FASCINATING STREET SIGNS THAT REFLECT HISTORY

 

 Elizabeth Cygan is psychologist and infantry author. She lives in Sudbury (Massachusetts, Usa). She saw my artworks and she sent to me this interesting post, that I want to share on WordPress:

Your artwork is incredible. What a fascinating subject. I wonder about some or our street signs. I live in Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA and we have street signs that reflect our brief history, when compared to European history. In our case, Sudbury was the first town to be incorporated as a town in Massachusetts in 1639. We revere our founding fathers like Bent, Plimpton, Rice etc. We also include street names like Musket and Flintlock.

However, Sudbury was the first to let women vote in town elections, own businesses and property. We even have names of Indian chiefs, against whom we fought, like King Philip-a chief who changed his name to be like the English soldiers who were here then. So we do have a short history of which we are proud. However when we were in London I was able to check a history book, and our Revolution received only half a page. We are still referred to as “The Colonies”.

Elizabeth Cygan

 

ABOUT ELIZABETH CYGAN

She has been a counselor, psychologist and special education teacher. She  writes about history, economic and educational articles for a newspaper. She is majored in Education, Economics, History and English, with graduate degrees in each of these fields. Her recent book – based on psychological and educational principals – presents a collection of true tales about Benjamin and Annabel, her Siamese cats. The book (“A tale of two tails: the adventures of Ben and Bel”) gives a history of Siam and the siamese cat, using cat words:cat-atonic. cat burglar, cat-astrophe etc. The words are defined and the tale told. The book shows watercolors, ink and pen drawings and photos illustrating the tales. The premise is kids enjoy it when the cats run the household with their mad antics. Also kids learn best when they are engaged, having fun and don’t realize that they are learning.

 

 

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THE JOY OF READING: SENDING STORIES FOR FREE

A group of people with some experience in the area of storytelling would like to share their project with everyone who enjoys reading.

 

Lithographic Print by Roberto Alborghetti

Lacer/actions Project

Realistic Image of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters

cm 70x 50, framed,  2009

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 “The Joy of Reading” is a group of people with some experience in the area of storytelling. They would like to share their project with everyone who is in touch with children and young people in general but above all with everyone that enjoys reading. This project consists of sending stories for free on a weekly basis.

They forward them via e-mail, at own address. All the stories have some values within: respect for nature, tolerance, tenderness, responsibility, solidarity and many more. They all aim at developing the reading skills among young people, as well as allowing some moments of reflection and dialogue about topics connected with human values. Along these weeks, the cycle of stories is dedicated to different Cultures and Traditions (the last one I’ve received is “Yudhisthira at Heaven’s Gate”).

I welcome this project (which, it is important to say, does not have any profitable aims). If you are interested in “The Joy of Reading” and if you know anyone interested in receiving the weekly stories by e-mail, please, contact the Pedagogical Team at: af@talestogrow.com

You can visit “The Joy of Reading” on Facebook where you can find more interesting stories about several different topics.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stories-for-Everyone/125862557478585