Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Our 28th Year Continues
... still on Zoom!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on
Sunday, June 9, 2024 Via Zoom

To discuss one of God's essential aspects
illuminated throughout her book
Under the Bridges at Arroyo del Rey



With Main Presentation

Master Storyteller
David Bender

and also featuring
Nathan Haines
Graham Lance Richardson
Edward Lee Goldstein

Good Stories Live in the Heart

"God created man because He loves a good story."
- one of David Bender's favorite anonymous quotes


Scroll Down for:
Morning's Agenda
Speakers' Bio
Zoom Info
Lyrics and Poem
2024 Salon Dates/Themes


9:30 am Pacific Standard Time
Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healing Arts Practitioner
Janet Martorello


10 am until noon – Program



Nan Rae


Nan Rae's New Book - now available on Amazon --
Walk with Me... In the Garden of Our Friendship
includes many of Nan’s Meditations for
The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life


Opening Song

"My Funny Valentine"
Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS

Dean welcomes us to listen to and download his music at no charge by accessing his personal website:


June Birthdays & Special Salutes
Graham Lance Richardson
Retired Westside Realtor after 35 years.
Licensed Plumber & Gas Fitter.
Certified Welder to 100%.


Main Presentation:

"Good Stories Live in the Heart"
told by
David Bender
with Nathan Haines
Graham Lance Richardson
and Edward Lee Goldstein

Satinder K. Dhiman Books

Above: David, as a university student, walking in the desert between Masada and the Dead Sea, in the land of the Bible.

Master Storyteller David Bender’s Philosophy of Life – “Ye who does not seek Heaven on Earth shall surely not find it after death” – will be illuminated with creativity and wit through his own stories and three others -- each is an esteemed member of David’s Storytelling gatherings on zoom, to which we all are invited.

David has been a part of the storytelling community for more than 30 years. He likes stories that teach lessons. For those of us who would like to share our own stories and even learn how to tell them better, we can sign up for a zoom group of novice as well as experienced storytellers that he leads on Thursday evenings at 7 pm PST and/or a Toronto based zoom group of more advanced storytellers who meet at 10 am PST on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in either or both, contact him at his email address provided in his biography in “About Our Speakers,” lower on this page.

David Bender’s Stories: A Collection of Jokes and Stories titled: "If Man is Made in God's Image, Then God Must Be Wonderful." David’s stories may include: The $100 Dollar Bill, The Man Who Wanted To Meet God, The Water Carrier, The Buddhist Monk, and The Man in the Pit

Nathan Haines’s Story: "United and Divided By a Common Language," a story that isn't really about eggs... William Caxton's story printed in 1490. We think we can't understand kids today but...

Graham Lance Richardson’s Story: “Clancy of the Overflow” (1864 Poem By Banjo Paterson) Harkening back to a time when people who worked in offices longed for the simpler life of a drover (Australian cowboy).

Edward Lee Goldstein’s Story:  "The Cops, Corpse, Crap
. . . And A Squirrel"


Music Interlude
Douglas Decker
Recording Engineer/Musician
"That's the Way that the World Goes 'Round/It's a Big Old Goofy World"


Poetry Reading
Patricia Ferber


Followed by Discussion

Opening the Discussion will be
Nino Wong, designer/business leader/Volunteer
Chairman of the Chinese Garden Docents, Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.

All are invited to continue sharing thoughts on Humor.


until noontime


"Doodle Doo Doo"

Susie Katharine Shaw


To conclude Susie will lead us in Richard King's favorite
Native American Prayer



About Our Speakers 

David BenderDavid Bender, Moderator

David taught Biology at the University of Toronto in Canada, but his great love was understanding people. He studied the power of the mind which led him to become a psychotherapist where he specialized in Hypnotherapy. He is currently exploring the many different ways that hypnosis can be used to help students do better in high school and university. He knew from a very early age that his path in life was to help people, and he continues to do so, even when people cannot afford to pay.

David has lived in several countries, including Israel, England, and Canada, which gives him an international perspective. He is a natural philosopher and author. He is currently publishing 4 books designed to help people.

Magical Marriage by the SACRED Path (A guide to building a good marriage and healing painful ones. In a magical marriage your souls become intertwined forever. The book outlines what each of you need to know and do to build love, appreciation, respect and trust in a marriage. When done correctly, it is the most wonderful thing in the world.)

“By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you will be a philosopher.” ~Socrates

The 5 Secret Languages of Women (God designed women to both think and see things differently than men do. Unfortunately, our schools have been training girls to think like men. If our society is to survive, women need to re-learn how to use their, almost forgotten, way of thinking. It says in the Hebrew Bible that God made women in order to help men see things from a different perspective. Most men refuse to listen so society has developed self-destructive values. There are two versions of this book, one written for men and one for women.)

"There are no words that can tell you what a woman or a cat knows." ~David

The Jewish Secret of Success (Traditionally this secret was passed down from father to son. After the holocaust much of this knowledge was lost. I am finally putting it in writing so that those who do not have parents who can teach it to them can once again learn it. Real success is based on having a loving wife, children that you are proud of, and being valued by your community. Wealth will follow. It is a way of life.)

"Luck favors the prepared mind." ~L. Pasteur

In the works:
God's Secret Plan for Man (God hid His Sacred Laws for Mankind right in our DNA so that every human being could get to know them just by looking inward; but the fruit from the tree of knowledge has blinded us. Jews who study the Bible say that God's real message is found in the white space surrounding the words and letters.)

"Do not do unto others what you would not have done unto you." ~R. Hillel

The Dark Side of Sex (explaining the nature of and cure for Sex-Addiction, Adultery, Casual Sex and why we are now so dependent upon alcohol, drugs and anti-anxiety medications. People have become used to feeling like helpless victims and as a result turn to mind-numbing self-gratifications for some pleasure.)

