Jeni Hankins with Craig Eastman – 2016 Concert

Famous World Touring Musician Jeni Hankins along with special guest Craig Eastman will be playing in Concert on Sunday October 23rd 6:30 PM at the Brickyard.

Craig Eastman with Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp (L-R)

Craig Eastman with Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp (L-R)

For those of you who know them, get reservations early. For those who don’t know them – Keep reading. There is Limited Seating so please reserve early to avoid disappointment at (805) 466-4653.

Picture a grandmother who could cure thrush in babies by breathing into their mouths; a cousin who was struck twice by lightning and survived; a grandfather who was shot down on the road to his home; an aunt who left the life of a miner’s wife to become a movie star; and a grandmother who spoke to a mysterious man named Charlie through a plastic banana.

These are some of the ancestors of Jeni Hankins of the Appalachian Folk duo Jeni & Billy whose new CD, “Heart of the Mountain: 200 Years of an Appalachian Family,” chronicles the triumphs and defeats of the Smith’s across nine generations in the coalfields. Jeni Hankins has been called her family’s “kinkeeper” because she and Billy have spent the last ten years collecting Smith family stories, transforming them into songs, and sharing them across the world.

ARRIVE as early as 5:45PM on Sunday the 23rd.

SHOWTIME is 6:30PM with one intermission.

WEAR clothes that bespeak the time of year (who knows but bring a sweater)

BRING: Wine if you like, we’ll have Coffee, Sweets and Water

PARKING PROTOCOL FROM 5:45 TO 6:20 Park at the ballfield in Traffic Way and we’ll pick you up.

SUNDAY, evening October 23rd

The Carlin Brickyard

$20 donation and bring cash, check or MC for the goodies at the table: CDS Home Crafts, Pillows

After hearing Jeni & Billy’s newest songs, Kristi Higgins of the Village Reporter described the experience of going to a Jeni & Billy concert as “listening to a photograph album.” That album is full of gingerbread, birthdays, funeral processions, callused hands, dinner buckets, and crisp white shirts hung out on the line.

Jeni grew up in the birthplace of country music just a county over from the Carter Family and just across the Kentucky border from Jean Ritchie and Loretta Lynn. With a voice often compared to Hazel Dickens and a poetic wit often compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jeni brings authentic Southern Appalachian grace and grit to their music. As Rob Weir wrote in Sing Out, “Jeni has that born in the bone twang.”

Rob Weir continues, “Jeni Hankins is a true heiress of the mountain crown. Call it good, Call it authentic, Call me anytime Jeni is singing and Billy is playing and singing with her.”

Jeni Hankins in Concert

For Tonight’s concert Jeni Hankins will be joined by their longtime collaborator and great friend, Craig Eastman. Craig is a champion fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, and superb storyteller. They recorded the title track of the new album at Craig’s LA studio. Craig also contributed sounds to many of the other new songs.

This is a rare opportunity to see these two play these new songs and many others.

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More about Jeni Hankins

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Zanskar Girls School – Preserving Tibetan Culture

The Zanskar Girls School Project seeks to educate young women and preserve Tibetan Culture. Located in North Eastern India in the State of Kargil, near Tibet,  are some remnants of Tibetan Culture. The Zanskar Valley, which is isolated during five winter months, has a one room school with sixteen girls who live and learn for seven months of the year. They learn English, Indian, reading, writing and arithmetic, but importantly they learn of their Tibetan Culture, Peace, Buddhism and the Tibetan Language.

Zanskar Girls School - Young Tibetan Women

Zanskar Valley School

We wish to improve the conditions of the school and these women by supporting their growth and operation. There are three nuns who are the instructors. We are working to give support to build another room and allow more students to attend. Girls go to school here till eighteen, when they decide to become nuns, or go into the world and have families. The need to educate women is an important world issue, and we find this to be a fitting location to give our support.

All Checks must be made Payable to:

North American Buddhist Relief Fund
P.O. Box 2933
Atascadero, California 93423

To Insure Proper Accounting
On the Notes field of the Check Please Put: Zanskar Girls School

The North American Buddhist Relief Fund is a Tax Exempt Charitable Organization as a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization. Your Donations are tax deductible.

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Opera Live In Atascadero ?

Many would answer and say, not here! It is not available. However, Opera Live is now available on the big screen at the Galaxy Theater in Atascadero!

New York Metropolitan Opera Live in Atascadero?

