Gig By The Sea



The March Madness college basketball tournament is one of the most popular sporting events annually held in America. Throughout this month chosen schools will face off with “one-and-done” games until the last team reign supreme and crowned victors of the national title.

Anyone who tracks these yearly match-ups knows fans go “mad” for their home teams. Normal human beings who “on the regular” are composed and well put together go berserk… nutty…wig out rooting for their favorite squad with every pop towards the hoop. In fact, I would argue we all know someone who goes bonkers with the b-ball craze wearing smelly jerseys and shed ceremonial tears over broken brackets.

And what does this “tourney” have to do with my work you ask? As fate will have it the South Carolina Gamecocks are still in the hunt for the big win in a couple of days. Across the state, thousands will be coming down with GAME-DAY Flu!!! Endless bowls of greasy cheap chips, intermittent obscene catcalls at the TV and pouty face syndrome if they lose.

South Carolinians, I offer you a safe place this year to escape the fandamonium between now and the final whistle. A FREE event for all, especially the weary supporter or the ones that simply don’t care to watch. Instead, choose to remove yourself from the off-colored banter about bad calls, stupid coaching and hotshot ball hogs.

Do something more constructive this coming week and attend a happy gathering down by the water’s edge where the only sounds you will hear are sweet notes from a piano player and a soulful singer from New York, laughter between friends and personal intuitive story-telling from yours truly.


Featuring Jillian Maas Backman, Author and Paula Cross, Jazz Vocalist

Thursday March 30, 2017 at 6:30PM to 8 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, Myrtle Beach

2383 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577


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Chaos to Calm: FREE Event with Jillian Maas Backman & Paula Cross

Do you find it challenging to achieve peace, quiet, and joy in your life? Are you caught up in worry and discouragement about situations in our world played out in the headlines?

Treat yourself and join us for the dual expression of words and music with two creative and intuitively-inspired women who use their arts to find calm in the midst of chaos. Use this evening as an opportunity to get in touch with your own inner peace and create harmony going forward.

Jillian Maas Backman, author, and Paula Cross, singer, are uniting for an evening of fun and conversation along with an exchange of ideas tailor-made for the weary in all of us.

The evening will include personal accounts of how these two artists transposed the universal intuitive works of words and music to offset the world’s chaos, and how expression of the soul can bring calm to anyone who makes the time to look inward.

The public is invited to attend this  FREE open house which will run from 6:30pm through 8pm. Drinks and food may be purchased at the Hilton Garden Inn bar and restaurant.

Along with the music, interactive conversation and exchange of ideas, there will be a book signing of Beyond the Pews and an opportunity to win a FREE private, intuitive consultation with Backman, the author. Space and appointments are limited.


Jillian Maas Backman

Jillian Maas Backman

Author of Beyond the Pews. Jillian Maas Backman expresses and communicates through words the fundamentals of her background in not only mainstream, denominational religion, but her study and acceptance of ancient wisdoms and deep knowledge of the soul of humanity. She also presents a Leadership Development course, “Get the Edge!” infusing intuitive thought in the decision making process on the campuses of colleges and universities and corporate meetings.

Jillian is available for personal private consultations, corporate and group sessions, in person, by email, or through video conferencing. To make a private appointment refer to her website:  JillianMaasBackman.Com

Paula Cross

Paula Cross

Paula Cross is well known as the Paula Cross Jazz Trio along the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach area. Her smooth, cabaret style with a mix of jazz and blues makes her a favorite of all generations of fans and venues. Paula is an active member of Unity of Myrtle Beach and owner of Mystic Angel Holistic Harbor. Follow the Paula Cross Jazz Trio on Facebook for the latest updates on her appearances.


