Saturday, November 17, 2018

Thank you to Tony Merante and all the Authors' Afternoon guests at Stella's Lunchbox Café


A note to inform you that there will be no Authors' Afternoon in November and December. We are taking a break and will be back on January 27th, 2019. 

I would like to thank my good friend, Tony Merante, the owner of Stellas Café for his continuous support of the arts. Without him, the Authors Afternoon would not happen. Thank you also to all the guest authors and book lovers and writers who have participated in the Authors Afternoon every last Sunday of the month. Looking forward to seeing you in January.

If you are a musician or singer, you'll be happy to hear that Tony is also the owner of Desotos and supports music every week through Sunday Jazz Brunch and Thursday Open Mics, both hosted by Anthony Abbatangeli.

Tony is gifted with boundless energy and is always coming up with new ideas. Not only has he created the most idyllic patio, lush with flowers and cosy outdoor furniture, but he has also hosted art exhibitions at both Desotos and Stella's, and movie screenings at Desotos. Lately, he's creating his own pasta made from organic ingredients. If you're interested in the culinary arts, there are currently classes in sausage making... and who knows what else he'll come up with ... come by to find out.

Stella's has become my favourite café, a little home away from home that offers great coffee, delicious food in a friendly atmosphere. A cool meeting place for creative people. When I can't focus at home, I go there to write. Hope you'll drop by some time. 



Tony Merante, owner of Stella's Lunchbox Café and Desotos

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dancing my heart out

Hope you all had a fun Halloween. I was dancing my heart out tonight and would like to share my love of music and dance in this photo collage.

Moving our bodies to the rhythm of music is an innate reaction as it makes us feel lighter and carefree. When we dance away, the endorphins kick in, and we feel elated. There are so many benefits to dancing.

This article explains why dance is one of the best forms of meditation, not only for the natural high it imparts, but also for gaining control of our mind, living in the moment, and connecting with others.

And this one is about the healing effects of dance and music, and why sounds and movements promote healthier living, especially for those with physical ailments. So, surround yourself with music and dance the pain away ...











Monday, October 15, 2018

Authors' Afternoon with Sky Curtis


Inviting you to meet our multi-talented guest author, Sky Curtis. You will have a chance to talk to her about her writing journey, and the numerous books she has written. 

If you like crime fiction, you'll enjoy her Robin MacFarland Mystery Series. The first one, Flush was a finalist for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Fiction. The second book, Plots, was launched October 1st.

If you have been affected by Crohn's Disease, you'll be interested in her books Gut Reaction: A True Story About a Mother's Fight to Save her Son's Life and his Amazing Recovery from Crohn's Disease, and The Fecal Transplant Guidebook.

She has also written several children's books. You can find more details about her books, over twenty of them, on her website. The recent ones are available on amazon.com 

Looking forward to seeing you all at Stella's café on Sunday October 28th, from 2 to 4 pm.


Creativity by the water

The weather was incredibly warm and sunny on the weekend. So wonderfully magical for fall.

It felt so good to leave the city bustle and spend time by the lake. I love listening to the rippling water, and feel the soft breeze on my face while watching the reflections and shimmering colours of this large expanse of water. 

I was inspired, and started the outline for a short story about a man who lives a double life and manipulates two women who love him. His lack of conscience is beyond belief. Is he a narcissist? A psychopath? You will have a chance to discover his world when I'm done with the collection.

You may wonder why such a beautiful scenery brought about such a dark story, but creativity is an intricate mix of ideas, and can take you anywhere your analytical mind and imagination dare to probe. For me, creative writing is an expressive outlet for understanding human nature, no matter how dark it is.

Water has positive effects on us all, from inducing a calm, meditative state to boosting our health and creativity. You can read more about it in this article: Science explains how staying near water can change our brains



Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Liter-Arti 2018 A neighbourhood Arts Event


Inviting you to Liter-Arti 2018, a neighbourhood Arts Event 
organized by Honey Novick, singer, songwriter, voice teacher and poet.
It is a great honour to join the talented poets and songwriters 
who will be reading and playing music at this event.
I will read a few poems from my book Island Lovers. 
Hope to see you there.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Joy

Feel the joy of the moment
for nothing is permanent 
only change is constant

This article explains in more details what I'm expressing here:
Nothing is permanent: Letting go of attachment to people

This photo montage expresses my gratitude for all the beautiful memories
of good times gone by, and the joy of living in the now.



