The Lady at the Piano

“For more than ten years, Judy Gascon has volunteered once a week at [a Portland, OR, veteran’s] hospital, lending her musical talent from about nine a.m. to two p.m. The meticulous detail of her vintage look requires at least two hours of preparation for which she wakes at 5:30 every Tuesday.

“Gascon says she was inspired to volunteer at the hospital after finding a bag of her father’s letters from World War II not long after he passed away.”

Click here to get the story of her meaningful volunteer work. You can also see a video of her performing.

The Lady at the Piano from Ethan Rocke on Vimeo.

 

 

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Juan Felipe Herrera, the First Latino to be U.S. Poet Laureate

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In its nearly 80-year history, the position of U.S. Poet Laureate has been held by such poets as Robert Penn Warren, Robert Lowell, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, and Rita Dove. Juan Felipe Herrera will be the first Latino to hold the position. He just completed two years as California’s Poet Laureate. Read more about this inspiring former creative writing teacher here.

 

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Experience Talks 7/5: Mark Nepo and The Rev. Ed Bacon

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by EngAGE, Inc.

 

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Sunday 7/5 @ 5 PM PT:

MARK NEPO and THE REV. ED BACON

with host DR. CONNIE CORLEY

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This show is dedicated to the Founder of Experience Talks, the late Bobbee Zeno.

 

 

 

 

Mark Nepo credit Harpo Studios

MARK NEPO moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published sixteen books and recorded eleven audio projects. Recent work includes The Endless Practice (Atria), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014, Inside the Miracle (forthcoming from Sounds True, 2015), his book of poems, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013, a 6CD box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy (Sounds True, 2014), and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award. Mark was part of Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Tour in 2014 and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. The Exquisite Risk was cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it “one of the best books we’ve ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life.” Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. Please visit Mark at: www.MarkNepo.com, http://threeintentions.com and info@wmespeakers.com.

Ed Bacon

THE REV. ED BACON is rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California – a 4000-member inclusive, multi-ethnic urban parish with a reputation for effective social action and a radically inclusive spirit.  Rev. Bacon serves on the boards of several community organizations and interfaith groups, and is a passionate advocate for peace and justice in our community, the nation, and the world.  He has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday, a regular guest host on Oprah Radio’s Soul Series and a contributor on Oprah.com. He is the author of 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life.

 

 

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Article in Journal on Active Aging Focuses on EngAGE Communities

2015 JAA CoverThe Journal on Active Aging has published an excellent article by Marilynn Arkin, M.A., on Arts Colonies, and we’re delighted that the focus is on the EngAGE flagship communities created and developed by Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter. If you want to learn about how and why EngAGE was created and how important our programs are for the health and well-being of seniors, take a few minutes to read this!

Here’s just one of the important observations from Tim in this article:

From an arts colony’s programming perspective, “the biggest challenge is how people in the United States perceive aging and the self-stereotyping that results,” Carpenter reveals. “When you hear negative stereotypes of aging enough times, you start to believe them. So our first job is to undo the effects of that.” He acknowledges that’s not an easy task, especially in Los Angeles. [Ed. The city’s influential entertainment industry is notoriously ageist. For example, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, was recently told she is “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man.] “I’m in the heart of darkness here,” Carpenter admits. “But we’re doing all we can in designing our programming to improve perceptions of aging and to let people know they are capable of coming downstairs or walking across a courtyard to take a class.”

When you read what EngAGE programming has accomplished, you’ll see just how much it contributes to changing those perceptions of aging among the general populace and, equally important, among older adults. If you want to learn more about the non-profit EngAGE, Inc., please visit our website at www.engagedaging.org.

 

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Judi Dench and Ian McKellen Back New Theatre Company for Older Actors

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Good news from the U.K.: The Frontier Theatre Company, backed by actors Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, has been launched specifically to showcase the work of older actors.

The company was founded by James Roose-Evans, 87, who established the Hampstead Theatre and wrote the play “84 Charing Cross Road.” . . . Roose-Evans, 87, “told the Independent that many actors in their 60s, 70s and 80s ‘become invisible,’ and he was inspired to do something to redress the balance.” Read more here. [Hat tip to EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter for the link.]

