. Wife . Mother . Blogger . Cancer Survivor
Ann Cahn is the author of the inspirational
memoir I Dare Me, an entertaining look back
on a year that changed everything for her.
The book grew out of a blog called Year
of Firsts, which chronicled this veteran
journalist, mother and survivor's daily
adventures as she pushed herself to try
something new for every single day - an
effort to get her life "unstuck,"
as her daughter put it.
went on this year long adventure while working
her full time "day job" as an
8-time Emmy award-winning journalist with
NBC10 News in Philadelphia. She celebrates
26 years at the station-WCAU-TV-this year.
has filled many roles at WCAU TV-breaking
news reporter, anchor and entertainment
show host - but is mostly known as a hard-charging
investigative reporter with a talent for
uncovering scandals and scams. In 2005,
Cahn won a National Emmy for her undercover
investigative story "Dirty Little Secret"
about an illegal bar run by elected officials
in their dry town.
1991 Cahn made local and national news when
she publicly told her story of battling
breast cancer after a missed diagnosis when
she was only 35. Her 1992 special report
"Breast Cancer: My Personal Story"
won her a national Clarion award and two
Mid Atlantic Regional Emmys.
also had surgery for ulcerative colitis
and kidney cancer. She regularly speaks
on behalf of Living Beyond Breast Cancer,
other area cancer support groups and the
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
She hopes her survivor experience inspires
in her career Cahn worked at stations in
Jacksonville, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee;
Huntsville, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas;
Charlotte, North Carolina; and Miami, Florida.
native of Columbus, Ohio, Cahn grew up in
Atlanta and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from
the University of Georgia. She is married
to NBC10 Photojournalist Phil Houser. They're
proud of their daughter Alexa, who dared
herself to start her own company and is
now the CEO of Bad Kids Clothing.
a child, Michael Barnett enjoyed the ritual
of swinging on his swing and singing his
two favorite radio songs, "Puff the
Magic Dragon" sung by Peter, Paul,
and Mary and "Rag Doll" sung by
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
save his "horrible-sounding tenor"
voice, Michael asked his father to take
voice lessons in high school with Verna
Kerr Rantz of Quakertown, formerly of the
Metropolitan Opera. Michael joined the Verna
Rantz Singers performing at summer carnivals,and
on the Tony Grant Stars of Tomorrow on Steel
Pier in Atlantic City.
Boston College, Michael was selected as
a freshman to play "Tony" in the
college production of West Side Story. After
graduating from Penn State Harrisburg with
a Bachelor of Humanities, he headed straight
to Manhattan to pursue Broadway musical
theatre. Michael performed in club showcases
and off-off-Broadway in "Naughty Marietta"
at the Eastside Playhouse.
Philadelphia, Michael performed in activist
Tommi Avicolli's autobiographical plays
and sang with him as the duo Finnochio.
Moving to Santa Fe, he played the court
singer and monk in Shakespeare in Santa
Fe's "Romeo and Juliet" and a
singing goddess in "The Tempest."
He performed with The Food of Love Renaissance
band before each performance for both summer
1993 until 1998, he co-wrote, co-produced,
and recorded the CD, "A Song for You,"
with musician and artist Ted Hallman as
the duo Ted N' Turtle. Michael is an intuitive
singer/songwriter and loves working with
people who want to hone their singing craft.
Leigh Scott (www.debraleighscott.com)
is a writer, playwright, filmmaker, educator,
educational activist and the Founding Director
of Hidden River Arts (www.hiddenriverarts.com)
Current creative projects include a documentary
film, Junct: The Trashing of Higher
Ed. in America (2255films.com)
about the corporate takeover of academic
culture, a second collection of short stories
titled, Crossing the Line, a new novel,
Land of Zebulun, Land of Naphtali. In addition
to her university teaching, Debra offers
creative writing workshops, classes and
tutorials through Hidden River Arts. Her
largest project right now is working with
a small team of fellow university educators
to build a network of international gap
year programs dedicated to Arts and Humanities
studies. Planned sites will include Dubrovnik,
Prague, Budapest, Venice, London, Dublin,
retiring from teaching English to high school
and college students for 35 years, Tom Dwyer
decided to move from the classroom stage
to the television screen in 2008, first
appearing on TV as a pallbearer in The History
Channel docu-drama Stealing Lincoln's Body.