Opera Live - Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly Live!

The New York Metropolitan Opera (or just The Met for those who are opera lovers) is one of the best, if not the best, place for opera on the planet.

For many opera enthusiasts a dream of a lifetime might be to go to the Met once. Seeing the opera streamed has many advantages. At the Galaxy Theatre in Atascadero every seat is a premium seat to enjoy the spectacle of the New York Metropolitan Opera Live. Here’s why

First – It saves a lot of Money! 22 dollars for a premium seat that includes a backstage pass is incredible. It would cost hundreds to get a seat like this in New York and the backstage pass would be impossible.

Second – It saves a lot of time by eliminating flying to New York, getting ground transportation, getting a hotel, taxis, dining and then returning!

Third – The cameras move around the theatre and even to backstage action. So rather than being locked into one location, one seat, one gets to wander the theatre and see and hear so much more.

Upcoming Operas for your viewing Pleasure-

MET Live in HD: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
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Netflix Favorites and Amazon Prime

Netflix Favorites – We all have some and with so many choices we all need to help each other. We have begun this list for exactly that purpose. Not to be inclusive of everything in the universe, just the current stuff that we enjoy. Tell us what you enjoy so we can / might integrate it into our list. We are all curating for each other.

Netflix - The Future of TV

Netflix Favorites

Netflix Favorites

The Killing
Penny Dreadful
Sons of Anarchy
Wallender (both swedish and english)
Broad Church (England)
Wolf Hall (Maybe Cromwell)
Call the Midwife
House of Cards

Amazon Prime - The Future of TV

Amazon Prime – The Future is Here

AMAZON Prime Favorites

The Americans
Orphan Black
The Wire
Downton Abbey

Documentaries Charley Enjoyed

World War II in Colour -An Interesting look at a vicious war.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History – Possibly America’s Royal Family – Enlightening


True Detectives


The Paperboy

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WEB TV Winners and Nominees

The International Academy of Web TV hosts an award event every year. The mission statement of the academy is pretty broad, and basically supports the growth of digital online entertainment. As we all know this field is growing at a fantastic rate and there is no let up in sight. For 2015 IAWTV AWARDS WINNERS and NOMINEES are listed here.

Some have links to their content, for others you will need to Google it. And – Click on the Bars to open other categories. Enjoy!

Best Dramatic Series

Best Directing (Drama)

  • Toby Wilkins, Chosen
  • Pablo Javier Pares, Daemonium
  • Tate Young, Haphead
  • Adam Kosh, The Banks
  • Matt Eastman, Whatever, Linda (WINNER)
Best Male Performance in a Drama
Best Ensemble Performance (Drama)
Best Writing (Drama)
Best Comedy Series
Best Directing (Comedy)
Best Female Performance in a Comedy
Best Male Performance in a Comedy
Best Ensemble Performance (Comedy)
Best Writing (Comedy)
Best Animated Series
Best Children’s Series
Best Micro-budget Series
Best Genre Series
Best Non-English Series
Best Documentary or Educational Series
Best Variety Series
Best Pre-Recorded Hosted Series
Best Live Series
Best Live Host
Best Pre-Recorded Host
Best Directing (Non-Fiction)
Best Writing (Non-Fiction)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Makeup
Best Original Music
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound
Best Transmedia Experience
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Assassination threats against Barack Obama

Well I was digging around the web the other day and was studying my US history, particularly Assassination threats against Barack Obama, when I came across this information. Eye opening and interesting, I wonder why this was glanced over or omitted from news events? After asking several people if they knew of any assassination attempts on the life of Barack Obama, and all but one said no. And beyond the no answer, the had a rather shocked look, as in why didn’t anyone speak up and tell us!

Cousins Tharin Gartrell and Shawn Adolf and their friend Nathan Johnson went to Denver allegedly planning to assassinate Obama during his acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, but officials said there was no substantial threat. The three men were arrested.

A plot in Tennessee involved two white supremacists, Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart, who planned to drive their car toward the Democratic nominee Obama and open fire with guns. They were arrested on October 22, 2008, before taking any action. Schlesselman and Cowart pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the threat in 2010 and were sentenced to 10 and 14 years in prison, respectively.

A plot to assassinate Obama at the Alliance of Civilizations summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in April 2009 by a man of Syrian origins carrying forged Al-Jazeera TV press credentials was uncovered. The man confessed to the Turkish security services details of his plan to kill Obama with a knife with three alleged accomplices.

