Is a photo worth a thousand "words?" A Follow-up, of sorts.

Yeah, we all have heard that phrase or some configuration of certain "words" that suggest the same meaning and feel of that statement.  So, what's the deal this time?  Well...

We recently posted information on "word, revisited's" closing 2017 literary season that featured speakers Jim Ellis and Dan Cleveland; emceed by Ron VanNostrand, and supported by several open mic presenters convened at the Carriage House Theater in Auburn, New York hosted by the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Olive Trees, andaaduna.

Debbie Cleveland documented the event in photographs with an understated sublime power and gentle attention to detail that transcends the need to identify the subjects of her lens.  She wants us to focus on the personalities that she captured without bringing our pre-conceived notion of who the individuals are or what these folks may represent.

So, is a photo worth a thousand words? An interesting proposition for an inaugural literary season based on "…

The Very Thought of You

The Very Thought of You

As I reflect on “The Very Thought of You,” I surmise that “you” can be used to suggest a single individual or the universal “you” representing a group, a gathering, community, or collective of individuals. As a song, the lyrics were written and sung by Ray Noble, but the classic lyricism and emotional laden quality of the words found other expressive voices such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Kay Starr, Sarah Vaughn, Rod Stewart, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Elvis Costello, Johnny Hartman, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and probably countless others.
The very thought of you
And I forget to do
The little ordinary things
That everyone ought to do
I´m living in a kind of daydream
I´m happy as a king and foolish
Though it may seem to me
That´s everything
The mere idea of you
The longing here for you
You´ll never know
How slow the moments go
Till I´m near to you I see your face in every flower
You eyes in stars above
It´s just the thought of you
The very thought of you
So, …

“Slippin’ into Darkness”…like the fabled Phoenix…it must re-emerge.

Death, resurrection.  A door closes, a window opens.  For every closure, there is a new beginning.  The end is the opening for a new beginning.  Seasons change.
In all these scenarios, the focus is on the process and not necessarily the elements that create a period of transition, a moment of change. 
So, what does it mean to embrace the valedictorian when a year later another person plays the same role?  We herald a championship athletic team in one season to be replaced by another winner a year later.  We hear “last call” and know hours later the festivities will resume, yet again.  A corporate CEO leaves, another comes in.  A nation’s political leader is eventually displaced, reaches closure.  A new leader emerges to accolades from the people.    
In moments of transition, we focus not on the process but the individuals involved. 

And for every end of a creative season, whether or not it is performance, visual, musical, dance, or literary based, we gear up for what will come next.  W…

Vibrancy, Enchantment and Fables to Delight

When any community, especially a community of creative people, is supportive and in tune with each other, a member(s) can miss an event, but the event remains powerful and stimulating.  While Lisa and I missed Thursday’s “word, revisited” featured speaker and open mic, we researched event highlights noted by audience comments on their social media postings, their evaluative thoughts expressed in e-mails, as well as words from an organizing partner and comments from the featured speaker. 
“It was a good night…open mic poets (9 readers!)  We had a new reader, a truck driver, Jim Spencer, who was excellent. I read Heidi's bio from her book and told a little bit about my past associations with her on different projects for an introduction. We all missed you.” - Ron Van Nostrand
The post-event general consensus is that the Carriage House Theater was a room full of people.  During the open mic session, Karen Faris, a Rochester, NY based writer, poet, and mixed media artist performed an exc…

To and For Us, A New Opportunity for Emerging Artists

We exist in a global community.  Our spirit is skewed towards sharing various creative opportunities regardless of geographical location.  Why?  Because you never know who might see a “share” or receive an e-blast message where the recipient knows somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody….
More importantly, in our world, knowing what cultural institutions are doing to expand the visual, performing, and historical arts is important to us.  Our global community is distant yet local.  International yet community-based….
So, here is the necessary information regarding a new exhibition opportunity for visual artists, and please share to your contacts.  Any questions should be sent directly to the museum. 

The Cayuga Museum located at 203 Genesee Street in Auburn, New York, USA is hosting a brand new series of rotating art exhibits in 2018.  The series is designed to be a showcase of different emerging artists from central New York, and the museum is looking for a variety of styles.

As some things change, others remain the same...

In the late Nineties, I interviewed Heidi Nightengale for a position in Cayuga Community College’s Continuing Education Division under the leadership of associate dean Keith Batman, who currently chairs the Cayuga County Legislature. At that time, I found Ms. Nightengale to be keenly intellectual possessing a high degree of purpose, dedication and focus to serving the needs and aspirations of others. Goal driven with a creative spirit and engaging personality, Ms. Nightengale served the college quite well.

Flash forward over 20 years and Heidi continues to exhibit the same qualities that impressed me back in the day. And she has become a well-respected poet, writer and most recently a publisher where she brings together all of her professional skills, savvy, and creative abilities to Clare Songbirds Publishing House.

Heidi Nightengale has been writing and publishing in local, regional and national literary magazines for over 25 years. Her chapbook, Bird Vision, was published by Puddi…

“Oh what a night…”

Was it the Dells who sang that phrase in 1969 or ‘just my imagination running away with me’ manipulating my brain to categorize the intimacy, caring, and gracious spirits that permeated Thursday evening’s “word, revisited?”

John W. Crowley conducted a well-paced informative lecture fueled by scholarly knowledge, wit, booming laughter, and a soft cadence that resonated with his audience. His topic dealt with the history and scope of 19th century books illuminated by historical anecdotes, publishing formats, and behind the scenes historical observances. 

Dr. Crowley covered pre-Civil War and subsequent book publishing initiatives and direct marketing strategies to solicit the ordering of subscription books by the general public, and then delivering those purchased books into the hands of a welcoming public. His “lecture” was a panorama of words in a concise, deliberative style that kept the audience engaged and attentive. 

The evening’s Q&A enhanced the lecture style of Crowley’s pr…