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Spring Cleansing of the Soul
By Jolie DeMarco
Want to be Squeaky clean?
Energetically it’s the same. We need to periodically clean off our auras, and our souls. Yep, most likely you heard of that word “aura” before. It’s a scientific fact that the aura is the electromagnetic field around all that exists as energy. It’s approximately 2 feet around your whole human body. It goes over the top of your head and all around you on all sides above and below. I imagine it like a big bubble of vibrations that we cannot see. On the other hand some people can “see” these vibrations and can sense or feel what’s in a person’s bubble too! Those people are called empathy, intuitives or psychic.
All day long we and our auric bubbles pick up “junk” from other people as we pass each other. When our bubbles touch, we can pick up other peoples thoughts and emotions in energy form which are vibrations. We can pick up this “junk” from vibrations whether they speak verbally to us or not at all. Thoughts are energy too, they can be positive or negative or null. Picking up thought forms of energy is common. For example, what if someone “thinks” you are a B_ _CH? That is a negative thought form. They are throwing bad vibrations at you and that can stick in your aura. Another example: we all have had a friend “dump” on us, a friend that had a terrible day decides to spill every detail to you about it, pouring every crappy emotion and describing it as if they were packaging it and giving it to you. Yes, that is called “dumping.” I know most people – especially friends – don’t intentionally mean to dump, but it happens.
Most of those emotions and thoughts were not even yours to begin with, “Just Let Go, don’t own them!” If they aren’t yours, release them. The famous words “Let Go” carry true meaning. Remember some of those “feelings” of yuck can also be from yourself, that’s called “self-sabotage.” It’s when you say to yourself “I can’t do this; I hate my thighs, Blah blah bah.” All of those thought or words become clouds of grey heaviness inside your bubble. Some people describe it as “feeling down in the dumps, or depressed, sad, heavy.” Okay, you are probably getting what I am saying.
Imagine your bubble around your body.
Do you want a deeper Clean?
No problem. This was the other bit of information, an opportunity to do a total cleansing of the soul.
Your soul is energy. Similar to the energy of the auric field around your body, however this soul energy is “you”. It is pure energy and the part of you that most of us hardly talk about cleaning! The soul can hold old energies from the past and present and also fears of the future. You might be thinking, “does it cleanse all of my soul?” No worries, this “cleansing does not take out all the good of your soul, only the bad.”
Releasing the negative imprints of any old “junk”, is the purpose of cleaning your soul’s energy. Imprints are not “clouds of grey like described in the aura, but they are negative energy s deep within the consciousness. All negative energy can be dismissed. This includes bad habits, patterns, situations and occurrences; here is an example that happened to me. I had a habit, of always placing fear on success. Every time I would start to be successful, I would self-sabotage. I did not understand why I would do this and actually didn’t realize it until I “messed-up” my opportunities. I decided I wanted to change this bad habit. An epiphany arose; I named it “soul talking.”
Find place inside your home or outdoors that is quiet.
I am ( say your full name)
Take 11 deep breaths in and out.
I am to be of pure energy. I, (Your name) at this time 2013 earth dimension bring only love into my pure energy;
I release all judgments of me and others that are other than positive.
I only see myself as pure and high vibration energy which means happy, healthy and loving.
I only allow loving energy around me
I am always safe and protected by loving positive energies
I allow myself and I deserve to have only positive equal energy exchange with all beings of energies, and all that is energy, including myself.
11 deep breaths in and out
Voila! You are deep down clean!
Copyrighted Article and quotes from Jolie DeMarco author of manifesting with “The Energy Exchange “and the book “The 2nd Shift healing 2012-2021.”
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Annie Jr. Comes to the Wellington Children’s Theatre
By Krista Martinelli
One of the most beloved musicals, among children and adults, is Annie. It has a little something for everyone – catchy songs, a fun cast of characters (including a dog), a protagonist, an antagonist, and – set among the backdrop of the Depression – a whole lot of hope for the future. When founder of the new Wellington Children’s Theatre, Karen Braunstein, chose Annie Jr. for their spring production, it made perfect sense. Annie Jr., by the way, is an abbreviated version of Annie. “We have a diverse and talented group of kids,” she says. “Some are very new, while others are like seasoned professionals. It’s a real joy to direct them and see them grow.”
