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Entering the New Year, with dusk early upon us as the weather remains cool, and with new resolutions at the forefront, we are invigorated by the return of social gatherings and plans in the making for a healthy, happy and robust New Year for ourselves, loved ones and our community.

The focus this New Year is on Health and Wellness with a collection of advisories and opportunities to make the changes in our lives that ultimately will make a positive difference in our body, mind, and spirit. At Discover Magazines, we are in awe of the inspirational women who occupy our city and those who were honored at the 3rd Annual Power Women SD® celebration as accomplished women business owners and career professionals. We also appreciate the individuals and sponsors who supported them.

In addition, we celebrate the 21st Annual San Diego International Film Festival including the Opening Night Film Premiere and Reception, the Night of the Stars Tribute, Culinary Cinema, and the many parties, panels and events. An escapade into frontier town, highlights new fashion in the Old West with a colorful display of fashion wear that brings brilliance to an old town venue.

Our sensory experience is enhanced as we enjoy the beauty of nature’s landscapes at various venues within the County, showcased in a multi-page fashion display titled Rustic Elegance.

Last, we expand our thinking beyond the physical to the supernatural in a fascinating exploration into the Ouija Board. Fun family entertainment, a mystical oracle, or a toy not to be toyed with? You decide.

Throughout the New Year, wishing you peace, joy and gifts of love.

Warmly, Karen Storsteen



Robert Kenyon

editor-at-large Karen Storsteen

director of finance

Michelle Maurer production director

Toshi Kenyon

social media Gilda Adler Dione Becker

graphic designers Germaine Finley Kelly Fox Michael Singleton Jeremey Slide


America’s Finest City®

Rancho Santa Fe North County La Jolla


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Travis Land Gilda Adler Becki Freed Meg Nobriga

front cover Rancho Santa Fe Tim King North County Micheal Redd La Jolla Alexis Quintana

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Leaders in Real Estate

Tim Van Damm

What rst sparked you interest in your industry?

I've always had an interest in real estate. I like the tangible nature of real estate and I like working with both buyers and sellers to achieve their goals in home buying or selling. When I rst got married, I decided to get my real estate license in Massachusetts. At the time I was working in the nonpro t world and I thought real estate would be a good way to supplement my income. When we moved to San Diego I decided to get licensed here in California. A er trying to straddle both luxury custom home building and real estate, I missed a number of deals on the real estate side. e response was always the same,” I didn't even know you were an agent. A er the third missed opportunity with that response, I resolved never to have anyone say that to me again and I went full-time into real estate. e rest is history!

What about your work continues to inspire you today?

I love that no two days are the same. Real estate challenges me in so many aspects of my life. I love that one moment I can be negotiating a contract, the next I can be working with stagers and designers to maximize a home's presence, and later that same day I can be o ering advice to a rst time home buyer. My work truly allows me to be of service to my clients whom I work tirelessly on their behalf. ere's no better feeling than selling a home for top dollar where my clients trusted me enough to take my advice and my advice paid o in spades to their bene t.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I o en wonder what my career path would have looked like had I entered real estate sooner. However, I trust that life is playing just as it's supposed to. e one piece of advice I think I might have given my younger self would be to always focus on the things within my control and not to get too hung up on the results. All any of us can control is our actions and our attitudes. If I get up every day, go to work, do everything I possibly can to help my clients achieve their goals and give my work 100% e ort then I can sleep easy at night. Years ago, I would o en stay up at night worrying about things I had no control over. at's a complete waste of time and energy.

Describe the de ning characteristics that have led to your success?

When I rst started my career I was in the sta ng business. My rst day on the job they handed me a phone book and told me to make 100 calls a day and go out and nd people looking to nd a new job. In that job, I got my rst leads (the worst of the bunch) only a er I had success in getting 10 interviews accomplished in

Photography by Tim King

one week. at rst job laid the foundation for my career. I always had a strong work ethic but I started to understand how numbers and activity correlate to success. at understanding has helped me tremendously as I have built my real estate career. Hard work, integrity, and honing expertise in my trade have all contributed to my success.

What are the positive ways that you support your community?

I give back to my community in a variety of di erent ways. I'm active in my parish where 1 run the Men's Group. I also support a number of local charities and community events. With every home I sell, I donate a percentage to charity. My wife and I spend a lot of time thinking of how our contributions can have a positive impact on the charities we support. In addition, I'm always available to help people who are new to the real estate industry. I mentor quite a number of newer agents and donate my time to helping them build a successful career in real estate.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

e best advice I've ever received is to always remember to put things in their right order, God, then Family & Friends, then Work When things are put in their right order, then everything falls into place.

Please share what is up next for you and your business?

e big news for Tim Van Damm & Associates is that we are moving to our own o ce in the Village of Rancho Santa Fe. We're currently building out the space and hope to have the work done before the end of the year. We're excited about the move and excited to continue our collaboration with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. We welcome our clients and friends to stop by our new o ce once the work is complete.

Have you anything else that you would like to add?

My family is very important to me. I've got ve kids and one on the way. My clients never need to worry about my motivation or drive. My family drives me to succeed and to perform at a high level every day of the week.

Real Estate Specialist Broker Associate 16236 San Dieguito Rd, #10, Rancho Santa
CA 92067 858.663.0911 I DRE #02011614 TIMVANDAMM.COM

Emmy-nominated television journalist, Iranian-American Nava Ghalili, became one of the youngest news anchors in the history of American television. e Film/TV producer, actress and singer is a leading youth empowerment activist and speaker (since the age of 13) and has given talks at over 40 international and national conferences.

Nava’s belief in the power of youth led her to also create a private and distinct coaching program to help older kids and teens translate their activism with con dence into public spaces. She also provides private public speaking coaching to female women of color, politicians, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.

Her pioneering theories on extremism make her a youth radicalization and extremism expert who speaks internationally on youth movements and extremism, while consulting on the moral and educational empowerment and human rights of children, women and youth. She also serves as a social impact consultant devising social impact initiatives for public gures, companies, and institutions aiming to tackle systemic social injustices particularly those related to youth, women, and education.

Nava is on the Board of Advisors for the Mona Foundation, which supports both the academic education and moral empowerment of under-represented girls around the world. Her education includes Commerce (Curtin University) in Australia and Journalism (Harvard University). She holds a Master of Science in Comparative Politics (Middle East Con ict) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Health and Wellness Mind - Body - Spirit



Phõ, pronounced (fuh), originated in the north of Vietnam in the early 20th century and primarily used beef bones to make the broth. A far more healthy version consists of a vegetarian broth, filled with rice noodles, sautéed ginger, tofu, mushrooms, thin slices of red pepper, slices of green scallions, bean sprouts and heads of broccoli, which when stirred among the rice noodles, intensifies the flavor and adds to the delight of the meal. Differing versions also will use cilantro, cinnamon basil, and a chili paste to add a stronger flavor to the mix. Slices of lime for added flavoring are commonly served with the dish. A hearty meal for certain, it is one that satisfies both in flavor and as can be imagined, very much in line with diet. The following recipe is one favorite from the collection of Cookies + Kate.


• 1 tablespoon avocado or extra-virgin oil

• Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks

• 5 ounces thinly sliced shitake mushrooms

• 3 whole cloves • Salt • 2 star anise

• 1 large white onion ~ peeled & quartered

• 1 four-inch strip of ginger ~ peeled & halved

• 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable stock or broth

• 4 cups water • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce

• 6 ounces (one large handful) rice noodles

• 1 package of organic, medium firm tofu


• Mung bean sprouts

• Sprigs of fresh basil (Thai if found) or cilantro

• Sprigs of fresh mint

• Thinly sliced green onions (mostly green parts)

• Very thinly sliced fresh jalapeño

• Small wedges of lime



1. Warm a medium soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise and toast until fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, ginger, vegetable stock, water and tamari. Raise the heat high and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes to give the flavors time to meld.

2. In the meantime, prepare your rice noodles by cooking them according to package directions. Set those aside.

3. To prepare the shitake mushrooms, warm the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and a few dashes of salt. Cook until the mushrooms are tender and lightly browned, about 4 to 6 minutes and then set them aside.

4. Once the broth is done cooking, strain out the onions, ginger and spices (this is easiest with a small metal sieve, but you can also strain the mixture through a colander into another large bowl). Season it to taste with extra tamari and salt until the flavors of the spices really shine.

5. Ladle the broth into bowls, add cooked noodles and mushrooms, and fresh garnishes to your heart’s content (don’t forget the lime!). Serve immediately, with chopsticks and soupspoons.

A favorite spice ingredient to many, Sriracha, overpowers the delicate flavors in this soup, so I do not recommend adding any. You can add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the broth as it cooks, and/or add extra sliced jalapeño to your bowls. Charring the onions or ginger before adding them to the pot brings out the flavor, and slicing the onions in halves and sautéing them will increase the flavor as well ~ roasting them on a baking sheet in the upper rack of the oven at 500 ° seems to work well. Enjoy!


Mastering Health And Wellness With Your Mind

Could there be a way to get to your health and wellness goals by being kind to yourself and adding more of what you love back into your life? Indeed there is!

