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Community Events • November 22 to November 28, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 35

John Stanley King

PS Open Air Market

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Manny “The Movie Guy”

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Black Friday

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November 22 to November 28, 2012


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November 22 to November 28, 2012

John Stanley King

by Lola Rossi-Meza

A multi-instrumentalist and an accomplished vocalist with a style all his own.


orn in Indio, John Stanley King was raised with all genres of music in the home, along with his four brothers; Chuck, Glenn, Ronnie and Bobbie; and two sisters; Banita and Jeanette., who are also musicians. His father played the clarinet and his mother played piano. He started playing drums on cans and would tinker on an old organ when he was eight. Being an offspring of a musical family for generations on both sides of the family, his first professional gig was when he 12 years old playing drums and singing in his Grandfather John Roy Danchack’s Dixieland band called the Desert Ramblers. After High School, he attended COD (College of the Desert) for one year, and studied theatre, band and choir. “Toward the end of the year, there was a music camp in Pennsylvania, sponsored by Fred Waring,” said King. “It was called the Waring Workshop and COD gave me a partial scholarship to attend, and so I went to Pennsylvania for a two week summer music workshop and spent time with Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians.” While he was there, he wrote a song called The Waring Workshop song and everyone performed it on stage at the end of the program. After the show, King was asked to go to Mr. Waring’s dressing room. “Mr. Waring asked me if I would cut my hair, then he asked if I would like to join the Waring Tour. I said, ‘of course’.” He cut his hair, left school, and toured with them for two and a half years. They performed all over the country. “It was a blessing. Mr. Waring would do a benefit Concert every year to help raise funds for the building of The McCallum Theatre. In the lobby, there is a bust of him in the theatre because he donated and wanted so much for a facility to be built in the Desert.” King’s Grandfather’s family were farmers originally from Arkansas. They were forced to leave their home during the “Dust Bowl” and were headed to California. However, along the way, they lived in tents in farm labor camps with several other families. “They were considered refugees because they didn’t have a home and traveled from place to place for picking crops. My Grandpa Gene, Grandma King, Uncle Bill, Uncle Harlan, Uncle John, Aunt Judy and my dad, who they called Babe because he was the little one and eight years old; formed a band, called The King Family Orchestra and played for the Square Dance in the recreation tent every Saturday night.” They came through Imperial County and worked their way up through Northern California. While they were there, talent scouts were sent out by John Steinbeck to find some authentic Hillbilly Music for one of the scenes in the movie “Grapes of Wrath”.

“They heard of my family’s music, found them and brought them to Hollywood to be in the movie. There is a big scene they were in playing their music ‘live’. There is a part in the movie where the cops were on their way to break up a party the Hillbillies were having in the recreation tent. During this part of the movie, Henry Fonda is dancing with his mom and is singing “Down In The Valley” and the camera pans across the band and it’s all my family. My Dad was playing mandolin.” While they didn’t pursue a Hollywood career, King goes on to say, “I remember when I was in High School, they would show the movie and would always stop at the part where my family was seen in the movie, and use a pointer to identify everyone.” After their part in the movie was filmed, his Grandparents took the family back up to Northern California because they had picking to do. They were Hillbillies living off the land and doing the best they could. Later, the family moved to Banning where King’s father went to High School. “My Mom’s side of the family were all Jazz Musicians. My Grandpa Danchack lived in Beaumont and was a trumpeter and bass player. My Mom met my Dad when she was seventeen and he was eighteen, they got married and moved to Indio. My Grandpa and Grandma Danchack moved to Cathedral City where he was a butcher by day and performed in local venues and private parties at night.I learned all the Standards from him,” shares King. “It’s really funny. We have archives and contracts from when my Grandpa Gene was playing, where they would get paid in “pants” instead of money. They would all get new trousers for performing. Grandpa King played the Banjo until the day he passed at the age of 99. His style of Banjo picking was so unique, in 1939, the Library of Congress documented it. You can look it up on-line under John Henry King.” King has been performing for the Parings Party for the Kraft Nabisco Golf Tournament

for the past two years, where they have some of the attending Celebrities perform. “We had the pleasure of backing up one of the Gatlin Brothers, Don Felder from the Eagles, Alice Cooper and Robbie Creiger from the Doors. We had a great legendary musical moment with Alice Cooper singing “Break On Through To The Other Side” with Robbie Creiger on guitar, along with my band, a great moment of Rock and Roll.” King’s band members include Eric Frankson on fiddle, Derik Organ on drums, James East on bass, Danny Flahive on bass and Norman Merten on guitar. John Stanley King performs every Monday from 6 until 9 p.m. at The Cork Tree Restaurant, 74-950 Country Club Drive in Palm Desert. (760) 779-0123; Every Tuesday from 6 until 9 p.m. in the Lounge and Grill at Escena Golf Club, 1100 Clubhouse Drive in Palm Springs. (760) 992-0002; Every Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Grand Champions, 44-600 Indian Wells Lane. (760) 346-4653; and is also there on New Year’s Eve..... 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Every Thursday from 7 until 11 p.m. in the blueEmber Restaurant at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, 41-000 Bob hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. (760) 862-4581; and occasionally performs on the weekends for private parties, but enjoys having that time off to spend with his three sons Mason, Owen and Ethan, who already show an interest in music. Most of his nieces and nephews also play instruments and sing. “Christmas is a great time for the generations of our family. We all get together and play and sing. Now all the younger musicians in the family are playing, it’s great, everyone sings in key.” King celebrates his birthday on Monday, November 26. Even though he is working that evening, he stated, “I am very fortunate to be able to make a living at what I love to do, being a musician.” You can contact Kristie Beasley at (760) 333-0627 or visit him on Facebook.


November 22 to November 28, 2012


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magine, if you will, a dreamy Saturday morning, casually strolling with your friends and loved ones underneath the sunlit San Jacinto Mountain in gorgeous downtown Palm Springs, browsing an array of crafty and unique offerings at prices within reach of giving or receiving the perfect gift or enhancing your home or wardrobe all in the outdoor setting and environment that only our beautiful desert can provide. Well wake up and get yourselves downtown! This will now be your reality as the Palm Springs Open Air Market launches this Saturday in the parking lot of the fabulous Spa Resort and Casino at 9 am November 24th. This much needed networking of businesses promising a boost to our local economy has been over six months in the making and is the brain child of Dawn Cullerne-Bown, business partner Mindy King and their LLC, Uptown Productions. Dawn Cullerne-Bown, a successful European entrepreneur who grew tired of being retired, saw a need for an open air market available to Palm Springs’ weekend traffic and decided to tap into her decade of experience managing successful street fairs in London. With the help of the Spa Casino and the blessing of the “wonderfully accommodating City of Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department and local government”, Dawn and Mindy have been able to recruit over 100 vendors with 60 vendors waitlisted, and have invested $12,000-$13,000 in marketing supporting not only the future success of the vendors on board, but the local economy as well. Events like this only increase Palm Springs’ draw as a “go to” destination and draw shoppers that will span out to local

businesses as well. “It’s a tough economy right now, but I do believe that the economy is going to turn around in the next year or two. Street fairs may be good for the economy right now, when people are short of cash and don’t want to go to the mall and spend a fortune; maybe they do want to go to the street fairs and the local markets and save a little bit of money,” says CullerneBown. Every time you purchase an item from one of the vendors you receive a raffle ticket for prizes that will be given away throughout the day. These include cash prizes, restaurant certificates, certificates to enjoy features at the hosting Spa Resort and Casino and much more. “English street fairs are very lively, and that is what we are trying to promote in our market. We want to make it entertaining when you come down to our little market” shares CullerneBown. “At the end of the day we just want to give people more business, more money and do it in our own beautiful home town.” For more information about the Palm Springs Open Air Market visit their website at http://www.palmspringsopenairemarket.