Subsequent movie and TV roles in Hollywood,
student, independent, commercial, and experimental
films have seen Tom play principal roles
as disparate as a priest, a professor, a
psychiatrist, a psychopath, and a bartender,
as well as Don Juan in Dientes de Arena,
the 2010 Best Film in the Diamond Screen
Film Festival and an entrant in the prestigious
Cologne (Germany) Film Festival. Tom appeared
as a singing Spirit in the 2010 Philly Fringe
Festival original stage production, Week
Between the Holidays, as Dominic Pontello
in 2011's independent film A Rose on Ninth
Street, and as a university dean in Rel
Dowdell's 2012 major motion picture, Changing
the Game, which was the featured film at
the 2011 Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Tom sang with the Choral Society of Montgomery
County from 1987 until 2012; he has sung
with (Peter Nero and) The Philly Pops Festival
Chorus since 2007. Tom performed a recurring
solo musical act monthly at a local convalescent
home for several years, and continues playing
Irish bouzouki and singing traditional songs
regularly at local Irish music sessions.
Tom also sings at various church events
and weddings, and sang at Philadelphia Phillies
games twice as an invited performer. He
has studied guitar with Richard Thompson,
Martin Simpson, Dennis Gormley, and Richard
Dreuding, and Irish Bouzouki with Zan McCloud.
Robbins is the creator and co-host of The
Rhythm and Verse Salon.
we invite a literary artist to share his
or her work with us each month. At the October
meeting of our Salon, we will be trying
something a little different. Susan plans
to engage you in creating Muse Boards
based on a question she will pose related
to your creative journey. To create the
Muse Boards you will intuitively
select and arrange magazine images as a
collage on your own small poster board.
Then we will share our collages inspiring
our evenings conversation!
has been playing guitar for almost 50 years.
Most of those years were focused on old
time country blues and ragtime. He has studied
these old music styles with Ari Eisinger,
Stefan Grossman, Woody Mann, and Rolly Brown,
all modern day masters of this music. In
recent years, Jack has been arranging guitar
instrumentals of old jazz standards and
popular music of the 30's.
8 years ago, Jack has taken up banjo. Besides
playing the usual blue grass music, the
banjo has also become a new platform for
his passion for old time music from the
20's and 30's.
began his adult life as a professional cabin
maker, designing and building custom furniture.
After a 5 year stint of successful furniture
building, he decided to give up the need
to also be a business man and switched his
career to engineering. Music has remained
a constant passion throughout.
Mirkils poems have appeared in Ruah,
Art Times, The Griffin, and Bucks County
Writer. She is part of the Montco Poets
Wordshop, a critique group founded by MCPL
Grant Clauser. Mirkil also participates
in readings around the Philadelphia area.
is a visual artist as well. Mirkil earned
an MFA and a four-year Certificate from
the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
as well as a BFA from the University of
Pennsylvania. Her paintings and drawings
have been shown in New York City as well
as in museums and galleries along the east
coast and in Wales, U.K.
Meashey has been performing in Philadelphia
and central Pennsylvania since he was seventeen.
A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Bob
has been an active performer and teacher
since his graduation, showcasing his unique
approach to improvisation for numerous local
artists that Bob has played with include
Stanley Clarke, Eddie Daniels, Urbie Green,
Walt Levinsky, Bob Mintzer, Joe Morello,
Marvin Stamm, and Sir Roland Hanna. He continues
to perform and record with several area
jazz groups including renowned Philadelphia
guitarist Steve Giordano, Peter Paulsens
Quintet, 53 Stations, Andy Roberts
Four Piece Quartet, and celebrated pianist
and composer Ron Thomas.
has taught master classes at the University
of the Arts and Temple University. His show
credits include the national touring companies
of Annie and Grand Hotel,
and performances in the 1997, 1999, and
2001 Mellon Jazz Festivals in Philadelphia.
He recently appeared as a guest soloist
at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.
