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Winning Entry for the TS Dream Box

In community,Contests,Stories,Tea,Writing on March 21, 2017 by sioso

this was my quasi-epic entry all about my four favorite teas from samples within the TeaSparrow.com tea club.
“My favourite teas (limit 4 😢) are Hands down #ONE Cream of Earl Grey by the Tea Guy. When I need an end of the day or mid afternoon hug-In-a-mug this is THE TEA for me from the slightly floral smell to the warmth that extends well beyond the actual temperature of the content- it’s perfect. Funny story after being introduced to this creamy full bodied slice of bliss, in the oh so modestly sized sample pack, I went on the hunt for it out in the Tea Wonderland we now call Vancouver. I ended up writing to the owner, who used to have NV warehouse distribution, but is now far far away. My original “tea guy” that owned Steam Tea now works with actual Tea Guy but Steam (although they carry 5 types of Earl Grey-ALL of which I tried) did not carry TG -COEG. Aargh! Just when desperAtion seemed at a peek….tahdah… from On High, or at least from across town, appeared the Holiday TS samples with a “CREAM OF EARL GREY”. (cue confetti). I’m also gah gah for TG Masala Chai (but I am not using one of the ever precious 4 votes for that gem).
After #1 the love ❤️ is shared pretty equally although I’m deeply struggling with deciding between Tea Spot; Red Hot Chai and Market Spice Sweet Cinnamon from Tea Desire both are so deliciously Spinnamony (spicy&cinnamony). Also BIG LOVE for let’s call it #3 Cherry Rose Green from Elmwood Inn. It has such a crisp cherry with just a touch of rose but without being syrupy – a delight and in the words of long ago rebel Mr Kermit “it’s hard to be green”.
Finally numéro quatre, but not for lack of love just someone has to be at the end, Rishi Tea Topical Coconut Oolong which I must say I oolove oolong most of all as the newest tea that I’ve come to know. This was NOT my mamas daily cup a tea for us while growing up and probably still isn’t (very traditional British Black tea lady). Gotta say though of my intro to Oolong is still in honeymoon stage that the buttery smooth body of this tea with the bits of pineapple and coconut -AMAZING!! This is my grown up tea. As the quote says (slightly paraphrased):
When I was a child I drank tea as a child.
When I was grown I drank TC Oolong.”

There ya have it. Winner winner….

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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In academy awards,Adinkra,Black History Month,community,cultural event,Get Hats,Holidays,Latest News,Lunar New Year,Mandala,PERFORMANCE,Stories,The Multi-Slouch on January 27, 2017 by sioso

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A Bit of information about February being Black History Month.

Black History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of a mouth watering (non-alcohol) treat. The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

 

Some helpful Black History & Event websites:

BIV Community Calendar:tinyurl.com/BIVevents

Lists current events: http://diversity.ubc.ca/black-history-month/

VIFF Black History month series: Here’s a link to the complete series, including a link to the multipack:VIFF Black History Month Series

History and Education guide: http://blackhistorycanada.ca/

Films: https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/nfb_celebrates_black_history_month/

History, Interactive & Classroom: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/

http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/black-history-month/

Local History & Interactive Videos: http://blackstrathcona.com/

Local History: http://www.islandnet.com/~bcbhas/

Local History: http://www.bcblackhistory.ca/

VPL Suggested readings book list: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/79828372_vpl_informationservice/580579887_vpl_-_black_history_month_2016

https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps/2016-stamps-by-collection/black-history-month-2016/p-414002111.jsf?execution=e1s1

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/01/black-history-month-art-exhibit-vancouver/

 For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

 

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama  at various community events in February.

  • Storytelling February 20 10:30am at Eastside Family Place (ESFP) 1655 William (for families with children under 6yrs) http://www.eastsidefamilyplace.org .
  • Workshop Thursday Feb 16 at (for adults w/ childcare provided) at Kiwassa NH on African Mancala game. The workshop is free with registration.
  • February 22nd,  World Poetry Celebrates BHM, 6:30-8:30pm, 716, 6th Street (Auditorium) New Westminster. A tribute to women of colour, past, present and future.
  • Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) and custom Mandala key chains ($5 ea/ 12 or more $3.50ea) are available for order and purchase.

