, heart-felt welcome from our Italian server and began our evening with a Margarita alla Sembenini, named after her. We felt so much at ease that we decided to let her and the amazing Chef Bryson, take control (which I rarely allow) by removing the menus and ordering for us. We began with fresh baked focaccia and a sample of appetizers was placed in front of us, presented with great description (as was each course throughout the evening). Local dates wrapped in thick cut bacon, were served with a smoked eggplant dip and pita bread. Included, was a tasting of Point Reyes Toma cheese and Italian meats. It was a delicious combination of flavors, leaving our mouths watering for more. We also tasted their wild caught, sweet jumbo shrimp cocktail and it was perfection! Elena took the pleasure in pairing wine with each course and her knowledge of new and old world wines is phenomenal. Between courses, we shared a salad of organic beets and bibb lettuce with a rich,

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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

Screeners No. 14



t’s not an oxymoron that some big summer films are both eye-candy and popcorn treats. Maybe that’s why we load-up on junk snacks in the lobby before settling in our seats. For me, a good movie must first be visually stimulating. Ideally, it should also tickle one’s gray matter as well. Director Chris Nolan understands this and that’s why his BATMAN RISES is probably the most anticipated film of the summer. But until Nolan’s epic climax of his extraordinary Dark Knight trilogy arrives next month, we’ll have to settle for mere eye-candy with these stylized fun films.

sounds that surround and the highlands’ influenced music are add immensely to the mostly satisfying movie experience. This is a kingdom I enjoyed visiting; while I was there, I believed it was real. Brenda Chapman came up with the original story and also directed but was removed 18 months before release and replaced by Mark Andrews. The resulting film retains volatile mother-daughter issues and also features brisk action sequences amped by

sometimes eye-popping – as it should be. Rated R.


Andrews, who claims Scottish ancestry and a long fascination with the legend and lore of old Scotland. Rated PG.


Pixar’s latest release under the Disney banner is a lush, richly designed adventure set in ancient Scotland. The beautifully realized cinematic art is reason enough to escape to this energized fairy tale realm about a feisty princes who desires to determine her own destiny but when she does so, creates chaos in the kingdom of her father and mother who reign as king and queen. Because of the consequences of her impulsive and desperate act, Princess Merida must be brave enough to fix her fate and undue a terrifying curse. Although somewhat predictable in its telling, the fabulous character designs and wonderful voice work trump the minor flaws of the story. On display here is proof that digital animation has reached a level of stylized photo-realistic artistry that Walt Disney himself could not even conceive. And he had quite an imagination. The rich



The two Tims, Burton and Bekmambetov, have joined to deliver this bloody adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel (he wrote the screenplay as well) to the 3D screen. What unfolds is a grand scale alternate history that reveals the secret life of Lincoln. Stylized choreography abounds in the vampire battles and yes, we do finally get to see a macho Abe swing that axe the way we knew he could. I liked the interplay between known history and the new revelations of this fictional (?) take on Civil War related events and issues. I liked that the truth about slavery is all about providing fuel for hungry vampires. What a great metaphor! Director Bekmambetov directed cults faves DAY WATCH, NIGHT WATCH and WANTED, so he’s up to the task of hyper action. Benjamin Walker is just fine as an obsessed Lincoln and the 3D is

Steve Carell and Kiera Knightly take their time take their time dealing with what they want while an approaching asteroid targets earth and life as we know it. Writer Lorene Scafaria directs her first feature and this oddity careens from one extreme to the other. I loved the craziness of a world gone mad but was not so taken with the lack of emotion of our two leads and the dreary numbness of their core relationship. I would imagine humans, on the brink of doomsday,

