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Your picture in a frame,

in a box.

I wasn't strong enough to take it out,

until today.

Dusting off the photo of my dear Grandpa

told me it was time.

I cleared a new space,

where your smiling face would look back at me.

Dusted off the glass of the frame.

Made sure not one speck of dust was on you,

and placed you right where I could see you every day.

You look so happy.

That dashing smile.

Those gorgeous dimples.

My reflection appears in the black of your shirt,

we have the same shape in our eyes.

Our foreheads are identical.

The sweetness in your smile reminds me of mine,

how timid we are yet genuine when we are amongst those we love.

So many thoughts race through my mind,

trying to outrun the grief in my heart.

Somehow the grief prevails.

I swallow the lump.

My youngest is nearby,

I don't want to upset him.

The lighted turtle in the amber shell,

the one I bought him for his birthday 9 years ago.

Now it sits next to his photograph.

I turn it on and it's shell glows warmly.

I think about how he fussed when candles were lit,

he was afraid something would catch fire.

Same fear I have.

He bought his wife a flickering candle for Valentine's day,

no flame, just a light that danced in place.

Just like a candle,

just like his turtle.

I read somewhere that when you lose someone you love,

you light a candle in their memory.

Some believe that lit candle will guide their spirit to you,

just for a moment.

Bringing a little peace,

to an aching heart.

Regardless of our fears I look for a candle,

and find one my oldest son bought for me.

He was visiting my dad last summer.

Dad taught my son the joy of giving,

and helped him pick out presents to buy.

One for each of his family members with his own allowance.

This pretty candle holder in a rainbow glass,

with a topper decorated in sparkly flowers,

and a dragonfly that dances on a bouncy spring.

Light this one in his memory.

I pause to stare at the setting before me,

my dad, the turtle and the dragonfly candle.

My grief crosses the finish line,

the lump too big to swallow.

My Grandpa on one side of the room,

my Daddy on the other.

I can't take this anymore,

I don't understand why.

How many more photos will I have on display?

How will my heart handle any more loss?

The thought is so overpowering,

that empty feeling.

Black and gaping as ever.

His warm smile.

His soft eyes.

Those adorable dimples.

I wasn't blessed with those dimples.

I'll never see them again.

Life is going on all around me.

I can't merge in with it right now.

I'm stuck on the shoulder,

waiting to gather the courage to move again.

Is it courage I need?

I don't know.

I need something.





Ok maybe not medication,

but it would be so easy.

At least I think so.

I won't because I know that is when I need courage,

to not take the easy way out.

To feel the grief charging through me.

Because it's real.

Painful, but real.

Like my love for my Daddy.

So I write.

That helps.

For now.

Creating an Impressive Online Photograph Studio

Over the last few years, technology has made the job of taking photographs easy and hassle-free. Various models of modern cameras are being introduced regularly in the market and catching a gizmo of preference has become easy with a significant numbers of online retailers putting on sale online latest cameras of different brands. With auto-metering and auto-focusing functions embedded in contemporary cameras, a wit is going round in circles that even a dunce can now take photos. Not hurting the sentiments of professional photographers, this light remark is aimed at to express easiness arriving because of today’s humanoid technology.

While online retailers have become a major cause to introduce new things to a wide customer base, professional photographers have now rather encompassing platforms in shape of websites to exhibit their photographs and art works. For example, fashion industry has shaped into a most modern and dynamic industry and is propelling wheels of textile and garments businesses. However, most importantly, it has sensitized people to aesthetics and subtleties involved in costumes and fashion items. A photographer covering fashion events must be deft to capture shots that are not devoid of any angles to take care of consciousness of viewers. With lot of attention-grabbing content, often professional photographers do not have presentable platforms online. Therefore, they miss the chance of capitalizing on growing fashion-consciousness of customers worldwide.

