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Flower designer's pickled lotus root business blooms - Kyodo News PlusWednesday, April 03, 2019
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Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
International and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her diverse experiences outside Japan stretch from Bolivia to Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea to India.
She runs classes such as "Teaching Ikebana in English" and "International Class for Non-Japanese-speaking People". She conducts special workshops for teachers at the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Tokyo and teaches students at her atelier in Meguro, Tokyo.
Ms Fukushima is a member of the Sogetsu Teachers Association, a director of the Sogetsu Foundation and a member of the Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter and Nihon Ikebana Geijutsu Kyokai.
Born in Tokyo soon after the end of World War II, Ms Fukushima was the sheltered only child of older parents. She was 14 when she began her Sogetsu ikebana lessons. With the joy of young life, she happily embraced the school’s nonconformist outlook, introduced by its founder, Sofu Teshigahara. At 19 she received her first teaching diploma, "not unusually young if you are interested and keep studying," she says.
Her parents wanted her, as she graduated from the Foreign Language Department of the University of the Sacred Heart in Japan, to stay at home and prepare for marriage. She wanted to work. Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundin... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
Love flowers? This SLO County company is America’s main grower of cut roses - San Luis Obispo TribuneTuesday, March 05, 2019
Eufloria grows about 150 different rose varieties, from traditional teas to old-fashioned, English garden-style roses in colors to suit almost any taste. Increasingly, Koch said, clients are moving beyond classic red to picking colors that match their home décor or their personal tastes. Eufloria’s most popular sellers this season include True Love, a striking pink rose with a hint of yellow opening to reveal a ruffled center, and Matador, a deep red, old-fashioned rose, said Sylvia Balerio, Eufloria bouquet maker. Also a hit is Grande, a deep burgundy/wine-colored rose. According to Koch, Valentine’s Day is no longer Eufloria’s top-selling holiday. (That title now belongs to Mother’s Day.) Cheaper South American imports have made huge inroads into flower sales over the past decade and now account for about 90 percent of cut roses sold in the United States. “Our business peaked in 2000,” Koch said. “It’s not coming back.” div... https://www.sanluisobispo.com/living/home-garden/article225343710.html
Obituary: Benjamin Lawrence Gordon, of Redding - Weston, CT PatchTuesday, March 05, 2019
Jewish Family and Children's Service, living in Bradshaw House and with foster families. Years later, Ben wrote a memoir about his experiences called Me, Mike and the Agency.Ben received a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts in 1962 and then a MA from New York University. After teaching and traveling, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from NYU in American Studies in 1979. Ben was eager for intellectual and artistic engagement and adventure. He was involved in Civil Rights and anti-war demonstrations, backpacked extensively in Europe and Israel, where he spent several months at Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet, and taught English in Ghana. He enjoyed art and classical music, and read and wrote poetry. He brought all of this energy to his teaching and family life.Ben met the love of his life, Suzanne, when he was 18 and she was 16; he was working as a camp counselor in her hometown and helped repair her bicycle. Ben courted Suzanne when she went to Smith College, and sent her romantic letters with pressed flowers from his travels. They married in 1966 and lived in St. Paul, Minnesota briefly before moving to New York where he went to graduate school and she taught at the New Lincoln School. They then moved to Ridgefield, and Ben began a satisfying career teaching English and History at New Canaan High School. Ben continued to travel extensively with Suzanne, enjoying trips throughout Europe, Central America, and the U.S. and Canada. They took ballroom dancing classes, kayaked throughout New England, and shared a love of music and art, going to New York to museums and the Metropolitan Opera.When Ben and Suzanne moved to Redding in 1975 he embraced the town, growing a large garden and raising chickens and bees. He coached little league baseball for the Redding Boys and Girls Club, served as a ... https://patch.com/connecticut/weston-ct/obituary-benjamin-lawrence-gordon-redding
Benos Flowers and Gifts wants to bring fun, happiness - The GazetteTuesday, February 05, 2019
Ocampo moved to Chicago, where his parents had lived for many years and where his older siblings had been born.Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- “I didn’t speak English, so I went to school and worked different places gaining knowledge about English and flowers,” he said of his five years in that city. Long Para:6 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- About three years ago, Ocampo relocated to Iowa City to be with his partner who works for the University of Iowa. He took a job in the hospitality industry, working for a hotel and conference center, and continued to take classes in flowers and wedding design.Long Para:6 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- “I’m still taking classes,” he said. “I never stop learning.”Long Para:6 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- About two years ago, he began searching for a location to open his flower shop.Long Para:7 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- “I looked at Iowa River Landing, I looked in Coralville,” he said. “Then I met Nancy Bird.”Long Para:8 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- Bird, executive director of the Iowa City Downtown District, told Ocampo about a new retail space being created inside the Iowa Book building, with an entrance on Iowa Avenue, around the corner from Iowa Book’s Clinton Street entrance.Long Para:8 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- “It’s the perfect location,” Ocampo said.Long Para:9 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- With views of the Old Capitol and lots of foot traffic outside, the bright space holds fragrant floral arrangements and an array of gift items and party favors, including balloons, sparklers shaped as numbers and letters, handmade items from Mexico and confetti chocolate bars.Long Para:9 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- “I look for unique items that bring fun and happiness,” Ocampo said.Long Para:10 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- He plans to add a flower bar for customers to create their own bouquets and host floral arrangement workshops.Long Para:11 Long Pra Total: 11 Total Para Total: 25-- l Know a business that’s been i... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/iowa-city-benos-flowers-floral-shop-florist-flower-20190121
Man Says Indianapolis Florist Denied Him Service Over Gay Marriage - NewsweekTuesday, May 21, 2019
A man is claiming a floral shop in Indiana refused to help him find flowers for his wedding after the store discovered he was marrying a man.David Elliott told WRTV that he went to Avon Florist in Avon, Indianapolis, on Thursday to order flowers for his upcoming nuptials. Elliott said he was having a normal conversation about the wedding with the owner until he mentioned that he needed two boutonnieres, one for him and one for his partner. "She said, 'What do you need?' I said, 'I need two boutonnieres.' She then said, 'What does the bride need?' I said, 'Well, there is no bride.' And then she said, 'Well then I'm going on vacation and I can't help you.' I then said, 'Okay,' and I walked out," Elliott told the news station. Avon Florist in Avon, Indianapolis. A man claims he was denied help for his wedding from the florist on Thursday because he is marrying a man. Google Maps/Screenshot Elliott told Newsweek that the manager's demeanor changed after he mentioned his partner, who he has known since he was 18... https://www.newsweek.com/man-denied-service-florist-gay-marriage-1040569
Please don't forget the reasons for Decoration Day and Memorial Day - Kingsport Times NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Popie eventually shared. These cemetery photo shoots were a great curiosity to my former co-worker Jo Ellen Werking Weedman. Especially since we continue to take them. Jo Ellen was from Indiana. Maybe they don’t do things our way up there.The cemetery visit (with photos) and perhaps going to church, are about the only part of “Decoration” that continue unchanged for some of us who are left. The meal has evolved over the years. After Popie passed, we moved the meal to the home of my aunt and uncle, Venus (Wallen) and Carson Lawson. But age made it more and more difficult for some to attend. For others, it was life and careers elsewhere. In recent years the picnic is on Saturday here in Kingsport, at Eastman Cabins. We’re planning that again this year. Last year a lot of us ventured out that evening to the Carter Fold. It was Mom’s first visit. It was also her first visit as the last survivor of her ten siblings. Aunt Mary (Wallen Roller) went to heaven just a couple of months prior. In honor of her first visit, the band dedicated a song to Mom. We all had a great time. Some of us plan to go back to the fold next Saturday night.