Monthly Archives: October 2010

Gordon Peay

I entered this lifetime in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 30s. Fourteen years later, I lost my dad and started working after school. Following graduation from college and early marriage (now divorced), I joined the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island just as the armistice was being signed in Korea. I extended my tour of duty and five years later, completed my service as Officer in Charge of a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team stationed aboard the USS Yorktown.

After leaving the Navy, my wife and I settled in the Los Angeles area where I worked as an agent with the Aetna Life Insurance Company, then gravitated into corporate insurance and employee benefit planning. After obtaining a securities license, I continued my studies and qualified as one of the early Certified Financial Planners, ultimately serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. I had also attained the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. Later, as my practice expanded, I became a registered Principal and founded The Capital Advantage, a boutique financial planning firm in Pasadena. After moving the firm to Playa del Rey, I became an Advisory Associate with AIG Financial Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor, practicing estate, investment and retirement planning. I closed TCA after 21 years and joined Legacy Financial Group in Torrance, CA.

I hold a B.A. in economics from Washington and Jefferson College, am a graduate of the College for Financial Planning and earned an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. For many years, I delivered financial commentary on Los Angeles television.

All aspects of health, particularly exercise and nutrition, are very important to me. I continually attend seminars on self-development and have studied with Anthony Robbins, T. Harv Eker and Eric Lofholm. I am also a member of Nazrudin, a spiritual group serving a financial clientele, and am a member in good standing of the Mastery Circle, where I have served as Treasurer and Interim Secretary for many years.

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Bill Hoversten-Davis

Growing up in cold Northern states, Bill followed the sun to Los Angeles, where he enjoys outdoor sports and activities year-round. He has also found here a warm atmosphere for searching, self-growth and spirituality. Bill handles business development for a marketing communications company with a “healthy lifestyles” focus, and has written numerous articles, a novel, and two screenplays. He and his wife Alison enjoy creative gardening and pursuing some of LA’s myriad cultural opportunities. Bill believes that life is good and God is good — all the time.

Here are a few of his favorite things: Belgian ales, goat cheeses, roller-blading, surfing, hiking, contact improv, working out, historical curiosities, archaeological discoveries, language, chess, soundtracks, Nectar Imperial, Final Draft, Wiki, strong coffees, cigars, writing, growing vegetables, Beaujolais Nouveau and Art Nouveau, Deco, Craftsman, and train travel.

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Thomas Hedberg

I am a Jungian therapist and author, as well as a mentor/ supervisor for the National Association of Poetry Therapists (NAPT), where I served as Education Chair. Currently in private practice in West Los Angeles, my professional credits include: Founder of Y.E.S. – the international English/Spanish youth and family training programs; Director of the Center for Sacred Psychology; Licensed Supervisor for Marriage & Family Therapist Interns; Supervisor for Christian Formation and Direction Ministries Training; Vice President of the Board of Directors of Pluma Pictures; President of the Board of Directors for Breakthrough Parenting Services;  Certified by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to supervise psychotherapists in training; Recipient of the Arthur Lerner Award for Excellence in the field of mental health in the year 2000.

My interests include continuing study of Jungian psychology, pastoral counseling, theology, philosophy, anthropology, the healing arts, poetry, literature, photography, mythology, film and communications.

I also enjoy exploring spiritual counseling from an interfaith perspective; attending workshops and seminars on poetry(e.g., Rumi, Hafez, Rilke, Gibran, Neruda, Dickenson) and spirituality; improving my photography skills and integrating these with therapeutic practice.

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Loveta Battoe

A native Californian, I have been lucky to live most of my life in Los Angeles within the shadow of the Hollywood sign. My family is proud that our four generations have supported and been supported by the movie industry. My father, brother, son and grandson were, have been, and are now Teamsters. My dad worked primarily for Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, but many other studios as well.

I loved getting to go “on location” and have wonderful memories of spending time with Dad at his work. Stories around our dinner table were about “The Duke”, (who chose the team he wanted to accompany him on long shoots), Bob Mitchum, Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, Lloyd Bridges, Gale Storm, Joe E. Brown, and so many more. I knew I was a lucky girl!

I even had a brief moment at a studio school. They were searching for another Shirley or Margaret. As a curly-headed child, Mom thought I might be the one. Alas, I did not make the cut. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t. Peace and privacy mean much more to me than the limelight ever could.

A graduate of Hamilton High School, I married early, birthed and raised three beautiful children as a stay-at-home mom before evolving into a corporate wife as my husband built his career. Now happily single, I feel blessed to have my adult son and daughter, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

While occupying many employment positions over the years — from office management to banking, retail, massage therapist, hospice nurse and currently, property management of a 24-unit residential building — my great love is learning, growing and opening my mind in all ways. I returned to university several years ago, and continue to be an eager student as I pursue a diverse variety of classes, workshops and seminars (USM, C.G. Jung Institute, Pacifica, University of Judaism).

I enjoy gardening, knitting, reading, live entertainment, photography, and private and public gardens, travel, writing poetry, wonderful friendships – and especially the Mastery Circle!

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Nita Alvarez

Born in the heart of Texas, raised in West Texas, graduated from North Texas State University, married young and moved to Dallas – and into the profession I knew I would have since the age of six — graphic design. Married a second time to a Mexican artist who won a scholarship to Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Moved here in 1970 and soon opened a design studio with my husband, which did really well. After 20 years, divorced again and struck out on my own.

I joined the original Inside Edge in 1986 – and haven’t looked back! So far, I’ve survived embezzlement, near-bankruptcy, lung cancer twice, caring for my aging mother, uterine cancer and the normal ups and downs of life.

I’ve traveled to England, France, Italy, Egypt, Peru, India, Nepal. I never had children, but am happy to be “aunt” to some of the most wonderful young people in the world!

I am interested in all things of a spiritual nature, all aspects of the arts (especially Outsider and crafts), animals (especially my two dogs and two cats) and the beauty of Nature. I have stacks of books and I keep buying and reading more. I enjoy shopping (anywhere, anytime), collecting eclectic stuff, wearing unique finery, socializing and having fun with wonderful friends – mostly fellow MCLAers.

My proudest design accomplishment is the book Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West; followed by Cowboy Values: Recapturing What America Once Stood For; and this year – The Try: Reclaiming the American Dream – all written by James P. Owen with Brigitte LeBlanc and available on

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