To best showcase three of their talented young actors, they have three different Annies – playing the role at different performance times. The show takes place at the Wellington High School auditorium on April 21, 26, 27 and 28 (see end of story for show times and box office number). “This group of children is impressively talented, which made casting the show very challenging. I wanted to give every child a lead role!” says Braunstein. “Each Annie is bringing something different to the role.” It’s a great opportunity to shine, and rising stars Emily, Lily and Jade bring so much to the character.
“Every time I rehearse in the role of Annie, it becomes more meaningful to me. I love the song ‘Tomorrow.’ To me, it means, ‘Don’t ever give up on today – because there’s always tomorrow.’ I like how I get to express myself when I’m acting. I feel so special when I’m on stage!” says Emily.
Emily is thrilled to be playing the role of Annie. Annie is such a great role and Emily is very passionate about this part. Emily is 12 years old and is in the 6th grade at EmeraldCoveMiddle School. She has been performing in community and professional theater since kindergarten. Emily’s credits include: Annie in Annie Jr., the Little Girl in Ragtime and Lil’ Rizzo in Grease. Emily was most recently a Finalist in the Wellington Idol competition and sang in Starz of the Future at the South Florida Fair for the past 2 years, Dream Night at the BorlandCenter and the Wellington Talent Search. This is Emily’s fourth year in the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches and she was chosen to sing in a talent showcase at the Harriet Himmel Theater last year. Emily will be attending Frenchwoods Festival of the Arts in New York for her second summer. She enjoys musical theater, singing, acting, dancing, competitive cheerleading and playing the piano.
About Jade Master
“It’s an honor to be chosen as Annie and it makes me feel like all my hard work has paid off. I love that Annie is spunky and she’s a really fun role to play because she’s tough, but also has a softer side. It’s really fun portraying the different emotions of the character,” says Jade Evori Master.
Jade is a Theater Major at BAKMiddle School of the Arts and has been performing publicly for about 4 years. She started in a musical theater class at age 7 and since then has been studying dance, acting and vocals. Tap is Jade’s favorite style of dance. She also started taking piano a few months ago. Jade sings in several different genres such as Broadway, Country, Pop, R& B, a little bit of opera and can also yodel. Jade has had the opportunity to perform throughout South Florida for many different events and venues such as BB Kings, The Borland Theater and the Maltz Theater. She has also performed in Nashville, Las Vegas and New York at venues like the Hard Rock Cafe. This fall Jade will be performing in Canada. She is a songwriter and has several original songs in production. Jade released her very first original last December called “Country Christmas.” You can see more of Jade online at these sites too.
About Lily Marie
“Up until now, I’ve always been in the ensemble and now I get to be a lead character and I really like it. Ever since I saw the movie a few years ago, I’ve wanted to play the role of Annie and now I have this chance and it’s lots of fun!” says Lily Marie.
Lily has been in CATS, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aladdin Jr. and The Little Mermaid, Jr. She also placed in the top 12 at Wellington’s Talent Show last summer.
Why did Braunstein decide to start up the Wellington Children’s Theatre last fall? “I saw a niche here. There’s nothing really like this for children. I wanted to offer a comprehensive experience of taking a play to full production.” Braunstein has been working in the world of theatre since 1987, including musicals, operas and all kinds of theater productions. She’s also served as cantor at various temples.
“I love working with kids,” says Braunstein. “It’s a joy to see how much they can grow as actors!” She wanted to be located in the heart of Wellington, so she found the perfect spot – in the original Wellington Mall, located behind Checker’s on Forest Hill Boulevard in Wellington. She shares a space with a private school, called The Education Place. Their first production was Edwina, Jr. last fall.
