Thursday, September 21, 2017

Art & Literature

California Mission Trail, Mission Trail, Father Juipero Serra, Spanish Franciscan, Santa Barbara, Queen of the Missions, The Island of the Blue Dolphin, Channel Islands, Spanish Rule, Indian tribes, Chumash tribe, Tongva tribe, Mexican settlers, Captain George Nidever, Juana Maria, Scott O’Dell, California elementary school reading list, Santa Catalina, Avalon, Legend​ ​of​ ​Juana​ ​Maria, San Nicholas Island, San Pedro, Fr. Gonzalez Rubio, Karana

Juana Maria: A Tale of Survival

The California Mission Trail is a beloved part of California’s history.  As a native Californian that has recently returned to my home state, I have been visiting the 21 missions ...

Angelina Jolie: Moving Behind the Camera

My conversation with Angelina Jolie last Saturday, September 9th at Toronto’s acclaimed International Film Festival (TIFF) was personal. Even though I had come to hear her speak in CBC’s (Canadian ...
Lydia Delgado, artists, Ghana, West Africa, Art of Living Water Projects, India, Rom Levy, Sean Yoro, Hula, power of water, women and water, Hurricane Harvey, Teas, Labor Day, U.S., 1937 Fundy Bay tragedy, Bay of Fundy, Sea Caves, hydro-electricity, Arica Hilton, Multiverse, the artist who lights up the sky, Hilton Asmus, Artsy.net, Chicago

Women and the Power of Water

A young mother bathes her children in it every night. Lydia Delgado, my favorite watercolor artist, uses it to create layers of colorful florals with masterful brushstrokes. When it falls ...

Anna Haining Swan: Nova Scotia’s Giantess

Why haven’t I heard of her? At 7 feet and 11.5 inches, Anna Haining Bates (nee Swan) was 2.5 inches taller than the world’s tallest man, Angus MacAskill. By the time ...
Maud Lewis, Viola Desmond, Nova Scotia, Canada, Painted House, Folkart, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Lieutenant-Governor Mayann Francis, Halifax Harbor, Canadian stamp, segregation, racial discrimination, Halifax Transit ferry, The Viola Desmond Story, Journey to Justice, Rosa Parks, National Film Board of Canada, Africville, Citadel, British expansion, New Glasgow, Roseland Theater, Digby, Everett Lewis, Maudie, Hollywood movie, Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, HGTV’s Tiny Homes, juvenile arthritis

Socrates said an unexamined life is not worth living. But what role do we play in painting the life we live? We cannot control where we are born or some ...
Milky Way. Silhouette of a standing woman practicing yoga on the mountain near the pond with sky reflection in water. Landscape with meditating girl on the hill. Night starry sky and milky way

It’s no secret that tens of thousands of books have been written about happiness. The number of self-help gurus and Oprah-style lessons on meditation and paths to enlightenment are exhaustive. ...
Solar eclipse, total eclipse of the heart, Bonnie Tyler, Great American Eclipse, 3 billion eclipses, doomsday prophecy, White House tension, socio-economic divides, fear, the eyes, Jay DeFeo, Whitney Museum, New York City, Bran Stark, Game of Thrones, Philip Lamantia, The Rose, duality of existence, evil eye, third eye blind, Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Horus, Re, Sun God, Quoran, superstitious, Yogis, chakra, seat of the soul, René Descartes, atman, psyche, eyes to the soul, Ellsworth Kelly, Red, White and Blue, Democrats and Republicans, Joe Jonus

What do you see when you look up to the stars? Make sure it’s not the sun on August 21, 2017, unless you’re wearing protective eye wear. This solar eclipse, ...

Art moves us to think, feel and experience. Why else do we visit galleries, gardens and museums? Artwork helps us enjoy and reflect while also explaining our history. If art ...
Adriana Bertini: A Passion for Fashion for Good

Her unusual talent and passion for fashion turns discarded condoms into something good. Sounds crazy doesn’t it, but this talent has taken Adriana Bertini around the world visiting over 35 ...
Lady Diana, crown, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Queen Elizabeth II, monarch, queen of hearts, queen of the people, Imperial Crown, The Crown, Victoria, Tower of London, British commonwealth, Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kate Middleton, Prince William, mantua, treee of life, Kensington Palace, Shy Di, King Felipe VI, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Rania of Jordan, Jordan, Arab world, Queen Letizia, King Abdullah II, Michael Buble, @RoyalFamily, Prince William

Lady Diana Spencer once told the press she was not a royal. She was a humanitarian who hoped to become the people’s queen of hearts. Judging by the outpouring of ...
Sugar Queen, Queen B, Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Queen Victoria, Queen of the Nile, Queen of Diamonds, Queen of the Desert, Bugatti Queen, Goodwood Revival Festival, Goodwood, Lord March, Earl of March, Goodwood Estate, Lancaster, Spitfire, Bridget Jones, French Grand Prix Race, Helle Nice, Helene Delangle, Josephine Baker, Helle, Ettore Bugatti, Bugatti, Monte Carlo Rally, Miranda Seymour

Ever think about the number of successful queens in the entertainment industry? There’s the sweet success of Oprah’s new Sugar Queen – a series about a modern-day mother named Charley ...
San Clemente Island, women in asylums, Kempinski Palace Hotel, Venice, Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra, Benito Mussolini, Ida Dasler, Italian dictator, Faschist regime, Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul, Trento, Rachele Guidi, Marco Bllocchio, Vincere, A Woman At Bay, Sibilla Aleramo, University of Toronto,

I tried to squeeze my camera lens between the barred windows of my hotel room, hoping to catch a morning shot of the glorious sunrise. The harbor and nearby rooftops ...
A Cinderella Night in the Liechtenstein Palace

For one night in Vienna, I was a royal. During my Cinderella moment, I dined like a queen and caught an insider’s glimpse of royal life. The dinner event was ...
Ubuntu, Africa, motocycle, Yamaha TT600, Desmond Tutu, Rwanda, Congo, Heather Ellis, best selling writer, Australia, Outback, Ituri rainforest, Epulu, Kakadu National Park, Yunique Rainforest, Luiza, Ted Simon, Jupiter's Travels, Durban, South Africa, Uganda, Mauritania, Lake Turkana, personal journey, trust, mudholes, Bukava, Kisangani, Zaire, HIV positive, Russia, Krgyzstan, AIDS, Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, www.heather-ellis.com

Traveling on a Yamaha TT600 motorcycle through Africa is hardly my idea of a modern-day path to enlightenment. But the story that took Heather Ellis twenty years to write after ...

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