Convivium: “That’s All She Wrote”

For six months, The Flourishing Artist Writing Spa was a beautiful, serene writing retreat where four serious writers produced great independent work writing for change and healing. We held a reading and convivial celebration of the closing of this space and the positive new beginnings that it has created. Kristen Caven, Lyndsey Ellis, Linda L….

Carnevale 2018… postponed!

Ci dispiace tanto! Due to “Acqua Alta” we have had to postpone this year’s festa until further notice! The organizers were “flooded” with a confluence of events that caused us to “pull the plug… ” for now. Piangiamo oceani di lacrime… but we look forward to the next time! By popular demand, Carnevale returns to…

The Fountain of YOU…KEYNOTE

January 7-14 is Wellness Week at The Bellevue Club. Kick off your 2018 with inspiration and energy! KEYNOTE: Sunday, January 7th, 5:30p.m. $10 donation • No-Host Cocktails • Free Parking The Fountain of Youth is a myth that spans centuries, over many cultures and continents. Keynote speaker Kristen Caven, who holds a degree in Myth…

Feeling the Power of ZORGOS!

On October 15, 2017, The Zorgos Awards were served up to the community, along with a delicious banquet at Oakland’s beautiful Bellevue Club. Each nominee was introduced with a stack of words that represent qualities that make up “Zorgos,” the superpower that prevents bullying per the book, The Bullying Antidote. As the words were put into a…

October 15th is Zorgos Day!

Join us on Sunday, October 15th for some powerful dialogues about bullying … and recognition of local heroes who are creating better futures! After two years connecting with dozens of Oakland organizations, we have completed our giveaway of 3,000 copies of The Bullying Antidote! During this time we have also seen bullying reach new depths, especially…

Infused with Happiness

The Infusions are Steve Luntz, Nancy Peterson, Steve Witt, and Maeve Elise Brown, musicians who met at a tea shop and decided to harmonize. They usually sing at Sophie’s Cuppa Tea in Montclair Village, but tonight their fans all gathered for a delicious meal and music in the Crystal Lounge. The room was full of…

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life!

My first Creative Convivium on August 9th was a sweet success! Lunch-goers swooned to Ms. Alise’s soaring delivery of “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life” from the balcony loft, smiled to Mrs. De Aguilar’s cheerful rentition of “Sunny Side of the Street,” and sang along to “Accentuate the Positive,” highlighting the goals of The Flourishing Artist…

Convivium: “La Dolce Vita”

What does the sweet life have to do with the sweet spot? How many sweet spots make up the sweet life? Is the sweet life one big sweet spot or would that get boring? Do sticky spots make the sweet life less sweet? Why is it that the sweet life is also savory? On August…

The Flourishing Artist LAUNCH!

This summer, I am thrilled to present a new creative effort that goes to another level. It’s not theater, it’s not literature, it’s not a performance: it’s YOU. I woke up one morning and realized the people who are most attracted to my literary works and death-defying creative efforts are the coolest people in the world….

Momedy Hour

Motherhood elevates us to the loftiest heights… …And sinks us to depths we never imagined.  I’ve been wanting to host a comedy hour for moms to share their stories since I was schlepping toddlers around like so many sacks of sentient, happy-mouthed, farting potatoes. My friends and I would crack each other up on those life-saving…

Book Launch: The Vesuvian Affair

I  don’t know what was more heart stopping—the weird adventure that inspired me, the dangerous feeling of discovering new literary territory, or finding the nerve to read something “a-spicy” to an audience…. but altogether, bringing Carla White’s hot supernatural romance to life through Cosima was like stepping into an alternate universe. The “Afternoon at the Caffe Florian” Carnevale…