Have a Ball and Beat Cancer

The Have a Ball Golf Tournaments based in Danville have established themselves as one of the largest privately held golf tournaments in the world. The Have a Ball Foundation has raised more than $2.75 million for cancer since 2005 through two “double shotgun” (that’s 300 people at each event x 2!) golf tournaments.

This year alone, the Have a Ball Golf Tournaments are on pace to raise $310,000.00 through 600 participants, 56 corporate sponsors, 64 hole sponsors and over 200 corporations in all. The foundation hopes to break its own record (currently at 20) and send funds to 22 to 24 different cancer organizations this year.

Several local companies are on board including the Rodney Worth Restaurant Group, the Danville Brewing Company, Norm’s Grille, Faction Brewing and many more.

Founded by two-time cancer survivor Bob Hammer and his wife Kim, the little engine that is the Have a Ball Foundation is making an impression globally in the cancer community. “When I started this, I had a goal of sending $2,500.00 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation in an effort to say thank you, and here we are today, sending money to possibly 25 different organizations out of our garage in Danville. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to give back.”

Bob Hammer endured 26 rounds of chemotherapy in 1999 and 2001 and was set to have a surgery that would have left him unable to have more children (he had a daughter) when he met a famous oncologist at an Armstrong event in 2001. He ended up taking the advice of the famous oncologist and did not have that surgery. A year later, he and his wife Kim had their son Josh (now 14) and since then they have helped thousands through their non-profit.

The Hammer’s benefit many local organizations including the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, Camp Okizu in Novato, the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and the John Muir Health Foundation. They also created, and have now awarded 14 oncology nursing scholarships.

For more information, visit www.haveaballgolf.com

Assistance League’s Assisteens Auxiliary

Assisteens select and model fashions sold at the Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop at annual sell-out fundraiser held in March.

Since 1977, Assisteens®, an auxiliary of Assistance League® of Diablo Valley, has encouraged teens living in the Contra Costa community to volunteer by raising funds that benefit children and seniors.  Now celebrating 40 years of service, Assisteens membership includes girls and boys of both middle school and high school ages.  If you enjoy meeting students from other local schools and developing skills in leadership, organization and community service while having fun, read on.

Auxiliary Liaison Linda Benetar reported at a chapter meeting that Assisteens activities include hosting two parties for elementary school children; one with gifts from Santa, as well as a springtime event which boasts a large, white furry guest of honor. Assisteens also write letters to homebound seniors. 

These energetic tweens and teens supply snack packs for receiving center emergency kits, support foster youth and participate in Seasons for Seniors, a program of activities, one of which is the ever popular Balloon Volleyball, with senior residents at Kensington Living Facility in Walnut Creek. They also support Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s nine hands-on philanthropic programs throughout the year.

As important, Assisteens commit to working at the Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, the chapter’s primary fundraiser, located in Lafayette. Every spring, the Assisteens organize a very well attended fashion show where they model fashions garnered from the thrift shop.

Assisteens are also encouraged to attend the annual National Assisteens Conference where they meet other teens from across the nation while experiencing life on a college campus. While there, they engage in team building exercises and attend workshops regarding topics such as cyber safety, public speaking, business etiquette and other leadership building classes.

THIS JUST IN–Two Assisteens earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for this fiscal year.  They are Ana Bernardo, Assisteens outgoing Chairman, and Anna Meehan, Assisteens incoming Chairman. Both volunteered a minimum 100 service hours to earn this award.

If you want to enrich your life by making a difference in the community, Assisteens is for you! Applications will be accepted through September 30; membership will be limited to 60.To learn more, please visit this website: diablovalley.assistanceleague.org. 

 

 

The Art of Beauty

Our Beauty Staff Writer, Theresa Taylor-Grutzeck has been writing for Alive Magazine for over 10 years, while running The Rouge Cosmetics, a beauty business in downtown Danville on Prospect Avenue. Every month, we look forward to her impressive articles that share her extensive expertise in the beauty industry with our readers. She has helped thousands of women with make-up and skin care, guiding them in the right direction with the precise colors in cosmetics and advice on how to maintain and improve skin health.

