Grades 7-12 Inspired by Comic Books Presentation

Check out Cindy’s library connection of comic book artists and curious children. What’s going on in your library?

Beyond Survival in a School Library

Last Friday I had the pleasure of hosting three visitors from Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton. Store owner Jay Bardala, along with two very talented comic book artists inspired and enlightened our junior and senior high students through four sessions.

Jay Bardala from Happy Harbor Comics with artists Tracey Risser and Dan Schneider Jay Bardala from Happy Harbor Comics with artists Tracey Risser and Dan Schneider

Jay’s extensive knowledge of the comic book industry and entertaining style kept us all captivated as he described the complex process of comic book production. I for one had never imagined that after a writer has written the script and planned all the panels, there are at least three artists involved in the drawings.

The penciller does the initial drawings after whihch the inker defines the light, shadow and emphasis with black lines and shapes. The colourer then, after determining the mood of the story adds colour, usually digitally. Then there’s the letterer, the editor, printer…

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Music as Medicine ~ What Does Sound Do To You?

Do you wake up to your clock radio alarm set to music in the morning? Is the radio tuned to a certain genre of music and station that you know offers your choice of sound for starting your day? Or do you wade through a stream of silence for your wake time? As you go through your day what do you choose to listen to along the way? What’s coming through your earplugs and headphones and speakers? Why do you listen to music? Think about it. It’s not just background noise. Music can lift us up, bring us down, terrify and inspire us. It excites and cues us as we watch movies. Music moves our feet and our hears. So is it really any surprise that music offers medicine for our bodies, minds and souls?

What are you putting into your ears by choice? What sounds can’t you filter in or out? What’s your go-to music for chasing the blues away? I’ve still got Aldrey’s  La Lista on the sidebar because of the song and all those smiling faces. It’s tough to stay down with all that positive energy flowing with so much fun.

Music and sound as medicine are relatively new concepts in western medicine. But this is are very old concept in eastern cultures where a holistic approach is taken in the healing arts.

One example of music as medicine being taken seriously on several levels in the state’s is Weill Cornell Medical College  Music as/is Medicine program .  Theirs is a very layered approach which involves several forms of educational and practical collaborations between disciplines.  A quick Google search of music as medicine will keep anyone interested busy reading for as long as they’re willing to pursue the concept. If you search for it on YouTube you’ll find hours and hours of music geared towards physical, mental and spiritual healing.

For a starting point there’s The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music by Dr. Mitchell Gaynor.


The Road to Recovery with Dr. Mitchell Gaynor: Sound Healing



Listen to Nahko Bear’s rendition of Aloha Ke Akua with your eyes closed and with them open — with and without the images.  What does the music do to you physically and emotionally? Consider your being in relation to sound.


Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ~ Aloha Ke Akua


Free Download of this piano version at…


Robert Gupta Between Medicine and Music



Lee Bartel Music as Medicine

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Music therapy is often thought of as a tool to provoke an emotional reaction from patients and allow their brain to accomplish tasks in a different way. But Lee Bartel says it offers much more than that.  Music is no longer just a therapy, music is medicine – and the results are measurable. Lee Bartel joins Steve Paikin.


One form of music therapy:

University of Iowa

Kirsten Nelson, one of three music therapists at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital, uses music to help the youngest heal.


Here’s another way in which music and medicine work together:

Unsinkable by Sam Tsui & Elle Winter


Published on Sep 9, 2013

ALL PROCEEDS from this track go toward pediatric cancer research!!
Downoload here!…

“Unsinkable” is a song we wrote for 16 year-old Cindy, a cancer patient at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, through Music is Medicine’s Donate a Song project. ALL proceeds and support for the song will benefit pediatric oncology research at Mount Sinai Check out the video, buy the song, and share it with friends to support the fight against childhood cancer!

Donate a Song is a project that invites artists to write and record original songs for seriously-ill children that inspire the patients, share their stories of strength, and contribute to the greater fight against their diseases. You can learn more about the cause and how YOU can get involved by going to,, and or send an email to Thanks for your support!

Elle’s info!!


There are many versions of the Medicine Buddha Mantra available online. This one of my favorites because of its particular musical rendition. Namaste.

Medicine Buddha Mantra

To eliminate not only pain of diseases but also help in overcoming the major inner sickness of attachment, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed and ignorance.