would have heightened emotions of love, lust, rage and or revenge. On the other hand, maybe there would be a last-minute collective resignation and a transcendent sense of our one great human family and the world that could have been if we had all loved each other. What would you do if you knew the world was about to end? Still, I was fascinated with the premise as it unfolded, but probably won’t see it again when it reaches home video. Scafaria wrote the painfully amateurish NICK & NORA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST and, in a way, this is kind of a continuation of those two emotionally flat and nebulous characters. Nice poster, though. Rated R. To see or not to see -- that is always the question. Regarding other films still playing, my advice here is to see HYSTERIA, a beguiling film set in the Victorian about the invention of the vibrator. It’s a sweet romantic comedy. One not to see is Adam Sandler’s repellant THAT’S MY BOY. Sandler must hate his audience. His latest film (does he make a new one every month?) is like a third grade bully who wrestles you to the ground and rubs your face in dog doo and then laughs hysterically. This is bottom of the barrel crap. Life’s too short to waste on bad movies. Listen to my weekly movie updates on Michael Knight’s Friday am KNWZ 94.3 show. Comments?

by Heidi Simmons


June 28 to July 4, 2012

Book Review

“Canada” A Great American Novel

s it at all possible to disregard your past? Can one leave a childhood and a country behind without it influencing the future? And should a child take responsibility for his actions once he becomes an adult? These are a few of the lingering questions generated by Richard Ford’s provocative new novel, Canada (Ecco, 420 pages). In Canada, the first person narrator, Dell Parson, considers his life and the traumatic events that destroyed his family and shaped his future. Dell tells how his parents became bank robbers, his subsequent getaway to Canada and his participation in the murders of two innocent men. Part One of the story takes place in Great Falls, Montana during the early 1960s. Dell and his twin sister Berner are 15 years old when Dell’s father, a handsome, charismatic southern gentleman, is discharged from the Air Force for being involved with illegal black market trading off-base. Their mother, Neeva, is a schoolteacher and the estranged daughter of Jewish immigrants. Neeva believes she is sophisticated and everyone else is beneath her. Dell and his sister were conceived on their parents first date. This causes Dell to speculate that the problems in the family began with their conception. Dell hopes that with his father’s discharge from the military, the years of moving from base to base will end and the family will be able to settle permanently in Great Falls. Dell looks forward to starting high school and making friends. But Dell’s father can’t seem to find work that satisfies him or his wife and he once again gets involved with illegal dealings that lead him to trouble. In desperation Dell’s parents resort to robbing a bank, believing it will solve all their problems.

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When the parents are caught and imprisoned, the children are afraid they’ll be put in an orphanage or juvenile detention. Berner, more mature and assertive than Dell, runs away. Dell is left alone until a friend of his mother’s takes him to Saskatchewan, Canada, to live with the woman’s brother -- an American expatriate, anarchist and sociopath. Dell’s world becomes a Dickensian tale of childhood woe and horror as he is forced to make a living and partakes in the murder of innocent men. Canada is not a “crime” novel, nor is it a plot-driven tale about a boy who must free himself from a monster of a man and return to America. Rather, it is the story of a child caught up in events beyond his control. It is both Dell’s memoir and confession. And perhaps it’s a way for him to find some peace and maybe even redemption. But Dell does not go on this journey of remembering

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the past on his own accord. He only revisits his youth when his students, planning for his retirement party, discover that his dying sister is looking for him. Author Richard Ford is a literary master of place and setting. His descriptive language envelops the reader in the cool breeze and vast open spaces of Montana and Canada. Ford’s characters live in circumstances where the landscape influences their decisions and determines their fate. As Dell copes and adapts to his new life in Canada, he says: “Why the change of weather and light produced a change in me and made me more accepting -- more than the awareness of time passing -- I can’t say. But it had been my experience in all these years since those days in Saskatchewan. Possibly being a town boy (in town, time matters so much) and being suddenly set down in an empty place I didn’t know, among people I knew little about, left me more subject to the elemental forces that mimicked the experience I was undergoing and made it more tolerable. Against these forces -- an earth rotating, a sun lowering its angle in the sky, winds filling with rain and the geese arriving -- time is just a madeup thing, and recedes in importance, and should.” This work is a departure from Ford’s award winning Bascombe trilogy -- The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of The Land. Yet Canada is reminiscent of Ford’s visceral short story collection, Rock Springs, with its wide-open spaces, questionable behavior and fringe characters. As a title, Canada is misleading. It is not about the benign and beautiful country to

