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Dr. Sue Clearwater

Dr. Sue Interviews Clearwater Captain Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Interviews Clearwater Captain Positive Entertainment

The Clearwater sloop sails down the Hudson River from Albany, NY to New York City with a mission – a Celebration of the Hudson River and the Resilience of Community. This year’s journey is called “The River Connects Us.”

Launched in 1969 as the brainchild of visionary folksinger-activist Pete Seeger, The Clearwater Sloop has hosted over half a million visitors – and is reaching many more online.

The Covid-19 crisis in 2020 has made visitations onboard unwise and impractical. But you can’t keep a good sloop down – or in port. The Clearwater is still still sailing – with a sequestered crew – and an online presence consisting of interactive live streams (with interviews with musicians, local residents, activists, river workers) and videos to document and share the experience on social media platforms.

I met Clearwater Captain Nick Rogers in New York City at the South Street Seaport, Pier 16. The sloop was heading down to the Verrazano Bridge before turning around and heading back upstate. Nick, a former math teacher-carpenter, has been connected to the Clearwater since 2007. He learned most of his skills on the job, and has a Coast Guard’s license. Other members of the on-board crew include another captain, environmental scientists, crew members, and a cook. The small crew eats and sleeps on board – sometimes below deck – but a navigating captain must be on deck at all times.

I asked Nick what happens in case of a storm. He replied, “We try not to be in it – or to be the tallest point in case lightning strikes. But if we can’t pull into a dock, we point into the storm and sail.”

The Hudson River – flowing through New York State into the Atlantic Ocean – has seen many changes since Henry Hudson, the early 17th Century English explorer, discovered the beauty of the American wilderness. By the time Singer-Songwriter Pete Seeger swam in the river with his family, it had become a polluted cesspool. It took this artist-visionary and a team of activists to to begin the journey to reclaim the natural heritage of our waterways. For a virtual, multimedia journey, visit www.clearwater.org

Dr. Sue Interviews Clearwater Captain Nick Rogers!

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
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Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

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Dr. Sue Latina Singer

Dr. Sue Sings Diversity Song in NYC Park Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Sings “Cielito Lindo” Latin Diversity Song in NYC Park Positive Entertainment

New York City offers many pleasures. Some are public and exciting – like Broadway shows. Some are more personal and intimate – making new friends, crossing cultures, and sharing creativity!

Opportunities for Creative Connections are all around us- even in the epicenter of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. A great way to expand your cultural and personal horizons is to visit a city park!

Fortunately, I am able to take walks in my local park, where I often take photos and videos of flowers – and sometimes fish, ducks, and dogs!

I post my photos and videos on Social Media with short remarks and invite my online friends to comment – which they do! This gives a purpose to my walks and keeps me creatively active and connected – even while maintaining social distance.

Walking in the park near The Museum of Jewish Heritage, I encountered an Artist-Protester Elizabeth Abraham, who was displaying her personal creation – a “Black Lives Matter” picket sign-artwork she carries in protest marches. (My photo-video interview with Elizabeth is in another Blog Post.)

Elizabeth, who is considerate, artistic, adventurous, and good company, was looking for a friend – and so was I! She comes to my local park from her uptown apartment in Harlem. She uses the Access-A-Ride transportation service to come to my neighborhood park because she has a has a non-visible disability. Soon we started talking on the telephone to arrange ways to meet, socialize, and do activities together.

One day, Elizabeth told me that she was using Access-A-Ride to bring her 90-year-old family member to our park, and she invited me to meet her. Like Elizabeth, her family member, named Aida Marriott, is Puerto Rican. But unlike Elizabeth, Aida speaks only Spanish – no English – and she has Alzheimer’s Disease (with memory loss). But, said Elizabeth “She sings like a bird!”

