Read.East.Listen: Keeping the Faith


Between the oil spill, crazy weather & hearing from friend’s going through tough times, I’m reminded that so much of everything is just a matter of keeping faith. Not blindly, mind you, but keeping in mind that sometimes that daily actions add up to big meaning over time. Sometimes easier said than done, yes. Some notes from the field of faith-keeping.

Read: “Guruji: A Portrait of Sri. K. Pattahbi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students,” by Eddie Stern & Guy Donahue. Oooh, Ashtanga yoga lovers, and anybody interested in the yoga lineage, can pre-order this one now.
Eat: Blueberries and cream. I’ve been eating organic blueberries all week as the local co-op near where I’ve been staying had a special. Simple. Delicious. Good for you.
Listen: Guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck does “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” @ Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival

Deborah Crooks
Deborah Crooks ( is a writer, performing songwriter and recording artist based in San Francisco whose lyric driven and soul-wise music has drawn comparison to Lucinda Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Natalie Merchant.

Singing about faith, love and loss, her lyrics are honed by a lifetime of writing and world travel while her music draws on folk, rock, Americana and the blues. She released her first EP "5 Acres" in 2003 produced by Roberta Donnay, which caught the attention of Rocker Girl Magazine, selecting it for the RockerGirl Discoveries Cd. In 2007, she teamed up with local producer Ben Bernstein to complete "Turn It All Red" Ep, followed by 2008's "Adding Water to the Ashes" CD, and a second full-length CD "2010. She's currently working on a third CD to be released in 2013.

Deborah's many performance credits include an appearance at the 2006 Millennium Music Conference, the RockerGirl Magazine Music Convention, IndieGrrl, at several of the Annual Invasion of the GoGirls at SXSW in Austin, TX, the Harmony Festival and 2009's California Music Fest, MacWorld 2010, Far West Fest and many other venues and events. She toured the Northwest as part "Indie Abundance Music, Money & Mindfulness" (2009) with two other Bay Area artists, and followed up with "The Great Idea Tour of the Southwest in March 2010 with Jean Mazzei.
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