Monthly Archives: November 2012

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No matter what you make, the Italian way is to use the very best ingredients available. Spice Islands is a company that over the years has provided me with wonderful aromas and delicate flavors for savories and sweets alike–and allowed me to broaden my palatte of flavors from the ones I knew as a child to a whole panoply of cultures and flavors.

Monday November 5

Tomorrow is election day. I had planned to post something about teaching children the value of democracy by voting. Instead, I want to post about my nephew and his wife and children. Am not mentioning their names because I have not asked permission. I will share with you, though, what they are doing.

They are teaching their children about the value other people, and showing love to others through action. They have organized folks in their neighborhood to bring goods to them and they are driving onto Staten Island to help others. Their first effort was with the family of someone they knew. Then they continued the efforts for people in need–whether they knew them personally or not.

The storm may have weakened physical infrastructure up and down the east coast, but at least in one family, the reaction of the family served to strengthen the infrastructure of love that should undergird all activity. What is even better is that I am positive my nephew and his wonderful wife did not do this as a “teachable” moment exercise. They did it out of true love and compassion with no thought for self which of course, makes it all that much more effective in the lives of their children as well as affective in helping those in need.

Friday–Late Post

OK, so it is not Friday. But I am posting anyway. I missed Friday because I was so caught up in my last-minute preparations for Saturday’s performance at El Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Chapin museum in Myrtle Beach.

Though of course, my preparations actually began weeks before, I spent Friday dong the final selection on my costume(see what was appropriate and what still fit! Sigh!)

Also, making sure I had all the props I wanted in one place

Finally, dong rehearsal of all of the stories, preparing for participation and for crowds that would not participate.

Prepped enough stories for double the amount of time i was expected to perform and for a wide variety of ages.


Since I am posting ex post facto, I can tell you how it went.

One of the best festivals I have been in there–was outside and DJ Charlie had the mic for me as he always does–but it didn’t work! SO, we adapted the situation on a short notice and used a standing mic instead.

I faced the crowd at an angle allowing me to serve both those seated and the ones in line waiting at the crafts tables. Also acknowledged those at the craft tables, told them to just pretend I was  a TV show and go ahead and do their craft and wait in line while listening.

Usually the crowd sits still for up to three stories at one time–this day they went for four! I was soooo excited. One darling little boy came up and participated every time. So wonderful–can’t wait to see him onstage sometime soon. He was so good and had great ideas for story questions too. Will post a photo of the event later.