#ArtForumSF; VirtualSala, #LiveSeries
Toronto/Canadian-Media: In these “uncertain times,” ," Art Forum SF moves to host the Virtually SALA (South Asian Literature & Arts), Live Series Episode 3 on June 17, 2021, from 8:30 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time) featuring Salima Hashmi, acclaimed Pakistani artist and public intellectual, moderated by Mira Hashmi.
The live series would be available on Facebook: www.facebook.com/southasianartforumsf, and YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6An2QAz5Cfgrf-Ei1dqSTw
SALIMA HASHMI at Virtually SALA 2021 — Live Series Episode 3
Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator, and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also Principal of the College.
Salima Hashmi has written extensively on the arts. Her book “Unveiling the Visible — Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan” was published in 2002, and ‘Memories, Myths, Mutations — Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan’ co-authored with Yashodhara Dalmia for Oxford University Press, India in 2006. She has edited ‘The Eye Still Seeks — Contemporary Art of Pakistan for Penguin Books, India, in 2014.
She is a Council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and a founder member of the Women’s Action Forum. She is the eldest daughter of the renowned Pakistani poets Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Alys Faiz.
“ The world we live in sometimes may seem like it is enveloped in darkness and entangled in a web of chaos and suffering, especially in this past year of communal anguish,” asserted Ms. Kiran Malhotra, Board of Director, Art Forum SF. Furthermore, Ms. Malhotra refers to Joe Haldeman, American Film Director, News Writer, who once said, “Anyone who sees clearly, sees chaos. Art is a way of temporarily setting order to confusion.”
This virtual event is a conversation-style program with Mira Hashmi as the interviewer. Intro and outro by Dr. Robert Mintz, deputy director of the Asian Art Museum.
“Salima Hashmi is a true rarity in this world, an accomplished painter, a successful educator, a vocal change agent, a feminist, an activist, and inspiration. Her life and work mark a social change path and transformation from which she has never wavered or strayed. Her art, her words, and her actions all drive her quest for a better world,” said Dr. Robert Mintz.
MIRA HASHMI is a film study assistant professor at the Lahore School of Economics. A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, Mira has over three decades of writing experience about film for various publications. Her interest includes the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock and Hindi masala movies. Her first book, Gulzar’s Ijaazat: Insights into the Film, was published in 2019.
MIRA HASHMI at Virtually SALA 2021 — Live Series Episode 3
DR. ROBERT MINTZ, Deputy Director, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, is responsible for managing the curatorial, conservation, education, and museum services departments. With a B.A. (Art History) from the Michigan University (1989), his studies continued at the University of Washington, Seattle, earning an M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002). His dissertation focused on the paintings and poetry of the 18th-century Japanese artist Yosa Buson. His most recent publications include work in Great Waves and Mountains (Pending), Kondo Takahiro Catalog of Recent Work (2021), Faberge and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy (2017), Japanese Ceramics for the 21st Century (2014), and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels (2010).
About SALA: In October 2019, Art Forum SF debuted the South Asian Literature and Art (SALA) festival with grand success at the Montalvo Arts Center’s picturesque site in Saratoga, California. The festival featured prominent experts experienced in the cultural-literary-artistic histories of South Asian countries and different aspects of the humanities to give talks, have exhibitions and performances, book reading for local audiences.
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#Law Library of Congress; #Rare Book Curator; #Nathan Dorn, #NewAquisitions
Washington/Canadian-Media: Law Library of Congress Rare Book Curator Nathan Dorn brings us a display of new acquisitions for the Law Library’s Rare Book Collection, five of which are shared in this video.
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The first item, the first edition of the Sobornoye Ulozhenie or the Ulozhenie of 1649, is a Russian work with a compilation of the laws that were in effect in Russia in the middle of the 17th century.
The second item records the sale of land called Nashowamoiasuk or Neck Point of the Edgartown Great Pond by the seller Harrie, Indian of Nantucket and the buyer is John Coffin witnessed by Nathaniel and Mary Starbuck. Mary Coffin Starbuck. leade and influence was a significant figure in early colonial Nantucket and is believed to have made Quakerism predominant on the island in the 18th century, known by the locals as the Parliament House due to all the public business transacted there.
A manuscript copy of Article 9 of the Treaty of Ghent, the treaty that concluded the War of 1812 written in the hand of Henry Clay is also displayed by Nathan.