our north or its people per se, but about the lives of those who flee to a place where they can disappear from themselves and their crimes. Ford makes Canada a kind of imprisonment, where the sentence is imposed by its vast landscape and difficult environment for as long as one can survive. At its heart, Ford’s story is about an older man who is so damaged by the events of his youth that his whole life has been one of denial and childish acceptance. Dell survived the ordeal of growing up and was able to become a productive member of society teaching college-level English. But even after fifty years, as Dell contemplates and recounts the crimes of his parents and the murders, he never comes clean. Dell never considers going to the police with what he knows. It is as if he is resigned to remain imprisoned and finish his life sentence alone in Canada. Canada is Ford’s finest work. He tells a compelling tale of family, destiny and choices. There are passages and observations by Ford that are eloquent and profound. Anyone growing up in a dysfunctional family will recognize the truth of his prose. Real life is not plotted. We cannot pick our parents and we are all victims of circumstance. But at some point, when we are able to see and understand the events that directed and shaped our young lives, is there an obligation to take responsibility for our actions? Like Charles Marlow (in Heart of Darkness) and Jay Gatsby (in The Great Gatsby), Dell Parson, in Ford’s Canada wrestles with all the dark complexities of human nature that make for a great American novel.


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DIE HARD TILL DEATH (DHTD) Pedal to the Metal, Balls out, metal band that delivers the goods!! More bang for your buck! Heavy music with a groove! Slammin drums, pounding bass, loud,screamin guitars, melodic yet powerful intense vocals with visual layden lyrics! www.diehardtilldeath. com DieHardTillDeath www.reverbnation. com/DieHardTillDeath www.twitter. com/DHTDtheband JEKKEL – Hot & fast 4-piece rock outfit from the desert. “One Way Road” music video out now! New EP & shows expected Summer 2012 | www. | Twitter: @JEKKELtheband and www.JEKKEL. com -THE HELLIONS are proud to spread rawk’n’roll gospel for those in need of some salvation,an excuse to shake your ass and drink some booze... come out May 5th- The Hood for some Cinco de Mayo party action. www.facebook. com/thehellions-official

Cover Story is an incredibly energetic band. Their sound covers a wide spectrum of interest with each member’s expressive style calling to their expanding fan-base. Check their demos of Classic Rock with Soul On their website:www.reverbnation. com/coverstorymusic Email |www. ATTENTION ALL UNSIGNED ROCK BANDS/MUSICIANS! If you would like to have your song heard on the RADIO Just send your MP3 of the original SONG and BIO to: Ross Management & Productions Drossmanagement@ Exordium is a four piece metal outfit from the Coachella Valley composed of guitarists Angel Ocejo & Ryan Smith, bassist Xan Abyss and drummer Julian Andrews, with all members sharing a variety of vocal duties. With a fresh new EP (Winter’s Eve) and a promotional video (Dark Reaction) to support it, Exordium are on a path to spread the new faith of heavy metal to those in need. Dark Reaction Music Video: com/watch?v=xxxUqgf002E Band Page: Exordium760