 

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The Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments Joins EngAGE Communities

Thanks to EngAGE V.P. Nancy Goodhart for sending along the news and photos:

EngAGE is always delighted to begin serving a new community. This past spring, we were welcomed to The Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments. Meet and Greet Night was the event where Engage introduced our team and our programs, and invited residents to participate in a survey of interests. [Click on any photo to enlarge it.]

The Metro @ Compton Karaoke Night was the first social event for this new community, enabling residents to meet one another, eat, sing, and dance together. Held at dinner time — a full meal of chicken, potatoes, salad, and desserts was served — over 30 enthusiastic residents were in attendance. Door prizes were raffled, and Roy Southerland, The Karaoke
King, encouraged everyone to sing and dance. It was a very lively evening!

 

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Worth Repeating: A Body-Building Champion Helps Build Senior Bodies

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous
posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 6/29/14:

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Martin Luther King Addo is a two-time winner of the Mr. Ghana bodybuilding championship. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1999 and became a certified personal trainer. He now works out of his own storefront gym that he opened last summer inside Southbridge Towers, a housing development in Lower Manhattan that is home to many older adults.

Pete Molinelli, a court officer who lives in Southbridge Towers, said that the building’s seniors used to be “just kind of shut in.” And then Mr. Addo arrived.

“All of a sudden, it’s like there are all these new people in the neighborhood,” Mr. Molinelli said. “But no, they’ve been here forever. Addo brought them out.”

Click here for more info and a slideshow. Be sure to watch the video, too.

 

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Poet and Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 96

WRITING“Sixty years ago, [Lawrence] Ferlinghetti, now 96, was the principal publisher of an iconoclastic band of writers and poets known as the Beat Generation. Today, he’s still co-owner of City Lights, one of the most celebrated independent book stores in America. . . A Coney Island of the Mind was translated into more than a dozen languages. It would sell more than a million copies, making Ferlinghetti arguably the best-selling American poet of the last century.”

Read more and listen here.

 

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Experience Talks 6/28: Preston Maybank and Neil Koenigsberg

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by EngAGE, Inc.

 

PODCASTMiss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 

Experience Talks is on at a new time on a new day:

Weekly on Sundays at 5 PM PT ~ Join us!

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Sunday, June 28 @ 5:00 PM PT:

Preston Maybank and Neil Koenigsberg

with host Tim Carpenter

 

Preston Maybank

PRESTON MAYBANK has appeared as an actor in dozens of theatre, film and television productions, working in theatres throughout the US and Europe, including Joe Papp’s Public Theatre, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within, Aspen Fringe  and many others. He has appeared in numerous feature films and television shows, including “Longtime Companion,” “Wed-Lock,” “Abductions,” “Cybill,” “Matlock,” “Pride & Joy” and “Novocain” with Steve Martin. Host Tim Carpenter talks with Preston Maybank about the smooth transition from thespian to stop-motion filmmaker. For more info, find him on Facebook,  and find his film, The Agitated.

Neil Koenigsberg

 

NEIL KOENIGSBERG was a personal manager and executive producer with clients and projects that included Jeff Bridges, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Ally Sheedy, and the feature films Pollack, High Art and American Heart. He was the founder and owner of PMK, one of the leading entertainment public relations firms in the world. Tim Carpenter talks to Neil Koenigsberg about going from the large stage to the small stage, with his new play, “Off the King’s Road,” playing at the Odyssey Theatre through August 2nd.

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Artist Ed Moses at 89

Artistic EquipmentEd Moses has been painting for over 60 years. His was the second show at the now infamous Ferus Gallery in L.A., but his style of painting and drawing made him an anomaly there. His philosophy: “I asked myself one day, ‘What are you doing, Ed? Are you making pretty pictures? Are you making art?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not interested in art, and I’m not interested in making pretty pictures,’ but I am interested in discovering pictorial images that I hadn’t thought of before, so I invent ideas as I proceed that allows discoveries with the paint in whatever the situation is. One day, I noticed caterpillars, and as they traversed along the concrete, they would leave tracks where they’d been, so I like the idea that a brush could leave a track where it was, and therefore it would be like me tracking where I’ve been and where I’m going.”

Learn more about Ed Moses here. See “Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and ’70s” at LACMA through August 2nd. Ticket information and a video here.

 

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