Super Moon Sunday


When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.  Mahatma Gandhi-

I might be grasping at straws here, but I am going to do my best to persuade the consciousness of our country to put aside the dystopian attitudes for just a few days, namely this Sunday evening and Monday morning. I realize this request may inconvenience those of you who are getting a kick out of emotionally gas-lighting everyone on social media over the recent political upheaval. Trust me, I wouldn’t be requesting your attendance at the illuminating event November 14, 2016, way up in the sky if it wasn’t monumental!

Can we agree that EVERYONE LOVES the MOON?

In fact, some of us are darn right infatuated with its mystical and sensual properties. You may be the daydreamer who yearns to walk/float on its surface some day, the amateur astronomer who recites obscure facts to anyone who listens or the avid photographer waiting to capture an image that reflects the glowing mystique on film.  No matter your reason, it’s one of our most precious celestial gifts without any hidden agendas, political persuasion or needs to impress in any way.  Just a permanent rotating sphere that glows with wonder when the sun retires and lights the way for romantic walks on the beach at night.

So, it seems only reasonable that our hallowed friend from above would unconsciously lend a planetary hand and supply us with a full moon light show that may be happening at the perfect time in history.  Maybe a solar light show of “maj” importance is what we need right now to distract us from the internal conflict that many of you feel.

A spectacular Super Moon that hasn’t happened since 1948 is scheduled to begin late tonight and last till the wee morning on Monday.  The moon will reflect 16% larger than it’s normal size, seen as 30% lighter and orbit 30,000 miles closer to Earth than usual. This will appear to earthlings bigger and brighter than the normal full moon we are used to seeing every month.


According to astrology, this galactic syzygy can cause quite the energy surge.  The long and short of the effect is this; every planet sits in all twelve zodiac signs over a course of a year, moving from one “house” into another. When certain planets align in certain houses combustion happens naturally and can have a lasting effect on every living creature.

If you really want to examine how this cycle affects change, you have to take two specific planets, throw them together in a standard zodiacal algorithmic chart and watch the reading unfold. In the case of this particular full moon cycle, the Sun will be positioned in the house of Scorpio and the Moon directly opposite in the house of Taurus.

How freaking ironic is that!!! Translation in layperson terms; the struggle is real people. Nature is actually mimicking real life at the moment.  When these two particular zodiacs and planetary houses pair together, sparks fly, stuff happens and our tender hearts can sense the static in the air.

Many of you are still reeling internally over the inevitable outcome of the election last week. What’s happening on the astrology plane is intensifying those feelings. The Scorpio side of us yearns to exert some kind of overt power over relationships, money and holding back feelings of bitterness and resentment. Our Taurus side tells us we should seek a more stable, responsible and conciliatory response to change and growth leaving most of us completed ungrounded in the core of the MBS(mind, body, soul) triad.

As Mother Nature’s intuition goes, this Super Moon is coming at a supreme time when we all could use a moment to hit the pause button for a few days. Avoid impulsive situations that can bring out the inner nasty we know we all have somewhere under wraps.  Wait patiently on the sidelines for the Moon’s cycle to move where harmony can again be restored.  Let the energy of this event tonight trickle down the solar system pipeline and create a more gentle cycle of less stress, exciting health, wealth potential and dramatic change to harmony.

Avoid confrontation today if at all possible; ground yourself in nature, a book, or afternoon football if possible. Gather up a lawn chair or two, sit in the direction of rising moon and look upward bout half past eight.  Toss your favorite bubble out in the moonlight to capture the rays just for good measure and remember the wise word from Mahatma Gandhi…

When we take the time to admire the beauty of the moon our souls have the capacity to expand with creation. Imagine the change we could achieve if we all took the time tonight to make that happen…ah, just the thought of that sends shivers down my spine.



A Temporary Ashevillian

Recently I had the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite places on earth, Asheville, North Carolina. I know it doesn’t sound that exciting compared to the vast array of sensational options to tour here in America, but believe me, when I say, don’t judge ‘till you’ve been there. Its popularity has skyrocketed in the last couple of years thanks to dozens of film directors, actors/actresses and common folk like myself who crave some kind of eclectic ambiance, history and culture with artists in residence.