Websites are very efficient means of carrying portfolios of professional photographers on the world of internet. Not only fashion photographers, but also wild life, events, and commercial photographers need to have online presences to get recognition as well as businesses for their art works. Websites get photographers rid of carrying compact discs with them along the streak of searching new contracts or businesses as they put the sizable visual data on the internet for anyone to have an access.

During the past few years, the information and technology world has seen a huge growth in websites selling web templates. Web templates are premade designs of websites and are available in wide variety. Fashion, art, medicine, sports & photography website templates the list is long. These templates are inexpensive and time saving.

Photographers need to be very much cautious about color, fonts, layout designs, and graphical features while choosing website templates . A slight ignorance can lead to destruction of the quality of snapshots termed beautiful or pathetic solely because of their visual elements. Since web templates are sometime sold with the post-purchase customization benefits, photographers should no more be worried about wrong selection in any way. Even few web templates sellers offer services of replacements of one type with another without extra charges. For instance, if CSS static template was selected, it might be replaced with Joomla. The difference in both of them is simple. While CSS static is non-functional and stands for cascading style sheets, Joomla is content management system that makes the jobs of content modification, deletion and updates very easy and can be carried forward by non-technical persons. Joomla web template can become a powerful presentation platform for photographers.

Websites are important for photographers to add value to their outputs.

How to Use Home Photo Studio to Apply Effects to Your Photos

There are quite a few effects that you can apply to your photos in Home Photo Studio. With a couple clicks of your mouse, you can apply many types of effects. Some of the effects include grayscale, emboss, and glass. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to apply effects to your photos using your Home Photo Studio program.

You can begin using this tutorial by opening a photo to work with. You can use this photo to learn how to apply effects. Nothing is saved until you actually save the photo, so you will not have to worry about messing the photo up. To be on the safe side though, open a photo of scenery or something like that.

If you are new to Home Photo Studio and don’t know how to open a photo, follow these steps. Go to the top of your program and click File > Open. That will open a box of folders and you will need to locate the photo that you want to use for this tutorial. Click the photo and click the open button and the photo will open in your program.

Next, you can start applying effects. Most of your effects is located in the Effects menu at the top of your program. Go to the top of your program and click Effects. When the menu opens, you will see the different effects that you can apply. Try the different effects out to see what they look like. To undo an effect, press CTRL Z on your keyboard. Then you can apply another effect.

You can also open the effects browser and apply effects from there. Go to the top of your program and click Effects > Effects Browser. That will open a new window and you will see your photo along with the different effects on the right side of the window. You will also notice different tabs above the effects. These are the effects categories. Click a tab to see the different effects. To apply an effect, click the effect and click the Preview button. If this is the effect that you want to use, click the OK button.

Clicking the OK button will apply the effect you chose and close the effects browser. If you want to undo the effect you applied, press CTRL Z on your keyboard and it will be undone. You can then open the effects browser again and select another effect to apply to your photo. When you are finished, you can save your photo by exporting it from the file menu.

Buying Guide to Home School Curriculum – Books, Arts and Crafts, Software, Cd's and More

The big picture:

Curriculum should invite your child to pick it up and explore it. Learning should not feel like a duty, task or chore. What you choose to surround your child with in regards to items of educational value does not have to necessarily look like school stuff. Children learn best, when their minds are free to explore, examine how things work, use their imagination, experience cause and effect, can think about what will happen next and most importantly of all, they can feel free to be happy about learning. Start your adventure by asking your child what they would like to learn. If they are young and need some help with this, ask them what they have questions about as you tuck them into bed, and jot their answers down in a journal. When you watch them throughout the day, notice what captures their attention. Do they seem fascinated with animals, or sports, buildings, people of different cultures? When they draw pictures, what do they usually draw? Older children can articulate better what interests them. The more a child is involved in picking out what they will be learning and what tools they will be learning with; the more likely they are to use them.

