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Chicago, IL—MacKenzie Press and Stone Soup magazine are thrilled to announce a new competition that celebrates children’s literacy and encourages a whole new generation of young authors and illustrators. The Secret Kids Contest will offer cash prizes, as well as the opportunity for the winning authors and illustrators to have their books professionally published by MacKenzie Press.
The Secret Kids Contest is a national book-writing competition for children that will be open to both writers and illustrators. The contest will be separated into three age ranges: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Aspiring young authors and illustrators can submit everything from picture books, middle grade fiction, and young adult novels to graphic novels and science fiction and fantasy.
Manuscripts will be judged by the MacKenzie Press publisher and Stone Soup staff. Finalists will then be chosen from each category who will work with MacKenzie Press to edit and rework their manuscripts. One winner(s) will then be chosen from each age range.
The contest was born from Nancy’s many conversations with children who all wanted to know the “secret” to becoming an author. “I am always humbled and amazed by the creativity of kids when you give them a pencil and paper, and permission to let their imagination run free,” Nancy explains. “Literacy is one of the most magical gifts you can give a child—it is the gift of their own voice, and a way to gain self esteem and express themselves, apart from social media.”
Though there are several contests that have and do exist for children writers and illustrators—such as “The Kids Are Authors” contest from Scholastic, and “The PBS Go Contest”—there is no other contest that actually publishes the contest winners’ books as a commercial book to be sold and distributed throughout bookstores. Nancy hopes that the Secret Kids Contest helps to inspire young writers and illustrators everywhere to realize their dream of becoming an author or illustrator, but she insists “the real secret is that any kid who participates in the creative process of writing or illustrating are developing gifts that will benefit them their entire life.”
The full entry guidelines and submission forms can be found at anancygeebook.com.
Submissions deadline is October 1, 2018.
Submission fee for contest is $30.
ABOUT NANCY GEE:
Nancy Gee is the author of The Secret Series of children’s picture books, and the founder of MacKenzie Press. She is a passionate advocate for children’s literacy, working tirelessly on reading and writing programs with schools, libraries and hospitals in Chicago and beyond. With her #ThroughLiteracy campaign, Nancy has developed many successful corporate book donor programs for non-profits serving children and families in need. For more information, visit Nancy’s website at
ABOUT STONE SOUP:
Stone Soup is the literary magazine and website by and for kids aged 8 to 13. Founded in 1973, its archives contain 45 years of creative output by children, and it continues to inspire, support and connect creative young writers and illustrators all around the world.
For more information about submitting, subscribing, or donating to Stone Soup, visit stonesoup.com.
On Wednesday, a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church said that separating mothers from their babies was “immoral.” Sessions quoted the Bible in response to anyone questioning the law, saying, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”
I thought he could use some perspective. Below are “laws” passed legally against Jews by the German State under Chancellor Adolph Hitler, the legally chosen representative of the German state. Note the incremental nature of these inhuman laws over 6 years…Source, the American Holocaust Museum.
Law against Overcrowding in Schools and Universities limits the number of Jewish students in public schools.
De-Naturalization Law revokes the citizenship of naturalized Jews and “undesirables.”
Law on Editors bans Jews from editorial posts.
Executive Order on the Reich Tax Law forbids Jews to serve as tax-consultants.
Reich Veterinarians Law expels Jews from the veterinary profession.
Reich Ministry of Education bans Jewish teachers from public schools.
The Mayor of Berlin orders public schools not to admit Jewish children until further notice.
Law on the Alteration of Family and Personal Names forbids Jews from changing their names.
Law on the Profession of Auctioneer excludes Jews from this occupation.
The Gun Law excludes Jewish gun merchants.
Decree on the Exclusion of Jews from German Economic Life closes all Jewish-owned businesses.
Reich Ministry of Education expels all Jewish children from public schools.
Reich Ministry of Interior restricts the freedom of movement of Jews.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 650 children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border during a two-week period in May. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she hadn’t seen Sessions’ comments but affirmed that the Bible did back up the administration’s actions. “I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” she said. “It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.”