A medieval manuscript by the Lectura of Johannes de Imola is the next item displayed by Nathan on the Decretales of Gregory IX, made in Italy between the years 1431 and 1447. Johannes de Imola’s commentary on the second major work of the canon law of the Catholic Church as well as a large beautiful illustrates of St. James and hundreds of decorated initials are contained in this manuscript.
Historical work on legal education, Memoriale Institutionum Juris, is the final item Nathan displays. This item used a strategy that its author called “the emblematic teaching method” that associated words with memorable images in an effort to help the student memorize a particular lesson. In this work, the author uses this approach to assist with the memorization of Justinian’s Institutes, an introduction to Roman Law.
#TIWC; #Colorado; #SelfDiscovery; #Retreats; #Workshops; #Awakening; #ConsciousEevolution
Colorado/Canadian-Media: The Inner Wisdom Community (TIWC), an intentional community dedicated to the conscious evolution of humanity, brings decades brilliant teachers' our own evolution with technologies, and wisdom traditions to people in Colorado and online to offer support for your journey of self-discovery through gatherings, retreats, and workshops as well as private sessions.
Inner Wisdom Community. Image credit: Facebook page
Inner Wisdom Community. Image credit: Facebook page
During an E-mail interview with the Board members of the TIWC, they highlighted the origin as well as the contribution of this community to Asha Bajaj, the Editorial-Director of Canadian-Media.
Given below is the excerpt of the interview:
Asha: When and by whom was the Inner Wisdom Community originate? What was the driving force for its origin?
TIWC: TIWC was formed in Oct 2018. All of the board members Of IWC in divine timing came together. The board members are: Darren Sadge, Ron Zastrow, Kristin Zastrow Lukela, Danny Parizek, Dana Suazo, Carrie Christensen, and Ashley Dordal. In their creation together Inner Wisdom was formed for the purpose of bringing spiritual light and experience and create new processes that can be shared in a loving environment.
Asha: Highlight the use of technologies and wisdom traditions employed by the practitioners while trying to awaken the inner wisdom of the people both in Colorado and online? What are some of the approaches used?
TIWC: All of the board members are trained under many different modalities. Some using multiple modalities to create and awaken. The modalities of shamanism, meditation, energy healing and science all come together to embody and enlighten our true selves. We provide these modalities to the members and it is an open and receiving community that welcomes others’ ideas on a frequent basis.
Asha: How did you raise awareness of these services among people of varied backgrounds and from various nationalities? Did you distribute any literature for it?
Dana: Through divine practices. And each meeting naturally has evolved everyone and their practices. Because each person evolves individually and as they bring more to each meeting, everyone evolves. The awareness is because of the ”yes” we all have claimed on this embodiment path. Literature as far as references can be given in meetings yet not required. All are welcome because we are all one.
Asha: From when did the online sessions start? Were they available even before the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic? How popular are these and how many days a week are these held?
TIWC: Before the pandemic we offered in-person workshops and community meetings (once a month). It evolved into online sessions once the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Also, because of the pandemic we started offering it once a week. We felt that since we were all going through spiritual growth due to the pandemic, it was a benefit to everyone to have it once a week. It was also a good support system for those that were rocked more than others.
Asha: You also hold sessions through gatherings, retreats, and workshops as well as privately. How many times a week are these held? Compare their popularity with the online sessions.
TIWC: The community meetings were held once a month. Workshops and retreats were held when inspired. The online sessions were a necessity due to the pandemic. It is the only option still currently at this time. I will have to say that with the online sessions we have been able to have others join us from other states.
Asha: Approximately how many people are there in one gathering? Can you outline the sessions of a gathering?
Dana: It varies and yet the community is growing perfectly. We have around 35 active members. Typically we do an introduction, then the healing, meditation or class will be held; followed by a questions and answers session. We wrap up with a prayer.
Asha: What criteria are adopted for the selections of the practitioners of this community? Do they have to undergo some special training in the Community before starting their practice? How may practitioners are employed by the community?
TIWC: This is an open forum for those who have been in their practice for a long time and for those that are just stepping into it. We all meet everyone where they are at. We all learn from everyone, no matter what level they are at. They are willing and so is the group.
Asha: How long is the training session and how can one join? Is there a fee for joining?
Dana: Right now it is just in-kind gift donations and it is not required. The group welcomes all students and teachers. It is a very inclusive group. All are welcome. No membership required at this time.