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Creativity in the medical field: My brother's inventions

Creativity in all its forms can better our lives in so many ways. It's not only the satisfaction it gives us, but also the ability to enhance other people's lives, whether we are into arts, music, writing or science. Happy to share that my dear brother, the bio-medical engineering mind in the family, has saved lives through his inventions.

Click on this link to see video and the article that I copied below:

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) -- There's a first time for everything, but if you've ever had a medical procedure, you might find yourself hoping it's not the doctor's first time with a patient.
A UF professor has helped create medical simulators so students can practice on a human-like subject before seeing you in the doctor's office.
On this Tech Tuesday, TV20 sat down with the UF professor to learn how his technology has helped save lives.
"Every clinician...doctor, nurse...they will always have a first patient," Samsun Lampotang, the inventor of the simulators, "Which they will do something for the first time, and generally, you and I as patients, don't want to be that first patient."
Dr. Lampotang from UF saw this issue time and time again as he went through med school and became a professor...no matter how well a student did, there were scenarios they wouldn't see sometimes for years into their medical practice.
"An anesthesia resident may spend four years ins anesthesia, and never see a rare case, because they are so rare they will not occur in the four years he or she is training, but when they leave and practice for 30 years, they will probable deal with encountering that rare event which sometimes can be fatal," he continued.
Lampotang decided to change that.
"With a simulator, we can make the experience something at will, so that should they encounter it in real life, 
they will see that pattern and they will remember, 'I've seen this before,' and they will initiate the appropriate 
response, pretty much automatically."
Lampotang and a team of doctors have created around 20 simulators -- which have arguably saved thousands 
of lives across the world.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Authors' Afternoon with Jean Marc Ah-Sen

Inviting all book lovers and writers to meet our talented guest author, Jean Marc Ah-Sen, and to chat with him about his writing, and his book, Grand Menteur.

It was chosen as one of the best 100 books in 2015 by the Globe and Mail. The list can be viewed here: The Globe100 - The best books of 2015. You can also read a sample online at amazon's kindle store by clicking "look inside" on amazon's Grand Menteur page,

Come by to hear more about street-gangs and the criminal world. It will be a thrilling afternoon.




Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Self-acceptance

Sharing this photo I took a few years ago in Mauritius. It reminds me that when we feel insignificant against the immensity of nature's splendour, it is easier to find perspective within ourselves. The meditative atmosphere is conducive to a deeper understanding of our capacity to love and accept ourselves and others as they are. It is an inner journey each of us has to take alone. It may not be easy at times. This article is a good reminder of how to practice self-acceptance.

When we can focus on the positive in us and in all situations, it is easier to accept the negative and work on them in a more constructive manner. I wrote this haiku to say it in simpler words.


In all negatives
you can discover the gift
of positive strength

Sunday, August 12, 2018

BIg City Blues

Went through a long, exhausting cold. Yes, of all things in the middle of summer. My body was too drained of energy to accomplish much, and yet my imagination kept churning at hyper speed with depressing thoughts on my health, city pollution, deceptive people, the violence in our world, making sleep a fidgety affair.


Grateful for the support of caring friends, and the creative resources that helped me out of the funk. I exorcised the wretchedness out of my system, and poured the chaos into Big City Blues, a photo montage, and poem about my feelings for this beloved, yet maligned city. I feel cleansed, and hopeful. If my art moves you, please write to me ...




Big City Blues

city lights glare
hard edges everywhere
streetcars screeching
cars spitting fumes
frantic rushing
vitriolic swearing
coldness of a stare
saps the heart bare
you crave the softness
of rolling hills
cool mists of waves
scents of wild flowers
that smell of hope
you taste its warmth
aware, so aware
of those who care