Fashion Designer & Child Advocate, Tina Melo holds Masquerade Ball Saturday!

 

Sarah Hale Folger/ Tina MeloIf you love kids, and you love fashion then take a closer look at Tina Melo.  I met Tina yesterday in her studio in Lincoln where she teaches fashion design to children as young as 5 years old!  These kids have designed there own clothing lines and created them for this fabulous event!

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Tina is one of the most passionate people I have ever met.  She has a vision to make a difference in the world in the lives of the kids that she teaches, and the ones she advocates for.

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These kids are learning all about the fashion industry and will be experts in it long before they are adults!!!

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Tina was contacted last year and asked if she would help advocate for children who are being abused.  The Indigo Justice Project has been a passionate pursuit of Tina’s ever since.

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Check out this short video of my brief conversation with Tina! And below you will find a link to purchase tickets for this amazing event!!

To purchase tickets please follow this link and we hope to see you Saturday night!!!!

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A Sunset For the Soul

I was sitting quietly at my desk in my apartment thinking far too much about things that are beyond my control and wondering what the secret is to balancing life.   At the end of the day, you do what can be done in the course of that day.  It’s a joke really, you never finish the list and you do things that weren’t on it.  And then it happened.. Nature trumped my overthinking, analyzing brain!  THANK GOD!!!

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I saw bright colors coming through my window and realized while I was contemplating things that were tying my head in a knot, the beautiful sky was painting a beautiful sunset as if to say, Sarah, look what I can do!  Come drink in the cocktail I’m brewing!!

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Just like that I ran outside and stood under the sky in wonder!! This is to be celebrated!!! I spent 15 minutes outside and realized, nothing else mattered in that moment!

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Standing under a majestic sky, I had only one response…..THANK YOU!!!! Thank you, God, thank you Universe of majestic proportions!!! Thanks for putting things in order.  I’m so glad I am not a mole, blind and underground.  I am so glad that when my striving nature has me buried in a hole, that I can remember, I am not blind!  I can remember, and so can you! The sky is calling!

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It reminds me that the bigger picture trumps my greatest efforts by just being what it is, stellar!!  The day begins with a sunrise to remind us that each day has unending possibilities of beauty, and each one is different. It’s a fleeting moment that leads to a day of strong sun, or clouds or rain or snow or sleet or who knows what? There are so many possibilities!  We cannot control one bit of it, only what we choose to do during that time.

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Then it reminds us once more that the day closes, the world turns, we are like little vapors, little tiny particles, but important enough to be here, and cognitive enough to know we have choices on how to be alive.  I say, let’s live to the fullest!  Be joyful every moment you can, the night falls on us all and we all must be in the dark at times.  So when nature speaks to the soul, listen to the lessons it teaches.  Be content, be blown away by the beauty in it and in each other.  Let the darkness find you warmed by the memory of the sunrises and sunsets.

That’s my contemplative muse, take it or leave it and by all means leave a thought of your own!  I love to hear from you, out there under the same sky, different address to be sure.

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Interview opportunity for Creative & Performing Artists’! See how!

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Hey Folks,

I am running this special until November 15th.  If you are a creative or performing artist, or if you have an arts organization that needs video exposure, then please visit my website at SarahHaleFolger.com to sign up for your introductory offer of $99.00 for an in-house (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI) studio interview. (Don’t live in RI, but want to explore how we can create a video for you? Contact me! Special Offer

Please listen to the video to find out more information and I hope to hear from you!  Let’s schedule that conversation and lets get your video created for social media and to promote your creative or performing art!!

We have so much more to offer you as well, including animated videos, interviews in your studio or videos created live at your performance. We can create your YouTube page and back link it with the proper key words and SEO to gain maximum exposure. We can create your social media pages and the content to go on them and so much more.  So if you know that you want to take your art form to the next level, we’d be honored to be on your team! Let’s start with this practically give away offer of this first video. We will brand you in the video and help you with distribution on social media, and your website. Let’s start the conversation!

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

Sarah Hale Folger is a Conversational Marketing Expert, Interviewer, Blogger & Video Marketer. PLEASE make sure to subscribe to my blog today so you never miss the next thing happening in the world the way I see it! Please feel free to comment, share and subscribe to my blog!!! Thanks!!

 

 

Check Out My Video Conversation with RI Artist, Philippe Lejeune!!!

Sarah Hale Folger/ Philippe LejeuneI had the privilege of spending an hour this morning with Philippe Lejeune. We toured his studio and he gave us a couple of demonstrations!  Philippe is a fascinating man who has a passionate artist’ heart.  Take a few moments to watch the video, I promise you will be inspired!

Check Out the Video HERE!!

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

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My Coco Loco Machine!

 

Courtney TallaricoHave you ever just been so proud of your child that you cry? Well that’s me. I have been blessed with three amazing daughters who have become extraordinary women. Today was a day for the books with my oldest, and so it must be bookmarked by this blog!