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November 22 to November 28, 2012

Manny, More than the “Movie Guy”

by Lisa Morgan


remember the first time I saw Manny Dela Rosa. I had just moved back to the Coachella Valley after being away from my home town for nearly two decades. I turned on local news, KMIR6, and there he was, Manny The Movie Guy rattling off an incredibly intelligent argument as to why he could only give 2 ½ kisses as he signed off with a coy smile and adorable laugh. I don’t remember the movie he was discussing, but there was no forgetting the charming character that instantly enchanted me and became the one movie critic I actually wanted to listen to. It’s been several years since that one sided introduction and since then, one thing has been consistent with the ever-growing and internationally emerging personality -an exuberance and energy that even while being a “critic” comes across as passionate and positive. But there is so much more to the man and personality that we see regularly on KMIR6 and hear weekly on radio, MIX 100.5, with good friend and morning DJ, Bradley Ryan. Underneath the overwhelming charm, confident while considerably humble persona of “Manny the Movie Guy”, is “Manny, the KMIR 6 Marketing Director”, “Manny the Four Time Emmy Winner”, “Manny the Producer”, “Manny the Editor”, “Manny the Professional Dancer”, “Manny the ....” (you get the picture). While Manny the Movie Guy lies at the heart of this incredibly accomplished, successful hardworking individual, it only represents one layer of an accomplished life whose star is still very much on the rise. Born in the Philippines, Manuel Dela Rosa was raised by an incredibly tenacious, strong and hard working mother, Anastasia Gresser, a farmer’s daughter, who somehow managed to put him through private schools and taught him “to work hard and be great”. Manny went through school as he seems to do in everything, with honors. Manny’s natural effervescence and leadership skills put him in front of the camera early as a professional dancer and choreographer until he left to further his education in America at the age of 20 at Purdue University. Family expectations pushed him in the direction of an educational focus in technology. Had it not been for one extremely influential Professor Carlisle, we may never have had the pleasure of knowing Manny the Movie Guy. “I didn’t even know you could ‘critique’ movies. I was addicted!” recalls Manny. Professor Carlisle introduced Manny to a whole new way of viewing films for critique and was Manny’s Netflix-type resource in those early days as he would constantly borrow VHS movies from the professor. Manny would watch all movies, not just blockbusters, but foreign language films,


and all the movies from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. He “would just eat them all up.” It was a natural evolution to become the school newspaper’s movie critic. But this brought Manny to a crossroads. Highly intelligent, Manny could have easily pursued his education in the technological sciences, but his heart was now being pulled in another direction. “I always follow my heart. When I’m at a crossroad, I ask what my heart is telling me and it never fails me.” It was his heart that made him cross the street from the department of sciences and over to the liberal arts building where he discovered everything he needed to know to realize that his true calling was to be in the television and film industry. His parents didn’t even find out that Manny had changed his major until it was published in the local newspaper as yet again, Manny was graduating with honors. Manny furthered his education in the film industry at the Art institute of Chicago, developing an even deeper appreciation for film. Fast forward, Manny moved to the Coachella Valley from Las Vegas, Nevada and the ABC station there to work for NBC’s KMIR6 as their marketing director. As marketing director for KMIR 6, Manny met with former morning radio personality, Michael Storm, and the marketing director of Mix 100.5 in order to work with them

and the Camelot Theater in an effort to put together a project that would celebrate his love of film. He was quickly recruited to be part of the morning radio programing as “Manny the Movie Guy”. KMIR followed suit giving Manuel De La Rosa a whole new identity and several opportunities that are still to this day blossoming into bigger and better things. Manny is now an accredited member of the Motion Picture Association of America , as well as a member of the Broadcast Film

Critics Association and is a voting member of the Critic’s Choice Awards. Although from a “small market” by industry standards, Manny’s insightful comments from his movie critiques have been selected above thousands of others to be captured on trailers and marketing promos for movies such as “The Mummy, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, “Magic Mike” and most recently, the final installment from the Twilight series, “Breaking Dawn”. Manny chuckles as he says “Imagine that. Who thought they’d be quoting little old me from market number 148.” Manny the Movie Guy is not only seen, heard and read locally on NBC’s KMIR6, The Desert’s Best MIX 100.5 and The Desert Post Weekly, he also has his own extremely popular website,, YouTube videos watched by the very movie stars he critiques, and he can be seen on ABC Las Vegas, CBS Omaha, Fox in Fort Myers, Florida, and The Filipino Channel (TFC) for their show called Balitang America where his proud mom in Branson, Missouri can see him. While Manny The Movie Guy’s career is quickly emerging into international success, there is little risk of losing him to a larger market due to his love of the valley and the people here. “If I can broadcast Manny The Movie Guy from the Coachella Valley, I will be having my cake and eating it too. I am a typical story of a legal immigrant who made good, like so many others who come and work their butt off and succeed. While I’ve been doing this for a while, I feel like I’m just starting, and I feel I still have a lot more to offer.” Learn more about Manny The Movie Guy by following him on Facebook at http://, and check out his website http://www. I think you will agree with me as I give Manny Dela Rosa, aka “Manny The Movie Guy”, one thousand kisses!

November 22 to November 28, 2012

Miramonte Resort & Spa Partners with Shelter From The Storm

The Community is invited to participate in creating gingerbread houses and donate toy/gift to support women and children in domestic violence shelter.


iramonte Resort & Spa kicked off its festive Desert Holidays program on November 1 with the availability of gingerbread lots for sale for Miramonte’s Annual Gingerbread Village. While it’s too late to enter, as the deadline was Nov. 19, there is still time to view these beautiful creations. Gingerbread “home builders” were invited to use their imagination to create confectionary structures for display and entry into a contest. Gingerbread houses will be judged in five categories – from professionals to kids – with prizes for each and an overall grand prize of a three-night stay at the luxurious Mediterranean-style resort. Winners will be announced at the Gingerbread Village Grand Opening Friday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. Gingerbread Village lot prices ranged from $20 to $50. All proceeds from gingerbread lot sales are provided to Shelter From The Storm, the Valley’s only dedicated provider of services to victims of domestic violence. Gingerbread houses will remain on display through the Holidays. There is also another opportunity at Miramonte to support Shelter From The Storm. At Miramonte’s “Spa La La La La” party at THE WELL on December 6, guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child or a personal gift for a woman in the shelter. This is an evening you don’t want to miss. I recently attended a similar one of their events and it was fabulous. I was able

to partake in several mini spa treatments, which were heavenly, and they also provided a feast of appetizers and a glass of wine. It was a great way to get away from the stress of the day and relax with girlfriends. THE WELL SPA will also be offering a few Special Holiday Services through December so make sure to book your appointment for one of the following yummy treatments.

Milk & Cookies Manicure & Pedicure

75 minutes, $99 Reminisce about your childhood Holidays with the sweet smells from our milk & cookies treatment. You’ll receive an indulgent milk soak, a creamy chocolate scrub, a chocolate foot mask, and vanilla bakery-blend cream for hands and feet. We’ll also provide a holiday treat for total relaxation!

Gingerbread Treat

45 minute Scrub and 45 minute Massage, $195 Smooth & hydrate winter-weary skin with a special holiday foot ritual, a spicedcornmeal body scrub, and finish with a luxurious gingerbread-scented body massage. Our gingerbread man package makes the best date!

Seasonal Bliss Massage

60 minutes, $99 Lay back and drift into holiday daze. Our traditional massage will be customized & infused with the light scents of pomegranate

and cranberry. Miarmonte’s five-week Desert Holidays celebration – beginning the day after Thanksgiving with the unveiling of the Gingerbread Village – encourages the local community to embrace the Season and enjoy the Holiday cheer and Mediterranean atmosphere of the resort. Engaging activities specifically for adults include “Cooking Classes” on Saturdays and “Raclette and Wine” tasting along with “Smooth Sounds of the Season” on Fridays. Numerous complimentary activities are offered throughout the period including

“Story Time with Mrs. Claus,” “Letters to Santa,” “Roasting Chestnuts” and “S’mores Toasting.” The entire family can enjoy cultural dining experiences at the Grove Artisan Kitchen at the resort, with special international holiday dishes from Italy, France, Germany and Mexico. To learn more about “Desert Holidays” and the Gingerbread Village or the “Spa La La La La” party at THE WELL , please call the resort at (760) 341-2200 or visit www. The resort is located at 45000 Indian Wells Lane in Indian Wells.


November 22 to November 28, 2012

Don’t Be


Thursday, November 22, 11am-2pm. Today’s a delicious day, perhaps not for the turkey, but for the lovers of the beautiful, tasty bird, we say, “gobble-on!” The free Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings is being served by The Well in the Desert to all comers of the community at the First Baptist Church, 588 Rosa Parks Blvd, Palm Springs, CA. Local Tribal leaders will be honored for their community philanthropy and their dedicated support to the Well. If you need a ride to attend the celebration, a shuttle is available. America’s Thanksgiving holiday, which dates back to 1621 when the first recorded event was held at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, is unique to the United States, but our snowbirds from Canada and other visitors are welcome to the feast featuring the fowl du jour. If you hanker to hear more, beyond your growling tummy, call 760327-8577.

Saturday, November 24, 9am-2:30pm. Fresh air, fresh food, fresh gift ideas for the holidays, and so much more. What else could you want from the Opening Day of the all-new Palm Springs Open Air Market and Street Fair? It’s all here. Over 100 vendors offering fine arts, novel crafts, on-trend fashion apparel, exquisite jewelry, well-prepared food that will set taste-buds dancing. Hourly prizes from primary sponsor The Spa Resort and Casino who will donate spa gift certificates and free slot play coupons. Restaurant gift cards plucked from the best eateries in town including Trio, Lulu’s, Azul, Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill, Zin and the ACE Hotel King’s Highway. Entertainers include Teagan Taylor from San Diego,


Haddon Libby: It’s all local

by Diane Marlin-Dirkx



only one of great performances every Saturday through May’s Memorial Day Weekend. Free parking is directly across the street. Let’s get this party started! It could be your favorite pit-stop! More info, call 760-452-4074, or visit www.

Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm. All we can say of actress and author Molly Ringwald’s newest book When It Happens To You: A Novel in Stories (2012) is that she had us at her first best sellers, Getting the Pretty Back and Finding the Perfect Lipstick (2010). The star of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, will speak at UCR Palm Desert, followed by an interview by Tod Goldberg, program director for low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. The renowned actress, who defined teendom, defied teen-dumb, and delineated all its territorial tribulations and personal strife, is now a wife, mother of three, and ready to get personal about womanhood and all its ticklish truth-telling, tantalizing style and heart-warming humor. Location: UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert. For more info, call 760-8340800. November through January 1, 2013. Give a child a book, open a mind to possibility! Barnes & Noble book-sellers is happy to announce its annual Holiday Book Drive will support Coachella Valley BookPALS, sponsored by PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film and Television) who donate books to nearly 2,000 students in ten schools scattered through the Coachella Valley, and to SafeHouse of the Desert in Thousand Palms who provide support to teens in crisis through at 21-day program. “This is one of our most popular community partnerships,” said Sarah DeFrancesco, director of community relations at Barnes & Noble. “Our booksellers and customers get the joy of giving a book to a child in need.” Location: Westfield Shopping Mall. For more information, call 760-779-0637, or email Tuesday, November 27, 7:30pm. The finale for anointing the “Voice of the Valley!” The “cabaret open mic competition” presented by The Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts was created, produced and hosted by David Green, executive director of the afore-mentioned foundation. The auditions, emceed by Les Michaels,

November 22 to November 28, 2012

accompanied by Joel Baker, invited Coachella Valley residents (part-time or seasonal) and professional/amateur singers to step up to the mic and sing their hearts out (3-minutes max from a Broadway, Cabaret, or standard repertoire) during 3 of the 7 weeks. The winner will open for Broadway at the Cascade starring Emmy-awardee, Broadway/TV performer Bruce Vilanch on December 7. Selected finalists will be from both genders---call the ACLU if you have a problem with that. Judges include David Green, weather-meister Patrick Evans, radio personality “Bulldog” Bill Feingold and radio personality/songstress Joey English. Location: The Cascade Lounge at Spa Resort Casino, 401 E Amado Rd., Palm Springs, CA. For more info, call 760-8831000, or visit Saturday, December 1, 5:30-7:30pm. Fun! Festive! Fabulous! ACT for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) doesn’t mince words, nor limit the joy of the holidays! The Twelve Days of Christmas begins late November with an invitation to a spectacular stroll down “Christmas Tree Lane” within a grove of elaborate designer and celebrity-themed traditional evergreens, culminating in a grand old party when the symbolic trees go to the highest bidder in a Live Auction at 6:30pm! Co-hosted by entertainer Jack Jones and (likewise) Ruta Lee with the season’s favorite holiday music by pianist Bill Marx, the event is chaired by Carolyn Williams and Gloria Greer, while guests feast, lift spirits (literally!) and enjoy the finest professional entertainment. As we said, it’s a fun, festive and fabulous

evening for $20 donation, with reserved seating for $50. Advance ticket purchase; call 760-773-9806. Please RSVP by November 25th and mention Christmas Tree Lane. Location: Augusta Restaurant, 73951 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Sunday, December 2, 6pm. Fore! Get in play for the 2012 Dennis James 17th Annual Gala & Golf Classic fundraising tournament and gala grand evening for United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire. It may be too late to play in the classic tournament on Monday, December 3rd for a new Lexus, or $50,000 hole in one (split between shooter and charity). For info on teeing off, call 760-321-8184, ext 103. However, the gala glitterati won’t want to miss the night before with silent and live auctions (a private box to see Barry Manilow at the McCallum Theatre), hosted cocktails, scrumptious dinner, live auction and entertainment by comedian Josh Blue, best known as the guy who “puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy” according to Micki James. His performance credits on television, nationally syndicated radio and leading newspaper/magazine profiles would fill the space I have left. Unfair! Location: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, 41000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA. RSVP for tickets, $125 per person, call 760-3218184, or “Don’t Be Clueless” wants to remind you that press releases for inclusion should be in to the Coachella Valley Weekly at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled event! Thanks!

Retail Therapy

lack Friday is the Super Bowl of Shopping, a day of mass marketing, consumer hysteria and primal shopping. The excesses and indulgences of the dining room table only hours earlier now move into the public arena.   The National Retail Federation predicts that the average consumer will spend $750 this year, $10 more than last year or a collective amount of nearly $600 billion.  Broken down, this equates to $420 on family, $75 on friends, $30 on pets and $25 on coworkers.  The rest goes toward food ($100), decorations ($50), greeting cards ($30) and flowers ($20).  Not included in this are $140 in gifts that 60% of all shoppers will buy for themselves. If you don’t like the early holiday displays at stores, you might not be one of the nearly 80% of all Americans that have already begun shopping for the holidays with 40% having started way back in October. For the first time ever, more that half

of all Americans will shop for and buy gifts online. This coincides with the increased use of smartphones and tablets in the shopping process.  One-third of shoppers will use their smartphones to compare prices while in the store.   One-quarter of shoppers will use their phones or tablets to find store locations, hours and directions.  Twenty percent of tablet users will redeem coupons online. Can you guess what tops most gift lists?  Sixty percent of all Americans say gift cards!  When specifying types of gifts, 50% want clothing, 46% want a CD/DVD or video game, 36% electronics and 24% jewelry.   Economic problems appear to be moderating as 52% of Americans will have their holiday gifting plans negatively impacted by their financial condition, down from 62% last year.  Of all Americans, 65% will shop at discount stores, 58% at department stores, 36% at clothing stores and 32% at electronics stores.   For all of the excitement of the shopping

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season, there is a serious downside to this as well. For some, the euphoric rush created by shopping comes at the expense personal relationships. It is estimated that one in ten Americans are compulsive shoppers double rates seen fifteen years ago.   Kent Monroe, a marketing professor at the University of Illinois states that compulsive buying is linked to a loss of self esteem, depression, anxiety  and stress.  While compulsive shoppers felt good when they were shopping, they tended to hide purchases from their spouse and had more family arguments over money.  “Compulsive buying is an addiction that can be harmful to the individual, families, relationships,” states Monroe. James Roberts of Baylor University agrees that for some people their, “natural response to bad feelings or bad events” is to “go shopping as a kind of retail therapy.”  Compulsive shoppers “suffer a lot because of the emotional drain of being in debt,” says Lorrin Koran, a psychiatrist at

by Raymond Bill

Holiday Hugs Dinner

ince the CV Weekly began back in March, I have contributed to the Pampered Palate column with reviews of some of the finest, most reputable restaurants here in our community. This holiday season, I would like to take a brief respite from my usual complimentary interpretation of local culinary delights to share with you an event that is very dear to me. A few of my close friends and local sponsors are assembling a holiday dinner to benefit those in our valley that are either displaced or less fortunate. The first annual Holiday Hugs Dinner will be December 1st from noon until 5pm and while there is no charge to attend, donations are welcome in the form of volunteering, providing food and other necessary items and of course, financial contributions. This event is put together by three wise women here in our community with the support of local businesses including La Bella Cucina, New Leaf

Catering, West Central Produce and Coca Cola Refreshments. Huyen Nguyen and her friends Sherman Chan and Bella Decou will be serving classic holiday favorites like turkey and ham with mashed potatoes and gravy, and of course we can’t forget about the pumpkin pie! Having personally, spent holidays with Huyen and her family, I can say the food will be amazing! Recently, I was invited to a holiday dinner hosted by Huyen and I have never had a more tender turkey, and the gravy will leave you speechless! We all come from different backgrounds, beliefs and cultures but we have all felt the magic and warmth that comes from sharing a special meal with those that mean the most to us; it is much like a hug. So whether you have nowhere to go to appreciate the holiday season, or circumstances have kept you from your loved ones, come alone or bring the family to the Holiday Hugs Dinner next Saturday

Stanford University. “It can cause a lot of suffering and family dysfunction.” The good news is that this type of impulse control disorder is treatable with a combination of psychiatric counseling, behavior modification, anti-depressants and other mood stabilizes. Whether you are a shopaholic or not, step back for a moment and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday season as it has nothing to do with the materialism or consumption. It is or should be about peace on Earth, goodwill toward men and an acknowledgement toward those you care about that they are special to you.   With that said, I’m rushing out to get that $148, 32” television that is on sale for only one hour at midnight.

at the Moose Lodge in Indio on Monroe St., south of Hwy 111 between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. If you would like to contribute to this non-profit event in any way, please

contact Huyen at huyentram20@gmail. com or call 760-774-2321. This is sure to be a fantastic meal and a great way to bring people together.