Theresa’s professional expertise in make-up qualifies her to be an expert in the art of beauty. She has dedicated her career to helping women achieve their beauty goals through healthy choices with over 25 years of education, knowledge and experience.   She says, “In today’s beauty movement, ‘less make-up is more,’ while using correct colors can help you look years younger—and more youthful than ever.” 

She loves the Fleur Visage Cosmetic line she carries, because she says, “it is so versatile and natural with all the on-trend styles and great classics.” Fleur Visage Cosmetics updates their line four times a year, allowing customers to experience fresh new looks and stay on trend with the changing fashions. With their vitamin E based lipsticks, natural ingredients, and the custom foundations they have available, she is able to give her customers a network of safe products that their skin will love for years to come. 

The Rouge Cosmetics she carries only the finest skincare products available today. With all the confusion in skin care products on the market today—knowing what works to reduce anti-aging and what doesn’t—she “keeps it real” by choosing Ongrien Advanced Skin Care. Ongrien is a line that is all nutrient-based. They use pure antioxidants to improve the health and appearance of skin and to reverse and reduce the signs of aging.

Theresa says, “Ongrien Technologies uses only pharmaceutical grade ingredients at optimal concentrations with proven scientific results.”  She constantly researches skin care products and updates her own inventory of Ongrien Skin Care products. (Orgrien is one of the only leading skin care products lines that provides scientific evidence to support their product benefit in the industry.)

 To keep her ahead of the curve she recently brought in an all organic facial masque collection infused with pharmaceuticals by Ongrien, including a highly nutritive exfoliator, Marine Peel and a Sea Kelp Masque for all skin types, to name a few.

While Theresa and her staff are busy doing make-up lessons, events, updates and skin care consultations, they are also experts in eyebrow shaping; they take great pride in shaping women’s eyebrows “to perfection.” Looking at the shape of each face, they design the brows to perfectly frame each client’s look to be best it can be. More than a technical procedure, it’s an art that Theresa and her staff take very seriously. Theresa says, “Doing brows is like a work of art. Everyone’s brows are different and you cannot put them all in the same form and shape. Each client we work with requires very precise attention.”  

 Theresa is well known for creating beautiful, natural, everyday “real-on-trend” looks by using precise color combinations to enhance the features of each woman. It’s an art that is hard to find in the make-up industry today, but is the only way to achieve true beauty.  Her dedication to beauty and in helping women through her beauty boutique is exactly where she wants to be. She enjoys the challenges of a woman in business and the constant changes in the beauty industry and in fashion. The entire staff at The Rouge Cosmetics are highly trained professionals in the “art of beauty.”

Every day, Theresa and her staff find more ways to improve their art and give their customers valuable information, trusted advice, and the finest in cosmetics and skin care.       

 

Assistance League Scholarships

In the fall, these determined visionaries will attend such institutions of higher learning as Diablo Valley College, U.C. Davis and Princeton.

Congratulations, Scholarship recipients of 2016!  Kneeling (L to R) Sharofidden Abdugapparov, Scholarships Co-Chair Cindi Segale, Christopher Yi, Jomari Fernandez, Barune Thapa, Scholarships Co-Chair Lesley Salo; middle row (L to R) Erica Wagoner, Justine Rawlings, Antonio Chavez-Islas, Carl Damon Wiley, Alejandro Hernandez, Opal Franklin, Marina Edwards, Angelica Singh;  standing (L to R) Terra de Haan,  Jules Mc Clary, Jenna Weathers, Ahmadullah Hasani, Lillian Hunter-Reay, Tajh Elliott, Julie Ho, Vanessa Cortez-Avila, Dannesha Lewis, Bob Zhou, Liliana Calderon, Ines Torres and Brittany Chauvin.Alive media magazine august 2016 Assistance League of Diablo Valley Awards $146000 in Scholarships

Since 1999, Assistance League® of Diablo Valley’s Scholarships program has provided financial and emotional support to high school, community college, and university students who express a desire to advance through educationby maintaining a designated grade point average, volunteering in campus and community projects, and charting an academic time line.

