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Milling About visits The Big Bungalow in Nashville, Tennessee. Located in historic Edgefield, it's a homey three bedroom B&B, owned and operated by Ellen Warshaw. A native New Yorker, Ellen tells host Robin Milling how she came to Music City with the dream of continuing her career as a singer/songwriter when 'the 80s and MTV killed my careeer'! As John Lennon says, 'life is what happens while you are busy making other plans;' Ellen made a go of it but found her style wasn't in harmony with everyone else's so she set her sights on something new. She says, 'It wasn't my heart. Rock 'n roll was my thing and here it's a different language. It wasn't fun anymore, so you have to move onto the next thing. I write feel songs and country music is story songs and that wasn't my story.'
That next chapter of her story was the hospitality business, specifically a B&B which came to her in a eureka moment one morning. Her philosophy was, 'if you build it they will come and that's what happened!' Her love of music is infused in The Big Bungalow with The Music City Room; covered with her own memorabilia and a country music decor. The other rooms are The Grandiose Suite and The Cozy Room. She also hosts house concerts in her living room where all the local musicians gather to jam.
The other kind of jam is served with the delicious breakfasts such as French Toast Casserole and Spinach and Feta Frittata with homemade fruit and nut bread. Ellen admits it was a learning curve to turn down the fancy. 'In the beginning I was making things like smoked oyster and proscuitto quiche with provolone cheese but nobody ate it!' Now her motto is simple but tasty.
Sam Jaeger explores a different kind of parenthood in the indie short Plain Clothes. Sam wrote, directed and stars as a cop trying to balance the brutality of his work without bringing it home to his family. In real life, Sam is a family man with two boys who married his college sweetheart. He tells host Robin Milliing how the themes of marriage and family have resonated throughout his projects. He says, 'I guess I've always been fascinated by how we are defined by our families. Parenthood was another avenue of that. The construct of that entire show was we're fallible people but we're trying to do better.'
Growing up in the small quaint Ohio town of Perrysburg, Sam says he sought out the movies rather than 'drinking and sledding.' The Dead Poets Society inspired him to become an actor. His passion for filmmaking began in high school where he'd shoot movies on VHS and offer free rentals in the local video store. He says taking control of the stories he wanted to tell was what compelled him to write and direct.
Recently he took his wife and kids to New Zealand to film the pilot Lumen which he says also touches on the realities of family, but with a sci-fi backdrop.
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Milling About visits the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. Our first stop is Cottonwood Canyon (www.cottonwoodcanyon.com) hosted by Randy. Known for their Pinot Noir, it's the first winery in Santa Barbara county to be put in caves; 6,000 square feet to keep the temperature and humidity constant for fine wines. They also have a European style 2001 Pinot with hints of earthy peat moss, mushroom truffle, caramel smoke and then the berries (in that order). Randy says their 'slap upside the head' perfect prime rib Syrah has red licorice and plum flavors. And their dessert Syrah comes with instructions to go perfectly with chocolate.
Our next stop is the Santa Barbara Winery (www.sbwinery.com) hosted by Shai. It's the oldest winery in the Funk Zone. Their white wine is produced on the premises and their reds are done at Lafond vineyards in the Santa Rita hills. Their Pinot Gris has aromatics of granny smith apple and green pear; Shai recommends it as a cocktail wine. Their Reislings have different levels of sweetness to the amount of alcohol; the less sugar goes well with spicy thai and the sweeter wine is described as a cheesecake dessert.
Our last stop is Riverbench Winery (www.riverbench.com) known for their sparkling wines; hosted by Cassie. Their Blanc de Blanc has notes of apple, kiwi and a toastiness that is attributed to an unfortunate fire but lends itself to a delicious smokey flavor. Check out their Valentine's Day mixer with a never before tasted Pinot and game night where you can taste wine and challenge yourself to Twister!
