If you are a Dave Matthews Band fan like me, you certainly noticed the news this week that fans stopped to help a man who had a bike with a flat tire on their way to a DMB concert and found that the person was Dave Matthews. The fans placed his bike on their bike rack and gave Dave Matthews a ride to his own concert. Being the gracious person that he is, Dave showed his gratitude with front row seats, back stages passes, a meeting with the band, dinner, and of course, a shout out during the concert. Jealous? I am!
The Dave Matthews Band has become iconic in the world of rock. Although there have been long breaks between album releases, the band tours year after year, and their fan base continues to grow. Beyond the unique beat and brilliant tones produced by this eclectic band, the lyrical focus and continued grappling with life’s mysteries is a significant draw for the listener.
A continuous theme found in the music is the idea that focusing on the afterlife, or what is beyond us, has left humanity failing to recognize the sacred that is in the here and now. We are so preoccupied with trying to attain what comes after this physical life that we fail to notice all that surrounds us in the present. In the song “Don’t Burn the Pig,” DMB poses the question, “Is this blessed sip of life not enough?” Without debating the existence of a life beyond the physical world, these lyrics have demanded that we take notice of the beauty in our daily lives and experience God as God is present.
I can’t help but think of Catholic Imagination when I hear this song which views creation as sacramental. Creation in all its forms reveals something about God and thus brings God among us. Consequently, this life is “blessed” and should be embraced as such. Too often we waste away our days in search of something that should remain a mystery and fail to recognize the divine that permeates our everyday lives. The music of DMB acknowledges this calling its listeners to realize and be conscious of the sacred in all its forms and to have gratitude for all that is experienced in this “blessed sip of life.”
Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is a theologian, ethicist, and Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College.
Fall Fashion 2012 by UC Students Susan Hayley Fox, Kianna Coggins, and Candice Avery
As many of you know, I love the art of window display design! Four our group project, Kianna Coggins and Candice Avery and I created this display in Dauby to illustrate the style and color trends for Fall 2013 for Professor Jennifer Knaus’s Visual Merchandise/Display Class. I created the “fall leaves” by cutting up paper towel tubes and gluing them onto poster boards with tree branches.
I loved making this display so much that I’m going to dedicate this post to an easy craft project you can do to make easy and affordable dorm art that looks like it belongs in the windows of Anthropologie.
This is What You’ll Need: *Paper towel tubes *Hot glue and a Hot glue gun *Scissors *Acrylic Paint
Begin by cutting the tube into small sections
Glue cardboard pieces together
Paint, and Voila!
Step #1: Using your hands, form the cut sections into “circles” and “ovals” for the center and petal pieces.
Step #2: Build your sculpture by hot gluing the card board pieces into place building outwards of the center “circle”
Step #3: Paint the cardboard and allow cardboard to dry.
Step #4: (Optional) for added durability, spray sculpture with shellac, or paint on Modge Podge, or a similar decoupage product.
Tada! Use a Command Hook product to hang your sculpture for a damage-free hold!
On June 22, 2013 people from all over the world attended a historic protest for pets in New York City. you might ask what could New York City possibly be doing with pets to attract the attention of people in England, New Zealand, Australia, and a philosophy professor from Ursuline College. The fact is that the Animal Control policies in NYC are outrageous. Hundreds of perfectly healthy, happy dogs and cats are held in areas where the public cannot see them and are killed regularly. Demand by a volunteer organization, Urgent NYC, have forced changes into these policies and these volunteers, including myself, have saved over 16,000 dogs and 11,000 cats since the beginning of the Urgent program. We still say that this is not good enough.
The goals of this protest were to demand that the mass killing of pets in NYC stop immediately and that city leaders implement no kill policies for shelter pets, to demand that shelters are built in Queens and the Bronx, to demand a repeal of breed based dogs bans in the city and an end to the targeting of some breeds for death, and, finally, to demand a criminal investigation into the practices of the ACC officers who work inside of the existing shelters in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
This protest is the first of its kind because of the kinds of demands that were made as well as because individual pets who fell victim to the shelter rules were honored. Another important difference this protest made was to change the image of protesters. When many people think of protesters they think of the young people who did much of the protesting during the 1960’s. Kate Riviello, the founder of New York Animal Rights Alliance, believes that it is important to update the ideas about protesters to meet the current conditions and to change the way that protesters are thought of. To that end many protesters wore protest T-shirts with dress pants or with red suits. Kate believes that stereotypes of protesters often keep many people from taking us seriously and from joining in for causes that they otherwise would join.
While our demands have not been met the protest was still a success because it was very well attended and because we raised awareness of the plight of shelter pets in New York City. More people have joined in the effort to save the pets and more and more pressure is being put on Mayor Bloomberg to keep his campaign promises to the pets in the Bronx and Queens. In any case, everyone knows that the world is watching.
Given that my family lives in Seoul, South Korea—we had much time to explore the city. Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of more than 10 million, it is one of the largest cities in the developed world. The Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, is the world’s second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people, and is home to over half of South Koreans along with 632,000 international residents . Situated on the Han River, Seoul’s history stretches back more than 2,000 years when it was founded in 18 BC by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of South Korea under the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. The Seoul metropolitan area contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world’s most visited national park .
We were able to venture many of my old haunts as well as some new corners of this extensive (and continually updated) immense city. One of the highlights was an evening boat tour along the Han River—which flows through the center of the city. The view offered from the river was a stunning and shimmering panorama of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. The experience was animated with the sights of colors, the sounds of laughter, and the smells of Korean barbecues. No city seems more alive than Seoul in the summer.
