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Beckmans & Edge Life on Cable Feature

Gary and Insiah Beckman, co-owners of Edge Life magazine, will be featured on Metro Cable Network’s "In Our Town" November 1-8, on channel 6. Speaking with co-hosts Elaine Hall and Jerry Bredenberg, the Beckmans not only highlight the upcoming Edge Life Expo and provide information on Edge Life magazine, but eloquently speak about their personal spiritual journeys and the value of self-awareness. Other topics include Mystery Schools, getting in the "zone," the truth about the "end times" and the importance of knowing the truth about God.

"In Our Town" featuring the Beckmans will air on Metro Cable’s channel 6 at: 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 and 8; 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5; and 5 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Please pass this information on to your friends and fellow travelers.

Metro Cable Network / Channel 6 is celebrating 20 years on the air this month, with a special celebration planned for Nov. 16 to honor its programming members. Gov. Tim Pawlenty offered a birthday card in the form of a proclamation that commends MCN/Channel for enhancing citizen’s "freedom of speech" and allowing "broad access" for public participation in the exchange of ideas. Metro Cable Network reaches more than 650,000 cable subscribers and offers viewers a revealing look at the grass roots of our various communities.

Think Green When Remodeling

MINNEAPOLIS – More Minnesota homeowners are choosing to go green with their remodeling project because of the value of using healthy, sustainable building practices. The public is invited to explore this trendy earth-friendly approach to construction and design at the 2nd annual Mid-America Remodeling & Design Expo, November 10-11 at Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S.

Hours are from 10 am. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Admission is $6 at the door or admit two for the price of one with the coupon available at Attend Edge Life Expo and the Mid-America Remodeling & Design Expo for one admission price! Show your Edge Life Expo wristband or your Mid-America Remodeling & Design Expo bag or ticket stub for free admission into the other show.

"Green is energy efficient, resource efficient, has an indoor environmental quality, and is great for water consumption and land use around the home," says Michael Anschel, owner of Otogawa-Anschel Design Build LLC, a member of expo partner Builders Association of the Twin Cities Remodelers.

Anschel says many green remodeling ideas are remarkably easy, such as:

Carpeting – "A lot of manufacturers offer recycled content in new carpeting. Also, be sure to recycle your old carpet when it’s replaced."

Counters – "Granite is gorgeous, but instead of using a new slab, lots of places have remnants to choose from."

Dual flush toilets. "These have two different water flows depending on the amount of waste to be moved, and the style selection is growing. And the annual water savings for a typical family of four is about 6,000 gallons."

This year’s Mid-America Remodeling & Design Expo is sponsored by Finished Basement Company, and Channels 5 and 45. For more details, call the hotline at 612.798.7256 or visit To find a remodeling professional, visit

Rothschild to Address Peacemakers

MINNEAPOLIS – Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine and author of the new book You Have No Rights, will be the featured speaker at the annual celebration of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Hennepin United Methodist Church, Lyndale and Groveland avenues. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 each with students admitted free, available at the door the evening of the event.

Rothschild’s appearance will be part of a nationwide tour promoting his book, a collection of stories documenting the post 9/11 abuse of U.S. citizens’ civil liberties. He will be introduced by former Minneapolis Tribune reporter Eric Black. The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus will perform and area youth will display signs depicting the Bill of Rights. There will also be exhibits by MAP member organizations.

Rothschild has worked for The Progressive for a quarter century, serving as its editor for the past 12 years. He is also co-founder and director of the Progressive Media Project and hosts a 30-minute Progressive Radio program. The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is a coalition of more than 70 organizations and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting global peace and justice. For more information, visit

Transmission of Light

ST. PAUL – Christine Day, founder of Amanae emotional release work and Frequencies of Brilliance energy work, will host a "Transmission of Light" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Avenue and Grotto Street North, in St. Paul.

Tickets are $20 in advance [651.714.1777 or 612.345.6044] or $25 at the door.

A "Transmission of Light" event is one in which Christine’s words and sounds will communicate information to all present. The information conveys or passes on an impulse of energy that allows each person to unfold a greater part of themselves. The phrase that most closely represents and speaks to that "Greater Self" being called forth is "I AM." It is this fullest expression of ourselves that Christine’s presentations call us to bring forward into our lives. When we live from this place a natural flow of abundance and grace opens up for us.