Asha: What are the vision and the mission of this community? Give 2 or more examples of this practice being successful.
TIWC: TIWC is committed to the path of awakening ourselves and every person we encounter to the innate wisdom and intelligence within us all. We offer powerful, unique, and proven modalities for healing and transformation. We value the uniqueness of each individual journey, and the authenticity and integrity of each being.
We know that there is an inner wisdom that always knows what it is doing, and it is to the emergence of this that we dedicate ourselves. In so doing, we are liberated from limited ideas and instead, align with health, freedom, joy, power, creativity, love, and abundance.
Each practitioner of TIWC is dedicated to his/her continuous growth and unfoldment, recognizing that there is always more of us to be revealed and expressed. We affirm that awakening to our authenticity is a lifelong, constantly evolving, endeavor that invites us to remain ever-available students of our lives.
It is successful because there is always a good turnout. People feel supported, encouraged and it helps to keep them grounded at times when they are feeling overwhelmed with what is going on in the World.
Asha: What are your future plans for expansion?
TIWC: Our manifestation goal is to establish a wellness center that welcomes all types of healers. From reiki, energy, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists. It will be a place where everyone can feel supported in any of their needs. We would also like to step into more retreats and ceremonies.
Asha: What are the funding sources for this community? Is the community equipped with a small library? Do you distribute any spiritual literature?
TIWC: Currently we are funding the community through the board members’ initial investments and by in-kind donations. Spiritual literature is distributed by each speaker, if they have any. We are consistently sharing videos, websites and/or book ideas with each other as we are inspired.
Asha: Do you offer a complimentary session for individuals? What is the approximate duration of a session?
TIWC: It is a group community so it is not an individual session. However, each community member has different healing practices that allows them to provide individual sessions for their patients.
The board members’ websites and/or contact information are as follows:
Dana Suazo – www.onethreadhealing.com
Danny Parizek – Liquid Lighted Love LLC. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Lukela – https://www.theinnerwisdom.net/
Carrie Christensen – http://www.thetastatehealing.com
Ashely Dordal – (Ashley is in the process of designing her website)
Darren Sadge – darrensadge.com or darrensadge.org
#HistoryOfCowboyPoetry; #LoC; #CreationOfMood, #ExperienceWithWords
Washington/Canadian-Media: Origin of the Cowboy poetry dates back to late nineteenth century when cowboys launched their long-distance cattle drives across the West lasting up to six months, and they entertained themselves by singing and playing music, telling stories, and composing songs and poems drawing inspiration from their lifestyle and their diverse cultural backgrounds.
A cowgirl in the daily “jingle,” or horse roundup, at the A Bar A Guest Ranch in Carbon County, Wyoming. Image credit: Carol Highsmith, photographer, 2016; Prints & Photographs Division
These poets typically included ranchers from Mexico and south Texas, former slaves of African Americans from the South, Anglo-American Texans, travelers from the East and Europe, and sometimes Native Americans.
Many of the earliest cowboy poems and songs were in Spanish—including the oldest known cowboy ballad (from the 1860s-1870s), “El corrido de Kiansis” about a group of ranchers on the cattle trail to Kansas.
At the start of the cowboy poetry in the 1800s, many cowboys could not read or write, and they used to recite long verses from memory which has led to an oral tradition in the present and performances. Many performers come together at various events across the West and around the country and several cowboy poets have even performed at the Library of Congress.
Some of the examples are D.W. Groethe’s ode to strong coffee and his love song to meat, Grammy-nominated musician Don Flemons perform Black cowboy songs from the Library’s archive in this program recorded in 2020, Flemons plays a song from a Black cowboy, Charlie Willis, “Goodbye Old Paint.” “Steel Pony Blues,” based on the life of Nat Love, a formerly enslaved African American who became a cowboy after the Civil War.
Our perception of cowboys changes after exploring the diverse history of cowboy poetry and lead us to think about the “typical American cowboy” in movies and TV shows (such as Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West” shows starting in 1883), and perceive how those images differ from what we know about cowboying now. Further exploration of the Backaroos in Paradise and The American West 1865-1900 collections throw more light on the realities of cowboying.
In writing cowboy poetry, strict rules are not followed and it can reflect all kinds of experiences. It can rhyme, but it need not, it can be funny and light-hearted or serious and dramatic., it can relate to a great adventure or an everyday routine.
The key to cowboy poetry is to create a mood and an experience with words that reflect what it means to cowboy.
