Friday, August 7, 2015

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Opens Today!

In this age of summer blockbuster movies hearing about a new movie that celebrates poetry is a welcome surprise.  This past Thursday actress and producer, Salma Hayek introduced her new movie, Kahilil Gebran’s The Prophet  at Lincoln Center. The Prophet, a series of poems written in the 1920s by the Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran has inspired generations of young people. Salma Hayek first discovered the book as a young child on her Lebanese grandfather’s bed table.  So her connection to her new project comes with a lot of passion. Putting poetry to film is not an easy task but Ms. Hayek has solicited the help of some very talented animators to bring this story to life. The artists on the eight poems chosen for the film use different techniques of animation. The poems are then strung together by the story of a young girl trying to find her voice. Salma describes this film as a visual and spiritual experience. She believes young people today are misunderstood. "They are looking for purpose in life, this film is about freedom and finding your own voice."

The Prophet will open at The Landmark Sunshine Cinema - 143 East Houston Street, New York on August 7.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Recipes for a Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

From the east to the west coast, we have become a winter wonderland. Now is the perfect time to pull out a copy of Ezra Jack Keats classic story.  The Snowy Day follows Peter 's adventure into the deep snow. This classic book has appealed to generations of young people since it was first published in 1962. In the book, Peter wakes up one morning to find his neighborhood covered with snow, and thus begins his snowy adventure. This winter we have had seen enough snow that children can relate to the surprise of discovering that first snow fall. So make a pot of hot chocolate and share Peter's story with your little ones. Start a great winter storytelling tradition for the next generation.

Learn more about Peter and the other Ezra Jack Keats' characters at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

A Snowy Day View from the Window

Snow Cream

Have you ever had snow cream? I have not had the opportunity to enjoy one but one of my best friends always reminisced about the snow cream her mother would make every winter. So the other day I asked her mother for her recipe. Her recipe was very simple catch a bowl of clean, fresh fallen snow, combine milk, cream, sugar and vanilla, and gently fold into snow, and enjoy. Now if I can only catch some clean, fresh snow

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