Phoenix Phiesta XXXVIII: “From the Ashes”
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Using the Power of the Mind to Lose Weight
2:00 PM to 2:50 AM Saturday, November 26th in Pinetop RmHow many times have you tried to lose weight and lost all the weight you want, only to regain in back again? How many times have you been told that losing weigh it easy all you must do is exercise and eat right?I will guide you through an exercise where you will discover you have the answers to your weight lose dilemma. Hypnosis will allow you to make changes in your life that are required to meet you goal automatically without think about it.
Artistically, Ben-Dor’s focus is on rich color, luxe embellishments, and themes including women, music, global cultures, and symbols of nature. She works primarily in watercolor and ink, metallic, textured mixed media, and unconventional materials used as paint.
Gilat obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and studied fresco painting at L'Istituto Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy, and later, obtained an MBA in Global Management. She has lived and studied art in Japan, Italy, and Israel. Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally. She is active in the Greater Phoenix art scene, and recently had a solo exhibition of her works in the lobby of the ASU Gammage theater.
Gilat has authored three books, and in addition to her studio practice, has been a curator, a university faculty member, a life coach, speaker, and a professional sommelier and founder of a wine academy. Find Gilat Ben-Dor at gilatbendor.com or Instagram (@gilatbendor), Facebook (Gilat Ben-Dor Fine Art), and Etsy (Shop name: GilatSilkArt).
Living In a Fantasy: The Benefits of Imagination, Inspiration, and Creativity in Daily Life
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Saturday, November 26th in Pinetop RmFor many adults, daydreaming and coloring are regarded as child’s play. But what if we learned (or re-learned) the power of our own minds to reawaken a vibrant, creative way of life that has practical applications for productivity and success? In this lively overview, artist and multi-passionate Renaissance Woman Gilat Ben-Dor will take you on a journey into the colorful side of daily habits and perspectives that will bring fresh inspiration into your life.
Dr. Carolyn Waters Broe
Fifty Famous Composers For Kids Of All Ages
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Friday, November 25th in Payson RmFifty Famous Composers for Kids of All Ages is a book of biographies about the lives of famous classical composers. You will discover how each of these composers grew up and what motivated them to become composers. This book explores the stories of these musicians and how they came to be famous. It was awarded the Mom's Choice Gold Award for 2021 and was awarded Finalist in the International Book Awards for 2022 in "History - General" and in "Performing Arts".
You will learn about composers who were child prodigies, won competitions, got into duels, got arrested, died young, and composed great master works of music. Fifty Famous Composers includes twenty-five famous male composers and twenty-five famous female composers. Many of these composers will be familiar such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven. You will also meet brilliant composers who are not as well know such as Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint Georges, Francesca Caccini, Florence Price, and Alma Deutscher.
This book was written to help both young and adult readers to enjoy classical music. It is perfect for music teachers, parents, grandparents, and music lovers. https://classicsunlimitedmusic.com/product/fifty-famous-composers-for-kids-of-all-ages
Kebba Buckley Button
How Anyone Can Let Go
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Saturday, November 26th in Payson RmHow Anyone Can Let Go - One of the biggest issues in modern life is that of letting go. People who can't let go of papers, mail, and files end up with stacks of irretrievable material. People who can't let go of Stuff end up with chaotic piles of materials and invitations to be on hoarding shows. People who can't let go of the past or of past relationships end up living in frustration and depression. There are more categories, but you get the pattern. And now, if you want to, you can come to a session to learn specific ways to let go of whatever—or whomever. Don't think simply understanding a thing is the same as solving it! You can understand a thing to death, and you are only moving into paralysis by analysis. Want to actually start letting go? Come learn how.
Dr John Doyle
Dr. Doyle received his MD degree in 1982 and his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1986, both from the University of Toronto. In 2017 he received his DPhil from the University of Pretoria in the field of Moral Philosophy. He has had a lifelong interest in the neuroscience behind consciousness and has published on this topic. His most recent book on Transhumanism was published by Springer (ISBN-13: 978-3319949499).
Dr. Doyle has received teaching awards on four occasions.
More information is available at danieljohndoyle.com
The Science Lurking Behind Brain Consciousness: a 2022 Update
3:00 to 3:50 PM Friday, November 25th in Payson RmScientifically explaining the origins of consciousness is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever undertaken. In the past, the exploration of consciousness was primarily of interest to philosophers and other thinkers. In recent decades, however, the scientific study of consciousness has significantly increased, with a number of approaches now outlined in detail in scientific journals. This talk aims to outline these approaches in a not-too-technical manner. The presentation begins with identifying some relevant philosophical matters such as the "mind-body problem", followed by an overview of several theories that are the subject of ongoing scientific investigation and debate. Special emphasis is placed on a theory based on the work of 2020 Nobel laureate Roger Penrose. I conclude that despite important and enlightening developments in our understanding of the biological side of consciousness, we still lack a fundamental understanding pertaining to its phenomenal aspect, a problem sometimes referred to as the “hard problem” of consciousness.
