Monday, February 21, 2022

Watertown Cultural Council Announces New Grants for 2022

 

NEWS in Watertown: 

For more info about the Book Launch, Talk and Giveaway March 20th, scroll down, or go back to the Feb 2022 post: 

https://www.gainline.com/2022/02/book-launch-talk-giveaway.html

February News Release - Watertown Cultural Council:

The Watertown Cultural Council is pleased to announce its grant recipients for the fiscal year 2022. The Council awarded 20 grants totally over $14,000 an increase of over $2,000 from last year. The grants will support arts, humanities and public science and technology projects throughout Watertown. The funding for these grants is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   And, for the first time, the Watertown Cultural Council will support a Council project, Yard Art. The programs serve Watertown adult audiences as well as families, older adults, preschoolers and K-12 students.

Grantees for 2022 Include the Following:

Arts Access Programming at the Mosesian Center for the Arts

Art Saint Hope Art Exhibit

Belmont World Film’s 19th Annual Family Film Festival

Dancing Feet’s Free Children’s Dancing Classes

Dinosaur Annex’s Performance of Hub of the Musiverse: Sonic Migrations

Geode Program at the Watertown Boys and Girls Club

Gore Place’s Neighborhood Nature Walks

Hosmer School’s International Week

Hip Hop Dance for Seniors

Irish Music Performance, Patrick J. Touhey Memorial Concert

Local Armenian Community Map

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Program on “The Art of Living Together”

Pigsgusset Initiative’s Performance of “Listen to Sipu”

Recovery City Production

Revels and Perkins School for the Blind’s Performance of “Celebration of Spring”

Watertown Arts Market

Watertown Saltonstall Park Concerts 2022

Woman in the Mirror Production

Women in World Jazz, Watertown Public School

Yard Art

The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) is one of 355 Local Cultural Council Programs statewide, funded in large part by the state through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, annually supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The mission of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is “to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.”  The Watertown Cultural Council is comprised of volunteer residents with a strong interest in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

To learn more about the application process or how to join the Council, please visit the Watertown Cultural Council website at watertownculturalcouncil.org.

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 A lot of great arts & culture things coming this year in Watertown!

Thanks to both the Watertown Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For more information about the Geode Program, check out my December 2021 blog, Some of My Favorite Things, about how the idea of the geode program came to me after last August’s Arts Market.

https://www.gainline.com/2022/01/


Book Launch, Talk & Giveaway

Also, mark your calendars, Book Launch, Talk, and Giveaway coming up on Sunday, March 20th at 3:00 PM, to coincide w/ International World Happiness Day and the first day of spring. 

The talk will be held virtually via EventBrite/Zoom, and so anyone can attend from anywhere, free for all, but do register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-happy-clam-book-launch-talk-giveaway-tickets-252533403207

For more info, visit the Feb 2022 blog:

https://www.gainline.com/2022/02/book-launch-talk-giveaway.html

Books will be available at the following locations for free, compliments of Gainline Press:

    Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

    Craft Beer Cellar, 87 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA

    O'Some Cafe, 100 Main Street, Watertown, MA

If you’re a local business and want to get in on the giveaway, please feel free to reach out through the contact form in the blog.

To quote Flora Cash, “what does it take to be happy, what does it take to be satisfied…”

https://youtu.be/PAP2sv8O-OM

Aside from a good book, a good friend, and a good cup of coffee.

Spring and snow squalls, brighter days must lie ahead.


© 2022 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (Gainline Press, 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (Gainline Press, 2004). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS



 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Book Launch, Talk, & Giveaway

Announcing: Book Talk on March 20th, at 3:00 PM, in celebration of International World Happiness Day & the first day of Spring, and to re-launch my book, The Happy Clam.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-happy-clam-book-launch-talk-giveaway-tickets-252533403207



Register now – while tickets are free, seats are limited!

Since it’s virtual, anyone can attend from anywhere,

Never before heard backstories of how the book came to be, released in the midst of the pandemic, its messages of hope & happiness needed now more so than ever before.

Technically, The Happy Clam was released in 2020, but, well, there was that pandemic thing going on, and so this is a re-launch.

Book Giveaway

Books will be available at the following locations for free between March 12th and March 20th, compliments of Gainline Press:

    Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

    Craft Beer Cellar, 87 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA

    O'Some Cafe, 100 Main Street, Watertown, MA

If you’re a local business and want to get in on the giveaway, please feel free to reach out through the contact form in the blog.

The Kindle version will be priced FREE $0.00 on March 19th & 20th. 