#LibraryOfCongress; #PrincePhilip; #BattleofTrafalgar; #NewPreservationProcess; #ShrineDocument
Washington/Canadian-Media: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England, Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting “Shrine” documents at the Library of Congress, November 1951. Image credit: Library of Congress Archives.
Prior to her ascension to the throne, then-Princess Elizabeth and the Duke visited America and made a stop at the Library. Here’s an account of their visit from our Library of Congress Information Bulletin, v.10 n.45, November 5, 1951.
Their Royal Highnesses, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, expressed great pleasure that [the Library of Congress] was included in their tour on Friday, and the Princess was deeply impressed with the fact that so many staff members turned out to greet them. Mr. Clapp conducted the 20-minute tour of [the Library], which included viewing the Main Reading Room from the Gallery and exhibits on the second floor.
In addition to Their Royal Highnesses, the Royal party included the British Ambassador Sir Oliver Franks and Lady Franks, Canadian Ambassador Hume Wrong and Mrs. Wrong, Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Lester Pearson and Mrs. Pearson, the Princess’ Lady in Waiting, Their Royal Highnesses’ Equerry, the Secretary of the Royal Household, and Mr. John F. Simmons, chief of protocol in the State Department. Official photographers and press representatives also accompanied the party. LC staff members who were presented to the Royal couple were: Messrs. Buck, Mearns, Andreassen, Adkinson, Wagman, Keitt, Fisher, Gilbert, Krould and Webb.
Besides viewing the Main Reading Room and the Shrine documents, the visitors saw the memorabilia of the Presidents, the “Milestones of American Achievement” and other regular LC exhibits, and a special display arranged in their honor, which included: A letter of condolence on the death of President Lincoln from Queen Victoria to Mrs. Lincoln; a letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe calling attention to the importance of friendship with Great Britain; a letter in King George V’s handwriting to President Wilson expressing “deep satisfaction” that the two English-speaking nations were working together; and a sketch of the Battle of Trafalgar between Lord Nelson and the combined fleets of France and Spain, with a letter describing the action.
Both the Princess and the Duke expressed keen interest in the exhibits. They had learned the Gettysburg Address and were pleased to see the original; the Princess was particularly interested in Queen Victoria’s letter, asking how LC happened to have it; the Duke studied the sketch of the Battle of Trafalgar; and both of them asked questions about the Shrine documents and the new preservation processes. It is reported that they were still talking about the LC visit and the fact that so many people were there to see them when they went up into the Capitol after seeing the Supreme Court Building.
#LibraryOfCongress; #ChroniclingAmerica; #NDNP; #StCroixAvis; #NEH
Washington/Canadian-Media: Chronicling America (ISSN 2475-2703), historic newspapers online collection, added the first newspaper the St. Croix Avis, from its 50th contributor, the University of the Virgin Islands, Library of Congress (LoC) reported.
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Chronicling America is a product of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) and jointly sponsored by the Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Nearly every week new newspaper pages from NDNP award recipients are added to Chronicling America and provides users with useful coverage of newspapers available in the database at a given time.
St. Croix Avis covers a particularly tumultuous time in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1867 it was struck with hurricane, earthquake, and tsunami at the time when rumors of the impending sale of the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States.
“The journals of Denmark are discussing the reported proposition of the United States for the purchase of the island of St. Thomas . . .There was something almost ludicrous in the diplomatic mystery with which these Seward-like preliminaries were conducted, ” St. Croix Avis reported.
Image :“To the Editor of the ‘Saint Croix Avis,'” St. Croix Avis, November 4, 1867.
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The Avis also encouraged charity for its “Sister-Island” of St. Thomas: “The number of lives lost cannot as yet be fully ascertained—reports, however, fix the number at 300 persons, principally sea-faring men . . . We trust, and sincerely hope, that the influential part of this community will hasten to circulate a subscription-list, to aid the sufferers of this dire calamity.”
While islanders were still reeling from the hurricane, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit in November 1867. “Two very severe shocks of Earthquake, one immediately after the other occurred . . . The frightened people rushed out of their houses, quickly after the occurrence, and then beheld the troubled seas, which had receded soon after the shocks, coming furiously, mountain-high, and dashing on the shore . . .” (St. Croix Avis, November 18, 1867).
The 1867 tsunami was one of the largest in recorded history in the Caribbean, and aftershocks from the earthquake continued throughout the month.
