THE SOUND OF GRAVEL tells the story of my childhood and the dramatic situations and conditions that my siblings and I endured growing up in the polygamous community of Colonia LeBaron. My mother had married my father at the age seventeen. He was forty-two and already had four wives. He was the self-proclaimed prophet of the church I grew up in, The Church of the Firstborn.
My father's brother Ervil LeBaron, the infamous Mormon Manson, had him assassinated in an attempt to gain control of the church when I was just three months old. Three years after he died, my mom remarried another polygamist who eventually had four wives. She had six more children with him. We were raised mostly in rural Mexico, and as the eldest non-handicapped daughter, I was my mom's right-hand. The only thing women were expected to do in LeBaron was bear and raise children.
It wasn't an easy childhood by any stretch of the imagination, but there were many happy moments between my mom, and my siblings, many of whom I'm still very close with today.
Colleen Saidman Yee is the founder of Yoga Shanti in Sag
Harbor, New York and New York City. She is also a featured instructor of Gaiam
Yoga Online. Mrs. Saidman Yee is internationally renowned for her yoga
instruction and a postitive voice in the yoga community. She is the author of the
bestseller, Yoga for Life, and a dedicated wife and mother. Website: http://colleensaidmanyee.com/
How would you define the practice of
The practice of yoga is not really something that you can
define.It is different for everyone
that steps on the mat, or sits on a cushion. There is a stereotype that yoga
means asana. It is much more than just taking shapes with the body. It is using
the body as a means to train the mind. Mr. Iyengar says that the way to find
the spark of divinity is through the body. There is an intimacy and an
understanding of one’s self and one’s actions that leads to greater
understanding, connection, and kindness.
What has inspired you to make yoga a
central focus of your life?
Yoga is a central focus of my life because it is. I fell in
love. I touched, saw, smelled, tasted, and even heard the internal shift that a
consistent practice of asana, pranayama, meditation, and study provides. It is
a dear friend that I can’t live without.
How can practicing yoga be an
antidote to our frenetic, technology driven society?
When you get on the mat. It is you and yourself. Not you and
your phone or you and all the other distractions. The noise is a way of
avoiding getting to know the true you. Silence can be uneasy in such a frenetic
world. We can be addicted to stimulation and drama. Hitting the pause button is
like plugging your phone in when the batteries are low. Instead of tuning out
with chaos, tune in with love.
Your spouse, Rodney Yee, is also a
prominent yogi. How does the practice enhance your relationship?
Rodney and I speak the same
language. Yoga is like a child that we both share a love for. We hold mirrors
up for each other on a daily basis. It is not always easy, but we hold each
other accountable. We help each other keep it real. The yoga practice that we
share cuts through the bullshit.
Do you feel that yoga should be
taught in schools?
Absolutely, yoga should be
taught in schools. It is a tool that should be in every kid’s toolbox.
Bullying comes from low self-esteem, and fear. Yoga can help get to know
yourself and befriend a body that is changing, and instill confidence.
What are your favorite poses and why?
poses are plow and seated forward bends. I like to go quiet. These two poses
create relaxation and turning inwards. Just like most of us, I am exhausted a
lot of the time. Forward bends are a great antidote for stress.
What would you say to someone who says that they are too busy or
too old to try yoga?
Are you too
busy to feel good? Really? You don’t have 20 minutes a day to spend with
yourself. If you aren’t willing to do it for yourself, do it for your loved
ones. They will benefit. Anyone can practice yoga. It doesn’t matter how old or
even how healthy you are. There are entire practices that can be done in bed.
What would you consider an
A perfect day is not setting an alarm. Waking up, sitting on
a blanket facing Rodney for a 20 minute pranayama practice. Then going to the
kitchen and drinking tea (coffee for Rodney) for an hour or more while staring
out at our beautiful backyard. Sometimes, we are quiet and sometimes we are jabbering.
But, it is such precious time. After that, roll out a couple of mats and with
no agenda just start rolling around and digging into our bodies and see what
kind of practice evolves. Breakfast, long walk, a little shopping, a movie,
peanut butter, country or blues music, cuddling, giggling, and sleeping.
Can you share some
information on your studios and what a yoga session looks like?
Yoga Shanti is an experience that starts from the moment you
walk in the door. You are met with beauty and serenity. Smell is such an
important sense, and you are met with a delicious aroma that immediately makes
you breathe. You take off your shoes and take in the beauty of the beautiful colors,
textures, and light. You are welcomed as if family. The teachers are all
absolutely amazing and not is a cookie cutter way. You will feel safe and will
leave feeling alert and relaxed. What’s not to love?
What are your future
projects and dreams for the next year?
This year will consist of showing up and teaching the best
damn yoga that I can. I will continue to promote my book, Yoga for Life. I
believe that this will be a big year for Urban Zen Integrative Therapists. We
are making great headway and a lot of doors are starting to open. The work is
so effective and helping so many people. This will take a big chunk of time. We
are always filming more content for Gaiam, Gaia, and Oneoeight. I am super
excited that Yoga Journal is going to be filming and distributing the practices
in the 14 chapters of my book. Yoga. Yoga and more yoga.
This novel took me 15 years to write. Well,
not exactly, but...
Even though Dead Man’s Hand was my first published novel, it’s not the first
book I wrote. Kiss & Tell is my
“baby.” It’s the first book I ever even
attempted to write. I started writing the novel in the winter of 2000, while
playing hockey down in Oklahoma.
A lot of circumstances surround this novel,
and it’s the reason I started writing in the first place. This novel, and all
of my writing, happened by “chance.” I
was playing professional hockey in Oklahoma, and was struck in the eye with a
stick in a preseason game. That injury ended my season before it began.