"The two most important dates in a person's life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." ~Mark Twain

David also has strong opinions on, and writes extensively on such diverse subjects as economics, politics, pandemics and mental health.

David loves teaching and storytelling. He started leading Carol's June salon on Humor when Kevin became too ill to continue. Over the last few years it has evolved from just Humor to include Storytelling.

A good story will briefly transport the listener to another time and place. Listening to a good story is a wonderful way to exercise your imagination. It is said that, “God created man because He loves a good story”.

Phone: 949-777-6720


Nathan HainesNathan Haines is a science-fiction and fantasy writer, German translator, and public speaker. He has traveled the world talking about Ubuntu (Linux) and has written an easy-to-read book on this computer operating system.

Besides being a tech guru Nathan is a lover of language. He speaks and translates from German, as well as Old and Middle English. He can tell you almost anything about astronomy and still uses a fountain pen.

He runs Starbound Publishing, where he provides publishing services and consulting to independent authors.

His published books and stories include: Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users Third Edition, Called Under, Fireflies of the Heart, A Toast to Being Human, and the English translations of the novels from the X-Universe, beginning with Farnham's Legend.



Edward Lee GoldsteinEdward Lee Goldstein is a physical therapist in private practice who does home health therapy, massage, and personal training.

He is also a health educator, author of several books on understanding human behavior, forgiveness and living with Love. As a specialist on forgiveness, he lectures to groups and does private consultation that has helped thousands of people to find the inner peace, joy, and the happiness they deserve.

His approach is unique since it deals with the definition of terms and the logic of why we forgive, how to forgive, for whom one is forgiving, when to forgive . . . and ironically enough, when "not to forgive." Some of his clients who have spent dozens of years seeking answers and spending thousands of dollars, have been healed of lifelong challenges simply by reading his books or working with Edward privately for one or two sessions.

Published Books: The Human Thing Explained, Faith, A Lion's Healing Journey Back To Innocence: Lessons On Forgiveness; Grace, A Christian Lion's Healing Journey: Lessons On Forgiveness



Graham Lance RichardsonGraham Lance Richardson

Retired Realtor for 35 years on the West Side of LA.

Sang with a big band in Australia

Graphic Arts & Printing Sales

Licensed plumber and gas fitter

Welder to 100% x-ray

From and educated in Australia.

World traveler

Phone: 310/ 49 -3470


For the time being, the Salon will continue to meet on Zoom. When appropriate, we will meet in person once again at Arroyo del Rey.

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Lyrics & Poem


"My Funny Valentine"
Lyric Lorenz Hart, Music Richard Rodgers

My funny valentine, sweet comic valentine,
You make me smile with my heart.

Your looks are laughable, unphotographable.
Yet you’re my favorite work of art.

Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you wise?

But don’t change a hair for me, not if you care for me,
Stay funny valentine, stay!

Each day is Valentine’s Day.


"That's the Way that the World Goes 'Round/It's a Big Old Goofy World"
by John Prine

I know a guy that's got a lot to lose
He's a pretty nice fellow, but kind of confused
He's got muscles in his head that ain't never been used
Thinks he own half of this town

Starts drinking heavy, gets a big red nose
Beats his old lady with a rubber hose
Then he takes her out to dinner, buys her new clothes
That's the way that the world goes 'round

That's the way that the world goes 'round
You're up one day, the next, you're down
It's half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown
That's the way that the world goes 'round

I was sitting in the bathtub counting my toes
When the radiator broke, water all froze
I got stuck in the ice without my clothes
Naked as the eyes of a clown

I was crying ice cubes, hoping I'd croak
When the sun come through the window, the ice all broke
I stood up and laughed, thought it was a joke
That's the way that the world goes 'round

That's the way that the world goes 'round
You're up one day, the next, you're down
It's half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown
That's the way that the world goes 'round

Up in the morning
Work like a dog
Is better than sitting
Like a bump on a log

I know a fella
He eats like a horse
Knocks his old balls
Round the old golf course

You oughta see his wife
She's a cute little dish
She smokes like a chimney
And drinks like a fish

There's a big old goofy man
Dancing with a big old goofy girl
Ooh baby
It's a big old goofy world

Kiss a little baby
Give the world a smile
If you take an inch
Give 'em back a mile

Cause if you lie like a rug
And you don't give a damn
You're never gonna be
As happy as a clam

There's a big old goofy man
Dancing with a big old goofy girl
Ooh baby
It's a big old goofy world


"Doodle Doo Doo"
Art Kassel, Mel Stitzel, 1924

Please play for me that sweet melody called the
Doodle Doo Doo, Doodle Doo Doo.
I like the rest but the one I like best is
Doodle Doo Doo,
Doodle Doo Doo.
Simplest thing, there’s nothing much to it.
You don’t have to sing, you Just
Doodle Doo Do it.
I love it so, wherever I go- I just
Doodle Doo,
Doodle Doo,
Doodle Doo Doo.


by Patricia Ferber

The opposite of laughter is crying,
the opposite of hate is love.
There are times when hearts are breaking,
and think that God has no sense of humor at all.

A day without laughter is like the sun not rising,
They say one must laugh at least 17 – 20 times a day.
Humor makes the heart tread lightly,
the profound becoming a softer tune.

Days become weeks; months become years.
Remember not only the poignant moments
throughout our lifetime,
but especially moments of humor.

Find the humor, and laughter will follow,
it’s better than shedding tears for humanity's tristesse.


All 2024 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Sunday, August 11, 2024

Sunday, September 8, 2024

Sunday, October 13, 2024

Sunday, November 10, 2024

Sunday, December 8, 2024

Please let us know which salons you can attend by calling (626) 449-1238.

With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.

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