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Clam-Rosemary-Schmidt-ebook/dp/B08DM6CCRX

UPDATES: The book is now listed on NetGalley, available to download for free to all reviewers. https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/248648

#TheHappyClam

#NetGalley

Reviews

New reviews just in from BookTrib:

https://booktrib.com/2022/03/08/fake-it-till-you-make-it-a-beacon-of-hope-in-dark-times/

https://booktrib.com/2022/03/01/much-more-than-a-rough-and-tumble-sport-rugby-teaches-valuable-life-lessons/


Reader Views is also hosting a book give-away (only 2 copies left!):

https://www.readerviews.com/book-giveaway/

For the full review:

https://readerviewsarchives.wordpress.com/2022/01/29/reviewschmidtthehappyclam/


Readers’ Favorite also hosts a full review and offers opportunities to request free copies:

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-happy-clam


What the critics are saying:

"This short, sweet book is like a long conversation with your really smart best friend."

"The personal insights shared, the failures and successes, the tips on how to find the positive and even the recipes all add to make this a very good workbook for living."

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Award Judges Panel

"During a time when the whole world is feeling quite down and lost, a book such as this is welcomed with open arms.

Prose: Schmidt has a way of meandering through her thoughts cohesively and eloquently. Although her ideas blend together to a degree, they do so in an intentional fashion, stitched together with facts, citations, quotes, poetry, and recipes.

Originality: The Happy Clam is a self-help book about finding one's inner happiness and contentment – a topic that has been well traveled. However, Schmidt has the ability to tread these waters with a unique perspective, and successfully manages to take a tired subject and breathe new life into it."

The BookLife Prize

"Throughout, she revealed herself as insightful and funny, charming and wise, qualities that, along with the rigor of her presentation of research, ensure The Happy Clam stands out from the pack of self-help books on happiness. She is realistic and positive in the same breath, illuminating how “elusive happiness” can seem attainable to readers.

Takeaway: A quick, thorough, inviting self-help book on ways to seek, find, and maintain happiness in adulthood."

BookLife Review

“The Happy Clam is a book that should be on the bookshelves of everyone in the current climate. Rosemary A. Schmidt has a way with words that invigorates your soul and makes you feel optimistic despite the countless problems facing society at large. The author relates the pain of losing her sister and her mother, but she manages to find a way to navigate through the grieving period. She also recounts her experiences of working as a supervisor. There is a surprising amount of humor sprinkled throughout the pages that makes Schmidt's writing all the more engaging, and I honestly found myself chuckling out loud once or twice. You also get some really cool recipes to soothe your stomach as well as your soul. Highly recommended.”

Pikasho Deka, for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars)



“I came away from reading “The Happy Clam,” feeling motivated and inspired to take more steps to ease up on the things that are currently dragging me down. I will focus on spending more time on taking care of my own wellbeing. In turn, in the long run, this will enable me to feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. This is highly recommended reading and would make a thoughtful gift for someone who is seeking a way back to a happier life.”

Paige Lovitt, for Reader Views (5 stars) 



2021 Eric Hoffer Category Finalist



If you read it and you like it, please leave a review on Amazon and GoodReads!


Mark Your Calendars:

March 19 & 20, 2022 – Book Re-Launch for The Happy Clam.


Good Reads

Read more about the book here on Good Reads and see who else is reading it now:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54740921-the-happy-clam

 

Author’s web page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/254930.Rosemary_A_Schmidt

 

Soundtrack:

Don’t forget to go back to the July 2020 blog for the book’s soundtrack!

http://www.gainline.com/2020/07/the-happy-clam.html

 

A couple of songs for no reason and every season

Get Some Scars, by Lux Lisbon

https://youtu.be/D13lu3aajjo

 

The Promise, by When In Rome:

https://youtu.be/5HI_xFQWiYU

https://youtu.be/vyLtOeT-5vY

Every month is suicide prevention month.

 

© 2022 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (Gainline Press, 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (Gainline Press, 2004). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS



Saturday, January 1, 2022

Some of My Favorite Things... Happy 2022!

 “T’was the night after the market

And all through the house

Not a person was sleeping

All because of a mouse…”

I’ll explain in a minute, but first –

I’m super-excited to announce that the Geode Program has been selected by the Watertown Cultural Council as part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council to be funded in 2022, in partnership with the Watertown Boys & Girls Club.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 



All thanks to Henri, the mouse. And Dr. Roberta Rosenberg. Let me explain.

I was at the Watertown Arts Market, along with about 70 other artists all hawking our wares, when Dr. Roberta Rosenberg stopped by my table, as she was making the rounds to all the artists, passing out brochures about the Watertown Cultural Council, encouraging new applicants. But, what could I do, I thought.

After the market, we packed up and loaded out all our boxes, picked up a pizza pie from Frank Pepe’s as promised, just as the skies started to cloud up. We were lucky to fit in the market that Saturday August 21st, sandwiched right between Tropical Storms Fred (Thursday, August 19th) and Henri’s landfall predicted for Sunday morning, August 22nd).

After pizza, as I flumped into the corner of the couch, what to my surprised eye did I see, but a mouse scrambling up the other side of the couch! I leapt straight up in the air, and then a chase ensued, me chasing the mouse around the couch, under the couch, around the living room, and finally into the kitchen, where we surmised he’d taken up hiding in the back of the refrigerator. Ew.

So we called our neighbor from two doors down, who came over, and told us we needed to get some mousetraps. And that mice really love peanut butter. So, while Susan and John dashed out to Home Depot, I stayed in the kitchen, keeping watch on the refrigerator, like some giant furless cat, to make sure the mouse didn’t come out and disappear.

We baited the trap with peanut butter and set it behind the refrigerator and went to bed, where I would spend the rest of the night not sleeping, waiting and worrying about where the mouse was. And so I had plenty of time to think, asking myself again, “What could I do?”

Certainly at work there are plenty of discussions about STEM and how to reach kids early, and then it came to me: Geodes & Journals. Geodes are the perfect gateway to introduce kids to minerals and rocks and geology, the first science, and all the other sciences and engineering. Journals are the perfect tool to give kids the chance to express themselves in a judgment-free environment, to find their voice, and develop coping skills.

Geodes and journals serve as the perfect metaphor. Crystals form in the empty space within volcanic rocks, and journals provide the blank space to fill with words, thoughts, ideas, and emotions. When we crack open a geode, it reveals what no one has ever seen before. Crystals form as elements in solution precipitate out and organize into a crystalline structure. And what will be written in the journals has never been said by anyone before in just the same way.

 


The next morning, I checked the trap and saw the mouse-shaped silhouette through the gray translucent trap, in exquisite detail, I could even make out his slender little fingers. It seemed we were not so different. I could feel his fear and anguish, so mad at himself for not being able to resist the peanut butter.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Henri was just about to make landfall, with the first bands of heavy rain predicted to start hitting Boston, so it was the perfect time to head out and release our mouse, who we also nicknamed Henri, to an undisclosed location in nature, back to where he came from. We suspect he hitchhiked home with us from the market, in one of the boxes. And then we set out for another cup of coffee from Kohi in Brighton, just as the heaviest sheets of rain started coming down. 

All thanks to someone asking a question, and my giving it some thought, with a little help from a mouse. I often talk about how things balance on the edge of a feather, which could fall either way, to do or not do, and sometimes all it takes is a little nudge. The slightest of encouragement can make all the difference. Now I’m looking forward to getting to share a couple of my favorite things – rocks and writing – with some lucky kids in Watertown!

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share a few more of my favorite things from the past year.

Here’s the perfect stocking stuffer, every house should have some of these mousetraps on hand, and peanut butter, just in case!

 


LL Bean nailed it this year with the wearable sherpa fleece throw. I ordered one as soon as I saw it, luckily, as they’re now on backorder, so you’ll be lucky to get one by next Christmas if you order now! It comes in cream and mouse-gray. 


I’ve finally found a paper towel holder that mostly delivers on its promise on one-handed single sheet tears, the OXO Good Grips Steady Paper Towel Holder:

 


For entertainment – here are the best finds on Netflix:

Series:

Jane The Virgin. Five seasons, twenty episodes each, for a total of 100 shows, with each one taking more twists and turns than the last. Turns the classic telenovela style on its head.

Movies:

Stop and Go. A rollercoaster sisters road trip in the early days of the pandemic. Well done!

Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness. A therapist’s travel adventure.

My Octopus Teacher. A story of an unusual friendship.


For your reading pleasure, here is a bunch of my old blogs on the topic of STEM & Diversity:

Bentley STEM Event - Challenge Yourself: http://www.gainline.com/2015/01/

Business & Baseball Part 1: http://www.gainline.com/2015/08/business-baseball-conversation-with.html

The Diversity Question Part 2: http://www.gainline.com/2015/08/business-baseball-part-2-diversity.html

HUBWeek 2015 Retrospective – STEM: http://www.gainline.com/2016/09/

Need something to look forward to? Especially since 2021 turned out to be sort of a repeat of 2020, as the saying goes, “second verse, a little bit louder, and a little bit worse.”

Mark Your Calendars:

March 19 & 20, 2022 – Book Re-Launch for The Happy Clam.

There will be book talks and book giveaways - watch for more details here.

