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Joseph Sulkowski on Open Conversations 1-5-2017

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Excited to welcome, artist and visionary, Joseph Sulkowski back to Open Conversations. Listen to Joseph share the trials and triumphs of life as an artist on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM or stream the show live at 1150kknw.com. This Thursday, Jan 5 2017, from noon to 1:00 pm Pacific time.  Join the Conversation!

Joseph Sulkowski was born in 1951 and knew from the age of five that he would be an artist. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the oldest the art school in the U.S. founded in 1809. Afterwards, he continued his studies in the techniques of the Old Masters at the Art Students League of New York.

 Joseph refers to his style of painting as “poetic realism”, an interpretive form inspired by the Natural World. The animals, figures and landscapes of the Sporting Life are subjects that continually draw his attention. His trips afield have taken him from the quail hunting plantations of south Georgia and the grouse moors of the Scottish Highlands, to the fly fishing streams of Wyoming and Colorado and the polo fields of England.

Joseph’s paintings are in public and private collections worldwide.

His work is represented by Halcyon Gallery, London,England; The Edgartown Art Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard; Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole,WY; Marine Arts Gallery in Marblehead,MASS; Dog & Horse Gallery in Charleston, S.C. and Portraits Inc. in New York City.

 You can view Joseph’s art on his website at: www.josephsulkowski.com

He and his artist wife, Elizabeth Brandon live in Franklin,TN

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Thanks to all who have donated to Open Conversations. To contribute to the cost of broadcasting Open Conversations, which is for everyone and free to listeners, please follow this Go Fund Me link. Your contribution is much appreciated.

Sincerely, Holly

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW 1150 a.m. in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Rev Michael Bogar on Open Conversations 12-07-16

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Look who is coming to Open Conversations! Tune in this Sunday 12-07-16 from 3-4 pm on Alternative Talk Radio 1150 AM, as Rev Michael Bogar shares his “soul-making” approach to living with purpose. You can also stream Open Conversations online live at 1150kknw.com. Read more about Michael Bogar’s work below.

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Michael’s approach is from a full-life experience. He can relate to a wide range of human beings and has a way of communicating to those at the top of their game and those ready to quit. He views life as an educational experience that he sometimes calls soul-making, requiring both negative and positive relationships with people, circumstances, ideas and emotions. There is no wasted moment in a soul-making life.

He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has a proven ability to inform and inspire students ranging from the informal beginner to the serious scholar. Students and audience members frequently comment on his depth of scholarship, personal approach and sense of humor. Michael has acquired two masters degrees in religious and biblical studies, has taught the classical religious texts from many religious traditions and is a very effective teacher of spiritual phenomena.

He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has studied Jungian Depth Psychology and universal mythologies. The title of his dissertation is: Watching God Grow Up: Reading the Bible as Stages and Modes of Consciousness.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

 

Rick Gage on Open Conversations 11-20-16

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Excite to welcome personal branding guru Rick Gage to Open Conversations this Sunday November 20 from 3-4 pm Pacific. Tune your dial to KKNW 1150 AM or stream Open Conversations live on 1150kknw.com.

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Over the last 35 years, Rick Gage has worked for some of the largest, most prestigious companies in the world including: AT&T, Digital, EDS, Oracle, Hitachi, Siemens and Wipro.  His clients have included a long list of visible, distinctive companies including: Microsoft, HP, AT&T Wireless, Nordstrom and World Vision.

Rick climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President with responsibility as many as 1800 people in as many as 50 countries.  He was, in his own words, “a driven, classic workaholic”.  He loved building high performing teams and creating a positive, people oriented culture.  His passions for creating community and helping people reach their highest potential found ample avenues for expression.

But the obsession with work took its toll and in 2008, Rick reached a breaking point.  His achievements were no longer rewarding.  He felt there had to be something more.  So, he took a leap into the unknown with an extended sabbatical, that he says changed and saved his life.

In his time away from work, he set out to explore how he could live and work differently.  He approached is as a focused intense project.  His plan was to spend 60 days to decide how he would live differently and then 90 days on how he would work differently.  He laughs when he talks about it because, as he says, “only 30 days in – it became clear that these were really one big topic and it would be a journey that would extend through the rest of my life”.

In this journey, Rick has found a new way of being in the world.  He describes it as a vibrant collaborative process with the intelligence of the universe that guides him each day.  It’s a spiritual practice and mental habit pattern that grounds each day in “what’s mine to do, today”.  Sometimes Rick describes it as “living with nothing and no one against me”.  His face lights up when he talks about it and the powerful, transformative experiences that have shown up for him.

One of his passions in the last few years has been personal branding.  He has been a coach and mentor for hundreds of people inside and outside of the corporate world.  He loves helping people discover their uniqueness and develop opportunities that align with the deepest truth of who they are.