Only 1% of the population is born with disease, but 99% of us die from it. is staggering statistic illustrates that there is something drastically a ecting the physical and mental health of the world at large. You are not alone in this desire to achieve more sustainable happiness, success and contentment... but how?

Knowledge is Power

Dis-ease begins to a ect our bodies when we are out of alignment mentally, physically or spiritually. Placing great importance on not to placing any judgment. Instead nding the lesson in the emotion or trigger. What if someone is feeling blocked, yet wants to achieve a health and wellness goal, and just can’t seem to get there? It might be an internal struggle between the conscious and subconscious minds.

is con ict is like a draining form of internal tug of war that can be pulling your spirit in di erent directions creating a genuine dis-ease within the body. Releasing your hidden limiting beliefs, and reprogramming the the superior subconscious mind, can support you to sail over your health hurdles.

Most Illness is just Stress from not Living in HarmonyBruce Lipton PhD.

Three Tips to Return to Harmony

Crystal Clarity: If you don’t control your thoughts, then the world will You are the co-creator of your life and you can take steps to liberate your mind. Re ect on what your body is telling you, because all the answers you need are within yourself. Make a list of ten things that you MUST DO this year to be deeply satis ed. Next determine ten achievable actions can you take to get there.

Crowding Out: Consume your love Diets don’t generally work... adding layers of internal and external pressure is hard! Instead embrace the power of positivity and add in more of what you love to consume. Food has energy levels just as we do, and in an e ort to maintain a healthier life you might consider bringing in more of the healthy foods you love. If you have a plate full of nourishing items that satisfy you daily, it can help you stay in a more positive state on a cellular level.

Compassion: Rewind and be kind Explore shi ing your perspective and being overly gentle to your divine self. e world is harsh enough, your positive self narrative is crucial for your success.

You are worthy and deserving of all your dreams. Speak to yourself with the kindness you would a child. On a quantum level you are speaking love and compassion into your inner child and existence. Just imagine what life would sound like if we were unconditionally kind to ourselves.

When you are having a moment of frustration... release judgment, and allow compassion to wash over your soul.

Try this gentle exercise: With your eyes closed Breathe in compassion and Exhale fear for about 2 minutes while taking nice slow breaths

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1 pound red potatoes

1 pound green beans

1 bunch of asparagus

20 cherry tomatoes

4 hard boiled eggs

2 tablespoons minced parsley

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

5 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

5 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 clove of minced garlic

Black pepper as chosen


1. Slice potatoes in quarters and boil them until fork tender.

2. Trim Green bean ends and cut them in half. 3. Cut off the ends of asparagus and cut them the same size of green beans.

4. Boil green beans and asparagus for 5 minutes or so, drain in a colander and put them into ice water to cool down.

5. Put Olive oil, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and black pepper in a small bowl and whisk together.

6. Drain the potatoes and pour the half of olive oil mixture over warm potatoes and toss to coat.

7. Mix potatoes, green beans, asparagus, minced parsley, cherry tomatoes. 8. Cut boiled eggs into quarters. 9. Toss crumbled feta cheese and eggs into the salad. 10. Toss with the rest of olive oil mixture.

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Staying On Your Health Track Throughout The New Year

Most peoples’ New Year's resolutions are usually about improving their health. Setting a New Year’s resolution is easy, but the challenging part is to keep them. many people start slipping on their New Year’s resolutions. e t bit gets tossed in a desk, whilst trips to the fast-food joint replace the e ort to get healthy. Eventually, those goals give way to the disarray in our lives. In fact, most people do not keep up with their goals for the entire year. A study done by the University of Scranton revealed that only 77% of people stick to their resolutions a er only one week.

However, don’t let this statistic discourage you. I will be sharing 15 tips to help you accomplish and achieve your health and personal goals for the New Year.

1. Make a Vision Board. Get inspired! Hang pictures of healthy, physically t people somewhere that you will see it o en. You can also print out a health quote that keeps you moving in the right direction. When you start making a list of New Year’s resolutions, one of the most important things is to be reasonable. In other words, do not dra a list of things you will not accomplish.

2. Write down your health plan. By writing down your goals, you will have a higher chance of success. When you start making a list of New Year’s resolutions, one of the most important things is to be reasonable. In other words, do not dra a list of things you will not accomplish.

3. Arrange your environment for success. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it is important to develop a positive support group of people and arrange your physical environment for success. at means having the right equipment, so you can set yourself up for success.

4. Take small steps. Change does not happen overnight. A lifetime of bad eating and lifestyle choices don't just evaporate in one week.

5. Setbacks are part of progress. If you skip a workout or eat a piece of cake, don’t let it derail your resolutions. Slip-ups are normal. No matter what, do not give up.

6. Eat one extra whole food per day. Eating more whole foods is one of the best ways to improve overall health. Whole foods, including fruits, seeds, leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. ese foods contain a ton of nutrients that your body needs to function at an optimal level.

7. Cook more meals at home. Research shows that people who cook more meals at home stick to their diets and have less body fat than people who eat more meals on the go. Doing this will make it easier to stick to your new healthy eating regiment.

8. Hydrate your body. Drink 64 oz of water each day and limit ca eine and alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates the vital organs and brain.

9. Exercise outside each day. Choose a hiking trail instead of a treadmill. For optimal health, complete at least 30 minutes of cardio every day. Plus, you will get the extra bonus of vitamin D.

10. Socialization and Self Care. Socializing reduces stress and anxiety, while improving mental functioning. is protects you from depression, heart disease and dementia. Annual medical check-ups a must.

Happy New Year from Pure Girl in a Toxic World! Juliet Mitchell is the author of the bestselling book, “CANCER? We’ve Got is!” Within it, Juliet discloses both the toxic and non-toxic products that people commonly use, as well as outlining the dos and don’ts of cancer. Annual medical check-ups with your doctor are a must.


It's the time of year again for festive social gatherings, celebrations, and fun. It's also a time when personal safeguards are lessened and a season of overindulgence, particularly around alcohol and food. While the alcohol industry advises to "drink responsibly," there are many factors that in uence how alcohol a ects someone (hydration status, empty stomach, metabolism, etc.) making it di cult to set guidelines on how exactly to achieve this. We would agree that no alcohol is best, especially if driving. But what if someone isn't driving and wants to imbibe?

Being mindful when you drink is a skill to stay con dent and in control around alcohol. When you are being mindful, you are enjoying the experience of the event, including the beautiful decorations, elaborate displays, and being around those you love and appreciate. It's also about tuning into what you want from participating in the events you go to. No one goes in with the intent to overindulge since this causes negative rami cations such as forgetting conversations, weight gain, lapses in memory, reduced energy and interest in life, regret, and post-drinking blues to name just a few. is isn't on anyone's agenda.

So why does this happen? We don't stay mindful and intentional with what we ultimately want, therefore we act in a subconscious, automatic way. A way to change this is to set a standard for yourself before you go to the event and stay mindful of your alcohol consumption. During my years of working with women to stop over-drinking, I've developed a framework of 7 principles to follow to feel elegantly satis ed a er just one drink.

e 7 principles are:

1. Watch out for all-or-nothing thinking (i.e. once I get started, I can't stop)

2. Make alcohol unimportant and neutral

3. Challenge the drink pushers

4. Follow your drink plan

5. Enjoy the people you are with

6. Honor your health goals

7. Don't use alcohol for your emotional management

When you practice these 7 principles, your desire for alcohol lessens, making it easier to stop once you start. ese principles enable you to have fun, remember and enjoy the evening, and be the healthy, con dent version of you. Most importantly, don't drink and drive!

Wishing you a festive, safe holiday season.

Sherry B. Price, PharmD, MBA, APh, BCPS is a certi ed life coach, pharmacist, and creator of the Drink Less Lifestyle podcast and EpicYOU program. She helps women stop overdrinking and live as their most epic self.

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Photography by Becki Freed

Let Food Be Your Medicine

Smoothies are not only delicious, but also a great way to fill our body with critical vitamins and minerals to help prevent our most common ailments. Below are powerful, nutrient dense and tasty smoothies that I designed to help you tackle our most common symptoms.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Inflammation is the root cause of a lot of our most devastating health problems. This smoothie is packed full of anti-oxidants to help fight inflammation and protect your health on a cellular level.

Active Ingredient: Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice traditionally used in Indian food, and has been used medicinally to fight inflammation for centuries.


Post Workout Smoothie

Your post workout meal is hands down the most important meal of the day. This smoothie has both the protein your body needs to repair the damage to your muscles as well as healthy carbohydrates to refuel your glycogen stores and keep you energized. Make sure to have this smoothie within 30-60 minutes after you stop exercising.

Active Ingredient: Bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. It helps reduce swelling and soreness caused by exercise.


Blood Sugar Stabilizing Smoothie

Rises and crashes in our blood sugar can impact our mood, concentration, weight gain and ultimately lead to diabetes. This smoothie is high in fiber, healthy fat and protein, which act as speed bumps to help slow the release of sugar into our bloodstream. It will give you a consistent balanced energy.

Active Ingredient: Cinnamon. Beyond adding flavor, cinnamon helps glucose metabolism and can improve insulin resistance.


Immune Boosting Smoothie

What we put into our bodies can either build our immune system up or break it down. This smoothie has probiotics to keep your digestive tract healthy as well as key nutrients to help you fight any sickness that comes your way.