Mantra chanted by Khenpo Pema Chopel Rinpoche from the CD ‘The Blessing from H.H. Penor Rinpoche for World Peace’.



The Healing Power of Sound, publisher’s link


Bear’s treatment of Music as Medicine –>


Johnny’s guitar and voice are available for your ears –>


willowdot21’s very personal experience with music as medicine =>


Detouring the usual ~ “and now a word from our sponors”~ : Yes, the sidebar to the left has been ‘refreshed’ for your listening pleasure.

Hey folks, it’s chilly but sunny at my tiny spot on the globe today. At the moment I’m making an effort to deal with the advertising that appears from time to time on blogs. These marketing exploits run the gamut from insurance sales to something just the barely acceptable side of what might be termed “solicitation.” I’ve discovered the ads cavorting in my blogcasa by visiting when not logged in and from different computers than those from which I usually finger yap from.

I’m not quite sure how these ads affect the appearance of the videos posted in the sidebar to the left << — . I hadn’t given this much thought until still a dreamer inquired where was the video I referred to in a comment.  So I thought maybe an aside post of this nature was in order.


Hitting the  “play” > arrow for these videos will get  you a concert in miniature while you’re visiting . Or you can enlarge to full screen–or go to YouTube to check out the comments, turn on the captions or explore whatever else is offered. But you do not have to venture to the tubes of you in order to listen to the music.  Take note that the majority of the videos have been refreshed/reloaded/replaced by new offerings.  Birdy is today’s headline act with “Wings” and “People Help The People”.  Further down the sidebar Mr. Frost is live with “White Lies.” Along the way there are some “Bad Men,” and Odetta’s cover of Dylan’s “Masters of War’–among other things such as “Don’t Stop.”  I’ve retained “La Lista” because it’s currently my go to uplift song of choice and I like having it at the ready.

There’s no way to know who likes what in these video buffets unless there are comments left here X. Everything offered is subject to my whims and mine alone. Having said that last sentence, I am interested in indie music creations–as in those people who do not usually have the money to market their music on the radio waves or MTV. So if you ever care to share an “unheard” voice, please don’t hesitate to drop a video link in a comment.

Thanks, gracis, merci—cheers.


Yeah, look to the left. If you don’t see music videos there, please let me know. 🙂 ~~~ sound waves all around~~~

The Book Thief

Take a little cyber flight and catch Still a Dreamer’s thoughts on The Book Thief.

Still A Dreamer

thebookthief It is not very often in my experience that you find a book and the movie made from it both outstanding, but in the case of The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak, I do. I just finished reading it for the second time … my first a couple years ago, but after seeing the film, I dove back in and read it again, and enjoyed it even more.

The Book Thief is promoted as a YA novel, but it cannot help but reach the heart of any reading adult. Told over a period of about 5 years, the story takes place in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. The heroine, Liesel, is being surrendered, along with her brother, to another family to foster as the mother cannot afford their care. The sickly brother passes away on the train ride to Molching, is buried in a patch of snowy land alongside…

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Enjoy the Absolutely Delicious Beauty of All Things Pie via The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen are sisters, pie-makers, and authors of a pie making book that tempts you to indulge hedonistically in the art of pie on multiple levels. Indulge in eating and making to your heart’s content with their help via their very beautifully rendered ‘cookbook’: The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, Uncommon Recipes From the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop.  This pie making cook-book does double time as a coffee table art book thanks to the photography of Gentl & Hyers.  Indeed, their lens work should get you searching out the Elsen sisters’ pie shop if you’re anywhere in NYC ever. If you’re not in walking, taxi, or bus range of this pie shop then you’ll have to rely on their sumptuous pie making book to create pies all on your own. Don’t fret though, the photographs do more than make your salivary glands work overtime–there are excellent photos and illustrations of everything from mixing crusts, to how to do lattice-work pie top crusts to up close portraits of finished–and eaten pies. There are recipes for Apple Rose Pie, Lavender Honey Custard Pie, Gooseberry Galette, White Nectarine & Red Currant Pie, Plum Fig Pie, Concord Grape Pie, Green Chili Chocolate Pie, and Grapefruit Custard Pie. There are eleven different crusts –yeah, they’re not limited to the old standby of lard, flour and water, though that is presented for those not quite ready for Pistachio Coconut or Pecan Biscotti Crusts. The text is clear-cut, well written, thoughtful about not assuming the reader knows all the Elsen sisters know about making pies to swoon for. They’ll give you an informed by experience heads up about tools and ingredients so that even a beginner can take a run at creating decadent tummy yum yums. It’s ALL VERY VERY GOOD.

