Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jeff Lisenby's Christmas CD -- Jazz in Time for the Holidays

A successful Kickstarter campaign has resulted in the release of musician Jeff Lisenby's newest CD -- Walkin' the Winter Wonderland, a solo piano collection of 20 Christmas tunes mostly in the swing style.

 It is available for purchase here:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hillenglade is a Place of Hope and Healing

  For information about Hillenglade™, an Equine-Assisted Program that provides time away in the country for Military Veterans and their families, visit

Hillenglade™ Equine-Assisted Program is a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Charitable Organization based in Nashville. It provides time away in the country for military veterans and their families to enjoy the therapeutic wonder of horses, relax, restore relationships, and mend hearts. It is head by actress and model Jennifer O'Neill.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Notes: Canyon Road: A Book of Prayer by Kari Kristina Reeves

From the publisher:
An exquisitely designed treasury of more than 300 spirit-provoking prayers, “Canyon Road: A
Book of Prayer” (ATLAS Spiritual Design, November 2013) by Kari Kristina Reeves offers a striking array of possibilities to stimulate the spiritual and creative life.

With its pristine introductions to 16 types of prayer, “Canyon Road” offers experiential guidance for anyone exploring Christian spirituality or seeking divine inspiration.

Drawing on her work as a spiritual guide, Reeves, “a modern-day psalmist,” welcomes her readers into a moving literary experience that powerfully and practically equips them to exercise their voice in prayer. In her debut book, Reeves displays the expressive range of a virtuoso, moving effortlessly between short, quiet prayers that can be spoken in a single breath and expansive, elaborate articulations of the human spirit’s deepest longings.

These heartfelt prayers, which are spoken in diverse genres, styles and languages, demonstrate how to deal with universal struggles such as healing, forgiveness, temptation and betrayal.

“Canyon Road: A Book of Prayer” recently was awarded first place in the General Trade–Poetry category at the 2013 New York Book Show. Purchase of the nearly 500-page hardcover edition includes complimentary access to the digital e-book and to Canyon Road: The Gallery, an online collaborative space where readers can view the work of others and submit their own creations.

Reeves’ background includes Entertainment Weekly; ESI Design and Christ Church Santa Fe, where she served as Director of Christian Spirituality and Art and provided soul care on Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s acclaimed art district. A professionally trained ballet dancer, Reeves holds a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

ATLAS Spiritual Design, Inc. creates intuitive materials and interactive spaces to help people experience God through the power of Beauty. ATLAS pioneers the multi-disciplinary Spiritual DesignSM process, crafting instruments for the interior journey through the integration of art
and spirituality. To learn more, visit

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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