—Phiesta XXXVII: "Who's Your Superhero?"
---Phiesta XXXV: "Hey, You Stole My Idea!! (Writing for Hollywood)"
---Phiesta XXXII: "Everything I Know About Mental Health I Learned in Dark Movie Theaters"
---Phiesta XXXI: "Pulling a Phast One: How Hollywood Special FX Phool Us"
---Phiesta XXIX: "Movies and How to Make Them"
I'm a retired corporate director turned retired movie producer, with two feature films, ELEVEN ELEVEN and RAISING BUCHANAN, currently streaming on all major platforms. (RAISING BUCHANAN stars the late, great René Auberjonois (Odo) as President James Buchanan.)
Working Class Science and the Making of "Tracing Cowboys"
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Saturday, November 26th in Pinetop RmSeveral years ago, while shooting my first serious feature film, I observed various techniques that the locals of Baja California used to overcome their lack of formal education in the fields of physics, chemistry and other disciplines. You might call their techniques "common sense"...or simply "that's just the way it's always been done". Along the way, I lost two of my nine lives but gained some practical knowledge. In this session, I'll share my filmmaking and cultural immersion experiences with you.
Journey to the Dark Side, or, Where Did It Go When I Flushed the Toilet?
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Friday, November 25th in Prescott RmThe first segment of the presentation is an overview of the 91st Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant and its processes at this end-of-the-line facility, the largest in the American Southwest. The second segment is an abbreviated examination of the science, and presentation of some of the more intriguing aspects of the treatment process.
Rachel Kibler - RVC9
Meet the RVC
Schedule and Location TBDCome meet your representation on the AMC! Rachel Kibler is the Regional Vice Chair for Region 9 (which includes Greater Phoenix Mensa), and she's here to listen to your thoughts and concerns and answer your questions.
Nobody Told Me I'm Black
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 25th in Payson RmAn autobiographical dance though my life provides a unique view of what it's like to grow up black in the U.S. Unless you have a very close black friend, I guarantee you very few of you have had the front seat to what it's really like to be the only "one" in the room, class, work, church, restaurant, park and… You’ll learn how to be an advocate for Blacks in your circle.
9:00 AM to 9:50 PM Friday, November 26th in Payson RmThirty photos, ten each of people, places and things will flash on the screen for one minute each. People participating will WRITE DOWN the identity of each one they know or want to guess at. Correct answers at the end of the slide show. Winning person or team must submit score sheet to prevent claims of unearned score. The person or group with the most correct answers will earn bragging rights for the duration of the RG.
After service in the US Navy during the Vietnam era, he obtained a BS in Engineering from UC Irvine, followed a few years later by a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Boston.
All along the way, he became interested in personal computing, getting his first computer in 1980. He jumped at the chance to get on the internet with his own web site in 1996 and continues to maintain a presence HERE today, where he exposes his primary interests: family, genealogy and photography.
Dave took the Mensa test here in Phoenix in 1989 and became more active after he retired, stepping up to become Webmaster for the GPM site. A Life Member of Mensa, he has served on the ExCom as Member at Large, LocSec, and currently serves as Editor, Recording Secretary, and Webmaster. He has participated in Communication, RG and Marketing Committees and currently serves on the National Communications Committee. He also joined Triple Nine Society, using the results of his Mensa qualifying test as prior evidence.
Dave has been accompanied on his journey by his wife, Lovina for the past 54 years. She has been a Registered Nurse, but more recently worked in her second career as a behavioral health counselor after receiving a Master of Counseling degree from ASU. She has recently joined him in retirement. They have two sons, 43 and 52 and four grandchildren close-by here in Phoenix.
Zooming in on the History of Panoramic Photography
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Friday, November 25th in Pinetop RmFrom film to scan to the robotic age, how taking and viewing wide format photos has evolved. Early photographers explored the ways to capture large crowds in a single photo on large glass plates. This evolved into scaning on long strips of film with specialized lenses and mechanisms. This continued for many decades until technology was developed to stitch multiple photos into one large photo with lots more detail like we have seen with views from robotic cameras on Mars. With the advent of digital photography available to the consumer, with resolution comparable to film, it is now possible to capture a scene with incredible detail that can be viewed by anyone with access to the internet.
Wine 101 - Drinking Like a Sommelier
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Friday, November 25th in Pinetop RmEver wanted to learn how to use all your senses to judge a wine? Come enjoy six various wines as Richard guides you through how to analyze wine like a sommelier and then how to pair it successfully with food.