Milling About visits the Bath Street Inn in Santa Barbara, California. Host Robin Milling chats with co-owner Deborah about this lovely 1895 Victorian home which was gifted by Mr. Hales to his wife Abigail for their 50th wedding anniversary. In fact, Deborah tells Robin that The Abigail Room is the former master bedroom where guests have reported sightings of a white-haired woman sitting on the edge of their bed. This however was 15 years before their time with the inn so Deborah jokes that perhaps she's moved out!
The Bath Street Inn is a mixture of the old and the new with eight guest rooms. We stayed in The Rose Room, aptly named for the wallpaper which has a jacuzzi; perfect at the end of a long day walking downtown Santa Barbara. The newer Summer House with fireplaces and jacuzzis is adjacent to the wisteria covered courtyard where breakfast is also served. And breakfast is a healthier vegetarian alternative which Deborah says was put into place because the former owner wasn't exactly a morning person! Each morning homemade granola with seeds and nuts is served along with fresh fruit complimented by gourmet-style meatless dishes. You will never miss the meat or taste the difference as they are delicious as well as nutritious. During our stay we were served peach-topped croissant french toast, baked pear with ginger sauce, eggs florentine with raspberry muffins, and pain perdu with cherry berry stuffing...yum!
For more information visit www.bathstreetinn.com
Multi-talented performer Sam Harris joins host Robin Milling for a backstage chat about his one-man musical, 'Ham: A Musical Memoir,' now playing at Theater 511 at Ars Nova in New York City. Directed by Billy Porter, featuring pianist Todd Schroeder, the show is based on his autobiography, 'Ham: Slices of A Life.'
On stage Sam expertly tells stories, speaking about his life's journey from boyhood to the present; whether in song or candid monologues. He tells Robin he's embraced the term, 'ham,' recalling his earliest performance at three singing The Star Spangled Banner at a football game in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Sam says performing is everything to him. 'It was my coping mechanism being a little bit of a different kind of kid growing up in rural, Baptist South; the buckle of the bible belt! For a burgeoning gay showbusiness kid it was a little freaky especially being born in the early 60s.'
And for those not born in the 60s, Star Search was the American Idol of it's day, where Sam won the 1983 grand champion singer with his rousing rendition of 'Over The Rainbow.' He tells Robin he accepts the legacy, along with his other accomplishments as an actor, a writer, and a recording aritst.
Sam talks about the cathartic experience he feels exorcising his demons on stage, although some things were left in the book such as his alcoholism; celebrating 11 years sober. Even though the show is personal to his life experience, he tells Robin it's universal. 'I don't think there's anybody who doesn't feel outside. I don't think there's anybody who doesn't need to be told 'you're enough.''
For more about Sam visit http://www.samharris.com/
Wheat is known as The Staff of Life and has been used in the human diet for thousands of years as sustenance. Only more recently has this life giving grain been the cause of much negative press and nutritional studies... but why?
In this segment, Dr. Budweiser, founder of Weiser Living, will be discussing this controversial topic.
Some of the things he will be covering are:
The History Of Wheat
From Seed To Storage - What Happens?
Wheat Sensitivity And Gluten Intolerance
What About Celiac?
The Gut - Brain Connection - How Wheat May Be Sabotaging Your Mental Health
The Connection To Diabetes, Weight Gain And Blood Glucose Levels
Einkorn And Wheat’s Other Cousins
The Proper Preparation Of Grains
... and of course, much, much more!
So be sure to tune into another 30 minutes of mind blowing information that might just save your life!
Meanwhile, be sure to head on over to our blog at WeiserLiving.com
Thomas Jane brings in the new year with Vice, playing a futuristic cop investigating a resort run by Bruce Willis, where human-like androids (Ambyr Childers) programmed to fulfill a user's fantasy have gone off the grid. Jane tells host Robin Milling he is a Sci-Fi fan so the opportunity to tell the story which might be a cautionary tale of abusing technology in the present, intrigued him.