November 22 to November 28, 2012

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Consider This

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DONALD FAGEN “Sunken Condos”

onald Fagen has just released his fourth solo album, Sunken Condos. Along with Walter Becker, Fagen was one of the masterminds of Steely Dan. Named after a sex toy in a William Burroughs novel, Steely Dan recorded seven albums of seminal Jazz-Pop from 1972 to 1980. The polar opposite of sloppy 70s Rock, the two members of Steely Dan strove for studio perfection by using the best session musicians in the business. ( In fact, respected side men like Larry Carlton and David Sanborn became Smooth Jazz superstars after multiple appearances on Steely Dan records). While the arrangements and musicianship was labyrinthine and intricate, their gritty songs were populated with dubious Doctor Feelgoods, drug runners, Fez-wearers, Gauchos and paranoid lotharios. The lyrics were often cryptic and the mood subterranean. The band captured the prevailing feeling of ennui in 70s Los Angeles. Two years after Steely Dan broke up, Fagen returned with his solo debut, The Nightfly. The new sound was bright and poppy. Fagen seemed to jettison the dour lethargy of the 70s to celebrate the New Frontier optimism of the early 60s. The melodies and instrumentation reflected the shiny synthesized sheen of the early 80s. Naturally, it was a big hit. Fagen spent the rest of the 80s battling writer’s block. His sophomore effort, Kamakiriad was co-produced by Walter Becker in 1993. The album coincided with Steely Dan’s reunion and their first tour in almost 20 years. Their resurrection proved successful. So they followed up with two albums. Two Against Nature in 2000 won them a Grammy for Best Album and

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ou can catch the legendary saxophonist and vocalist Pat Rizzo and his band featuring Yarek Urant on piano, bassist Jim DiJulio and Steve Neilen on drums, performing in the lounge at Vicky’s of Santa Fe, 45-100 Club Drive in Indian Wells, from 6:30 until 10 p.m., every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. (760) 3459770. They play all of your favorite standards featuring his incomparable arrangements of swing, jazz and Latin music. “I love it here,” Rizzo said recently, “the staff is first class and the food and quality of service is the finest in the Valley. And did I mention they have a nice big dance floor which complements the ambience of the room?” The sound of his voice has been compared to his good friend and colleague

singer Tony Bennett, but his approach is strictly his own and occasionally he’ll delight the audience with a few of his original compositions. Rizzo, or “Riz” as he is known by his musical peers, is a veteran of the live music scene since starting his own band at the age of twelve in Astoria, New York with his childhood friend the late pianist Andy Fraga, Sr. Along with being a versatile musician and singer, he is an accomplished composer, arranger and producer and has toured and recorded with such diverse acts as Frank Sinatra, Sly and the Family Stone, War, Tito Puente, The Temptations, Ry Cooder and the Allman Brothers, to name a few. He has recorded four of his own CDs which showcase performances by Andy

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the style of Jazz harmonica giant Toots Thielmans. Galison is also featured on the latter cut, his wistful solo sails over a resigned tale of infidelity. Here Fagen is cuckolded by a youthful tech-support guy. “I guess I’ll make my exit now before you twist the knife/ It’s best if I just leave you here to your new dot. com slash life.” This song gives new meaning to the term “out-sourcing.” The best song on Sunken Condos is “Miss Marlene.” The track is a fluid homage to an old flame…who was some sort of bowling savant! The instrumentation and arrangement here are tight and in the pocket. Fagen leads on Fender-Rhodes, supplanted by a punchy horn section and supple backing vocals. Other highlights include “Memorabilia.” Doleful lyrics about missed opportunities are couched in a jaunty melody, lush harmonies and a fleet Flugelhorn solo from co-producer, Michael Leonhart. On “Weather In My Head,” the metaphor couldn’t be more explicit…”Here comes my own Katrina, the levee comes apart/ There’s an ocean of misery flooding my heart.” A strutting horn section and a coruscated

guitar solo from Larry Campbell distract somewhat from the overly simple lyrics, Finally, “Good Stuff” offers up a tense Prohibition era tale complete with gangsters, molls and speakeasies. Unfortunately, the one mis-step of the album is glaring, a clunky cover of Isaac Hayes’ late 70s track, “Out Of The Ghetto.” The melody and instrumentation are so much a product of their time, a four-onthe-floor disco beat, bleating guitars and throbbing bass. The lyrics portray a louche Pygmalion , condescending and something of a misogynist…”I took you out of the ghetto, but I could not get the ghetto out of you.” Yuck! The album closes with “Planet D’Rhonda, a playful portrait of a femme fatale. A chunky backbeat locks into a solid groove. The tune takes flight when Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel steps in, executing a skittering solo. Fagen has crafted a painstaking and precise record. As Steely Dan documented the decadent decay of 70s Los Angeles, Sunken Condos presents a clean and pristine slice of New York sophistication, circa 2012.

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Everything Must Go received critical acclaim in 2003. Between intermittent Dan commitments, Fagen released Morph The Cat in 2006 and quickly (for him) returned with Sunken Condos. The album opens with “Slinky Thing.” The title is completely apropos for a tune that’s sly, slick and nimble. Funky bass lines and reptilian guitar riffs collide with a fluid vibes solo. The lyrics tread the same territory as Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen.” Fagen ponders the generational disconnect in a MayDecember romance. Sadly, there’s no Cuervo Gold or fine Columbian to bridge the gap! Both “I’m Not The Same Without You” and “New Breed” deal with marital dischord. The former weds a bright, propulsive rhythm to a muscular horn section. Expectations for a sad-sack sob story detailing divorce and midlife crises are dashed. Fagen flips the script, portraying an invigorated, newly single Don Juan, happy for a second chance: “Without you I now have eyes to see some other destiny/ A futurescape of bright arcades in which I bring off heroic escapades.” Best of all, salted in the mix is a sparkling harmonica solo from William Galison that echoes

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Fraga, Conte Condoli, Chiz Harris, Marshall Hawkins, Jim DiJulio, Steve Neilen and Yarek Urant. His music features his signature vocal and horn arrangements along with several original compositions. The trio of musicians that perform with him are just as accomplished and feature some of the Valley’s finest players. His band features the fluid playing of bassist Jim DiJulio, who performed with the staff orchestra for the Mike Douglas Show for 18 years. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he studied with the symphony there before making his mark on the early ‘70s “Philly Sound” and then moving to the West Coast to perform with a literal Who’s Who of jazz musicians and vocalists. A member of the orchestra that backed up Frank Sinatra for countless shows, he would also perform at Sinatra’s home here in the Desert. In Los Angeles, he performed with composer and television personality Steve Allen for over 25 years and his bass has been heard on numerous soundtracks for movies and television. A band leader in his own right, he has appeared on stage at such prestigious festivals as the Monterey, Topeka and Playboy Jazz Festivals. Pianist Yarek Urant has performed with Rizzo almost as many years as he has been living in the Desert. He studied trumpet at the prestigious Lyceum in Katowice, Poland and then started his musical career playing in bands which performed Dixieland, Traditional and swing music throughout Europe, Canada and Japan.

In his early twenties he switched to piano and by intensely studying many of the great jazz artists of the States and Europe he eventually forged his own impeccable sound, voicings and delivery. Steve Neilen keeps the group anchored with his solid drum playing which was inherited from his father Sam Neilen, who was also a first-call drummer in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Eventually making it out to the West Coast in the early seventies, Neilen performed with several different recording artists in Los Angeles before hooking up with singer Mike Costley and began performing six nights a week. He’s worked with bands in some of the best lounges in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and Reno.


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escue dogs rock! None more so than Elvis, a handsome Pug/Chihuahua/ Dachshund mix with a sable mink coat. Last summer, the CV Weekly featured a story about his adoption by Mike Hill from Loving All Animals. This time last year, Elvis was at the county’s Coachella Valley Animal Campus, homeless in a kennel and singing the “Jailhouse Rock”. The timing was amazing when, during our “meet and greet”, Mike Hill’s cell phone rang flashing the name “Elvis”. The caller turned out to be Mike’s best human friend who is an Elvis impersonator. Mike is a salesman for McMahon’s Recreational Vehicles, and he and Elvis spent the summer traveling to their RV sales sites in cooler parts of the state. Elvis finally got to meet his human namesake who lives in Garden Grove. Charming Elvis

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goes to work with Mike every day, closing the deal on RV sales, telling purchasers, “It’s Now or Never!”. Elvis is popular when he goes out in public, attracting the ladies just like Mr. Presley decades ago. A cute rescue dog is good for business and good for your

love life! Mike reports, “He’s the best dog in the world. The customers love him. They ask for Elvis instead of me. He’s now the mascot at McMahons in Palm Desert.” Drop in and meet Elvis, a happy dog with a purpose, hanging out with his best friend Mike.