As a young child, Braunstein studied ballet and piano. “At thirteen, I knew I wanted to be an opera singer,” she says. She went on to get her B.M. in vocal performance and her Master’s Degree in Sacred Music. She’s excited to be receiving an honorary doctorate degree next month for her 25 years of service as a cantor. Within the scope of her cantorial work, Braunstein had been directing and producing about two shows a year. She’s also done a lot with theater at summer camps and continues to teach voice and piano.
What benefits does theater bring to a child’s personal development? According to Braunstein, it stretches their imagination and allows them to be more confident overall. “Acting is all about focus. There’s the concept of the fourth wall. When an actor loses himself in a role and experiences ‘being in the moment’ onstage, it is a tremendously freeing experience. Acting is all about the relationships between the characters,” she says. She also points to the rich genre of musical theater, a positive influence in the lives of children. “Hopefully they’ll be bitten by the theater bug…and keep going!”
The biggest challenge when it comes to working with children’s theater, according to Braunstein, is simply good diction. “I’m always teaching them to speak clearly and to project their voices.”
There are several choices of classes at the Wellington Children’s Theatre available, depending on children’s ages. They have “Broadway Babies” for 3 to 4 year olds. They offer “Acting Out” for kids aged 5, 6 and 7, which involves putting on scenes and doing scripted reviews. They offer “Got Drama?” for ages 8 to 12, which is a focused acting class (without the musical theater). The Wellington Children’s Theatre is also proud to have Beverly Blanchette of the DreyfoosSchool for the Arts teaching acting for teens, audition workshops and monolog workshops. She offers private lessons. In the future, Braunstein would like to offer a cabaret ensemble type of class.
This summer the Wellington Children’s Theatre will have Summer Camp from June 10 to 28th for ages 6 to 16, a program that runs from 9am to 3pm each day, with aftercare available. This is an excellent outlet for your little drama queens and kings!
Karen Braunstein is happy that her children seemed to have kept theater in their lives too. Her daughter is a sophomore at WellingtonHigh School, involved in concert chorus, dance and theater. Her son is in his junior year at MaryMountCollege in Manhattan, getting his B.F.A. in Theater. He’s also a professional magician.
What’s next for the Wellington Children’s Theatre? “My dream is to have my own black box theater. Wellington needs to invest in a performance space. This would not just be an outlet for kids, but a place for the whole Wellington community to see great productions!”
Tickets for Annie Junior can be purchased on the Wellington Children’s Theatre website. Dates and times are:
Sunday, 4/21 at 4pm
Friday, 4/26 at 7pm
Saturday, 4/27 at 7pm
Sunday, 4/28 at 4pm
For more information about the Wellington Children’s Theatre, Annie Jr., taking classes or signing up for summer camp, call (561) 223-1928.
The Radical Camera, A Look at the New York Photo LeaguePrint This Post
By Lori Baumel
“Look at her face… just LOOK at it!”
- Marvin Newman, NY Photo League Photographer
Photographer Marvin Newman next to his iconic Halloween, South Side, 1951. Photo by Eric Baumel.
I quickly glanced at the photo and was immediately drawn to the young girl in the mask. “No not that girl, THAT girl,” said Marvin pointing to another girl on the right. Her brow was furrowed, her eyes open wide and her mouth appeared dirty from, perhaps, Halloween candy. The photo was taken in 1951. Marvin Newman, at a rather sprite 85 years, was a photographer for many publications including Life, Look and Newsweek magazines. His works are included in a special exhibition of 150 vintage photographs, The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League 1936 – 1951 at the Norton Museum of Art on view until June 16. The New York Times hailed The Radical Camera as a “stirring show.” I must say, I agree.
In retrospect, the New York Photo League enabled many budding photographers to affect social reform. “At the time,” said Ida Wyman, 86, “it was just a place where we could all hang out.” They would meet, share ideas, and take classes from legends like Paul Strand, Lewis Hine and Sid Grossman, an organizer of the league. Grossman taught what constituted a good photograph and the photographer’s emotional relationship to it. “Not only that,” said Sonia Handelman Meyer, 93, “we could use their darkroom for a small fee.” What was the fee? “Twenty-five cents.” Sonia responded quickly with a smile.