Active Ingredient: Vitamin C. Vitamin C is still the go-to ingredient when it comes to maintaining your immune system. It is found in citrus and dark leafy greens.


Mood Boosting Smoothie

what is going on internally. The ingredients in this smoothie increase the production of endorphins and will leave you with a smile on your face!

Active Ingredient: Tryptophan. Tryptophan breaks down to serotonin and helps give you that warm fuzzy feeling. It’s found in cashews, which are nicknamed “nature’s anti-depressant.”


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Health is in Sight


Having completed four years of undergraduate education, followed by four years of medical school, and four years of ophthalmology residency Dr. Daurtremont also completed a master’s degree in Public Health, during which she traveled to Ethiopia to work in a rural eye clinic. Her skill, empathy, and compassion enable her to provide the best possible care and treatment options for each individual patient.

It is o en said, “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” It may be more accurate to say that the eyes are actually windows to the body’s overall health. ese intricate and specialized organs have the unique ability to re ect what is happening elsewhere inside the body. From chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, to cancer and autoimmune diseases, the eyes are able to provide clues about your health long before symptoms present. For this reason, a thorough eye examination is very important for overall well-being.

Dr. Dautremont, as a board certi ed ophthalmologist, keeps this at the forefront of her medical mindset as she examines patients in her brand new clinic located in La Jolla. Her practice, La Jolla Ophthalmology, which opened in October 2021, is one of the few truly comprehensive eye health clinics in the country. She focuses on nding health and restoring vision using the latest technological advances of modern medicine, coupled with an integrative, holistic approach developed over many years of training and clinical experience.

She ful lled her lifelong passion to become an eye physician and surgeon a er realizing at the age of 13 that this was her calling. Along her journey, she found that the narrow focus of allopathic medicine sometimes fell short in optimizing health. ese beliefs and experiences led her to pursue training in osteopathic medicine, a branch of Western medicine that provides the same training as traditional MD programs, along with additional education in neuro-musculoskeletal medicine and alternative healing methods.

Dr. Dautremont specializes in caring for a broad range of eye conditions. She is an expert in cataract surgery, eyelid surgery, dry eye, glaucoma, and various retinal diseases. She o ers both surgical and nonsurgical options for vision correction, glaucoma treatment, and pterygium (also known as “surfer’s eye”). Chronic dry eye treatment that avoids the dependence on costly pharmaceuticals is another area of interest that she is continually developing. She is highly rated by her patients for providing high quality health care, her warm demeanor, and personalized approach. New patients are welcome to call and schedule their eye health consultation with Dr. Dautremont at her beautiful La Jolla location.

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Facial Treatments

An Investment Toward Joyous Longevity

Brianne Garcia, a dual master licensed esthetician and massage therapist has developed her own specialty in customized corrective chemical peels and deep tissue massage, transforming clients' skin and improving range of motion, helping clients become pain-free through massage therapy. In addition to her expertise at massage, her services include facial treatments that slow the aging process and prolong the health and beauty of the skin.

Is there an alternative to Botox?

e industry’s best alternative to Botox is the Micro-current Facial Device. Micro-current is an esthetician’s best kept secret. As a master Licensed Esthetician, this is my preferred choice for wrinkle reduction.

What is Micro-current?

Micro-current is a current that stimulates the facial muscles under the skin. is process is the equivalent of taking your facial muscles to the gym. It is non-invasive and natural.

What are the bene ts of Micro-current?

Micro-current relaxes as well as strengthens the facial muscles. It gives the skin a natural li , reduces ne lines and wrinkles, and prevents sagging. e bene ts of Micro-current when done regularly can prevent as well as reverse signs of aging. Adding in Micro-current to a Botox treatment will extend the results, requiring fewer Botox treatments due to the improvement shown in the facial muscles.

Can Micro-current be Combined with other services?

Absolutely! e beauty of Micro-current is that it can be paired with any other facial service. Clients who combine services receive maximum results. Micro-current works on improving the muscles under the skin whereas facial services work on the skin’s surface with some treatments going into deeper layers of the skin to improve the skin’s health and to reduce signs of aging. Pairing micro-current with a facial service will deliver optimal anti-aging bene ts.

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Who bene ts from micro-current?

Aside from those wearing a pace maker or women during pregnancy, anyone who is looking for anti-aging or age prevention is a good candidate for the service. Micro-current is your red carpet facial add-on with instant results, taking your facial to the next level before an event or holiday party.

How many sessions are required?

Clients see results a er their rst session. For longer lasting results it is recommended to do a series of Micro-current sessions closer together to strengthen the facial muscles for maximum results then transition into maintenance to maintain results and prevent future signs of aging.

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Spotlight on Community

Doctor Aliya Frederick

In which State were you raised?

I was born and raised in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania - a suburb of Philadelphia. Most of my family still lives on the East Coast, so I do take the opportunity to visit every time I get a chance.

Siblings within the family?

I have two siblings. My older brother is Harold and I also have a twin sister named Atiya. It was a unique experience growing up with a twin – we had our own language as children and were o en dressed the same.

Had you a career in mind as a youngster?

When I was in the 4th grade, the question “What are you going to be when you grow up?” was asked to us and the responses were published under our photos in the yearbook. Under my photo, the answer reads: an Olympic gymnast a teacher or a doctor. I was not the greatest of gymnasts by any means, it was not too surprising that going to the Olympics did not work out.

Lucky for me, I always excelled in science and math, and my interest in medicine persisted over the years, ultimately cumulating in the completion of my medical degree. In fact, as a trainee and now as an attending physician in academic medicine, I have had many opportunities to teach both formally and informally - see one, do one, teach one as the old saying goes, so 2 out of 3 correct is not bad for my 4th grade self.

What led you to choose medicine?

I am not exactly sure how my interest in medicine to be. ere was not anyone in my family pursuing a career in science or medicine and I did not have any early role models in these speci c areas. My family always stressed the importance of education and I always excelled academically, thus when it came time to go to college, I thought a pre-medicine track was something I wanted to do based on my interests in the eld of biology and human disease. My love of medicine and science was further realized during my undergraduate years a er I had an immersive summer research experience in a neuroscience lab at the University of Lancaster (England), which introduced me to the neuroscience and ultimately solidi ed the trajectory of my career.

Photography by Noble Ambience

Who was your greatest mentor early on?

I have been fortunate to nd many great mentors in my life who have helped me navigate di erent stages of my life and career while providing much needed support and guidance. I would say that my greatest mentors early in life were my parents who have always provided a foundation of love, support and encouragement and set great examples for myself and my siblings.

Outside of my parents, I would also like to recognize Mr. Lamont Toliver, who was the director of the Meyerho Scholarship program during my tenure in the program, as a mentor whose in uence has made a long-lasting impact on my life. I recall him telling me to “take a leap of faith” when I was challenged to decide between two great opportunities and didn’t know which way to go. I have taken several leaps of faith since then, which has led me to where I am now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I o en nd myself giving this same advice to my own mentees.

Which schools did you attend?

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I then matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), where I completed my medical training and a doctorate in neuroscience. My thesis was originally focused on testing the hypothesis that abnormalities in dopaminergic signaling initiated developmentally may result in life-long changes in signaling cascades thereby resulting in the manifestation of behavioral de cits. To support my work, I was awarded a National Research Service Award Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.

What led you to San Diego?

A er completion of my training in Nashville, TN, I was fortunate to match at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital for my residency training in Child Neurology. A er I nished my residency, I stayed at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital to complete an additional year of sub-specialty fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology, and I have been living here in San Diego ever since.

At which hospital does one nd you?

I am currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics at UC San Diego and I primarily see patients at Rady Children’s Hospital Main Campus in San Diego, CA.

What eld of medicine do you practice?

I am a Child Neurologist with special interests in neurophysiology, headache medicine and non-invasive neuromodulatory technologies, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

I am board certi ed in Psychiatry & Neurology with Special Quali cations in Child Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology.

How hard is it to cope when a young child fails to recover?

is is always hard, and unfortunately something that we routinely encounter in neurology as we are o en interfacing with very sick children in the intensive care units or with those su ering from chronic neurologic conditions to which we may not yet have e ective cures or treatments. For many of us, this serves as a reminder that we need to continue to move research and medicine forward, to nd new interventions, treatments and cures so that we can continue to save even more lives in the future.

For example, look at what’s happened with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. is was previously a condition where children o en went into respiratory failure and did not survive infancy and now, thanks to new therapies, children are outliving prior life expectancies. We need to continue making this type of progress in all areas of medicine.

Rady Children’s Hospital seems a very special environment?

I absolutely agree! e people and the environment at Rady Children’s Hospital are two of the main things that have kept me here a er my residency training, rst to complete my fellowship, and now as a member of the faculty. I appreciate that the hospital and the people who work here are always looking for ways to grow and better serve our patients while maintaining a congenial and collaborative work environment, and that is just not something you nd everywhere.

How did you mix and mingle pageantry into your lifestyle?

My start to pageantry was later than most (in my mid-30’s) a er already establishing a career and a family. I was initially inspired to participate in pageantry by my daughter, Nilaja, who had previously participated in pageants and encouraged me get involved.