My oldest daughter Courtney is one of the most amazing women I know.  She has a heart of gold that holds out promise and hope for so many.  She is always giving, always sacrificing, and always taking a back seat to someone else who might need to go before her.  It’s really incredible to see the woman she has become. Courtney has a man she loves and the two of them have two beautiful boys, one who is 2, and the other 1.  They bought a home while she was pregnant with her first, and soon after that came the second.  These two boys steal my heart anytime I hear their voices, get their hugs or when we FaceTime together.  But I digress, today I want to tell you about Courtney.

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Not only does she work full-time from home, juggling children, housework, cooking, cleaning, keeping up with friends, sisters, family and dog, but she makes sure that the people in her life know that they are loved and cared for.  Courtney has a special way with words, and a certain tone in her voice to go with her silly antics when she is in a teasing mood.  But one thing that she has not really had time for, as any 31 year old working mother can attest to, is she has had virtually no time for herself.  Courtney set a goal for 2017 to run a half marathon.  It’s amazing to me that she had any strength to do it because her boys rarely let her sleep through the night and her to do list is never checked off of all her responsibilities.  But she started running again and was determined to push herself to check this quest off her bucket list.

In her own words she described to me how one of the hardest things for her is that the list never gets checked off completely.  That desiring to do something for herself, for her own personal goals never seems to happen.  So she set the bar high and signed up for a half marathon.

She drove to my place this morning and I drove her to Jamestown for the race. She was nervous and it was cold and windy and dark outside at 6:15 am, but she had a smile on her face.  The race was to begin at 7am starting at Fort Getty. But even though she did not have much sleep she was ready to run.  Her attitude was right, she just wanted to finish something that she started, not to be perfect or outdo herself, just finish the race.  My heart swelled with pride as I heard her speak these words, and I was so proud of her.

We arrived and it was cold and blustery, people were all over the place getting ready to run and eventually she lined up with the crowd and off they went.  I knew for the next two hours or so she would be running, and all I could think of was I hope she was happy, I knew she would finish.  After and hour and a half I went to the finish line and waited for her and cheered on other runners as they came in.  I watched the faces of those who were giving it their final push to get to the finish line and I saw so much in their faces. There was pain and agony in some, joy and relief in others, determination, striving, emotions galore!  And my heart began to well up as I realized how much this meant to my daughter, how hard she had worked for it, how tired she was, but determined as the day began, and I felt the anxiety of anticipation start to fill my heart.  And then I saw her, in the distance.  I had just gotten off the phone with her sister Katrina, who with a toddler and a newborn at home was anxiously waiting to hear how Court did.

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And at the same time Whitney, her youngest sister was in Washington, D.C. on business, with the same anticipation.  It was as if from 7am until we would see or hear from Courtney again, that the whole world was paused and we were imagining Court running, willing her to have the strength to finish well.  This may seem unusual to you, but to us, this is the very essence of family, that bond that feels what the other is feeling.

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And then the wonderful cheerleaders on the other side of the road from myself started cheering for Courtney as she came to the final steps and I watched her face beam with emotion.  I had been watching so many faces as they approached, but hers was unique. It was powerful to witness and to feel, the joy was palatable.  She’d done it, and done it in averaging 10 minutes a mile, which was fantastic!!

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What a moment the aftermath was, different for all the runners I’m sure, each with their own goals to achieve for their own reasons, but for Courtney, the feeling of finishing what she had set out to do for herself was overwhelmingly joyful.  Some space inside her soul grew 10 times larger today, and I hope she can rest and enjoy this wonderful accomplishment for a long time.

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I love you my little Coco Loco!  You are a machine!!!  May your story inspire all those other young kickass mothers who have almost forgotten what it feels like to have a personal goal.  You rock my world, since the day you were born my life has never been the same. I Love you! You are a shining star!! XOXOXO!

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

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My first visit with Philippe Lejeune, an artist and a visionary!

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I first discovered Philippe Lejeune by total chance.  I had completed a photo shoot with John Pitocco, (www.johnpitocco.com), and some photos were taken in front of a mostly demolished building in Providence, RI. Someone on Facebook pointed out that the artwork behind my photo was created by Philippe Lejeune.  So of course, fate has brought a meeting between us. (And I got the chance to meet Jackie Lee, she’s fabulous and up and coming in RI- more about her in another blog!)

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It is not over indulgent for me to mention that I am a true lover of trees and have drawn or painted many in my life.  Something always calls to me through the roots and branches of a tree that speaks to me as a human. I think for me it conjures up feelings of the past merging with the present and reaching for the future. Well, for Philippe, his passion for art led him to the painting of trees (with coffee by the way), and is now a calling which has led him on quite a journey.

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Phillipe came from France to the US in 1984 with great aspirations as an illustrator to work for a big time design firm. He did exactly that as he was producing etchings, and sometimes working for 3 months at a time on one illustration.  Philippe soon grew tired of working to others specifications, longing to be truly free to express his art and soul through his work, he took a leap of faith and went to work for himself.

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Not only did Philippe realize there was a whole other world out there artistically that he could participate in, but his hands and heart bonded while using his hands to create, in multiple medias, works that expressed his soul. One medium would run its course, then another would come alive. Sculpting and painting eventually turned to working with aluminum, where something in his soul was set to fire.  A door opened in his creative path towards working with wood to create trees.  (This story I want you to hear in his own words at another time.)