Bob is also a private tutor to students
of the Lower Merion School District and
the Philadelphia Biblical University in
H. Peterson has been an artist, curator,
critic, and arts administrator in the Philadelphia
area for more than three decades. He's had
over thirty solo exhibitions of his photographs
since 1980, and his work is in the collections
of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Amon
Carter Museum, the Library of Congress,
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver
Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the
New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dayton Art
Institute, the State Museum of Pennsylvania,
the Danforth Museum of Art, and the Free
Library of Philadelphia. He worked as a
curator from 1990 to 2013 at the Michener
Art Museum in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,
where he organized numerous historical and
contemporary exhibitions including major
retrospectives on painters William Lathrop
(1999), Robert Spencer (2004), and Charles
Rosen (2006). He was the editor and principal
author of the 2002 publication Pennsylvania
Impressionism (copublished by the Michener
and the University of Pennsylvania Press),
and his recent exhibitions included The
Painterly Voice: Bucks Countys Fertile
Ground (2011-12) and Making Magic: Beauty
in Word and image (2012). His memoir The
Smile at the Heart of Things (2009), was
copublished by the Michener and Tell Me
Press, and reviewed in USA Today, The Philadelphia
Inquirer, The Trenton Times, and numerous
other publications and blogs. His most recent
book, The Blossoming of the World (2011),
also was published by Tell Me Press.
was a member of the Museums Panel of the
National Endowment for the Arts in 2003,
and has served on the Visual Arts Advisory
Panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the
Arts. He received two Fellowships for Visual
Arts Criticism from the PA Council on the
Arts, and his critical writing has appeared
in The Los Angeles Times, American Arts
Quarterly, American Art Review, The Photo
Review, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He
was the Founder and Project Director of
the Photography Sesquicentennial Project,
the Philadelphia-areas major cooperative
celebration of the 150th anniversary of
the birth of photography funded principally
by The Pew Charitable Trusts (1988-1990).
He taught photography for more than twelve
years, at the University of Delaware, the
Tyler School of Art, and Swarthmore College.
He received a Master of Fine Arts from the
University of Delaware (1985), and a Bachelor
of Arts (in music composition) from the
University of Pennsylvania (1981).
Baird is a poet, writer and musician who
was born in Philadelphia and now resides
in Fort Washington with his wife, Bernadette,
and two of their three children. He has
played sax, flute and composed songs for
the contemporary rock group, Second Chance,
and was a vocalist and horn player for the
R&B jazz ensemble, Melange. Along with
local poet Amy Small-McKinney, he studied
with David Ignatow in 1980s at the
92nd Y in New York City. His poems have
been published in the Schuylkill Valley
Journal and Muse Apprentice Guild. He was
nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry
in 2009 and received the 2011 Judson Jerome
Scholarship Award for poetry from the Antioch
Writers Workshop in Yellow Springs,
Ohio, where he studied with poets Cathy
Smith Bowers, John Drury and Jamey Dunham.
He is currently finishing his first book
of fiction, an historical novel set
in the first century.
J. Lombardi completed the macrobiotics Comprehensive
Certificate Program (CCP) under Denny Waxman,
a renowned, dedicated macrobiotic teacher
and counselor, and Susan Waxman, a macrobiotic
chef widely recognized for her culinary
expertise and her understanding of the energetic
properties of food. Loretta Lombardi plays
an active role in the macrobiotic community
by assisting Denny Waxman with scribing,
a note-taking procedure that prescribes
specific foods for clients. She also hosts
openings of Intensive Study Programs and
Comprehensive Certification Seminars. In
addition, she lectures on macrobiotics at
the Free Library of Philadelphia (the Fumo
and South Philadelphia branch), and she
teaches clients basic macrobiotic principles
and cooking at home Loretta's passion for
life, love, and good food led her to author
a fun-loving cookbook. Have you ever heard
of a romantic whole foods recipe book where
aphrodisiacs flirt with the cook? Well,
open up your heart to, "I'M Hot You're
Hot", a 12 month whole foods recipe
book with romantic overtones of her love
quotes, kitchen and bedroom poetry, food
banquets containing wine and food pairings,
beer and food pairings, cut flower arrangement
recommendations for the table, and other
tips for the romantic table's appearance.
Moreover, each food in the recipes contains
a combination of its nutrition, energy,
folklore, history, aphrodisiac quality and
a sensual closing. All of the delicious
recipes are easy to follow. Come join Loretta
for a fun night as she helps you discover
the relationship between food and sexual
Rossetti is known for his passionate piano
performances, often playing by memory.
On several occasions, he has played at the
DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New
York City. Two years ago, Joseph played
with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra
at Bryn Mawr College. There, he commanded
a piece by Edvard Grieg, where 65 instrumentalists
accompanied his playing. Recently, he performed
a Mozart piece with the West Chester University
Symphony Orchestra, earning a standing ovation.
