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A Conversation with Joan Holub, about her books for children including the Goddess Girls Series and the Heroes in Training Series, May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

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I was brought up in a bookstore and spent most of my first 40 Unknown-5years in and around one. Books are in my blood…especially children’s books. My happiest memories of the book business have to do with the time I was the buyerimages for the children’s department. I once said, and still believe in large part, that if you can’t find “it” in a children’s book then it probably isn’t worth knowing.

Unknown-6I left the business nearly 25 years ago and had pretty much forgotten that adage until I started reading the work of Joan Holub in preparation for tonight’s conversation. I only had time to read about a dozen of her books—that’s only scratching the surface of her catalog that stands somewhere near 140images-3 books published—but I found the books enjoyable and educational. I love it when I learn something during the course of preparing for one of these conversations. That’s why I keep coming back.

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:

CLICK HERE for Joan Holub’s website

CLICK HERE for the publisher Simon & Schuster’s page for JoanMini Myths board books Joan Holub Leslie Patricellie board books

CLICK HERE for Joan’s Blog

CLICK HERE for the Simon & Schuster link to the Mt. Olympus Academy books

images-1CLICK HERE for the link to Joan’s entry at Encyclopedia.com

CLICK HERE for link to the Goddess Girls series at GoodReads.com

CLICK HERE for Joan’s listing at OCLC WorldCat.org

CLICK HERE for Joan’s Wickipedia entry

CLICK HERE for a look at Joan at work at her office

A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors Sent to My Uncle 71 Years Ago Finally Reaches Him

May 21, 2015

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Early in the spring on 1944 the Reverend James V. 100_1411Knapp picked up a small brown volume known as The Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors opened it and wrote: To Richard W. Buschel with the
best wishes of all his friends at All Saints’ Church. Then he signed it and added: Harrison N.Y., March 23, 1944.

What was going through the minds of these two men as Rev. Knapp penned those100_1431 words on March 23, 1944? I imagine Rev. Knapp in sending his and the congregants best wishes was also praying for my uncle’s safe return and the return of all the other young men who had been sent to insure the defeat of the Axis powers and the resumption and continuation of the “American Way of Life.” How many of those little books did the reverend inscribe that day? The next? And the day after that? Was my father sent one? My uncle’s twin brother, Stan? Or the two other Buschel brothers who also served in WWII?

100_1408Earlier, when I asked what was going through the minds of these two men, maybe the better question would have been: What was on the minds of this man and this boy, since on March 23, 1944, my uncle was hardly a man having turned 18 only a few months before those words were written. Desperate times called for desperate measures as millions of boy-men were shipped off around the world to fight.

100_1394As for answers, I doubt we’ll ever know. It’s amazing enough that the book even turned up to prompt the asking. My Uncle Dick, now 89 and in failing health, claims he never received the Prayer Book. Who knows? His mind certainly isn’t as sharp as it was 71 years ago or even 7 years ago.

And what of this little book’s odyssey? We’ll probably never know the story behind100_1427 its journey. We know where it began: March 23, 1944 at All Saints’ Church in Harrison, and how it ended on March 18, 2015—nearly 71 years to the day—when I received an e-mail from Millie Noskov, the Parish Administrative Assistant at All Saints’ Church, that opened with: An Army Veteran from California would like return a prayer book belonging to Mr. Richard W. Buschel.

100_1426We know the Veteran from California was given a WWII bible by his son who bought it on e-bay and when that Vet opened it he found the little prayer book tucked away in its pages, and upon seeing the name and picture of the 18 year old Richard, felt it his duty to track my uncle down, and if still alive, make sure it was returned to him.

When I finally gave it to my uncle (I delayed for a bit because he suffered a broken his leg shortly after the book arrived) he, as I stated earlier, said he didn’t remember ever receiving it, but up100_1399on opening it it opened many doors to the past. He began talking about leaving home for basic training, his time in France, his buddies, a losing streak at poker and the long, long road he had to travel before he got back home.