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Philippe has gone through many exploratory stages of growth as an artist.  In fact, for me, I don’t think I have met an artist as diverse as he is in a while.  That sounds funny and curious doesn’t it?  Philippe pretty much always works with wood creating trees, how can that be diverse, you ask? Well, I gotta tell you, he has traveled on a path that crosses over the boundaries of one type of art to another so many times that he, in my estimation is one of the truest, purest forms of an artist I have seen.  He thinks like an artist about everything.  From detailed etchings, to painting, to sculpting with metal, glass and wood, to making amazing creatures in photoshop as well as designing on the computer, creating videos, the art of conversation, and playing the guitar?

Whoa, we have a Renaissnce man in our midst folks.

If there is wood, and Philippe is there, you are bound to find even a building surrounded by trees. What is the story behind this man’s motivation.  This is a real obsession, a true calling.  He has answered the call.

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Coming soon in Pawtucket is a cafe’/ gallery that Philippe is completely filling with his art.  There will also be live performances and more exhibiting artists as time rolls on.  I’ll make sure to announce the opening of this new cafe! Philippe and the owner have high hopes that they are creating a space for the arts, in many forms, music, fine art, and performance art, to thrive.

This environment suits someone like Philippe so well because, as he stated to me in our conversation, he is very inclined to disrupt the system.  He does not like how the internet is used in society.  Not only is this reflected in his work, but it is his desire to see this cafe/gallery break people free from the internet while they are in this cafe. Surrounded by other inspiring artists, people will come to be living in the moment, fully alive with the opportunity to thrive.

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Below in this photo you will see an installation made of individual shingles, each created separately then installed like shingles as a wall. I just let my eyes wash over this. I felt soothed by the rhythm I perceived.  It read like a book to me.  Only I followed the pattern row by row, starting from the left top row then going across to the end, dropping down a row and scanning right, dropping down and scanning left. All the way down then back up again, not too fast, not too slow. My eyes snaked fluidly over this work and it was exhilarating.  I wonder how your mind will process this work?  Won’t a conversation in a seat by this wall be interesting?  Or will you lose yourself in the repetition of the pattern and not think at all, just feel?  Will anything register at all?

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I really admire Philippe.  He lives totally and completely on the edge. That takes courage and vision of which he has both in abundance.

There is another project that Philippe has done using glass and it is fantastic! It is a work that inspires interaction and live performance art by anyone who gets involved with it.  There is much more to be inspired by with Philippe, and if you have questions feel free to ask.  Let’s keep this conversational rolling!!!

Check out Philippe On Facebook

The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

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Ode to Barney Hale Folger

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Today would have been my brother Barney’s 55th birthday.  This picture was the last time I saw him in Cincinnati in the late 90’s.  Barney was a photographer, jewelry designer and an actor and he worked other jobs as well landscaping and the restaurant business to name a few.

We were the youngest of 5 children, 4 brothers then me.  (Ted, Mike, Jeremy) Barney and I were Irish twins being born 1 year and 2 days apart.  We were inseparable as children, he was always having an adventure to take me on in the neighborhood.

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Our family ran a rehabilitation project for wildlife and this was a family portrait (one extra friend).  We had hundreds of animals in our home (thousands over the years) and on our property that we had rescued.  Barney seemed to be most involved when it came to the birds of prey, owls, hawks and others.

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Barney went to the Cincinnati Zoo school for gifted high school kids where he excelled working with the birds of prey. He worked alongside Steve Martin, the bird trainer for Hollywood, and eventually he moved to California for a while.

 

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What we all loved the most about Barney was his storytelling ability.  His humor was off the charts and he would leave us all in stitches with one of his stand up comedy routines that he would perform regularly at the dining room table with family and friends.

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As much as Barney was a fun-loving guy he was also deeply intuitive with animals and would spend hours training birds.  I think he valued being alone with his own thoughts and being able to communicate with these beautiful creatures.

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Barney was forever restless and he had a passion for travel.  He longed to go to Egypt to see the pyramids.  He was always on a quest to find more looking for the reason for existence and wondering where did we come from. He had a zest for life that is rarely seen.

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I remember the last time I spent talking to him before he left for Egypt.  He was so excited to go and see the world.  He once again gave me a philosophical conversation for the books.  It is that conversation that I hold on to the most as it was filled with hope and true excitement.  Of course the search for deeper meaning was a part of our conversation as well as talking about some of the hard times and difficulties of life.  I remember laying on my kitchen table with the cord to the telephone fully extended staring at the ceiling and talking about some deep stuff.  I was so happy we were having this conversation and couldn’t wait to see him someday when he returned.

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Barney was forever meeting new friends wherever he went is where the party started!

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I hope that during that time he felt his soul filling with some of the answers to his questions.

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He traveled to many countries for 2 years.  Unfortunately he never did return.  He finished his time on earth in Laos.

 

But to me, he will always be my Irish Twin.  Always in my heart.

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The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me through my website at http://www.SarahHaleFolger.com

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