Whether you arrive by plane, train or automobile I guarantee your first impression will literally take your breath away while your body acclimates itself to this destination which sits well over 2,100 hundred feet above sea level. Allow enough time to let your ears decompress and your eyes soak in the majestic scene this land has to offer. The air is pure and the sights are legendary.

People flock here in particular for the music, art and glimpses into how American royalty lived in our recent past.

Anyone who follows musical history knows this southern city holds a special treat for the artistic technology geeks with a free tour of the Moog Synthesizer manufacturing facility right outside of the city limits. My visit included a back room peak where assemblers work side-by-side with hand-picked synthesizer engineers inspecting every analog box before being sent to its lucky recipient.

Moog Music Factory, Asheville, NC

Moog Music Factory, Asheville, NC


Don’t leave without asking one of the talented tour guides to demonstrate the synthesizer in the lobby/gift center. It’s fascinating to watch their interaction with this very complicated machine and if you feel daring enough you too can “peck” a tune or two yourself.

You will come away with a greater appreciation of how the “outside the box” Asheville music scene began years ago and sets the tone for the evening festivities downtown.

If lying back listening to music and people-watching is more your style, make your way to the center of town after dark. Somehow, without fail after the sun goes down the action picks up ten fold. Hundreds of people seem to come out of nowhere and fill the small square with mingling tourist and locals alike. You will see a cornucopia of colorful characters from suburban snappy dressers to packs of COACHELLA loving young “Ashevillians” making their way to local breweries or fancy restaurants to settle in for the musical entertainment. Choose to munch on grilled honey brussels sprouts with a beer or highbrow bone-marrow appetizers and pate; there’s a restaurant and musical entertainment that delights anyone’s “taste.”

Are you are an avid art voyeur like myself and get bored with the idea of sitting, eating and listening to music all night, Asheville has something for you as well!
ART—all kinds of art. You will love sauntering through rows and rows of galleries that house many one-of-kind art pieces crafted through the vision of local artisans in residence. It may take a while to find that special piece to add to your collection so start early, as they close at eight…….

Of course, no Asheville excursion is complete without a whirlwind tour through one of America’s most iconic monuments, the Biltmore Estate. Whether you sandwich this in at the beginning or end of your tourist activities, don’t miss it. It is a delibiltmore (1)cate mixture of artifactual opulence, the ancestral relevance of southern sovereignty and just jam-packed with really cool stuff into a huge residence that everyone in your party will love. Make sure to schedule an entire day there, add valet parking and get ready to take tons of pics without the flash.

Although the music is fantastic and the art mesmerizing, I continue to return for something greater than a momentary beautiful souvenir that tickles my fancy. My experiences in Asheville have become a part of me, part of my heart, and most importantly a part of my muse…….MUSE in the Mountains (next blog post)




soup broth

Broth Fit For Champions, The new super food

Move over, protein shake! Your reign as the go-to super food is slowly being replaced by all things brothy — bone marrow broth, that is.

A crucial part of committing and living an intuitive lifestyle is about being in-tune with all parts of ourselves, MBS. (Mind, body and soul) Like the rest of you, I have an easier time staying in- balance with some of this equation over others, mainly the body, which for me will always be a work in progress. So, when I crossed paths with the latest Paleo diet miracle soup craze I thought I would give it a try.

Moral Mushroom Asain Pho

Moral Mushroom Asian Pho

Apparently the wonder broth has been a well-kept secret to those in the “know” for a long time and having a revival of sorts — with a contemporary twist. The first recorded recipe was used during cave man times when survival and tradition depended on using all parts of an animal, including the bones, to feed a family. A primitive version of this nutritional porridge was made by seeping bones high in marrow content with indigenous vegetables chocked full of vitamins and minerals over a roaring fire for hours. From there it found its way through history, used by famous chefs and amateurs cooks alike to create culinary masterpieces from French bouillabaisse to Asian pho.