June 28 to July 4, 2012

Dale Gribow On The Law


by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

Accidentally Yours

previously hosted a weekly radio talk show and legal column entitled “Accidentally Yours” where we talked about how insurance companies have taken a hard line approach to settling accident cases with all lawyers in California. Instead of having 90% of the cases settle and only 10% go into litigation, we now have a larger amount of the cases going into litigation. It is more important than ever before to hold our client’s hands and help our clients become organized so that the insurance company on our cases want to settle ours and go to trial with other firms. Because of California’s financial crisis many courts are closing. In Los Angeles County alone 56 courtrooms closed in 2012 in order to save money. This means there are fewer courts and judges available to resolve more cases than ever before. In 2011 there were 7% more filings than 2010 and 15% more than 5 years earlier. Insurance companies now ask themselves why they should settle a PI case now with today’s dollars rather than waiting 4-5 years and settling with tomorrow’s dollars. The insurance companies know that most lawyers will not want to invest a lot of money in a whiplash/soft tissue trial that in today’s climate will not generate big dollars. This allows the insurance company to settle an accident case for a minimal amount of money. This is also consistent with the lowest jury verdicts in history for soft tissue accident cases. Thus, the suggestion that you keep a diary and have everything documented is more important than ever before. If you take your diary every time you go to the doctor you will remember to tell him/her all of the problems you have encountered since your last visit. Without the diary, take my word, you are going to forget to tell both our firm and your doctor about some of your medical problems. If you don’t tell your lawyer and doctors about a problem, you will not receive compensation for the condition. It is as if there was no problem! When we receive the medical reports we review them and prepare a demand settlement letter to the insurance company and enclose the medical reports as well as other documentation regarding your loss of earnings as well as other losses. At that point, we call the insurance company and try to negotiate a settlement. If we are not able to negotiate a settlement that both we and the client are happy with, we then file a lawsuit against the defendant. As a general rule, it does not pay to have a case that is worth less than $50,000


go to trial. This is because of the costs of trial. Litigation is like war. We take the responsibility to help put our client’s lives back together. Over the last 30 years we have successfully helped many thousands of accident victims get the fair compensation they deserve. In a trial you are not allowed to mention the word insurance and the jury is left to think that you are suing the defendant personally rather than an insurance company. In addition the new Howell case prevents a lawyer from including all the medical bills to a jury. Only the bills that have not been paid can be presented. Thus if you have insurance you could be at a disadvantage to someone who is uninsured. In order for the court to allow the medical report and bill from the doctor into evidence, we must have the doctor there to testify. The doctor will charge anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 per ½ day to testify. These costs are substantial and make it unprofitable to litigate the average case. It is unfair to let our clients incur these extravagant costs on small cases and thus we sometimes have to suggest a mediation or arbitration or a settlement that is less than we ideally would want to accept. A recent article from the Wall Street Journal discussed the new Colossus Software program that almost all insurance companies are using. This program will take a $5,000.00 medical bill, input it into the Colossus program and it will say the bill should have been $2,500.00. Based on $2,500.00, they will offer us about $5,000.00 to settle the case. This is why 50% of the lawyers who handled “soft-tissue” accident cases no longer accept “whiplash” cases where there are no broken bones or cuts requiring plastic surgery. My office will advise you on a case by case basis whether your case should be

litigated or not. However, because lawyers want to work out a good settlement rather than litigate the case it is now more important than ever before that you the client follow my instructions by keeping a diary and keeping us posted of new medical

problems. That way we can negotiate out of strength not weakness. Because of these low ball offers it is more important than ever before to have a competent law firm that reads the jury verdict sheets weekly. By doing this we can educate the insurance company on current courtroom verdicts. My practice is focused on people and protecting their consumer rights. We deliver results not false promises and get top dollar on our cases. When the case is successfully concluded, our clients tell us we were courteous, professional and caring and that we “DID TURN WRONGS INTO RIGHTS”. This concludes the 7 Part Series. If you missed any issues you can go to our website at and click on Dale Gribow’s columns to read all 7 installments. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411



very day a new study or report comes out questioning the safety of the food supply in the United States. The one consistent throughout is that organic foods are not exposed to the chemicals, growth hormones and safety practices used by the largest food producers and processors. While the USDA explicitly states that it “does not claim that organic foods are safer, healthier or more nutritious than conventional ones,” the facts lead one to a different conclusion. Organic is defined as “a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic engineering may not be used.” Food labeled as “made with organic ingredients” must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.

Firman Bear of Rutgers University did a study that proved that the nutrition of organic produce is much, much higher than non-organic. For example, organic tomatoes contain 9x the calcium, 15x the magnesium, 3x the potassium, 68x the manganese, 2,000x the iron and 53x the copper of the non-organic alternative. There are twelve fruits and vegetables known as “the dirty dozen” where you should always eat organic because of the amount of pesticides needed to grow them. They include: spinach, potatoes, celery, bell peppers, apples, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, raspberries and strawberries. With each, it is nearly impossible to wash away all of the pesticides. There are some fruits and vegetables that do not need to be organic: papayas, bananas, kiwi, mangoes, pineapples, avocados, onions, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, frozen sweet peas and frozen sweet corn. With each, save the money and buy the less expensive alternative. Be happy on the inside, eat organic whenever possible.

Local Music Spotlight

June 28 to July 4, 2012

by Laura Anne Rowell

The Swingers Are Here T

he quintessential rock and roll musical touring ensemble has arrived. They are The International Swingers and the members not only span several decades, but several genres as well. The band is comprised of members from four major punk rock legendary groups. On drums is Clem Burke of Blondie, guitarist James Stevenson of Generation X, bassist Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and singer Gary Twinn of Speedtwinn. Together TIS are a rock-n-roll force to be respected. Gary and Clem first met when former Clash manager, Bernie Rhodes asked them to collaborate on a song back in the eighties. Band members Glen and James have known each other from doing time in the Brit punk days of the 70s. The four friends came together last summer when Australian promoter Bicci Henderson asked Gary and James to play a few gigs together. Being such good friends with Glen and Clem, they

sought them out to round out the band. The original idea was to play a collaboration of old songs from each band including the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen, Billy Idol’s Dancing with Myself, Blondie’s Call Me and, of course, I Like it Both Ways, all the while enjoying a mini vacation ‘Down Under.’ As the gigs progressed and their following grew, the band started to write and play new original songs. In retrospect the band says the only thing that seemed weird is that none of them had thought of all this before. Four good mates playing music together touring the world is a nice gig if you can get it. And this time around it is a bit easier and more relaxed. Twinn says, “There aren’t any egos or BS. Everyone knows the dos and don’ts of the road.” When asked who they would like to open for, the band says it doesn’t really matter, but if they had to choose they probably wouldn’t mind touring with the

likes of Tom Petty or The Foo Fighters, and certainly every punk rock band’s dream, they’d like to open for the godfather himself, Iggy Pop. When pressed for some words of wisdom for newer bands they warn of their one superstition; Always get paid before you play. You can find out more information about The International Swingers on Face Book @ TheInternationalSwingers and be sure to check them out at The Hood in Palm Desert this Friday, June 29th.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Goes Hollywood F

antasy Springs Resort Casino is certainly ready for its closeup. Over the last two weeks, the entire casino resort property has become part of a major movie shoot for the SYFY Channel. The property has been transformed into not one but several different hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Public Relations manager, Anndee Laskoe says, “With the magic of Hollywood, Fantasy Springs has played the part of a Western themed hotel complete with cacti and a giant buffalo, the well- known Golden Nugget Hotel and

Show. Producer Keith Melton says the movie will come complete with plenty of computer generated special effects. Those will be added in by a Beijing-based company and Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects icon founded by Lucasfilm and George Lucas. At some point in the movie a computer

