with the Volker Strifler Band
Thursday July 17th
Volker and the band, Chip Roland (keys) Paul Revelli
(drums) Don Bassey (bass) David Schraeder (sax) and Carl Bowers
(trombone) at Chef's Market in Napa. Check out
the latest edition of Napa
Valley Life Magazine (on newstands now!) for an article
on the Volker Strifler Band written by Linda Lefler.
Blonde & Pat Wilder
Live from Headfeathers
Sunday July 13th
Gone Wild @ The Barn
Saturday July 19th
Shauna, Kari and Kellie kicking it at
the barn-turned-disco complete with hoola hoop girls and DJ Rotten
Women & Shoes
Sunday June 29th
Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning
Actress Rita Moreno was the special guest at the recent Wine,
Women and Shoes benefit for Planned Parenthood held at St. Supery
Winery. Patti, Rita and I take a break from shopping, eating and
drinking. Check out the latest edition of Napa
Valley Life Magazine (on newstands now!) for all the pix from
this and other great events in the Napa Valley this past summer.
Biscuits & Blues
Sunday June 8th
Performances by King Tuff n' Stuff, Carmen Getit &
Steve Lucky, Kid Anderson, Rick Estrin, Laura Chavez & Tommy
Castro. PHOTO by ROBERT HAKINS
Live auction included a set of Fantasy Boobs signed by all of
the artists performing that afternoon (as modeled by Steve Lucky)
and another set signed by Elvin Bishop and a host of other blues
legends...please note I am NOT a professional model ;-) Missed
the party? Click Here
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Deb Lubin, Candye Kane, Shauna
& Linda @ Biscuits & Blues last September.
Courtesy of Liz DiGiorgio
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
It's true...all of us are capable of performing
random acts of excellence, but only those who make it a habit
acheive the kind of lifestyle mostly reserved for the the rich
and famous. I'm not saying that money is a measure for how good
or decent a person is, but that those who strive for excellence
may not be living the Oprah life, but are certainly uplifted
because of their commitment to it.
Speaking of Oprah, my chance to brush up against
excellence came to pass this last June at a Napa Valley Wine
Auction event. When I heard Oprah was there I realized why I'd
been carrying around a copy of my magazine, Napa Valley Life.
I looked out into a vast sea of countless people and decided
if Oprah was here, I was going to hand her this copy. I closed
my eyes and said a little prayer "I'm always in the right
place, doing the right thing, at the right time." When
I opened my eyes I began to move forward and within a few minutes
I was standing next to her. Just like magic. A few words and
I placed it in her hands. A few more words and she was gone
with the promise to read the article on Robert Mondavi.
My Oprah moment lasted only a minute but it has
had a profound impact on my life. It affirmed for me what I
have come to know as truth...that anything is possible. I believe
that what the mind can conceive it can acheive...and I know
the next time I meet Oprah it is going to be on her show...or
maybe she'll be on mine? ;-)
I also know the universe works in mysterious ways,
bringing me together with the people, places and things that
are for my higher good and greater joy. Another such reminder
I got this past Sunday. I returned to church after a five-year
Starbucks may not be good for my health, but it
has always been good for my spirit. A week ago Sunday I ran
into Reverend Janet from the Church of Religous Science and
an old friend I had not seen since high school who was now studying
to be a minister and they came to invite me to attend service
this week. Larry Sullivan, a man who had been like a grandfather
to me, was turning 90 and wouldn't it be a wonderful surprise
if I came and sang Happy Birthday to him.
How could I miss it? Afterall Reverend Janet had
played a big role in my becoming a professional singer...and
Larry Sullivan had been part of my debut. We were both in a
Foundations class together, and at the end of the 3-month course
I wrote two songs and performed them for the group as my FINAL
project. Until that time I had suffered from debilitating stage
fright. And I mean the kind of stage fright that closes down
your airways. Those who know me now wouldn't even recognize
me then. The thought of performing in front of the people in
the class, despite the fact that we had just spent the last
3 months "Bonding" was almost paralyzing...almost,
but I knew I had to overcome my fear if I was ever going to
be successful at anything.
So I got up in front of this group and I sang
my songs with confidence and I didn't pass out and everybody
hollered and cheered and I thought, "wow, I can do this."
And then Reverend Janet said, "You have to
come and sing your songs in church this Sunday." and I
thought, "wow, I can do this."
And I did. And six months later I was being paid
to do it (sing!) There's more to this story, but I'll save it
for my book, or at least another time! Right now my focus is
on my upcoming Copia show. And there's a story there too.
But for today I just want to recap the affirmations
that have been the cornerstone of my life. The beliefs that
have led me to follow my heart and my intuition...to come to
believe in myself. I know that reality is just the story you
tell yourself and others about your life. I use the following
as the outline of that story:
1. “I know where I am going.” Success
and progress towards achieving your goals in life begin with
having a definite purpose. All decisions you make will be correct
when you align with that purpose.
2. “I am sucessful.” Always see yourself
as capable. Never doubt your ability to accomplish your objective.
3. “My word is my bond.” Always keep
your word, thereby your integrity. Don’t say yes to something
unless you are prepared to follow through.
4. “I am Master of my emotions.” Decisions
based on emotional discomfort are not likely to stick. Emotions
pass, but the impact of your decision may not. Emotional attachment
to an idea may very well be an indication of the passion and
commitment you will bring to it’s implementation, but
make sure the rest of you is in alignment before you make the
5. “I am positive.” A positive mind
always finds a way to get it done while a negative mind always
looks for ways it can’t be done. Make sure you are utilizing
a positive mental attitude which will attract opportunities
6. “I am flexible” Opportunities for
success don’t always walk right in the front door and
introduce themselves. Opportunity often comes from the most
unexpected places. Be flexible and willing to see them when
7. “I am always in the right place, doing
the right thing, at the right time.” Know that whatever
situation comes your way, you will always do the right thing
towards the right outcome.
8. “I am healthy and strong.” Treasure
your health and take every step within your power to maintain
your physical well-being. Do not allow illness to be an excuse
9. “I am enthusiastic.” Your enthusiasm
fuels your idea forward when all other resources are expended.
Your enthusiasm is contagious and attracts others to support
10. “I am self-disciplined.” Self-discipline
is the controlling factor for every action you take. Without
it you are like a ship adrift without a rudder, compass, or
sail. You are completely at the mercy of the forces of nature
that are free to toss you into whatever direction they may be
Read this list every day, and tattoo these affirmations
upon your subconscious mind. If you are having trouble reaching
or sticking to a decision, read them over and over until you
know what the right thing to do is.
My garden keeps me sane!
Sun. July 13th
Nuclear Blonde & Pat Wilder LIVE FROM HEADFEATHERS