Graduating summa cum laude in 2002, Joseph
earned his masters degree in music
from Western University of San Francisco.
While attending Western, he earned the Outstanding
Achievement in Music Performance Award.
A native of Italy, Joseph Rossetti came
to the U.S. when he was 12-years-old. His
mother was his first piano teacher, and
he credits her as his true inspiration.
He also finds inspiration from the great
composers of yesterday like Mozart, Beethoven,
and Chopin. In addition, he has been influenced
by the remarkable talent and example of
Andre Watts. Joseph's philosophy in life
stems from a favorite quote: "Devotion
of thought to an honest achievement can
make an achievement possible."
philosophical, and humorous, Mike Cohen's
writing is an ongoing attempt to make sense
of this life and this universe It addresses
the Big Bang and the little bumps as well.
There is no topic too meaningful or too
poetry has appeared in the Mad Poets Review,
Poetry Forum Anthology, Fox Chase Review,
Schuylkill Valley Journal, the Mt. Airy
Times Express, and the Philadelphia Daily
News. His poetic presentations have been
featured in programs at various schools,
bookstores, coffee shops, and libraries.
His poems have been aired on SKN radio.
Mike has served as a judge in the Montgomery
County Poet Laureate competition. Mike's
poetic philosophy is: "Poetry doesn't
have the answers, it's just a beautiful
way of putting the questions." Mike
has performed as Editor Whedon and Lambert
Hutchins in a presentation of Spoon River
Anthology at Laurel Hill Cemetery as part
of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Mike hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive, a popular
monthly poetry program in its eighth year
at Mt. Airy's Big Blue Marble Book Store.
His articles on Philadelphia sculpture appear
in the Schuylkill Valley Journal in which
he is a contributing editor. Some of Mike's
poetry can be seen and heard on the web
by visiting http://mikecohensays.com/
Delia has been crumbling up balls of paper
for 37 years. The ones he keeps he calls
poetry. He has read in numerous coffee houses,
libraries, book stores and other venues.
He has read on WXPN, out in the street and
even in a cemetery. He has five chapbooks.
Revisited, Revised And Retyped volumes 1
and 2, 1622 Church Street, Haiku And Other
Imaginings and Zoo Poetry. He has another
in the works called The Alphabet Poems.
likes listening to and collecting CD's,
playing scrabble, the color green and is
fond of trains. When he grows up he wants
to be a poet and his ultimate goal is to
sleep with Nicole Kidman.
Steve and Mike have been doing public poetry
presentations together for a decade, since
it was first suggested by Joanne Leva.
Horner is an improviser: founder of the
Incubator, a biweekly improv jam / get-together
in Philadelphia that has been central to
the development of the city's improv scene.
He is the Producer of the annual F Harold
Comedy Festival which shows off and celebrates
the amazing talent the city and area have
to offer, and is a Co-Producer for Philly
Improv Theater's Duofest improv festival
which each year gathers some of the funniest
people to Philadelphia . Rick runs HIVE
Comedy, which unites the stand-up, sketch,
storytelling and improv comedy that normally
happens separately in the area. Rick performs
with The Five Four Three, and once a year
Rick transforms into Zacherle in a scripted/improvised
performance as a "zombie clown.
Rick also coaches and teaches regularly.
Check out http://hivecomedy.com.
Young is an advocate for positivity, peace,
and perseverance. As an educator, writer,
and speaker, his message is as clear as his
life's purpose: to leave the world a little
bit better than it was before he got here.
In 1999, Uriah passed on a career in acting
and modeling to become a teacher, a decision
he does not regret one bit. As his perspective
on life expanded, he has branched out to arenas
outside the classroom to share his message
of positivity, peace, and perseverance. Uriah
has been invited to speak at high schools
and colleges, inspiring young people to persevere
and become better leaders. He is the founder
of Skies Without Limits Publicity Firm, and
is the primary blogger for "Questions
For the Driven." In December 2013, an
article he wrote was published on the National
Education Association Today website. He lives
in Bucks County with his wife and cocker spaniel.
HILL is an award winning actor (Best Male
Actor, ABFF 2010) and has done solid work
in a variety of roles in film, TV, theater,
web series, etc. Most recently he can be
seen on Law & Order SVU, Its Always
Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Political
Animals, and Do No Harm. He can also be
seen in the award winning documentary, Jackie
Robinson: My Story, as Jackie Robinson.
