Rainbow Family and National Forests

Meet Scott, a member of the Rainbow Family, who feed the hungry and homeless, and gather in our country’s beautiful national forests.

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Veteran comic and V.A.

Navy veteran Jason Mack shares his story about the horrors of the Veterans Administration in seeking medical help, and channeling his dark place into a comedy set.

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Fairy Tales and hope

“People do not cherish each other the way they should.”

“Fairy Tales for Life; A Collection of Fourteen Original Short Stories”  recently won first place in the Children’s Book category at the San Francisco Book Festival. Author Linda Champion shares the impetus behind her original fairy tales, which integrate our “real” world with the fairy tale world of magical creatures, and places. Listen to Julie Parker read one of the stories.

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Teaching incarcerated youths and insights

M.L. Edson, author of “Not Even A Shadow,” shares her experiences as a teacher in a youth correctional facility.

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Shades of Blue and depression

“Hope” can be a foreign concept to those in the midst of severe or suicidal depression. Yet, the book “Shades of Blue” offers just that – hope. Thirty-five essays written by individuals with different backgrounds and histories share diverse issues, and how they have managed to, if not overcome them, learned to manage them. Three of the contributing essay authors read excerpts from their essays at the independent bookstore, The Avid Reader, in Davis, California.

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Charles Mitchell Vineyards and pizza

In the picturesque Sierra Foothills in Northern California, irascible adventurer Charles Mitchell not only offers award-winning wines at his Charles Mitchell Vineyards, but also pizza, Maine lobster, popcorn, and bocce ball. He has also joined the fight against breast cancer, creating “The Cure Series” wine, with 30% of the proceeds going directly to breast cancer research.

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Todd Morgan & The Emblems and music appreciation

It would be easy for Todd Morgan & The Emblems to follow the often tread cover band path, but it has raised the bar with songwriting influenced by rockabilly, jazz, Big Band, and rock. Todd Morgan discusses his influences, and the band’s third recently released CD, “Sweet Pretender.”

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