Music is breath


Music has always been the one constant in my life. It has been the soundtrack to my joys, my fears, comforted me in every emotion, and spoken my words when I could not. I am always seeking out new music and am so overjoyed when I find something new. Playing for Change isn’t new to me, I have been following them since they started on their Songs Around the World journey and what they bring together never ceases to amaze me.

Most people don’t know this about me, but I grew up with my mother’s love of Africa. (photo: My mother with us at Animal Kingdom dancing to live African music two days before she had surgery.) African culture, art, pattern. I think it is why I am so drawn to black and white, high contrast art, pattern, and texture. It is where my love of elephants comes from as well.

It may also have influenced that I have the heart and hands of a drummer. Though not what I would consider well, I played doumbek, djembe, and other hand drums for years. I cannot imagine my life without music, sound, rhythm, beat, percussion, the sounds of feet dancing in dirt, the sounds of nature’s heartbeat on the wind. Music of all varieties speaks to me and influences my creative force daily.

Africa has been speaking to me lately. Elephant keeps popping up as well as tribal patterns. (photo: a lovely gift from a watercolor artist I met recently, check her out here) It keeps me focused on my own personal strength and power as an individual, reminds me of my connection to the Sacred Feminine, and that with that power comes a duty to be compassionate. Compassion has also come up in that I recently reworked my logo. Moon Rabbit is compassion in Japanese culture.

A while ago, in response to some very disturbing discussions in the news about hunting elephants, I created this paper doll in protest. You can download a copy and print it out (I use 110# cardstock) for personal use! Feel free to share it*, just make sure to link to this blog post and not the PDF. Enjoy!

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*All downloads are protected under copyright and are not to be duplicated in whole or in part without written permission from Renmeleon aka Ana Maria Selvaggio. If you share it, please link to my  and not to the PDF. Thank you!

If you are a teacher and would like a custom doll for your classroom, please contact me. I’d love to make something for you!

Your Roman Holiday, May 2014

 “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
– Saint Augustine

May . 2014. Rome. Private tour group.
http://www.EFCollegeStudyTours.com/1358003
Day 5 will be our SketchCrawl and/or Free Day.

My husband Val and I are leading a group with EF Tours next year and we have seats just waiting for you! This is a once in a lifetime journey and I cannot wait to share it with you.

This City Stay: Rome tour is no longer offered to the public, but we can and are running this through EF as a private tour. At this time, we will not be offering the two-day extension into Venice, but we may revisit that idea later.

Here are the facts:

  • Open to adults and college students over the age of 21. Easier if we want to do a wine tour.
  • Round-trip flights.
  • Land transportation.
  • Hotels with private bathrooms.
  • Light breakfast daily and two (2) local dinners.
  • A full-time native EF Tour Director.
  • Entry to the following: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • One (1) experiential learning activity. (part of EF)
  • Sightseeing tours of Rome and Vatican City.

EXTRAS ONLY AVAILABLE IF YOU GO WITH US

Traveling with an artist has its advantages. Come with us to Rome and you will also get these goodies:

  • A handmade bag full of goodies from me INCLUDING a handmade journal with info sheets about our trip, places to keep notes and things you collect along the way, as well as…well, more surprises.
  • A one-day SketchCrawl event where we can meet up with other artists who live in Rome. You will get to study the architecture, the people, and maybe even be included in our magazine‘s Drawn Butter column if you sketch your food! We will be setting this event up through their forum.
  • Basic curricula in Art, Architecture, and Roman Culture.
  • Basic language lessons from Val in Italian. Val is developing some basic lessons to get you started before the trip that we can all practice. We’ll set up a private email group once we get people registered.
  • Your own personal Latin translator. Rome is covered in Latin phrases and Val will help you learn how to read them.

YOUR GROUP LEADERS

A husband-and-wife team with passions for travel, Italian culture, food and wine, this will be our second trip to Europe and promises to be a trip full of awe, wonder, and fun. I cannot tell you how excited we are about this trip. Here, get to know us a little better…

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Ana Maria Selvaggio (me)
An illustrator, writer, and avid journaler, I hold a Creative Writing MFA, as well as a graduate certificate in Educational Media Design & Technology. Previously an Architectural Design major, my influence for the trip will focus on the Art and Architecture of the city of Rome. We will be sketching, taking photos, eating, and soaking in all the sights and sounds of the city. We will be both tourists and explorers as we go off the beaten paths to experience Rome in the most magical ways possible.

 

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Val Michael Selvaggio
Fluent in both Classical Latin and (soon-to-be) Italian, Val holds a Masters degree in Curriculum Design & Instruction. K-12 Certified in Latin, and an avid student of Roman Culture for most of his life, Val dreams in Italian. He’s fun, lively, and has a real passion for Italy and Rome.

