Monday, August 27, 2007

AMORE-ITALIAN IMMERSION, ART AND AWARDS

This past weekend I spent in Washington D.C. visiting my wonderful son, Daniel and his lovely wife, Jordana. We had a great visit...eating , talking, watching Lord of the Rings for the 1000th time and went to see Jordana performing with her improv group at THE COMEDY SPOT.
Jordana was awesome. If you live in the DC area they have shows every weekend. Check it out.

My husband and I had also registered for an Italian immersion class at the Italian Cultural Center of Washington. Yes folks, I am traveling yet again!!! Italy at the end of September. I am going to retrace the steps I took last year with my dear friend Jerri....Venice, Cortona and Rome, when we took Michael Demengs incredible workshop and met the remarkable Judy of Red Velvet Creations. Anyway, this time it will be a romantic trip....just the two of us....hence the encaustic painting "Amore" I ever so casually inserted at the top of this post.


Back to Judy.....last week she tagged me on her blog...The only non-aussie, I might add ,for an award. I just wanted to publicly thank her. THANKS JUDY!!!! " This award will be awarded to those that are just nice people , good blog friends and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration! Those that care about others that are there to lend support or those that are just a positive influence in our blogging world!"

I started thinking about this award "thing". I constantly marvel at the people I have come in contact with through blogging. We have a wonderful way of communicating with people all over the world. How lucky we are!!!! One moment I'm chatting with Australia, the next England, then France, Morocco, Italy, Belgium.....

I know sometimes asking for world peace or trying to attain it can become a cliche of sorts. Even so, I am a believer in the "one person can make a difference" theory. SO....I've decide to create an award for those of us that are making an attempt to establish a more peaceful world through blogging. I basically combined an old pastel drawing of flowers with a photo of a clay face I made. Sort of the "Carmen Miranda" let's have some fun, not a soldiers helmet, kind of look. You can be serious with it or just wonder"what the heck was she thinking"????

The "PACE" means PEACE in italian (pronounced pa- chay)....see I learned something in my class!!!

The great author ELIE WIESEL, in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Oslo Norway (1986) said " Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creations:
peace is our gift to each other"

Thanks and peace to all of us.