By December 1867, uncertainty about the treaty for the sale of the Islands to the United States, and concerns about the reintroduction of slavery, was published by the Avis in its editorials.
“As to the folly, that if the Americans were to purchase this Island, that Slavery would ever be re-established here. No! The Americans are too honorable, too just, and too generous ever to be guilty of such a crime.”
The following year, sale was put on hold for another fifty years.
The Avis published articles and advertisements in a mix of Danish and English.
#LibraryOfCongress; #JapaneseRareBook; #DigitalCollection; #AsianDivision; NINJAL
Washington/Canadian-Media: Launched in December 2020, the Japanese Rare Book Digital Collection, currently contains 35 titles in more than 270 volumes, twenty-five of which are rare books newly digitized, while the remaining ten titles were first scanned and made available online several years ago, Library of Congress (LoC) reported.
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Only recently, these collections were assembled as a collection and configured for viewing on the Library’s updated platform for digital content, some of which contain rare and beautifully illustrated works of classical Japanese literature that have drawn attention from scholars around the world.
Two unique editions of the famous 11th-century work “The Tale of Genji,” which is attributed to Murasaki Shikibu (c. 978–c. 1014), a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court in Kyoto (then known as Heiankyō ) are of particular interest.
One of the two sets of “The Tale of Genji” held by the Asian Division is illustrated with woodblock print edition produced in Kyoto in the mid-17th century.
The main text in 54 volumes, also includes six additional volumes consisting of commentaries, a genealogy, an index, and an extra chapter written by a later, unknown author.
A scene from the chapter “Wakamurasaki” (Lavender) in which Genji, who has left the capital in order to recuperate from an illness, consults with an ascetic mountain priest. Image 5 of Volume 5 in [Genji monogatari] [源氏物語], 1654, Japanese Rare Book Digital Collection, Asian Division of LoC.
The other set of “The Tale of Genji” is a manuscript edition that dates to the early 16th century, which was unknown to scholars until the LoC acquired it in 2008.
The Asian Reading Room of LoC which housed the manuscript edition was visited by several specialists in classical Japanese literature between 2010 and 2012, to carefully survey and document it as part of a project led by the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL). NINJAL website reveals the results of their work in both English and Japanese. Although just three of the 54 volumes in this older set have been currently digitized, plans are underway to digitalize all the volumes.
An innovative display method making use of these three digitized volumes is adopted by the staff at NINJAL to allow readers to view the team’s expert transcription of the handwritten manuscript alongside the original text or superimposed over it.
A scene from a Nara ehon edition of the Japanese folktale “Hōmyō dōji” (Marvelous Dharma Child) a Buddhist story with roots in South Asia. Image 10 of Volume 3 in “Hōmyō dōji” ほうみやう童子, early 18th century, Japanese Rare Book Digital Collection, Asian Division of LoC.
Also present in the digital collection are four examples of Nara ehon, or “Nara picture books,” a style of manuscript book adorned with hand-painted color illustrations produced between the late 15th and early 18th centuries. Among the titles are “Hōmyō dōji” ほうみやう童子 (Marvelous Dharma Child), “Shigure” しくれ (Autumn Shower), “Shizuka” 靜 (The Tale of Shizuka), and “Soga monogatari” 曽我物語 (The Tale of the Soga Brothers).
These unique editions were studied by Professor Elizabeth Oyler, a specialist in premodern Japanese literature both online and in person in the Asian Reading Room. More information about “Shizuka” and “Soga monogatari,” is provided by consulting her article “Japanese Cultural Treasures at the Library of Congress: Digitization of the Rare Books Collection,” which appeared in October 2007 issue of the open-access “Journal of East Asian Libraries.”
The recently digitized materials in the collection enable readers to discover a number of books in classical Chinese including texts first produced in China that were later reprinted or hand- copied in Japan, often with notes and annotations added.
Also included are works by Japanese authors writing in classical Chinese, or kanbun 漢文 (Chinese writing) as it is called in Japan.
Regardless of origin, recently digitized materials encompass a broad range of topics: Buddhist sutras; Chinese rhyme dictionaries; Confucian critiques of Christianity; military arts and strategy; world geography; and writing implements, among many others. The diversity of these works reflects the widespread importance that classical Chinese played as a written lingua franca for transmitting ideas and culture across East Asia prior to the 20th century.