This healthy smooth consommé has even caught the attention of the hippest trendsetters in town who are now choosing broth bone cafes over tea and coffee shops as their drink of choice to cure an afternoon slump.

Lines form around the block waiting patiently at Brodo in New York City to-go window for their daily fountain of youth potion in a cup. Served just the way they like it, straight up or a splash of chili powder or turmeric to make it interesting.

Brodo's, New York City

Brodo, New York City

When rumors started to circulate about the healing powers from drinking this gelatin delight, I was even more curious. I consider myself somewhat of a bisque enthusiast and don’t have the luxury as of yet to run down the street to my nearest broth bar. So my only option was to “soup it alone,” and make it myself.

It was pathetically simple, to say the least. Cut up a few veggies with some hefty beef bones, herbs of choice and enough water to cover to contents in a slow cooker and let it simmer for at least 20 hours, and voila! A broth fit for champions. I am happy to report the wait is worth the results. The depth of flavor and the warm consistency does feel good going down. Only time and a few more cups will tell if its medicinal claims ring true.

To get you all inspired to join me in this healthy and delicious alternative to plain ol’ coffee ways, I created my own Asian/American fusion version, Morel Mushroom Pho. Make your own version and enjoy!


Beef Marrow Soup

Beef Marrow Soup

  • 3-4 pounds beef marrow and knuckle bones
  • 2 pounds meaty bones such as short ribs
    • ½ cup raw apple cider vinegar
    • 4 quarts filtered water
    • 3 celery stalks, halved
    • 3 carrots, halved
    • 3 onions, quartered
    • Handful of fresh parsley
    • Sea salt


  • Place bones in a pot or a crockpot, add apple cider vinegar and water and let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can leach the mineral out of the bones.
  • Add more water if needed to cover the bones.
  • Add the vegetables bring to a boil and skim the scum from the top and discard.
  • Simmer, cover, and cook for 20-24 hours
  • During the last 10 minutes of cooking, throw in a handful of fresh parsley for added flavor and minerals.
  • Let the broth cool and strain it, making sure all marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth.
  • Drain remaining liquid through cheesecloth to remove all bones, vegetables and herbs, leaving only clear broth.
  • Add sea salt to taste and drink the broth as is or store in fridge up to 5 to 7 days or freezer up to 6 months for use in soups or stews.

Until we meet again, Happy Brothing to you All!








Join Me for NACA Regional Conference in Madison April 7-10


April 7-10, 2016 the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Northern Plains Regional Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703. The conference is restricted to members and associate members of NACA.

Jillian Maas Backman and Jan Bilgen will be exhibitors (Booth 403) and feature a presentation titled, “Get the Edge: Leading with Facts and Intuition” which is designed to value both sides of the self, the intellect and the gut. Attendees will explore a new leadership style which combines the best of both and promises to give the edge, both on campus and in careers.

The presentation will tap into a leadership style that uses intellect, experience and intuition to better understand professional relationship building by integrating established methods and adding the element of intuition to create balance.

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life. Members are provided with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more.

Registration for the conference is now open and NACA members are encouraged to register early  to secure a place. Registration and a preliminary schedule can be found at the NACA website:

Jan Bilgen

Jan Bilgen

Jan Bilgen is the Associate Director of Career & Leadership Development at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus and a professional speaker and presenter on topics of leadership and student development.


Jillian Maas Backman

Jillian Maas Backman

Jillian Maas Backman is a professional speaker, award-winning author and radio host. She is a consultant to several high-profile individuals, organizations and corporations. Her “Get the Edge!” Leadership Development sessions are available on the collegiate and corporate level. Detailed information at her website, JillianMaasBackman.Com



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Blackhawk Technical College Employment Conference

Join me at Blackhawk Technical College March 12

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Blackhawk Technical College presents it’s Spring Employment Conference from 10am-3pm at North Commons, 6004 S. City Road G, Janesville, Wisconsin. The event is free and open to students and the public and is focused on helping improve skills in the job search or interview process.