While the aforementioned requirements document both academic and community achievements, the interview phase gives the Scholarships Committee members invaluable insights as to how these aspiring nurses, police officers, physicians and computer scientists have overcome substantive challenges. One young man in Pittsburg who found himself without transportation to the interview rode his bicycle to Walnut Creek. Another candidate related how he longed for the day when he could tell his widowed mother that she did not have to worry about his college expenses.

As in previous years, the desire to excel prevailed.

High School awardees include Liliana Calderon, San Raphel High School; Sharofiddin Abdugapparov and Julie Ho, Pinole Valley High School; Alejandro Hernandez, Middle College High School, San Pablo; Christopher Yi, Aspire Richmond Academy; Jomari Fernandez, Pittsburg High School; Juels Mc Clary, Deer Valley High School, Antioch; Tajh Elliott, Freedom High School, Oakley; Carl Damon Wiley, Jr., De La Salle High School, Concord; Matthew Cawley, Brittany Chauvin, College Park High School, Concord; Lillian Hunter-Reay, Miramonte High School, Orinda; and Tiffany Bui, Sierra High School, Manteca.

Community College recipients include Ysidra Camarena, Antonio Chavez-Islas, Vanessa Cortez-Avila, Ahmadullah Hasani, Charrell Sherman, Ines Torres and Rubie Villela, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg; Valeria Avila, Opal Franklin, Contra Costa College, San Pablo; MaryAnn Ching, Marina Edwards, Dannesha Lewis, Erica Wagoner and Bob Zhou, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill.

Additionally, three relatively recent categories, titled Spotlight, Sandi Lou Back-to-School and the Norma Dresser Field of Dreams Scholarshipsare funded by private donors who have determined the criteria for eligibility. Recipients must maintain a 2.8 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 units during the entire time they receive funding.

The Spotlight Scholarship, which is renewable each year, is awarded to students who show particularly strong focus on their educational goals that lead to a career path in their chosen field.   Recipients are Natalie Hill, UC Davis; Kayla Lopez, JFK University; Justine Rawlings and Jenna Weathers, Cal State University East Bay; Alison Spencer, UC Berkeley, Eric Wagoner, Jr., Los Medanos College; Sophie Zhang, Princeton University. More specifically, the Spotlight On You Scholarship addresses vocational and technology education; this year’s recipient is Terra de Haan, Los Medanos Community College.

The Sandi Lou Back-to-School Scholarship award supports astudent who has returned to school after a lengthy absence.   William Hays, currently a student at Diablo Valley College, will attend UC Davis where he will major in Computer Science.

The Norma Dresser Field of Dreams Scholarship celebrates a chapter member who spent her last years dealing with deteriorating vision.  This scholarship benefits students with visual impairment as they work toward their educational goals. The recipients for 2016 are Atheana Savage-Anderson, Horizons High School, Concord and Angelica Singh, Diablo Valley College.

A fourth privately funded scholarship is the multi-year Mardis Preciado Memorial Scholarship.  The recipient must be a student who has received a one-year scholarship from Assistance League of Diablo Valley last May and has achieved a 2.8 grade point average in his or her first year in college.  The money will be disbursed in equal payments over the remaining six semesters of undergraduate work as long as the student maintains 12 units and a 2.8 grade point average.  The 2015-16 recipient is BaruneThapa, a student at University of California, Berkeley, whose major is Public Health/Molecular Cell Biology.

Congratulations to all!  Scholarships committee members look forward to hearing from them in the ensuing years.  To learn about all of Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s philanthropic programs, please visit this website: diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

 

 

Teen Esteem: Reaching Them When They Need it Most

As teenagers emerge from childhood, they seek independence from the rules and expectations of others. They navigate treacherous waters toward adulthood as they form their own independent identity. While the possibilities of what lie ahead are limitless, the journey can be fraught with difficulties.

In recent years the intense academic and social pressures (often exacerbated by social media) on our youth frequently lead them to experience high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and even to the act itself—suicide. In fact, suicide is now the third leading cause of death for children aged ten to fourteen; and one in twenty kids aged nine to seventeen are diagnosed with major depression.