COQUETTE L oving All Animals’ Mobile Mutts program seeks to find the right “match”, the ideal rescue dog or cat for each potential adopter. The needs and preferences of each pet seeker are duly noted. Judy Fields wanted a tiny female fluffy dog that she could hold on her lap. Judy had a stroke several years ago, and is partially paralyzed on one side. She wanted a dog with a calm demeanor that was light enough for her to easily carry. We searched the shelters and finally found 4 pound Coquette, a cute Maltese Yorkie mix (Morkie) at the San Bernardino County

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shelter in Devore. Coquette is happiest cuddling by Judy’s side, and sleeps with her every night. Can you believe a dog this cute was at the county pound? Judy says, “Coquette is the greatest! I would never get another dog that wasn’t a rescue. She doesn’t think she’s a dog, she thinks she’s a person. I love her to death”. Judy is pictured here holding Coquette, and joined by her friend Rocky Randall. Rescue animals have a wonderful way of enriching your life. To find your perfect match, forget about”, and give Loving All Animals a call at (760) 776-9397.

The Talking Poodle


nother small dog is busy at work as the official greeter at New 4 You thrift store on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. Known as “Holly” during her time with Loving All Animals, Chloe was adopted by Shirley and Lou Shapiro. This adorable little poodle was once on her last day at the overcrowded San Bernardino County shelter in Devore. Loving All Animals was at the shelter picking up another dog when we noticed this little one who appeared to be developing a case of kennel cough. After a week on antibiotics the dog was healthy and full of life & love. With the demeanor of a little princess commanding adulation, Chloe “talks” as she goes from person to person. If you listen carefully, you can make out the words, “I love you!”. Poodles are known to be an intelligent breed, but this dog scores high on the canine IQ test. Shirley reports, “I could not have wished for a more lovely dog. I’ve never seen a dog quite like her”. Chloe is so human-like, it wouldn’t be surprising if she tries to select an outfit from the shop. Dogs love nothing more than being with their people, and this precious pet gets to be part of her owners’ lives at home and at work. The customers love seeing Chloe’s friendly face and wagging tail.

November 22 to November 28, 2012


Wine Comes Home for the Holidays


here’s the old adage that a bottle of wine at dinner works great for a couple enjoying three glasses apiece, or, if three people are dining together, it’s two glasses each. Wine for a large dinner party is something else altogether. With the holiday season well upon us, even those people who don’t realize they give dinner parties do—they’re called holiday family dinners. And, frankly, no one really knows how much Uncle John will be drinking this year. Wine enjoyment is ever increasing as many families are now providing wine at their holiday gatherings, and, often there is a considerable amount of time trying to decide which wine to buy. The answer is easy: don’t be that concerned. It doesn’t matter much what wine you serve as long

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as there’s plenty of it; and it’s not too sweet! —we’ll save that for dessert. As mentioned in my last column, German Riesling Kabinett QBA wines, with their fresh, tart, apple flavors, along with a tinge of sweetness and a well-balanced refreshing acidity, compliment wonderfully holiday fare. And the new dry Rosés just out—even those which are a touch sweet are quite often very good. Ask the wine clerk or your merchant what they’re carrying. The current rage is a medium bodied Pinot Noir that seems to go great with everything. Predominant flavors of berry (raspberry/strawberry), black cherry, cinnamon, and a smidge of mint are to be enjoyed. See my next article on this wine. Actually—the type of wine is not your biggest concern, it’s the quantity. People new to wine, still associate it with spirits, which is poured sparingly. However if you have 12 people over and bought only 3 bottles of wine, each person will not get more than a full glass of wine during dinner. Problematic. I’m aware there is an ethical consideration: Is it right to pour so much wine down the throats of your guests— even if they are relatives! Wine is meant to be drunk. And of course there are drunkards who drink wine. And it’s no longer politically correct to joke about alcoholism unless you’re a comic at the Improv! Reservations about alcohol content are understandable. Theologians have it correct: “The healthy man drinks to celebrate life and to remember God; the unhealthy one, however, drinks to forget.” But the reason wine has been civilized man’s favorite beverage since the dawn of time is the fact that moderate wine drinking doesn’t make one drunk. Those who enjoy a bottle or two of wine over the course of a full course meal invariably are in far better shape than those who enjoy three Martinis during lunch. One of the wonderful qualities of wine is that the alcohol content of our table wine is well balanced by the pace at which we eat and the amount we eat. Food & wine is always a team. In part, the hesitancy to buy a lot of wine for dinner is based on economics. The classic 4 liter jug, (my favorite being Galleano Winery Zinfandel ) or the new and improved boxed wine is the remedy here. If you remember back to the fun family

holiday gatherings, your favorite ones are where the wine—whatever it was—flowed freely. With all the good wine being made these days, so much of it does make it into the big containers. Almaden and Big House Box wines are value-priced and fairly decent. Funny—but there are still a few boorish types who may turn their noses up at less expensive wines. Most often they’ll only chime in if they see the bottle or read the label: they won’t risk an ego slam if the wine they comment on turns out to be reputable. I’ve never met a true wine lover who does not get immense pleasure from simply drinking a decent table wine with good company. If you are serving a jug or a boxed wine, pick up two or three inexpensive decanters, fill them and keep them in the fridge 20 minutes before the meal. I favor filling up old stylish wine bottles—always gives the dinner table a festive look. Don’t make excuses for what you serve. Most guests will be looking to you for a cue before talking about the wine; generally speaking, if you

think it’s good, so will they. Great wines are meant to be shared with a few friends who really appreciate them. In such instances, the wine is central to the gathering. At holiday dinner parties, unless almost everyone is an absolute wine enthusiast, wine is poured to enhance the gathering, not dominate it. There is no need to bring out great bottles—although it’s a real treat to do so once in a while. My advice is to provide an excellent dessert wine such as a Hungarian Tokaji [tohk-EYE-ee], a Vintage Port, a Bordeaux Sauternes, or a Southern French Banyuls. With the proper smaller pour, everyone around the table can be served from only one bottle, and, everyone is happy to be included in the sweet finish to the meal. With all that said, the most important thing to bring to the table, of course, is a grateful & humble heart. Happy Holidays! Cheers! Rick continues to host & entertain at business & private wine events and tastings. Contact


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Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

Screeners No. 35



alm Desert’s Cinemas Palme d’Or is to be commended for their charity sneak of THE IMPOSSIBLE and the superb, consistent, showcasing of quality foreign, art and indie films, often with a Q&A that includes filmmakers or actors. At Palme d’Or, it’s a year-round film festival. Two recent, non-mainstream films caught my eye and deserve wider attention.

Ray Liotta has an extraordinary scene of ferocious moral clarity in this devilish delight that’s destined for instant cult classic as it finds the appreciative wider audience it deserves. Dennis Haysbert and Kerry Washington have fine supporting roles. Writer/director Estes held an engaging Q&A at the screening I attended and spoke of how this film reflects the world in which he dwells. He suggested that living with the knowledge of your sins might be the worst (or best?) punishment possible. Don’t miss this layered and unsettling gem that toys with the notions of not attending to the details of the task at hand. Although not intentional in the title, I say, consider the popular saying of what’s in the details.


OB/GYN doc Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire) is living the suburban American dream. Well, almost. His ten-year marriage to Nealy (Elizabeth Banks) is a little shaky and a family of raccoons is tearing up his beautifully manicured yard. But it’s Jeff’s growing obsession with eradicating the coons that triggers small events that build exponentially into a looming superstorm that threatens to destroy his world. The twists and surprises in writer/director Jacob Estes’s dark and deliciously moralistic tone poem are not foreshadowed and the wallop they deliver creates the kind of ambiguity and dissonance that rival real life events. Don’t we all know people who somehow just go with the flow, taking the path of least resistance, only to escape the karma or justice we think they deserve? Banks is terrific as the concerned wife of boy-man Maguire. Laura Linney is a wonder as the slightly eccentric, rational and very scary neighbor. This unsettling cinema of the absurd takes place in the most comforting safety of a bucolic, sunlit neighborhood that conceals the infidelity, extortion, madness, murder and mayhem that unfolds like the blossoms of a spring garden.


he liked the script and the short (19 days) shooting schedule. There is a similarity with his TV persona in behavior and appearance that lessens the power of his role, although he is very good and keeps it real. Winstead, on the other hand, best known for her starring roles in SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER is just about perfect as a woman risking all she has to become healthy. Because the acting and directing (James Ponsoldt) is so authentic, I was engrossed in the unfolding of this simple, yet familiar, story that in some ways immediately reminds of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES and even WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINAI WOLF? I cared about the couple and was rooting for Kate. In a way, this slight film is little more than a one-act play than a full-fledged film. But that said, I thought it held out hope to those of us who recognize the deadly spiral that addictions can create. Megan Mullally is spot on as the sympathetic school principal who supports Kate’s difficulties with pregnancy but must later fire her for her deception. Octavio Spencer rings true as Kate’s sponsor in AA and Mary Kay Pace is chilling as Kate’s distant mom who says AA stands for “assholes anonymous.” But what makes this film worth finding is Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s startling performance as a young woman discovering the pain of a greater reality. And it’s all there in the heartrending range of emotions that dance across her unmasked, beautiful face.



Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead shared their insights in a Q&A after a screening of this sweet little indie film about an attractive young couple who may only have one thing in common: alcohol. Kate Hannah, Mary’s character, is an elementary schoolteacher who is increasingly unable to function after a weekend of drinking. After throwing up in front of her young students, she lies that she’s pregnant after a student asks. When she seeks sobriety with the help of a smitten, twice-divorced fellow teacher (Nick Offerman), her lies at school are revealed as her marriage to her codependent alcoholic husband comes apart. Aaron, best known as meth-cooker Jesse Pinkman in TV’s “Breaking Bad,” said he was reluctant to take on the part of an addict but

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pulls back the curtain on the dream industry and reveals a nightmare. It just gets better and better with time. Bill Holden’s a struggling screenwriter who makes a wrong turn fleeing debtors and lands in the lair of witchy Gloria Swanson’s decayed mansion in the woods. Yes, it’s a fairy tale for grown-ups that taunts us with not only the cost of selling out but a reminder that the only way to make one’s dreams come true is to wake up. This version of one of Hollywood all-time greats is a perfect addition to the digital home library because it can be enjoyed again and again. It never gets old. That’s the real test of a great movie. The disc includes hours of generous extras and a fascinating commentary. (Someday, someone will no doubt remake this story about a down and out doc who is lured to a Beverly Hills mansion to service the drug needs of a superstar.) Warner Bros. Blu-ray. Comments?

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Book Review

by Heidi Simmons


Celebrities in Your Neighborhood

f you live in Palm Springs there just may be a celebrity in your neighborhood. Since the early1900s, movie stars, the rich and the famous have been coming to the desert for sunshine, relaxation and recreation. Some just visited while others made it their home. Eric G. Meeks’ book The Best Ever Guide to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes: Facts And Legends of The Village of Palm Springs (Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe, 404 pages) is, as the title suggests, the best ever guide to the places they stayed, played and died. The book contains a list of over 600 celebrity homes. It has addresses and pictures of the properties, as well as informative thumbnail descriptions and photos of the famous (and infamous). Meeks has organized the book into 19 Palm Springs’ neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is a chapter that begins with a street map that is conveniently “lettered” to match the celeb’s home location. This excellent touch makes the book perfect for a fun and easy self-guided tour whether on foot, in a car or on Google Earth. The subtitle Facts And Legends of The Village of Palm Springs adds another level of interest. Meeks provides a brief history of the communities with colorful details and descriptions that give each neighborhood its own unique style. He includes local stories and important history that has shaped Palm Springs and created its everlasting charm. One terrific local example: Meeks attempts to verify the famous Munchkinville. I’ll let you read it for yourself. And yes, he has a location and a picture. So besides the celebrities and their homes, there are other treasures as well: Landmark buildings, hotels and nightclubs, each with a bit of background, a photograph and sometimes a vintage advertisement from when it was in business. Spend a little time with this book and you get to know how Palm Springs streets, buildings and locations got their names. The reader comes to feel a part of the Palm Springs village and history -- a real sense of its relaxed and beautiful star-studded past. Thumb through the index and you’ll be sure to find your favorite star. Marilyn Monroe is mentioned six times. There are three addresses where she may have resided and the locations where it is “said” she had her affairs with President Kennedy. Meeks is very confident about the locations in his book. He has painstakingly verified and confirmed the information. Meeks says up-front when the locations and addresses lack positive evidence. Fortunately, the

The Best Ever Guide to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes Nonfiction

By Eric G. Meeks

“unverified” locations are included! Meeks is an author, book-seller and real estate agent. He’s a graduate of Palm Springs High School and has lived in the area since he was a child. His family has owned and operated businesses in the valley, which has given him direct access to celebrities. He has been collecting the information for decades. Meeks owned the popular Celebrity Books in downtown Palm Springs and became friends with Ray Bradbury and hosted many celebs that came to autograph books and memorabilia at his request. He has personally met Ronald Regan, Tony Curtis and Ozzy Osborne, to name only a few. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes is Meeks thirteenth book. He is extremely knowledgeable and qualified to author this valuable volume of local lore. He often interjects his own personal experience and observations. Meeks does this with an appreciation and respect as if he is along on the celebrity tour with the reader. This makes the read personal, charming and entertaining. If you are not in Palm Springs don’t feel left out. Meeks includes a chapter on Down Valley Addresses as well, and there are many references to other valley cities. Meeks also includes his email so readers can report celebrity information and facts or typos (there a few.) This is the perfect book for a holiday gift or to have on your coffee table for visiting guests to enjoy. It sparks lively conversation, recalls a golden age and generates pride in a world famous resort. After your turkey dinner, you may want to stroll around your neighborhood and count the stars. The book is available on Amazon or contact for local availability.










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any of you who have driven through Indio lately may have seen much of Indio High School’s (IHS) campus along Ave. 46 missing, or the area in front of city hall blocked off with massive construction. College of the Desert (COD) is currently constructing an extension campus in Indio, near the city hall and the library. The new campus will cover 2.5 acres. The building plans for three floors; the first floor will be reserved for businesses and restaurants that generate revenue for the COD; the second and third floor will include administrative offices, classrooms, labs, and a lounge. This new building will be designed to accommodate 3,000+ students. The area around the school will be updated and renovated to help with the flow of traffic expected from the school. Following the lead of Palm Desert High School, IHS is also under construction. IHS is undergoing a long overdue renovation.

The renovation will completely update the school in three phases. The currently missing structures are part of the demolition of Phase One, which will soon add a new administration building, a state of the art performing arts center, and a two story business and science building. Many people hope that these renovations will help to engage students more and increase IHS’s Academic Performance Index (API) score, which according to U.S. News, is not meeting California’s API goal. The API measures the academic performance and progress of individual students in California. The API scoring has a range of 200 to 1000. IHS has a score of approximately 706. Although this score may seem high, California’s goal is set at 800. While IHS may not be looking like a top school, I would like to mention that in the past five years, IHS has brought their API up from 624. I do believe that this renovation will rejuvenate

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the faculty, engage the students, and make IHS a competitive school. For more high school rankings and scores, visit usnews. com and click on the education tab near the top of the page. Now, with all the construction that will no doubt positively affect the Indio community, Indio is still lacking in making the grade. Most of the schools in Indio do not meet the API score set by California, and some of the schools are very low. Out of the 19 public and public charter schools located

in Indio, six schools meet and pass the state goal for API set at 800. Those schools that passed are: Martin Van Buren Elementary - API of 878; Amelia Earhart Elementary API of 875; John Glen Middle School - API of 850; Carrillo Ranch Elementary - API of 833; Dr. Reynald J. Carreon Junior Academy - API of 833; Desert Ridge Academy - API of 812. No other schools in Indio could meet the API set by our state. I should note that all of the schools have made progress in improving their API scores.

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ocal celebrity David William Fortier will be seen by MILLIONS on the national TV show “Life After” with Tiffany “New York” Pollard on TV ONE. David and Tiffany met on set during the filming of her reality TV show “New York Goes to Work” here in Palm Springs. A local resort hosted the two “Dueling

Divas” who later found forgiveness after a major cat fight on reality TV, now the two are best of friends. David is currently working locally with the former Harlem Globe Trotter “Showboat”, John Lane. Together they are bringing “Fitness to the World”, an after school fitness program serving the Palm Springs Unified School District.

David’s personal journey with health and fitness began after having dinner with Tiffany Pollard and Joyce Meyer. It was there the two ladies inspired him to change. He recently transformed his body with a miraculous “50-pound” weight loss after having been called “FAT” on national TV by Tiffany Pollard. David committed to daily workouts with local celebrity trainer and close friend Jason Lushia. Together the two are now in development of a line of products geared around an all-new mental/physical/spiritual approach to fitness and well-being. David has strong ties to the community and has opened his heart and home to SELMA for a reality production, 2013. David and Tiffany “New York” Pollard will be premiering on TV ONE’s “Life After” on November 26, 2012 at 6pm and 9pm. TV One reaches over 52 Million households throughout the United States so make sure to look for it on Direct TV channel 328 or Time Warner Cable channel 90 or online at Please contact David William Fortier

directly to schedule an interview (562)5003283 or (760)333-1712. David can also be reached via email at davidwilliamfortier@ Support and Education for Local Music and Arts, Coachella Valley Chapter 1 www.


