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The Emerald “Story” Ring


Here is the story that was inspired (meaning it is fiction) by this family emerald ring. We hope you enjoy it:

1692, the time of the Salem witch trials, an ancestor called “Granny Mann” by the townspeople of Salem Town was known as a midwife and “wise-woman”. It was noticed on her visits to birthing mothers and sick people that she wore a large emerald ring surrounded by diamonds, the kind of ring that would be worn by royalty or women of noble lineage, not a simple peasant woman. When questioned as to where she had acquired this ring, her answers were vague and varying. Sometimes she spoke of receiving it as a token of gratitude from a “noble lady”; other times she told of a past love affair with a “man of high birth.” However she got it. when the hysteria and accusations grew in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, they came to include Granny Mann and her emerald ring. Soon after she was arrested and tried for witchcraft. The witnesses against her said that she had made a bargain with the devil and in exchange for her soul, he had given her a beautiful emerald ring that gave her the power to heal. She was found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to burn at the stake. The night before she was to burn, the judge, who was also the town’s richest man came to her and told her that if she would give him the ring, he would see to it that she escaped in his own carriage and that he would provide her with enough money to last her lifetime. She accepted, handed him the ring, whereupon he turned and walked from the room. The next morning Granny Mann was led out to the square. As she was led to the post In the middle of a large pile of wood, she began screaming that she had traded her ring for her freedom. No one believed her, and so then she began to scream curses at the townspeople and at the judge in particular, “As the flames consume my body”, screamed Granny Mann, “so the ring shall consume all who dare to posses it!”  Some of the townspeople later claimed that, when Granny Mann’s body was completely engulfed in the flames, a brilliant flash of green light blinded them for a moment, and when they could see again, she was gone.

The town’s demise is recorded in the Massachusetts’s Bay Colony records. Shortly after Granny Mann’s death, Salem Town began experiencing a large number of unexplained deaths and disappearances. There were murders, an outbreak of smallpox, and several cases of insanity. Finally, in 1697  the entire town burned to the ground. There were very few survivors but it was recorded that those who did survive all reported that the flames, instead of being orange and red, were shades of emerald green. And what became of the ring? The story goes that in an effort to try and stop what was happening in Salem Town, the judge’s wife gave the ring to Granny Mann’s grandson. This was my great-great-great-grandfather. In 1903, Johan Mann, a Communist sympathizer, gave the ring to the Tsarina Alexandra while she was pregnant with Alexei. He was born with hemophilia and not expected to live. By 1918, the Tsar’s whole family was dead and their dynasty ended. Rasputin, apparently aware of the power of this ring, tricked Johan’s Mann’s son into taking back the ring and it wasn’t too long after that this son committed suicide. Since then, this family has had more than its share of deaths, murders and insanity. The latest has been my father’s second wife, who after wearing the ring for many years, recently was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Her “other selves” include Anastasia Romanov and The Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz.

This story is fiction, but here is what is true about the ring – In 1999 the ring was appraised by Ali Baba Inc. in Norfolk,VA  for $5100.  They said it was a natural emerald of deep green color with “jardin” mostly toward edges of stone which is 7mmx9mm and 1.5 carat. Grade AA. There are 16 round .O2 ct. diamonds set around the emerald all laid in 14K Gold.

If you would like to see more or larger pictures, we now have the ring up for auction on eBay: Click here to go to auction





Hollywood, Here We Come!


On May 20th, 2015 (my birthday!), principal filming began on the Little Indie Film That Could, Eyes of the Roshi. Starring Eric Roberts, Grandmaster Adam Nguyen and Ethan Marten (also the film’s producer and President/CEO of Light Age Films), we began filming in Virginia Beach, VA and Knotts Island, NC, (the photo above was taken at Pearl’s Bay Villa on Knotts Island) with a mah-velous cast and a faab-ulous crew. There were many long days (and nights!) of filming, but as the film’s associate producer, I was witness to many moments of pure magic- acting performances that caused us all to stand in jaw-dropped wonder, technical ability that produced scenes of beauty and destruction, and an amazing level of dedication from those involved in the production.


Director Jon Mark (Rusty) Nail directs Master Adam while Director of Photography Austin Burnette and 2nd Unit DP Eric Hales set up shots 


Preparing to shoot the final scene

In the two years since then, the Little Indie Film That Could has garnered awards, praise, a screening at the SOHO International Film Fest and, coming up, a screening at the Burbank International Film Festival. Hollywood!


Master Adam packs his bags for Hollywood.

A GoFundMe campaign is currently underway to raise funds for our team to get to Hollywood by September 6th, 2017. Going to these events allows us to get the film recognized, hopefully seen by potential distributors, and even more hopefully, to be picked up by a distributor. You can help by donating here, liking and sharing the campaign, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Eyes of the Roshi, the Little Indie Film That Could, continues to pick up steam and speed as it chugs into the future. What lies over the horizon? Stay tuned.1908297_464891866979182_761793369206070619_n

Dragon & Tiger Qigong!