Prescription drug abuse, binge drinking, recreational drugs, bullying (including cyber-bullying), pornography, sexting, and the consequences of sexual activity are also potential pitfalls for teenagers that can derail them from achieving their goals and dreams.

Teen Esteem’s goal is to reach out to them during this vulnerable time and provide valuable information helping them navigate these turbulent years.teen esteem

Teen Esteem was founded in 1994 out of the concern that many young people were falling into the lure of risky adolescent behavior, sometimes leading them down a path that would have negative life-long consequences. A curriculum was developed addressing the importance of making healthy, informed decisions while providing accurate, up-to-date statistics and information. Since 1994, we’ve reached over 150,000 students with our message. Teen Esteem has also reached over 10,000 parents through parent education events. Executive Director Linda Turnbull states that “through our volunteer speakers and ongoing interactions with school administrators, counselors, law enforcement, doctors and parents, Teen Esteem maintains an accurate pulse on the current youth culture, trends, and the types of pressures young people face.” They are making an impact in students’ lives.1

Their goal is to equip, educate, and empower teens, parents, educators, and the community on issues related to teens and adolescent health, while addressing the importance of self-respect and respect for others. Teen Esteem equips youth to make courageous, well-informed choices based on respect for self and others. Trained volunteer speakers from Teen Esteem provide classroom presentations, assemblies, and community workshops for this vulnerable population of middle school and high school students.

In addition to their presentations for youth, they host parent education events: informational coffees, parent ed nights, and brown bag Lunch-n-Learns in the workplace. They have presented their Lunch-n-Learns at Bishop Ranch, Chevron, Workday, and other local companies on topics ranging from “What Kids Wish Their Parents Knew,” to “Hands on Help for Today’s Digital Family.” Many of these educational talks as well as handouts are available on their website: teenesteem.org.

Teen Esteem’s impact in our community is noteworthy. Teachers acknowledge the valuable voice they bring to the classroom: “Teen Esteem speaks from the heart about issues important to young people. Their talented speakers challenge my students to look closely at their values and how they make choices. This gives them the tools to build healthy and meaningful long-term relationships. I am fortunate to have Teen Esteem encourage my students with a positive message about making good choices.”

2A day after one of their presentations, a tenth grade student reflected: “This presentation was life changing for me because I would have committed suicide. And if I wasn’t inspired, I wouldn’t be here.” Another student commented, “Since prom is coming up, I was considering drinking for the first time and going to an after-party. But your presentation truly helped me to step back and realize what this decision was — I really don’t care to drink but it would have been out of pressure/curiosity… thank you!”

Parents echo their gratitude for Teen Esteem’s influence on their children’s lives, such as this: “Teen Esteem encourages our kids to make right choices in their lives as it relates to drugs, alcohol and relationships,” and “After your presentation I could tell my son had spent some time reflecting on what was presented. When a teenager comes and enthusiastically discusses what he learned about drugs, alcohol and relationships, it’s a huge win! You have put together a great formula. You should be really proud of what your team is achieving. You tackle very difficult topics with a very vulnerable audience and you’re doing it very effectively.”2

With support from the local community, Teen Esteem hopes to continue their work in the Tri-Valley schools as well expand their influence over time to the Greater Bay Area.

Their annual Gala and Fundraiser, will be held this year on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the Diablo Country Club, where they hope to introduce their work to many new folks, showcase their successes, as well as to invite everyone to participate with them in their endeavor to make a difference in the lives of young people in our communities. Find more information about the Gala or about Teen Esteem at www.teenesteem.org.

The Eugene O’Neill Festival is in Danville

The coming year may prove to be a banner year for the Eugene O’Neill National Historic site in Danville.
At Tao House in the Danville hills, playwright Eugene O’Neill and his wife Carlotta lived from1937-1944, and it is here that O’Neill penned his most notable plays, including A Long Days Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. During his lifetime the playwright received four Pulitzer prizes for Literature, and in 1936 was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature – the only American to ever receive this award. The playwright is regarded by many as “The Father of American Drama.”102_28_5

Not only is 2016 the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which operates the site in Danville , but the coming year has even greater significance for the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House. The non-profit Foundation is getting ready to celebrate with its 16th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival from September 4 to October 4.

