Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Section A, above the fold
The Newspaper Editor always chooses the most eye or interesting catching article for the front page (section A) and places it above the fold so it is seen when it is stacked at a newsstand. This is one of the places I didn't want to see controversial incidents regarding police action when I was part of a team of Press Information Officers for my form Department.
However, when you're looking for publicity you want to be placed there. So a little good news is one of my paintings was placed in that prime position for the announcement of our local show but the bad news is that I was not credited for it. LOL. So you can see "Lone Bear" on the front page of the Tri-City Voice HERE.
On a side note, I was looking forward to attending the reception to this show because three of my pieces were accepted but unfortunately I learned my Uncle had passed away and his memorial service was on the same day at the same time. I wanted to share a part of the beautiful service with you because even though I was baptized Episcopalian because of my mother's beliefs, I have come to respect and admire my father's Buddhist religion.
You will see my cousin Ken Yamada presiding over the services. I am very proud of him because he is the only American born minister/priest who traveled to Japan to study and returned to California to teach the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. His temple (Higashi Hongashi) is located in Berkeley. His beautiful wife is an attorney working in San Francisco and they have two wonderful children together. I promised I would go to one of his services in the near future and now that I've blogged it, I've locked myself into that promise haven't I?
Ken is lighting incense to be placed in the stand behind him for participants to make an offering.
Ken chanted prayers during the service. It was almost mystical when his voice harmonized with the gong. My other cousins own flower shops in the area and you can see one of their many arrangements behind Ken.