Casino and of course the fictional, luxe, Egyptian themed Isis Hotel and Casino where all the trouble goes down.” It’s at the Isis hotel during a Spring Break pool party, where the plot thickens, swift winds blow through and mythical creatures are introduced. “It’s a SYFY movie, so you know what happens next.” Laskoe, says. The movie, titled “Blowing Vegas off the Map,” stars Frankie Muniz of Malcolm in the Middle fame and Barry Bostwick, known for playing Brad Majors in the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture

compete with priceless Egyptian relics. A replica of the Paris Hotel and Casino’s Eiffel tower observation deck is currently being constructed inside the Fantasy Special Events Center for one of the movies’ final scenes. “We have a lot of amazing concerts in that venue but this is certainly a first for us here at Fantasy Springs.” Laskoe says. You can catch a glimpse of Blowing Vegas off the Map next spring when it is set to air on the SYFY Channel. Fantasy Springs is happy to sign autographs, just come visit the hotel and casino in person and do lunch.

generated plane will crash onto the craps table on the gaming floor. The 18th hole waterfall at Eagle Falls Golf Course will be a tiger habitat and the area outside The Fresh Grill Buffet, will be a museum


June 28 to July 4, 2012


ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you play solitaire, your luck will be crazy strong in the coming weeks. If you have candid, wide-ranging talks with yourself in the mirror, the revelations are likely to be as interesting as if you had spoken directly with the river god or the angel of the sunrise. Taking long walks alone could lead to useful surprises, and so would crafting a new declaration of independence for yourself. It’ll also be an excellent time to expand your skills at giving yourself pleasure. Please understand that I’m not advising you to be isolated and lonely. I merely want to emphasize the point that you’re due for some breakthroughs in your relationship with yourself. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you in possession of a talent or interest or inclination or desire that no one else has? Is there some unique way you express what it means to be human? According to my understanding of the long-term astrological omens, the coming months will be your time to cultivate this specialty with unprecedented intensity; it’ll be a window of opportunity to be more practical than ever before in making your signature mark on the world. Between now and your next birthday, I urge you to be persistent in celebrating the one-of-a-kind truth that is your individuality. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Message in a bottle” is not just a pirate movie cliche. It’s a form of communication that has been used throughout history for serious purposes. England’s Queen Elizabeth I even appointed an official “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles.” And as recently as 2005, a message in a bottle saved the lives of 88 refugees adrift in the Caribbean Sea on a damaged boat. Glass, it turns out, is an excellent container for carrying sea-born dispatches. It lasts a long time and can even survive hurricanes. In accordance with the astrological omens, I nominate “message in a bottle” to be your metaphor for the rest of 2012. Here’s one way to apply this theme: Create a message you’d like to send to the person you will be in five years, perhaps a declaration of what your highest aspirations will be between now and then. Write it on paper and stash it in a bottle. Store this time capsule in a place you won’t forget, and open it in 2017. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Every 10,000 years or so, reports the Weekly World News, hell actually does freeze over. A rare storm brings a massive amount of snow and ice to the infernal regions, and even the Lake of Fire looks like a glacier. “Satan himself was seen wearing earmuffs and making a snowman,” the story says about the last time it happened. I foresee a hell-freezes-over type of event happening for you in the coming months, Cancerian -- and I mean that in a good way. The seemingly impossible will become possible; what’s lost will be found and what’s bent will be made straight; the lion will lie down not only with the lamb but also with the sasquatch. For best results, be ready to shed your expectations at a moment’s notice. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In purely spiritual matters, God grants all desires,” said philosopher and activist Simone Weil. “Those who have less have asked for less.” I think this is a worthy hypothesis for you to try out in the next nine months, Leo. To be clear: It doesn’t necessarily mean you will get a dream job and perfect lover and ten million dollars. (Although I’m not ruling that out.) What it does suggest is this: You can have any relationship with the Divine Wow that you dare to imagine; you can get all the grace you need to understand why your life is the way it is; you can make tremendous progress as you do the life-long work of liberating yourself from your suffering. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A plain old ordinary leap of faith might not be ambitious enough for you in the coming months, Virgo. I suspect your potential is more robust than that, more primed for audacity. How would you feel about attempting a quantum leap of faith? Here’s what I mean by that: a soaring pirouette that sends you flying over the nagging obstacle and up onto higher ground,