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama’s fabulousness was featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

 

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is taking NEW orders ready 1-2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Mandala, Adinkra & Colour Workshops

In Adinkra,Black History Month,children's programs,community,cultural event,Holidays,Mandala,PERFORMANCE,public speaking,special event,spoken word,Stories,workshop on August 16, 2016 by sioso

Storytelling Tools Woven in Living Colours

Through a variety of fun, creative activities participants learn about and practice storytelling,  explore colour meanings and play with a beautiful array of coloured yarns, weaving a simple piece of art.

Mandala Meditation & Mindfulness Workshop

Mandala is “sacred circle” in Sanskrit. The mandala is primarily used as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within. Participants will learn about, and practice using, Mandalas for enjoyment and reflection. Includes a guided meditation with custom created aromatherapy oil.

A 2-hour adult focused Mandala workshop is an opportunity to connect with other community members and learn a personal meditative and reflective practice easily integrated into busy lives. Participants will get the tools to create their own Mandala and learn some of the meaning of various colours & essential oils as they explore freeing their creativity through centered reflection. It’s a fun energy-lifting practice that gives participants surprising boost.

Some colour meanings:
RED for strength, high energy and passion
PINK for love, intuition and the feminine
ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition
YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
BLUE for emotional healing, inner peace and meditation
PURPLE for all things spiritual
WHITE for spiritual focus
BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality

Adinkra painting, stenciling & stamp making Workshop

A 2 hour family printmaking and storytelling workshop for seniors, adults, youth & children 5yrs and up, on Adinkra as Story. The workshop participants will hear Master Storyteller Siobhan, of Mama says; Put a Hat On and will explore the African oral tradition of stories of the Adinkra symbol language through paint, stencil & stamps.

 

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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In 2016 academy boycott,academy awards,academy awards boycott,Adinkra,Black History Month,community,cultural event,Get Hats,Holidays,Latest News,Lunar New Year,Mandala,Stories,The Multi-Slouch on January 28, 2016 by sioso

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & bonus drinkable present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of a mouth watering treat. The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

AND…did you know that —FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday, Family Day and the boycotted Academy awards.

A Bit of information about February being Black History Month.

Black History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.

Some helpful websites:

Lists all events: http://diversity.ubc.ca/black-history-month/

VIFF Black History month series: Here’s a link to the complete series, including a link to the multipack:VIFF Black History Month Series

History and Education guide: http://blackhistorycanada.ca/
Films: https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/nfb_celebrates_black_history_month/
History, Interactive & Classroom: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/black-history-month/

Local History & Interactive Videos: http://blackstrathcona.com/

Local History: http://www.islandnet.com/~bcbhas/

Local History: http://www.bcblackhistory.ca/

VPL Suggested readings book list: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/79828372_vpl_informationservice/580579887_vpl_-_black_history_month_2016

https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps/2016-stamps-by-collection/black-history-month-2016/p-414002111.jsf?execution=e1s1

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/01/black-history-month-art-exhibit-vancouver/

The City of Vancouver’s main events calendar has event listings Celebrating Diversity : http://vancouver.ca/

 For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama  at various community events in February.

  • Storytelling date TBA at Eastside Family Place (ESFP) 1655 William (for families with children under 6yrs) http://www.eastsidefamilyplace.org .
  • Workshop Thursday Feb 16 at (for adults w/ childcare provided) at Kiwassa NH on African Mancala game. The workshop is free with registration.
  • Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) and custom Mandala key chains ($5 ea/ 12 or more $3.50ea) are available for order and purchase.

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama’s fabulousness was featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

 

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is taking NEW orders ready 1-2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Arts That Uplift; celebrate self: celebrate community

In Adinkra,Black History Month,community,cultural event,Holidays,Lunar New Year,Mandela,PERFORMANCE,soap making,Stories on January 24, 2016 by sioso

We are looking for permanent residents, newcomers and other Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) eligible clients interested in an amazing Community Arts program coming up Feb 10-March 16 at Kiwassa.
The program is not exclusive to these clients but they have priority. Participants must pre-register and receive confirmation of enrollment12493812_10153149706572030_926304558273577636_o.

Please help to share this information. Thanks

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February is Black History Month – let’s celebrate

In Black History Month,community,cultural event,Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on February 5, 2015 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

ONE SHOW ONLY- this Saturday February 28th at 2:00pm, 2520 Ontario St Vancouver Come see Siobhan of ‘Mama says’ storytelling one of the Legendary Aesop’s Tales- The Story of The Wind and The Sun. Food Bank Fundraiser admission by non-perishable donations.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a bottle as a present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of Sorrel.

