Jolly January

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Jan PicHi everyone! I hope that you had a great start to the new year.
During the month of January we celebrated the upcoming “Inspire Your Heart with Art” Day on Saturday,  January 31st. The other Participants and I learned about one of the most famous paintings of all time, The Starry Night painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1889.  Also, I discovered the name of the painting named, Magdalene with the Smoking Flame by Georges de La Tour in the Disney’s 1989 “The Little Mermaid” film, (my favorite animated movie since I was six years old) when I was watching The History Channel.

On Friday, January 16th, some of the other Arc Participants and I learned about the little brown bear with the hat from Peru named Paddington. He was created by the children’s author, Michael Bond on October 13th, 1958. Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.  He was discovered in Paddington Station, in London, England by a human family with the last name of Brown, who adopted him, and thus Paddington gives his full name as: “Paddington Brown.” Just like Winnie the Pooh Bear, Paddington has a love for a special food named marmalade which is a sweet jelly that contains pieces of fruit.

The other Participants and I also learned that Michael Bond based Paddington Bear on a lone teddy bear he noticed on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve 1956, which he bought as a present for his wife. The bear inspired Bond to write a story; and, in 10 days, he had written the first book, “A Bear Named Paddington.” When I was a little girl, I would listen to Paddington Bear stories at our library library. That is why on June 25th, 2012, I was happy to see an official teaser poster was released for the film named, “Paddington.” The poster stated that the film would be released on Friday, January 16th, 2014. To celebrate the release of Paddington the movie, The Paddington Trail has been started from November 4th until December 30th, 2014, fifty Paddington Bear Statues will be placed around London close to museums, parks,shops and key landmarks. The statues have been created by artists, designers and celebrities, including supermodel Kate Moss, actress Nicole Kidman, and Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville. As the lead charity partner of The Paddington Trail, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Charity Organization will be holding an online auction in November and a live auction in December for the statues. All proceeds from the sale of the bears will go to another charity. Some of the Participants decided to make their own mini Paddington Bear statues. The other Arc Participants and I had a perfect Paddington Bear day. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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