(Val writes me poetry in Latin, so to say he has a passion for the language is an understatement.)

 

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

We can take more than 14, but we are choosing to keep the group small, cozy, and interactive. Just think, dinners by candle and moonlight with the sounds of the city around us. And stars! Chatting over meals, sharing the day’s finds, looking over sketchbooks, making art and eating some of the best food in the world…and gelato!

HOW DO YOU GET IN ON IT?

Register here: http://www.EFCollegeStudyTours.com/1358003
Please note: Day 5 will be our SketchCrawl and/or Free Day.

If you want in on the trip, you can register directly through the link above. If you have any questions, contact me (Ria) via email at ria dot selvaggio at gmail dot com and I will connect you with our rep at EF Tours.

WHEN YOU SETUP YOUR ACCOUNT IT LOCKS IN THE PRICE.
We get a 200.00 discount if we register before Feb 28th, 2013.

The price for this tour will increase as we get closer to the tour dates. For anyone who has traveled, you know this price is a good one.

I CAN’T AFFORD IT. YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO.

I have spent my whole life wanting to travel, to see the world before someone pushes a button somewhere and blows it all up for good. I got tired of saying “someday” and I am making it happen. After hosting a student from Hong Kong last year, and getting more involved with EF Homestay Programs, my family and I were bitten seriously hard by the longing to travel. I always said I couldn’t afford it but, honestly, I can’t afford not to.

I had priced around and was amazed at how doable this was. For everything I just told you about, AS OF THIS POST your total cost is less than 3600.00 per adult. Students are slightly less. That’s everything except a few meals and spending money! For a week in Rome? Priceless.

THE PRICE WILL INCREASE THOUGH! We have to make sure we jump in while we can and get our payment schedules set up. They can auto-debit it out of our bank accounts monthly and, before we know it, we’re on a plane to Rome!

I will try to post updates as the price increases. It is my hope that you make “someday” happen now though.

This video is of their normal tours where they combine groups. WE WILL NOT BE COMBINING OUR GROUP. We are running this with EF as a private tour group so it will be JUST US AND YOU. Everything else is the same, except day 5 on the itinerary is a free day.

Come join us!

 

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November…

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot. “

If you have recently seen V for Vendetta, or if you live in the UK, you might have a clue as to what I’m talking about. Today is Guy Fawkes Day, and “Bonfire Night”, observed all over Britain for hundred of years. More recently, today is celebrated as a kind of ‘don’t believe-everything-you-see-and-hear’ reminder all over the world having been brought to the forefront of our sense by the movie V for Vendetta bringing this national holiday to the big screen.

After watching the movie we just sat there, moved to outrage and that sense of awe that the original Matrix left you with when it first came out. A quote from Harry Potter, of all things, ran through my head, about making “the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

The original comic by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta is hailed as a literary marvel among comics. V’s “speech” (posted below) is not in the original comic, but was placed in the movie for a more eloquent introduction to the character.

For more information about the movie and Guy Fawkes, a very good source can be found here. This site also has a posting of Valerie’s letter. If you have seen the movie you know who she is.

I will leave this posting with some words from V. At one point in the movie, a favorite for fans it seems, V…played BRILLIANTLY by actor Hugo Weaving I might add…took a decided stroll through the world of iambic pentameter with his little “V speech”.


Evey: Who are you?
V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V. : Of course you can, I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh, right.
V. : But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.
Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the ???????vox populi??????? now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it????????s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November…

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot. “

If you have recently seen V for Vendetta, or if you live in the UK, you might have a clue as to what I’m talking about. Today is Guy Fawkes Day, and “Bonfire Night”, observed all over Britain for hundred of years. More recently, today is celebrated as a kind of ‘don’t believe-everything-you-see-and-hear’ reminder all over the world having been brought to the forefront of our sense by the movie V for Vendetta bringing this national holiday to the big screen.

After watching the movie we just sat there, moved to outrage and that sense of awe that the original Matrix left you with when it first came out. A quote from Harry Potter, of all things, ran through my head, about making “the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

The original comic by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta is hailed as a literary marvel among comics. V’s “speech” (posted below) is not in the original comic, but was placed in the movie for a more eloquent introduction to the character.

For more information about the movie and Guy Fawkes, a very good source can be found here. This site also has a posting of Valerie’s letter. If you have seen the movie you know who she is.

I will leave this posting with some words from V. At one point in the movie, a favorite for fans it seems, V…played BRILLIANTLY by actor Hugo Weaving I might add…took a decided stroll through the world of iambic pentameter with his little “V speech”.


Evey: Who are you?
V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V. : Of course you can, I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh, right.
V. : But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.
Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the ???????vox populi??????? now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it????????s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.