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The “gong bath” has become a popular wellness practice. People come to shed their stress and take a psycho-acoustic getaway to heightened states of consciousness. The gong induces a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, resulting in an expanded sense of awareness and wholeness. A gong bath can look like a big slumber party; everyone lays down on thick pads around the gong and is “bathed” in waves of resonance from these ancient instruments for an hour or two. Using a variety of mallets, the gong-master can create complex...
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Flashback to 2010 in Iraq with Sean Haggerty's SEAL team returning to base camp upon completion of a successful mission, thirsting for a cold beer, while knowing full well that none would be found in the marketplace. Haggerty took corrective action and called stateside, requesting friends to send over the necessary ingredients for a home brew. Soon thereafter, pouring from an improvised Gatorade cooler, came the first rendition of a Protector brewed craft beer. With the seed or "hop" if you will, now planted in mind, Haggerty began to envision that upon completion of his...
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Magic Mike Stilwell combines magic with personality, bowler or top hat in place, a warm Cheshire cat smile across his lips, with his masterful, decades-honed expertise, he leaves both young and old in total wonderment and sheer delight. As one of the country's leading corporate magicians, Stilwell finds his calendar filling years in advance, and understandably so given the utmost quality of his masterful performance and the utter astonishment of those in attendance at his magical routine. Witnessing his slight of hand, while incredibly close to his audience, leaves one in amazement that it...
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A Keto-styled diet has been around for decades, similar to the (Atkins Diet), the focus is on a very low carbohydrate intake and an abundance of high fat and some protein. Those who follow the plan can choose what percentage of fat and protein to ingest, while keeping true to a very low carb meal plan. The Keto diet has been shown to be effective in reducing body weight, and studies indicate that it may have beneficial effects on diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. A strict following of the diet results in the body becoming highly efficient at using a person's body fat for energy,...
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While in Quebec, LeBlanc’s passion had always been in the arts, and he felt confident in his ability to pursue a degree in architecture in Los Angeles, California, especially with English being so prevalent in schools throughout Montreal. Yet shortly after arriving in LA, the entertainment capital of the world, he began hearing how he looked like Tom Cruise. Only once had anyone in Canada ever compared him to the "Risky Business" actor. Remembering dressing up as Maverick from "Top Gun" for a 2011 Halloween party, where the reactions were so immediate, so positive...
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Upon arrival into the wonder that is India, one begins to sense a pulsating rhythm that seemingly orchestrates this multi-tiered democracy of over one billion inhabitants. Clearly, it is impossible to look in a single direction and capture all of the colors, sights or sounds emanating from such a diversified populace. Although the government recognizes Hindi as the Mother tongue, with 30 different languages spoken across the country, English is recognized as India’s second language and most Indians that a traveler will meet speak very proper English.With former palaces reserved for...
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Holistic is a buzzword nowadays, and the Encinitas and Leucadia areas have long been leaders of the pack. Eastern fashions, healthy eating, and ancient practices like yoga have exploded in popularity in recent years. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the who person, body, mind, and spirit or emotions in a quest for optimal health and wellness. It addresses the root causes...
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The Nonprofit Cinderella’s Attic assists young women to rise above economic challenges to attend their high school prom in style. What to wear to prom can feel like the most monumental fashion decision in a young woman's life, but for many young women in San Diego, a prom dress is a luxury they just can’t afford. One recent survey put the average...
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This women led movement of predominately Latinas in National City, San Diego joined together in 2010 to help conquer a health crisis in their lower-income community, resulting in successes that were beyond what anyone could imagine. These were mothers seeking a healthier lifestyle in order to address a personal or family crisis resulting from diabetes, obesity or other health related issues....
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If done in earnest, searching for a tour operator or an agency to handle the all-important services required upon arrival in a foreign country can be an arduous task. Given the wealth of opportunities online from the very large, well-established firms to the cyclo driver offering guide service from a thatched-roof kiosk in a Third World country, one has an abundance of choices. Some of those...
