Once Upon a Time …..

dino National Picture Book MonthEvery November Americans celebrate a day that is centered around giving thanks for our blessings. Family and friends coming together to enjoy a nice meal and to express gratitude for each other; it’s known as Thanksgiving but we like to refer to it as a shared experience.

Thanksgiving is not our focus here today. What we would like to talk about is … sharing an experience. One that involves a parent and a child or a teacher and his/her students ….. really anyone can participate in this “sharing fest” we’re FINALLY getting to.

November is …………. National Picture Book Month!!!

Founded by author and storyteller Diane de Las Casa, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book. Through essays, promotional kits and activities, such as the PBM Ambassador Badge and the themed calendar, PBM is encouraging us to turn the page instead of “swiping” the screen. Reading to a child with a “real” book stimulates imagination and sparks curiosity. For the adult, it gives us an opportunity to escape the mundane and slip into a world of enchanted forests and talking animals.

Sharing an experience like that??? COuld be the best twenty minutes of your day!

Now it’s time to take it into the village.

Dino Kotopoulis (pictured) is the illustrator of the book “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, which is an educational children’s book written by David Kinne. What is so amazing about this book is that it was created with no thought of profit to either author or the award-winning illustrator. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the book will go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and its rescue … rehabilitate … release program.

Please check out “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, an adventure on the high seas … AND … learning a thing or two about protecting our endangered sea turtles.

BTW ….. Both author and illustrator are local residents of Safety Harbor, Florida. We are so blessed to have them in the village, and we salute them in their efforts to preserve nature and to preserve the “shared experience” ….. picture books.

National Picture Book Month
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Captain Tortuga & The Treasure Of Sand Key
Kinne / Kotopoulis
Insta: @captaintortugabook

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child
– Dr. Seuss

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…


The #PeaceDayProject2014… Saturday

It’s Saturday…the day before Peace Day. Are you feeling peaceful???

Well are ya???

Well, any degree of peace that you feel is the way to a more peaceful planet. It all starts with you and your thoughts of what peace can bring– into your heart…your mind…your core…AND…Mother Earth.

We’re not kidding.

Now onto POD’S events.

Saturday…Peace Games…

Over a half a billion people around the globe play games for at least an hour a day. Peace One Day and lead partner, Playmob are promoting peace through virtual worlds. Using that “artificial intelligence” to change imput into a more peaceful environment. We likee…so do not AFR (away from keyboard) for very long.

Saturday…in the village.

He’s one of our favorite villagers. Here he is…drumroll please…Dino Kotopoulis asking in Greek.

Who will YOU make peace with???

Started his career in advertising in the 1950’s and worked on campaigns like Starkist “Charlie the Tuna” brand, for which he won a Clio award. He has also worked with Disney, Universal Studios and Hanna Barbera Cartoons. He is known for his humorous caricature drawings and sculptures in wood and metal, and now is working on illustrations for a book by the name of “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key” by David Kinne. Why not search Dino Kotopoulis and check out his story.

~Daisaku Ikeda

Join the movement.

Dino Kotopoulis

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

binvested in your community…binvested in your world…binvested in peace…