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Photo : Dave Walsh November 18, 2014

Joshua Dawson - Memoirs of a Genie

The Oprah Effect - Do you believe in magic? Before my father passed almost 10 years ago, my answer would have been “NO.” And I certainly wouldn't have believed it if you told me I'd be sitting in front of the VP of Programming for the Oprah Winfrey Network dressed as a Genie. Connecting on a deep spiritual level talking about an inspirational TV show that has the potential to help many, many people around the globe. As I move through life, I’ve come to accept the Heraclitus quote The only thing that is constant is change.” And my, oh my, how times have changed. Last week's peak moment at the Oprah Winfrey Network was preceded and triggered by many not so exciting magical moments. That perfect walk in the forest on a crisp fall day. Looking at my boys and Ingrid before suddenly being overcome by their inner beauty. A beautiful moment of love, least expected, that fills you up. Brimming then overflowing into moistened eyes. A glimpse of beauty in the mundane. Two becoming one, all equal but seemingly forever fleeting. Moments so few and far between as to almost discount their magical existence? Why? Your mind helps solve the riddle. Much like a Las Vegas magician, it's the ultimate trickster. An illusionist crowding and distracting the truth with thoughts. Look over here it screams! Ponder this problem. Solve me! A seemingly never ending stream of habitual thought taught to us by our loved ones. Best intentions in the name of safety. And why not? We are…

Photo : Joshua Dawson October 13, 2014

Janet Bradbury-Pennell - Singing across Ireland

November 08, 2013

Singing across Ireland - What do you get when you cross 45 Newfoundland 50-plus choir members and an oversees flight to Ireland? A lot of singing and laughing and basically no sleep for anyone on board. That was the scene on Sept. 19 when members of the St. John's based Fortissimos and The Legatos Choirs, both directed by Janet Bradbury-Pennell boarded the Air Canada flight. With the assistance of a phenomenal tour leader, Hilda Pollard-Milley, there was a to-die-for itinerary awaiting them in Ireland. From start to finish, said Pennell, it was an exceptional experience! The whole idea of the trip was for those who hadn't experienced Ireland before to do so and also it was meant to bond the choir members, some of whom have been with the choir for seven years — some for only a few months. But from the get-go it was one-for all and all-for-one. We did three performances: one in Galway where we helped fundraise for a new roof for the 300-year old St. Kummins Church and where we met and spoke with most of the audience who all seemed to have a story to tell about Newfoundland and our connection. One of the local people was from our very own Avondale, a Mr. Flynn, who met and married an Irish lady while teaching in Labrador and then they both moved back to Galway 30 years ago. From Galway the choir travelled to Waterford where they performed at City Hall — the area where so many of the choirs' ancestors had left those…