Jillian Maas Backman and Jan Bilgen will feature a presentation titled “First 90 Days: Don’t Sink, Swim!” which is designed to get participants thinking and planning the steps to face the challenge of their first job.

The presentation will tap into a leadership style that uses intellect, experience and intuition to better understand professional relationship building by integrating established methods and adding the element of intuition to create balance.

Participants will also discuss strategic career planning and how to adjust to missteps those first critical 90 days and make them the most valuable to a new organization and step up to success.

Registration for the Spring Employment Conference is now open and attendees may sign up at the Student Success Center at Blackhawk Technical College, or call 608-757-6321 to reserve a space.

Jan Bilgen is the Associate Director of Career & Leadership Development at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus and a professional speaker and presenter on topics of leadership and student development.

Jillian Maas Backman is a professional speaker, award-winning author and radio host. She is a consultant to several high-profile individuals, organizations and corporations. Her “Get the Edge!” Leadership Development sessions are available on the collegiate and corporate level.

Cliff Diver or Rabbit Hopper

Cliff Divers and Rabbit Hoppers: How do you Handle Fear?

I want to dedicate this entry to my good internal emotional friend, Fear. One of the most mis-understood emotions and yet, has the greatest potential to be our working warrior beside all of us in a time of need.

So much is written about this illusive emotional condition. Just the word alone conjures up a negative reaction and sends people into a tailspin. Why? Along the way, we have received implied mixed messages, finger pointing towards FEAR as the “evil one” from our emotional piggy bank from which to draw from.

Origins deriving from such statements, as “We must conquer our fears!” “That fear is going to kill you!” “FEAR is the root to all evil!” This kind of verbiage sets up a battlefield inside your conscious mind. Think about it this way, whenever someone goes into battle there will always be a winner and loser.

When we apply this same kind of tactical representation towards fear, it is no longer an ally. It becomes an adversary to suppress. Nothing good comes from this kind of thinking in your head. We end up segregating pieces of ourselves and assign judgment. A power struggle ensues between good and evil.

We have humiliated ourselves into thinking it is cowardly if we admit experiencing some form of fear. Somehow, we are less emotionally healthy if we have bouts of fearful momental breakdowns. What a set up that is, in so many sad sad ways. Fear is a human emotional conditions we should honor and respect on different levels. It is not meant to be a comfortable state of being, by any means what so ever.

NEVERTHELESS, it can be an immutable force behind your intentions!
Every human emotion was given to us for a higher purpose of some kind. I believe we are trying to think our way through changing the human archetype we were heavenly blessed with from inception. Impossible and a waste of human time. My ability to feel fear is necessary for my survival in certain situations. It is how you act upon those internal markings is a gift not a punishment.

Let us take the fear out of “being in fear.”

First, there is lots of wiggle room between using fear as a catalyst for expansion and creating a fear addiction. As always, I am addressing a healthy dose of “fearness” herein. This is not intended for those of you that feel you may have crossed into the danger zone of a “fear addiction.” As with all addictive behavior, intervention prevention by trained professional is always advised.

Please do not abandon your sense of fearing.
Fear, as with all other human emotions, will be present forever. It is our natural sense indicator of change in the rawest form possible, an involuntary boundary sensor. The minute you find yourself outside your comfort zone, that fear brain sensor will be busy transmitting all forms of warning signs. Why in the world would you want to intellectually spend time fighting against this loving emotional companion is beyond me. For goodness sake, walk with it.

Years ago, I too was immobilized with my own fears. My perceived options were either ignore the presence of it and force my way through or accept defeat and surrender. Both seem ludicrate at the time. Neither option was going to get me to my desired destination of transformation. I trusted myself enough to know that fear was not my enemy. I was being guided to delve deeper for illumination on the gift of heavenly fear. The answer was not about the elimination of it, more on how to manage my way through the consistency of fear. How do you deal with the innate presence of emotional fear?