Each transmission, designed to open participants up to their full potential, is an opportunity for personal "healing." Each person is invited to "let go" of beliefs that cause limitation in life and to flow with the light of the "Self." A safe and sacred healing environment is held for our personal transformation.

For more information, visit and click on "Transmisson of Light."

Quality Coaches Nominated for Integrity

MINNEAPOLIS – Quality Coaches, a foreign and domestic car specialist at 38th and Nicollet-and a longtime advertiser with Edge Life Magazine-recently was named a Better Business Bureau Integrity Award finalist. The awards were given October 23 at the Walker Art Center.

The three finalists for the Integrity Award for small businesses with fewer than 10 employees were Quality Coaches, EDS Builders Inc. of Lakeland, Minn., and award winner Brinkman Russell Inc., a residential remodeling firm based in Oakdale, Minn.

Other Integrity award winners were: Financial Concepts of Plymouth, Minn., and Valley Pools & Spa, Burnsville, Minn. (11 to 99 employees); and Becker Furniture World of Becker, Minn. (100+ employees).

"The BBB Integrity Awards programs highlights the importance of corporate conscience and responsibility in fulfilling a company’s obligation to the marketplace to do what is right and fair," said Sarah Hilliker, director of member services and coordinator of the Integrity Awards.

Edge Life owner Gary Beckman noted that Mark Brandow, president of Quality Coaches, has been a longtime friend and a valued advertiser. "We truly congratulate him on being a finalist for the Integrity Award. Edge Life strives to promote the importance of integrity to the greater community."

Gathering Salon expands

ST. PAUL – The Gathering Salon & Wellness Center, at 656 Selby Ave. in St. Paul, is expanding its wellness services to include a Tibetan medical doctor, a pediatrician who is a shaman, healers and Reiki energy workers, classes on spirituality and wellness, and more. A cafe offering coffee and tea is available for gatherings, and books for reading on spirituality and holistic wellness are available. Its salon services feature healing therapies and organic products.

For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 651.222.3322.

Out of Our Minds

Modern-day mystic and yogi Eric Putkonen of the Twin Cities, who "dares all seekers to give up the search, for we are what we search for," fosters awakening and self-realization in the "Direct Path" traditions of Jnana Yoga, Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism. He recently began a podcast, "Out of Our Minds," a bi-weekly, 15-minute spirituality podcast to support those who seek true peace and bliss.

The first three episodes-"Life Is But a Dream," "Reincarnation-a nondual perspective" and "Be As a Child" are now available free at The RSS feed is available at

Thinking Outside the Bottle

MINNEAPOLIS – Corporate Accountability and Minnesota student groups launched a pledge drive last month that asked city officials to "think outside the bottle." It is part of a national effort to encourage cities to cancel bottled water contracts and prioritize investment in public water systems. The groundswell has resulted from widespread consumer concern over the waste stream of plastic bottles. Media reports have also focused on how bottled water can cost thousands of times the price of tap water, even though up to 40 percent of bottled water comes from the same source.

Highlights from the October 10 press conference on the steps of Minneapolis City Hall include:

"I am taking the Think Outside the Bottle Pledge because it is time the city of Minneapolis renew its commitment to maintaining a strong public water system for generations to come. Minneapolis has a long history of providing water that is clean and reliable to residents. As part of our renewed commitment, I intend to rebuild confidence in public tap water. We have a lot of bottled water marketing to overcome." – Jeremy Hanson, Communications Director or Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

"Students at the University of Minnesota are supporting the Think Outside the Bottle Pledge today because we are called by our conscience to do so. It is incumbent on us to consider not only how we can reduce our own impact, but to consider how corporate control of water is affecting those in less-developed countries. Currently more than 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water – that’s one in six. In less than 20 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will lack access to enough water. These are astronomical and troubling figures, which is why we are promoting the Think Outside the Bottle campaign on our campus." – Katie Kirschbaum, Minnesota Student Leader.

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