Day-Glow Skyline

Day-Glow Skyline
Day-Glow Skyline

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“Day-Glow Skyline” is an original watercolor painting by Robert Mauro, resident of the Empire State, New York. In 1951, Robert contracted Polio and has been painting since 1968. Robert is dependent on a wheel chair and can only paint for about 20 minutes at a time, so he creates his art in stages.
“Day-Glow Skyline” is an original watercolor painting by Robert Mauro, resident of the Empire State, New York. In 1951, Robert contracted Polio and has been painting since 1968. Robert is dependent on a wheel chair and can only paint for about 20 minutes at a time, so he creates his art in stages.

This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Robert Mauro for THASC Sales. Co. which has employed a unique number of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

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For me, there is no other city that has a skyline like New York. I love the way Robert Mauro lights up his city with the glow of the moonlight and keeps it “The city that never sleeps.” The last time I was to go to New York City was tragically on September 11, 2001. We were to celebrate my sister’s 60th birthday, but it was never to be. The lights went out on Broadway.

After fourteen years I am going back to New York. This time I plan to visit Ground Zero and pay my respects. It will be a very emotional trip for me. My sister is no longer with me, but my cousins from Sicily are, so part of the excitement is still with me. In fact, we are leaving today, July 23, 2015, and in addition to seeing the wonderful things that New York symbolizes for our country, like the Statue of Liberty, we are also going back to Broadway. So as you read this blog, we will be visiting this magical city and getting ready to see “Aladdin” on W. 42nd Street.

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There are so many things that I am in love with in New York, but Robert Mauro’s bright colorful watercolor makes me continually think of the excitement of New York’s night life, particularly in Manhattan. Nothing can stop this wonderful City from drawing us into “being a part of it, New York, New York!“

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I personally prefer musicals and comedy to drama, but there is nothing really that can hinder me from seeing live theatre no matter what the theme. In fact, I always secretly wanted to act. I suppose I did everyday in a way in my own classroom. They say teachers are always “on stage!” Since the universal language is music, I always incorporated pop Italian music in my lessons, wondering how quickly kids learn the words…even if they aren’t sure what they are saying, they certainly can sing the songs!

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I’d love to read your comments on what your favorite things to do in New York are. I could never leave out the many museums, sky-scrapers, Cathedrals, temples, restaurants, neighborhoods, opera houses, hotels, stores, parks, TV shows, entertainment, fashion, monuments and on and on. For me that famous skyline has no equal and THASC artist Robert Mauro doesn’t let us forget it with his pink, orange, blue, green and yellow buildings along the Hudson River.

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I hope you all get to New York and Broadway at least once in your lifetime and if not soon, put them on your bucket list.

See you in late August!

-Maria

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
www.thasc.com

Musical Sounds

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“MUSICAL SOUNDS” is an original watercolor painting by Julie Ann Mills-Testi, resident of the Beaver State, Oregon. Julie was born with a musculoskeletal disorder characterized by multiple locked joints. Julie paints with a brush held in her mouth. Julie’s artistic skill came naturally as well as her love for experimenting with color and techniques. This greeting card was reproduced from an original watercolor painting by Julie Ann Mills-Testi for THASC Sales Co. who has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

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20150331_095948-1At some point in many children’s lives, they are introduced to a musical instrument. For my sister and me it was the piano. For my brother, it was the trumpet. I remember that we had a very eccentric older lady come to give us piano lessons. Her name was Miss Sisson. She always wore some type of hat and always had a pencil with her, which she sometimes put in her ears. She was not very well kept but this didn’t hinder my love for music. As little girls my sister and I loved musicals and we tap danced our way through many recitals for which our mother made all of our costumes.

We were so excited to be a part of old Highland Park elementary school’s tap dancing review! I’m the one at the very end of the front row with my little polka-dotted Thumbelina costume on. I loved the sound of Staccato taps. I still even have one of my tap shoes. I think my favorite instrument has always been the drums. I love the beat of the drums and the taps reminded me of the beat of a song.
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My staccato tap shoe

As I grew older into my teens and beyond the years of Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles, I fell in love with rock n’ roll and the twang of the electric guitar.

Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry

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I yearned to be able to play one, as my closest friends at the time were both guitarists. I never managed to play well as my long nails would always interfere with my chords and my strumming, but I had the smallest and cutest guitar around.

My first guitar
My first guitar

For many years at the high school where I taught, the entire school got ready for the greatest and most popular event of the year. It was called Rocco’s Rock ‘N Roll Revue, the brainchild of a history teacher who was himself a legend in the area of the beginnings of rock ‘n roll and together with hand-selected musicians from the student body and a few faculty (I was one of the chosen few) Rocco and the Celestials (his backup group) made history for 25 years at Newton North High School, giving all the proceeds to a scholarship.

By this time, I had preferred to sing vocals in a band and found a chance to get on stage and have some fun with my music. My little guitar and me really had a ball either singing alone or with my back up guitarists.

Rocco’s guitarists and me
Rocco’s guitarists and me
Me in Rocco’s Rock ‘n Roll revue
Me in Rocco’s Rock ‘n Roll revue

I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving all kinds of music. I was lucky to be introduced to the opera “Aida” in the Baths of Caracalla in Rome on my first trip to Italy. I was sure I wouldn’t like opera but I fell in love with that, too, at an early age. I would go with my mother and grandmother to Lincoln Center and my grandmother would sing EVERY WORD of the opera along with the opera stars!!! How could I not have inherited that gene!!!

Music is the first thing I hear in the morning and the last thing that lulls me to sleep at night. Thank you to THASC’S artist Julie Ann Mills-Testi for keeping the music alive in all of us.

Have a wonderful, musical weekend.
See you next Tuesday.
-Maria

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
www.thasc.com