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Jim Belilove

Twenty-five years ago business strategist Jim Belilove and artist Harri Aalto recognized undeveloped possibilities inherent in emerging waterjet technology.

Headquartered in Fairfield, Iowa, the company they founded, Creative Edge Master Shop, Inc., is the largest and most experienced independent waterjet fabrication and design company in the U.S.

What exactly does Creative Edge do to marble, granite, and a host of other flooring materials to make their products so coveted and unique? And how did Jim and Harri translate their appreciation for new technology into global leadership in the waterjet fabrication and design arena?

During this episode of The Studio with Cheryl, Jim answers these questions and shares details about Creative Edge's Gigantic Premium Floor Products Remnant Sale taking place 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 19th at 601 S. 23rd Street in Fairfield.

Dr. Travis Stork's emergency room work inspired his latest New York Times best-seller, The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Health. Based on the latest scientific research, this book's 10 food prescriptions, eight weight-loss payoffs, and three eating plans are easy to grasp and highly motivating.

Dr. Travis, who co-hosts the Emmy Award-winning TV show The Doctors, is dedicated to sharing useful and accurate health information. If achieving and maintaining a proper weight is important to you, don't miss The Studio with Cheryl and Dr. Travis this week!

The second half of the hour features a recap of the best bits of picture book author and illustrator Loren Long's visit to The Studio. Loren reveals the secrets behind the creation of his acclaimed and wildly popular picture books featuring Otis, a friendly, helpful, and humble farm tractor.

Independent publisher Darcy Pattison discusses her new nonfiction picture book, Aboyomi, and her latest childrens's novel, Saucy and Bubba, a contemporary Hansel and Gretel tale that explores the tangled threads of a family touched by grief, alcoholism, and economic frailty. During this second visit to The Studio, Darcy also discusses novel revision techniques and how she researches nonfiction. Acclaimed by major review media, Darcy's books have been translated into eight languages. Be sure to tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Darcy this week to learn how this prolific author accomplishes all that she does.  

Book Cover: Horse Show Mom's Survival GuideWhile earning her B.S.N. in Nursing from the University of Iowa, Susan Daniels was persuaded to write a magazine column and then a book, The Horse Show Mom's Survival Guide, for parents of children competing in horse shows. With her passion for writing unleashed, she launched into fiction-writing, too, and recently earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. While agents are considering her new novel-in-stories, Susan's enjoying blogging about books, writing, and life at www.susansreading.com.

Tune in to The Studio this week for Susan's thoughtful reflections on creativity, healthcare, writing, and healing. She'll share an excerpt from her new book, too!

A 1968 film starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, Yours, Mine, and Ours purportedly told the true story of Tom North's youth as part of the happy, blended Beardsley-North family, which ultimately included 20 children. Tom recently dispelled the "one big happy family" myth that this movie created by writing and independently publishing a memoir. An Amazon Best Seller, Tom North's book, True North: The Shocking Truth About Yours, Mine, and Ours was listed by The Washington Times as Recommended Reading, garnered rave reviews by Writers Digest, and won a Living Now Award Gold Medal. 

Tom, a graduate of Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management), will read from and sign copies of True North at 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 15th in Revelations Cafe and Book Store. Tom is a financial investment advisor, and he lives in Carmel, California with his wife, Connie.

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Honored as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader in 2008, playwright and disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum wrote her first book, Good Kings Bad Kings, recently and promptly won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Published by Algonquin Books in 2013, Susan's debut novel was the 2013-2014 Villanova One Book selection. Good Kings Bad Kings also was the Indie Next Pick for 2012 and was included in the In the Margins Top Ten List for 2014.

Barbara Kingsolver deems Susan's book "fiction at its best" and "a stunning accomplishment." Don't miss The Studio with Cheryl and Susan this week!

 

Plan a dual-continent cultural exchange for fourth graders to promote a kids' book? Why not? Fairfield, Iowa author Ron Louthan reasoned.

So, thanks to his persuasiveness, students in Byron Community Primary School in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and in Pence Elementary School in Fairfield, Iowa have embarked on a joint literary venture that includes reading, cooperative story writing, and a bit of readers' theatre.

For details on how a lone author managed to convince public school officials on two continents to join forces to enhance their students' engagement with literature and each other (while promoting his book, The Unlikely Confederacy of Hoggy, Froggy, and Ernie), tune in this week to The Studio with Chery.

Winnie Abramson, who earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Seattle's Bastyr University, wants you to embrace health-enhancing habits, one simple change at a time. Released in January by Chronicle Books, her guidebook One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life advocates tackling one new approach to daily living each week; in it she provides 50 clearly explained and persuasively argued possibilities designed to set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Since 2009, Winnie's been the recipe-developer, writer, and photographer of Healthy Green Living, a blog that touts green living, home cooking, and wholistic nutrition. Her work has been featured on many other sites, including Fine  Cooking, food52, The Kitchn, The New York Times, and MindBodyGreen. Her recipes have been included in many cookbooks, too. Winnie lives in upstate New York with her husband, two kids, and many pets, including a flock of chickens.

Noah Loin's Rock'n Raw Chocolates, organic red wine, and the Hurlin Brothers' and James Moore's music will be featured at a candlelit Valentine's Party Friday, Feb. 14th at Fairfield, Iowa's Cafe Paradiso. Learn how in a single year Noah developed raw chocolate recipes and convinced retailers in Iowa and New York City to market his wares. Noah also shares lessons he learned along the way, including how to identify mentors and develop a personal business philosophy. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl Fusco Johnson and guest co-host Eric Johnson.

Katherine L. HouseWhich U.S. president's son peppered Andrew Jackson's portrait with spitballs? Which president's daughter splashed Easter Egg dye on White House kitchen walls? Vivid anecdotes and 21 fun yet educational activities make Iowa City author Katherine L. House's new book a great read for kids and adults. Slated for release by Chicago Review Press in February, The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol reflects its author's enthusiasm for history. Katherine was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Arlington, Virginia. She's written about U.S. and Iowa history for children's magazines and she's also contributed work to The New York Times, The Washtingon Post, and other publications. Katherine loves lighthouses, too. She's visited over 100 in the U.S. and Canada. Her first book was Lighthouses for Kids.

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