My publisher let me know I have my own page on their website. It includes a brief, but awesome interview with the author of Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba: The Illustrious and Delusional Abbess of Satire. Hey, that author is me! Yabadabado!
Here’s the link:
You can also pre-order a copy for the electronic version for only 99 cents at Smashwards. The release date is August 1, 2014. That link is:
A House for Luchita
Building for Generations
We have been given a unique opportunity with a MATCHING GRANT!! FOR ANY FUNDS UP TO $2000. RAISED BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 30TH. This grant is specifically for our project in Peru. For a little over $1900 we can build two rooms onto one of our families homes and we plan to complete 2 homes this year. Many of our families remain in temporary shelters set up after the earthquake. Conditions are inadequate and often their child with a disability is ill during the colder months. Some of these homes have walls made of plastic or woven mat. Winters reach temperatures similar to ours, however desert conditions prohibit rain. Our first home will be for a woman named Luchita and her son with Down Syndrome, Antonio.
On May 10th, our board will walk/run the 5 mile Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run. I am asking my friends and family to sponsor us in this effort by giving $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can to help.
You might be asking, “What is the Human Race?” The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations. In Santa Cruz County, it’s the largest collaborative fundraising event and the longest continuous running Human Race in the nation! It has been one of the most successful fundraisers for local nonprofits for over 32 years and it continues to grow. In 2013 the Human Race raised over $212,000 for local charities. Participants receive breakfast and lunch and beautiful West Cliff (site of the run) is filled with entertainment and music along the path.
I understand we are in hard times, but we ask that you please give whatever you can. All donations are tax deductible. Be a part of making a difference in our world by donating $5, $10, $25 (or more). And if you know anyone who would be interested in making a donation, please send them a link to this page or join our team in the walk by clicking join a team at the top of this page. You are also welcome to show up on the day of the race to register.
Our sincere thanks,
Cory and the Board
Here’s a piece I created from a Portoro marble block which came from an island near Carrara, Italy.
This is the first marble I’ve attempted, which is the hardest stone. I was told that black is the most difficult, as it tends to crack easily. I guess I was lucky, as this one had no problems.
It is also one of the first I’ve done that attempted to actually look like something specific and not just go with the flow of the stone and what came as it was happening.
I tried to drill a hole in the bottom and place it on another piece of marble and a different stone, as the base, but I don’t have tools to make a deep enough hole and I was afraid it would crack. I tried using glue, but it didn’t hold and came apart. When all is said and done, it looks better by itself anyway.
Hope you enjoy this latest attempt. I’m getting a little better each time. It’s called Black Fish Out of Water.
Our plan is to support women and children in rural Kenya and Tanzania by planting trees and opening a KiVo* Sewing and Design Center in Arusha to provide livelihood for women who sew school children’s uniforms.
Here is a link to our IndieGogo Campaign.
-Thank you for your support and please share widely!
Composer Vocalist, Dancer.
*Founder of Kinetic Voice (KiVo®) which blends vocals, dance and rhythm and serves to bring the song/dance tradition back to the west, reforest our earth and provide livelihood for our sisters in rural Kenya and Tanzania.
Paola Cuentas from Peru
Artisan Spotlight of the Week
From Greater Good
Paola Cuentas says,’after finishing school, my first job was in a small workshop that knitted alpaca sweaters. I was so impressed by the skills of the people who could knit, by the ability of the women who did the finishing touches, and I discovered a new focus for my career. I met an English designer who got me started in the different techniques for developing a design. The work that I do has become a personal project. My main motivation is that what began as only an idea has taken form and becomes more real every day. This excites me and impels me to move ahead.’
Read other artisan stories and shop where your money counts at GREATER GOOD
Here is one of the items for sale by Paola. It is a Puno Ochre – Unique Alpaca Wool Poncho.
Shona’s Sun Salutation
by Gabriel Constans
This smoothie is one of our son Shona’s favorites. It is good for small children, since the ice-cold water helps to relieve some of the pain of teething. It also gets your motor running in the morning. It has a good aftertaste and “tickles the mouth.” Sunflower seeds add just the right amount of sweetness.
Yield: 4 cups
2 cups ice-cold filtered water
2 large bananas
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup raisins
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Pour into glass or cup, drunk up, and stretch towards the sun.