We also had a chance to spend a day in the Southern Port city of Busan. Busan is South Korea’s second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million . The Metropolitan area (includes adjacent cities of Gimhae and Yangsan) has a population of over 4.5 million, and when including nearby Ulsan, and the South Gyeongsang region—the area has over 8 million population in the metropolitan area . The area also has Korea’s largest beach and Korea’s longest river, the Nakdong River. Busan is the largest port city in South Korea and the world’s fifth busiest seaports. Busan also offers one the world’s best seafood markets, and includes many Korean fish favorites of all types. We also got to experience the ocean shoreline vistas from atop an open air bus, and we sampled the Korean street sweet treats in the bustling shopping district. From Busan we able to rapidly travel back to Seoul via one of the world’s fastest “bullet trains.” City Life is Korea holds many charms.
One of my favorite classes in the fashion program was Visual Merchandising with professor Jennifer Knaus. We were given lots of projects designed to challenge ourselves to design store layouts and window displays, while finding and creating beautiful compositions from every day items such as paint swatches.
I’m most proud of my vignette composition:
After creating countless paint swatch lollipop “pinwheels,” garlands, and “candies” I fell madly in love with being able to design and create with paint swatches. I then realized that paint swatches are an easy commodity for college students to get their hands on, so why not devote this entry to fun, easy projects to bring color and excitement to your dorm!
I created my own version of this paint swatch “painting,” directions and a sneak peek are below:
This is what I used:
Recycled Cardboard (it was inside a package)
Glue–Adhesive Spray, glue sticks, and rubber cement were all used accordingly!
To create my wall art, I cut various paint swatches into triangles to create my “pinwheel” motif. To adhere to the cardboard, I sprayed the cardboard with adhesive spray, working in small areas. Rubber Cement was used to secure the triangles to the cardboard. (Glue sticks came into play when the swatches became stubborn and fell off). My composition is for now a work in progress, but I’m going to decide whether or not I like the organic look of the cardboard in between, or I may continue to fill in the entire sheet. To finish the project, I will matte and frame it and voila! (Photos to follow once completed).
If you live in Northeast Ohio, this summer’s weather has been less than desirable to say the least. If you find yourself with free time, as many of us students do, fill your spare time with a great book. Reading during the summer keeps your mind sharp, especially if you are not enrolled in summer courses! Oprah’s reading list offers plenty of reads to keep you occupied this summer! The list contains books of all genres to be enjoyed by all!
Aside from working as a crazy person this summer in Ursuline Undergraduate Admissions (which is awesome might I add) I totally plan on soaking up the sun and going to Cedar Pont! I am a roller coaster fanatic and I plan on ride their new ride: The Gatekeeper. I plan on bringing soo much money when I go to Cedar Point so I can blow it all silly attraction games, funnel cakes and stuffed animals for my family:) In addition to going to Cedar Point this summer, I hope to take the driver’s test and get my driver’s license!
I am so excited for the new cafeteria we will have this coming fall! They just took down the walls so that we can see what the cafeteria looks like, and it looks great! Which makes me look forward to eat there even more! What makes it even more convenient is that its closer to the dorms and in an area where students hang out. They also added a new portion of the building and I am looking forward to see what they will be doing with that as well. We are going to have so much variety of food next semester!
After the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference in Seoul ended– it was now time to spend some time traveling across Korea. With my family in tow, we were off to visit Jeju Island—which is off the South Coast of the Korean peninsula. Jeju Island, while little known to Westerners, is a celebrated vacation spot for Asians.
Jeju is often referred to as “little Hawaii”. Jeju Island is a tropical volcanic island, towered over by Halla-san (Halla Mountain) — a volcano and the highest mountain in South Korea. Jeju Island is now known as one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world. The island has both stunning mountain views as well as beautiful seascapes.
The only thing that rivals its physical beauty is the freshness and the abundance of specialty food dishes. The Jeju cuisine includes porridges made with fish, seafood, seaweeds, or mushrooms. Jeonbokjuk is an abalone porridge that many enjoy. Gamgyul is harvested on the island, which is a type of orange similar to the Mandarin orange or tangerine. Black pig is a delicacy on the island as well.
In between very scenic sightseeing—we made sure we were well fed! Our activities included hiking Seongsan Ilchulbong or “Sunrise Peak”. On the hike towards the top there are many picturesque points to capture the city, and water with vistas of wonderful shades of green and blue. The top of the cliff forms a natural green “bowl”.
We also spent much time in lush green island forests—complete with stunning waterfalls. The trip was well-rounded with a Tea Museum visit and an educational Tour of a Traditional Folk-Village recreation. While Jeju is an island I visited as a young scuba driver—it was fantastic to see with renewed eyes.
The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.
The conference is proving to be very successful. We met, Jung-Ae Ko, who is the Director of Korean Spirit and Culture Project. She gave an outstanding presentation on Korean History and Culture and was even kind enough to donate to Ursuline College a set of books on Korean History and Culture. Our presentations of research went very well (I co-presented with my husband Dr. Jonathan Appel as well).
It was very nice to meet and talk with researchers from all over the world. We attended many research presentations and we had much time for cultural and professional exchanges. We also went on a tour of community centers geared towards serving Korean olders (which is a term I learned here).
I met a Korean Art Therapist, who works with the elderly—and got to see an Art Therapy program in action. Possibilities for cross-cultural exchanges discussed! Sights of Seoul demonstrate juxtaposition of ancient culture and emerging technological future—which was also highlighted in the theme of the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Digital Ageing: A New Horizon for Health Care and Active Ageing).
Feeling a renewed spirit for the possibilities glimpsed here.
This blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.
DoHee also recently blogged for The Huffington Post’s “Ted Weekends.” To read her post, click here.