Curriculum can take many forms. Traditional forms are books, art and craft supplies, musical instruments, maps, videos, DVD's, cd's, talking globes, chalk boards, felt boards, software and computer. The not so traditional can be anything from a bowl, spoon, measuring cups ingredients and a recipe, to a walk through a nature center. Your local library has a vast array of learning media to choose from and most items are free to borrow. Your local library also has reference material that although you can not take it out of the library, spending an afternoon exploring different reference materials can open up new frontiers for your child without taking up space in your home and without cost, well, except for an afternoon of quiet exploring.

Features of good curriculum and what to look for:

The items you chose should be age appropriate for your child. Most items will have the ages they are designed for right on the packaging. Ask the clerk if you are purchasing from a store if you are unsure if a product is age appropriate. If you are purchasing online, most items are in grade or age categories and if not, there should be a contact link for you to ask questions. Purchasing curriculum in person allows you to investigate by handling, exploring the contents of a book, or reading features on the packaging. You do still have ways of finding out about a product online; you just have to do your homework before purchasing. Sites like Barnes and Noble (, and Amazon ( will have reviews that you can read product opinions before purchasing. You may also find rating from sites about the item you are considering by placing the item name in a search box on your favorite search engine – mine is Google (

When purchasing items for young children look for durability, ability to wash the surface, or clean up if a craft is involved; for instance, washable and non-toxic paints, and markers, glue and crayons.

Good curriculum should be not only sturdy, in good shape, but be attractive to the child. Color and pictures are attention grabbers for the young child especially; but will also keep the middle age child from being bored by too much print. Make sure that learning tools are easy for your child to handle and operate. The less supervision needed, the better. Items that are made to allow the child to evaluate how they are grasping a subject will build confidence and pride.

My personal shopping tips on how to choose what will work best for each child:

Know your child's learning style – do they learn best by having hands on experience, or are they visual learners? Are they self-motivators or do they need you to guide their learning? Keep a journal of what has worked well before and let that guide you in finding out your child's learning style. Understand that just as children grow physically, so they change from year to year mentally and emotionally. These changes can make a difference in your choice of curriculum. Listen when your child tells you about items they use when playing with other children. What type of items seems to excite them the most? Are they interested in reading more than working with their hands? Do they know how to use a computer? If they have not already used a computer are they interested in learning? Most local libraries have computers for public use. Choose software programs in the same manner you would a book. Most software manufacturers have a Website with demos that you can explore before making a buying decision. Let your child try the demo after you have explored it.

Encourage your child to share what they have learned each day, during a meal, or while sitting around in the evening, or at bedtime. Sharing will allow you to hear and see your child's progress and you will see clues about what curriculum is really grabbing your child's interest and then make a mental note or journal entry for future reference. Take this journal with you on shopping trips or when browsing online.

When shopping locally, take your child along with you, so they can explore the choices too. Check your local library to see if they have what you are thinking of purchasing; if they do, you can borrow it and let your child try it out, before spending any money. There are some good educational distributors that are catalog or home party sales. Buying thru this venue allows you to see and explore before purchasing. A few that come to mind are:

There are other sources of free curriculum to keep in mind, besides libraries. Homeschool networks, lending libraries, and nature centers are all good sources of free or low cost classes or resources. Your local school may also have used material available to residents. Used curriculum can be found at homeschool meetings or library sales.

Many publishing houses have curriculum fairs and will advertise these events in local newspapers, homeschool newsletters and email notifications. Once you purchase items from a publisher, they usually will ask you if they can notify you of events or specials.

Take advantage of coupons. To locate savings coupons for different stores or publishes put the store name, or publisher and the word coupon or savings, in a search box of your favorite search engine.

Have a list of what items you are thinking of purchasing and your budget BEFORE you start to shop.

Know what your state requirements are ahead of time for each grade level, so this can guide you when selecting material. You can locate your state's guidelines for U.S.A. states and territories by going to:

Above all do not panic or feel like you have to somehow duplicate a public school classroom. You are homeschooling, not duplicating public school at home. Your home should not look like a classroom, but rather, it should look like a space for a child to explore the world around him/her with tools you provide that are safe, durable, fun and educational. Educational in the sence that they encourage your child to ask questions, find answers and think about what is going on with any given subject.