You will find Stephen in a lead role in
the upcoming features Christmas Wedding
Baby, and Stay Cold, Stay Hungry. Hill stars
opposite the Grammy nominated Carolyn Malachi
in her next short film/video, and he guest
stars opposite Jane Curtain in the CBS series,
the early age of 12, Frank began his musical
journey. Performing in Rock bands that toured
the NJ, Philadelphia and Delaware circuit,
to composing and performing soundtracks
for major TV cable channels, Frank has many
years of stage and studio experience that
he has brought to fruition in his current
Blues/Rock band, The Blues Hawks. Recently,
Frank's band has played at Parx Casino and
will be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in
Philadelphia this summer! www.facebook.com/TheBluesHawks
Moriconi is a poet and essayist. She received her
MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University's
Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington.
Her work has appeared most recently in Cobalt Review,
The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Prick of the Spindle,
Blue Heron Review and is forthcoming in Blood Lotus
and Fox Chase Review. She is the author of a chapbook,
No Such Place (Finishing Line Press, 2013).
teaches writing workshops at Musehouse and in
various local schools and libraries, and she is
the director of the Arthur Krasnow Poets and Poetry
Reading Series at Elkins Park Library. She lives
in Jenkintown with her husband and two daughters.
Kramer (November 3, 1945- ) is a Philadelphia-born
jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and producer/engineer.
Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra mentored
him on violin from the age of five. His early
jazz performances, in his teens and twenties included
those with Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker,
Charles Fambrough, Stanley Clarke, and Eric Gravatt.
Over the next decades his trio went on to record
a series of specialty productions including:
the largest known body of jazz renditions of
complete Broadway shows, including Evita en
Jazz (distributed internationally by Telarc
International records), The Sound of Music/Jazz,
Jazz Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Rent,
Sophisticated Ladies, and others
- A recording and reharmonization of an entire
symphony by a jazz trio: Mozart's G minor (K.550),
- Jazz versions of principal themes from the
John Williams score of Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone (Eroica label)
- a compilation of jazz renditions of the music
of The Rolling Stones.
to date, the main part of Kramer's musical career
has been as an arranger and leader of his own
trios. In addition, from the mid-1990s his collaboration
with co-leader - legendary bassist Eddie Gomez
- has produced a far ranging catalogue of duo
and trio recordings, including the Art of the
Heart on Art of Life Records (released May 2006.)
These recording are reminiscent of those produced
by pianist Bill Evans.
Gehman likes to listen to, watch and play baseball
(mostly this consists of having a catch) when
not listening to or playing music. He prefers
baseball on the radio and wishes they'd get rid
of the delay in the radio broadcast so that he
can turn the sound down on the TV guys if the
game is on TV. Paul
never thought of himself as a cat person, but
a stray adopted him in the fall of 2010. He's
all black and his name is Bony (short for Ebony
doesn't have a smartphone. And he's not on facebook.
Mosemann is a graduate of the University of the
Arts and has performed with Marian McPartland,
Lee Konitz, Lew Tabackin and Eddie Gomez. He can
be heard on recordings by the Mark Kramer Trio
and Steve Giordano Spacetet. He currently teaches
at Harcum College and Rosemont School of the Holy
Child and lives in Lansdale, PA with his lovely
and beautiful wife, Joanne.
1st Year Anniversary on March 20th, 2014!!
Craft is the author of two novels from Sourcebooks:
The Art of Falling, and the forthcoming While
the Leaves Stood Still (due Spring 2015). Her
work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com,
specializing in storytelling structure and writing
craft, follows a nineteen-year career as a dance
critic. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania
writing scene, she now serves on the board of the
Philadelphia Writers Conference and as book club
liaison for the Womens Fiction Writers Association.
She hosts lakeside writing retreats for women in
northern New York State and speaks often about writing.
She lives with her husband in Bucks County, PA.
Sloan has been studying violin since he was six
years old. He began his studies locally before taking
lessons with Juilliard teacher Louise Behrend and
Isaac Malkin of the Manhattan School of Music. Kevin
is currently studying under Vladimir Dyo at Temple
University. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in
the Collegium Musicum Schloss Weissenstein in Germany,
where he has been invited back to perfiorm as a
soloist in the summer of 2015.