So you can see all for yourself here’s the link to Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ delightful website –>

Make a cyber visit now–if you love pie, you won’t regret it. Oh and if you are looking for a book gift for someone you adore, I highly suggest procuring two copies. Yeah, if you’re IN to pie, you are going to want one of these beauties for yourself.  Oh how I love my public library where I, far far from NYC,  discovered this gorgeous book of devilish pie delights.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

439 3rd Avenue (at 8th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215 

SATURDAY: 9am–7pm
SUNDAY: 10am–6pm

If you’re in Brooklyn, then what the hell are you waiting for? Go get some great pie! Eat a slice or two for me while you’re at it.

Maya ~ a round about illusions

Maya ->  ~~~ Bear’s subject choice.  🙂

Illusion? Reality? Absolutes? Duality? Plurality?

Explore Interconnectedness

Divide and Conquer What?

Unite and Create the Unknown?

What’s new?

What’s old?

What’s your delusion?

What’s reality?

What is perception?


Perception ~ hearing & seeing ~


VNV Nation ~ Illusion



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Symphony of Science ~ “The Quantum World” is the eleventh installment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series.



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The Illusionist ~ Orange Tree ~ souondtrack composer Philip Morris Glass



The Matrix ~ The Pill Scene

 Kundun ~  perceptions, reflections & liberations
Bear’s very different musical exploration of Maya  =>
Johnny has his own most excellent guitar music available for listening on his Maya posting ==>
Deborah’s take on Maya >>
Willowdot21’s free running with Illusions >>>

The Potential in Everything

Go visit Al’s Show! Yes, now! Go have some fun! 🙂

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Carnegie Center for Art and History facade, New Albany, IN, Jan. 2014

On January 24 our long-awaited exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana opened with a big reception.  I say “our” because this is a two person show featuring work by R. Michael Wimmer and yours truly.  The exhibition in entitled “The Potential in Everything” because both Michael and I utilize a diversity of materials to make our art.  While I depend on what I find at the river, Michael goes much further afield to locate objects that project a certain “aura” and associative power for him.  Following are some images from the exhibition which will be up until April 5.

My sculptures just delivered, Jan. 2014

I brought about 25 pieces that I had saved from the river and park visitors.  I have gotten into the habit of keeping some of my better creations for events like this.  It’s such a big leap first seeing the work at the river…

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Frank and Fun is Carsie Blanton for a Little Friday February Flurry.

Carsie Blanton at The Kessler Theater in Dallas


“I believe that music is magic, and everybody needs it.  That’s why I give mine away.” Cassie Blanton =>

~~Jazz is for everybody~~  [Visit Carsie’s site to hear more.]

I’m Carsie Blanton. I write songs. I believe there’s a worldwide epidemic of indirectness, and I aim to remedy it.

 Love is hard. Sex is fun. Life is messy. We’re all going to die. Our hearts are idiots, our wills are weak, we’re bumbling around fucking the wrong people and falling in love for the wrong reasons and pretending like we have all the time in the world to figure it out. My aim is to write songs that make you stop pretending, even if only for an instant. I want to wake you up to your brief, idiotic, miraculous life.


Carsie Blanton opening for Cassie Blanton–of course.  She’s currently featured on the sidebar directly to the  <=< left in the top seven music slots, Helen of Troy to Backbone with sweet things in between.


The Key Studio Session



Sweet Lorraine

Backstage at Mountain Stage
itches and tugs
Carsie Blanton blogs about love, sex and music  at  Chat her up, if you dare.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge…go ahead. Catch a tune there.
Under the weather –as in out of commission and snow plowed not coming down this street any time soon, plus, oops that was not such a good idea to eat mystery meal.  Yeah, I’m shoveling my way out of bed and out of the drive with nowhere to go but snow time.  Hey folks, I’m getting back here slowly but surely.  As long as saying so doesn’t jinx that.  Until then, grin, dance and sang with Carsie Blanton.  I’m tattoo curious as to which of her music videos on the sidebar trips your traps.  Yeah, indeed I am. 🙂

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