Marisa, one of our readers, wanted us to announce an upcoming event in Maudslay State Park. Now, normally announcing a local event to the world wouldn’t generate much reach (unless you live in this area of course) but its always positive news when scary theater is held in a beautiful park. Read on!
Some say Salem, Mass has a monopoly on Halloween but Newburyport can give our larger neighbor a run for their money. This month, Theater in the Open will host their annual fundraising event “Maudslay is Haunted” presenting local actors depicting family friendly (but spooky) skits throughout the beautiful park.
The mission of Theater in the Open is to “transform the magical tradition of storytelling into theater”. Founded in 1979 by Anna Clopton as a theater for local children the organization has grown to include various outdoor presentations and a well attended Summer Arts Workshop.
It is well known that Maudslay was once the estate of the wealthy Moseley family who settled in Newburyport back in 1805. There is much myth and folklore around the family but there have been more than one supposed sightings of a young woman roaming the grounds at twilight. The landscape architect who worked on the project, Martha Hutcheson, published a book including pictures of her work at Maudslay. Her book was named appropriately, “The Spirit of the Garden”, published in 1923.
Other local “haunts” include Ten Center Street after closing, The Charles Street Schoolhouse, the 1729 Old Hill Cemetery, room 408 at the Garrison Inn and various points in the waterfront boatyard. Rumors and here-say aside, Theater in the Open can use performers and volunteers for this most fun and time honored community event.
Saturday and Sunday, October 19 & 20 Raindates: October 26 and 27 Gates are open from 2 – 4 PM $5 Admission supports our season of FREE theater!
Pictures speak a million words and that’s the premise of our new feature at Only Positive News. Today, we chose an image that shows the unifying power of pet. Note the gentle nature of the faces. What you may not see is the deeply positive effects that a pet can have on the mental health of soldiers, in and out of service.
Click on the image for a closer look…and feel good.
17 year-old Karrie Brown loves her Gray Seal clothes. She also loves the camera. Down Syndrome didn’t stand between the way of her living out her modeling dream. Kudos to Wet Seal as well, a company that provides itself on diversity and inclusion:
A teen model with Down Syndrome is making headlines after posing in a photo shoot for a popular clothing company.
Karrie Brown, a 17-year-old high school student from Collinsville, Ill., jumped into the spotlight after she made waves in the fashion world as a model for a photo campaign for the clothing company Wet Seal.
It all started in August when the teen’s mom, Sue Brown, posted a picture of Karrie in her favorite Wet Seal gear on a Facebook page she titled “Karrie Brown- Modeling the Future.”
“We recently found out that Wet Seal has started carrying plus size clothing, which happens to be a great fit and fashion for girls with Down Syndrome,” the page read. “Every day we are going to post a picture of Karrie in a different fashion to show she CAN do this. So many movements have been started by using Facebook, so why not a future wet seal model who has special needs?”
Don’t we all secretly harbor a desire to be famous? Well, many of us do. But of course, as we’ve seen, fame can bring far more than bargained for. Read on:
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. – FRANCIS BACON, Essays
I thought famous people were proud, unapproachable, that they despised the crowd, and by their fame and the glory of their name, as it were, revenged themselves on the vulgar herd for putting rank and wealth above everything. But here they cry and fish, play cards, laugh and get cross like everyone else! – ANTON CHEKHOV, The Seagull
Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
- VICKI BAUM, Grand Hotel
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man. – THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe
The desire for fame tempts even noble minds. – ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God
- Well, there was a time I would have
- Hung around just to be seen
- Hey man, it’s a shame when you start to fade
- Diamond rings and sparkly things
- Won’t make your shine stay
- SHERYL CROW, “Superstar”
In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. – Andy Warhol
Projects like these restore our faith in humanity. Many vets come home from conflict only to find themselves lost, confused and in pain on many levels. Until the countries that send these men and women away figure out better ways to help them integrate back into society in a healthy manner, organizations like this try to fill the gap.
After Bob Nevins, a medevac pilot for the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War, returned home to the U.S., he found that working with horses was the thing that soothed him best.
“I realized then that there was some kind of deep emotional connection that actually opened people up,” said Nevins, who also served in the New York National Guard and retired in 2011 from a 24-year career as an airline captain.
For the last three years, Nevins has been giving veterans and victims of trauma a chance to connect with world-class racehorses – and themselves – through the Saratoga Warhorse Foundation.
Nevins said 75 people have gone through the program so far this year.
“We’re creating an experience for the veterans that creates a very deep, emotional bond with the thoroughbred. That’s a catalyst for a very traumatic transformation, healing-wise, for the veteran,” Nevins said. “They have to go in there [the corral]. We teach them the horse’s language. What they’re able to do then is communicate in this silent language. That experience is so emotionally powerful that the walls just tumble for the veterans.”
Watch video here: ABC News
Thanks to Dave N., one of our readers, for this suggestion.
Alice Herz-Sommer is one of the oldest pianist as well as the oldest Holocaust survivors.
This amazing documentary is your homework for the week. Listen to the beauty of her music as well as her buoyant, inspiring views on life.
Alice begins each day practicing Bach and Beethoven.
“I am alone but not lonely because my life is rich with music. Music saved my life.”
Regardless of the right-wing grumblings, the US will finally offer its uninsured citizens an opportunity to purchase affordable healthcare.
If you live in a country where your healthcare is provided, understand that even many middle-class citizens in America cannot afford healthcare. Or they’re drowning in debt because of it or medical expenses that weren’t covered.
Here is the link if you’re just getting started. Enrollment begins October 1.
Let’s hope this works.
As its been said many times before, a picture speaks a thousand words.
Our latest feature at Only Positive News will be positive pictures–ones that lift the spirit and warm the heart.
Our first installation:
A man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro
Did you ever notice how deeply an argument affects you? It can feel as if you’re under physical attack. Your adrenaline races, your breath shortens, you begin to sweat and your hands feel clammy. Arguing is no fun (unless you’re part of a debate team).
But guess what? It flexes your ability to stand up for yourself and your views. You will get in an argument at some point…probably even this week. So here are a few pointers.
1. Breathe. Breathing is a simple way to tell your body, “I’m arguing but I’m not going to die. Relax.”
2. Break Away. Because arguing can be evocative, give your body and mind a quick break after the argument. A quick walk is often enough to put that argument into proper perspective and get back to a calmer state of being.
3. Bust out laughing. Force it if you have to. But laughing is another way to tell your mind and body that “it’s alright.” (Of course, try not to laugh at your opponent…wait until after!)
If you’re the type who argues all-too-frequently, stop reading this post! You probably need to choose your battles more wisely. Conserve your energy and let the stupid stuff slide.
The bigger point? It’s alright to argue. You won’t die from it. It’s often a healthy way to dispel anger and frustration. It’s very…human.
Heart disease still remains the number one killer in many countries. But the UK just showed that some changes in lifestyle can go a long way.
Cases of heart disease have fallen by almost 50% across the EU since the early 1980s, according to research from The European Society of Cardiology. The findings revealed a steady reduction in heart disease-related deaths across all age groups, but also highlighted differences in mortality rates between countries.
The UK was among the countries that saw the largest decreases in mortality over the past three decades, along with Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Malta. Researchers were unable to identify any reasons for geographical differences, but some suggest they could be related to the way different countries record and code healthcare data.
The study examined trends of coronary heart disease in four age groups between 1980 and 2009, and showed that heart disease and stroke are responsible for 40% of all deaths in the EU.
Source: Positive News