He admits he is not a fan of social media but got into the game with his own site, http://www.rawstudios.com/ where he can check in occassionally to a supportive forum of like-minded graphic novel enthusiasts. He jokes, 'Nobody has created a fake Thomas Jane account on my forum; at least not that I know of!'
Thomas' plans for 2015 are vast, with a second graphic novel in the works, and a western that he wrote which he hopes to direct. The working title is 'The Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand.' On the small screen he's got The Expanse for SyFy and the History channel's Texas Rising, which features his daughter making her acting debut alongside her dad. He tells Robin he was amazed by her talent, 'She was kind of uncanny. She must've absorbed it through some mechanism that we're not aware of, yet. There's some kind of morphogenic field out there where you can absorb experience from your parents somehow!'
The Grape And The Grain - Rock band from Kingston,NY...Debut S/T record out now...Tour dates announced soon & Acoustic EP from alternate versions of songs from full length outsoon..Check out their music & more @ www.facebook.com/thegrapeandthegrain
Unwed Teenage Mothers - Oxford,Mississippi Garage Punk band...Debut record "Goodnight Girls" out now on Blood 101 Records..Check out their music, tour dates & more @ www.facebook.com/unwedteenagemothers
A Love Like Pi - Electronica/Rock band from New York...New EP "Jack And The Giant" out now..Check out their music, tour dates & more @ www.facebook.com/alovelikepi
Unifier - Rock/Alternative band from North Carolina...New EP "Gutted" out March 24th on Spartan Records...Check out their music, tour dates & more @ www.facebook.com/unifierband
Why oh why do so many Americans fear big ideas? Seems like we'd rather have a President who is a stereotypical accountant than a bold-stroke leader.
I wasn't even going to get into the HIllary Clinton v. Elizabeth Warren game, much less the conga line of GOP clods. Yet the murmurs in media and, of course, online commenters has gotten sad and a bit toxic. The current foolish instant cliché about Warren is 1) she is too inexperienced to be Prez and 2) just look at what happened with this current inexperienced guy named Obama.
For Warren, let us recall that the same donkeys brayed that she was two one-dimensional and too inexperienced to be Senator. Instead, she strode into office with her tiny, slender body and quiet voice as a real warrior. She put the lie to accepted truth of the limits of new Senators being impotent. She has set the standard for what a legislator should accomplish.
She did it with bold, well-formulated ideas — big ideas.
I don't want her to leave the Senate for a run for the top office. Yet in her spot, she already is a template for what we should expect from politicians. We don't need another incrementalist. We don't need another political coward in the White House.
It all started with a beautiful boob. Mine. A picture...random of me in a bikini last summer let to a flood of appreciation from boob admirers across our great land...and maybe a few internationally too. As I was receiving all this glorious attention I decided to reach out to the men on the list of "likers" and "commenters" to get their perspective on engaging men in conversations about higher sexuality. If sex is going to be better both women AND men must engage.
Dane Henry was my first of many calls and boy was it a powerhouse period of co-creation. So much terrific mental and spiritual alignment around all things intimate. And then he read me a poem from his new book and I knew he had to be a guest on Oh-gasmic Living Radio! Woohoo!
I hope he'll read something for us, talk about his poetry project and get in there! Dane Henry!
Just where is Mrs. Anthony Weiner these days? The Muslim Brotherhood Princess, Huma Abedin, Hillary’s most trusted adviser used Hillarymail herself. Huma had unfettered access to the highest level of classified documents in the State Department under Hillary’s reign. Just what did she do with all of that valuable information?
What was Huma’s role in the Benghazi attack? Was she part of the cover up? And isn’t it interesting how she manages to cozy up to people in power, no matter how repulsive they may be? It’s long past time to take a closer look at Huma Abedin, aka Mrs. Anthony Weiner.
Megan Barth is the Founder and Proprietor of ReaganBaby.com, and a nationally recognized political commentator and women's right advocate.
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