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LIFEWAY FOODS TASTE KITCHEN HOSTS COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY CELEBRITY CHEFS AT TASTE OF CHICAGO, JULY 11-15
New Themed Day Demonstrations will feature Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15 Winner Joe Flamm of Spiaggia, Kevin Hickey of Duck Inn and Jeff Mauro of Food Network’s Sandwich King among others
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The Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen at Taste of Chicago, July 11-15, will dish up a full menu of cooking demonstrations by notable local and national celebrity chefs on Buckingham Fountain Plaza. Lifeway Foods is the leading U.S. supplier of kefir cultured dairy products and the kitchen area will feature chefs who will share their trade secrets each day from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“It’s a privilege to showcase the creative culinary uses of our kefir and recipes from my book alongside some of the region’s finest chefs during the Taste of Chicago,” said Lifeway President and CEO Julie Smolyansky. “As one of our city’s premier summertime events, the Taste of Chicago allows us to reach a large audience of hungry foodies and educate them on the versatility of kefir and how can be an incredibly healthy addition to any meal.”
NEW this year, the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen will feature a different theme each day. Highlights include chef Kevin Hickey of Duck Inn on Wednesday, July 11, at 2:30 p.m. during Chicago Neighborhoods day representing Bridgeport. Chef Yanitzin Sanchez of Bar Takito will be part of a lineup of Wonder Women chefs on Thursday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m. Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15 Winner and executive chef Joe Flamm and sommelier and beverage director Rachel Lowe of Spiaggia will be talking about food and wine on Friday, July 13, at 12:30 p.m., as part of the lineup for Perfect Pairings day. On Saturday, July 14, Save Room for Dessert will feature chef Leigh Omilinsky of Nico Osteria at 1:30 p.m. and chef Dana Cree of Pretty Cool Ice Cream at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 15, 1-5 p.m., the Emmy-nominated chef Jeff Mauro–Food Network’s “Sandwich King”–will be hosting Sandwich Smackdown featuring friendly showdowns with two chefs battling it out for sandwich supremacy.
2018 LIFEWAY FOODS TASTE KITCHEN
Full Schedule Chefs–subject to change
Wednesday, June 11 – Chicago Neighborhoods
11:30 a.m. Jeni Wahl, Dia De Los Tamales (Pilsen)
12:30 p.m. Darnell Reed, Luella’s Southern Kitchen (Ravenswood)
1:30 p.m. Kaushik Guha, Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls (Lincoln Park)
2:30 p.m. Kevin Hickey, Duck Inn (Bridgeport)
3:30 p.m. Chesaree Rollins, CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck (Pilsen)
4:30 p.m. James Lintelmann, Baptiste & Bottle (River North)
5:30 p.m. Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun’s Thai Restaurant (Albany Park)
Thursday, June 12 – Wonder Women
11:30 a.m. Rain Truth, The Cultured Vegan
12:30 p.m. Yanitzin Sanchez, Bar Takito
1:30 p.m. Gloria Hafer, After School Matters Chicago
2:30 p.m. Sr. Alicia Torres, Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and Champion of Food Network’s Chopped
3:30 p.m. Katie Dong, Strings Ramen
4:30 p.m. Ying Stoller, Ying’s Kitchen, Inc. and author of Ying’s Chinese Cookbook, Authentic but Simple
5:30 p.m. Maisha Wynn, LiveToWynn and author of The Wynning Way
Friday, June 13 – Perfect Pairings
11:30 a.m. Jorge Russomanno, Texas de Brazil
12:30 p.m. Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15 Winner Joe Flamm with Rachel Lowe (Sommelier & Beverage Director), Spiaggia
1:30 p.m. Cedric Harden, River Roast, and Carolina Diaz, Terzo Piano
2:30 p.m. Corey Rice, Chef Corey’s Kitchen
3:30 p.m. Mario Palaggi, The Red Palm Bar, Grill and Banquets
4:30 p.m. Andrea Lyons Dillon and Kendall Anthony Dillon, Bon Manger Catering & Events
5:30 p.m. Evan Robinson, Evan The Chef and MasterChef Junior Season 5 Top 6
Saturday, June 14 – Save Room for Dessert
11:30 a.m. Wilbert Jones, The Wilbert Jones Company
12:30 p.m. Chris Tong, My Private Chef, Inc.
1:30 p.m. Julius Russell, A Tale of Two Chefs, Inc.