Educating your child should be about giving your child the tools to explore, safely and with confidence. Kids naturally want to know how things work, how things relate to other things and how he/she fits into his/her world. It is natural for them to ask questions and to want to find out why, how, when and who did things. You are selecting material that will aid them in answering questions they have and doing so from the comfort of their home. You are their guide; their resource and most of all you are interested in learning along with them. We find that homeschooling is a lifestyle that all members of our family participate in every day of the year, year after year.

When choosing curriculum, especially books, look for teacher's guides, or aids, or workbooks that may come separately. You can sometimes receive a price break when purchasing in a pack or bundle; but beware, if you would be buying items that you may not otherwise be purchasing, the package or bundle may not really be economical for you. Always break a package or bundle down into individual cost and add up the total price of just the items you need, then compare to the total of the package or bundle to see if you really are getting a deal.

There are some excellent online sites for worksheets, spelling lists and the like. Some of these sites are free, some for a minimal yearly charge. One site we have used for the past few years is this site has age/grade topics, worksheets and quizzes. All subject areas and grade levels are available as well as reading lists for each grade level and book reports. There are several payment options and this site is a very good value.

Homeschool does not have to cost a lot, there are plenty of free resources available both online and offline. Use keyword searches online, ask your librarian to help you locate homeschool resources.

Join a local homeschool group for a source of advice, and a place to meet with other families who homeschool in your neighborhood. Most groups have activity days, field trips and used curriculum sales. Some groups even have co-op classes that you can take part in.

Selecting the right curriculum for your child should not be intimidating. This should be an adventure that you and your child will look forward to each year. Remember to involve your child in the process as much as possible. Mix both traditional with non-traditional items including books, arts and craft, music, videos, DVD's, and software, daily tasks like cooking, field trips, and the library. Take in consideration your child's learning style. Explore online sites, educational home parties, and traditional stores. Locate homeschool groups for tips, activity days and possible co-op classes. Plan in advance what curriculum you are interested in, the topics, subjects and price range. Most of all enjoy the experience of selecting the learning tools that will be your child's key to adventure.

11 Safe Household Ingredients for Making Cheap Arts and Crafts Recipes

10 Safe Household Ingredients for Making Cheap Arts and Crafts Recipes

Moms and dads, there are 11 household ingredients to keep on hand that can be used for making kid-safe arts and crafts recipes.

These are household products that you can buy at any grocery store. In addition to these free and cheap supplies for kids craft time, buy a couple of extra packages of these safe household products the next time you are at the store.

On a rainy day, or any other house-bound day, you will happy to have these safe household ingredients on hand. They are cheap, and can be used in many different arts and crafts recipes for kids crafts.

  1. Corn Starch

Corn starch has many uses for arts and crafts recipes. Corn starch can be used in no-cook dough recipes, in jewelry-making dough recipes, and even in craft paste.

  1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another safe household ingredient that can be used to make cheap supplies. Use baking soda to make no-cook doughs.

  1. Flour

Flour is king when it comes to cheap arts and crafts. Flour is the main ingredient in many play dough recipes, and even in specialty paint recipes.

  1. Salt

Salt can be used in clays, in dough, and to give homemade paints special effects. Salt is ridulously cheap, if you buy regular table salt.

  1. Cream of Tartar

Cream of Tartar is a baking ingredient that not all households have. It's a good idea to buy some for making kids crafts recipes like cooked dough.

  1. Sugar

Sugar is another cheap household ingredient used for making homemade arts and crafts supplies including stickers and paste for paper crafts.

  1. Box of Food Coloring

A box of food coloring is the best way to add color to homemade arts and crafts supplies. A little food coloring goes a long way, which makes it a cheap supply.

  1. Tea Bags

Tea bags can be used to in paper crafts, to make paper look older. Used tea bags are a very cheap item for making arts and crafts supplies.