“Decoration” at Flower Gap Cemetery usually falls the same weekend as Memorial Day, the federal holiday for remembering veterans who died in service. But not always. The church’s annual memorial service (for members who have passed) is always the Sunday after the fourth Saturday in May. So it doesn’t always fall on Memorial Day weekend. If my calculations are correct, in 2021 Memorial Day — always the last Monday in May — will be May 31. But the fourth Saturday that year will be May 22, making Flower Gap’s memorial service Sunday May 23. Other churches and/or cemeteries have their own memorial services and decoration days. Many are in May and June. But others are in other seasons.It was these types of events which preceded Memorial Day, according to multiple sources. Memorial Day is a week from tomorrow. For many, this national holiday creates a three-day weekend that is the unofficial start of summer fun. But as I’ve covered Memorial Day ceremonies over the years, I’ve often heard U.S. military veterans remind crowds that Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance .... It’s not about cookouts and boating. It is to honor and remember those American soldiers who died while serving their country.According to multiple sources, Memorial Day grew out of Decoration Day in the 1860s shortly after the Civil War, as communities held ceremonies to honor the war dead and place flowers on their graves. By 1900, May 30 was recognized as Memorial Day by state legislatures across the nation. After World War, I the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1968, Congress declared the last Monday in May as Memorial Day.So next weekend have fun, but don’t forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. And when it’s “Decoration” where your people are buried, go visit and take a few stick flowers (and don’t forget your camera). In any case, Saturday night is always a good time to go to the Fold.J.H. Osborne covers Sullivan County government for the Times News. Email him at [email protected]... https://www.timesnews.net/Blog/2019/05/19/Please-don-t-forget-the-reasons-for-Decoration-Day-and-Memorial-Day.html?ci=stream&lp=8&p=1
Same-sex couple claims Indiana florist denied them service - WNDU-TVTuesday, February 05, 2019
AVON, Ind. (WNDU) A same-sex couple claims an Indiana florist denied them service while they were preparing for their wedding day. David Elliot ran into some trouble last Thursday when he stopped into a flower shop in Avon, Indiana. That's just west of Indianapolis. Elliot says he told the shop's owner the date of the wedding and that she agreed to help, but she reportedly changed her tune when she learned that two men were getting married. "She said, 'What do you need?' I said, 'I need two boutonnieres.' She then said, 'What does the bride need?' I said, 'Well, there is no bride.' And then she said, 'Well then I'm going on vacation and I can't help you.' I then said, 'Okay,' and I walked out," Elliot explains. Some small businesses in Indiana have made national headlines over the last 3 years for their refusal to serve members of the LGBT community. ... https://www.wndu.com/content/news/Same-sex-couple-claims-Indiana-florist-denied-them-service--488894061.html
Three join Cancer Services board | Thestar | kpcnews.com - KPCnews.comTuesday, February 05, 2019
FORT WAYNE — Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana has announced that Laura Lefever, Marc Leveridge and Wesley Russell have joined its board of directors.Lefever is a community volunteer who previously served on Cancer Services’ board from 2011-2016.Leveridge retired after 19 years as the chief financial officer of Sweetwater Sound. He has been serving on the Cancer Services Finance Committee for the past year.Russell is a physician and radiation oncologist at Radiation Oncology Associates. He has been practicing in the community for five years.The three join current board members John Bloom, Brad Bertsch, Don Bender, Cory Swagger, Denise Anderson, Diane Calinski, Deb Durnell, Dave Fee, Daryl Flowers, Tom Horton, Julie Nill, Margaret Rodenbeck, William Schroeder, William Seidel, Sharon Simmons and Ed Souers.Continuing to serve as officers for 2019 are Bloom as chairperson, Bertsch as vice chairperson, Bender as treasurer and Swagger as secretary.Cancer Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of those aff... https://www.kpcnews.com/thestar/article_327749fd-202f-5a4f-8d58-f2a8884262ed.html