In November 2011, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a man who believed he was Jesus and that Obama was the Antichrist, hit the White House with several rounds fired from a semi-automatic rifle. No one was injured. However, a window was broken.

Another attempt was made in April 2013 when a letter laced with ricin, a deadly poison, was sent to President Obama.

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50 Shades of Yellow

Journalism and reporting takes on many shades of yellow. Even when telling stories around the campfire, some can spin better yarns than others. The competition to create a darker and darker story seems endless. Many think they are ‘telling the truth’ when it is usually they are simply telling their versions or ‘side of the story’. Imagine an investigator trying to solve a crime, or an arbitrator attempting to get the ‘facts’ straight. What a puzzle! I know one investigator who says the first rule of investigation is that everybody lies. Indeed it is so. The words we use and their personally attached interpretations, meanings and anchors often seriously complicate our ability to lift the fog of our misunderstandings.
Let’s examine one of my favorite misinterpretation quagmires which got my attention some time ago.
So a little background first. A long time ago there were crusaders. Crusaders sure sound like good guys, but are they? Depends on what the cause is and what you believe is the right way to handle it. Near the crusaders were reformers who were surely trying to bring knowledge to those they perceived were in need of enlightenment.
Fast forward to the old western movies and there were the good guys and the bad guys. Good guys wore white hats and, of course bad guys wore black hats. What could be easier. Now we can tell them apart.
Subsequently there were freedom fighters. Freedom fighter sure sounds like a good guys, however again it is a matter of how you color the views and actions of the players.
From freedom fighters we go to subversives. Hmm. Who are they and are they good or bad? Who knows? Being a subversive sure sounds like the dark side, but again it is a matter of attached meanings for each of us.
So we go to the wars of Central America and there were always rebels fighting the in-power governments. Good or bad again depends on your personal news feed about the participants.
Next there came a point where the word rebels turned into revolutionaries and then they all became insurgents. Insurgents – Nobody knew what it meant, but it sure sounded threatening. Now we can attach huge fear and unknown to a word that people will not take the time to look up or understand. Simply being scared and afraid seemed to be real popular.
Then came the rampant overuse of the word terrorist. Followed by the incessant need to make everything a terrorist attack. Everything from a carjacking, to a bank robbery, to a kidnapping now became a terrorist attack with all the added penalties and the near heart attacks for all involved.
It is time to enhance our vocabulary, increase our education, and improve our communication capabilities. Make the thesaurus and dictionary part of the day. Look up that word when you are unsure. Increase your clarity of speech, expand your vocabulary and make the world a better place of us all. Thanks.

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Mary Alice Mankins

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Mary Alice

Mary Alice Smith Mankins of Halcyon, California, died peacefully at home on November 14, 2015, of natural causes. She was 91. Born in November 1923 to Frank and Florence Smith of Marquette, Michigan, Mary Alice lived a vibrant and full life. Known as Totsie to her Michigan family and friends, she served proudly as a Rosie the Riveter during World War II, and worked as a dance instructor for the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She earned her teaching credential at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, and relocated to California in 1951 to teach at Arroyo Grande High School. She headed the girl’s P.E. program, served as Dean of Girls, and was administrator for the counseling department. An inspiring, fun, and caring mentor to those serving under her guidance, Ms. Mankins brought creativity and innovation to campus life and student services. She retired from teaching at age 58. M.A. loved the water, travel, and art, painting weekly with her watercolor group until last year, despite vision loss. Most of all, she loved being with people, and was known for large and fun gatherings in her Halcyon home that pulled people together from work, community, and family. Mary Alice is survived by nephews, F. Michael (Allison) Smith of Marquette, Mich.; Warren Smith of Beckley, W.Va.; Daniel Smith (Nga) of Goleta, Calif.; niece, Rebecca (Vern) Barber of Marquette, Mich.; six grand-nieces and -nephews, and one great-grand-niece. She was preceded in death by her brother, Franklin Smith, and his wife, Mary. Services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 9, at the Temple of the People in Halcyon. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the MA Mankins Memorial Scholarship, c/o P.O. Box 7157, Arroyo Grande, Calif., 93421. Honor Mary Alice by volunteering time and effort to schools and organizations for young people and, in all that you do, remember to kick up your heels and dance!