The tea leaves can also be used to make certain types of dough. Or, use tea leaves when making homemade paper.

  1. Plain Gelatin

Plaint gelatin is a cheap ingredient for making cheap arts and crafts supplies including paint and stickers.

  1. Non-stick cooking spray

Non-stick cooking spray is great for any cooking doughs, or any other recipes which needs to dry. Skip the good stuff and buy a generic brand or one that is on sale, to save money.

  1. Plastic Utensils

Plastic utensils are not really an ingredient. It is a good idea to have cheap plastic utensils that are used just for crafts. Plastic spoons, knives and forks can all be used when making kids crafts.

The occasional craft recipe may call for a non-edible item, and it is best not to mix up the eating utensils with the plastic ones.

If you are concerned about the environment, and recycling, purchase some of the sturdier plastic utensils that will hold up to multiple use by kids.

Christina Hendricks Playboy Photos Draw Extensive Interest

Christina Hendricks Playboy photos were leaked to the internet today. Those Christina Hendricks Playboy photos are also creating a lot of interest in the actress, as fans of her hit show had not known that she had ever posed for the men's magazine.

The Smoking Jacket is the website that posted the Christina Hendricks Playboy photos, depicting her posing with two other girls, a clown, and a guy with some huge leg muscles. It was Playboy Magazine that leaked these pictures today, giving out a Twitter picture that they claimed had a celebrity in them. It became a trivia question to see if people following Playboy on Twitter would be able to figure out who they were looking at.

It turns out that the Christina Hendricks Playboy photos were taken back in the 1990's, and that she appeared in the July 1999 Playboy issue. She was pictured in the forefront of both pictures, headlining an article about "summer shooters" that are also depicted in the picture. The three women all have what appear to be bikinis on, as well as some very bad looking wigs.

The revelation that Christina Hendricks actually posed for Playboy has been a huge surprise to those that have watched episode of AMC's 'Mad Men'. She might look a bit different 11 years later, but her facial structure is what makes it pretty obvious that she is the one in the photograph. Her fame has led many internet users to try and track down the photos, but many have been posting comments because they were disappointed she had so much clothing on.

We have posted a picture of what Hendricks looks like now at the top of this article for those that haven't been tuning in to her hit show.

Portable & Home Console: Best Photo Album Programs

There was a time when photo albums were stagnant, stiff, and vulnerable. The slightest spill or the loss of a single photo could mark the end of a memory. Imagine never being able to quite remember your deceased grandmother's face – or no longer having the luxury of seeing the last time you and your relatives were all united. While the digital era has its faults, the rise of photo album software and programs has been a godsend for those unwilling to rely solely on paper and plastic to protect their precious memories. Don't toss out the negatives yet – not until you've gotten one of these great photo album programs.

Nintendo DSi Digital Camera & Photo Album

It's hard to find fault with Nintendo's DSi Photo software. The editing system is fantastic – numerous filters, additions, and alterations exist in the program. With a simple motion from the stylus you can stretch, contort, or play with any photo you take with either of the Nintendo DSi's two built-in cameras. Want to see what your baby sister would look like as a cat? What about yourself with Toon Link eyes? Want to morph two faces into one? All at your fingertips!

The Nintendo DSi even lets you edit expressions and add backgrounds – not mention other expansive editing tools all supplemented by stylus control. It also offers direct upload to Facebook support, SD card support, and internal memory. The Nintendo DSi organizes your nicely rendered pictures neatly and records what date they were taken on- as well as offering a 'favorites' system with three classifications. This robust, extremely user-friendly portable photo program is a highly recommended.

Sony PSP 3000 Photo System

It's a shame the Sony PSP 3000 has to follow an act like that. Compared to the laundry list of features you get with the Nintendo DSi, the PSP's capabilities are slim. The Sony PSP's built-in photo album software is easy to navigate and meets the bare minimum requirements, but brings some slightly annoying issues with it.