In the end, though I’d like to know where it’s been for the last 71 years, it doesn’t really matter. What matters are the memories, good and bad, but mostly good, that it helped bring back to my uncle.

100_1412And in case you were wondering, all five brothers came home from the war and led productive lives. All married and had children except for Uncle Dick whose two children died in infancy. My father even taught Sunday school for a while at All Saints’ and nearly all nine brothers and sisters had their funeral services at All Saints’. My uncle is the last of that generation’s Buschels.

At one time you couldn’t throw a stone in Harrison and not, in all likelihood, hit a Buschel. Today there are only two left, cousins, and strangely we’re both named Bill Buschel.

If you’d like to write to my uncle I’m sure he’d welcome any stories you may have about Harrison, or All Saints’ or anything else for that matter.
His address:
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22 Masonic Avenue
Ramage #409
Wallingford, CT 06492

Finally I’d like to thank Millie Noskov for her heartfelt interest in seeing that the Prayer Book find its way to my uncle after 71 years. I’d also like to thank the WWII Veteran out in California who knew the importance of seeing to the safe return of the Prayer Book.

A Conversation with Vicki Vasilopoulos, about her film Men of the Cloth, May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

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MEN OF THE CLOTH is an inspiring portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Unknown-1Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion.

from the Men of the Cloth website

The film will be playing at the AMC Loews Village 7 located at 66 Third Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets) next Wednesday, May 20th at 7:30pm.

CLICK HERE for Men of the Cloth Website

CLICK HERE for information about tickets for the showing of the film on Thursday, May 20, 2015

CLICK HERE for the long trailer for Men of the Cloth

CLICK HERE for the official trailer for Men of the ClothUnknown

CLICK HERE for a film clip of the opening title music recording session

CLICK HERE for a film clip of Vicki at the film’s premiere at DOC NYC 2013

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

”Listener Supported” Fundraising plus a Conversation with Viktor Koen about his multiple exhibitions coming up in the near future, April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

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Not all that long ago I was in my car listening to one of the local public radio stations when the program was interrupted by some well-meaning person telling me about why I should immediately stop whatever I was doing to call in and pledge X amount of dollars to show my support for the station and the particular program I was listening to. The man on the radio then used the term: Listener Supported.

Listener Supported…ever since then those two words have rattled around in my head. I don’t know why. It’s not like I’d never heard them before. No, in fact, I’m sure every time I’ve heard a pledge pitch it’s been said over and over, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

So why did it happen to “stick” this time around? Simple answer: I don’t know other then the fact that it really says so much about who we are here at Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM and what we do and what we need from you so we can continue doing it. All of us here LOVE what we do…but it only exists—WE only exist—because of what you do: LISTEN and SUPPORT US.

Please call now or visit our newly revitalized website: CosmosFM.org and pledge your support. 718.204.8900.

Remember we are LISTENER SUPPORTED.

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photo from DUMBO “Personal Mythologies

Tonight, helping me fundraise, is my good friend and long-time friend of GRAFFITI, the artist, Viktor Koen.

All the art work in this entry is Viktor’s work. He has a number of exhibitions coming up and all the links, etc. are listed below:

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1) SYLVIA: Auschwitz/ Birkenau/ Majdanek exhibition returns to NYC at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue/Museum – opens Sunday, April 19 (till March 24). 280 Broome Street, New York.

Click here to read Viktor’s blog entry about his Grandmother, Sylvia, holocaust survivor.

I saw this exhibition back in 2010 and some of the images—and one in particular—have never left me. Click here to hear excerpts from the conversation Viktor and I had back in 2010 about this exhibit.

 

2) Philanthropy Poster Project (Posters by Viktor’s School of Visual Arts Students) opens at the PPP Banner 2TH photoThessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece – April 13-May 31.

Click here for Viktor’s blog entry about the 2014 Philanthropy Poster Project.