Found in these materials is an interesting example of Japanese scholarship, a partial set of a lightly illustrated 1643 book titled “Hochū sōkikan” 補註相驥鑑 (A Guide to Judging Horses, Annotated), based on the 1639 work “Sōkikan” 相驥鑑 by Kurosawa Sadayuki 黑澤定幸 (d. 1671). Kurosawa, was a samurai who worked as a caretaker of horses (umaazukari 馬預) in direct service to the Tokugawa shogunate, the central military government that ruled Japan from its seat of power at Edo (Tokyo) between 1603 and 1868.
Kurosawa, in this book, compiles a comprehensive guide for evaluating the quality of a horse based on its appearance a practice also known as horse physiognomy, by drawing on a variety of historical Chinese texts and other sources to provide information on raising and caring for horses, with detailed sections on anatomy, diseases, and medical treatment. Also featured in this book is an introduction by Kurosawa’s former teacher, Hayashi Razan (1583–1657), a famous scholar who served as a tutor to four shoguns.
An anatomical chart of a horse, with relevant parts of its head identified. Image 28 of Kan 1 in “Hochū sōkikan” 補註相驥鑑 (A Guide to Judging Horses, Annotated), 1643, Japanese Rare Book Digital Collection, Asian Division of LoC.
A richly illustrated study of bamboo by Okamura Shōken 岡村尚謙 (d. 1837) called “Keien chikufu” 桂園竹譜 (A Genealogy of Bamboo by Keien) is yet another newly available title of note in which Okamura was a doctor and natural scientist who served as an official physician to the lord of Takaoka domain in Shimōsa province, now part of present-day Chiba prefecture. The “Keien” in the title refers to Okamura's pen name. Besides, scientific descriptions of the bamboo plant, the work documents historical and literary references to bamboo and contains numerous color illustrations.
A scene of bamboo. Image 21 of Kan 1 in “Keien chikufu” 桂園竹譜 (A Genealogy of Bamboo by Keien), c. 1828, Japanese Rare Book Digital Collection, Asian Division of LoC.
These few brief highlights would encourage interested general readers and specialists to explore the Japanese Rare Book Digital Collection, which is the latest effort by the Asian Division to make its collection materials more accessible to worldwide audiences. It follows two earlier releases, the Japanese Censorship Collection in April 2018 and the Ainu and Ezochi Rare Collection in April 2020.
#LibraryOfCongress; #BehindTheBook; #NewEventSeries; #AmericanPublishing
Washington, Library of Congress/Canadian-Media: Library of Congress would present Robert Gottlieb in Conversation with Robert A. Caro and Nan Talese in Conversation with Margaret Atwood, in Behind the Book, a New Event Series, Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
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Behind the Book, a New Event Series, provides a behind-the-scenes view of the world of American book publishing, the editors, designers, publicists, agents and publishers who make the books that win prizes and endure.
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The first virtual event in this occasional series will begin on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., with a focus on Great American Editors featuring legendary editor Robert Gottlieb -- a former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and former publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, as well as former editor and publisher of The New Yorker -- in conversation with one of his best-known writers, Robert A. Caro, author of the critically acclaimed biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson.
The authors Gottlieb has worked with are like a “Who’s Who” of famous writers: Toni Morrison, Doris Lessing, John Cheever, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Graham, Barbara Tuchman, Nora Ephron, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. The program will feature tributes to Gottlieb from President Bill Clinton, radio host Diane Rehm, journalist Charles McGrath and literary agent Lynn Nesbit.
On Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., the focus on Great American Editors continues with Nan Talese, a senior vice president of Doubleday and editorial director of her eponymous imprint, in conversation the internationally celebrated novelists, Margaret Atwood. Talese has been a leading editor at Random House, Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin and has edited such literary stars as Pat Conroy, Deirdre Bair, Ian McEwan, Jennifer Egan, Antonia Fraser, Barry Unsworth, Valerie Martin, Thomas Keneally, Mia Farrow, Barry Unsworth, Peter Ackroyd, Louis Begley and George Plimpton.
Programs in this new series will premiere on the Library's Facebook page and its YouTube site (with captions). These presentations will be available for viewing afterward at those sites and on the Library of Congress website at loc.gov/collections/event-videos/.
Additional programs in the Behind the Book series will be announced as they are scheduled, with the next being announced in January 2021.