Which one are you; Cliff Diver or a Rabbit Hopper:

Before I share the details, let me preface this by stating: No one category is better than the other. Each one has inherited advantages and disadvantages. I use these labels as a fun way of stepping out from the wake of fear, observing how you personally deal with conflict resolutions, and possible modifications.

Cliff Diver: Peaks of Fearlessness followed by Peaks of Fear
Now cliff divers are the ones that do exactly what the label sounds like. Not literally, of course. When they decide to make changes, they usually go big. Not in the sense of crazy big, more like something out of the ordinary. The opposite, they sit back, internally analyze, wait for the right moment to jump, and then jump long! All the while, vacillating between moments of fear-ness and fearless-ness. This reminds me of that old cartoon, Wily E Coyote and the Road Runner. The coyote would chase the roadrunner off the end of a cliff. His first reaction on his face described it all. “Oh crap, what did I just do?” Eyes wide as silver dollars, realizing his forthcoming quandary, flapped his arms as fast as he could in the attempt to soften the blow with his eventual landing. He always seemed to survive another day of relentless chasing the Roadrunner.

-Fear instantly subsides. There is immediate spontaneous resolve to the inaction of fear.
-Go with the flow kind of people, flexible
-More times than not, this decision defines completion.
– Meaning, you have completed a cycle in your life that has been festering for a long time and your inability for movement has stalled. Your last bit of built up fears pushed you forward to a decisive action and possibly propel you to new territory of exploration.
– Feel your way through fears. No intrinsic internal need to identify and label each fear individually.
-Able to handle both conscious and unconscious pretara of “perceived fears” simultaneously.
-Insights always come from a multitude life lessons.


-Be aware of compulsive fearless moments. It is an incredible motivator but may also create lingering repercussions.
-Be conscious that you are a cliff diver. The natural order of human fear will settle in again, but the configuration will definitely be different from before. You will eventually decide to jump off the cliff of fearlessness once again and the cycle will repeat. What measure have you set in place to reconfigure a new way of handling fears when it comes around again? A good solution would be to adapt the ways of a “rabbit hopper…” Therefore, when you decide to “jump” again the aftermath may have a softer landing.

Rabbit Hoppers: Equal amount of fear and fearlessness
Bless them, for many do not understand their unseemly unassuming ways. We are promoters of cliff divers in this country. “Go Big or Go Home.” Come on really? Not every big way is the best way. There are times when slow and steady is the best method to resolutions of all kinds. I again reference a childhood story, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Even though the hare is portrayed in this parable as the one who lost in the end maybe both were correct.

-Break down fears into workable “chucks of insights.”
-Deal with fear as it comes along. They live by the rule, literally, one-step at a time. In this case, one hop at a time.
– Extremely methodical in handling all aspects of fear- based experiences. Goals firmly placed in front of them. Set in their immediate intentions.
-Can only deal with single fear issues one at a time. Multi-tasking lessons are not an option.
-Keep internal fear/fearlessness in balance.


-Assume fearlessness as being out of control.
-Tendency to avoid situations of complete fearlessness and spontaneous decision.
-Inflexible. Rarely deviate from the pre-set course of action.
– There will be times of urgency to make a fast decision. Fear is an incredible activator for quick movements. Many times rabbit hoppers avoid this kind of situations at all cost. That itself can create potential danger. You must adapt and take the “cliff diver” approach and jump in.

In order for rabbit hoppers to continue to move forward, they must always keep a balanced perspective on both fear and fearlessness. That is a tall order, for the demure rabbit. Fear has a tendency to silently take over the rabbit hoppers momentum.

I presented this fun fear quiz to demonstrate how each one of us handle and manage the stress of fear.

Both represent the beautiful ways in which we assimilate our fears, transpose them into lessons, and share our well -traveled wisdom with others.