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, May 12, 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

Satinder K. Dhiman
Ph.D.,ED.D., MBA, MCOM (Gold Medalist) Scholar/Author/Associate Dean/ Chair & Director, MBA & MOL

My Life in Music
A Series of Fortunate Events!


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Morning's Agenda
Speaker's 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 and Commentary

written and sung by
Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS

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


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


Main Presentation:

Satinder K. Dhiman, Ph.D, Ed.D., MBA, MCOM
(Gold Medalist)

"My Life in Music:
A Series of Fortunate Events!"

Satinder K. Dhiman Books

This salon is a celebration of a life dedicated to listening to music—both Eastern and Western. Satinder Dhiman will be sharing his joy and exhilaration about listening to classical music for the last 50 years. Music, said Aldous Huxley, comes closest to expressing the inexpressible. And Nietzsche averred that 'life without music and books will be a mistake.' Dr. Dhiman will also share his list of favorite composers and performers. Through engaging stories and anecdotes, this salon will also present a brief note on the virtue of gratitude. "Gratitude," says Cicero, "is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."


Music Interlude
Douglas Decker
Recording Engineer/Musician
"Up on the Roof"
by Carole King


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 Gratitude.


until noontime


"I Love You Salon Stars"

Song to “I Love You, California” 1913
Music by Abraham Franklin Frankenstein
Lyrics by Susie Katharine Shaw
Susie Katharine Shaw


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



About Our Speaker 

Satinder K. Dhiman Satinder K. Dhiman

Satinder K. Dhiman is Professor of Management at Woodbury University, Burbank, California. Dr. Dhiman serves as the Associate Dean, Chair, and Director of the MBA and MOL Programs. Professor Dhiman holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Tilburg University, Netherlands, an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, and a master’s degree in commerce from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, having earned the Gold Medal. He has also completed advanced Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. Recipient of several national and international academic and professional honors and awards in teaching, scholarship, and service, Professor Dhiman was awarded the Woodbury University Ambassador of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017 and MBA Professor of the Year Award in 2015; Scholarly and Creative Writing Award, 2019; Most Valuable MBA Professor Award, 2018; Most Inspirational and Most Charismatic MBA Teacher Award 2012, 2013/2014/2018; the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award in 2006, and the prestigious ACBSP International Teacher of the Year Award in 2004.

Professor Dhiman’s scholarly accomplishments include over 150 professional conference presentations, over 150 invitations to be a keynote speaker, over 200 online webinars, participation in plenary sessions, conference track chair sessions, leading symposiums and webinars, and scores of distinguished guest lectures and creative workshops—nationally and internationally. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is the author, translator, editor, co-author, co-editor of over 40 management, leadership, spirituality, sustainability and accounting-related books and research monographs.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of seven multi-author, multi-volume Handbooks and is currently working on editing an encyclopedia of leadership and change management. When he is not working on book-writing, he likes to read about philosophy, listen to music, and take long walks.

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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There is no charge to use this service.

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Lyrics for Three Songs & One Poem


© Dean LeGrand Carlston

You could have been in the movies,
an actress a famous star
You had the looks and talent
that could have taken you high and far
But you chose to be a wife and mother, to create life,
give it meaning and direction.
In my eyes there will never be another
for whom I hold this special kind of affection

Mama you’re my star, you gave me life and self esteem
Mama you’re my star, you helped fulfill my childhood dreams
You’re the heroine in my life’s drama,
You’re my friend my confidant, my Mama

You didn’t seek the world’s acclaim,
fame and fortune’s dream you set aside
You decided to pursue motherhood,
to be our teacher, director, Papa’s bride
You didn’t choose an easy road,
and you never ran from your obligation
The consummate homemaker, eternal optimist,
finally gets her standing ovation

Mama, you’re my star, you gave me life and self esteem
Mama you’re my star, you helped fulfill my childhood dreams
You’re the heroine in my life’s drama
You’re my friend, my confidant, my Mama

NOTE: Dean wrote this song for his Mother
and sang it at her funeral.
The inspirational story behind the lyrics
can be accessed on


"Up on the Roof"
Songwriters: Carole King / Gerry Goffin

When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space

On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now
When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat race noise down in the street

On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof

At night the stars put on a show for free
And darling, you can share it all with me
I keep a-tellin' you
Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof
And if this world starts getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof (up on the roof)
Up on the roof (up on the roof)


"I Love You Salon Stars"
Song to “I Love You, California” 1913
Music by Abraham Franklin Frankenstein
Lyrics by Susie Katharine Shaw

I love you, Salon Stars!
You’re the greatest Stars of all.
I love you in the summer, winter, spring
And in the fall.
I love your generous sharing
And your hearts as good as gold.
I love you Salon Stars,
I’m so proud to be part of your fold.


by Patricia Ferber

A feeling of gratitude on this special day,
honoring our Mothers near, or far away.

Cherish the memories, create them now,
for they will live forever in your heart and mind.

Gratitude embraces us in many ways,
through family, and friends, or dew drops
on a spider web, sparkling like diamonds,
on a cold Spring day.

Being grateful for all that comes our way,
thanking God for all that has been given us,
each and every day.



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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