This turned out to be true. Aida likes to sing – and so do I. As we were walking through the park, I started singing the Italian song “O Solo Mio” (mainly in English). Elizabeth complimented me on my singing. Encouraged by her support, I tried to think of a Spanish song. I remembered a lovely Mexican song called “Cielito Lindo” (Beautiful Little Sky). Soon Aida and I were singing together on a beautiful day in the park!

“Cielito Lindo” is simple, melodic, and easy-to-sing. Sometimes a simple song reaches beyond language barriers, memory loss, and cultural differences to connect as human beings… and open our hearts!

Here are the lyrics in Spanish – Scroll down for our video!

Cielito Lindo by Ana Gabriel

De la sierra, morena
Cielito lindo, vienen bajando
Un par de ojitos negros, cielito lindo
De contrabando

Ay, ay, ay, ay
Canta y no llores
Porque cantando se alegran
Cielito lindo, los corazones

By the way, Aida (who doesn’t speak English) removed her mask during our song. Elizabeth and I let it go. I said, “She’s 90-years-old. I’m not going to tell her what to do.”

Here is a Video of Our Singing Duet!

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

Dr. Sue Duck Positive Entertainment / Education

Dr. Sue “Here’s to Ducks” Positive Entertainment and Education

Dr. Sue “Here’s to Ducks” Positive Entertainment and Education

Dr. Sue, Entertaining Educator, says, “A Teacher is a Second Mother!”
When you teach with love – in a language the child understands –
the child (and everyone else ) wants to learn! This Blog post is geared toward communicating with young children, but the general ideas apply to all age groups.

Dr. Sue Duck Positive Entertainment
Dr. Sue Duck Positive Entertainment / Education

The language of children is toys, so I use toy ducks to teach a simple lesson.

One duck is floating in a glass, and another is hidden behind my hair.

(Watch for the reveal in the video – a kind of peek-a-boo moment.)

Teaching is a form of communication, and communication is a holistic experience that combines all the senses.

I’m wearing soft, appealing colors that blend together (mainly the yellow of the duck and the soft blues and apricot in my scarf). The sun is coming through the window, and there’s a plant and a painting – so the room looks inviting – a place you may like to visit.

You may also notice that I am smiling. My smile tells you that I like you, that I’m happy, that we are together, and that everything is okay.

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Two Ducks

Here’s another picture!

Can you see two things in this picture that are also in the first picture?

If you said the duck and the scarf – you are right!

How many ducks are in this picture?

If you combine the ducks in this picture and the duck in the first picture, how many ducks do you see?

If you said “three” – you are right!

These questions are simple but they give you a chance to interact with the pictures and text – and to be right! That’s very important. Everyone (including children) wants to succeed! Give people a chance to succeed step-by-step, from easy to more difficult. If they make a mistake, give them a chance to correct their errors, improve their skills, and move on to the next level. After we master the easy tasks, we are ready to move on to more challenging ones.

This learning principle applies not only to counting ducks, but to most learning – and many video games.

Creating this Website Blog involved learning many skills. At first it seemed overwhelming, but with the guidance of my excellent Web Developer/Coach, I learned to do many things I never thought I could!

There’s a stereotype that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But I am what you call an “older person” and I’m here to tell you that learning is a life-long process.

Now it’s time for the video.

As you listen to the video, you’ll notice that I combine speaking with classical music in the background. That’s two senses – visual and auditory (listening) words and music.
And don’t forget your sense of humor – my Duck has a name: “Quack!”

Children – and most people on the Internet – have a short attention span. This video is 22 seconds long – but it’s packed with information!

In only 22 seconds, you learn all these things

  • You learn my name: I’m “Dr. Sue”
  • You learn my brand: “Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment”
  • You learn what to expect from my brand: a positive experience, probably with humor and a chance to learn something.
  • You learn to interact with the video.
    You can look for repeating content in different images! You can count the ducks!
    You’re invited to make comments in the Blog and the YouTube Video!
    These interactions are simple – but simple interactions are how I learned to creae this Blog – with text, photos, a video, my logo with text and links – plus some hidden categories and tags that will help you find me on the internet.
  • You learn to give your viewer, audience, and students a way to interact and succeed!
    A successful interaction is more interesting and engaging than a passive experience.
  • You learn that are treated with caring and respect. That is my commitment to you!

