“Roses and Bees…. The sizzling, summer sun bedazzles sapphire days As nuzzling bees rub ruby lips of roses till they blaze…” – by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz
Language Fun: How many times to you see the letter “z”?
How many times do you see the letter “s” that sounds like “z”?
How many times do you hear the repeating sound “z”? It’s called “alliteration”.
How does the word “buzz” sound like the actual sound that a bee makes?
When a word sounds like its meaning, It’s called “onomatopoeia” The word “onomatopoeia” has a Greek origin. Scroll down to learn more about Greek-Roman Myths and Poetry
Be a Picture-Word Detective How are the poem- picture-video alike? How are they different?
Cupid’s Dart is a witty poetic, musical play inspired by classical mythology and nature.
Cast: Solo Show or a 2-4 Person Cast.
You Can Be a Hero (Theme Song for “Cupid’s Dart and “Myths at Play”)
Welcome to a magic world of myth and fantasy Let your imagination set your spirit free Ancient legends that are told anew Times may change, but feelings still are are true You can be a hero if you believe…
Cupid’s Dart is entertaining literate fun! Witty poetry and lyrics, melodic, uplifting music, singing, acting and myth-inspired stories with a modern twist create a unique performance experience.
From ancient poetry to modern spacecraft, mythology continues to inspire us!
Metamorphoses, by the Roman poet Ovid, influenced Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Shaw, choreographers, visual artists, and composers.
From the Apollo Theatre to the Apollo Space Program to Superhero comics, classical mythology is still part of our lives. My Fair Lady, One Touch of Venus, and Xanadu are musicals based on classical myths. Beauty and the Beast comes from the myth of Cupid and Psyche.
“Cupid’s Dart” can be expanded to include myths from many cultures and related to literature, nature science, and ecology.
Myths at Play illustrated poems, books, calendars, etc….. Dr. Sue partners with The Outreach for Breast Health Foundation by offering poetry from her Myths at Play series. The Outreach for Breast Health Foundation reduces mortality, suffering, and social costs of Breast Cancer. Services: free mammograms, clinical breast examinations and breast health education to women with little or no insurance coverage.
The Breast Health Foundation published Dr. Sue’s poem: “A Myth for May- The Jewels of Spring” in a sold-out book of poetry & photos. The book helped raise almost $20,000 at Design in Bloom Celebration.
“A Myth for May- The Jewels of Spring” by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz
The sizzling, summer sun bedazzles sapphire days As nuzzling bees rub ruby lips of roses till they blaze… Sweet Maia and great Ceres bless each blossom, grain, and vine And spread the fragrant jewels of spring to welcome Proserpine
About the Myth… May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, mother of Mercury, who wears a winged cap and shoes. Pluto, Lord of Underworld and gems, kidnaps Proserpine, who is the daughter of Ceres, goddess of agriculture. Pluto tempts Proserpine with jewel-like seeds. He makes her Queen of the Underworld, but he allows her to return to her mother each spring. The joy of their reunion creates May flowers – the jewels of spring.
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.
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.
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…
Youlearn my name: I’m “Dr. Sue”
You learn my brand: “Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment”
You learnwhat 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 togive 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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Pop is Poppa Tee, Producer/Owner of JCT TV and Multimedia www.jctmagazine.com I am Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz, PhD)We are co-hosting the “Pop ‘n Dr. Sue Show” Our mission is to offer Positive Entertainment, and Empowering Advice and Health Tips to Help you Create the Life You Want! We are both in voluntary self-quarantined to support the stay home – stay safe policy. That’s why we are doing a radio call in show. Here are a few key points:
Focus on what you can give and believe in your own resources and talents.
Your resources can be monetary – you can donate to charity
Your resources can be your skills, talents, or connection to others
When you give to others, you not only help them, you empower yourself
Creativity is a tremendous resource!
You can share your own creativity
You can also support the creativity of others
Connect to others – even if you need to keep social distance.
Make a phone call to friends, family or neighbors.
If you cannot call, you can Email, text, or use a phone app.
You can send photos or short videos or links to something they will enjoy.
We all need social connection – in person or any other way!
Please let us know how you’re doing! Visit: Facebook: New York Strong We’ll be back with more shows, and more tips! Here are two videos: JCT Pop ‘n Dr. Sue Show and Dr. Sue YouTube Channel Here’s the Pop n Dr. Sue Show!Here’s Dr. Sue YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/drsuecomedian with my free, uplifting original song: “We’re In This Together”
“Masks probably do provide some protection.” That’s the latest news from The New York Times
NYTimes on Masks and Coronavirus:
“Masks probably do provide some protection. They’re particularly effective at keeping somebody who already has the virus from spreading it to others, and they may also make the mask’s wearer less likely to get sick.
“Coronavirus appears to mostly spread when germ-containing droplets make it into a person’s mouth, nose, or eyes,” Vox’s German Lopez explains. “If you have a physical barrier in front of your mouth and nose, that’s simply less likely to happen.”
Of course we should give first priority for masks to health-care workers. And there may be no masks available.
What can you do? You can Make Your Own Mask!
It may not be medical grade – but it is surely better than nothing! Tie a Scarf around your Nose and Mouth! (You’ll feel like a Movie Star – The Lone Ranger! ) Or Use a Bra Cup – any size will do! Fasten with hooks and eyes, snaps or elastic – get creative. Or cut up an old shirt or pants leg! (Use your imagination, your scarf, shirt, pants…or bra!)
Fashion Forward means NewYorkStrong!
You don’t have to live in New York to be NewYorkStrong !
Dr Sue shares Health Tips to Cope with CoronavirusNo gloves? No problem! Health Tip #1: Wear plastic bags!
We all know it’s best to wear plastic gloves when we touch public surfaces. But what do you do when the stores don’t have them? Besides, gloves and masks (which are in short supply) should be reserved for health care providers and people on the front lines.
What can you do? Get resourceful!
Most of us have plastic bags lying around the house.
Slip on the gloves when you go outside – before you touch buttons, door knobs, railings, revolving doors, money, etc.
Are plastic bags as effective as surgical gloves? Do they replace social distance?
Of course not. But they are certainly better than nothing.
When you come home, take off your gloves and…
Wash Your Hands!Health Tip #2: Don’t touch your face! Coronavirus (COVID-19) gets in through the mucous membranes. These are mainly located in the eyes, nose, and mouth – near your face. Touching your face is often an unconscious habit, so I put on a scrunchy, and tucked my hair under my cap. The cap reminds me: Don’t Touch Your Face.
Health Tip #3: Self-Isolate and Social Distance
I stay home most of the time and social distance when I go out. We all need to do this – for ourselves and our community.
Stay Healthy – Stay NewYorkStrong ! Dr. Sue Shares Health Tip: Plastic Bags