Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Newcomer

I've been busy, like really busy.

If your a mother you know what it means to be busy, managing, maintaining, guiding, the dog, the cats, the kids, the man. You know, one day you wake up and your 40 something, and things look different.?

Glimmer of Hope
That Glimmer of Hope, for your turn, the one that's caught your eye so many times before only to be lost in all the moments, sees You! It takes your breathe away and suddenly you Feel Fifteen. Then it begins.

Like so many before you. Women have a herstory of blossoming well into their 40's, 50's and beyond.

Full Bloom
Well men have more opportunity to bloom at a much younger age, it would make some sense that career wise they are in a position of mentorship and building for the future in their 40's and beyond. It would also seem narrow minded logically that the next generation or benefactors of mentorship and or infrastructure would some how be younger than them.

Spreading My Wings
However, Statically speaking, 57% of Generation X women are in the position of, for the First time in their Adult lives, able to contribute the Time to their Talents to become Intellects and Masters of chosen Passions. Just like the 20 something standing beside her. Except that she has 20 years of wisdom, experience on them and a vivd conciseness of the opportunity for growth.

Young at Heart
Weather your a mentor or just starting to play, remember it not about age, it's about mental attitude. So the next time a 30 something CEO refers to age as being old or that all advancements and opportunities are for the younger generations. I may just have to use my words of wisdom to smack him up side the head, regardless of his title, his pay check, his opportunity for success, anytime is always a good time for learning something new. It's what keeps you Young.

Or maybe, if your one of the, already been there done that, and now get to make anew for you. I would appreciate it, if you could be inclusive of me and so many others and refer to us, as the Newcomers.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Buzz on Baconfest

www.baconfestcanada.com
Bringing Home the Bacon

Save the Bacon, Chew the Fat, Cold Shoulder...

Ever wonder why Bacon is more than just an Expression? What is it about Bacon that makes us naturally smile? Why so funny...

Hi I', Bacon

It's all in the History

So I guess back in the day, like year 1105. Some guy, The Prior of Small Dunmow, Essex awarded a local couple with a side of Bacon. The Prior was impressed with the couples marital devotion. Sounds so proper...

Bacon Feast
By the 1500's, Bacon and English peasantry had become Mediaeval culinary nonsense.

And the Nonsense shall continue...

Baconfest Canada is coming to the Bowness Community Centre in Calgary Alberta on Saturday, September 24th, 2011

CJAY 92 and Baconfest Canada are proud to Present, Baconfest 2011
www.primeboxoffice.com
A full day of culinary arts, contests and celebrations. It's all about the Bacon...

The kitchens are cooking, sizzling is what they do best! Every thing from sweet to salty, well done to not so much? and then there is chocolate...as in Bacon. Yummy!

The Poets are preparing to Profess their love for Bacon. I'm sure most of us will connect with the sentiments. I'm already tearing, I mean cracking up:)

www.harvestmeats.com
Did someone say Eating Contest? Once again Harvest Meats is Bring the Bacon. In case you missed it CJAY 92, Baconfest Canada, Harvest Meats and the Wildhorse Saloon served up a Ton of Bacon at the Calgary Stampede Parade. It was a great morning for some fat chewin...

www.bownesspub.ca
Speaking of Party, The Community of Bowness has stepped up to the Party Plate big time. We knew when this adventure began that it would be a community event. All kinds of communities, Culinary, Arts, Local, Media, Volunteers, People all the things that make communities. The Bowness Community Association is bring the Beer and CJAY 92 and the Bowness Pub are hosting The Official After Party. Anyone thirsty for some Bacon?                                        
http://www.cjay92.com

It's been a radical ride bringing Bacon lovers together to celebrate the nonsense of Bacon.

Everyone needs a little nonsense in their lives.

Festival; code name for Parttty. Join us for Everything That Rocks! Bacon. See You at Baconfest!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mom's the Word

Theatre Calgary's most recent success story was a play about being a Mom. Who would of thought. Five simple everyday story's could be so thoughtful. Full of the funny and the fine lines we mothers often walk.

It was a hot date, so naturally I was my usual enthusiastic self.

I love the theatre, the stage, the lights, the sound, the feeling, ah the feelings that come with a night at the theatre. I can still remember the night I fell in love with the theatre. I'd been on the stage or enjoying the acting of others for years already... but that night, the show hadn't even started yet. I was hanging out, dressed nice because that's just what you do when you go to the theatre. When a woman I didn't know put her arm around me and tucked in the tag of my dress that had been sticking out. She smiled and said you'd do the same for me wouldn't you?...

A play about being a Mom. I like to escape sometimes to "that place" where I can just be me, just a girl. So I was a little concerned that a play about Mother hood might just be "all to real" for me. I like thought provoking about new or different things, stuff. Maybe I was having a flash back of the TMI of the Vagina Monologues. Not sure I was up for all my inner most Motherly secrets to be exploited for audience reaction...


