Archive for October, 2010


“Over a thousand and one nights, Scheherazade told the King stories and he fell in love with her.” Ah!  Whether Arabian or Haitian, women are magicians weaving stories of old to delight the young, the young at heart and everyone else.  A festival of Haitian culture that included such storytelling took place on Saturday, October 16th […]

A Painting and a Poem for Haïti

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” (Goethe) Well, on Wednesday, October 13th, the crowd at the MoCADA did all […]

Our grief will not silence us

“Granmè Mélina once told a story about a daughter whose father had died.  The daughter loved her father so much that her heart was shattered into a hundred pieces.  When it came time to plan for the jubilant country wake. which was once held the night before all funerals, the daughter wanted no part of […]

Saving Grace

“SAVING GRACE” is an AMAZING, IMPRESSIVE, HEART-MENDING, SOUL-HEALING exhibit of Haitian paintings, sculptures and works on paper, many never seen outside Haiti before. They are on view at Affirmation Arts Gallery at 523 West 37th Street from Oct. 1 to Nov. 24. “Saving Grace: A Celebration of Haitian Art”, curated by Haitian art historian Gérald […]

Who will be King?

Krik ? Krak !!! In Haiti, stories are introduced by the invitation to hear the tale. The person willing to tell the story shouts out: KRIK! If people want to hear the tale, and they nearly always do, they answer in chorus: KRAK!! So, “Mesye, dam, la sosyete, Krik? Krak!”, my name is Michèle and […]