Over 1500 photographers passed through the league. It was not a political organization, but there were photographers that wanted to make a statement to motivate the viewer to improve the world through their craft. They inspired a specific look, a poetic technique characteristic of the New York school.
The concept of the New York Photo League reminded me of our local Palm Beach Photographic Center, which offers similar opportunities for promising photographers here in our own county.
When asked what they want the viewer to take away from this exhibit, Ida Wyman responded, “The reality of how things looked, how PEOPLE looked.” Sonia Handelman Meyer stated, “A sense of the times… what people were going through.” Marvin Newman wanted people “To understand that this group had some of the greatest photographers of the time.”
Oh, and by the way, I asked Marvin why the young girl had “that look” on her face. He answered in bewilderment, “I wish I knew. I’ve always wondered, I’ll never know… never know.”
I urge you to see the exhibit yourself and imagine what the answer might be.
- Lori Hope Baumel
For more information view: http://www.norton.org/.
Lori Baumel and her husband Eric Baumel live in Wellington and have three grown children. Their eldest, Sam, 26, is a media producer who currently resides in (extremely hipster) Brooklyn, NY. Rachel, 23, and Evan, 21, wrote the Around Wellington “Teen Talk” column in previous years. Eric has practiced radiology in Wellington since 1991. His many talents include artist, cook, photographer and, recently, medical app developer. You can learn more about Lori at www.loribaumel.com and read her blog at www.grownupcamp.tumblr.com.
An Interview with Country Artists Anita Cochran and Ty Herndon
Cochran and Herndon were Originally Scheduled to Appear in Wellington on 4/26/13, But the Concert is Being Re-Scheduled to a New Date and Venue. See the End of this Article for Info.
AW:At what age did you realize you wanted to be a country
music artist? You learned guitar at a young age? What other instruments do you play? Are there people in your family who shaped your music career?
Anita: I can’t put an age on when I decided to become a country music artist. It’s something that I always remember wanting and people started tellling me as a kid that I would play the Grand Ole Opry one day. It’s something I have always dreamed of and thank God they were right!. My family was very musical so I learned to play a few different instruments: guitar, lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, piano, drums, dobro and have been playing steel guitar for the last few years. My main instrument is guitar. Everyone in my family played guitar…even aunts, uncles and cousins. It was just something you naturally learned in my family at a young age.
AW: Do you have a favorite song (or most meaningful song) from your own works? Which artists have inspired you?
Anita:Every song I’ve written and recorded has a special meaning but there are a few that stick out. Of course “What If I Said” since that made so many dreams comes true for me and really jump started my career. When I was writing that song, I could hear Steve Wariner’s voice singing it with me. When the president of Warner Bros. Records heard the song, he asked me who I wanted as my duet partner. I told him Steve Wariner. He made a call to him, and the next thing I knew I was standing next to Steve singing my song in the studio. First time ever meeting him and within minutes I felt like I knew him my whole life. I’m a very sentimental person, so I’m a huge fan of ballads. Some other favorites that I have written are “One Of Those Days,” “What I Leave Behind” and “Picture You In Heaven.” I think songwriting is truly a gift from above and sometime you get a little extra sparkle on songs that can bring healing.
AW:Have you ever been to Wellington, FL before? Any ties to the equestrian community here – or interest in horses?
Anita: I have never been to Wellington, FL but am looking forward to it!! I do not have any ties to the equestrian team there but I love horses and ride as much as I can. I use to board horses at my farm and miss them a lot. Hopefully someday I will get some of my own. I actually got to horseback ride in the ocean in February of this year…something I have always wanted to do and can’t wait to do it again.
AW: Your song “What if I Said” (a duet with Steve Wariner) made it to #1 on the country charts. Do you remember how you felt at that time? Or the first time you heard one of your own songs on the radio?
Anita: The first time I heard my voice on radio was in Detroit, MI. My very first professional recording after signing to Warner Bros. Records was a Christmas Song, “Please Come Home For Christmas.” I remember knowing when they were going to play it, so my whole family gathered in the living room around the stereo and listened together. I will never forget that. When “What If I Said” became a number one record, it was the most exciting thing. To get a number 1 song on the radio is like winning the lottery. I was overwhelmed with the events, the number 1 parties and the traveling. I finally felt like I had made my mark in country music and was living the dream. I still remember the phone call home to mom to tell her the news!
