Having grown up in the Bronx in New York City, Tommy Acosta was no stranger to the sounds of police sirens, fire engines, people laughing, singing, dancing and even fighting in the streets. His early life was exciting, colorful and full of family and pleasant times.
Now, Tommy is the Associate Editor for Sedona.biz, a Sedona cyber-news outlet that has become a reading staple of the community.
Tommy also plays with an original rock vocal group called “Green Light” formally the “Tommy Chicky J.R. Band.”
Dr. Marta Adelsman practices in the Verde Valley as a Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness. She received her doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Life Coach training from The Institute for Global Listening and Communication.
James Bishop, Jr. is an author and creative writing instructor. Bishop is committed to grass roots organizing, the arts and environmental sanity.
In addition to creating screenplays and novels, Bishop is actively advancing the cause of Sedona Recycles, Keep Sedona Beautiful, public art, and Vision Sedona, the nonpartisan citizens group. His creative writing classes are ongoing at various Elderhostel locations, Northern Arizona University, Yavapai College and the Canyon Moon Theatre in the Factory Outlets in the Village of Oak Creek.
Bishop’s newest book, The Pink Nectar Cafe is available at on Amazon.com.
Tom Carroll is a writer whose work appears online in blogs, news sites, and on his own website, SacredSpace.org. He offers these articles knowing that all that is true – all truth already resides in the heart mind of the reader. With this reminder, Tom’s wish is simply that every reader would feel secure in the fact that he or she possesses all any person needs to enjoy a sense of purpose and peace of mind. Tom travels much of the time but makes his home in a beautiful small town in Eastern Oregon.
Tom Carroll’s latest book, “The Oracle: Guidance for Growing a Soul” is available online at Amazon.com and in Sedona at the Center for the New Age.
Paul Chevalier is a retired Senior Executive of a major retailer where he was responsible for law and personnel. He holds a Degree in Government from Columbia College, a Law Degree from Columbia Law School and Business Degrees from both Columbia and Harvard Business Schools. Mr. Chevalier has served the City of Sedona as a member of the Arts & Culture Commission, the Personnel Board, and the Youth Commission Study Committee, as well as serving on the Sedona Community Foundation.
Artist, Photographer & Author in Sedona, AZ. Founder of Atlanta Models & Talent and Georgia’s first film representative. “Many people ask “WHY?” I always seemed to ask “WHY NOT?””
With more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience to her credit, Mary Cravets is a sought-after presenter who makes everyone in the room feel like she is speaking directly to them with her engaging, down-to-Earth style. She delivers compelling, practical topics in a way that not only gives participants simple, actionable ideas, but also the clarity and motivation to put them into practice right away.
Mary is a Business Coach and Speaker who works with highly driven small business owners who are tired of working all the time, and who want their business to run like a well oiled machine and get paid what they’re worth. Mary’s entrepreneurial journey includes successful careers in Real Estate, Direct Sales, business-to-business Networking Events and now Business Coaching.
“I developed a strong interest in photography when I was nine years old and by age fourteen had my own darkroom and was engaged in professional photography. Photography has been a constant in my life.
My work is focused on the beauty that surrounds each of us every day. Most images are taken of subjects and in lighting that is ever changing. The beauty is there for all to see if you but take the time to look and this is what I share with others … the transient beauty found.”
Gary Krupa is a CPA in Arizona, with more than twenty-five years experience providing accounting, tax, audit and computer services to organizations of all sizes. He’s especially attentive to the needs of his clients. He moved to Rimrock, Arizona in late May 2008. He has offices in Rimrock and Peoria, AZ.
Melanie Lee is an award-winning writer, editor, artist and author. Growing up in Texas, she read mostly biography and autobiography and dreamed of being a writer who could help inspire others to meet their muse by honoring beauty in everyday life. She holds degrees in languages and journalism and was a features editor and columnist, writing everything from lifestyle stories and business news to profiles of entrepreneurs, artists and inventors engaged in the creative pursuit of right livelihood. She lived for ten years in Northern New Mexico where she was creator and director of Sojourns Writing Workshops of Santa Fe.
At the second half of life she moved to Sedona with her husband Louis Michalski. She met her muse anew, took up painting, became a yoga teacher and avid hiker and wrote A Year in Sedona~Meeting the Muse at Wisdom’s Edge, available on Amazon.com or from the author. She can be contacted at
Barbara Mayer is an InterFaith/InterSpiritual cleric, author and teacher who resides in Sedona, Arizona.
Dr. Eizabeth Oakes writes two columns for Sedona.biz. She began a column, “Sedona Lit,” on “Sedona Literature, Past and Present, Written and Spoken” in late fall, 2015, which continues. In January 2017 she inaugurated a series entitled “Ruminations from the Arizona Room” about her thoughts on spirituality, personal growth, metaphysics, and other related issues, some of which will concern Sedona and Arizona.
Dr. Oakes (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is a poet, spiritual writer, and former Shakespeare professor. After she and her husband John Warren Oakes traveled for several years to places where art and spirituality were paramount, such as Glastonbury, England, they came to Sedona, and within two days were looking for a house. Red Rock fever had struck!
Elizabeth’s publications include such journals as the Harvard Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Currently, she is included in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women along with poets, both male and female, from fifteen countries. It was published in Israel in 2016. Sedona sometimes makes its way into her work; for instance, her Sedona poems are included in Unstrung: A Magazine of, for, and about Poetry, published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts in 2016. Recently, she has turned to spiritual and personal growth issues with two books: Healing Words: A Series of Interlocked Affirmations and Solace: Readings and Exercises for Transforming Childhood Trauma. She is currently engaged in writing a new book: Writings from the Spiritual Imagination.
“To put it succinctly, I am a member of the One Percent with a very different perspective on issues 99 Percenters might find troubling.”