November 22 to November 28, 2012

Safety Tips

“Paws & Hearts” ShareKitchen Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips! I by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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hanksgiving signifies the beginning of the Holiday Season and many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing for the Holidays according Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year. In 2010, there were 1,370 fires on Thanksgiving, a 219 percent increase over the daily average. “Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it’s also very hectic says DiGiovanna. “All the entertaining and distractions make it easy to forget about what’s cooking on the stovetop.” These fires are preventable by simply being more attentive to the use of cooking materials and equipment. Don’t become a cooking fire casualty. Lets learn and share some facts about

cooking fire safety: · Be careful wearing loose clothing around open flames on the stove · Use a timer and use “post it’s” to remind yourself of cooking times in the oven · Be careful using candles at the dinner table (especially if toddlers are present) · Use oven and mitts when handling hot pots and pans · Do not cool hot pans with water if grease is in them · Have a fire extinguisher near-by and know how to use it. · Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop. If you have a cooking fire… 1.  Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. 2.  Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency

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number from outside the home. 3. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path out of the home, and that someone has called the fire department. 4. Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire

by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. 5. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Happy Thanksgiving! Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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It’s My Party and I’ll Drink if I Want To


he Holidays are upon us and we will all attend more parties than normal. You can certainly drink and enjoy yourself “if you want to”, but I strongly encourage you NOT TO DRIVE afterwards. The truth of the matter is that some of our CV Weekly readers are going to be stopped and some even arrested for a Drunk Driving this holiday season. So do yourself a favor and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. You do not need the extra costs that go along with a DUI like hiring a lawyer and legal experts in addition to paying the court costs and fees. Instead take a taxi or have a designated driver. However if you do get arrested this is what you may encounter: Let’s call the party Who Drinks If She Wants To…… Leslie and her counterpartOfficer Gore. Leslie will see flashing lights in her rear view mirror and hear the siren behind her. Officer Gore will approach her and ask for her License, Registration and often her Automobile Insurance. If Leslie fails to have any of these with her she is guilty of a separate Misdemeanor violation of the law for which she can also be cited. If her papers are not readily available the officer will comment in his report on how Leslie spent a lot of time “fumbling in her purse/


November 22 to November 28, 2012

wallet” to find her license and registration. This could suggest to Officer Gore that Leslie may be under the influence. That is why it is a good idea to buy a little plastic holder that is sold at all car washes, in which you insert your registration on one side and the proof of insurance card on the other. In addition you should always keep your driver’s license in a place that is easy to reach. We all get Black and White fever when we see a police officer. It has nothing to do with drinking and driving. However if you have been drinking you are likely to have a higher “fever”. Remember your inability to readily produce your CDL; Insurance and Registration are arguably symptoms of someone who is under the influence. Officer Gore will ask Leslie to get out of the vehicle and start asking her questions. Though the Breath Test and Field Sobriety Test (FST) at the scene are OPTIONAL, Officer Gore may not advise Leslie of this and she can only hurt herself by taking these tests. It is arguable that taking a Blood Test at the police station or hospital is preferable. It is possible that with the passage of time Leslie’s reading will go down by the time blood is drawn………..unless she just chugged a drink and the alcohol has not yet gotten into her blood system. Leslie will not

be aware that it takes about an hour for the alcohol to go into your blood stream and an hour to come out…………but now YOU DO! Officer Gore will tell Leslie he smells alcohol on her breath and he will ask her where and how much she was drinking. However, The Dose Makes the Poison! In other words it’s the Amount of Alcohol, NOT the Number of Drinks that are Important. I often get clients who swear they only had one drink but the legal system looks at the total amount of alcohol not the number of drinks. One drink is one 12 oz beer, 4 ounces of wine or 1 ounce of alcohol. Thus when someone uses a red Costco 16 oz cup and fills the cup with Vodka and tops it off with OJ they are consuming 10-12 ounces of alcohol or 10-12 drinks. If Leslie weighs 110 lbs then before she finishes her 2nd drink she will probably be Under the Influence. The law looks at whether Leslie is Driving Under the Influence and Drunk Driving is a misnomer as Leslie does NOT have to be drunk. IF she has a .08 reading then she is arguably under the influence and the burden falls back upon Leslie to prove she was not under the influence. We are not even taking into consideration, at this point, whether Leslie was also taking a prescriptive drug that had a warning not to operative heavy

equipment. Many pills, when mixed with alcohol, create a Potentiation and it thus takes less alcohol to make one under the influence. If this is the case then Leslie could be arrested for Driving under the Combined Influence of Alcohol and a Drug without having a .08 reading. The best advice I could give to Leslie is “If you are arrested for a possible DUI, DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR LAWYER.” The sad fact is that law enforcement officers and the DA are NOT your friends no matter how much they tell you they are. They are just doing their job and trying to make a case based on the facts of your arrest. So, if you are arrested, do yourself (and your lawyer) a big favor and SHUT UP and CALL A LAWYER! Next week we will discuss How to handle the DMV so that your license is not suspended for 4-5 months after a DUI arrest. Remember you only have 10 days to request a DMV hearing. LAW OFFICE OF DALE S. GRIBOW, P.C. “A FULL Service Firm” 44-901 Village Court, Suite D Palm Desert, CA 92260 PH: 760-341-4411 FAX: 760-340-0623

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Once again it is time to make plans for the Annual “Paws & Hearts” Dog Walk-Fundraiser! Time to lend a paw in support of the therapy dogs who visit local hospitals, long-term care facilities and cancer centers, by coming out to the 12th Annual Dog Walk-Fundraiser. Walkers are asked to raise donations in their dog’s name, (pledge sheets available on-line). Each walker will receive a commemorative dog walk t-shirt, dog bandana, dog treats and continental breakfast. As always Santa will be on hand for you to get your pets holiday photo with the man in red!

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HOLIDAY FUN PLANNED FOR INDIO TREE LIGHTING th EVENT ON NOVEMBER 29 Music, Carolers from Local Schools and a Visit from Santa Claus.

The City of Indio plans to kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 29th at 6pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 100 Civic Center Mall (in between City Hall and the Indio Public Library). The festivities include the tree lighting, carolers from local Indio schools, live tree lighting, holiday story time, and of course a visit from Santa Claus! The public is encouraged to bring their cameras as children will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa after the tree lighting ceremony. For more information, call Jim Curtis

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f you are like most of us, you have plenty of leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast. As an alternative to the Thanksgiving sandwich or microwave reheating, you can repurpose those leftovers into creative and tasty culinary masterpieces.   When it comes to the cranberries, you can whisk some into a vinaigrette dressing and while using others in cranberry muffins.  If you are feeling more adventurous, try combining some into a sangria. As for the potatoes, they serve as the perfect shell to croquettes stuffed with leftovers. Soups are another savory solution.  Turkey and wild rice make a nice accompaniment to any meal as does a soup made of a puree of potatoes and other vegetables like squash, turnip and carrots along with diced turkey and seasonings.  Your leftover turkey can make a casserole, Shepard’s Pie, turkey empanada or taquitos.  while turkey and vegetables can be easily repurposed into

an Indian Curry served over saffron rice. California chef and author Terri Pischoff Wuerthner has her own twists on Thanksgiving leftovers: a Savory Bread Pudding, a sweet potato mold with Cranberry-Grand Marnier Drizzle and a creamy sweet potato soup with crispy leeks. For dessert, she has made a Cranberry-Ginger Snap Ice Cream Pie. Other creative uses include a Thanksgiving stuffed onion and turkey or a sweet potato croquette with cranberry apple salsa.   Looking for a more traditional offering with a flair?  Try turkey hash with eggs for breakfast or turkey chili made with white beans for lunch.  If you still have a hankering for a sandwich, make it panini styled. As you can see, the repurposing Thanksgiving leftovers is limited only by your time and creativity.   For information about our programs and upcoming events, visit our website ( as well as our daily blog ( for a variety of interesting reads.