Are you ready to watch my video?
It’s only 22 seconds long – so watch it as many times as you like!
How many ducks can you see? Watch the whole video to count my earring!
Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment presents…”Here’s to Ducks!”

 

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Dr. Sue Hanu-Krismas

Dr. Sue “Happy Hanu-Krismas!” Holiday Song Positive Entertainment

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“Happy Hanu-Krismas!”

An Interfaith, Multi-Cultural Holiday Song/Video

by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. (copyright 2015)

“Happy Hanu-Krismas!” Celebrates Diversity!

 

“There’s all kind of people, why make a fuss?

Happy Kwanzaa and Eid, Happy Hanu-Krismas!

Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanu-Krismas!”

 

Click on Video for Holiday Song/Video “Happy Hanu-Krismas”

An original, witty, warm celebration of diversity!

 

Dr. Sue Horowitz’ original comedy “JUDY MACCABEE” won a national children’s playwriting contest!

“JUDY MACCABEE” is a merry mashup of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and the Hanukkah story!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

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Dr. Sue Gotham Writers Positive Entertainment

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“April in…” Can you name that song? If you said “April in Paris” you were right about the Vernon Duke/E.Y “Yip” Harburg  standard.  But as the Billy Crystal/Debra Winger movie advised: “Forget Paris.”  New York City has its own April delights –  including the beginning of Gotham Writers Spring Semester, where you can study songwriting, screenwriting, and much more. This week, I attended the Gotham Writers Open House – a free sampling of writing courses:  Articles, Creative Writing, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Novel, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Songwriting, Stand-Up Comedy, TV Writing.  So many seeds for thought – so little time! I did manage to sit in on a few courses, and here are a few tips from the instructors: Songwriting (Instructor: Jody Gray – jodygray.com) Most popular songs are written with a “hook” (a repeating refrain) and a classic structure,  For example,  the song “Over the Rainbow” has a hook that shows up in the title and each “A” section.  The form is A, A, B, A.   Can you find the hook and figure out what the “A” sections are?  You can do it (and write it)  if you take Jody’s class! Humor Writing (Instructor: Ryan Britt) Humor (even when it’s based on life) usually includes certain elements: misunderstanding, exaggeration, odd combinations, and/or inversion of expectations.  Can you think of a story from your own life or imagination that includes these elements?   You’re half-way to funny!  Ryan’s class includes readings from top humorists and a chance to rough out and polish your own ideas. Screenwriting (Instructor: Jason Grieff) Screenplays often begin with the familiar and throw in a twist!   (Think Dorothy – a farm girl, who is whisked out of Kansas into Oz by a tornado or “twister”!)  Like most great protagonists, Dorothy really wants something – to go home – but first she must undertake a life-changing journey! (Sound familiar? Like many screenplays, “The Wizard of Oz” has deep roots in mythology – in this case,   Homer’s classic tale: “The Odyssey”). What kind of screenplay should you write? You can start off by listing three of your favorite movies.  As Jason points out,  they can give you clues about what you love and can successfully write! Gotham’s courses run from 6 weeks to 10 weeks and include one-day intensives.  For more information, visit gothamwriters.com By the way, do you know who wrote the lyrics, much dialogue, and served as script editor for the movie: “The Wizard of Oz”?  If you said E.Y. “Yip” Harburg,  then you brought it all back home – from Paris and Oz to Gotham Writers in NYC! Creative Living: Exercise your mind!  Pull out those lazy mental weeds (like “I have no talent or time”), plant those seeds of thought, cultivate your craft, and watch yourself bloom! (Photographer/Editor: Jay Berman)

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos