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Grab Your Camera Because It’s National Photo Month

Vintage Camera, National Photo Month, Taking Pictures, PhotographyAlthough I love the convenience of digital cameras, I still love the classic style and photographs taken with vintage cameras. I found it rather funny one day when I was talking about the old Polaroid and Kodak Brownie cameras we used to have growing up that I immediately got that “deer in the headlights” look from some youngsters! These digital era babies only know of the camera option on their mobile phone or computer pad, unless their parents still have a camera using film, from not too long ago. Oh the nostalgia of putting those rolls of film in the camera and having them developed from the negatives. That experience alone is priceless to me.

National Photo Month, Photography, CamerasAccording to the American Photography Association, National Photo Month (NPM) was officially recognized by Congress in 1987. During the month of May, the American Photography Association is one of the primary organizations continuing the tradition.

Since we are celebrating National Photo Month during May, I had to share my love of vintage cameras by linking my Pinterest board, Vintage Cameras: Say Cheese to this post. With digital and camera capable mobile phones, easy accessibility and uploading pictures on your computer can be done quicker than the dark room processing of film was with vintage cameras. Whatever photo taking platform that you use, why not go out and take some pictures to add to your photo album today. Photos are great conversational pieces and add to the nostalgia of some great memories!

Happy National Photo Month!

 

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It’s National Devil’s Food Cake Day

Devil's Food Cake, National Devil's Food Cake Day, Chocolate CakeDid you know that today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day? Yes it is. That moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake that is generally moister than other chocolate cakes has a day designated for its celebration. Invented in the United States in the early 20th century this decadent cake incorporates butter (or a butter substitute), flour, egg whites and fewer eggs than other chocolate cakes. It is traditionally darker than a regular chocolate cake and is usually paired with a rich chocolate frosting.

What a great writing opportunity to celebrate this rich chocolate dessert by blogging, writing a poem or indulging in some type of creative composition to sweeten your taste buds, through mouth-watering words, to pay tribute to this delicious dessert! Happy National Devil’s Food Cake Day! YUM!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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May is National Military Appreciation Month

NMAM, National Military Appreciation Month

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How many ways do you show support for our military personnel and veterans? Sometimes, we get so caught up in our day-to-day routine, and forget to celebrate America’s Warriors of Freedom, as we should. This month we observe National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) and embrace the diversity of America’s armed forces and the rich history that we honor for our current, and former members of the United States Armed Forces.

Saturday May 16th is Armed Forces Day and the 2015 theme is “Honor Those Who Answered the Call to Serve.” This day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May. Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day. This federal holiday commemorated on the last Monday in May is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died during their active military service.

Our world is in a volatile state, where no one is immune to the danger of war and terrorism. For those who are committed to defending our country, here and abroad, it behooves us to show our continued gratitude and support to those in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. According to the history of National Military Appreciation Month:

Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May, National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) in 1999. Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe NMAM.

For more information on ways you can celebrate our men and women of our armed forces, and how you can remember our veterans, check out these informative websites: http://www.nmam.org/ and MilitaryBenefits.info.

 

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Mother’s Day, Ekphrastic Poetry and Sweet Treats

Casey Zvanut, The Night Queen, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Casey Zvanut
“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winner

Each month I have the privilege of helping to coordinate and moderate poetry open mic, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center with Susan Didier, Community Development Specialist. On Saturday, May 9, we hosted our Pies, Pastries and Poetry open mic event. Participants were asked to share their personal poems about their favorite dessert made by someone that was maternally connected to them, or a special poem about “mothers,” with our audience.

Casey Zvanut, The Night Queen, Ekphrastic Poetry Contest WinnerThe evening also set the stage for presenting the winner of our first A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. Our contest was based on a picture donated by local artist Eugene Smith, entitled The Nightingale. Our winner, an overly excited Casey Zvanut read her winning poem, The Night Queen. She eloquently shared a little bit about herself with us. “I’ve been in love with language since I was a child. I am a product of Memphis, Tennessee, the Arkansas Delta and central Mississippi, so you could say that the poetry of the “Blues” is in my veins. I’ve lived in North Carolina for almost 16 years with my amazing husband and two crazy, wonderful sons, and my love affair with words led me into education for the last 16 years.”

Christian George, the second place winner shared his poem, The Nightingale’s Song and Norman Bartee, third place winner shared his poem, The Nightingale Ekphrastic. Brian Bacik also recited his rendition of his poetic interpretation of The Nightingale picture, with the audience. Among other participants who read their poems commemorating the theme of the open mic event were Dwight Roth and Marilyn Murphy. Audience members who also shared some of their personal poems were Jan Anderson and Stephanie Jones. It was truly another fun and wonderful night of art, poetry and engaging conversations.

Erin Penland, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

Erin Penland
Multi-media Artist

Erin Penland, multi-media artist made a few remarks to the audience about her rewarding experience since she began participating in the monthly open mic events, along with a synopsis about her artwork and photography. Erin also shared her artistic collage interpretation of poetic elements that she was working on, during the night’s festivities.

Mothers in the audience were given a marble-petal tea rose and complimentary gift for attending this event, which fell on the day before Mother’s Day. If you’re in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and would like to attend or participate in our future poetry open mic events, we welcome you to join us at this FREE event, on the second Saturday of each month. Contact Susan Didier, at 704-821-2541, for more information. You can also reach Susan at sdidier@admin.indiantrail.org.

Our theme for next month is “Up, Up and Away!” Even if you’re unable to attend our open mic readings, why not have fun and try writing a poem using our poetry prompts. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Contests, Events, Poetry

 

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Skin Cancer, Cancer

Skin cancer is a very serious matter. As the month of May brings skin cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, screening, prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated skin cancer information throughout the year.

Cancer of the skin is often divided into two categories: non-melanoma and melanoma acording to CancerConnect.com. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there are well over 1 million unreproted cases of non-melanoma (basal cell or squamous cell) cancers annually annually in the United States.

Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk and check out these prevention guidelines by clicking here to visit the Skin Cancer Foundation.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Education, Health

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day, Happy Mother's Day, Celebrating Mothers

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Celebrations, Holidays

 

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Helping America’s Youth to Find A Dream!

Kym Gordon Moore:

#Mentoring youth to “Find A Dream!”

Originally posted on Favorite Things for a CAUSE:

Find A Dream Image Credit: findadream.org/

Rod Ricciardi, Founder of Find A Dream, has always been led to lead a team that would help youth and young adults realize their potential, by donating his time and money to building such an organization into a strong resource for those seeking nationwide mentorship. Find A Dream is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for America’s youth through education and sports. Their board and volunteers are committed to providing youth ‘after school study facilities,’ with access to computer labs and sports programs. This mission is designed to further their education.

According to their mission:
Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization unlike any other. We have partnered with professionals to deliver on our promise of positive change in young lives. Our communities become stronger when our youth is mentored through people of character with a true interest in pouring constructive, character-building activities and input into their…

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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Mentoring/Volunteering

 
 
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