Dragon & Tiger Chi Gung is a set of exercises that is based on the acupuncture meridian system and is a great place to start learning how to improve your health. It can be a balanced way to start the day, a midday pick-me-up, or the perfect way to unwind in the evening. Once learned, this set can be practiced in just twenty minutes.

Perfect for those in the Medical and Healing Professions, this course is an excellent introduction to medical qigong. The practice is also particularly useful for body workers, acupuncturists and all healthcare professionals as it provides tools to prevent burnout.

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong is one of the most powerful and effective qigong sets ever developed in China. This 1500-year-old self-healing qigong program is based on the principles of acupuncture and quickly gives you a tangible feeling of qi. Designed specifically to help the body rid itself of stagnant qi that is found anywhere there is a physical, emotional or psychic blockage of energy. It improves the flow of qi, blood and other fluids and increases the body’s energy to boosts its own natural healing capacities.

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Grandmaster Adam Weekend Workshop


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Yogis & Yoginis, don’t miss this opportunity to train with Grandmaster Adam and receive your 12-hour certificate towards 200 hour and advanced teacher training! Raja (Royal or King) Yoga comes from the Vietnamese tradition of Yoga. It combines familiar yoga poses with strenuous exercise and is suitable for people at all levels of practice- from beginners to more advanced levels. Feel great, lose weight, and look great, all in one weekend package!

Welcome to International Yoga Institute’s Weekend Yoga Intensive Workshop with Grandmaster Ngoc Xuan Nguyen – better known as Grandmaster Adam.

This weekend workshop will be a thorough introduction to Raja Yoga. Grandmaster Adam concentrates on building the body’s strength, flexibility, and structural integrity. No matter your age you can begin to improve your balance and stability while building endurance and stamina. He will personally teach and supervise each days sessions.

Move well, and feel great with Master Adam! This workshop will also be worth 12 hours toward a 200-hour or more advanced teacher’s training certificate with the International Yoga Institute. Each participant will receive their 12-hour certificate upon completion of the weekend.

Grandmaster’s family has been teaching their Royal “Raja” Yoga for more than 800 years, and Grandmaster Adam Nguyen has been teaching Yoga since the early Sixties. His students are of all ages. Each receives the same instruction and care. Each attains a new level of renewed health, well-being, and confidence. Here are some of his students revealing their experiences.

For more information, call 757.334.YOGA

Friday, Feb. 24
Check-in begins at 3pm
5pm- 8pm

Check In: 3pm. Please eat lightly before check-in. Can eat at restaurant before but choose easily digested, light fare. Check workshop details for diet and nutrition.
5pm: Arrive early, meet Grandmaster Adam and your fellow students! We begin with Inviting the Bell, then move into cleansing warm-ups to awaken the body and sharpen the mind.

Saturday, Feb. 25
7 am- 10:30am
2pm- 5:30pm

Breakfast: Eat light at least one hour ahead.
7 am: On the mat! We’ll begin with a refresher from the evening before, begin energizing warm-ups, review the previous day’s asanas, move into sun salutations variations, intro to more poses, arm balances, and techniques of the asanas.
Break at 10:30 am: Eat right away, then cleanup and rest.
2pm: Back on the mat!
Time for introspection, a quick overview, and any questions. A short quiz. Prepare students for next day. Don’t over do yourselves because we’ll be doing this again tomorrow, so this is a muscle memory situation. Close with the Loving Kindness Meditation.

Sunday, Feb. 26
8am- 10am

Breakfast: Eat light at least one hour ahead
8am: Back on the mat!
Regroup, and a short quiz. Same format as the morning session, abbreviated, followed by Q&A. Now is the time to bring out your notes! Grandmaster Adam will make sure that everybody has achieved their objectives and will take home what they need with deeper understanding, having learned proper form and proper breathing, so that good health, vigorous exercise and spiritual understanding are theirs for life.

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Giveaways at Goodreads

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Parisian by Heart by Mari Mann

Parisian by Heart

by Mari Mann

Giveaway ends January 08, 2017.

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Stories from the Other World by Mari Mann

Stories from the Other World

by Mari Mann

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Independent Film: “Eyes of the Roshi” (2016)

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There are so many people who don’t “get” or understand why indie films are important. I tell everyone: it’s the life blood of the film industry. With an indie film, one isn’t hampered by people telling you how they think your story should go. If we didn’t have indie film, we wouldn’t have George Romero, Eli Roth, Wes Anderson…you get the idea. It’s the life blood of an industry that spits out movies like a redneck spits chewing tobacco. Indies allow writers. directors, and actors to come together to tell **their** story the way they want. That is why it’s so important to support the indie arts when ever you get the chance.

“Eyes of the Roshi” is the perfect example. Put out by Light Age Films, a Virginia Beach film company, they filmed in and around the city, employing local actors. The movie was written by: Joseph Baum, Dan Cava…

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Full Moon Yoga on the Beach


Join me this Friday, September 16th, 2016 for a Full Harvest Moon yoga on the beach at 6pm, 68th Street, Virginia Beach, VA. Join the event on Facebook here.

After the yoga, stay for the Full Moon Drum Circle, led by Arthur Lopez, at 7pm, same location as the yoga. Join this event here on Facebook.

Full Moon blessings, y’all.