Luminari Newsletter -- January 23, 2012
Beyond the Box:
Up Close with Virginia Montanez
We caught up with Pittsburgh blogger extraordinaire,
Virginia Montanez, just as we prepare for February's
Teen Writer! workshop: Blogs, Reviews, Essays and
Commentaries -- for Teen Writers with Attitude.
Columnist and blogger for Pittsburgh Magazine
and writer of www.ThatsChurch.com
My first thought in the morning:
What day is this again?
I’m currently reading:
Water for Elephants.
My favorite venue to take in a game:
PNC Park. Always.
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Kindle or Nook or the real thing:
Kindle. All the way.
Three people, one dinner – I would invite:
Living: Betty White, Tina Fey and Helen Mirren, all the ladies I want to be when I grow up. Dead: Roberto Clemente, Mister Rogers, and Gene Kelly. Truly iconic Pittsburghers.
The quality I most value in myself:
Staying calm in the face of adversity.
My favorite discovery: Genre's Kids with Cancer Fund
. My life changed the day I learned of Genre's story.
My most significant lesson learned:
Every bad thing that happens in life will eventually lead you to exactly where you're supposed to be.
Project I’m energized by: Make Room for Kids
at the Mario Lemieux Foundation
. Working on that project always leaves me feeling like I can conquer the world.
I’m most inspired by:
Jamie and Ali McMutrie of Haitian Families First
People will be surprised that I:
Can't do a cartwheel to save my life.
I’m intrigued by Luminari because: Luminari
has embraced the fact that true change, growth, and innovation come from imaginations that are allowed to roam freely.
Thanks for sharing with us, Virginia!
Read more of our conversation with Virginia on Luminari's Blog →
by Hilda Pang Fu, President, Luminari
Happy New Year from the Luminari Team! New Year signals new beginnings and as stewards of inspired thinking and proponents of a global fellowship, we’d like to take this opportunity to explore the myriad of ways other cultures announce the New Year.
In America, of course all eyes turn upwards to watch a sparkling ball fall high above New York’s Time Square – but in Scotland, men swing giant blazing fireballs over their heads as they march through the streets during the festival of Hogmanay. In Denmark, people observe the passage from one year to the next by jumping off chairs at midnight. And in some South American nations, people wear brightly colored underwear to guarantee good fortune for the next 12 months! In Spain, individuals will eat one grape for each toll of the clock to bring 12 happy months in the coming year. And in France, Jour des Étrennes
is celebrated with elegant family dinner parties and presents.
China rings in the New Year with grand public events. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and various cultural activities are planned from the first day of the first Chinese month (usually in late January and early February) until the illuminating finale on the fifteenth day. Families, friends and neighbors shed the worries and conflicts of the old and look to the future with hope and zeal.
2012 is the Year of the Dragon, a mighty period in the Chinese Calendar because the Dragon is the most revered symbol in the Chinese zodiac. It is the passionate link to the creative forces that bind us all together – which sums up perfectly the spirit in which Luminari was created! The Dragon also represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune, and we wish all of you plenty of those, along with good health and much happiness, in 2012!
Click here to see more New Year celebrations around the world →
We'll be announcing the Luminari Award
Scholars in mid-February! We've had a fantastic group of submissions from all over the Pittsburgh region and can't wait to welcome the scholarship recipients to this summer's I Want to be an Ambassador!
camp. We'll also have highlights from Teen Writer!: Blog, Reviews, Essays, and Commentaries