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Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies amid aging pirates and retired German spies. Among other oddities her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist and a French pop singer.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently working on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.
While Sophie was writing Race to Tibet, she had set the first scene of the novel—an altercation between Gabriel Bonvalot and General Prejevalsky that may or may not be real—in Café Tortoni, a well-known café on the Rue des Italiens in Paris. But until today she had never known about the existence of this painting, even though she had been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston numerous times, although not prior to March 18, 1990, the day it was stolen.
To me, Cafe Tortoni, with its sophisticated ambiance and suave reputation, known for being the meeting place of politicians, intellectuals, scholars, dandies, and ladies of the demi-monde seemed to be the perfect setting to place two opposing characters, and how much more so now that I can see it through Manet's eyes.
According to Sophie, "All I can say is, Wow! and pray that someday Chez Tortoni is restored to its rightful place in the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, one of Boston's great cultural treasures. I spent close to 2 years researching the book before I ever put pen to paper. I feel I learned so much about the geography, the history, the culture, and the Great Game that I could teach a course on it! I still hope that one day I can visit Tibet."
On tonight's show we will share insight and perspectives on pressing issues affecting Black Americans!
--- We will discuss the riot in Baltimore - Call In!
--- Is what's going on in Maryland a spontaneous or scripted?
--- The controversy or contempt of a mother protecting her son.....
National Headlines: Everest College Closes Doors - Record Earthquake in Tibet Mt. Everest
THE SINGING BOWL~
A Tibetan monk embarks on a journey filled with harrowing dangers and strange mysteries. His quest is to find a lost book and save an ancient way of life. Under attack from Chinese Communists, a monk travelling the wilds of Tibet is given a daunting task--to bring a way of life back from the brink. That's the spellbinding journey revealed in Roy Dimond's new, action-packed adventure tale. Given an ancient artifact from his monastery, the sacred "Singing Bowl," the young monk beads out on a trek to find a lost book and reunite a broken circle to keep his centuries-old civilization alive.
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No foreigners are being allowed in Tibet, yet Michelle Cromer and her son August were allowed in, and have just returned with shocking news. Tibet is on the verge of extinction. Over 5000 Tibetans were kidnapped by the Chinese government in 2008. No one has seen or heard from them since. What has happened to them? No more Tibetans are being allowed to be monks. What will happen to Tibetan race? Why is Tibet's situation important to you? Listen to find out how you can help these forgotten people.
Ava Leigh Stewart is a prolific artist who specializes in creative development for film, television, and web. Stewart launched her film career after earning a film degree in London, England. She garnished attention after directing, producing, and writing an award winning short film called Keepers of the Gate in 2006. In 2011, she directed her feature debut film entitled, South of Southern. She has gone on to direct seven more feature films and countless other media projects. Stewart is currently working on the feature documentary entitled, Paradise Garden. She was one of the producers of the recently released feature documentary film, State of Control, which chronicles the humanitarian crisis in Tibet. Leigh founded the Southeastern Film Festival in 2013, second year in progress, we have over 1300 submissions from 44 countries. She believes in supporting independent film, so she offered a 30 day free entry period. In that time,she received over 40 films from countries that were under sanctions, like North Korea and Iran, where filmmakers don't have credit cards and can't enter festivals to promote their work. The first event this year took place in Dahlonega, Georgia and we screened 45 films from 24 countries over a long weekend, our next event will be in Nashville in November of 2015. Stewart is also an author whose work extends from poetry, to fiction and non-fiction novels, as well as screenwriting.
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Sister Jenna welcomes travel writer Pico Iyer on the America Meditating Radio Show! Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.
Pico Iyer was born in England, to parents from India, and was educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard. He began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel -- the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. He has written 12 books, exploring also the cultural consequences of isolation, whether writing about the exiled spiritual leaders of Tibet or the embargoed society of Cuba.
Pico’s latest focus is on another overlooked aspect of travel: how can it help us regain our sense of stillness and focus in a world where our devices and digital networks increasing distract us? He is a contributor to many magazines, writer of screenplays and liner-notes and introductions to 40 other books. His newest book is, "The Art of Stillness." Visit http://picoiyerjourneys.com and watch Ted Talk on the Art of Stillness.
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iGOD is a film that will be watched again and again, as we hope to engender an ongoing dialogue on God, and examine the possibility that humankind has misunderstood the nature of God. Perhaps it is time to explore those misunderstandings. Perhaps if God could say only one thing to the human race, he just might say, “You’ve got me all wrong!”
Rashmi Khilnani was born in Chandigarh, India, and was conceived and spent the first 6 years of her life in Cairo, Egypt.
Having lived and established a global business network with her former husband, inthe last 15 years she has gone on to studying and teaching with world-renowned avatars, gurus and teachers and become a specialist in Energy Medicine. She is on the forefront of bringing the ancient mystery school teachings of Egypt, India, Tibet, China and the Teachings of the Essenes into current time and making these teachings simple and accessible to people at all levels of soul journeying.