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November 22 to November 28, 2012

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of November 22

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Don’t think about making art, just get it done,” said Andy Warhol. “Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” I encourage you to adopt that mini-manifesto for your own purposes in the coming weeks, Aries. If you’re not an artist, simply substitute the appropriate phrase for “making art.” It could be “creating interesting relationships,” “exploring exotic lands,” “changing corrupt political institutions,” “fixing environmental problems,” or even “making money.” The main point is: Focus on doing what drives your quest for meaning, and forget about what people think of it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A Jungian writer whose name I have unfortunately misplaced made the following observations: “In a man’s psyche, the unconscious is experienced as chaotic, filled with violent and irrational processes of generation and destruction. But to a woman’s psyche the unconscious is a fascinating matrix of sacred images and rituals which in their wildly contradictory meanings express the secret unity of all life.” After analyzing the astrological omens, I suspect that you Taurus men now have an unprecedented opportunity to experience your unconscious as women do. As for you Taurus women: You have the chance to get a vivid, visceral understanding of how true this description of the female unconscious is. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Let’s talk about the Decision. I’m referring to the Choice you have been dancing around and fretting about and analyzing to death. By my estimate, there are at least 15 different solutions you could pursue. But just seven of those solutions would meet the requirements of being intelligent, responsible, and fun. Of those seven, only four would be intelligent, responsible, fun, and enduring. Of those four, only two would be intelligent, responsible, fun, enduring, and the best for all concerned. I suggest you opt for one of those two. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’m not necessarily asserting that you need to edit yourself, Cancerian. Only you can decide that. But I will state unequivocally that if there is in fact any editing needed, now would be a good time to do it. You will have extra insight about what aspects of your life might benefit from being condensed, corrected, and fine-tuned. It’s also true that the rectifications you do in the coming weeks will be relatively smooth and painless. So look into the possibilities, please. Should you calm your blame reflex? Downsize a huffy attitude? Shed some emotional baggage? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How many times have you been in love, Leo? Just once or twice? Or have you dived into the depths of amorous togetherness again and again over the years? Whatever the case may be, I bet you have strong ideas about the nature of passionate romance and profound intimacy. That’s natural and normal. But I’m going to ask you to temporarily forget everything you think you know about all that stuff. I invite you to become innocent again, cleansed of all your mature, jaded, hopeful, and resentful thoughts about the game of love. In my astrological opinion, there’s no better way for you to prepare for what will come next. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A medical research journal reported on a British woman who accidentally swallowed a felt-tip pen. It lay there in her stomach for 25 years. When surgeons finally removed it, they were surprised to find it still worked. I am not suggesting that anything remotely as exotic or bizarre will be happening to you, Virgo. I do suspect, though, that you will soon have an experience with certain metaphorical resemblances to that event. For example, you may retrieve and find use for an element of your past that has been gone or missing for a long time. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Sapiosexual” is a relatively new word that refers to a person who is erotically attracted to intelligence. Urbandictionary.


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com gives an example of how it might be used: “I want an incisive, inquisitive, insightful, irreverent mind. I want someone for whom philosophical discussion is foreplay. I want a sapiosexual.” In the coming weeks, Libra, I suspect you will be closer to fitting this definition than you’ve ever been before. The yearning that’s rising up in you is filled with the need to be stimulated by brilliance, to be influenced by wisdom, to be catalyzed by curiosity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 2007 the band White Stripes did a tour of Canada. One of their final gigs was outdoors in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They came on stage, played one note -- a C-sharp -- and declared the performance over. It was the briefest rock show in history. Judging from the current astrological omens, Scorpio, I’m thinking it would be a good time for you to do some almost equally pithy things. You have the potential to be extremely concise and intense and focused in all you do. I urge you to fulfill that potential. Pack every speech, gesture, and action with a concentrated wealth of meaning. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your redesigned thrust vectoring matrix is finally operational. Love those new nozzles! Moreover, you’ve managed to purge all the bugs from your cellular tracking pulse, and your high-resolution flux capacitor is retooled and as sexy as a digitally-remastered simulation of your first kiss. You’re almost ready for take-off, Sagittarius! The most important task left to do is to realign your future shock absorbers. No more than a week from now, I expect you to be flying high and looking very, very good. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The plot twists will be intriguing. The actors may be unpredictable, even erratic. Blossoming and decay will be happening simultaneously, and the line between wisdom and craziness could get blurry. There’s not nearly enough room in this little horoscope to describe the epic sweep of the forces working behind the scenes. Are you willing to confront uncanny truths that other people might regard as too unruly? Are you brave enough to penetrate to the depths that others are too timid to look at, let alone deal with? I hope you are, Capricorn, because that will give you the power to ultimately emerge from the drama with your integrity shining and your intelligence boosted. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Psychologists have done studies that suggest we subconsciously adopt the qualities of fictional characters we read about or see in movies. That’s not a problem if those characters are smart, ethical, highly motivated people whose ideals are similar to ours. But if the heroes of the stories we absorb are jerks who treat others badly and make messes wherever they go, our imitative urges may lead us astray. Right now is a crucial time for you to be extra careful about the role models you allow to seep into your imagination. You’re especially susceptible to taking on their attributes. I say, be proactive: Expose yourself intensely to only the very best fictional characters who embody the heights you aspire to reach. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “The fates guide him who will; him who won’t, they drag.” So said the ancient Greek philosopher Seneca, and now I’m passing it on to you. It’s an excellent time for you to think about the issue. Ask yourself: Have you been cooperating with fate so that it has maximum power to shepherd you? Have you been working closely with fate, giving it good reasons to consistently provide you with useful hints and timely nudges? Or have you been you avoiding fate, even resisting it out of laziness or ignorance, compelling it to yank you along? Spend the next few weeks making sure your relationship with fate is strong and righteous. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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lthough we may not see many fall leaves changing color in the Coachella Valley, fall is here and it’s time for a change of color with the change of season. As a woman with a wardrobe of mostly black and grey, I feel liberated by adding a splash of color I find in fall foliage to accent my wares and add a new energy. Color brings pieces to life. The colors of the cold weather months create a warm and earthy energy that connects us to the spirit of the season and each other. When choosing a color, be it for eyeshadow or a dress or a throw blanket, I often try to keep in mind it’s purpose. Am I trying to create a feeling of security, adventure, belonging or self worth? By keeping in mind the intention of feeling I am trying to convey, I then think of the type of energy each color emits.  Red is vitality, creativity and stimulates life force. Use it when you need a boost of energy, but steer clear of red when you’re feeling short tempered. Orange is warmth, happy and confident. It is an emotional stimulant and a social color.  Yellow is a color of wisdom and mental clarity. It helps us understand and feel optimistic. White is purity and new beginnings. Green is health and well-being. It is a cleansing and balancing color that promotes peace and harmony. Although associated with spring, shades of pine and hunter green are perfect for the season of good will to all. Cobalt is tranquil and loyal and

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Mind, body & Spirit

Living In Gratitude by Cara Pellegrino promotes communication. It is said to relax the nervous system and instill a sense of caring and affection. Indigo connects us to intuition and reason. It is also said to stimulate dream activity. Purple is comforting and promotes metaphysical connections. It has long been the color of royalty and spiritual seekers. Black is powerful and grounding. Although some people find too much black depressing, others are very drawn to is strength and simplicity.  Brown signifies stability. Since brown is the color of earth, it makes sense that this color is the most grounding of all. Blends of colors will bring with it the properties of each color. That’s why so many fall colors have complex and soothing energies. Think of Blue Spruce, a lovely blend of green/blue, this color invokes a soothing feel-good vibe like no other. A touch of crimson on the lips or in a scarf is vibrant and playful, where burgundy is grounding, secure and rich with depth. I challenge you to choose a color you feel drawn to and bring it into your life. It may be a color that you feel comfortable with already or it may be a color you have always admired but never felt was quite right for you.You can pick a color to help you with your day or set the mood for the entire season. Focus your intention and choose a color that will help promote that energy. With so many beautiful colors and feelings to focus on this time of year, you might find a new favorite.


by Bronwyn Ison

illions of people will gather together to share laughter, reminisce, and make new memories all in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. The famous Macy’s Day parade will broadcast in the early morning hours followed by three football games. Naturally, we must not overlook pleasing our palates. Tantalizing treats and the aroma of the turkey roasting all morning is what so many of us anticipate all day. Yet we should not forget, it is a day to reflect on what we are thankful for and why we give thanks. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Commonly referred to as the “First Thanksgiving,” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after the first harvest in the New World in 1621. The feast lasted three days. Pilgrims and Indians gathered to rejoice and thank God. Their prayers were addressing a desire for a military victory and the end of the drought. Thanksgiving brings families together. It is a wonderful time of merriment and gratitude. It is important to keep in mind the history of our country. Also, being thankful for abundant crops that produce food to nourish our bodies. Studies show living in thankfulness does make people happier. Often it is expedient to focus on what is wrong rather than what is right in our lives. Author, Leo Babauta humbles himself daily by taking a simple twominutes to be thankful. Babauta also hosts workshops about gratitude. Delving into the simple act of thinking of what we should be thankful for daily. Babauta encourages his students to examine the coin on the other side. If you do not care for your job, be thankful you have a job. Be grateful you have challenges and that your life is not vapid. Give

thanks that your children are alive and healthy. When you are struggling to pay the bills, be thankful you have a roof over your head. You may be living most days filled with negativity. Here are a few tips about living in grace: Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks to whoever and whatever you are grateful for in your life. Say, “thank you” when someone does something nice for you. Call a friend or relative and say, “thank you.” Give thanks for the challenges your life. You may, as a result, turn that negative into a positive. No matter your religious beliefs, learn a prayer or recite a prayer of thankfulness daily. Enjoy the following poem by an “UNKNOWN” author. May your holiday be rich and blessed with overwhelming GRATITUDE! Be Thankful Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, if you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes, they will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

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November 22 to November 28, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 35  

November 22 to November 28, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 35

November 22 to November 28, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 35  

November 22 to November 28, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 35