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The Curious Condors of Navajo Bridge

Charley Carlin - Curious Condors

Curious Condors of Navajo Bridge

On a beautiful warm August afternoon we had been admiring the southern part of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Such a beautiful display of colors. It was a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Luckily the road was open, as the rains from the previous days had closed the road with car sized boulders being washed into the highway. The ability of water to move huge rocks is amazing. My the forces of mother nature are incredible. We were on the north side of the Grand Canyon and the crossings of the great canyon and the Colorado river are few.

Marble Canyon by Charley Carlin

Marble Canyon by Charley Carlin

Marble Canyon is one such crossing. There is a modern bridge for automotive traffic, and just to the north of that arch bridge is Navajo Bridge. Built in 1927-29 it spans over 800 feet and over 460 feet about the Colorado. An impressive feat at the time to be sure. Wide enough for a single car or wagon, it is now only user for foot traffic. The Navajo bridge was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1981. Later in 1998 the Navajo Bridge was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.  The location was indeed remote in 1927 and to consider the feat of getting all the parts to this location and get them assembled, well, it can boggle the mind. The view from the bridge gives vistas both up and down the canyon.

Marble Canyon- Charley Carlin

Rafting the Colorado

The river rafters glide slowly down the river tracing parts of Powell’s historic journey. I walked halfway across the bridge took lots of pictures and started back towards the car and the visitor center. I then received a call from my wife,. ‘Come over the bridge there are condors.’ she said excitedly. Well I turned around and went to the far side and there were three condors observing the tourists observing them. Some might not know that the Condor is a very curious bird that want to know about you as much as you want to know about him. The ranger stated that attempts to get the birds to move on have been unsuccessful, so to our benefit we were able to indulge in a close encounter of the 3 birds.  The birds were marked and had radio tracking transmitters.

Charley Carlin - Condor at Navajo Bridge

Condor H9 and the Vermilion Cliffs

As the condor neared extinction, special programs have saved the species,at least for now. It is a jaw dropping event to get so close to the largest bird in North America and just be amazed. Our trip to the Vermilion Cliffs and marble Canyon was wonderful. Our day of the three condors was a very memorable experience. Now it is off to Flagstaff as the adventures continue.

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Beware – Microsoft Calling Scam

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Scam Alert – Beware

There have been continuing reports concerning this problem, so please Beware!
Beware of the Scam Calls that come in telling you that they are from Microsoft and your computer is either infected, or about to crash. These people have crafted a story that tells you about how they are from Microsoft and your computer has come up on their screens and they are here to help you and blah blah blah. They only want to rob you! Do not help them. This is a complete and total scam. So please listen up.
Number one. Microsoft does not, will not, and has never cold called you! (read that 3 or four times please) Never Connect to a Cold Caller. Never Never Never.
Number two. There is no number to call these guys back. Every Legitimate Business has a number you can call back. No matter what their story, Never connect, Never Give any information, Just hang Up. If you must, request not to ever be called, but hang up. It is amazing to me that even after people are warned, they continue to get scammed and wonder why? Please tell them you need their number call at a more convenient time or to give to the federal trade commission or the FBI or any other law enforcement group and watch how the story continues into oblivion.
Number three. Read one and two again and never, I repeat never let a cold caller connect to your computer or your credit card. (did I say never). These guys are trained like the closers at a time share sales promotion. They will tell you anything to get you to give them control and your money.
This is a Scam – Beware I am not prone to blast messages that get sent to everyone, however it is time that this message be sent again. Please share with anyone you wish. This scam has been going on for several years and has just seemed to be on the rise again. Remember there are NO EXCEPTIONS – Microsoft or one of its partners is not calling you. They will say we are Microsoft Gold partners and are doing this as a service to you. LIE LIE LIE.
A quick story of how one friend handled this. He was in a playful mood and decided to listen to these scam artists and they talked and thought they were guiding him to a particular site. Little did they know he was just doing his normal surfing. They requested him to tell them what was on the screen. He said (a complete fabrication) it says ice cream is on sale. The virus scam artist them said “oh my! You have the dreaded Chinese Ice Cream Virus. We must connect to you immediately.” So as you might expect, after a hearty laugh, he hung up. You would be well advised to do the same.

Just Google ‘Microsoft calling scam’
If you Google Microsoft Calling Scam you can read lots of articles from Microsoft about the scam. These crooks are the like a virus, they continue mutating and taking advantage of people who are gullible to their pitch. Beware Beware Beware

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