AW: What do you enjoy most about working with Ty (Herndon)?
Anita: I have such a great time working with Ty Herndon! I always say “he’s my brother from another mother.” Even though we are not related, I feel like we have always known each other. There are times that I catch myself almost asking him if he remembers something we did as kids and then I stop myself. He is a fabulous singer/entertainer and I respect his talent so much. But, along with his talent, he is an amazing caring, loving, funny, person. Let’s just say we laugh a lot working together and we both try to always turn anything negative into a positive.
AW: What’s your most recent album? What’s next for you?
Anita: My latest CD is titled “Serenity.” All original songs and a solo version of “What If I Said” is on the CD. Ty Herndon is actually singing on a couple songs and he is featured on the title track “Serenity.” There are a lot of personal songs on this CD and some songs that I’ve wanted to record for years. I am currently writing for a new CD and hope to have new music out by the end of the year.
AW: Is there a special cause or organization that you care about deeply?
Anita: I have a huge heart for animals and would have 100 cats and dogs if I could. It breaks my heart to see an animal that is injured, abused or not being taken care of properly. I have a goal to start some kind of charity for animals. I hope it won’t be that much longer ‘til it’s an actual charity raising money for our little companions!
AW: At what age did you realize you wanted to be a country music artist?
Ty: I always loved bluegrass and country. My Grandmother played a mean flat top guitar. Grandma Myrtle had her own radio show on WPRN in Butler, Alabama. I started doing country songs on her show, along with gospel. I got serious when I moved to Texas and started playing Honky Tonks. It eventually got me my record deal when I won the Texas Entertainer of The Year title.
AW: How did you make a move from gospel to country?
Ty: When I was 16, I got hired to work at a theme park in Nashville, Tennessee called Opryland USA. I moved from Alabama to Nashville and started working towards my country music career.
AW: Are there people in your family who shaped your music career?
Ty: All of my family can sing. But my Grandmother and my Aunt Bennie helped shape the artist who I am today. My Aunt would play piano for me when I was a young boy. I would not sing anywhere without her. I eventually learned to play the piano for myself. My Grandma taught me to play guitar and sing country.
AW: Do you have a favorite song (or most meaningful song) from your own works? Which artists have inspired you?
Ty: My song Journey On from the Christian album won a Dove award in 2010. It was written about my journey to recovery. We were also able to use it as a theme song for the ALS Foundation. We have raised over 10 million dollars for research.
AW: How did you decide to come to the Wellington Amphitheater? Any ties to the equestrian community here – or interest in horses?
Ty: One of my great friends is Anita Cochran. She got me involved with the Wellington Amphitheater. I grew up on a farm. We always had horses. I love them and eventually worked with them in Equine Therapy.
AW: What has been the high point and low point of your career so far?
Ty: Having 3 Billboard number one records and 5 million albums sold has been more then I could have ever dreamed. Being nominated for a Grammy in 2010 was amazing. I have been in recovery for over 10 years from addiction. There were some really low points during those days. But life is blessed and fantastic these days.
AW: What you enjoy most about working with Anita (Cochran)?
Ty: Anita is like my long lost sister. We have a lot of the same values and sense of humor. I adore her. She is so talented. I hope to work with her for years to come.
AW: What’s your most recent album? What’s next for you? How did you decide to do a Christmas album?
Ty: My recent album will be released in June of this year. It’s my first country album in 6 years. I’m looking forward to the tour season this summer. I’m also working on a book. Writing my story has been quiet the journey. It’s a page turner. I did my Christmas album 10 years ago. I just keep adding new songs to it every year. I love the Holidays.
AW: Is there a special cause or organization that you care about deeply?
Ty: I work a lot with the Special Olympics. I adore those kids. I also work closely with the ALS foundation. You can see my friend NFL player Kevin Turner’s story in my “Journey On” video.
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