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The original "National Horse Show" has its origin at Madison Square Garden where it was first held in 1883 and continued its presence until 2011 when it was moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The tradition of showing horses runs deepest on the East Coast with the Del Mar National, considered by most to be the finest within the western region. Begun in 1945 as a component of the Del...
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Bringing back the Northern White Rhino certainly would be cause for celebration, and the Beckman Center at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR) is a key player in the collection and preservation of living cells taken from endangered species worldwide. Established in 2004, it has a variety of research groups actively engaged in conservation genetics, reproductive...
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Myanmar (Burma), a decades long cloistered community, not long ago opened its doors to the outside world, offering exciting opportunities for the willing traveler wishing to experience a truly unique and wondrous journey. Thought of as the "Land of Pagodas", it has been one of the world's least traveled countries, and remains cloaked in ancient mysteries. Yangon (Rangoon), its capital, is the...
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"It was on a remarkably clear day in the gardens of Buckingham Palace that in February 2015, Dame Sandra Rhodes was granted Damehood by Queen Elizabeth of England. "Never would have I thought at age 12, chalking in "Doodlebugs" in the London shelter with V2 rockets flying overhead that I would one day be standing in the gardens at the palace with such recognition. I didn't even know what a...
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Gabrielle Benot, of Latvian descent, has developed a reputation as a major figure in equestrian art. Showcased within galleries and by private parties on a global scale, she is passionate about capturing the equestrian experience in artistic form. The artistic quality of her work transcends genre classification, her artistry reflecting elements of abstract, impressionism and modern art. Aside from her teachers at the Royal Fashion Academy, she was in influenced and inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, and Pino Daeni, among others. Her creative genius was on...
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Local executive producers Patti Judd and Gregory Shockro and GPS Film Partners announce the release of their film "An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn", an edgy unconventional romantic-comedy, which debuted as an audience favorite at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Universal Pictures. Beverly Luff Linn's west coast premier took place Monday night, October 8th to a full house at Hollywoods's historic Grauman's Egyptian Theater with cast and filmmakers hitting the red carpet prior to the screening with an intimate after party held at Essex & Beauty. A local pre-release...
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Eliza Friedman, founder and jewelry designer of Jewels With A Purpose created a unique and innovative approach that offers a stunning collection of Italian jewelry for sale by silent auction at fundraising events nationwide. Friedman began this enterprise some 13 years ago and presently is positioned on the West Coast while her partner is on the East Coast; the combination of which is helping over 200 charities raise money to support their programs.

These talented ladies continuously think outside the box and consistently create an aura of high fashion with their magnificent displays, be...
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A behind the scenes photo display and video capsule of the professional talent that joined together at a photo shoot for Cover on some of the editions used in the September/October issues of Discover Magazines, out in digital format in early September followed by hard copies to be distributed throughout San Diego. The Cover photo shoot, lasting some 6 hours, highlights the glamour in attending some of the many fine galas held throughout the year in San Diego. Included within the pages of the forthcoming issue is a guide to assist in choosing the perfect combination leading to a grand...
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Established in 1937 by Paramahansa Yogananda, the Self Realization Fellowship, its 17-acre site a prominent fixture along the South Coast Highway in Encinitas, welcomes visitors the world over to follow the teachings of Kyira Yoga, founded a long time passing in Eastern India. The center is open to all, be it to follow the teachings covered during its daily sessions or merely to enjoy the pleasure of visiting its manicured gardens, beautifully intertwined with Koi ponds and spectacular cliffside views of the Pacific shoreline. One must enter the grounds and walk the paths to gain a...
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Leave there be no doubt that this fascinating adventure by private vehicle, private boat, private driver and private guide, each night placing one’s head to pillow within the very finest of accommodations on site, whilst journeying to the spectacularly unique and culturally enriched highlights of the Southeast Asian Basin will ignite a mixture of...
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Many people have previously experienced or know someone who has put their back out. There is a sudden onset of pain and a feeling that you cannot or should not move. What most people do not realize is that our pets commonly experience this problem as well. Intervertebral disc herniation, also known as a slipped disc is one of the most common neurological problems in dogs. Dogs with short legs...
