Heros, Saints and REWARDS
Every month we showcase a Hero....this month is,
Buffy Sainte-Marie, born in 1941, has developed a career that spans decades and domains. An icon of the 60s folk scene, her music career is still going strong with 20 albums to her credit. Her songs, both beautiful and politically charged, continue to highlight the social issues of the day, but her activism does not stop there.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, born on a Plains Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, has always been a voice for Indigenous rights in North America. She operates the Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education, which offers free resources to teachers to assist in the education of and about Indigenous peoples and cultures.
In addition to being a pop star and an activist, she is also an accomplished visual artist whose work portrays a number of subjects and themes that draw from her love of dance, design and Indigenous cultures. Her work can be found on public display in a number of permanent collections in central Canada and the American Southwest.
Persian Dancing, my Tree and an Angel
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mehrnaz Massoudi this month. I met Mehrnaz at the beach one day...she was just getting off her paddle board and I thought to myself, I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, I'm gonna got talk to that women!
She was welcoming and open and very happy to talk about one of her life passions, paddle boarding.
Mehrnaz was born and raised in Iran. Fell in love while still in Iran...which shouldn't seem like a big deal, but it was during the Iranian revolution and the young man was Baha'i. At that time it was illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Baha'i man….we talk about their escape, what that was like and the effects of Mr. Bush. We also talk about how to pronounce Iran...not Iran. Keep reading.....
Rewards are Awesome Peoples thank you for being a passionate fan!
I've made some big changes this month. Awesome People is my labour of love.....but it doesn't work in a bubble. If nobody wants to colour from my colouring book, hang one of my paintings or listen to a Podcast then I've failed...and failure is not an option!
I revamped my REWARDS on Patreon to make things super easy for you. And to give you some really great REWARDS for being a passionate fan!!
I want to reward everyone who supports this community. Everyone gets a gift...everyone!! AND I’ve simplified the REWARDS to 4 tiers. I’m SUPER excited!! Here they are…
- All levels of REWARDS are in the inner circle!
- $3 REWARDS and up receive a printout, of your choice, from the colouring book! You can check them all out on the website here.
The $12 REWARD tier is the most exciting to me. Something that I continually do is reflection...am I on the right path, am I giving back enough, how can I support my community with the talents I've been given….I ask myself repeatedly if I had millions of dollars what would I do….I would be doing the same thing except I WOULD BE GIVING MY PAINTINGS AWAY……WAIT….this tier gives me that opportunity! For $12 a month you will receive a REWARD of a painting! I will be adding to this section more and more and will let you know through the inner circle of Awesome People when I've added something new. FYI, I’m in the process of finishing up a portrait of Buffy Sainte-Marie....I'm also thinking of adding other paintings, like landscapes etc. Please let me know if you love this landscape idea.
The beauty about community these days is that it has become global!! I’ve moved around quite a bit in this big ass country of ours…..and through my travels I've met some amazing friends. I reside in Penticton BC at the moment…..hard to resist the landscapes here…...and the wine….but my community of Awesome People is becoming a global one. One with no borders and encompasses the whole globe. Thanks for being a part of this global community of Awesomeness!
Please let me know what you think of the new tier sections and REWARDS on Patreon. As always your feedback is key to how we move forward, our success and the pursuit of Awesomeness.
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