A few months ago, he took another leap into the unknown, setting an intention to move away from a traditional “full time” job in Management Consulting.  While he continues to work part time in the corporate world, he is also expanding his work with individual coaching clients and sharing more broadly the wisdom he’s gained from his own journey.  He looks for co-creative ways to express his passions in support of his life purpose: to build communities in which spicy consciousness thrives.

 

 

Imam Jamal Rahman on Open Conversations 11-06-16

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Excited to welcome Imam Jamal Rahman to Open Conversations this Sunday Nov 06, 2016 from 3-4 pm Pacific Time on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM. You can also stream the show live at 1150kknw.com.

About Imam Jamal:

Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.

He is the author of Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mullah’s Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom; Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur’an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind; The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam; and coauthor of Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith; Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources; and Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam Jamal’s passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and cultivates a “spaciousness” by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion but about completion.

Since 9/11 Jamal has been collaborating with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. Affectionately known as the Interfaith Amigos, they tour the country sharing the message of spiritual inclusivity.

Imam Jamal, originally from Bangladesh, has an abiding faith in the power of heart-to-heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices. He enjoys programs that celebrate life and unity through delight, laughter, and food. He has a private spiritual counseling practice serving individuals and couples, and is available for interfaith weddings and ceremonies. Jamal offers a variety of classes and workshops, including the popular “Blush of the Beloved,” a course in spiritual deepening and discernment drawing upon the practices, insights, and wisdom within Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Rabbi Ted Falcon on Open Conversations 10-16-16

Excited to welcome Rabbi Ted Falcon to this Sunday’s Open Conversations (10-16) on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM, from 3-4 pm Pacific time. You can also stream the show live at 1150kknw.com. I look forward to chatting with Rabbi Ted about the meaning we give life and living from a purpose centered place.

Read more about Rabbi Ted Falcon below and visit his website at www.rabbitedfalcon.com

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Through worship, teaching, counseling, and speaking, Rabbi Ted Falcon shares the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while appreciating that it is only one of the authentic spiritual traditions of the world. With gentleness and humor, he deeply affirms the integrity of each individual being.

With Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of theInterfaith Amigos. Karen Armstrong calls their “exuberant and courageous” second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2011), “an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times.” Their first book is Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam (Skylight Paths, 2009). Their third book,Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths, 2016), explores spirituality and interfaith dialogue as tools to help heal our personal wounds, societal injustices, and the environment. He is co-author with David Blatner of Judaism For Dummies and author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.

Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rabbi Ted served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology, with research focused on the nature of meditative and mystical states of consciousness. Since then, his work has bridged the psychological and the spiritual, encouraging deeper integration for greater freedom of personal action and understanding.

The model for the meditative synagogue began in Los Angeles in 1976, after Rabbi Ted and a small group gathered for High Holyday meditations, born out of his need to explore this form of Jewish worship. He shared both meditative practices and teaching with that group, and in 1978 officially formed Makom Ohr Shalom, a Synagogue for Jewish Spirituality.

When he moved to Seattle in 1993, Rabbi Ted and his wife, Ruth Neuwald Falcon, founded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. He completed his final year as Bet Alef’s senior rabbi at the end of 2009 so that he could devote his time to writing, teaching, spiritual counseling, and interfaith work. He has the unique distinction of having been Scholar-in-Residence for two years at a Unity Church, Unity of Bellevue.

Karen Cleveland on Open Conversations 10-02-16 (archive)

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Great to have, animal communicator and healing practitioner, Karen Cleveland on the show. If you haven’t had a chance to listen here is a link to the 10-02-16 Karen Cleveland archive.

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Animals have always been an important part of my life. Growing up we had the family cats and dog,and also had occasional residential visits by a horse, chickens, gerbils, fish, rabbits, chameleons and a kangaroo rat, but I never had anything more than a loving connection with them.  It was after several curious interactions with my animals and then  an attempt to find my lost cat with a radio pet psychic that I discovered an interest and talent in animal communication.

I studied at Communication with All Life University where I was able to discover my intuitive gifts and master them.  I then completed the advanced training program and studied with additional experts before creating my own classes and workshops to help others connect more deeply with their own animals and to help them create a better world for animals, both on a local and national level.

However my Energy Work started with Psych K in 2008, then onto Reiki as developed by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist monk, in the early 20th century.  I began Reiki with Rose De Dan, learning techniques for both humans and animals, and have since broadened my practice and have learned many forms of Energy Healing from many teachers.  I am continually learning new techniques as my goal is to help my clients in the best way possible.

I am a Religious Science certified Practitioner (RScP) and a current student in ministerial school at Holmes Institute.

I am also very dedicated to creating better lives for all animals and am a busy advocate to that end. If you or anyone you know has any questions about eating a plant-based diet or living an animal-friendlier life, please let me know!  I teach cooking classes and am a personal educator.

Fortunate to be born and raised in Seattle, I love the Northwest and all it offers.  I love that I can be at the ocean, in the mountains or in the dry, arid climate in less than 2 hours. I spend a lot of time with my family, friends and animal companions enjoying the beautiful NW.