Rather than support the memory medium of choice for digital cameras, SD cards, the Sony PSP only supports Sony Duo Memory Sticks. These are considerably more expensive and less useful as their SD card counterparts and much less user-friendly. In order to utilize their memory, you'll need to use a USB-to-PSP cable and then manually navigate and install photos. While a PSP camera can be connected to make the process easier, it is sold separately. Beyond that, the editing tools are a little scarce. On the positive side the photos look great and can be utilized as the background image for the PSP menu. Despite these drawbacks, the Sony PSP 3000 makes a more than suitable portable system for those interested. Moderately recommended.

Nintendo Wii Photo Channel

It might not be portable, but Nintendo's Wii Photo Channel is a fantastic part of the Wii Menu. The Wii's Photo Channel supports numerous image formats and displays beautifully. The interface is complimented by the Wii Remote's IR pointer and the ease of control offered by it. Two of the most innovative features for the Wii's Photo Channel are its 'jigsaw puzzle' and 'slideshow' options.

Functioning as a media player, the Wii Photo Channel can play movies and music. Users can scramble existing photos into jigsaw puzzles with varying difficulty settings. The Wii's SD card slot and Wifi options make adding, sending, and receiving pictures extremely easy. Among its best capabilities are its editing options. The Wii Remote has near limitless options for playing with or altering images. Highly recommended.

Sony Playstation 3 Photo Album

Sony's Playstation 3 Photo Album is reliable and smartly designed, but ultimately lacks much of the personality and functionality of the Nintendo Wii Photo Channel. Like the PSP, users can use existing photos as backgrounds to the menu. Also worth noting is the HDD and its massive size for photo fanatics. The editing tools are a bit limited, but the presentation is great. Like the Wii, users can send and receive photos- though SD cards are not accepted unless in a USB adapter. Favorably recommended.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Photo Software

When compared to the Nintendo Wii and the Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft's offerings can appear fairly limited. There isn't much to say. Like the PS3, it renders images nicely but lacks SD card support. Beyond that there isn't much else. Users with an attachable HDD will have plenty of space- those without it will be forced to rely on internal memory or a memory card. The range of options is somewhat low and is hurt by a somewhat unfriendly user interface. Otherwise, passable. Somewhat recommended.

Hugh Jackson Lean and Mean 'Wolverine' Photos Hit the Internet

New photos hit the Internet of Hugh Jackman from the new "Wolverine" movie. The images of Jackman show him shirtless, lean and ripped, covered with muscles and veins. The movie, set for release on July 26, 2013, and it looks like Jackman has lost a lot of weight to play the X-Men member for this new comic book movie. Here is a look at other instances where actors lose a lot of weight to take on a movie role.

Christian Bale, "The Machinist"

Christian Bale made "The Machinist" before "Batman Begins," which made his amazing weight loss even more impressive. In "The Machinist," Bale plays a man who suffers from insomnia and has lost so much weight that he almost looks emaciated. He suffers from strange behavior and might be involved in a murder.

Bale lost more than 60 pounds for the role and wanted to lose more, but producers rejected his request for health reasons. He gained all the weight back, plus 60 extra pounds in muscle for the role of Batman.

Tom Hanks, "Cast Away"

In "Cast Away," Tom Hanks plays a man involved in a plane crash, ending up lost on a deserted island. His only friend on the island is a volleyball that he names Wilson. He is lost on the island for over four years and loses a great deal of weight as a result.

Hanks, at the time of filming, was 40 pounds overweight. To play the role properly he chose to lose the weight naturally instead of using makeup and CG to fake the effect. Production stopped for a full year, allowing Hanks to drop 70 pounds to play the role of the character four years after ending up on the island.

Donnie Wahlberg, "The Sixth Sense"

For the movies above, the men who dropped the weight were the main stars of the film and did it to help the film they headlined. However, former New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg only appeared in "The Sixth Sense" for the opening scene. Despite only having mere minutes of screen time, Wahlberg dropped 43 pounds for the role of an abused young man who shoots the psychiatrist he believes failed him.