A breathe of fresh air, I laughed, my hot date laughed. Not sure if it was intentional or just came to be through the absolute command of the stage the actors had that night. Each character captured, as though the journey's were their own. Every moment remarkable, in of it's self, we, audience and actors celebrated the good, the bad, the ugly... something everyday and ordinary, Mother hood. The performance was as extraordinary as mother hood it's self.


Such a privilege to be part of a truly once in a life time performance. Then like the cherry on top, we went on to have a tour so I could capture some of the essence of the evening. Radical!

Something about being a girl, whether your six or thirty six and lost in the mayhem of Mother hood. Pink feathers can help make it all okay. Even if it's just for a moment. It could be said that Mother hood is just a community of moments meant to be shared, intellectualized and celebrated.


Congratulations to
Theater Calgary. Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams. Kira Bradley, Lindsay Burns, Elinor Holt, Nikki Loach and Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan. Meg Roe and the Company and Crew. Your eloquence in capturing Mother hood in such a palatable way is to be applauded.

Thank you all for a wonderful evening. Such a treat. You can check out Theatre Calgary's 2011-2012 season at http://www.theatrecalgary.com If you see someone smiling contently and looking for dress tags that need to be tucked, there's a good chance thats me, or that other Lady...

Friday, May 6, 2011

One Thing

What's Your One Thing?

There's this Philosophy that every person could and should do their One Thing for Humanity. What ever that might mean to that One Person. All around me, I see One Things. Some people are doing lots of things, others not so much... Mostly though it is Animal Instinct to Survive, Human Nature to Thrive.

Me In Front of the UN.
Where were the Flags?
Like pieces of the puzzle my life is made up of days, weeks, months, years and even a few decades now. So, so grateful that the pieces are very colourful and are starting to fit together. Almost with a magnetic force the groupings are becoming magical in their own ways.

I passed by the UN a few years back. Instantly thought "I wish I had a voice here". I always knew that individuals some how became voices of the UN. If you've ever met me, there is no question that I am an individual.

I am passionate. One Thing, That instantly makes my Blood Boil. Always has, even though I have no personal involvement. I think that just witnessing it brings to my intellect, all the thoughts that deem my vision as UN Human. So over the years I've refrained from engaging in a spur of the moment public debate.

I have however continued to intellectualize, educate and inform myself as to the nature and the status of the One Thing. Recently, I have started to speak about and share my thoughts. So important when the time is right for Ideas to be Shared.

I used to think that the world wide web was connecting and had the power to change the world. What I know today, is that it's the people's use of the new tools that are changing the world. Shout out to Blogger, Twitter and Facebook, your, our history is in the making.

On April 26, 2011 I tweeted, yes, tweeted @ UN_Women in response to on going discussion. Starting with the basic Human Right; Every Persons shall have the Right to Show Their Face, regardless of race, religion or gender. At this time I would like to add; in all environments.


I would like to One Day introduce a Private Members Bill or bring it to Pass through Formal/Traditional means. Ultimately have the Rights Legally Packaged for International Correspondence. One Thing, with potentially UN Measurable positive impact.

Join me on Twitter and find out why news agency's from around the world are starting to Follow me.
I want everybody to be smart...
www.twitter.com/caraazevedo

A Toast to All that Make a Difference. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

 I look forward to connecting, communicating and corresponding with all persons that believe in Basic Human Rights.

Kindest Regards, Cara

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Not the Fast and the Furious

Usually I keep it light. Fun, about the Joy. Sometimes though the reality is devoid of opportunity for the sunny side.

I was once a teenager. I now have a teenager and a twenty year old (not to mention the girl). So I know what goes on. I know what I wish I could control, but I can't.

They Drink those young boys. Not really sure why. It always made me sick and yet, just a few years ago I finally learned my last lesson. So I Know. It's happening.

Kind of like birth control & condoms. We don't say teenagers "hey, go have underaged sex" Yet there are systems and programs in place to help protect them through the not always best choices they make.

Though education we offer opportunity for learning about sexuality and drugs. Pictures are shown of what happens to you when you Drink and Drive.

The human reaction, that's not about me...

The reality is, it is about you. It's about your buddy, your team mate, your classmate, your girl friend...

It's about you. To many young people in these past few years in our community have passed on from the need for speed when under the influence. Ours boys are Not the Fast and the Furious.

You the teenagers can protect each other. Stand up for what's safe. Speak Out against drinking and driving.  Have a plan. Be the guy that say's "Let's leave the cars at the house tonight, we can cab it. Make it cool to pass out on the basement floor.

Most Recent Use Last Night
The grown ups can ask what's the plan? Make sure they know they have an Out. Like cab cash at the front door. My floor is always open. Even if it means smelly drunk teenagers.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Dali Lama

Artist W.C. Rottfusser
Women's Week March 6th - 12th 2011.

It's been sometime since The Dali Lama  was last here. This past week he resigned from Politics. He would like more time to focus on Spirituality. When he was last here the Media covered most of his goings on. He has a message to send and how gracious of "news worthy" that his message was consistent and clear. In case you missed it, it was something like this; It's up to the women and the girls to teach the world about empathy and compassion...

