Jessica Laskey

Jessica Laskey

Jessica Laskey Journalist About This Author Jessica Laskey is a freelance writer and professional actress who has lived and worked in Sacramento, San Francisco, Dallas, New York City and Paris. She is also the co-founder of Theater Galatea and Indomita Press. Articles...
Name That Tune

Name That Tune

Did you know a pair of headphones and an iPod can transform lives?

Forrest Reed does, and he’s made it his mission to share the power of music with as many people as possible through his work planning benefit concerts for the music therapy advocacy nonprofit, TunesWork.

Stopping The Stigma

Stopping The Stigma

A therapist once told Kim Frisella that if you stay in bed, you know what the results will be. But if you get up, you at least allow for the opportunity of change.

Frisella has had days when just making it from the bed to the couch is a major accomplishment. But she’s not hiding anymore. She’s telling her story to help others see that recovery is possible as a speaker for Stop Stigma Sacramento, a project overseen by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services. Stop Stigma is designed to promote mental health, and reduce stigma and discrimination, as part of Sacramento County’s Mental Health Services Act.

Sacramento’s Fairy Godmother

Sacramento’s Fairy Godmother

Giving back has been the driving force of Dr. Barbara Arnold’s life. The celebrated ophthalmologist has generously donated her time, money and wisdom for decades—which she believes is the key to a life well lived.

“If you do big things young enough in life, you get to see the ripple effect as you get older,” says Arnold, who lives in Curtis Park, but also has an art studio off Scribner Road along the Sacramento River, where she paints the natural beauty out her window. “That’s why I encourage younger people to participate (in philanthropy). Do it within your vibrant lifetime to witness what your giving has done.”