I signed up to compete in the California Regency International Pageant and a er winning Ms. California there, I went on to win the national title of Ms. United States Regency in 2021 as the 1st runner up placement at the international pageant.

en, in July 2022, I competed again at the international pageant in Las Vegas, NV where I am proud to say that this time, I was able to bring back the international title of Ms. Regency International to San Diego. In addition to winning the 2022 Ms. Regency International title, I was also the winner in the Spokesmodel, Everyday Wear, Swimwear, and State/National costume categories in the Ms. division and received recognition for service, humanitarian work and community visibility. is title is signi cant to me because I fell in love with the Regency sisterhood and the space provided by the Regency Organization to diverse women of all ages to showcase themselves and the amazing work being done in communities across the world.

I am passionate about community outreach and because representation matters, I have a particular focus on e orts as a public speaker, educator, mentor, and advocate to increase Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in science and medicine to diversify the biomedical workforce. In line with this work, I have been fortunate to serve as a mentor with My Sister’s Keeper Success Institute, a STEAM mentoring and personal development program for under-represented students and as a Faculty Advocate and selection committee member for the PATHways to STEM through Enhanced Access and Mentorship (PATHs) program at UC San Diego.

I not only use my voice through pageantry to connect with others and promote my platform, but also aspire to serve as a visible role model to remind us that today’s queen doesn’t have to conform to a speci c mold, and that being smart is beautiful too. I am honored to able to get out in my community and attend events as a representative of the Regency Organization.

Should there ever be free time, what are your favorite activities?

In my spare time, I enjoy being a mother to my multi-talented high school daughter, Nilaja, who always keeps me busy. I also enjoy volunteering in my community, watching crime shows, traveling across the country and internationally, and dancing samba with the SoCal Sambistas. Samba is actually a new style for me within the last year and it has been quite a lot of fun learning and getting ready for performances.

I was previously a professional dancer in Nashville for about 10 years and performed on dance teams for a variety of sports teams but stopped dancing once I moved to San Diego. It has been great getting back into dancing and I’m looking forward to continuing to expand and learn some of the Latin dance styles.

One of the things I have been interested in doing for a little while now is launching a website and social media outlet that incorporates content from the varied aspects of my life and providing resources, tips and information on a range of topics from lifestyle, fashion, and beauty, to health, medicine and research.

My daughter is currently in her junior year of high school so right now we are working towards getting her eligible to get her driver’s license and soon we will be looking more seriously into where she might want to go to college. ere are already a few schools that she has been considering and they would all be great choices.

Since getting into samba, one goal of mine is to travel to Brazil and parade as a Passista. Also, I would love to enter an amateur Latin dance competition once I train more in that style.

At work, I am looking forward to getting more settled into my faculty position and building up our research enterprise in pediatric headache and non-invasive neuromodulatory devices.

In particular, I am very interested in leveraging transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for chronic headache and other pain syndromes and I am excited about the opportunity to bring new safe and e ective treatments to our pediatric patients. I also plan to continue my mentoring and DEI work and would love to start a clinical shadowing summer program for under-represented undergraduate students interested in medicine.

What goals have you in mind for the coming years?
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PRENUPS The Ups and Downs of

Prenuptial agreements can be a touchy subject. However, just like an insurance policy, a prenup can help to protect against the unforeseen. It cannot cover everything, but it can signi cantly limit the problems that arise later on in the event of a divorce.

In most divorces, there are four primary areas of dispute: 1) property division, 2) nancial support such as child or spousal support (or alimony), 3) child custody issues, and 4) attorney’s fees. Most of these areas can be predetermined by a prenup.

A prenup can have almost any provision so long as the parties agree, but there are limitations. ey can’t violate public policies or attempt to do something illegal. As well, a prenup cannot contain provisions regarding children, since nobody can pre-determine what is in the best interest of children at some unknown time in the future, whether that is a parenting schedule or an appropriate amount of child support. us, divorcing couples who have a prenup but also have children may still nd themselves litigating those issues in court if they cannot agree.

In delity clauses are also problematic, as they require a court to determine whether in delity or adultery has occurred. is then creates some notion of “fault” in a “no-fault divorce” state like California. Prenups also should not have terms that encourage parties to get a divorce. is usually takes the form of a provision where one party would receive substantial funds or assets in the event of a divorce, far more than what the law would require.

Absent these o enders, prenups can include almost anything, including terms about pre-marriage property or nancial interests, alimony, debts, and attorney’s fees. But, couples getting ready for the big day shouldn’t wait until the last minute. California law requires that, absent extremely limited circumstances, parties must each have their own attorneys review and advise them before signing. Further, at least seven days must pass between when a party receives a nal dra of the agreement and when it is signed. A prenup must also re ect that each party completed full nancial disclosures to one another before signing. Putting together an enforceable prenuptial agreement from start to nish is o en a months-long process, which means anyone interested in getting one should ensure they have an experienced family law attorney assisting them early on.

Y. Jennifer Lee, CLS-F, is an attorney with the Scha er Family Law Group, a full-service divorce, mediation, and family law rm known for e ective legal representation and compassionate client service. For more information, please visit www.scha


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Kimi Verma A Varied Career Spanning Bollywood

to Pageantry, Fashion and Health Care

As a globally recognized actress in Indian movies, Pageant owner, Mrs. India USA title holder, Couture dress designer and Stanford University Certi ed Dietician, with an in uence that has spanned continents, Kimi Verma has o en been described as a power woman.

Born in the Punjab (India), educated in Mumbai and California, her award-winning successes span industries as well as countries. From her beauty world wins (Miss Beautiful Hair, Miss Mumbai, Miss Beautiful Skin) to her highly successful career in commercials and endorsements (over 300 commercials for global brands like Ponds, Nivea, HSBC Bank, Maggi, and Honda), she presently calls Los Angeles home, having moved there in 2001.

Recently having outperformed the competition at the very prestigious L.A Couture Awards, Kimi is proud to say that her designer dresses

have sold in more than seventy countries. Given her innumerable successes in Pageantry, combined with her business acumen acquired within the advertising and fashion industry, she has begun an Indian Beauty Pageant, titled Miss & Mrs. Punjaban USA. e pageant will be held on December 3rd, 2022 in Fresno, California.

Working with many successful and beautiful women in both the pageant and fashion world, she learned how so many struggled with ways to stay healthy while maintaining their weight. Her volunteering in hospital within Los Angles provided an added perspective, as many of the people she met were su ering from Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Cardio-Vascular diseases, and Obesity.

Ultimately, her move into the world of health was a natural one. It led her to Stanford University where she earned her degree in Nutrition Science. Choosing a light hearted approach to a healthy lifestyle, she teaches that losing weight should not feel like a punishment. Well known for her accomplishments in helping others to achieve their health and weight goals with nutritious food choices through proper eating habits, an expanded activity level and certainly a positive mindset, she has mastered the process and most enjoys leading the way for others to follow.

Kimi will o en say: “ ere is always a solution ...always.” and her life proves that you can actually accomplish anything if you believe that you can.

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Withthe2022SanDiegoInternationalFilmFestivalunderour belt,DiscoverMagazinesiscelebratingthewomenwhoare expressingthemselvesinthemale-dominatedfilmindustry.

Throughawidevarietyofgenresandexperiencelevels,female directors,writersandproducersarestandingupandbeing heard.TheshiftinmainstreamHollywoodhasbeennoticeable, butslow.Yetit’sthroughtheindependentlenses,untetheredto thecommercialneedsofthemainstreamfilmindustry,where womenareabletoshine.

Inafieldoverwhelminglydominatedbymen,thesefilmmakers arecarvingouttheirplacesincinemahistorywithoriginal, thought-provokingwork.

Wehadachancetotalkwithfourofthesewomen.Thefilms rangefromlightheartedandfuntoeducational.Whileeachone hadadifferentstorytotell,onethingremainedconstant.They arereadytostaketheirclaiminfilms.


TheRebelliousLifeof Mrs.RosaParks


Documentary lmmakerswalka nelinebetweenjournalismand entertainment,andneverhastherebeenamorecrucialtimetotell storiesthatarebothengagingandaccurate.

Wecaughtupwith lmmakersYorubaRichenandJohanna Hamilton,whohavebroughtusthe rstfeature-lengthdocumentary aboutthelegendaryRosaParks. e lmseekstobroadenthescopeof thishistorical gurewho’sstory,whileverywellknown, hasbeen limitedinscopetooneevent.Bothhistoricalandtimely,this lmgives usalong-overdueviewintotheentirelifeofRosaParks,andthescale ofhercontributiontocivilrights.

WeallknowaboutRosaParksbecauseofoneevent.Whatsurprises areinthis lm?WhatarewelikelytolearnaboutRosaParks asawhole?

YorubaRichen: We’renotjustgoingtolearnabouthercommitmentto theblackfreedomstruggleandhercommitmenttofundamental change.Shesays,“Iwasneveranintegrationist,that’snotwhatit’s about.”It’saboutfundamentalchangeforblackpeople,andforall oppressedpeopleinthiscountry.She’sabletoachieveitthrougha myriadofdi erentways;throughworkingwithDr.MartinLuther King,throughthebeliefsofMalcolmX,andmore“radicalmilitant” freedom ghters,throughvotingandthroughmarching. roughthis holisticapproach.Ithinkthat’sreallywhatstandsoutintermsofwhat

welearnaboutMrs.Parks.Also,thatitwasn’tjustthatmomentonthe bus.Itwasalifelongcommitment.

JohannaHamilton: Literallyeveryoneintheworldknowsabouther, andlearnshernameforabout veminutes.Ithinkit’sraretogetunder thesurfaceofacelebratedicon,and ndsomeonewho’seven more impressive. at’swhathappensinthe lm.She’snotthetiredoldbus ladyortheaccidentalmatriarchofthecivilrightsmovement;that’s sortofasimplistictale.It’smadeherahouseholdname,butit’salso trappedherinthiselementaryschoolcurriculum.Sowewilllearnthat shechallengedpolicebrutality,shefoughtforvotingrights,reparations andblackhistoryineveryschool,amongstotherissues.Bypaying attentiontothosedetails,wehopetogiveheradi erentplaceto stand,andnotjustthose veminutesonthebus.

Manycivilrightsdocumentarieshavefocusedprimarilyonthemen ofthecivilrightsmovement.Wewantedtomakeaclearlyfeminist lm,tolduniquelythroughherprism.Andourgoalwastomakeit urgentandpressing,becausemanyoftheissuesshefoughtforarestill pressingtoday.

YR: Shehatedthestoryabouthertiredfeet,andshespokethroughout herlifeaboutbeingcognizantaboutbeingasymbol.Sosheboth embracedthat,andpushedagainstthat,butinthemostgentlemanner. Wehaveasmallnotionofwhathercouragewasthen,butherewehave afullunderstandingofwhathercouragewasthroughoutherlifetime.

It’sinterestingthatwewouldtalkaboutthemasbeing“radical,” yetitseemsthatradicalinthiscontextjustmeansbasic humanrights.

YR: Whatweconsider“radical”isaboutjustice,andequality,taking positions,andaskingordemandingthingsthatatonepointwould havebeenconsideredfringeorcrazy.

Howlonghasthisbeenintheworks,andwhatinspiredyoutotell thisstoryatthismoment?

JH: ere’salwaystheassumptionof“oh,Iknowthatstory.”Jean ereuxHarris,theauthorofthebookthatwebasedthe lmon, alwaysdoesatwitterthreadonMrs.Parks’sbirthday,enumerating littleknownfactsaboutMrs.Parks. atmorningovermyco ee,I waslike“howcomeIdidn’tknow,sheworkedforJohnConyersfor25 years,howcomeIdidn’tknowshehelpedgethimelected?Howcome Ididn’tknowthat,asasix-year-old,shewassittingonherstoop withhergrandfather,leeryoftheclan?”


ofthingsthatmadeussay“howcomewedidn’tknowthis?We shouldknowthis.”

YR: ItwasJohannawhocametomewiththeidea.Shehadreadthe bookandconnectedwiththeauthor.WhenIreadthebook,Iwaslike “wow,Ican’tbelievetherehasn’tbeenafull-lengthdocumentary.”And itjustseemedlikethetimetopursueitbecauseofmanythings, becauseofhowweare nallylookingatandacknowledgingblack womeninthecivilrightsmovement.Butreally,Ithinkanytimeisthe time,becauseallthesethingsaregoingon,andit’sjustwhatgets attentionatdi erentmoments.

JH: Tobeclear,peoplehavemadeacoupleofshort lms,butthey focussedclearlyonthebusboycott.Weweretryingtopushthisalong throughthepandemic,andwewereinthemidstofanewpolitical movementandconsciousnessataperiloustime.Sowewanted theaudiencetofeelthatthisstorycouldn’tbemoreurgentand morenecessary.

Documentary lmmakersaresomewherebetweenentertainment andjournalism.Wheredoyoufallinthat,andwhatdoyoufeelare yourresponsibilitiesinthatregard?

YR: Ithinkasdocumentariansweareluckyinthatwe’renotstraight journalists,thatweareartists,andcantakeartisticlicenseand gure outhowtotakeastoryandmakeitentertainingandinteresting.Even ifit’seducationalorinformative,youstillhavetogetpeopletowatch it.Evenstill,thereisajournalisticintegritythatyouhavetomeet. We’retellingreallifestoriesofrealpeopleandrealevents.Sothereisa journalisticstandardthatyoumusthave.Itcomesupindi erent moments.Like,“thisfootageisn’tfromthisexacttimeperiod,butstill conveyswhatwearetryingtosay.Canyouuseit?”

JH: Ireallydothinkit’stellingthosestoriesthroughtheentertainment prism.Itdoesn’talwayshavetobeimportant.Itcanbeautiful andenlightening.Inthisinstance,wearetryingtobringsomeoneto theforewhoeverybodythinkstheyknow,butwe’veonlyjustscratched thesurface.

Whatotherprojectsdoyouseeyourselfdoinggoingforward?What othertopicswouldyouliketoexplore?

YR: Iaminthemidstof nishinganepisodeforShowtimeabout bigpharma,whichisanepisodelookingatthebirthofthebirth controlpill,whichisverytimelyrightnow,andI’mworkingona lm aboutreparations.


WhenIstartedinthebusiness,thereweresofewpeople ofcolorandwomenespecially,whowereabletomakea livingfromthis.

Obviously,technologyandtheexplosionofstreamingand documentaryhaschangedthings,butstillblackwomen arenotwellrepresentedinthefield.Andwhenyouarenot represented,youcanfeellikeyoudon’thavearighttobe there.Likeyou’renotgoodenough,oryoudon’thave accesstothesametools.

Soitwasactuallyafriendofminewhotoldme,“Youhave tothinklikeawhiteman.”

Youdeservetobehere,thatyoudeservethefunding,you deservetogetthebroadcast.Thatshiftshowyousee yourselfintheindustry.


JH: Ifeellikeweshould all bemaking lmsaboutclimatechange,so that’sde nitelyintheether.Ifeellikethatisurgent.Andtoyour previousquestion,howdowedothatinawaythatisn’talldoomand gloom?Howdowedothatthroughamoreupli ingprismtocapture themosteyeballs?

Whatadvicewouldyouhaveforupcoming lmmakers?Whatdo youwishsomeonehadtoldyou?

YR: Ithink ypercentofitiscon dence.Andfaiththatyou’ll nish your lm. atyou’llgetfunding,andthatyouhaveastorytotell.If you’repassionateaboutthestory,andyou gureoutaway toconveythatpassion,peoplewillgetonboard. ereareso manydi erenthomesnow,andpeoplecreatetheirownhomesfor theirprojects.

Evenwhenyoudon’tknowexactlyhowthestoryisgoingtobetold, that’spartoftheprocess.Findingthestoryispartoftheprocessof makinga lm.Youdon’thavetogoin,knowinghoweverythingis goingtohappen.Sobeopentothatprocess,anddon’tbescared.Don’t giveup,andhavefaiththatyouwill ndthestory.

JH: Myadvicetoyounger lmmakersisthat,youreallyneedtohavea thickskin.Youmightdevelopthatovertime.Tenaciousness.Yourhit ratemaybeextremelylow,butthatdoesn’tmeanyoushouldgiveup.If youhaveagoodstory,believeinit.Surroundyourselfwithagroupof mentors,inthiscasewomenmentors;peoplewhohaveyourbackand peoplewhohaveexperience,andbelieveinyourvision.Peoplecan helpinthesmallestways,butsometimesthatcanbelifechanging.

Didyou ndthenarrativeofthisdocumentarychangingas youwentalong?

YR: Always. at’sthenatureofdocumentary.We’renotscripted,so thebigpartof ndingthestoryisintheedit.It’sintheinterviewsthat peoplesay“wow,that’sawholeotherthemethatIhadn’tthought about.”Whenwewere rstmakingthe lm,weknewwehadalotof accesstoherwritings,thingsthathadnotbeenwidelyseen,soat onepoint,wemadethedecisionthatthewhole lmshouldbedriven byhervoice.

JH: Hopefullywe’vegivenheradi erentplacetostand,andpeoplecan understandfullythecourage,andthetremendoussacri ce.

TheMoonandBack LeahBleich

Onthelightersideofthings,LeahBleichgivesusthecomedy eMoonandBack, a lmthatwilllikelyresonatewith lmmakersof allgenres.

Leahre ectedontheprocessofmakingthis lm,andhowthis ctionalpieceo eredreal-lifeinsightintotheirwork.

eMoonandBackfeelslikeit’sacommentaryonmakinga lm withnobudget.Isthissomethingcameoutofyourownexperience? LeahBleich: emovieisactuallynotbasedonpersonalexperience, whichisstrangebecauseitfeelslikeapersonal lminsomanyways. roughoutthe lmmakingprocess,weo enfeltlikewewereliving theexperienceoftheprotagonist. ereareacoupleoflinesinthe movielike,“wehavenocostumes,wehavenocast,wehavenoleading actors. isisimpossible!”Andwefeltthatallthetime.So,sometimes wehadtotaketheadvicetheprotagonistreceivestoheartourselves, becauseweneededthatencouragementtokeepgoing.

Sodidthe lmitselfchangebasedontheactual experienceofmakingthe lm?Werethetwo inspiringeachotheratthatpoint?

LB: Yeah,Iwouldsayso.Becauseofthewaywewereall throwntothewolvesonthisproject,wehadtosortof takealotofunexpectedthings,andincorporatethem andjust gureoutawaytomakeitwork.Inany lm production,thingsareinevitablygoingtogowrong, especiallywhenyouonlyhaveninedaysforprinciple photography.Ithinkwhenyouhavethatlimitedofa budget,andthatlittletime,youjustcan’tbetoo preciousaboutwhatyou’reworkingwith,because you’regoingtoneedtomakechangesonthe y.


LB: iswasactuallyproducedviaaprogramcalledthe“SixFeetApart Experiment.”Iactuallywrotethescreenplaybasedontheideaof competitionandwhatIthoughtwouldbeaproducibleproject,which becamelessproducibleovertime.SoIwrotethescreenplayinJuneof 2020,andwhenitgotselected,theyhadareallytighttimelineofwhen theywantedthese lmstobedone.

Itseemslikealotof lmsaredealingwithsocialissuesandthekind ofheavinessofmoderntimes.Doyoufeellikethis lmisabreak fromthatorwereyoutryingtogetamessageoutthrough somethingalittlelighter?

LB: Ithinkthatit’sactuallyboth.AlotofwhatIwasfeelingwhenI startedwritingthiswasthisneedforjoy.Itwasadarkmomentanda scarymomentintheworld,andIwasjustfeelingthisneedtostray towardsjoyandcomedy,inthefaceofsomuchincomprehensible pain.Also,Iwasreallydrawntotellingthisstoryaboutafemale creator ndinghervoice,becauseIwasverymuchinthatboattooof ndingmycreativevoice,andhavingthetimeandspaceforthatand guringoutwhatthatmeans.Sowhile ction,theprotagonistisvery muchgoingthroughthisarcthatIwastryingto gureoutformyself atthetime.

Wasthisdi erentfromotherprojectsyou’vetakenon?

LB: IfeellikeI’mstillde ningformyselfwhatthatmeans;whatI normallytakeon,whatInormallydo.I’mde nitelydoublingdownon comedyatthemoment.It’saspaceIlovetobein,andIlovethe communitythatitcreates.ButI’vede nitelydonedrama,andI’m workingonahorrorstorynow,soI’mallacrossthemapintermsof genre.Ithinkthatgenerallyasacreator,I’mdrawntostoriesthat celebratesincerityandjoy.SoIthinkwhateverIdoregardlessofwhat genreitlivesinisgoingtohavethatcelebrationoflifeandthejoyand painofbeingaperson.


LB: I’vewrittenacoupleofscreenplayssince eMoonandBack and veryactivelyde ningwhatmyvoiceis,andIthinkI’m guringthat outthroughcreatingmorematerials.I’mverymuchinterestedin ndingpartnersforthenextproject,whateverthatmaybe.Onamore speci cnote,I’mwritingascriptedhorrorpodcastforacompany calledAudioLovewhichwe’reveryexcitedabout.It’sveryspookybut stillveryYA(youngadult),whichisaspacethatIenjoy.Ilovethat sortofteengenre.Soallacrossthemap,andeagerto ndthose nextopportunities.

LB: enumberonethinganaspiring lmmakercan doiscreate.Ialsothinkdecouplingyourvisionfrom perfectionismisessential. emorethatyoucanplay, andlearntoplay,thefasteryou’regoingtodevelop yourvoice.We’reinanexcitingmomentforfemale creators,Ithinkthatthegendergapis nallyand slowlyshrinking.Butthere’sstillareallylongwaytogo. SoIthinkthat ndingmentors, ndingpeoplethatyou canlookuptoissoimportant.Alotofthereasona certaindemographichasahardtimebreakingintoa eldisbecausewedon’thavepeopleinthat eldthat weseeourselvesin.So ndingthepeoplelikethatthat youcandeveloparelationshipwithisveryimportant.

Whatadvicedoyouhavefor lmmakerswho arejustgettingtheirstart,particularlyforyoung women lmmakers?



WhatinspiredBleecker,andhowmuchofitcomesfromyour ownexperience?

EdithHagigi: Inadditiontolivinginotherstatesandcountries,my familylivedforafewyearsonBleeckerStreetinManhattan.Welived inatallI.M.PeibuildingintheVillagewhilemydadstudiedforhis PHDatNYUandmymomalsoworkedinthecity.Sowedidn’tlivein abrownstonelikeyou’llseeinthispicture,butthereisalittleofthat oldNewYorkspirit.

WealsolivedinTexasforawhile,andaspectsofthecharacterof “Jeanette”areacompositeofpeopleIencounteredthere.ButIwouldn’t saythestorylinesandcharacterswereinspiredspeci callybyanyone. Morebyana nityforNYC,pastandpresent,andaninterestin humanbeings,regardlessofwhatstatetheycallhome.

Inspirationforthestory,toneandaesthetichavecomefromawide rangeofsourcesinthehumanities,bethey lms, neart,music, theaterormorefundamentallyaninterestinhumanity,andinthe nuancedworkthatactorsdoasameansofexploringthat.

Asasliceoflifepiece,whatmessagedoyouhopetoconveytoa wideraudience?Perhapssomethingthatismissingfromthe narrativeofmodernlife?

EH: Idon’tknowthatI’mtryingtoconveyamessageorifanythingis missingfromthenarrativeofmodernlife,thoughIaminterestedin humanconnectionand ndthatthemediumof lmcanunitepeople ofdi erentinterestsandbackgrounds.Forexample,I’mexcitedabout screeningthis lminCalifornia.It’snotmeanttobeonlyaboutpeople with reescapes;Ibelievethere’sawideraudienceforthis,justasIcan lookatAlmodovar’s lmsfromSpainandinstantlyrelatetothemorto thecharactersinAltman’sNashvilleorPirandelloandIonesco’s absurdistplaysand ndtheirmatchindailyinteractions,justasIcan inlookingatVivianMaier,GordonParks,andSaulLeiter’sphotosin blackandwhiteorearlycolor.

Ithinkinsomeways,whatonefocusesonbecomestheirreality. at canbeverycolorfulandfulloflife,oritcanbecomemyopic.Idothink that ctioncanbejustas “truthful”asadocumentaryinthatit acknowledgesthatall lmismediated.AndIthinkhumorisauseful toolforgettingatsomethingmoresubstantiveandmakingitpalatable

toanaudience. urbersaid“thebestcomedyisserious.”I’dliketo makepeoplelaugh,simultaneouslyfeelsomething,andthinkfor themselves. at’satonalmixIappreciate.Ithinkitlendsitselftothe typeofcharacter-drivenstoriesthatappealtome,whichmaybe groundedinreality,thenveertowardanexpressionisticdirectionand comebackagain.Sotheyareallpartofauni edwhole.

Withthis lmcomplete,whatcanyoutellusaboutthefutureof EdithHagigi?Whatdoyouhaveintheworkscurrently?

EH: I’mstillverymuchfocusedonthis lm,nowslowlysharingitwith theworld.I’mwriting/developingafewotherprojects,inadditionto directingsomephilanthropicworkfororganizationssuchasRXArt, whohelpchildrenhealthroughthepowerofvisualart.

Whatadvicewouldyouhaveforyoung lmmakerswhoarejust gettingtheirstart?

EH: Ithinkoneofthewonderfulthingsabouttheinternet(though therearenegativeaspects,too)isthatwecanpulluploadsof fascinating,informativeinterviewswith lmmakersandotherswhose workandworldviewmayinspireus.Wecanlistenforfreeas interestingpeoplerecounttheirexperiences,andwecankeeplearning fromthem.“Resolvetobealwaysbeginning, tobeabeginner,”wroteRilke.Iappreciate peoplewhodon’tthinktheyknowitalland alsotreatfolkswithrespect.

I’dalsosuggesttheybepreparedforthework thatisinvolvedingetting lmso the groundandineverystagealongtheway.I’ve workedonprojectsofdi erent-sizedbudgets andtherearealwayschallengesinvolved,soI wouldsuggestonlypursuingitifyoureally love lm. engointoitwithyourwholeheart,bepreparedtohaveit brokenalongtheway,butstillpersist.Keepgoing.



efour lmmakersinterviewedherearebutasmallsegmentofthe growingforcethatiswomendirectors,writersandproducers. e workfeaturedhereonlyscratchesthesurfaceofwhatwecanexpectto seeintheyearsahead,bothintheUnitedStatesandaroundtheworld.

Filmsfromaroundtheglobegracedscreensatthisyear’sfestival. FemaledirectorsandproducersasfarawayasSouthKoreaand Argentinabroughtus lmsthatmadeuslaugh,madeusthinkandle usontheedgeofourseats.

ItseemsHollywooditselfisstrugglingfororiginalideas,instead leaningheavilyonpastsuccessesandconcepts,resultingin lmsthat ultimatelyfeelmoreliketemplatesthananythingelse.Yetonecansee thenextwavecinemagreatnesstakingshape.

Likemostadvancementsin lmandstorytelling,theybeginonthe independentcircuit.Freshperspectivesandboldconceptstakeroot atthislevel,then owerintothetrendsthatshapethe lmswenever tireofseeing.