The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

click here–FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Family Day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday and Lunar New Year (2015 Ram).

Some things around town: BHM Collection at Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver BHM details, Black Dot Collective events, and films at VIFF BHM films

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5v1_SYXsGg

Black Pioneers of BC

A Storytelling Moment- BC Blacks in History; one story at a time

2015 featured Canada Post stamp set is Nelson Mandela.

“An icon of tolerance and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela was the first living person to receive honourary Canadian citizenship in 2001. The first president of South Africa to be elected in a free vote by persons of every race, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.”

In 2014  Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Halifax’s Africville. Dismantled in the 60s to make way for new construction, these small but vibrant neighbourhoods are gone but not forgotten.

Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, “a vibrant destination…”

     

The stamp features images of Fielding Spotts, a cooper by trade and the first Baptist in Western Canada, and Nora Hendrix, cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House and grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix:http://cbc.ca/1.2516741

2013 Stamp:

2013 BHM stamp- Joe Fortes, Vancouver BC

  • Mark the proud tradition of Black History Month with a stamp featuring early Vancouver’s beloved lifeguard, Joe Fortes.
  • With period images of the watery playground at English Bay and photos of Joe swimming and interacting with the community, this OFDC depicts a man who carved a niche for himself in his adopted home.



some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders ready 2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival Oct 3-5, 2014

In community,cultural event,music,PERFORMANCE,public speaking,special event,spoken word,storytelling on October 2, 2014 by sioso

HOGAN’S ALLEY FESTIVAL

A Celebration of Diverse Communities in Vancouver through literary performance, spoken word poetry, storytelling and music and community.

Mama says “Siobhan” will be performing and speaking at Sunday Oct 5 #10 event WAXING POETIC; community chat, 3pm at Hogan’s Alley Cafe, 789 Gore Ave

 

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EVENT 1: POETRY & MUSIC THERAPY

Featuring DEVON “Mr. Metro” MARTIN

EVENT 2: HOGAN’S ALLEY CIVIC & CULTURAL LEGACY

Featuring SHANNON BAUMAN, BeDRoCC Poetry & A SHORT FILM BY RUBY SMITH DIAZ

EVENT 3: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? SPOKEN DUB JAM
Featuring SCRUFFMOUTH & DJ ORGANIC

EVENT 4: BeDRoCC POETRY, MUSIC, SPOKENWORD

Featuring SOUL 2 LIFE, RISA & SCRUFFMOUTH

EVENT 5: BLACK STRATHCONA HERITAGE WALK & TALK

Featuring DANA “I.D.” MATTHEWS & KEVAN “SCRUFFMOUTH” CAMERON

EVENT 6: HOGAN’S ALLEY HIP-HOP JAM
Featuring NDIDI CASCADE, MANNAMEWHO & OBCDN (CEREBRAL CORE TEXT), ZENOBIA, Ostwelve, Rupert Common, Cander, DJ Organic, Speeches Beyond

EVENT 7: CHICKEN SESSION #10
Featuring BERTHA “ADELENE DA SOUL POET” CLARK, LATE NIGHT RUCKUS

EVENT 8: EAST VAN GHETTO POETRY

Featuring A video tribute to Zaccheus Jackson Nyce at the Chicken Session House

EVENT 9: BLACK STRATHCONA HERITAGE WALK & TALK
Featuring DANA “I.D.” MATTHEWS & KEVAN “SCRUFFMOUTH” CAMERON

EVENT 10: WAXING POETIC: HOGAN’S ALLEY COMMUNITY CHAT

Featuring Adelene Da Soul Poet, Siobhan Barker, Scruffmouth

EVENT 11: HOGAN’S ALLEY CIVIC & CULTURAL LEGACY

Featuring SCRUFFMOUTH, BeDRoCC Poetry & LEWIS MIESSEN

EVENT 12: HOGAN’S ALLEY CALABASHMENT
Featuring Osaze Dolaibaille, Kwanza Msingwana, Alessandra Naccarato, Sean O’Gorman, Sebastien Wen, Crystal Williams, Scruffmouth, DJ Organic.

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— & MUCH MORE!

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