“The annual O’Neill gives us the opportunity to bring greater attention to O’Neill’s legacy,” says Foundation Co-President Gary Schaub. “Throughout the year the Eugene O’Neill Foundation coordinates a number of educational and community events, but the annual O’Neill Festival is at the top of our agenda.”

“We’re calling this year’s Festival ‘A Season of Desire,’” says Eric Fraisher Hayes, artistic director for the Foundation. “We experience desire through the eyes of two of America’s greatest playwrights. Through the Festival events, we’ll explore the drives behind the role of desire in human experiences.”
Working closely with Role Players Ensemble of Danville, the Town of Danvillle, and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation will sponsor a month-long series of performances and events for the community in downtown Danville and at the Old Barn stage at the O’Neill Historic Site.

A full schedule of all Festival events can be found online at eugeneoneill.org. Tickets for events are available at the Town of Danville’s ticket service at villagetheatreshows.com.

The Festival opens on September 4 with Role Players Ensemble production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Village Theatre in downtown Danville. Directed by George McGuire, performances run through September 19.

The O’Neill Foundation will highlight the Festival with performances of O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms in the Old Barn at Tao House. This production opens September 18 and runs through September 27.

In addition to the two staged productions, the 16tth Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival has scheduled several panel discussions, tours and talks on themes related to the Festival theme of “Desire.”

A special screening of the 1951 Academy Award-winning film A Streetcar Named Desire is planned for Thursday, September 10 at the Village Theatre, featuring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.

A lively panel discussion, “100 Years of Desire” will be held at the Old Barn at Tao House on Saturday, September 19, to review desire as depicted in cinema, theatre and literature.

Biographer and novelist, John Lahr, son of comic Bert Lahr, will discuss his biography of Tennessee Williams and his new book “Joyride” at Rakestraw Books in Danville on Sunday, October 4.

The 16th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival Comes to Danville in September

The coming year may prove to be a banner year for the Eugene O’Neill National Historic site in Danville.
At Tao House in the Danville hills, playwright Eugene O’Neill and his wife Carlotta lived from1937-1944, and it is here that O’Neill penned his most notable plays, including A Long Days Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. During his lifetime the playwright received four Pulitzer prizes for Literature, and in 1936 was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature – the only American to ever receive this award. The playwright is regarded by many as “The Father of American Drama.”

Not only is 2016 the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which operates the site in Danville , but the coming year has even greater significance for the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House. The non-profit Foundation is getting ready to celebrate with its 16th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival from September 4 to October 4.

“The annual O’Neill gives us the opportunity to bring greater attention to O’Neill’s legacy,” says Foundation Co-President Gary Schaub. “Throughout the year the Eugene O’Neill Foundation coordinates a number of educational and community events, but the annual O’Neill Festival is at the top of our agenda.”

“We’re calling this year’s Festival ‘A Season of Desire,’” says Eric Fraisher Hayes, artistic director for the Foundation. “We experience desire through the eyes of two of America’s greatest playwrights. Through the Festival events, we’ll explore the drives behind the role of desire in human experiences.”

Working closely with Role Players Ensemble of Danville, the Town of Danvillle, and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation will sponsor a month-long series of performances and events for the community in downtown Danville and at the Old Barn stage at the O’Neill Historic Site.

A full schedule of all Festival events can be found online at eugeneoneill.org. Tickets for events are available at the Town of Danville’s ticket service at villagetheatreshows.com.

The Festival opens on September 4 with Role Players Ensemble production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Village Theatre in downtown Danville. Directed by George McGuire, performances run through September 19.

The O’Neill Foundation will highlight the Festival with performances of O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms in the Old Barn at Tao House. This production opens September 18 and runs through September 27.

In addition to the two staged productions, the 16tth Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival has scheduled several panel discussions, tours and talks on themes related to the Festival theme of “Desire.”

A special screening of the 1951 Academy Award-winning film A Streetcar Named Desire is planned for Thursday, September 10 at the Village Theatre, featuring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.