 

3) SVA (School of Visual Arts) Subway Posters NYC – April 6, in over 400 subway stations for the next 3 months.

The new SVA subway posters series focused on art making—a good oldMake Art @ SVA Posters-3.72 fashion tradition of inspired labor resulting to something magic. Art making that is messy and expressive but above all productive in images, design or motion. Art making that needs protective eye goggles, maybe related to Rosie the riveter and her we-can-do-it attitude. Just talking about art is uplifting but unless it motivates one to run back to the studio and make stuff, often falls flat or evaporates. (from Viktor’s notes on the project)

Click here for an article published for last year’s SVA subway poster series.

 

4) DUMBO “Personal Mythologies” an ongoing public art project: This is a 350 ft. photographic fence, part of NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program around the base of Manhattan bridge in DUMBO. “Personal Mythologies”, conceived, curated and produced by United Photo Industries, opened with the Brooklyn Arts Festival and will be up till September 2015.

Click here for some great pictures Viktor posted on his blog.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5) Solo exhibition of Viktor’s new series of tintypes on Greek mythology: Bestiary. It opens at the Benaki Museum in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015.

Bestiary is the product of a long fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th Century photography. Based on a set of mostly hybrid creature descriptions and influenced by religious OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAiconography, myth comes full circle and meets social criticism by molding these monstrous archetypes into contemporary commentary. Most importantly, in this series, the beasts are separated from their usually singular dimension, assuming complex, tragic personalities in which monsters and heroes become difficult to tell apart. (from Viktor’s notes on the project)

Click here for more information

 

6) Group exhibition titled “Places of Memory” including prints from the Sylvia collection, opensAuschwitz Gate detail at the Athens Art Center (formerly building of ESA) in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015 (curated by Penelope Petsini and Nikos Panagiotopoulos)

Click here for more information

 

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1) SYLVIA: Auschwitz/ Birkenau/ Majdanek exhibition returns to NYC at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue/Museum – opens Sunday, April 19 (till March 24). 280 Broome Street, New York.
2) Philanthropy Poster Project (Posters by Viktor’s School of Visual Arts Students) opens at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece – April 13-May 31.
3) SVA (School of Visual Arts) Subway Posters NYC – April 6, in over 400 subway stations for the next 3 months.
4) DUMBO “Personal Mythologies” an ongoing public art project: This is a 350 ft. photographic fence, part of NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program around the base of Manhattan bridge in DUMBO. “Personal Mythologies”, conceived, curated and produced by United Photo Industries, opened with the Brooklyn Arts Festival and will be up till September 2015.
5) Solo exhibition of Viktor’s new series of tintypes on Greek mythology: Bestiary. It opens at the Benaki Museum in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015.
6) Group exhibition titled “Places of Memory” including prints from the Sylvia collection, opens at the Athens Art Center (formerly building of ESA) in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015

A Special repeat of my reading from the Gospel According to Matthew on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

It’s been a few years since we last played this reading from the Gospel According to Matthew. If you want to see the original post for this PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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A Conversation with Yvette Manessis Corporon, author of “When the Cypress Whispers”, March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015

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Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy Award winning writer, producer and author. She is currently a Senior Producer with the syndicated entertainment news show, EXTRA.

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In addition to her Emmy Award, Yvette has received several Emmy nominations, a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism and The New York City Comptroller and City Council’s Award for Greek Heritage
and Culture.

Yvette is married to award winning photojournalist, David Corporon. They haveyvette_miller two children and live in New York.

CLICK HERE for Yvette’s Website for When the Cypress Whispers

CLICK HERE for the video about When the Cypress Whispers

CLICK HERE for Yvette’s Favorite Recipes

CLICK HERE for the link to the publisher’s page about When the Cypress Whispers

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Yvette on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

Looks like tonight’s show will be a repeat.

March 5, 2015

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Click here to get to the original post for this show.

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