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where the views are breathtakingly vast instead of gruntingly half-vast. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The dream which is not fed with dream disappears,” said writer Antonio Porchia. Ain’t that the truth! Especially for you right now. These last few months, you’ve been pretty good at attending to the details of your big dreams. You’ve taken the practical approach and done the hard work. But beginning any moment, it will be time for you to refresh your big dreams with an infusion of fantasies and brainstorms. You need to return to the source of your excitement and feed it and feed it and feed it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A Chinese businessman named Hu Xilin is the champion flykiller of the world. Ever since one of the buzzing pests offended him at the dinner table back in 1997, he has made it his mission to fight back. He says he has exterminated more than ten million of the enemy with his patented “Fly Slayer” machine. And oh by the way, his obsession has made him a millionaire. It’s possible, Scorpio, that your story during the second half of 2012 will have elements in common with Hu Xilin’s. Is there any bad influence you could work to minimize or undo in such a way that it might ultimately earn you perks and prizes -- or at least deep satisfaction? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): From the 14th through the 18th centuries, many towns in England observed a curious custom. If a couple could prove that they had gone a year and a day without ever once being sorry they got married, the two of them would receive an award: a side of cured pork, known as a flitch of bacon. Alas, the prize was rarely claimed. If this practice were still in effect, you Sagittarians would have an elevated chance of bringing home the bacon in the coming months. Your ability to create harmony and mutual respect in an intimate relationship will be much higher than usual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “If I had my life to live over,” said Nadine Stair at age 85, “I would perhaps have more actual problems, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.” I suggest you write out that quote, Capricorn, and keep it close to you for the next six months. Your task, as I see it, will be to train yourself so you can expertly distinguish actual problems from imaginary ones. Part of your work, of course, will be to get in the habit of immediately ejecting any of the imaginary kind the moment you notice them creeping up on you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Astronomer Percival Lowell (1855-1916) was instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to the discovery of Pluto. He was a visionary pioneer who helped change our conception of the solar system. But he also put forth a wacky notion or two. Among the most notable: He declared, against a great deal of contrary evidence, that the planet Mars was laced with canals. You have the potential be a bit like him in the coming months, Aquarius: mostly a wellspring of innovation but sometimes a source of errant theories. What can you do to ensure that the errant theories have minimal effect? Be humble and ask for feedback. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Throughout the 16th century and even beyond, European explorers trekked through the New World hunting for the mythical land of El Dorado: the Lost City of Gold. The precious metal was supposedly so abundant there that it was even used to make children’s toys. The quest was ultimately futile, although it led the explorers to stumble upon lesser treasures of practical value -- the potato, for example. After being brought over to Europe from South America, it became a staple food. I’m foreseeing a comparable progression in your own world during the coming months: You may not locate the gold, but you’ll find the equivalent of the potato. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology


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ust saying the word gives me the uneasy feeling of an insecure teenager plagued with pustules. And no matter how old we get, some of us never outgrow the angry eruptions of acne. Pimple, zit, comedone, papule, pustule, blackhead, whitehead: they all stem from underlying inflammation. What causes the inflammation may be a little more difficult to pinpoint. Hormonal changes, stress, medications, diet and genetics all contribute to acne breakouts. The key is in finding the right tools to manage the problem. Like many of us, I’ve experienced acne and the suffering it brings in the form of embarrassment, unsightly appearance and actual physical pain. I’ve tried nearly every remedy on the market and helped guide others through their struggles with acne. Topical treatments over the counter treatments such as benzoyl peroxide are generally effective but can be irritating to the skin. Many acne sufferers also have sensitive skin, and many acne remedies are drying and irritating to the skin. Vitamin A derived topicals such as Tretinoin, also known as Retina-A, is a popular topical treatment available by prescription only. Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids are also effective in treating acne. AHA/BHA Face Cream by Skin Medica moisturizers while still combating acne. In order to combat dryness from topicals, washes, and even laser treatments, applying a moisturizer is key. Many acne patients are wary to use a moisturizer, thinking their already oily skin will break out more. On the contrary, overly dry skin can experience sebum build up under the surface, so moisturizers are still a vital tool in acne management.