A lively panel discussion, “100 Years of Desire” will be held at the Old Barn at Tao House on Saturday, September 19, to review desire as depicted in cinema, theatre and literature.

Biographer and novelist, John Lahr, son of comic Bert Lahr, will discuss his biography of Tennessee Williams and his new book “Joyride” at Rakestraw Books in Danville on Sunday, October 4.

Have a Ball Foundation Golf Tournament Benefits Local Organizations

When we last checked in, the Have a Ball Golf Tournament was making a trial run at expanding to two events each year locally in Danville. Now in its fifth year of expansion, the Have a Ball Golf Tournaments have established themselves as one of the largest privately held golf tournaments in the world.9th annual HAB & CROW- GT LOGO - WITH FLAG

Based in Danville, the Have a Ball Foundation has raised more than $2.1 million for cancer since 2005 through two “double shotgun” (that’s 300 people at each event x 2!) golf tournaments. This year alone, the Have a Ball Golf Tournaments are on pace to raise $310,000.00 through 600 participants, 56 corporate sponsors, 52 hole sponsors and over 200 corporations in all. The foundation hopes to break its own record (currently at 20) and send funds to 22 to 24 different cancer organizations this year.

Founded by two-time cancer survivor Bob Hammer and his wife Kim, the little engine that is the Have a Ball Foundation is making an impression globally in the cancer community. “When I started this ten years ago, I had a goal of sending $2,500.00 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation in an effort to say thank you, and here we are, ten years later, sending money to possibly 25 different organizations out of our garage in Danville. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to give back.”

Bob Hammer endured 26 rounds of chemotherapy in 1999 and 2001 and was set to have a surgery that would have left him unable to have more children (he had a daughter) when he met a famous oncologist at an Armstrong event in 2001. He ended up taking the advice of the famous oncologist and did not have that surgery. A year later, he and his wife Kim had their son Josh (now 12) and since then they have helped thousands through their non-profit.

The Hammer’s benefit many local organizations including the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, Camp Okizu in Novato, the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and the John Muir Health Foundation. They also created, and have now awarded 11 oncology nursing scholarships.
For more information, visit www.haveaballgolf.com

The Rouge Cosmetics is Moving

To: 145 East Prospect Ave. Suite 100 in DanvilleIMG_0502

Mission Statement: To provide exceptional cosmetics and skin care for future health of the skin.

Buzzing with great cosmetics and highly-advanced skin care since it opened its doors at 822 Hartz Way in Danville more than 10 years ago, The Rouge Kiss and Make-up Beauty Boutique is now The Rouge Cosmetics and is moving to 145 East Prospect Suite #100, in the heart of downtown Danville.

Although the name and location are new, this is the place to go for make-overs, personalized make-up lessons, seasonal make-up updates, expert brow shaping and superb cosmetics and skin care. They also do wedding make-up for brides and the bridal party, as well as custom blended foundations to perfectly match your skin tone color.

They feature a full line of high-end, cutting edge cosmetics and advanced skin care supplies and techniques. With their state-of-the-art Fleur Visage Cosmetics and Ongrien Advanced Skin Care line, you will receive the highest quality in beauty products available anywhere.

The Founder of The Rouge Cosmetics is Theresa Taylor-Grutzeck, a board-certified, licensed aesthetician, professional make-up artist and skin care specialist. As the creator, she has dedicated her career to helping women achieve their beauty goals through healthy choices in cosmetics and skin care products. Having more than 30 years of education, knowledge, and experience, Theresa is highly trained and qualified in the art of beauty and in advanced technologies for skin care. Whatever your concern or skin type, it is Theresa’s goal to give you the necessary beauty tools for a healthy complexion and a natural, beautiful look.

The Rouge Cosmetic’s skin care and cosmetic collections were created in direct response to the challenges Theresa sees on a daily basis. She believes that with the right tools and education, women can achieve their goals for a healthy complexion and a beautiful, natural “every day” look. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with women of all ages, every day, teaching them how to care for and enhance their looks with the right cosmetics.

Theresa is uniquely qualified and equipped to provide the necessary, advanced technologies in skin care and cosmetics, all designed to produce a youthful complexion and a future of healthy, beautiful skin.

