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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 discuss a controversial interpretation of Stevie Wonder's masterpiece Innervisions. You heard it...but did you really listen? *Cynical Afrikan will be on board to discuss the latest perverse behavior in white supremacy.
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
On this episode of Redeeming Truth, hear the incredible testimony of Amanda Burcham. Mrs. Burcham grew up in a Mormon home before tragic events led her to agnosticism and later to the occult. In amazing fashion, God transformed her life through the radical salvation found in Jesus Christ. Mrs. Burcham would later serve as a Christian missionary to Hawaii, China, and Tibet sharing the transforming message of Christ Jesus. Hear how God can make a radical difference in a person's life in this incredible testimony.
Tonight at 8PM EST Candelo's Corner will feature a live interview with a personal friend of mine: Tata Manuel Congo, inventor of the Lucumi Tarot and initiated Ajarn, Freemason, Kimbisero, Kimbandero, Hougan and Gnostic Bishop.
An expert on Italian witchcraft and noted enthologist and anthropologist, Manuel has spent decades traveling to the far reaches of the globe in search of the knowledge of secret societies and tribal sorcery. From Tibet to Thailand to Togo, there's almost nowhere he hasn't been!
Manuel will be calling in from Europe tonight to describe a bit about what he has learned and if we are lucky, maybe even do a few readings... keep your fingers crossed!
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Jim Davidson is a high–altitude climber, an expedition leader, a professional speaker, and an expert on resilience. From his 33 years of adventure and survival, Jim distills compelling stories and uplifting lessons about how we can all be more resilient. He has climbed high mountains from Argentina to Tibet. And, Jim was climbing Mount Everest during the massive Nepal earthquake in April 2015. Jim authored a best-selling survival memoir, The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival. He has shared his incredible stories and insights with CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Smithsonian Channel, PBS and many other media outlets around the world.
WEBSITE and CONTACT INFO:
You can see some of Jim’s exclusive videos from the earthquake on Mount Everest on his blog at www.speakingofadventure.com
Or follow Jim’s adventures at:
Jim’s regular hiking partner is Jake the Wonder Dog
Jim has been married for 26 years and has two grown children.
He climbed Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) with my daughter, in Africa
Jim raises money for The dZi Foundation to help with Nepal’s earthquake recovery
He previously worked as an environmental geologist, and also painting high-voltage electrical transmission towers!
We are looking forward to another live channeling through our two seasoned channels, James McConnell and Dr Sue Sammarco, in Glendale, Arizona.
Today's show will include a live message from our Beloved Lord Jesus Sananda and his Divine Complement, Lady Nada - quite an event!
We also look forward to Q & A with One Who Serves, from Tibet, and with Ashira, the higher aspect of Susan Sammarco.
Both James and Susan have decades of spiritual channeling behind them and the show moves along very fast. We often have susrprise visits from the Masters and the Galactics.
You won't be disappointed!
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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.
Join Rick Vaicisu,The Flyway Film Festival Director and Rex Sikes discussing what's new at the upcoming 8th Fest in Pepin, Wisconsin. October 21-25, 2015. Flyway showcases top-notch emerging filmmakers from across the globe. Flyway has won accolades from industry pros, filmmakers, and audiences.Opening night film is The Driftless Area, starring John Hawkes, Zooey Deschanel, and Anton Yelchin. World premieres at the festival are Pictures of Lily, by British director Mark Banks; Remittance, by Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman, and Second Honeymoon, by Dutch filmmaker Kristjan Knigge. There are workshops and mentor sessions with industry experts Seed&Spark's Erica Anderson, King is a Fink's Julie Keck and Jessica King, location manager Charlotte Ariss, and filmmakers Emily Ting (It's AlreadyTomorrow in Hong Kong) and Norah Shapiro (Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile). Ted Hope and Brian Newman, will be around to chat with attendees. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com Visit and subscribe to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat Blog at http://www.RexSikesMovieBeat.me for articles and more about our industry.
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Ava founded the Southeastern Film Festival in 2013 with a group of filmmakers to promote independent film distribution in smaller towns in the South. It is the festival’s third year in progress, we have over 1900 submissions from 52 countries in just 3 months, surpassing the entire total of entries in 2015 in just three months. The first event for 2015 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 May of 2016. This year the festival has screened 80 films from 24 countries, our next event will be in Nashville in November of 2015. 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.
If you can breathe, you can meditate. Veteran teacher Dean Sluyter shares helpful, highly approachable insights from his new book Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice. Dean teaches us that the key is simply allowing, simply being, and with his practical, gentle guidance, you can discover a meditative "vehicle" that works for you.
A lifelong explorer of natural meditation practices from both the East and the West, Dean has extensive experience teaching thousands of students from all walks of life, including prisoners, tech innovators, filmmakers, high school students and entrepreneurs. He has completed numerous retreats and pilgrimages in Tibet, India, Nepal and Europe.
Dean has been interviewed in many popular media venues and has led workshops for decades in the United States. He is also the author of The Zen Commandments: Ten Suggestions for a Life of Inner Freedom, Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies and Why the Chicken Crossed the Road: & Other Hidden Enlightenment Teachings from the Buddha to Bebop to Mother Goose.
Dean's web site: DeanSluyter.com
Program music copyrighted by Grammy award winner Larry Seyer (LarrySeyer.com), included in this podcast with his permission. Visit FrontierBeyondFear.com to learn about the inspirational outreach of this program, now in its 5th year.
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