Frank Sasso & Barbara Hoffman
Sensei Barbara Hofmann 3rd degree, has worked along-side Master Sasso for over 10 years. Their style of tai chi, based on traditional Eastern versions, has been formed to be practiced by even those who may not have lived active lives in the past.
Western Tai Chi
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Saturday, November 26th in Prescott RmMaster Sasso will explain the origin of Tai Chi and the health-related advantages of this exercise. He will answer questions. Sensei Hofmann will demonstrate what some of the simpler patterns look like. Then, workshop participates will be invited to join the senseis in a pattern done to music.
The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy: A Perspective
10:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 25th in Payson RmMany members of Mensa are surprised to learn that a significant number of notable people don’t or didn’t believe the works of our Bard were written by a man from Stratford-on-Avon. Among these are statesmen Charles De Gaulle and Otto von Bismarck; writers James Joyce and Henry James; actors Jeremy Irons and Sir Derek Jacobi; Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackmun and John Paul Stevens; and playwrights Claire Booth Luce and John Galsworthy. Did these people sleep through English 101? Don’t or didn’t they know that 95% of college English professors support the traditional view that William Shakespeare was a man from Stratford-on-Avon? What accounts for the fact that the above-named intellectuals, all certainly of Mensa-level intelligence, could adopt such a heretical point of view? Join me for a thought-provoking talk on the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy. Then, make up your own mind!
Because a proper grammar and punctuation is so important on a good resume—well, actually, it is important for all written documents—Donna shares the often-dry subject of grammar in quiz format to make it a little more fun. Do YOU qualify to be a member of the Grammar Police?
Grammar Police Qualifying Test
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Friday, November 25th in Pinetop RmGrammar Police Qualifying Test - As the world becomes more digitally connected, good grammar and punctuation is more important than ever, yet some people believe both punctuation and grammar exist only to complicate matters. To the contrary, good grammar and punctuation is critical to the quality of written English, even though it is often taken lightly.You’ve read the old joke about the importance of commas: “I love to eat my parents and Elton John.” Without the commas, well … Let’s have some fun refreshing our memories of high school English and see if we can remember how to punctuate it right―using commas, colons, semicolons and periods―whether in business communications or everyday social media posts. In this fun, interactive session, Donna will steer participants toward finding the right answers to these questions and more:
• Does the period go inside or outside of the quotation marks?
• Why should we be using the Oxford comma?
• How do we know when to hyphenate a compound adjective?
• What about the semicolon? Do we really need it at all?
• Will we ever get possessives right?
• Is there an easy way to avoid a run-on sentence?
• When is a noun proper?
• May I split an infinitive, please?
Sharon’s stories have appeared in MENSA BULLETIN: The Magazine of American MENSA, The New Mexican, and The Rodent Reader Quarterly. She holds a BS in psychology from Illinois State University and an MA in humanities from the University of Texas. Find her online at www.SharonWinters.com.
The author lives with Charley and her husband in the Phoenix area where she continues to quilt and play the piano. Her next book will be another children’s book. This book will be about Charley and his love of quilts. She always remembers to tell Karl good night because real love never dies
Karl’s Diary: It’s a Dog’s Life by Sharon Winters
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 26th in Pinetop RmKarl, an endearing Boykin Spaniel, is a dog who became famous for his stories on Facebook. His posted adventures and many photos have become Karl’s Diary, published this year. You’ll laugh and you might cry as you hear about his rags-to-riches life. And meet in person the dog Karl chose to take his place—Charley—an 80 pound bundle of love adopted from the Maricopa county shelter. He is training as a service dog. Also, meet his trainer, Jordan, with Phoenix Dog Trainers. Now is a good time for your questions about service dogs and what it takes to train a dog.
Hidden Gems of the US Constitution
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 25th in Pinetop RmThe U.S. Constitution, including its 27 amendments (one being repealed by another), is a relatively short document, worth exploring in detail. Where do the powers originate for Congressional committees to investigate so many things? What are the basis and limitations for executive privilege? If only the Army and Navy are authorized, is the Air Force unconstitutional? What is the federal "power grab" in the 13th Amendment, and why was it seen as essential? Can a state legislature really overrule the popular vote and appoint the electors of its choice? Some advocate that the electoral vote be replaced by a national popular vote. What in the Constitution makes this almost impossible? Is the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" unlimited? Is this debatable? What is the word that isn’t in the Bill of Rights but many Americans believe "must be" there? Free copies of the Constitution will be made available for all. (Presented this program on July 6 at the Sparks of Genius AG)
More to come…
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Friday, November 25th in Payson RmProgram Description
Like minds who like minds