Whatisalmostcertainisthiscurrentwaveoforiginalmaterial,told fromthefreshvoicesofpreviously-marginalizedpeoplewillshape mainstreamHollywoodinthefuture.


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Kaylie Babajan within an open-air salon in La Jolla

Born and raised in California?

Born and raised in northern California in a small village-like town with just the two stop lights.

Have you siblings within the family?

I grew up with an older sister and two younger brothers.

Had you a career path in mind early on?

I wanted to go to beauty school right a er high school, however, I was valedictorian of my senior class, and my parents never having gone to college, I followed their wish and began my studies. I found myself doing well in my courses, yet never grasped a single direction that would have led me on a career path.

What led you to choose cosmetology?

It actually began early on. My Mother had spent a good deal of money having our hair styled for a school event, which neither of us thought turned out well. erea er, when it came time for my sister to attend her prom night, I o ered to do her hair and she was thrilled along with her classmates who saw the styling. When it came time for my prom night, I was doing more than 10 hair stylings for the girls attending the event. It came naturally to me and as is prone to happen in a small town, people married at a young age and I found myself doing hair styling for brides-to-be. Leaving high school, I began college and did not return to hair styling until I turned 27.

Were there many avocations before choosing cosmetology?

A er college, I chose to go into the service industry and became a server at a number of eating establishments. It was at my tenth year high school reunion, having been reminded that I was valedictorian of my class and voted most likely to succeed, that although I have a high respect for those in the service industry, it was not ful lling my goals and I wanted to take it a step beyond. at year changed the trajectory of my life. I was making enough to get along, but not nearly enough to get ahead, and cosmetology always was in my mind as my dream career.

Upon returning to my service job, one of my long time customers noticed a change in me, being somewhat distraught a er my class reunion, and he asked me outright if something was wrong. I mentioned to him that I was frustrated with where I found myself and he simply asked what goal I had in mind. I mentioned cosmetology and he provided the funds for me to attend beauty school and only asked in return that I pay it forward. It has become my mantra and I grasped the opportunity, completed schooling, and am positioned exactly where I need to be.

When did you arrive in San Diego?

About a year a er I began my new profession in northern Cal, and found that I had quickly built up a client base, the town began to seem too small for my aspirations of expanding my new-found career. It so happened that I met someone at a wedding who was from San Diego and I decided to come down for a visit. I quickly fell in love with the city and moved down four months later.

Did you open your salon upon arrival?

I began working with a salon that focused on Keratin treatments and worked with them for 6 years before deciding to go out on my own.

What might a client expect from your services?

I have been behind the chair for some 8 years with 7 years of focus on Keratin. I have seen every kind of hair type that you can imagine, I have smoothed and added shine and manageability to every texture of hair, every color of hair, having treated some 10,000 clients over those many years. Keratin is a unique product and experience in its use is paramount. I take great pride in my work and simply allow the testimonials from my clients to speak for me in that regard.

“I had rst been introduced to Kaylie’s work through my business partner. I watched month a er month as her textured hair transformed into smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair and knew that I needed to book her for myself. I can now easily say a Keratin treatment with Kaylie is unlike any other. A er consistently working with her specialized treatments I am able to grow my hair longer than ever before, and it feels healthier and stronger with noticeably less breakage. Her individualized assessment of what your hair needs has literally transformed how I look. I always leave my Keratin appointment with hair that looks smooth and styled, which makes maintaining my hair easy and is appreciated in my busy world.”

You seem focused on Keratin products - why so?

In my years of experience treating hair, it truly is the only product out there that will restore damaged hair. Other products camou age the damage done to hair, while Keratin restores the natural beauty of the hair. It is a protein treatment and works so much better. One of the crucial elements of its application is how the stylist will use the at iron during the application. Improper use can really do damage to the hair. I use three di erent at irons during the treatment to insure that the right amount of heat is applied during the process. At my salon, my client will be receiving a custom treatment from one who has done multi-thousands.

What specialities set you apart from other cosmetologist?

Most of my new clients come in being so frustrated with the condition of their hair. My motto has been to care for their hair so they do not have to. I can style and attend to their hair so that for the next 3 to 6 months, it will be easily manageable and they will spend far less time reaching their preferred look. ey simply do not have to worry about their hair. It is just magic.

I o er a variety of Keratin treatments, dependent upon the condition of my clients' hair and what their goals might be in seeking better management. During the initial consultation, having seen the hair, I can narrow down which treatments will ectively make a positive di erence in the care of their hair, thereby making its management much easier and longer lasting.

What makes this career so special for you?

Spending the time with my clients, thinking of myself as a hair therapist, the interpersonal relationships that are formed with repeat clientele, and seeing their facial expressions as I complete the application and styling to have them leave the salon feeling so satis ed with their new appearance.

Have you both female and male clients?

I do, and many barbers actually send clients to me. Many men are wearing longer hair, and the Keratin treatment needs only about a 2 inch growth for me to apply the application.

One exceptional tip to maintain healthy hair?

Stop placing hair into a messy bun, and absolutely stop throwing it up when it is wet. Hair is y-percent more elastic when wet and will not go back to normal, becoming brittle and dry over a short period of time. On top of that, try a Keratin treatment and become amazed.

If not cosmetology, what would you be doing?

I love being creative, and I would simply love decorating Christmas trees as a dream job.

(530) 941-4081 @sdkeratin

Photography by Alexis Quintana

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Iaskedeachbaristaonequestion;“whatshouldInotleaveearth withouttrying?”Theanswerswereasvariedandoriginalasthe cafesthemselves.



Don’tworry,yournavigationappisn’tmalfunctioning.Manzanita RoastingCompanyoccupiesasurprisinglocation,sittingofftheroad ofalargelyresidentialarea.Onceyouarrive,thereisafullvillageof restaurats,artgalleriesandshopsforyoutoexplore.

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“Wemakealmostallofoursyrupsinhouse,”mybaristaRaquel informedme.“Weuseingredientslikereallavenderandmadagascar vanilla,andchangeoursyrupswitheachseason.

Raquelbeamedwithenergyandknowledge,offeringahistoryof thewineryaswellasthecafeitself.ThisplaceisproudlySanDiego, workingdiligtantlytosourceasmanyingredientsandpasteriesfrom localsourcesaspossible.

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OwnersWestonandSamanthahavebeenroastingheresince2015, beforeopeningthislocationasacafein2016.Duringtheheightofthe pandemic,theyopenedasecondlocationinEscondido,which continuestothriveaswell.

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Thoroughlyknowledgablewithacaptivatingdemeanor, Raquelproudlydisplaysabottleoftheirin-housevanilla syrup.Thecoffeewillblowyouaway,butherabilityto createanimmediatesenseofbelongingwillmakeyoua regularhereforyearstocome.



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KinialsooffersanEncinitaslocation with similardécorandthe sameoriginalandexceptionalcoffeecreations.

Theclassicsareavailableonthemenu,alongwithafewcommon cookieandpastryselections.However,themenualsooffersoriginal creationsthatarepartcoffee,partdessert,andalldelicious.

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MeshuggahisaYiddishwordthatmeans“insane,”(nottomentiona Swedishdeath-metalband),andthisfunkylittleshackintheheartof MissionHillsdoesn’tdisappoint.Brightlycoloredandadornedwithall thingsJesus,coffeehasneverbeenthisfun.

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“Meshuggahmeanscrazy,”Rosariosaidwithalaugh.“Italianand crazygotogetherverywell,anditwassuchapartoftheneigborhood thatIwantedtokeeptheuniquepersonalityandidentityoftheplace.”

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“Weweretheonlycafeopenintheareaformonths,”Rosario remembered.“Wehadtokeepthechairschainedup.Nobodywas allowedtositforalongtime.”

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TheonechangeRosariodidmakeishebegantoimportallofhis coffeefromItaly,toprovidethehighestqualitypossible.


BaristaMollyrecommended“Eric’sBadBoy,”amixofespresso, sweetenedcondensedmilkandcaramelonice.Often,thesyrupy,

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The Ouija Board

Fun Family Entertainment, a Mystical Oracle, or a Toy Not to be Toyed With?

Karen Storsteen M.S,, M.A. is an intuitive therapist and psychic medium who provides her insight into the history, popularity and science of the Quija board.

You may remember the Ouija board, also known as a spirit board or talking board. For more than 130 years, the Ouija board has remained a pop cultural classic on board-game aisles, and even outsold Monopoly in the 1960s.

e game consists of two or more players who lightly place their a hand-sized planchette—a movable indicator—to spell out messages during a séance. e board includes numbers and letters of the alphabet with the words yes, no, and occasionally hello various symbols and graphics. Players ask questions to the immaterial and/or spirit world to gain answers to any of life’s questions.


e Spiritualists would say that the Ouija board works, although there has been signi cant controversy and skepticism related to these questions by others—including Catholic and Christian organizations—over the years. Spiritualism had been around for many years in Europe, but modern spiritualism was awakened in America in 1848 due in part to the infamous Fox sisters, who became renowned internationally for their mediumship skills and ability to interpret “knocks” on walls from the Other Side.

Spiritualism, talking with the dead, and séances were commonplace and thought to be wholesome and healing over the second half of the 19th century.