My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time,
was attending a French college in Montreal, and her English professor assigned
the class the task of writing a short story.
My girlfriend knew that I was an avid
reader, so she asked me if I would help her develop the story, which I did. I
had so much fun with the project, that when we had finished, I took one of the
characters we had created and started writing my own story.
I wrote Kiss
& Tell in six months, but it was nowhere even close to being
publishable. Actually, it stunk. It was a practice story for me, so I left it
sitting in my computer, and started writing a second book.
After I published Dead Man’s Hand in 2012, I decided to reopen Kiss & Tell and take another look. My first reaction…it was
bad, written by a first-time, newbie, amateur author. But I loved the plot, cast of characters, and
the potential. I didn’t want to give up on this story.
So I took everything I’d learned about the
craft of writing and the industry and put it into editing Kiss &Tell. The
revisions completely changed the entire book.
After I’d completed it in 2001, Kiss & Tell was written from the
point of view of Jessica Philips, the primary murder suspect in the Ken
Anderson investigation, and the story was told from Jessica’s first person POV.
& Tell that came out in 2015 is told from Detective Charlene Taylor’s
point of view, written in third person. Although
the plot never changed, some of the characters and scenes did.
A major scene/twist change that occurred?
In the original Kiss & Tell, the identity of the Celebrity Slayer was never
revealed. I was planning on turning this CS plot into a series, extending the
investigation through a number of books. But, taking into consideration a
suggestion from one of my editors, I decided to change that. However, don’t
think I don’t have more plans for the Celebrity Slayer, in upcoming Charlene
Luke Murphy is the International
bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012).
Murphy played six years of professional
hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity),
was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec, and won the award in
2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).
Murphy lives in Shawville, QC with his
wife, three daughters and pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).
Kiss & Tell is Murphy’s second novel.
He is represented by The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.
For more information on Luke’s books, visit:
www.authorlukemurphy.com, ‘like’ his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLukeMurphy
and follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/AuthorLMurphy
Amongst the throng of cameras and jostling reporters will be a SIGHT SELDOM SEEN in the 68 years of the Cannes Film Festival: an artist working with a pencil, sketchbook, possibly some watercolours and definitely no camera.
A visual artist will be 'Artiste en Residence' for the duration of the festival from 13 - 24th May 2015, with accreditation for the Palais des Festivals.
The painter is 34 year old Dan Llywelyn Hall, who’s based in London. Dan will draw and paint the 'sights and curiosities' in and around the Palais and the town of Cannes. He will be attempting to catch the spirit and character of the most glamorous festival on earth which attracts upwards of a quarter million visitors each year.
The project entitled 'Beyond the Red Carpet' will be updated daily to thewww.dancannes.com website and will be used by magazines and newsagencies to provide a different take on the spectacle of the red carpet and beyond. The collection will then form an exhibition to tour London and Paris this time next year.
Introductory interview with artist
For advance interview requests and proposals for publishing the images during the festival please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Time and the ambiguities of life can be exemplary subjects
in modern film. In the fictional movie, Boyhood, director Richard Linklater (Before Sunset) has filmed his actors
over a twelve year period beginning in 2002. Boyhood follows the life of a young boy, Mason, beautifully
portrayed by Ellar Coltrane from six years old to college age. There is an
almost documentary feel to the film and audiences may note the simple realism
of other notable works (About Schmidt,
Election, Garden State). Mason endures changes in
the home life of his single mother, Patricia Arquette, as she strives to
achieve an education and maintain various love interests. Ethan Hawke vividly portrays
his father who also grows monumentally throughout the movie. There is a huge
sense of authenticity to the narrative which helps Linklater connect to his audience.
The movie is getting exceptional accolades from critics and the Hollywood
awards system and I hope everyone will watch this important piece of work. As a
mother of a teenage son, the subject matter regarding a boy’s coming of age and
the overall changes in life made for an exceptional viewing. In essence, we are
all on a beautiful and sometimes messy journey called life.
On another note, the final song in the film, “Hero,” by the
Los Angeles band, Family of the Year is one of the most eloquent and lyrical
songs that I have heard in years. The guitar themes in Boyhood and this beautifully lyrical song have inspired me to pick
up my rusty guitar. Enjoy both of these gifts in an age of international strife
and reality television.
Esteemed author Robert Bausch has published his eighth novel and it can be ordered via Amazon.com. I am honored to work with this exceptionally talented writer and gifted professor at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Bobby Hale is a Union veteran several times over. After the war, he sets his sights on California, but only makes it to Montana. As he stumbles around the West, from the Wyoming Territory to the Black Hills of the Dakotas, he finds meaning in the people he meets-settlers and native people-and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. Far as the Eye Can See is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people-a white man and a mixed-race woman-in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity.
Since 1975, Robert Bausch has been a college professor, teaching creative writing,
American literature, world literature, humanities, philosophy, and expository
writing. He has taught at the University of Virginia, American University,
George Mason University, and Johns Hopkins University. For the balance of his
career he has been teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. He has also
been a director on the board of the Pen-Faulkner Foundation. In 2009 he was
awarded the John Dos Passos Prize in Literature. ( James Gilford)
On the Way Home, 1982
The Lives of Riley Chance, 1984
Almighty Me!, 1991
The White Rooster and other stories, Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1995
A Hole in the Earth, 2000
The Gypsy Man, 2002, Harcourt,
Out of Season, 2005, In the Fall They Come Back, 2011
The Legend of Jesse Smoke, 2012
Far As the Eye Can See, Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014