Melanie Peterson’s Anywhere From Here a heartfelt, beautiful mix of playful, introspective & melancholy
Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter/actress Melanie Peterson celebrated the launch of her new CD Anywhere From Here at The Piston last night, with guest artist Bri-Anne Swan opening the festivities. And what a celebration it was! Swan opened with a short solo acoustic set of mostly original songs, opening with a gorgeous interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If […]
Life With More Cowbell interviews Lisa Anita Wegner, an amazingly stunning woman who credits art for saving her life after a brain injury! She shares her story during Wonder Fest Wednesday March 6th 7pm-8:30pm at The Fringe Creation Lab. Details here: http://wonderwomenworld.tumblr.com/WorkshopDetails
“Figure out what it is you love doing and never stop… Everyone can do this, and I encourage everyone to find what it is for them and go after it with gusto. Pierce the mundane to find the marvelous inside you. You are worth it!” Lisa Anita Wegner.
Do yourself a favour and check Lisa out! For serious, yo! love KAT xoxox
When Kat Leonard introduced me to multi-talented, muti-faceted, multi-media working artist Lisa Anita Wegner, what struck me the most was that Lisa credits art with saving her life. You can read her story here. And when I visited her blog site, I was blown away by the imagery in her pixel paintings.
I had a chance to interview Lisa over email – here’s what she had to say:
LWMC: Hi, Lisa. I was looking at your WordPress blog site and the Mighty Brave Productions site to get a sense of the work you do – and was amazed at the multi-faceted aspect of your work overall, and how it all boils down to authentic storytelling, and using story to make interior and exterior connections. You’ve worked as an actor, producer, writer, filmmaker and visual artist. What else? What came first for you and how did the media you work…
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FLOOD FLOTSAM: This is a poem I found in the flooded basement debris. I wrote it in high school. I like it because it’s about finding love but not necessarily romantic love. I’ve always found incredibly deep love in friendship.
Someone special in your life
is what every somebody needs,
even if they’re kept deep inside your heart
and only come out in your dreams.
When all the others shake their heads,
turn their backs and walk away,
there should always be somebody standing,
someone special left to stay.
Through all unhappiness,
for all the times you cry,
someone special is there with a smile,
to dry your tears, to be on your side.
I’ve found this someone special in you.
Who else could there possible be?
You’re the only one in this whole wide world
Who makes me see someone special in me.
Wishing someone special for all of you!
Love love love!
40 Things I’ve Learned, in no particular order but the one they came to me in, by Kat Leonard:
1. You won’t end up with the friends you started with.
2. Keep friends in whose company you like yourself.
3. I’m lucky. Part of being lucky is realizing that you are.
4. Love feels even better going out than coming in.
5. My gut serves me best but my mind provides a worthy and engaging opponent.
6. Self-Doubt will keep you humble if it doesn’t paralyze you.
7. You can’t blame someone for not reacting the way you would.
8. No one can make you feel any particular way without your permission.
9. Maintain high hopes and low expectations. Also, early is on time and on time is late!
10. If you know enough to say sorry while you’re doing it, DON’T DO IT! Duh!
11. All that glitters can be worn at once.
12. The heart is a muscle: work it hard, permit it recovery, and enjoy it getting stronger.
13. There’s a right time for being right.
14. Camping sucks.
15. Oftentimes, freedom is a state of mind and captivity self-inflicted.
16. Don’t sit too long.
17. Stop eating when you’re full.
18. Be stingy with your time. It’s the most expensive thing you can waste.
19. If it’s feasible and it doesn’t hurt anyone, it can’t be bad merely because it’s unconventional.
20. Relentless hope and joy can be found in the facial expression of a Smurf.
21. All things are equal at the end of the world.
22. Carry sunscreen, dental floss and earplugs.
23. Never pass up an opportunity to drink water, go to the bathroom or brush your teeth.
24. If the day doesn’t feel right at first, take a nap and start over again.
25. People remember both a buoyant smile and a droning whine long after it’s left the room, so execute the one you’d like to be remembered for most.
26. The truth is equally the most exhilarating and effortless way to go.
27. Live each chapter of your life to its fullest. Don’t jump ahead and don’t try to back-edit.
28. Courage is being unnerved and moving forward anyway.
29. The answer is not at the bottom of a bag of chips. But there seem to be quite a few good clues there.
30. The second you think you’re unhappy, you are.
31. Accept compliments promptly and gracefully.
32. Listen to music. Read books! Read books that are more than a thousand pages long! Immerse yourself in another world.
33. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
34. If you laugh well, your lines will be in the right place.
35. That which you create is real.
36. When the urge to dance hits, succumb to it regardless of where you are. The likelihood of harm coming your way is highly unlikely. Mmm… maybe not in a customs lineup.
37. Participate all you can now, because you’re only going to get more tired as the years pass.
38. We regret the things we don’t do more profoundly than the things we do.
39. If you have to question or analyze it, they don’t love you the way you imagine they do.
40. Kiss. Hug. Keep your socks dry.
It’s true, isn’t it?
This past week we held Wonder Women IV and there was so much love and spirit pinging off the walls of The Central Bar & Grill I felt bombarded by joy!
Wonder Women is a series of live events started by the uber-talented and ever-generous Wonder Woman Arlene Paculan. She created it to help promote local talent and also raise awareness and funds for local charities. For WWIV we joined with Red Door Family Shelter and Beverly Webb from Red Door attended the event to share the love and spread the word.
A highlight for me was when the beautiful Arlene Paculan covered my greatest hit Jockstrap and made it sweetly and sinfully soulful.
Here’s a link to the video: Arlene does Jockstrap!
Blurbs and pictures from WWIV can be found in the blogs of the following Wonder Women:
“Four, hot talented women join forces for Red Door at Wonder Women IV”
-Life With More Cowbell
“Wonder Women IV“-Lizzie Violet
“Wonder Women Awesomeness“-Lizzie Violet
“The Wonderful Women at Wonder Women IV“-Ellie Anderson
Wishing you the joy of love coming in and going out in equal measure!
Love KAT 🙂