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

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Welcome 2022!!
Our 26th Year Commences... on Zoom!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on
Sunday, January 9, 2022 Via Zoom

To discuss the first theme in her book
Under the Bridges at Arroyo del Rey

Yolanda Nava,

Emmy Award-winning journalist and author, who will
illuminate her overcoming sudden blindness as told in
her new book THROUGH THE DARK, by sharing her interview with The Reverend Frank Schaeffer.


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



Opening Song
Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS



Salute to Birthdays
Graham Lance Richardson


Main Presentation:
"Spirituality as a Stabilizing Force During Any Crisis"
with Yolanda Nava


Followed by Discussion

All are invited to participate - just "raise your hand"
so that Curtis McElhinney will call on you.


Highlighted with Music
Douglas Decker

A melody of two short songs offered in honor of Doug's and our treasure, the esteemed artist, author and arts leader Joan de Bruin who passed onward December 23, 2021

"That's The Way Love Goes"
 “Unchained Melody”


"The Wind Beneath My Wings"
Susie Katharine Shaw


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


About Our Speaker
Yolanda Nava

Yolanda Nava Yolanda Nava is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author, appearing in Los Angeles, Sacramento as reporter, news anchor, and talk show host. As host of the nationally syndicated Hispanic television magazine, “Latin Tempo”she garnered an “Entertainer of the Year” award.

She is Author of the award-winning book of Latino virtues, It’s All in the Frijoles which she shared with this Salon in 2000 and which was honored with the International Latino Book Award for being the “Best Self-help Book.”

Through the Dark by Yolanda Nava Yolanda has been honored twice by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, one of LA’s premier cultural sites…once as a Latina media pioneer—the first Latina to appear on a network affiliate station, KNBC/TV-- and this past September at its 10th Anniversary Gala as one of LA Plaza’s original founders.

She recently presented at the Parliament of World’s Religion about “How emotional trauma can lead to greater compassion.”

The story of her overcoming sudden blindness is told in her new book Through the Dark, a riveting and inspiring story of resilience and courage.

Interview of Yolanda Nava by The Reverend Frank SchaefferAt the January 9, 2022 Salon, you will enjoy an insightful interview of Yolanda Nava by The Reverend Frank Schaeffer, pastor Unity University Methodist Church, Santa Barbara, that launched her new book Through the Dark. Yolanda will be with us on zoom to answer questions.

Yolanda can be reached through:

Through the Dark Is available on Amazon.

Other sites for following Yolanda include:


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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Dan Fogelberg

Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean,
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens,
I’ve been in love with you

Stronger than any mountain cathedral,
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval,
I am in love with you

I’ll bring fire in the winters,
You’ll send showers in the spring
We’ll fly through the falls and summers with love on our wings

Through the years, as the fires starts to mellow,
burning lines in the book of our lives
As the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow,
I’ll be in love with you
I’ve been in love with you,
I am in love with you


"That's the Way Loves Goes"
music by Alan Jackson
lyrics by Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shafer

I've been throwing horseshoes over my left shoulder
I've spent most all my life searching for that four-leafed clover
Yet you ran with me chasing my rainbows
Honey, I love you too and that's the way love goes

That's the way love goes, babe, that's the music God made
For all the world to sing, it's never old it grows
Losing makes me sorry, you say "Honey, now don't worry"
Don't you know I love you too and that's the way love goes


"Unchained Melody"
music by Alex North
lyrics by Hy Zaret

Oh, my love
My darling
I've hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time

And time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?

I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Yes, lonely rivers sigh, "Wait for me, wait for me
I'll be coming home, wait for me"


"The Wind Beneath My Wings"
by Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have sunlight on your face.
You’ve been content to let me shine,
You always walked the step behind.
I was the one with all the glory,
While you were the one with all the strength.
Only a face without a name,
I never once heard you complain.
Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
‘Cause you are the wind beneath my wings.
It might have appeared to go unnoticed
That I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth,
I would be nothing without you.
Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
Cause you are the wind beneath my wings.



All 2021 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday, December 13, 2022

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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