As the world’s largest library built in 1800 in Washington D.C., LoC offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-site and online, and is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
While maintaining one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world, LoC also bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
#LoC; #PromotingPoetry #HangingPoemsInCherryTrees #AprilNationalPoetryMonth
Washington/Canadian-Media: Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress (LoC) in one of her earliest Teacher’s Corner posts in 2015 wrote about short poetry activities to use at the beginning of class, also sometimes referred to as “bell-ringers" with an aim to promote engagement with poetry among students and illustrated the post with "Hanging poems in cherry trees.”
Rebecca Freeland. Image credit: LinkedIn
While recently revisiting that post she was once again inspired by the idea of poems in trees, which she interpreted as surrounding students with poetry in both expected and unexpected places waiting for them to discover.
Hanging poems on a cherry tree. Woodblock print by Toyonobu Ishikawa, 1741. Image credit: Library of Congress
In order to make students consider poetry as a way to connect with others and a means of self-expression and promote their engagement, Rebecca said that it is essential for the students to have more opportunities to see, hear, and read poetry regularly.
Some possibilities to promote poetry to students, continued Rebecca include teaming with the librarian to create a display of poetry books and novels in verse and placing these displays in areas other than the library such as a main hallway display case, a table in the cafeteria, or on a counter in the main office, create a bulletin board of covers in a hallway with arrows pointing toward the library where books can be found, post the favorite poems of the teacher outside classroom doors for students to see as they enter or for passersby, host a class or school-wide poetry cafe, read a poem at the beginning of every class and provide a visual of the poem for students who prefer to read and listen at the same time, encouraging students to choose a short poem a day to be read during the morning announcements. Engaging options can be found at Poetry 180 as well as the Poetry Foundation which posts a Poem of the Day, to put a poem at the end of community-wide emails for which classes can take turns choosing poems for inclusion; the poems could reflect a monthly theme or correspond to special calendar days with a link to discussion prompts for families who would like to read and engage with these poems at home.
Rebecca Concluded by saying that these and other possibilities should be explored throughout the school year as well as during National Poetry Month in April.
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Canadian-Media: Meri Ramey from Colorado (United States), the spiritual leader, and a spiritual coach believes the true path of spirituality starts with the moments of surrender where you find yourself in the freedom of divine spirit.
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Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director, and publisher of Canadian-Media had an opportunity to discuss with Meri Ramey about the spiritual journey she has started.
The excerpt of the interview is as follows:
Asha to Meri: Following the Spiritual path is a noble endeavor. What motivated you to follow this path?
Meri: Following a spiritual path is a noble endeavor. Once you are on this path, it becomes a humble honor to be in service. What motivated me to follow the path of spirituality was the purest calling, it is the tug, moments of surrender where you find yourself in the freedom of divine spirit.
Please highlight your educational background? Was spirituality included in your studies?
My educational background falls into a regular path walked by most, elementary school, to junior high school, to high school and then to Fashion Design school, barber school, and then studying psychology receiving a Bachelor of Arts.
One thing I knew, that the expression of understanding how people think without judging was in my DNA and and I knew things that I wouldn’t have ‘known’, as I did not see them happen, but I could see them in my mind.
Spirituality was a study I did on my own. Knowing things my entire life, having memories from when I was 6 months, I assumed that everyone knew what I did. I had studied bits and pieces until a year and a half ago when push came to shove and I had to jump into my soul’s purpose. I knew what was happening in my life was ‘bigger than me’ and there was no turning around. It was time to step in.
Do you do freelancing? If so where are your articles published?
I perform freelance within spirituality. I have not written any articles on spirituality, or the work that I do, as the study is extremely important. I made it a point to be available to truly honor what is being brought to my attention to learning, as that is the true path of journey of faith.
Having absolute faith in what you cannot see and know that you are always walking the path. Every step you take, courageously, beautifully, and lovingly, unfolds a path of your high purpose, being the light in the forest.
I also channel when it is requested, my very dear friend writes down all the notes while I am channeling. One that I performed was for a gentleman serving a life sentence, he did not commit the crime, after 38 years his story came to me and now the unfolding of the true story begins.
Do you belong to an organization? If so, give a brief description of it.
I belong to The Inner Wisdom Community, based in Colorado, USA. It is created from, and holds the platform, for all who surrender in service, learn how to expand from within, and share with many.
Inner Wisdom Community. Image credit: Facebook Page
The Inner Wisdom Community was my ‘new home’, the loving place from where I could grow and become who I am today. I am so humbled and honored for this loving Community, grateful isn’t enough, but thankful, I am.
