“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”
~Albert Camus, Notebooks
Len Cabral, Master Storyteller
Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976. A great-grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len brings his strong Cape Verdean ancestry alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world. Len is a popular storyteller at theaters, schools and festivals throughout the United States and has performed at festivals in Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Holland and Canada. He is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network 2001 Circle of Excellence Oracle Award.
Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing Patricia Weltin, CEO and Founder of Beyond the Diagnosis. In the spirit of promoting others who are making the world a better place to live, please check out the wondrous work that Patricia is doing!
“Beyond the Diagnosis” is a traveling art exhibition of beautiful portraits. There are over 100 portraits in the collection by amazing artists from around the world.
"The Beyond the Diagnosis art exhibit's focus is the orphan disease patient. Artists have donated their time and talents to paint orphan disease patients for this groundbreaking exhibit. Each portrait represents a single orphan disease. Our goal is to put a face to all 7,000 orphan diseases. This beautiful exhibit is traveling to medical schools, research institutes and hospitals around the globe encouraging the medical community to look “beyond the diagnosis” to the patient.
Art has been used for thousands of years to successfully convey a message, whether it be a story or a glimpse into the human spirit. At Beyond the Diagnosis, we believe art not only leaves a powerful and lasting visual imprint but creates a unique connection for the viewer."
To learn more about this tender program, visit: beyondthediagnosis.org.
“…she'll go and fall in love, and there's an end of peace and fun, and cozy times together.”
~ Louisa May Alcott
“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
Social Media can be a lot of "Me! Me! Look at Me!" but for the next 7 days, my posts will be about promoting others who are making the world a better place to live.
Shout out to my friend Sarah Lyn Sindoni-Faris and her healing arts practice at nelumbohealingarts.com! We did a chilly photoshoot in the White Mountains New Hampshire to promote her biz. Nelumbo Healing Arts enhances wellness through holistic massage, nature and art. If you are in need, Sarah is one of the very best!
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.’’
Lady of silences, calm + distressed, torn + most whole - rose of memory, rose of forgetfulness, exhausted + life-giving, worried reposeful