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, July 14, 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

William Stout

Ray Bradbury:
Love and Understanding


Scroll Down for:
Morning's Agenda
Speaker's Bio
Zoom Info
Lyrics and Poems
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

"Our Journey Home"
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:


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


Main Presentation:

Ray Bradbury:
Love and Understanding
William Stout, Artist

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was all about love. He was passionate about sharing what he loved. William “Bill” Stout, one of Ray’s favorite artists and collaborators, will take us into a few of Ray's worlds and share with us some of his lesser known passions.


Music Interlude
Douglas Decker
Recording Engineer/Musician
"Livin' on Love"
by Alan Jackson


Poetry Reading
Patricia Ferber
"Understanding" &
"Steps to Understanding"


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 Understanding.


until noontime


"In His Time"

by Don Moen 2008
Susie Katharine Shaw


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



About Our Speaker 

William StoutWilliam Stout

At age seventeen, artist William “Bill” Stout was granted a full four-year scholarship to CalArts (aka the Chouinard Art Institute) by the state of California. He has visited every continent (and lived on three of them: North America, Europe and Antarctica) and has worked in nearly every field of art that exists –– and some that no longer exist. He has been a (decent) writer, (pretty awful) actor and (well-respected) designer on 70 films. He has designed theme parks for Disney and Universal. After becoming friends with Ray Bradbury early in Stout's career, they collaborated on four book projects. Stout's favorite work of all that he does is painting murals (19 so far) for natural history museums that accurately depict prehistoric life. Bill is a California Art Club Signature member and is on the CAC's advisory board. His latest book, William Stout - Fantastic Worlds, covers his first fifty years as a working artist.


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 for Three Songs
& Two Poems


"Our Journey Home"
Dean LeGrand Carlston © 2/17/2018

We’re sailing on the Sea of Life, facing obstacles in our way
As we command our vessel, what will be our
compass day by day?

We must express our true identity it is all we truly posses
Each of is divinely implanted with power to heal and bless

We each have something special to say, no one else can say it just your way. Our purpose is to add to the pool
from which all may drink

Together sharing life’s wisdom, single strands
woven to one force
Greater strength within this union, the sum
acquired from our common source.

Limitations, they’re just illusions, threads masquerading as chains that bind. See through these limitations,
forgive, love and be kind

And so we travel through life’s purpose, hand in had much stronger than alone. Arms embracing one another,
until our journey finally brings us home.

Lyric inspired by
the writings of Carol Soucek King, MFA, PhD.,
Hua Anwa, Native American Spiritual Leader,
Nan Rae, Artist, Motivational speaker
-Dean LeGrand Carlston


"Livin' on Love"
Song by Alan Jackson

Two young people without a thing
Say some vows and spread their wings
And settle down with just what they need

Livin' on love
She don't care 'bout what's in style
She just likes the way he smiles
It takes more than marble and tile
Livin' on love

Livin' on love, buyin' on time
Without somebody nothing ain't worth a dime
Just like an old fashion story book rhyme
Livin' on love

It sounds simple, that's what you're thinkin'
But love can walk through fire without blinkin'
It doesn't take much when you get enough
Livin' on love

Two old people without a thing
Children gone but still they sing
Side by side in that front porch swing

Livin' on love
He can't see any more
She can barely sweep the floor
Hand in hand they'll walk through that door
Just livin' on love

Livin' on love, buyin' on time
Without somebody nothing ain't worth a dime
Just like an old fashion story book rhyme

Livin' on love
It sounds simple that's what you're thinkin'
But love can walk through fire without blinkin'
It doesn't take much when you get enough

Livin' on love
No, it doesn't take much when you get enough
Livin' on love


"In His Time"
by Don Moen 2008

In His Time, In His Time, He makes
all things beautiful in His Time.
Lord please show me every day,
as you’re teaching me your way,
that You do just what You say, in your Time.

In your Time, in your Time. You make
all things beautiful in your Time.

Lord, my life to you I bring,
may each song I have to sing
be to You a lovely thing in Your Time.
Be to You a lovely thing in Your Time.


by Patricia Ferber June 2024

What did you say? I am not quite sure what you mean.
I can see what you are saying through my eyes,
I need to see it through yours.

Understanding is to know that the sun will rise,
bees will pollinate flowers,
and that thunder and rain walk hand in hand.

Understanding ourselves allows us to understand others.
It requires conciseness of kindness, a loving heart,
an open mind, sharing, caring, vulnerability, acceptance,
differences, and sameness.

Understanding is a simple feat,
as we anchor ourselves to life,
allowing others to dance with us.


"Steps to Understanding"
By Patricia Ferber

Sing a song of brightness.
Sing a song of love.
Sing a song in understanding,
like the sweet sounds of a Morning Dove.

Dance to steps of justice.
Dance to steps of kindness.
Dance to your heart’s content.
Dance in achieving a deeper understanding,
of self-truth.

Stand up for what you believe in,
living the peace that exists.
Be strong in every way possible,
and you will understand the meaning of your life’s journey.


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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