I was hoping, looking forward to the message being something I could hold on to, a new thought, that would some how make my days more full filling. Instead this? I admit I felt like "oh great, don't put this on me!" Like my shoulders arn't already so sore enough?  Now this, really?... Yes, really, what a gift to share. Empathy and Compassion.


Mayor Nenshi
As I partook in many of last weeks event's and engaged in social discussion, There were some reoccurring thoughts, ideas and in general, ways of being. Pam Ryan spoke of Empowering Women to Their Potential. Mayor Nenshi's words recognized the importance of women and their influence on creating and running Community. Kendra Ohama shared her Passion, Honesty and Courage on becoming a three time Olympic Gold Champion. Elisabeth Fayt Encouraged people to Choose the life they want to lead.

www.womentowomen.org
and Pam Ryan
Over and over I listened to stories of "I had an Idea..." that's all it took. One Empowered Connected woman with Passion who Encouraged... And the results Magical.

Amy Dryer - Artist
After my week of observation and engagement I realize, so cool that many of us will continue to share empathy and compassion with the world in our own joyful quirky ways. You just never know, when doing so, might inspire an "Idea"

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Five Funny things about being Frigid

Frigid, as in Frozen


#5  Eskimo fashion is "IN" Yes, even for the guys...


#4  Things don't sit quite right when even the "toilet seat" is cold. really


#3  Don't care what they say, Stomach Fat doesn't melt away when it's -30 something




#2  A Trip to Fairmont Hotsprings feels like a Five Star in Florida


#1  Your BFF starts to look like a Portable Heater

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Oscars

It was nice.

Like as in, kind of mostly boring. Sometimes I like boring.

Classic, Traditional moments happen when things are Boring.

The King and the Queen of the evening conducted them selves with the upmost of grace. Congratulations. So nice of you to share a journey to be appreciated.

 Natalie Portman in her most vulnerable state of womanhood, thank you for sharing so eloquently.






Reese Witherspoon was simple, no sequins, just stunning.




Celine always so angelic, always. I'd like to ask her one day if she ever "loses" it? More important if she could share her thoughts on keepin it all calm.

Mr Kirk Douglas, sooooo funny, I love humour, dry, thoughtful funny, no one gets hurt, we all have a chuckle, good old fashion funny. Priceless.



 It was a great night, there were ups and downs.

 The stage was a little plain.

 The award winners represented a large spectrum of film makers, touched many friends and family and community. So important when we celebrate to include all those that are a part of the team, sometimes even the fan's...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

3rd Party


It's a Fundraiser

Missing Children captured the hearts of their corporate partners. So important for charities like these to have the community reach out and thank them for all the hard and important work they do.

A couple of dude's had an idea, saw an opportunity and just like that, Benefit was Born.

So often it's the Company, the Corporation that gets the 15 minutes of fame. The Logo posted in lights.

The reality is it's the people that each day create it.

"in the future everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes."
 Andy Warhol





Look out here come the Arts 

The Band took the stage, like they so often do, quietly, anonymously, with grace. Then the music starts, next the realization, if your lucky enough to know what a unique treat the trio is bringing to the benefit. 

For years Tim Tamishiro and Sheldon Zandboer have been sharing their musical genius with Calgarians. Tim's Show "Tonic" all things refreshingly Jazz and them some, can be caught on CBC Radio Two. Look for it!

 "The" Oscar Lopez

On this night Oscar decided to join the duet before his solo set.
If you've ever listened to Oscar you know what an amazing gift of guitar he possesses.

To see him in person makes you feel like your the only one in the room. The passion, the intellect, the training, so abundant it's all consuming.

Wonderful how musicians are so willing to share gift, talents and the stage.

Collaboration was indeed a theme of the evening. 



Jason Gogo

Colourful comes to mind over and over.

Not just about the canvas that hangs on the wall, More about the spirit that created it.

The Art and the Man.

So visually strong, the scene read like an open book to me.



Even in death Andy created the
www.andywarholfoundation.org

Andy does live on in an era that he himself was able to envision.

I can't help think he knew he was a head of his time...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Andrew Warhola

Andy Warhol


The sun is shining briliantly on this February day. Just the way Andy would of liked it. There was something about the sun and beauty that captured him.



The Marilyn Monroe Diptych was one of his first paintings in 1962. It projected the image of how he saw things and solidifed his style as a pop artist.

Yet it wasn't until after his untimely death in 1987 and the creation of his foundation that he became an artist worthy of history books.





In 1983 a Canadian Gallery owner, Frans Wynans commisioned Warhol to paint the then young 22 year old hockey star; Wayne Gretzky. Frans had suggested to Peter Pocklington that he should invest in an up and coming artist like Warhol...




Pink Rose




Thriving in the Sunshine 



This rose is in the moment, being the best it can be.

Be a blossom in your bouquet.







Friday, February 4, 2011

"Be Our Guest" Youth Singers of Calgary Second Chants

This number is from our 2010 performance
We are currently having a blast working on our 2011 Show
May 29th, 7PM at the Glenmore Christian Academy
Check us out!