Rashmi is a modern mystic. She teaches and practices several healing modalities and has taught Reiki Masters, doctors, scientists and people from many walks of life the secrets of the Mystery School teachings. She is a global metaphysical teacher, urban shaman, international lecturer, artist, seminar leader and TV personality.
Rashmi's website is: http://www.rashmikhilnani.com/www.rashmikhilnani.com/Welcome.html
iGods website is: http://www.igodthefilm.com/
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Many dismiss traditional healing as being unscientific or superstitious, while others overly romanticize these healing modalities dismissing much that modern medicine has to offer. However, according to Phil Borges, Documentary Photographer/Filmmaker of: Enduring Spirit, Tibet: Culture On The Edge and CRAZYWISE, the value of my guest today, Marie-Rose Phan-Lê’s perspective is that her feet are planted in both the modern and traditional worldviews. He continued to state: Talking Story is a wonderful Bridge that spans across many cultures presenting an expanded view of healing and wellbeing.
Marie-Rose Phan-Lê has more than twenty years’ experience in film and television production (Northern Exposure, Prefontaine, Ace’s High). She is the founder and president of Healing Planet Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of ancient healing and spiritual traditions. Marie-Rose has traveled extensively for various projects, including her award-winning documentary film, Talking Story, a companion to her book Talking Story. She has transitioned her flourishing healing practice working one-to-one with individuals to focusing on the one-to-many, consulting with organizations, businesses, and other groups. She is currently the chief operating officer and creative director at High Impact Inc.
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Join April Claxton as she catches up with E Mark Wolf as his travels the globe. Find out what April and E have been up to over the past week: Birthdays, Monks and Miracles oh my! They will also discuss March Awareness and what that continues to mean as this bumpy month brings us into our beautiful Light.
What happens when an intuitive male and female come together to talk about the Universe, Life, Lessons and Love? An entire hour of miracles and magic unfolds! Join April Claxton and E Mark Wolf Mondays 8pm EST- Guru Within U Radio!
April Claxton is an internationally acclaimed psychic medium, author and speaker who inspires her Spirit Posse to dive deep, get real and create radical change. She is also the host of Spirit Posse Radio, Sundays 11am EST on BlogTalk Radio and is the founder of www.TheMovementWithin.com. To find out more about April, visit her at www.SpiritPosse.net.
E Mark Wolf a published author, public speaker, holistic healer and energy medium who has spent years traveling, studying, and practicing a variety of spiritual principles. His background is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Zen simplicity, Taoist balance, Reiki healing, Vedic traditions & ancient Christian scripture. Spending time practicing solitude by fasting and meditating in nature, E Mark has dedicated his life to spiritual devotion. E has incorporated transcendental guided meditation and Chakra balancing techniques into his everyday life activities. Following his soul path, E Mark is currently teaching others how to love more and fear less. To find out more about E, visit him at www.ChakraU.com.
New Book Links Ancient Cultures to Mysterious Archeological site of Gobekli Tepe
How could multiple ancient cultures, spanning both years and geography, have strikingly similar creation myths and cosmologies? Why do the Dogon of Africa and the civilizations of ancient Egypt, India, Tibet, and China share sacred words and symbols? Revealing the existence of a long-forgotten primal culture and the world’s first center of higher learning, Laird Scranton shows how the sophisticated complex at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is the definitive point of origin from which all the great civilizations of the past inherited their cosmology, esoteric teachings, and civilizing skills, such as agriculture, metallurgy, and stone masonry, fully developed.
Laird Scranton is a recognized authority on Dogon mythology and symbolism. A frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast to Coast AM and Red Ice Radio, he has been a featured speaker at national conferences on ancient mysteries, including the Paradigm Symposium. He is the author of several books, including The Science of the Dogonand China’s Cosmological Prehistory. He lives in Albany, New York.
ving been raised in a very abusive environment, I decided to serve my country in the military. My duties and expertise led me to Vietnam. My search for peace and higher understanding led me to a Zen Buddhist Monastery in South Vietnam, my first encounter with monks and their traditions. I became a Zen Priest through this experience. My natural curiosity, blended with a very acute intuitive sense led me to deeper questions of life and the purpose of self. The monks began to insist that I should learn of Issa? I later learned that Issa, Jesus, had spent much time in what is now known today as India, Pakistan, Ladak, Nepal, and Tibet before returning to the Middle East. Was Jesus taught what He knew? This truly inspired my personal search for knowledge to somehow recreate the Master’s 18 years not mentioned in the Bible. Pushed by this dream for Universal Truth, I traveled to India following an inner urge which led me to my greatest teachers and lessons, Tibetan Masters. They guided me through India, Nepal, and twice into Tibet. While in this part of the world I adapted to the life of a monk.
When I returned home after working with my Eastern teachers I wanted to understand the belief system and studied the greatest belief system of all Religion and Theology, becoming quite interested and fascinated by the field of Metaphysics in the process. Through my years of studies with Zen and Tibetan Monks as well as the Cree and Blackfoot Native Traditions, this true American Monk offers an unparalleled approach to understanding how we directly influence our own experiences. My journey was one of self Mastery, Empowerment while achieving an inner Divine nature. My book is entitled ‘A Metaphysical Interpretation
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