Marjorie Eliot: 20 years celebrating life through jazz

Marjorie Eliot: 20 years celebrating life through jazz

by Paul Anel          August 24, 2012

Video Interview, Jazz. Viewing time: 6min.

When her son Philip died in 1992, jazz legend Marjorie Eliot took quite an extraordinary decision: every Sunday, she would remember her son and celebrate life through Jazz music, offering free jazz concerts in her apartment of Edgecombe Avenue, in Harlem. On Saturday, August 18, 2012, Marjorie Eliot and her faithful musicians were celebrating the 20th anniversary of this extraordinary adventure. In an exclusive interview for landofcompassion.com, she bears a moving witness to the beauty of life, and the power of music.
 

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The Profound Gaze of a 12-year Old on a Tragic Event

The Profound Gaze of a 12-year Old on a Tragic Event

By Lily Oberman         June 15, 2012
Story, Compassion, Reading Time: 4 mn

A few months ago after Sunday service. As her mother listens to a widow's sad story, trying to comfort her, Lily (12) watches quietly from a distance. Earlier this month, her parents are stunned when they find out that an essay she had submitted won her a scholarship for next year! In that essay, she answers the question: "Have you ever been shown an act of kindness by either someone you know or by a stranger that touched you and seemed to make your day go better?" With startling depth and understanding, Lily tells us what happened, on that Sunday morning…

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Interview with Lori Belilove: Pointing to the Light!

Interview with Lori Belilove: Pointing to the Light!

by Marian West          May 18, 2012

Interview, Dance. Reading time: 8 min.

I met Lori Belilove  when she came to my college to give a master class of Isadora Duncan dance technique.  I was captivated; and I hoped this would not be the last time I encountered this dance master, this woman impassioned by the organic movement and ideals of Isadora Duncan, mother of modern dance. In this exclusive interview for LoC, a world-renowned cultural luminary opens her "heart-center"…
 

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A School of Love

A School of Love

By Grayson Heenan    May 11, 2012
Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit,  Former volunteer with Heart's Home in Argentina in 2010/2011.

I first heard of Heart’s Home as a sophomore at Boston College. I was stunned by the radicality of their life and mission: to be missionaries of compassion. In my sophomoric pretense, I judged them as idealistic and impractical. What about projects and initiatives – helping people in tangible, quantifiable ways? It was a classic case of missing the obvious. In the end, it was Heart’s Home that judged me. It shattered my ideas about charity and real success. What, after all, was it that I cherished most in life? The friendship of those who care about me, the time they spend with me, their continued presence in my life, their love and compassion.

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Bruno Axel: Music and the Unveiling of Self

Bruno Axel: Music and the Unveiling of Self

Interview with Bruno Axel         March 14, 2012
By Gonzague Leroux – Reading Time: 2 min

Passing through New York for a time, Bruno Axel, a 31 year-old violinist, conductor and composer from Spain, introduces us to his vision of life and music. Familiar with Spain's economic hardship and 20% unemployment rate, Axel Bruno strikes up a conversation thus: "I am a dreamer but always realistic. As a person, I want to be happy. I do not need to be famous. I want to be a very good artist, not in terms of success or fame, but just a very good artist."

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

You’ll Never Walk Alone

By Marian West        March 16, 2012
Encounter – Compassion – Reading Time: 4 min

This past Saturday, I experienced one of my most unforgettable encounters thus far.  It struck me and will stick with me forever.  I was walking through the 5th floor corridor of a nursing home, when I heard, “HELP!  HEEELP!  HELP ME!!!”  I could not ignore such a desperate cry.  I entered the resident’s room, not sure what I’d find.

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