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Martha Watson, Aurora SalonEvery curly head is different! So says Iowa salon owner Martha Watson, a small town cosmetologist whose specialty--Curly Hair Artistry--draws clients to her Aurora Salon from across the street and across the state. Voted #1 Favorite Stylist for two years running in the Hawk Eye Readers Choice competition, Martha has valuable tips for entrepreneurs and for people stymied by their own or a loved one's curly tresses.

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle EdwardsCommunity knitters share warmth, and life-long knitter Michelle Edwards models this brand of kindness in her newly released picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Michelle will read this heart-warming story to kids and adults and teach kids to make yarn pom-poms Saturday, Nov. 12th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the At Home Store on the Fairfield, Iowa square.

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Gritty Dirty Sweaty Studio Work Leads to Moments of Rapture

Kenny Pearl, Author of  Dance GodsIf you want to create work, dive into other worlds: they give you enthusiasm and hope. So says professional dancer and dance teacher Kenny Pearl, author of The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir. Kenny lived in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. He danced for and with Martha Graham and later circled the globe dancing for the boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now on dance faculty at Canada's Ryerson University, Kenny works with emerging dancers and preserves the memories of legends.

Casey Hynes, JournalistExpat turned Iowan Casey Hynes is a contributing writer for Forbes Asia, a freelance journalist, and a content marketing writer with extensive experience covering tech, entrepreneurship, and human rights issues in Asia. Committed to building community wherever she lands, Casey's a member of the Fairfield CoLab and serves on its Board of Directors. She also founded the Iowa Chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

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Nurturing Creativity Through Sweet, Strategic Friendships

 

Rachel Hyde & Grace Gillespie CarterTackling the writing and publishing process together proved productive for novelists Rachel Hyde and Grace Gillespie Carter. Though they live far apart, they've been friends for nearly 50 years and writing support pals for 22. For tips on how to craft relationships that foster creativity, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Rachel and Grace.

Absolutely, positively believe in the power of story. So says Michelle Edwards, award-winning author, illustrator and big time knitter. Her book, Chicken Man, was re-released this year for its 25th anniversary. Schwartz & Wade just released Michelle's newest book A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story of Knitting & Love. For tips on building your own inventory of story ideas to develop, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

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Eliminate Scarcity to Eliminate the Need to Go to War

Ideal Energy co-owners Troy & Amy Van BeekIowa husband-and-wife duo Troy and  Amy Van Beek pooled their resources and talents--he's an ex-Navy Seal with a degree in Sustainability; she's an Eco-Architectural Designer and Builder with a degree in Fine Arts--to create Iowa's pioneering solar company, Ideal Energy Inc. Idealism motivates this dynamic couple, who believe creating energy abundance through sustainable practices will help eliminate scarcity, a primary motivation for war.

 

Each of Anola Pickett's novels begins with a specific incident or memory that someone shared with her.

Her mother's childhood memory of neighborhood boys burning an effigy of Kaiser Wilhelm in Kansas City, Missouri in 1918 lit the creative spark that led to Anola's newest book, CALLAHAN CROSSROADS.

Set in Kansas City during World War I, this coming-of-age story for young people explores serious issues relevant today.

For a glimpse into the creative process of an octogenarian author with a flourishing writing and publishing career, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Anola Pickett.

Who Iowans are may surprise you! Iowa writer Linda Egenes coauthored, with Dr. Kumuda Reddy, a retelling of the most widely read epic in world history--The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic--Complete and Comprehensive. The Ramayana is a cultural and spiritual guide for over a billion people in India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and beyond. For contemporary readers, this new retelling, published by Tarcher Perigee, streamlines Rama's epic quest, originally penned as 24,000 verses contained in seven volumes.

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Cultivating Strategies to Achieve Life Goals

Kate McGuinnessCultivate strategies to achieve life goals, advises Executive Life Coach Kate McGuinness. During this interview, Kate shares tools she's acquired for successfully weathering career and life transitions. She honed these tools while meeting her own career challenges and while earning life coaching certification at the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California. Linear path of career changes versus a cycle of renewal model of change is one of the many topics Kate explores. She also covers identifying core values, reframing, experimentation, cocooning, and the role emotion plays during decisionmaking. Kate also shares titles of many books she and her clients consult during times of transition.

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