Can you describe in brief the services you offer, and the mode of services?
The services that I offer are the entire rainbow of possibilities, which I love. I honor everyone’s journey, as not all are on the same quest in their spirituality, yet they are still in search of a direction, an answer, and freedom from what is holding them back. I know that I was given many ‘gifts’. Once I understood that I knew how to help many people towards that path of spirituality, modes of transmission of services became expansive including reading tarot cards, channeling spirits, harnessing energy, expanding one’s gifts, leading meditations, soul transformation therapy, and working within the quantum field.
My journey in my path of service is led by the seeker. When I receive the message, I choose the delivery method.
Were you able to offer any virtual services to people suffering from isolation and depression due to the Covid-19 pandemic shut down and other restrictions?
If so, please give a few examples of such services.
Covid-19 shutdowns was a time for me to really step in do service to all. As I was required to serve just not one person, but to serve worldwide I was entrusted with different tasks to fulfill the needs of all the receivers.
The beautiful meditations began to unfold and I was able to present them and lead the group in The Inner Wisdom Community online. I can say, that the meditations shifted the vibration of those in attendance and break open any fear and shake it loose, replacing it with unconditional love and acceptance for being exactly who they are, perfect.
The additional work I was using, as I have called it, ‘the vibration of all creation’ were falling into the field of infinite possibilities, and all creative beauties surrender to the acceptance of purpose greater than anyone can see, but everyone can feel. That is the powerful work that moves mountains. From this vibration of the deep service, souls awaken.
Do you do anything else for living?
I do also have a ‘day job’. I work in construction performing mechanical insulation. I own my company Gray Insulation and Fabrication, currently and I enjoy the hands-on work of the day.
Can you throw more light on the platform ‘Abundance?’
The light of ‘Abundance’ can seem far-fetched and to think that the light is visible only to those who won the lottery and born wealthy, is not true. I am also a Consultant for Proctor Gallagher Institute. I absolutely put this under the spiritual realm as it works within ‘what you cannot see’. I love this as well.
For me, personally, businesses especially can have such a great, beautiful impact on who they employ, the economy, and the country they live in. This is substantial, bringing together both the work-life and honoring your spiritual growth landing in prosperity that you never thought you could achieve.
It is amazing! Collectively, everyone who works within a company, together creating change, positively affects everyone in the company and who interacts with the company. The exact same service can be done in your life. It does not just happen overnight because how a person feels about abundance does not just change overnight. With work like this, I dedicate an average of two hours a week to the person’s, or company’s, process. There are tools that go along with this to help and assist with preparing to receive abundance.
Most recently you were a part of two groups and were recorded for your research on an experiment and collectively answered science questions. Can you describe this in greater detail?
I am so deeply honored, to have recently been a part of the first group channeling for scientific research, answering questions having a global impact. The intent of the research, being two-fold, was one to bring two groups together, on opposing sides of the planet, one group from North America, and another from Italy. Each group participated collectively on a video call, to be monitored and given time to begin and complete within a specific time period. We were given a series of scientific questions and began channeling collectively, writing out the responses coming through. Absolutely beautiful. We performed the same tasks two days in a row and we were given a different set of questions to channel each day.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to expand every single moment of my life. Every step I take, willingly and intentionally, to be in service to all, everything expands. I also work with those who are already in either energy work, a personal journey, or expanding their path in service, and we work together to open them up and remove metaphysical barriers that may be holding them from their soul’s purpose.
My future’s path aligns with removing all walls of judgment, differences, conformity, control, fear, lack, purposeless, and speaking into the freedom, love, abundance, and acceptance that we are all worthy. We are worthy of all; of love, joy, peace, limitless freedom where everything is possible, and being already grateful for the moment never-ending. And so it is.
I am exceptionally grateful for this moment and opportunity to share with Asha Bajaj and her platforms. Thank you, Asha, for your willingness and availability to share with your audience this spiritual journey as it may speak to many who feel these words call their name.
I am grateful for the amazing work constantly being done at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), an American non-profit parapsychological research institute with its mission to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery.
IONS. Image credit: Facebook page
This is my website: http://fearlessdivinespirit.com
Soul Transformation Therapy and Abundance training sessions can also be found at http://fearlessdivinespirit.com
You may also contact me at my email address: email@example.com
Please know that there are divine spirits at work and we are doing a great job. Know this to be true!