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Holistic is a buzzword nowadays, and the Encinitas and Leucadia areas have long been leaders of the pack. Eastern fashions, healthy eating, and ancient practices like yoga have exploded in popularity recently. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person, body, mind, and spirit or emotions when in a quest for optimal health and wellness. It addresses the root causes of a condition, not the symptoms. Throughout Encinitas and Leucadia, holistic medicine practitioners have taken different routes to achieve the same goal; complete health of not only the body, but also...
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As a young child, I remember going to the local zoo, and how mesmerized I was by all the animals. Now as an adult, although the experience is by no means the same, different animals, different park, gown older, there is one common thread ~ the deeper meaning behind the animals that it holds for each of us individually.  I am referring to the ancient symbolism of the animals, which the Native...
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Born and raised in San Diego, his father a Pastor, who overtime began a church of his own in El Cajon, raised the family as church goers who both sang at choir and played piano. Although all of the siblings could sing, none ever chose to make a career of it, nor did Randy at the very start. His mother, the pianist in church, and who also promoted piano within the home provided all of the family with a steady diet of piano and song. 

Connecting with Randy at his long held gig in Rancho Santa Fe, we find a passion within him that has continued strong these many years with each night's...
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Henna is a plant under the botanical name: Lawsonia Inermis, which is found grown in India, South Asian and North African countries. Natural Henna is made with dry leaves mixed with hot water, lemon, sugar and some natural oils. The mixture is then transferred into a small plastic tube with a fine point to allow for intricate designs. Applied on the skin it is slightly raised and once absorbed by the body it is completely dry. As a few hours pass, it begins to flake off of the skin leaving an impression of the design created by the artist. At first it is a light orange in color, then...
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La Jolla ~ The Jewel of San Diego ~ where one goes for beautiful views, upscale shopping, gourmet restaurants and ..... spiritual advising? And why not? For centuries, people have sought out directions for all facets of their lives, even if most would not seek this path for a bearing on what lies ahead or might they given mystic the powers of a true psychic. What better location for some calming treatment and insight ~ nestled among the jewelry shops and fine art galleries on ritzy Prospect Street, 1224 is tucked away down a shaded brick walkway with a rather magnificent view of the...
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Upon arrival into the wonder that is India, one begins to sense a pulsating rhythm that seemingly orchestrates this multi-tiered democracy of over one billion inhabitants. Clearly it is impossible to look in a single direction and capture all of the colors, sights or sounds emanating from such a diversified populace. Although the government recognizes Hindi as its Mother tongue, with 30...
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Sadie Hawkins' night at the Jabberwocky was pure gold and I was the Godfather of Disco. Those were the times that spawn rich memories and which having lasted a lifetime can be recalled vividly on a moment's notice. There really is no describing just how colorful and dynamic were those days as we were moving into a new era of music and dance, filling the dance floor with standing room only for the night long. Connecting with Ron Jones, who has become The Voice of La Jolla reflects on his many years as a Disc Jockey in the times of "Wolfman Jack" with the music and dance craze that swept...
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Josef Oszuscik has tuned some of the finest pianos in the world for some of the best known celebrities and yearly is invited to Steinway headquarters in New York City to work with the Masters of the trade. Never having played the piano, rather the violin, seems an unorthodox approach for one to become a Master tuner, however, Josef reveals that playing a piano and tuning a piano are two...
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Plagued by restless nights, daytime drowsiness, and interrupted breath while sleeping, Jay Levitt suspected he suffered from sleep apnea. Fearing the process of finding a solution would be arduous, he delayed seeking help as long as possible. Over the course of time, there came the recognition that the condition was growing worse and a course of action had to be pursued, however dire the process. His concerns proved all too accurate. After navigating a needlessly complex path of diagnosis and treatment, his entrepreneurial spirit convinced him that there had to be a better way to a good...
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Be they Thoroughbreds from the racetrack, from families no longer able or choosing to care for them, from the auction block or a feedlot, each is lovingly spared and welcomed to their sanctuary by one great lady who continues to be intensely passionate about providing these magnificent animals a safe place for comfort and healing. Celia Sciatica has known horses since the age of 10, and although she herself nearly measures 5, 1", she has ridden, trained and help manage horses all of her adult life. It is the intensity of her passion in caring for these discarded animals that stands her...