I started a career in traditional healthcare over 30 years ago but have since discovered the power of complementary therapies and now focus on the various forms of moving and clearing energy. I love what I do and consider myself fortunate to be able to make a difference in the lives of others, especially when these lives are unable to communicate their needs to us directly.

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Karen Cleveland on Open Conversations 10-02-16

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Excited to welcome, animal communicator and healing practitioner, Karen Cleveland to Open Conversations this Sunday October 2nd from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific time. Tune in on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM or stream the show live at 1150kknw.com.

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A lifelong love of animals led Karen Cleveland to mature her skills as an animal communicator and healer. Karen has worked with many pet owners, lovers and animal professionals to help improve relationships and create peaceful households. She helps with issues of behavior and health and can assist people when making end-of-life decisions with their animal.  In addition, Karen can help after an animal has passed to answer final questions or assist with closure. Karen Cleveland also teaches classes and workshops to help people connect more deeply with their own animals or, for those working with animals professionally, how to apply the same skills for a more productive appointment with their animal clients.

Eddie Watkins Jr. on Open Conversations 09-18-16 (archive)

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This archive is up! If you missed the amazing conversation with Eddie Watkins, Jr. the archive is now available. Click here (select the 9-18-16 show) to listen to singer, songwriter Eddie Watkins, Jr. share his extraordinary life of faith, music and living with purpose.

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Born in Detroit, Eddie was given a piano at age 7 by his grandmother who recognized his musical talent. He turned out to be a gifted musician & composer, playing piano, bass, guitar, drums & sax in junior high and high school. Eddie’s true love was the bass guitar; by age 17 Eddie continued his dream, playing bass for Motown’s Norman Whitfield, supporting artists like the Temptations, The Undisputed Truth, & other Motown greats.

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When  Motown moved to LA, Eddie left Detroit, moved to Hollywood and made a name for himself as a premier “A list” session bass player. He lent his rock solid bass licks to recordings by Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Pointer Sisters, James Brown & a who’s who of popular music icons.

Success & the fast life led Eddie to substance abuse, recovery & a spiritual search for deeper meaning which led to a spiritual awakening & a call to serve humanity through music. Eddie has served as musical director at the Center for Spiritual Living greater Las Vegas & the Center for Spiritual Living Seattle. Today with 6 CDs of original life-altering high consciousness music under his belt, Eddie is on tour across America raising the vibration of the planet with his music.

Eddie is also writing a book, Motown & Miracles, & is the keynote speaker at many of the Centers he visits. He has recorded with Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, James Brown, Santana, Cher,  Diana Ross,  Herbie Hancock,  Pattie  Labelle, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Frampton, Gato Barbieri, The Temptations, Phyllis Hyman, Norman Conners, Thelma Houston, Nancy Wilson, more.  “I know what my life purpose is, to share this music with the world.”

Go Fund Me Campaign:

Thanks to all who have donated to Open Conversations. To contribute to the cost of broadcasting Open Conversations, which is for everyone and free to listeners, please follow this Go Fund Me link. Your contribution is much appreciated.

Sincerely, Holly

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW 1150am. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Eddie Watkins Jr. on Open Conversations 09-18-16

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Raise your vibration this Sunday, 09-18-16, as Open Conversations welcomes the inspiring singer/ songwriter Eddie Watkins Jr. This Sunday on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM, from 3-4 pm Pacific, listen to Eddie share his triumphant journey of music, life lessons and spiritual awareness.

Don’t forget you can also stream the show live online at 1150kknw.com.

Born in Detroit, Eddie was given a piano at age 7 by his grandmother who recognized his musical talent. He turned out to be a gifted musician & composer, playing piano, bass, guitar, drums & sax in junior high and high school. Eddie’s true love was the bass guitar; by age 17 Eddie continued his dream, playing bass for Motown’s Norman Whitfield, supporting artists like the Temptations, The Undisputed Truth, & other Motown greats.

When  Motown moved to LA, Eddie left Detroit, moved to Hollywood and made a name for himself as a premier “A list” session bass player. He lent his rock solid bass licks to recordings by Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Pointer Sisters, James Brown & a who’s who of popular music icons.

Success & the fast life led Eddie to substance abuse, recovery & a spiritual search for deeper meaning which led to a spiritual awakening & a call to serve humanity through music. Eddie has served as musical director at the Center for Spiritual Living greater Las Vegas & the Center for Spiritual Living Seattle. Today with 6 CDs of original life-altering high consciousness music under his belt, Eddie is on tour across America raising the vibration of the planet with his music.

Eddie is also writing a book, Motown & Miracles, & is the keynote speaker at many of the Centers he visits. He has recorded with Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, James Brown, Santana, Cher,  Diana Ross,  Herbie Hancock,  Pattie  Labelle, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Frampton, Gato Barbieri, The Temptations, Phyllis Hyman, Norman Conners, Thelma Houston, Nancy Wilson, more.  “I know what my life purpose is, to share this music with the world.”

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