Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show , CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed the poet and coordinator Alan Lowe calling in at 1:10 pm PST He has served as the Coordinator of the Voices of our partners the Lincoln Poetry Contest since 2009. The contest has grown steadily and has become international. https://slolowe44.blogspot.com/
Also calling in at 1:30 pm PST, was the fascinating musician and composer Wayne Wallace. I will give him a separate feature.
ALAN LOWE (The Truth of the Matter Is ….) was born and raised in New York, but has spent over fifty-four years in California, the past seventeen living in Lincoln with his wife, Barbara. Earning a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Counseling from UCLA, he spent thirty-nine years working in higher education as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. He retired in 2008. His background in Psychology colors his writing, much of which centers on feelings, perceptions, and how people interact in our complex world. In retirement, he enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and plays. His poetry has placed in contests and has been published in newspapers and periodicals. Three of the plays he has written have been performed under his direction. As a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln, he has served as the Coordinator of the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest since 2009. The contest has grown steadily and has become international in scope. https://slolowe44.blogspot.com/
My Son, My Daughter
As I age,
I reflect on the things most important to me.
My son, my daughter,
you play a crucial role in my life.
I think a lot about what you mean to me.
It is hard to choose the words
to describe my feelings.
You are my treasures—
special in every way.
Not many gifts can a father appreciate,
as I do you.
Our phone calls each week,
bring us closer together and keep our lives intertwined.
To laugh with you, to cry with you, to hear the stories
of your adventures have been my good fortune.
It pleases me
you entered beautiful relationships and found fulfilling jobs.
Ariadne’s Notes: An very special show with the lovely Viva Vinson on the World Poetry Café, CFRO 100.5 at 1:30 pm PST on May 16th . It was such a pleasure to learn about the wonderful work she has been doing with the creative arts for at risk youth and those who do not have the support to impower their creativity, Also, she sang for us on the radio show which delighted the radio listeners. She is a real heroine in her work and her world wide performances. Viva was sent to us by the great Osiris Muir of 15 minutes.
Viva started her career performing with Le Miz, an all-female, Broadway musical revue, under the direction of Sandra Rohr. In her late teens, Viva put her musical interests aside to pursue an acting career in film and television, appearing in such productions as “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “A Different World”, “Cop Rock” and the cult-classic “Roadside Prophets”, to name a few . Viva pursues both a career in music and acting, while trying to inspire young artists through performing arts education programs, and advocating for free arts education for impoverished and At-Risk youth.Viva’s greatest delight and solace comes from listening to classic soul, Jazz, R&B and Blues. “One of my deepest passions is listening to fantastic live music. Being able to sing and perform is just an extension of the energy and bliss I receive from listening. Viva made her way to Asia in September 2003 where she performed at The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s 97 Group, such venues as Post 97, Club 97 and Kee Club, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Park 97 Shanghai, Coco Blues Thailand, Sheraton Bangkok, Plaza Anthanee Le Meriden Bangkok, Harry’s Jazz Club Singapore, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Wangfujing Beijing, The Metropole Sofitel, Hanoi Vietnam, The Shangri-La Singapore, and many others…Viva has also performed at various corporate functions. Her corporate clients include Omega, The Forum, Swarovski, Park ‘n Shop, Watson’s Water and many others.Viva has also appeared at many clubs, restaurants and hotels in her native town Los Angeles, California, such as; Café Cordial, Barone’s, Giovanni’s, Vitello’s, Club Aura, The Langham Hotel Pasadena, The Spot, and many others.
Painting by Mahmood Jan. Peace Poet from Afghanistan
Ariadne’s News: On May 2, 1-2 pm PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, the World Poetry Café radio show had a fascinating show with celebrating two book launches with Nima Tshering from Bhutan and Ahmad Ahmad Al-Khatat, a talented Iraqi Canadian poet! I will do separate features for each guest.
The show began with a healing song by a Hopi Elder and later continued with a solo woman’s voice song in a cave in Albania that is supposed to have the best acoustics in the world.
Featured e-poem Rain of Peach Petals was also from Bhutan sent by Ngawang Tenzin ,currently working as Radio Jockey for Tsangla (Native dialect of eastern populace) for Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation.
This was an special show for us with two book launches, a recorded message from Bhutan and a poem in Arabic by Ahmad Al-Khatat, a short story from Sharon’s new book More Big Bessie Stories and more!
“The title of my book is “songs of lonely raven” here is the synopsis of my book, I heard the old, old men say, poetry is a tapestry of thoughts and wonders. And I truly believe that one cannot be a poet without connecting with nature: a strong bond exists between the nature and the poet. To live and die without wondering and asking questions is a life wasted. Life has a lot to offer us and if we even try to unlock these treasures buried deep inside us, its has the ability to change us. Scientist use deduction and empiricism to understand nature: whilst poetry is the poet’s magic tool and always remember all that is wild is beautiful and wondrous like the daises.”
“You can purchase the book from me. Email me at, firstname.lastname@example.org “
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