Pleasant Gehman is the definition of the phrase “renaissance woman”. Pleasant is a talent who has done a whole lot of work in multiple different fields, and done a great job with everything she’s tackled. She’s been a musician with groups like The Screamin’ Sirens and The Ringling Sisters. Under the name Princess Farhana, as seen in the cover photo by Maharet Hughes, she’s been belly-dancing for so long that she’s written books and created instructional videos on the art form. As an actress, she’s well-known for her work in independent film, whether as a screenwriter on, and actress in, a movie about The Screamin’ Sirens called The Runnin’ Kind or as the muse of independent filmmaker Steve Balderson. She’s written books, poetry, magazine columns and her own magazine called Lobotomy. On top of that, she’s also a paranormal investigator. Pleasant Gehman is a busy and versatile woman, and on Monday, March 12th, she took the time out of her busy schedule to speak to me. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this versatile and kind talent.
Thursday, April 21st, was a day that shocked music lovers around the world. On that day, Prince, the Grammy-and-Oscar-winning singer and composer, was found dead at his Paisley Park estate. Tributes immediately started pouring in from all over the globe, and Facebook became loaded with memories of his music, his concerts and interactions with him. I worked this past weekend at my retail job, but all throughout the weekend, I thought about Prince’s passing. I was humming his songs while ringing up customers and cleaning around the register, and I remarked on his passing to several of the customers, all of whom had memories of his music as well.