2:30 p.m. Erin Patsiopoulos, The Chopping Block
3:30 p.m. Dana Cree, Pretty Cool Ice Cream and author of Hello, My Name is Ice Cream
4:30 p.m. Leigh Omilinsky, Nico Osteria
5:30 p.m. Joe Dela Pena, Warm Belly Bakery
Sunday, June 15 – Jeff Mauro’s Sandwich Smackdown
Noon Sunday Brunch with Henry Hill, Hank’s Fish and Chips
Jeff Mauro’s Sandwich Smackdown
1p.m. Italian Sub Smackdown: JP Graziano Grocery v. Tempesta Market
1:45 p.m. el Mejor Jibarito: La Bomba v. 90 Mile Cuban Cafe
2:30 p.m. The Rueben Rumble: Steingold’s v. Manny’s Delicatessen and Cafe
3:15 p.m. The Battle of Da Beef: Harry Carey’s 7th Inning Stretch v. Buona Beef
4 p.m. The Patty Melt Mix-Up: Lou Mitchell’s v. Edzo’s Burger Shop
5 p.m. Sunday Supper with Anne Lanute, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Taste of Chicago is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in coordination with the Illinois Restaurant Association, which manages food and beverage operations. The festival is sponsored in part by 93XRT, CH Distillery, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Communications Direct, Eli’s Cheesecake, Goose Island Beer Company, IL Lottery, Lifeway Foods, Pepsi, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines and WGN-Television.
The 38th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11–15 in Grant Park with hours 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Wednesday–Friday, and 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE admission festival, call 312.744.3316 or visit tasteofchicago.us. To plan your trip to Chicago, visit choosechicago.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter, @TasteofChi (#TasteofChicago) and Instagram, @ChicagoDCASE (#TasteofChicago).
About Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY), recently named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies, is America’s leading supplier of the probiotic fermented beverage known as kefir. In addition to its line of drinkable kefir, the company also produces frozen kefir, specialty cheeses, probiotic supplements and a ProBugs line for kids. Lifeway’s tart and tangy cultured dairy products are now sold across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Learn how Lifeway is good for more than just you at Lifewaykefir.com. Find Lifeway Foods on Facebook: http://facebook.com/lifewaykefir. Follow Lifeway Foods on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lifeway_kefir. Watch clips on YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/lifewaykefir
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
And I thought my family had issues. And where was this “psychogenic” amnesia when I scratched my dad’s car, was late with term papers or when I may or may not have cheated on a girlfriend in college? Unless you’re casually perusing DSM V while reading this, I’ll get to what that means in a moment.
I got a sneak preview of Eclectic Theatre’s new play, Fuddy Meers, a quirky comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, opening Saturday June 9th and running through July 8th at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. there are some phenomenal performances here, and one brilliant must see performance, but I’ll get to all that in a moment as well.
Let’s start with Jeremy Hollis’ set design, which, mind you, has to move the story comfortably between a rural kitchen, cluttered basement, car chase and a kidnapping. Together with Katherine Siegel’s seamless direction of freeze-pane action, it all gives Fuddy Meers something of a graphic novel feel. All in all, the stage design was, in the context of this mad cap story, a glorious ode to all of us who proudly celebrate our uniquely American White Trash Heritage!
The story revolves like a hurricane in this 90 minutes performance around Claire, just Claire, played by the lovely Lisa Savegnago, whose memory has mysteriously disappeared. Each morning Claire’s somewhat befuddled husband Richard (Joe Cattoggio) presents her with a journal; cliff notes of her life, which she is bound to forget the moment she falls asleep again. Siegel and the cast don’t dawdle over the unimportant details. The story moves swiftly as a disfigured stranger with a limp surprises her while Richard is away, warning that if she remains with him that her life is in danger.
Andrew Pond as the “Limping Man,” is an absolute pleasure to watch as he moves along the fringes of criminal insanity and subverted, sometimes overt, rage. Pond manages to pull off the part of sympathetic villain, as Claire slowly pieces together the true and shocking catalyst for her affliction, and the reason for the Limping Man’s hideous disfigurement. Pond’s performance redefines the role for the Brand.
It was, for me, hometown actor Kirk Osgood as Millet, the Limping Man’s halfwit accomplice who steals the show. Osgood, who has performed from Navy Pier to Lyric Opera, renders Millet…well, imagine if Jerry Lewis and Pee Wee Herman had child whose alter-ego was a foul-mouthed and brazenly honest sock puppet. Osgood’s Millet is simply one of the most memorable and hilarious characterizations I have seen in 25 years Chicago Theatre. Brilliant.