Persons struggling with acne should also wear sunscreen, minimum SPF 30, on a regular basis. Exposure to UV rays can cause scarring, hypopigmentation and/or hyperpigmentation. Salicylic acid washes such as Neutrogena oil free acne wash is my all- time favorite facial cleanser for acne prone skin. Murad makes a gentler version with 1.5% salicylic acid. Either of these should be a staple in the medicine cabinet of every person with acne. Monthly chemical peels will help regulate breakouts and minimize scarring. Glycolic acid peels and beta hydroxy peels are most effective for acne patients. In some cases a dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics to help reduce the acne causing inflammation. In the most extreme cases, a course of Accutane may even be recommended. Accutane is an oral medication that essentially dries out the body from the inside out. Side effects can be moderate to severe and I recommend this course of treatment as a last resort as it is expensive and somewhat dangerous. In keeping with the laser craze, there are even lasers on the market that target acne. The Smoothbeam laser is said to treat acne scarring while reducing acne breakouts. This treatment is said to alter the production of acne producing sebum but may cause permanent excessive dryness. To successfully combat acne, a small arsenal of tools is necessary. A good wash, topical medication, moisturizer, sunscreen, and monthly chemical peels alternated with laser treatments will target breakouts from all angles. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about what combination of treatments is right for you.

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omplete happiness. Peace within. Understanding of one’s self. Finding your Zen is quite simple… What are you? But, is it that simple? It’s the ultimate mystery question. How many times have you asked yourself, who am I? What is my purpose on Earth? What is this life all about? Why, why, and why? According to Wikipedia, Zen originated in China during the 6th Century. In the Buddhist teachings, Zen, emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment. Zen is also derived from the Japenese word Dzyen, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word Dhyana, which means meditation. How do we obtain Zen? Zen comes from within and there are no specifics on how to obtain Zen. Zen will be different for each an every one of us. Zen is about finding your happy place. However, there are certain exercises you can put to the test. I have always emphasized the importance of breath. When we are breathing properly the act of breathing can bring calmness to the soul. Find a quiet place and focus on your breath. Sit comfortably and begin breathing in through your nose deeply and exhaling out through your nose deeply. Breathe in all things positive, exhale the negative. Calming music can also help you obtain a Zen like place or balance. Sit and proceed with the calming, breathing exercises explained above. One may find sitting silently is not comfortable. You may find music to be a soothing affect to your

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soul. Ayurvedic treatments, massage, proper diet, and exercise may well be helpful in obtaining a healthy Zen. When we exercise and eat properly our bodies feel healthy. With exercise and healthy foods we have more energy plus our mood is enhanced. Each one of us handles situations differently. Therefore, you may find going to your church and sitting in prayer is helpful to finding your Zen. Taking a long walk, baking, experiencing a new hobby or revisiting an old one. Practicing Yoga or tai chi, take your dog for a walk, or go for a hike. All these combined may well prove very fruitful. Our daily lives can be stressful. You must ask yourself the necessary questions to attempt to reach your Zen. Am I happy? If not, how can I obtain happiness? What can I do to reach a happy place? However, let’s be realistic… we may not be happy all the time. Life’s twist and turns will always throw something at us. It’s at this time you can revisit those exercises to get you back into place. Here are few extra tips. Begin a journal and start writing and asking your self a few questions. What is the larger purpose in life? It must be bigger than you. Stay motivated and focused on what is really important in your life. Happiness and excitement is not the same thing – happiness and peace is the same thing. Rest and breathe. Remember, whatever you do to find your Zen, you’ll be Zen-sational!


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