I first met Arlene in the KCDS Radio Station Studios when she was the Causerie Program host interviewing me about my social ministry, named HOLIHS HORIZONS.At that time, I was the innkeeper at Cinnamon Bear B & B in St. Helena, encouraging world travelers to live lives of peacefulness in our beautiful valley and beyond. I entitled our radio interview “Thank Giving,” and it appropriately aired on Thanksgiving weekend in 1992.
As my social ministry proceeded, I found myself a few months later, spreading the same message several miles away at the Napa Valley Homeless Shelter. It was totally mind-boggling that the clientele in both of these extremes were in need of the same spiritual direction; to be reinvigorated for the day-to-day stresses and problems in their lives. Arlene’s request for a radio update on my progress resulted in one of the first ever-aired interviews on the problem of homelessness—a topic rarely talked about at that time.
A major new awareness was opened up for me when I attended The Brain Program at The St. Helena Center for Health. Learning something of the function of the four brain modes gave me a clear-cut understanding of the reasons people see and do things in seemingly opposing ways. It also allowed me to see why all the variants are needed to get the whole job done and how different phases of my life have given me yardage into the cerebral modes.
The Brain Program provided both personal and professional breakthroughs for me about peoples’ relationships with one another. Arlene has such a mastery of the subject and her presentation left me with memories of a fun, beautiful, and peaceful weekend in which many pieces began coming together. I have a very grateful heart and I feel most appreciative to Arlene for sharing her gifts with me and with so many others.
The addition of The Brain Program information to my other studies and practices has seemed to complete the package of being more of who I was meant to be. Conscious effort toward a whole-brained approach to life has significantly increased my effectiveness in my social ministry and in life generally. It has given me a broader scope of understanding of people and of other cultures. Life is truly a joy now. Working in the vineyards—hosting, helping, welcoming, guiding, and sharing my many blessings with travelers from all over the world—is the most fulfilling and enriching livelihood of my now overflowing life.
Note: Holly works at the Old Faithful Geyser of California, two miles north of Calistoga at 1299 Tubbs Lane. She assists visitors from all over the world, providing directions to sites throughout the vineyard counties, and answering questions about the marvels of the Geyser. Holly especially enjoys pointing out that there are only two other Old Faithful Geysers in the world: one in Yellowstone National Park and one in New Zealand. If you haven’t visited the Old Faithful Geyser of California, why not make that a priority? It’s open every day of the year, even Christmas, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 707-942-6463 for more information. And when you visit, be sure to say “Hi” to Holly.