 


Good Reads

Read more about the book here on Good Reads and see who else is reading it now:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54740921-the-happy-clam

 Author’s web page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/254930.Rosemary_A_Schmidt

Soundtrack:

Don’t forget to go back to the July 2020 blog for the book’s soundtrack!

http://www.gainline.com/2020/07/the-happy-clam.html

 

A couple of songs for the season:

Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Like Christmas, by the Careless Sons

https://youtu.be/yQpNe82_Ab4

And recalling the miracle at Russo’s a few years back:

https://www.gainline.com/2017/12/last-friday.html?showComment=1530128678429

 

Still so sad that Russo’s closed this past year!

And we lost Betty White on the very last day!

Farewell 2021! Welcome 2022!

 

Lastly, stay safe, stay well, everyone. We thought things were getting better this summer, but then along came Delta, and then Omicron right after Thanksgiving.

Stay well and use multiple lines of defense: get vaccinated, get boosted, upgrade your cloth mask to an N95, avoid large crowds, and test before gathering. Outdoors is much better than indoors.

If you do get sick: consider ramping up Vitamins C & D to boost your immune system, sleeping on your stomach, taking Tylenol for aches/fever, and monitoring blood oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter, especially if elderly or have any underlying health conditions.

I can’t tell anyone what to do, but I can tell you that you’d be missed if you were gone. It’s all up to you. We’re all in this together.

Cheers to 2022!

 

© 2022 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (Gainline Press, 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (Gainline Press, 2004). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS



Sunday, August 8, 2021

Mark Your Calendars: WAM!

 

The first-ever first annual Watertown Arts Market is being held Saturday, August 21st from noon to 5 PM at Arsenal Park, located behind the new refurbished Arsenal Yards, in Watertown, MA.

https://www.watertownartsmarket.com/

Over 70 artists will be displaying and offering their goods for sale: paintings, sketches, photographs, quilts, sculpture, jewelry, poetry, pottery, and books, including live demonstrations, poetry readings, and book talks (including one about how The Happy Clam came to be), plus live music and dancing performances. And food trucks.

There is a vibrant artist community in Watertown, that has been quietly humming away this past year, processing all the stress and turmoil, suffering and isolation, and moments of joy and beauty, into their work. Come check it out!

For a full listing of artists participating:

https://www.watertownartsmarket.com/participants

 

BOOK NEWS:

Please do stop by my table for a book talk about how The Happy Clam came to be at 3 PM. Look for the blue umbrella.

Books will be for sale, both The Happy Clam & Go Forward, Support!

Accepting cash and Venmo for payment; working on getting the credit card payment working!

Price Drop! The Kindle version is now marked down to $4.99 while we still have a few beach reading days left in summer.

Cover re-boot, updated this summer:


 WAM LOGISTICS:

Parking is available at the park and at Arsenal Yards; suggest the Purple Garage behind Chipotle. Can also walk in from the gate at the corner of Greenough and North Beacon.

Food: In addition to food trucks, plenty of food options to explore at the Yards: Shake Shack, Chipotle, Garbanzo, City Streets, Ben & Jerry’s, and MORE to come.

COVID protocols will be in place consistent w/ all current regulations and guidance. I’ll have hand sanitizer at my table. While the event is outdoors, we are anticipating a sizable crowd, and so some artists and attendees may opt to wear masks. And it’s also possible that the event could be canceled depending on conditions.

THANKS to the Watertown Business Coalition and the Watertown Public Library for spearheading this initiative to highlight the artists in our community.

RAIN DATE: 28 August 2021

 



CALENDAR:

Sep 25 Faire on the Square

Oct 11 National Coming Out Day

Oct 16 Boston Book Fest – Copley Square

Oct 23 Boston Book Fest – Nubian Square

 

2021 Readers Choice Awards – Don’t forget to vote!

The Happy Clam has been nominated for the 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Voting is open through Nov 13, 2021.

Please vote for it at https://www.tckpublishing.com/2021-readers-choice-voting-page/

Category: General Non-Fiction (page 5)

 

Good Reads

Read more about the book here on Good Reads and see who else is reading it now:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54740921-the-happy-clam

Author’s web page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/254930.Rosemary_A_Schmidt

 

Soundtrack:

Don’t forget to go back to the July 2020 blog for the book’s soundtrack!

http://www.gainline.com/2020/07/the-happy-clam.html

 

The Happy Clam is out and available at:

-       Belmont Books

-       Brookline Booksmith

-       Concord Bookshop

-       Bookshop.org

-       Amazon.com


POST SCRIPT

A couple of songs to capture the feel these days:

Lost in My Mind, by The Head and The Heart

https://youtu.be/xjoA4nYBD5U

Catch and Release, by Matt Simons

https://youtu.be/Rip0bX2qrIs

Lastly, stay safe, stay well, everyone. I can’t tell anyone to get vaccinated, but I can tell you that you’d be missed if you’re gone. It’s all up to you.


© 2021 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (Gainline Press, 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (Gainline Press, 2004). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS