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Portrait of Cynthia


Cynthia was a music teacher who taught piano, voice and fiddle in the music genres of Celtic, mariachi and folk songs. Cynthia made arrangements for the cultural ensemble with which she worked.

Cynthia was a mezzo-soprano who chose a music career about 35 years prior to our meeting. She had studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and majored in music composition and theory.

Cynthia was retired from the San Joaquin Valley School Districts, San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, where she taught choir and orchestra in junior and senior high school, and sometimes in elementary school.

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Portrait of Brooklyn


Brooklyn was originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We met on the beach in Santa Barbara, California, USA. At the time of this interview, Brooklyn resided in Santa Barbara, where he was a yoga instructor and said it was a pretty busy life in Santa Barbara.

Brooklyn was also a network engineer who worked with “Routers and switches.” He asserted that almost everyone in Santa Barbara were engineers. “Even the homeless guys here are engineers. How else can you afford to live in Santa Barbara?”

Brooklyn loved weed but noted,  “I could live without it or I could live with it.”

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Portrait of Nicole-1


Nicole was originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA But at the time of this interview, lived in Ventura, California. She moved to the area because she was attending University of California, Santa Barbara as a PhD candidate in psychology.

Nicole was emphasizing Clinical Psychology and was writing and submitting her dissertation on a type of therapy which induced people to interact with animals and to engage in various types of holistic healing. This type of therapy is called ecotherapy.

Nicole was working with Craig Chalquist who was the father of ecotherapy. He was going to be one of the expert readers of her dissertation.

Nicole’s baby was due mid October.

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