Book Review: An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl

If Jane Austen were alive today, what would she say about the contemporary world? No longer is this question idle speculation—for the great authoress herself appeared in California at the turn of the twenty-first century and wrote about what she found there. The result is An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, her modern-day Pride and Prejudice, which tells a thoroughly modern tale in Austen’s own classic prose. |It turns out she has a lot to say about the prejudices we still harbor, and about how opponents can get past their pride to achieve reconciliation.obstinate headstrong girl cover

THE PEACEFUL HAMLET of Lambtown, in central California’s ranch and vineyard country, is cast into disarray after the Bennet family appears on the scene. From Mrs. Bennet’s social climbing to her youngest children’s dissolute behavior, the newcomers provoke universal censure. Eldest daughter Lizzy, a landscaper, challenges decorum with a series of social experiments aimed at improving the lot of the Spanish-speaking poor. And her gentle brother John offends many by virtue of his romance with local entrepreneur Charlie Bingley.

Nobody is more outraged by the Bennets than thoroughbred breeder Catherine de Bourgh and her amanuensis, Morris Collins. While Collins at first imagines that Lizzy is a promising prospect, she will have none of him, attracted instead to the elusive Jorge Carrillo. Unbeknownst to Lizzy, she has also been noticed by Fitzwilliam Darcy, scion of the founding family of Lambtown. Darcy, tantalized by her spirit but disapproving of her social crusades, makes an awkward pass that is spurned. Will hearts be healed and peace return to a divided community? How will Darcy and Elizabeth move beyond their pride and prejudices to achieve lasting happiness?

ABOUT the AUTHOR

THE HUMBLE AUTHOR of the volume before you finds herself much discomposed by her journey in the time travel device into which, in a moment of inattention to the niceties of comportment, she inadvertently strayed. She is even further bewildered by the world into which she has been cast; but, striving for the appearance at least of equanimity, is determined to inscribe a faithful record of all she observes. Perhaps, by continuing to be true to her nature in such an odd circumstance, she will find her way home at last.

Available through Ingram, or signed copies from www.obstinateheadstrongirl.com.

What reviewers are saying about An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl:

“I have been addicted to Jane Austen since I was eleven, and have read every sequel and modernization of her work for more decades than I care to admit to. In all that time, I have never, even remotely, found a volume that completely satisfied me. When I picked up An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, I confess I didn’t expect much—but hope began to rise with the first, witty sentence—and by the time I had finished page 1, I was irrevocably hooked. Delicate, clever, wise, completely true to both the eigh-teenth century and the twenty-first, this book is absolute perfection. . . . A dizzying debut for a stunningly good writer.”
—Award-winning author Mary Sheldon

“I will be the first to admit, I’m not a huge Jane Austen fan, so when this book was given to me, I read the first few pages out of politeness. Let’s just say, I ended up finishing the book the next day. Not only will the modern variations from the source material delight Austen diehards, but the book gives a fascinating glimpse into the politics and passions that take place in a small central California town. The writing is divine and by the time I was a few pages in, I was totally convinced that Jane Austen had indeed written it after a mishap with a time machine.” —Rebecca Van Dusen, Amazon

“How can this modern retelling, on the one hand, be so wildly different from the original but, on the other hand, be so genuinely devoted to the portrayal of Miss Austen’s beloved characters? The prose, for one, is largely from the exquisite Regency style . . . elegant, complex, and lofty. To be able to combine the venue of this modern story with the authenticity of the original characters into a story with such compelling contemporary political/social issues is a testament to the author’s creative abilities. . . . If the prospective reader of this tale had never heard of Jane Austen, the story would still stand confidently on its own with the compelling urgency of both personal and community conflicts, how they unfold in their complexity, and the beautiful way in which the author seeks to resolve them. Indeed it had me examining my own prejudices on the social/political issues presented. This remarkable story deserves more exposure and I hope you will find a place for it in your stack of
must-reads.” —Jeffrey Ward, Goodreads and Austenprose reviewer

For more information or for signed copies, visit www.obstinateheadstronggirl.com