During and a er the Civil War, with so many deaths, the spiritualist movement grew to millions around the world as a way for the grieving to connect with their loved ones who had passed. According to an October 2021 story on the History Channel titled “8 Famous Figures Who Believed in Communicating with the Dead,” Mary Todd Lincoln held séances regularly in the White House a er her son died, and later following the 1865 assassination of her husband, President Abraham Lincoln. Queen Victoria practiced spiritualism a er the death of her husband, Prince Albert, and the movement spread throughout the United Kingdom. Even omas Edison, in 1920, a er inventing the phonograph in 1877, announced plans to develop a “spirit phone” to capture the voices of the dead through a “scienti c” device. A competitive drive began with people racing to nd ways to communicate with the a erlife more e ciently, and so the “talking board” was born.

An October 2013 article, “ e Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board,” published in Smithsonian magazine, shares the perspective of Robert Murch, the world’s foremost talking-board historian. He explains that in 1886, newspaper reports began appearing across Ohio about a talking board. Subsequently, E. C. Reiche, an inventor, furniture and co n maker; and Charles Kennard, a shrewd businessperson (not a spiritualist), collaborated, and a er many rejections, eventually found four investors, including attorney Elijah Bond to manufacture and market a board.

Bond referred his sister-in-law, Helen Peters, whom he claimed was a strong medium. Interestingly, it was through her proof and use of the board in front of a skeptical U.S. patent o ce that the federal government certi ed that the board was indeed valid and worked as promised. According to Murch, Peters and the founders sat around the talking board to uncover its name, and with the help of the spirits, the letters O-U-I-J-A revealed themselves, which means “good luck” in the Egyptian language. e Kennard

Novelty Company commercialized “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board” in 1891, with a toy shop touting a magical device that answers questions “about the past, present, and future with marvelous accuracy” and “never failing amusement and recreation for all the classes.”

e Ouija board became an enormous success with people from all educational, professional, and demographic backgrounds purchasing the board internationally. During times of uncertainty and hardship, such as World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and Vietnam, the Ouija board o ered individuals something to believe in: entertainment and solace.

In 1966, Parker Brothers bought the game, and in 1967, 2 million Quija boards were sold, remaining popular through the 1990's.

Opponents of the Ouija board were fueled a er Hollywood introduced a possessed character named Regan in the 1973 movie e Exorcist. Christian and Catholic groups believed that the game was a dangerous vehicle for channeling the devil and evil spirits, so they banned and burned the game. Even in the metaphysical community, there were—and continue to be—many who suggest staying away from the Ouija board. Other Hollywood lms followed, promoting the board as demonic and spooky. Still, however, during times of uncertainty, the Ouija board has been used by believers to help them gain clarity.

Does the Ouija board work?

If the question is whether the Ouija board communicates messages from the dead, many material-based scientists would answer a rmatively, “No!”

However, Sidney Fels, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Ron Rensink, a psychology and computer science professor at the University of British Columbia, revealed surprising ndings about the workings of the unconscious. ey asked graduate students to answer or guess at a set of challenging questions without use of the Ouija board, and they were

correct about 50 percent of the time. Subsequently, the researchers asked the students to use the Ouija to answer questions, and told them that they would receive the correct answers from another person teleconferencing through a robot Ouija partner. e participants scored correctly upward of 65 percent of the time, although the robot was nothing but a ruse, as it was not providing answers through another person teleconferencing, but subtly amplifying the participants’ tiny, unconscious movements. e change in results using the Ouija board was statistically signi cant.

A Doorway into the Unconscious

is study supports the research of Dr. William Benjamin Carpenter, who in 1852 discovered the ideomotor e ect while investigating the unconscious mind’s ability to direct motor activity. When the brain is calm and brainwaves slow down, the unconscious can speak, leading to profound insights and access to knowledge and hidden memories.

A Pathway to Spirit through the Quantum Field

Some theoretical physicists and experts in the study of consciousness believe in a universal consciousness/mind and/or Divine Matrix. Rather than separate and local unto itself, consciousness is nonlocal, entangled, omnipresent, omniscient, and exists beyond space/time. How can that be? As one moves from the macroscopic world to the quantum world, the laws that govern energy and matter no longer hold up. Matter is not solid; at the subatomic level, it is a collection of particles, and particles are made of energetic waves—waves of possibility.

In the quantum world, communication of information occurs instantaneously across time and space faster than the speed of light. We are nonlocal beings and are not limited by the boundaries of our skin. We have expandable, permeable boundaries and can pick up all sorts of information from the outside world. Physicist David Bohm stated, “What we perceive as separate parts—you, me, the trees, and the stars in the next galaxy—are all part of a seamless whole that

is pulsing with life and intelligence, (the holomovement). We inhabit a universe where every point is interpenetrated by every other point.” We are entangled through a web of energy.

Connecting with spirit is sacred and should not be considered a game.

Dr. Stuart Hamero , of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, who is an anesthesiologist and expert in the eld of consciousness, proposes that consciousness occurs because of quantum processes in microtubules inside brain neurons that tap into universal consciousness. is o ers a possible scienti c explanation for the possibility of a erlife, and survival of the soul and consciousness a er death as we remain entangled and interconnected with all living beings and the universe. Amit Goswani, a theoretical quantum physicist, states that when we die, we take our character with us, which is what de nes us, and that those who are in tune, can connect with a spirit’s essence. He explains, contrary to scienti c materialism, that there is not one domain of reality, but two. Quantum physics allows for instantaneous communication.

Is the Ouija a Good Tool for Connecting with the Spirit World?

One of the original purposes of a talking board was to make communication with the spirit world more e cient. But as stated earlier, communication in the quantum world occurs instantaneously, as nothing crosses the intervening space. e soul is transcendent, and we can connect to loved ones on the other side and spirit anytime, anywhere. We do not need the Ouija board or any other device.

Connecting with spirit is sacred and not a game. Unclear intentions and teenagers playing with the device for the thrill of the potential fear factor, for example, may lead to experiences with the Ouija board that mirror, or resonate with, the energy of the players. Quantum duality states that thoughts a ect matter, and the nature of particles can be altered. In addition, you would not leave your

front door wide open for just any stranger to walk into your home, would you? So why would a person open the door to the potential of any Earthbound spirit who may just be hanging around?

As far as the ideomotor e ect, there are many psychological and contemplative processes (such as meditation) to help people access their unconscious and subconscious mind.

With belief, an open and loving heart, and a calm mind and body, we can naturally rest in the hands of the divine and let the quantum eld do its work. And, most important, we can let our intuition and direct experience be our guides.

Copyright © 2022, Karen Storsteen. All Rights Reserved.


Karen Storsteen, M.S., M.A., is an intuitive therapist, psychic medium, executive coach and public speaker. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, and CBS, and has been a regular on FM radio.


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A strong work ethic and family full of visionaries gave the Wiens siblings the opportunity to become anything they wanted to be. Together, they decided to start a winery and now have the 2nd generation helping carry on the legacy.

A family-friendly atmosphere welcomes guests to enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience surrounded by lush vineyards and scenic views. From vine to glass, Wiens prides themselves on controlling each step in creating their locally crafted wines. With more than 60 wines, featuring over 20 varieties and blends, you’re sure to find your new favorite!

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Regular Tastings are offered in the Main Tasting Room and Patio, with Paired Seated Tastings in the Cellar Room and Barrel Room inclusive of Select Premium wines paired with a variety of meats and cheeses.

Wood beams, mahogany bars with granite countertops, polished concrete floors, and a marble fireplace give the tasting room a contemporary, yet rustic ambiance. A selection of charcuterie-style food is offered for purchase in their gift shop, with the option for guests to bring their own food in their outdoor areas as well.

Four unique wine clubs to suit all lifestyles are offered: Big Reds Club, Crisp Whites Club, Mixed Club and Winemaker’s Select Club. Each club offers a variety of unique benefits including, but not limited to, the use of their Members Only Pavilion to enjoy new releases and old-time favorites at their leisure.

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Chocolate is a common household staple and an integral ingredient in many foods. Eating chocolate is a frequent occurrence for many dogs, which can lead to discomfort and possibly serious complications.

e primary toxic compounds in chocolate is the methylxanthines theobrimine and ca ne. e amount of these compounds in chocolate can vary depending on the type of chocolate. Dark chocolate is 150–160mg/oz, milk chocolate is 64mg/oz, dry cocoa powder is 800mg/oz and bakers chocolate is 450mg/oz. Chocolate is labeled according to the percentage of chocolate based on unsweetened chocolate. A chocolate bar containing 80% chocolate contains 360mg of chocolate (80% × 450mg).

e lethal dose of theobromine and ca eine that kills 50% of dogs is 100–200mg/kg, but severe clinical signs can occur at lower doses. At low doses, 20–30mg/kg can cause gastrointestinal upset including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and increased thirst. At higher doses, around 35–45mg/kg, dogs can experience a signi cantly elevated heart rate, which if le untreated can cause fainting, dizziness and lethargy. And at even higher doses (60mg/kg), seizures may occur.

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Michell Mathis comments that when you help others, it brings you together on an entirely different level. Providing support, no matter if monetary or by volunteering is always a rewarding experience. In whichever way we can serve, we all are one community and whenever possible should take the opportunity to support those in need.

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