Poetry: Maiden of the Heavens & Love in Pagan Idylls by Artin K. Shalian
Books / Poetry

Poetry: Maiden of the Heavens & Love in Pagan Idylls by Artin K. Shalian

What do old tales tells us? We live, we die and the creative spirit within blossoms and sparks the legacy of our life.

Artin K. Shalian captures the spirit of the writer, the storyteller with ancient Armenian tales preserved with great love. Around our kitchen table growing up, I heard the legends of his craft; his love and support for other authors, including Khalil Gibran; and, his devotion to his wife, Baidzar Shalian.

Here is an excerpt, ” Although she was a maiden of the heavens, she still possessed many a caprice of love that could not be satiated in her ethereal state of existence. According to the ordinance of the Great Master, love in its realization would consummate in creativity, and creativity … Continue reading

Blanca Santander: Artist Triumphs Over Shining Path
Art / Books / Indigenous & Aboriginal / International / Leaders & People

Blanca Santander: Artist Triumphs Over Shining Path

With a gun held at her stomach and threatened with immediate death, Santander calmly was able to convince them she was an artist. An artist with a passion to paint the wildlife for children. As darkness squeezed out the remaining light, Santander says “miraculously’ she and her friend were released. Minus their motorcycle they began the silent, slow walk home through the jungle. Their walk became a journey through the blackness and certain death to life, freedom. Continue reading


12 Days to Christmas

Holiday gems in the midst of a struggling economy can be inspiring far longer than the seconds it takes to tear off the wrapping paper. My favorites this season are: 1. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy with Wilson Kimeli Naiyoamah. Often those who have least give the most. A simple story of a gift … Continue reading

Art / Books / Health / Innovation / Science

… Alzheimer’s?!

Women are hardest hit by Alzheimer’s.  In fact, women account for more than 45,000 deaths each year from Alzheimer’s complications.  Add into the equation the impact on the family since women traditionally are the caregivers for children, parents and spouses.  Alzheimer’s ravages entire families. Alzheimer’s is a bit mysterious with no clear understanding of what causes the disease. … Continue reading