Who is in that
portrait you paint
without restraint

More drama
the eyes are all on me
my poor sad life
Isn't that the way it is supposed to be

But in the
pursuit of happiness
self fulfillment
on that path we digress

We lose sight
of the most important things
our friends and family
and the fulfillment they bring

It is not in ourselves
we find the pursuit of happiness
it is in our children
we find our bliss

We are their guides
in this life so confusing
when others falter, fail
it is not so amusing

Happiness is not in
how you look to the world
but the in the special moments
that every day unfold

To let your children
go unchecked
while you follow another path
another train wreck

But still
after all the crap, the nonsense
still you don't see
still will not pay your penance

pretty, sad, surreal
the only problem is
your own happiness is all you feel

Providence, Rhode Island Arts Jobs Get a Boost from Several Sources

It may be a surprise to some that the greater Providence, RI area has a huge talent pool in the arts. But Providence is near both New York City and Boston, MA. Mix that with New England's natural proclivity to produce talented, hard-working people from its wealth of first-rate schools and the reality comes into focus.

Rhode Island has been extremely hard hit with the financial crisis of the economy and other disasters. Flooding forced hundreds out of their homes and permanently shut down many small businesses. Even larger businesses are starting to reopen four months later.

What do people historically turn to in bad times? Entertainment – the arts. What helps students improve their studies more than anything else? The arts. And so the groundwork is set and the players are eager. The infrastructure and trained personnel pool has been growing. Local businesses know what is needed.

Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the State of Rhode Island Film and TV office announced that the new ABC television series, "Body of Proof" is filming twelve episodes here in the greater Providence, RI area from July through December, 2010. Those episodes will start airing this fall. Previously, the state hosted the production of the Showtime Series "Brotherhood" until 2008. A number of feature films have been shot in Rhode Island as well.

"Body of Proof", a medical crime drama, stars Dana Delaney, of "Desperate Housewives", who plays a neurosurgeon who has become a medical examiner named Megan Hunt. Jeri Ryan, perhaps best known as "Seven of Nine" from "the Star Trek: Voyager" series, plays Delaney's boss. Other cast members include John Carroll Lynch, Windell Middlebrooks, Nic Bishop. Sonja Sohn and Geoffrey Arend.

The production, which has set up both a sound stage and production office in RI, is a boon to local small business such as catering, trash removal and equipment rentals. The series will also provide about 200 full-time positions and will need thousands of acting extras. For more information about the show go to

A surprise reopening of an old favorite watering hole, "The Met Cafe", will provide not only service jobs, but a welcome venue for musicians. Although it opens officially in September (in a new location at the Hope Artiste Village), "The Met Cafe" has already announced a full slate of acts. The Ryan Montbleau Band will play September 10 – Opening Night. For a look at the full slate or for tickets go to Club owner Rich Lupo and talent booker Jack Reich have worked together to reopen the venue.

To prepare the next generation of performers, The Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (or TAPA) will be opening as a new Charter School this fall (2010). It will be located in the Annex of the Trinity United Methodist Church on Broad Street in Providence, RI. It will start with about thirty-four 7th Graders and eventually expand to include grades 7 through 12.

Principal Steve Olsen is himself not only an educator but an artist, and is thrilled to take the post. Previously he was Principal of the Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. The right set of needs and supports came together to offer this special type of education to the youth of Providence. Students are chosen to attend by lottery. With the arts programs being axed from so many of the public schools, TAPA is a welcomed addition to the education scene.

Joyce Stevos, chair of the charter school's Board of Directors, with nearly forty years experience in education, assures that rigorous academic standards will be adhered to along with the focus on integrating the arts into the curricula. The school's mission is to immerse students in theater, dance, music, film and video by tapping the talents of local artists. The charter school will provide jobs for both teachers and artists.