The story sailed by to a fun and satisfying payoff by a cast who genuinely appeared to have as much fun on stage as the audience did watching them. I wouldn’t wait too long to get tickets. Once the word gets out about this play seats will go quickly.
Fuddy Meers, plays tonight through July 8th at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport in Chicago. For tickets visit eclectic-theatre.com or call 773-935-6875.
…which came first, design or aesthetics, aesthetics or the tool? In other words, did an innate, perhaps universal sense of symmetry drive a comprehension that led to conscious and deliberate design choices in making the first tools or in creating the first Art? On the other hand, did the comprehension of the potential utility of various shapes, like a point, for example, inform our understandings of design? Or, can we find evidence for an innate evolutionary imprint throughout the animal kingdom that lays the groundwork for deliberate and conscious design choices and innovation? Moreover, what does that say for human aesthetics, design and Art as our Mother tongue?
The use, the rudimentary use of tools in the animal world is hardly uncommon. Bottlenose dolphins use sponges to scrounge for food on the ocean floor, while orangutans have been known to arrange leaves to make whistles to fend off predators, a skill apparently communicated or taught by other orangutans. Aesthetics, or imprinted aspects of design inform the building of nests throughout the animal kingdom, and often plays a critical role in mating rituals as intricate designs created to impress mates by the Satin Bowerbird bird. Many species of Spider not only display incredible design capabilities in ornate webs, but also are masters of marketing in the insect world. They build webs where they might attract insect prey, but also often situate them in such a way to minimize threats from predators such as birds; Go where the business is while minimizing risk. Marketing 101!
What is unique to Human’s alone, at least on this planet, is in seeing natural objects for their alterable potential. That may be obvious, as with a long straight stick capable of accurate throwing, or semi-abstract, as with pieces of wood arranged, say, as a seesaw. Then again, it may be extraordinarily abstract, as with the creation of Bronze from Copper and Arsenic, first seen in what is now Iran in the 5th Millennium BC, or the fission of atoms to generate Nuclear power. It is as true for making a spear or arrow as it is for conceiving of an Aluminum automobile bumper from a mined chunk of bauxite. It is one thing for a Chimpanzee to plunge a stick or reed into an ant hill for an insect snack, and another thing to alter a stick by rubbing, burning and chipping the stick to a sharp point, or to affix a sharp stone to the end with sinew or strands of young bark. the cognitive and technological leap is immense, and underscores our original question.
Later, we will explore the Anthropic Principle which posits that sapient intelligence was a predicted consequence of a universe whose laws, structure and physical constants, such as gravity, the mass of a proton and why governing laws of nature arose in one way rather than any other, and why those constants seem precisely ordered to guarantee that life. There are flaws to the argument, but there are interesting potential realities. Basically the Anthropic Principle describes how if any one of those characteristics were changed or eliminated the likelihood that life, let alone intelligent life would be much less likely or eliminated altogether. It is more philosophy than science, but philosophy has often laid the groundwork for scientific discovery, and often lays the moral and ethical backdrop for science. In the context of searching for the Mother Tongue, it is more than valuable discussing whether there is a physical and structural basis for a truly universal Mother Tongue. If so, it would be a thread binding all living things throughout the Universe.
Perhaps the underlying structure, paraded as an anthropomorphized view of the Anthropic Principle, is natural symmetry and our innate understanding of symmetry; a harmonious expression of balance. In the early 1990s I studied under the late sculptor Milton Horn, a close friend of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Our amiable arguments in the dusty study of his 19th Century Chicago home often centered on Horn’s disdain for modern Art and sculpture. But one concept was absolutely clear of Art and sculpture, regardless of style, and that was our understanding and rendering of balance and symmetry was based upon our comprehension of balance and symmetry found in nature and of the Human body. As diverse and seemingly infinite as sculpture may seem, it is guided by symmetry defining realities of mass, balance, material strength and gravity, leading to the conclusion that the universe and nature is as much a partner and factor in artistic and architectural constructions as the talent and imagination of the Artist.
But how much of our assertions and assumptions of Art, Design and Aesthetics are in fact informed and guided, indeed, ruled by fundamental natural principle, and how much is driven by the Human mind, and is simply asking the question an ultimate exercise in futility and hubris?