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John Robbins for decades has been a leader in the revolution for healthy eating while exposing the factory farms and the mistreatment of animals in America. In hoping to enlighten Americans with how this nation deals with its food policies, he is inciting urgency for us to take responsibility for our food choices and supporting life on a healthier planet. Finding that most in this country have less than a healthy diet and a vast percentage actually obese, John focuses on a means to end that cycle and improve upon the norm. It was shortly after his experience at the log cabin that Robbins...
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Travelers may recall the early years when napkins first appeared at the dinner hour and plumbing actually disposed of waste efficiently or perhaps recall when the majority of the populace wore Mao-styled jackets and in-country flights were often delayed or cancelled. Entry into China through immigration and customs was tedious, with foreign magazines confiscated and the process hours long....
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Harboring a vibrant tenor's voice, softly spoken Luigi Luevano at 74 years is revered among opera buffs throughout all of San Diego. Over the many years, he has performed at a variety of venues, including the Hotel Del Coronado, La Valencia Hotel, the Westgate Hotel, L'Auberge in Del Mar and at wedding events locally and in Palm Desert. While not under contract, Luigi would perform at many of the smaller restaurant venues where he built his following of admirers who would travel to listen to his performance while at whichever location they would find him.

Catching up with Luigi in the lobby...
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Computer programming teaches more than one would imagine for a child or young adult. It has long been acknowledged that the activities that are part of a child's growing years shape the way that they think as adults. Enabling kids to create software can have a profound and positive impact on their personal development at an age that is most meaningful. Aside from the fact that creating your own computer games is simply a lot of fun, there are many reasons why kids can benefit from learning to code, and all can be identified as very important facets in their growth at that early age in...
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Singing Bowls have been used since ancient times for their therapeutic value. To fully grasp an understanding of how sound can improve your health you must see yourself as a spirit (energy) with a Divine design and specific vibration. The sound of the bowl aligns us to our personalized blueprints. Our blueprints infuse into the physiology of our human bodies through the nervous system. When our charkas are aligned they greatly assist our bodies to return to their original perfection. We are talking about the quantum level of our being. Singing Bowls are here to help to raise your...
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GPS FILM PARTNERS, an independent film financing company, led by Gregory Shockro, Patti Judd, and Stephanie Brown, just announced their latest film, AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN has been selected into the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The preeminent Festival takes place Jan 18-28 in Park City Utah, LUFF LINN’s world premiere is Saturday night, January 20th, on opening weekend. For the 2018 Festival, 110 feature-length films were selected from 13,468 features and shorts submissions, representing 29 countries and 47 first-time filmmakers. Shockro is a veteran indie film producer with...
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Arrival into Bangkok to be met by our private driver with VIP treatment from the very start - An early am arrival whisked us to our accommodation, a former 1920's residence converted to a beautiful hotel in 2009. David, the owner, joined us for breakfast and provided a wealth of local knowledge. On this free day, we maneuvered the Sky Train to the Chao Phraya River to view the never-ending parade of unique water craft that ply the waters. Enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at the Riverside Restaurant aside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel followed by a "Jet-Lag" massage in their beautifully appointed...
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Years of development, planning and funding are about to culminate in the Grand Opening of the Living Lab, a partnership between the Ocean Discovery Institute and the San Diego Unified School District to build a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the study of science and conservation with its location in the heart of City Heights. Understandably ecstatic about the opening is the Executive Director and Founder of Ocean Discovery Institute, Shara Fisler. Most days she can be found on site at the newly constructed facility overseeing its development and enthusiastically providing...
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Hoffman International Properties made a generous donation to the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego at the recently held Gingerbread City Gala held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. "Ultimate Heart", a royally bred Arabian mare is a purebred that was foaled in 2007 and sired by "Ultimate Bey", a National Champion and sire of a National Champion and a Reserve National Champion. "Ultimate Heart's"...
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