Labor Day

Labor Day 2014

Labor Day is not just a time to lament the end of summer and the start of school, nor is it merely a weekend filled with great bargains for the frugal shopper; it’s a national holiday that celebrates the value and tenacity of the average worker, one who was shamefully exploited not that many years ago:

“In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.”

Click here to learn more about Labor Day and the dramatic history that led to its founding.


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Worth Repeating: Edith Lee-Payne at the March on Washington

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 8/26/13: 

Edith Lee-Payne“On August 28, 1963, Edith Lee-Payne was celebrating her 12th birthday by attending the March on Washington with her mother. She did not notice the photographer snap her picture. It would be more than 40 years later that her sister saw the photograph in a calendar celebrating African American history.   In 2011 she shared her story of attending the march on August 28 and finding her photo in the National Archives more than 40 years later:  Prologue: Pieces of History » Finding the girl in the photograph.”


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Reflections on the 1963 March on Washington

50 Years March on D.C.

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In an article entitled, “Witnesses to History, 50 Years Later,” the New York Times compiled a series of reflections about the experience from people who were there.  ~ Do you remember where you were on August 28, 1963? [Be sure to see tomorrow's "Worth Repeating" post, too.]



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Experience Talks 8/30: Guru Singh


Tune in to Experience Talks, our “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener.” Saturdays 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! You can also enjoy hearing all of our previous shows on the Listen Page of our Experience Talks website.

Saturday, 8/30 at 8 AM PT: Guru Singh talks with host Dr. Connie Corley

Guru Singh

Guru Singh is a celebrated third-generation yogi, master spiritual teacher, author, and musician. He teaches conscious living through the tools of Humanology, Kundalini yoga, meditation, and sacred sound. He was born in Seattle in 1945 into a yogic spiritual household, to an artist father and musician mother. His teachings grew from an esoteric curiosity inspired by his family’s deep connection to the masters of India and the blessings of being ready when teachers appeared.

Buried TreasuresGuru Singh’s new book, Buried Treasures: The Journey from Where You Are to Who You Are, is the confluence of two great spiritual rivers that led to the fulfilling of Guru Singh’s destiny—a near-death experience and the vision quests in an indigenous village in Mexico. Buried Treasures is the story of three years in the early adult life of Guru Singh. Learn more at his website.

ALSO: During the Saturday broadcast, host Connie Corley will be giving away 2 free tickets to the Bhaktifest in Joshua Tree, Sept. 4-7. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a winner!

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EngAGE Senior Olympics: Watch NBC4 Noon News on Friday!

Good news from Brossy Reina, Senior Olympics Event Coordinator: NBC4 will be featuring a volunteer recruitment spot on the News @ Noon this Friday! Also, starting Friday, and through the following week, we’ll be highlighted on NBC4′s “I Am a Volunteer” webpage at  EngAGE will be featured in the Calendar tile and top tile located at the top of the page, and listed in alphabetical order on the right-hand side. ~ We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to volunteer!

Congratulations, Brossy, for  your excellent work promoting our upcoming EngAGE Senior Olympics, Saturday, September 27th, at Cerritos Park East!

[Thanks to EngAGE Regional Programs Director Alma Wright for making this image.]




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Why You Need to Think Like a Kindergartner

Kindergarten Drawing

Drawing by Taylor N. of Crestview Elementary School in Greer, South Carolina


Advice that’s not just for artists, but for all creative people: think like a kindergartner. From the Atlantic article, “Everyone Was an Artist in Kindergarten:”

“It’s not just a fear of failure, [author Tom] Kelley said. It’s a fear of being judged. . . . Everyone is innately creative, [his book] posits; creators are just people who act. And, of course, they don’t always succeed.”

Kelley’s book is entitled Creative Confidence.

And here’s a related article: “The Benefits of Failing at French” which addresses the difficulties so many older people have when trying to learn a new language. Guess what? We’ll do better if we think like a kindergartner!


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George Wein: Newport Jazz Festival at 60

George Wein-band“‘It’s like a love fest,’ said George Wein as the 60th edition of the Newport Jazz Festival drew to a close . . . . Wein, 88, played at his festival, performing on piano with the Newport All-Stars, winning generous applause when he took a solo. ‘I better quit while I’m ahead,’ Wein said from the stage.”

George WeinWein is the founder of what is probably the best-known jazz festival in the United States, the Newport Jazz Festival, which is held every summer in Newport, Rhode Island. (He also co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel.)

Read more here about this year’s festival.  Many more great photos on A Blog: Supreme. [These photo credits: Adam Kissick for NPR] More about the annual Newport Jazz Festival here.


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Native American Video Game Tells Traditional Stories

Never Alone Video Game

The game “Never Alone” tells the story of a young Inupiaq girl, Nuna, and her companion, an Arctic fox, as they go on a quest to save her village. (Image credit: Upper One Games)

A group of Alaskan natives have partnered with a game developer to tell traditional stories from their own point of view. Of particular interest is that the story includes the experiences of elders:

“‘Never Alone’ is based on a traditional story known as ‘Kanuk Sayuka’ and the experiences of Alaska elders, storytellers and youth. The story follows a young Inupiaq girl and an Arctic fox as they go on an adventure to save her village from a blizzard that never ends.”

This must certainly be a first in more ways than one: the perspective of an indigenous people has never before been explored in a video game, nor has the perspective of elders.

More on All Tech Considered.

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Worth Repeating: Train Photographer Hirota Naotaka

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 8/21 /13: 

Train Photographer“It’s not just about the trains. It’s also about all the wonderful situations that surround trains,” says Hirota Naotaka, who has made a career out of photographing trains for over 60 years. Now at age 78, he is respected by fellow tori-tetsu* [train photographers] as a pioneer of train photography.” See photos and read more here.


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Pico Rivera Photographer George Rodriguez

Photographer George Rodriguez shows some of his work that was recently on display at the Whittier Art Gallery in  July. (Photo by Keith Durflinger Starr Photographer at Whittier Daily News)

Photographer George Rodriguez shows some of his work that was recently on display at the Whittier Art Gallery in July. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Staff Photographer at Whittier Daily News)

From a recent Whittier Daily News article about photographer George Rodriguez:

His career has spanned the Hollywood era of Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood, and the late careers of Lucille Ball and Judy Garland, the beginnings of the Sunset Strip-Whisky a Go Go scene, the seminal days of rock ’n’ roll in Los Angeles, the Michael Jackson phenomenon, and the rap artists just out of Compton.

But his lens also has turned away from the bright lights to record the social upheaval of the times, the Latino farmworkers movement, Cesar Chavez, street scenes, and a Latino perspective of America. . . .

A biography and a television documentary about Rodriguez are in the works. The book, “With a Camera in His Hand: the Double Vision of George Rodriguez,” is being assembled by Rodriguez in conjunction Josh Kun, associate professor at USC.

Read more about this much honored, important artist in the Whittier Daily News and at the Whittier Artists website, which also features a collection of his work.


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