JULY 2014


Sunday, July 13, 2014

2 - 4:30 p.m.

Knox College, Room 4, 59 St. George Street,

between College & Harbord

Entrances on St. George and King's College Circle, north entrance for no steps


Presenter: ARIEL BALEVI, Storyteller

A child of immigrant parents from Turkey, Ariel Balevi is a unique storyteller-his repertoire derives from the classical literatures and folklore traditions of Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia, and represents living oral storytelling encompassing not only the traditional and literary but also personal family stories of diaspora.

Ariel will introduce Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and storyteller, followed by an oral storytelling performance from his Masnavi, a vast tapestry of stories and stories within stories, used in his teachings. Rumi lived most of his life in Konya (now in Turkey), a major city on the Silk Route, where travellers met, sharing their stories and beliefs.

Although centuries old, these stories speak in any time to anyone who has confronted the daily challenges of making sense of life. They are stories open to a multitude of interpretations depending on each listener whatever his or her stage of life. Whether they are about princes or commoners of long ago and far away, the stories are always life-affirming, and invite us to look again at our own lives as part of eternity itself.  This great 13th century poet has become popular in the West largely through English versions of his work by American poets like Coleman Barks and Daniel Ladinsky.

Ariel performs these stories in English, using verse or proverb from the language of origin of the story. In his performances he strives to present the universality of these narratives, unfamiliar to some audiences, and in doing so to bring about mutual respect and understanding among different cultures and traditions.

In 2010 Ariel Balevi with guitarist William Beauvais released a CD, Unspoken Dreams: Stories from Rumi, which includes oral tellings of stories from the Masnavi. His interest in cross-cultural influences in storytelling has led Ariel to explore different kinds of narratives from his current repertoire to the European fairy tale and monastic legends of Georgia.

Ulysseans and visitors are invited to a unique experience of an ancient art.

Visitors are welcome


ph: 416-410-1892



Sunday, August 10, 2 - 4:30 p.m. (location as above)


Presenter: PATRICIA McCULLY, Author, Teacher


MOSAIC Planning Lunch

Monday, July 7 and August 4

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Granite Brewery & Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Ave. E. (enter from Mt. Pleasant) Contact: Daniel Karpinski

Play Reading, Thursday, July 10

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Note new date and location for this month

Vivian Haar's home. Please RSVP Vivian Haar if you are interested in attending

Memoir Writing

Friday, July 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

at Virginia Rock's home Manulife Centre

near Bay/Bloor.

Please RSVP Virginia if you are interested

in attending

Inquiring Mind

(No meeting in July and August)

Member News

Linda Stitt's next monthly Words and Music programs are arranged for Saturdays July 5 and August 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Portobello restaurant, 995 Bay St, just north of Wellesley. On July 5, Glen Gary, leader of the musical group playing for our December 2013 anniversary celebration, is one of the musical guests. Upcoming monthly artists and past photos and videos are posted at www.lindastitt.com.

We are delighted to hear that our greatly missed Lois Linett has returned home from the hospital in Oshawa where she had a hip replacement in June. Her husband Jack reported she was doing well. We miss your beautiful smile and hope to see you both very soon.

Welcome to two new members, Pat Bisset and Jill Lennox. An active storyteller, Pat joined after attending as an honorary member following her July 2012 presentation "Native Participation in the War of 1812 in Story and Song." Jill has been a welcome guest at several of our meetings.

We were happy to welcome back Elizabeth and Bob Allen at our June meeting. Elizabeth has been recovering from eye surgery. You were greatly missed.

Virginia Rock announced at the June 8 meeting that she would be leaving the next day for Poland, to meet with students she had taught 50 years ago (1962-1964) at Jagellionain University in Krakow. All wished her a wonderful trip and reunion. She has returned and we look forward to hearing about her ten days abroad.

Carol Farkas and Paul Nash will conduct workshops at the Academy for Lifelong Learning in the fall and winter. Carol will host Telling of Tales (storytelling) and Paul will facilitate a new course, Celebration of Song, on alternating Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. See Carol or Paul on July 13 or web www.allto.ca.

Joan Appelby and Virginia Rock

Theatre Opportunities

Though Act II Studio did not have bus trips this year, there are other opportunities in Toronto parks, at Cineplex showings of theatre filmed live, and via the frequent Stratford Direct buses ($10+tax each way). We could form our own small groups. The Shakespeare plays include:

As You Like It and Titus Andronicus, alternating in High Park, 8 p.m. through Aug 31; www.canadianstage.com for premium tickets or pay what you can at the gate.

Cymbeline in Withrow Park, August 12-31 (by donation in the park); http://shakespeareintheruff.com/

Cineplex, various theatres, e.g. Yonge-Dundas, Summer of Shakespeare Series, all 4 on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. The first 3 are from the Royal Shakespeare Company:

Richard II on July 19; Henry IV part I on July 26; Henry IV part 2, on August 9;

The Tempest, August 16 (Ontario's Stratford; Christopher Plummer in 2010).

Stratford Ontario plays (bargains!), buses: 1-800-567-1600, www.stratfordfestival.ca

Shirley Gibson

A Scent-free Request

We have some regular attendees who are sensitive to strong scents. We are joining many other organizations in requesting our members and guests not to wear them.

Still Accepting 2014

Membership Contributions

The Ulyssean Society is accepting membership renewals and new memberships for the 2014 calendar year. Donations will be acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt. The suggested donation remains $70-100 for single, or $125-200 per couple, but other amounts are accepted. Please specify preferred newsletter format (printed copy mailed or pdf file attached to an email) and whether you will share your name, phone number and (if applicable) email with other members only.

Cheques payable to "The Ulyssean Society" are accepted at meetings or mailed to the address below (our former Treasurer, Beverly Bloom). Last month forms were enclosed with copies of our newsletter mailed to members who have not renewed. Request a form, or just send information and cheque to

The Ulyssean Society, c/o Beverly Bloom,

421 - 3179 Yonge St., Toronto ON M4N 3P5

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed. Invite your friends to meetings!!!

Report of our last General Program

June 8, 2014

Knox College, Room 4, 59 St. George Street, Toronto


Presenter: PAUL NASH, Mediator, Organization Development Consultant, Musician, Ulyssean

The meeting was called to order by our President and Program Chair, Virginia Rock. Marvin Goody lit the candle and read the Ulyssean Creed.

Virginia welcomed our guests. She made several announcements of upcoming meetings and activities and news of our members

It was a privilege and a pleasure to listen to Paul Nash, a member of The Ulyssean Society, discussing propaganda - how people are influenced and affected by other peoples' thinking, judgments, and/or emotions. Because thoughts may be emotionally driven rather than rational, people can be manipulated. They are often driven by emotional appeals rather than logic. The advertising industry relies on emotional behaviour.

Propaganda is extremely powerful as part of the War Machine. Reference was made to Adolf Hitler and his hypnotic persona, using powerful emotional appeal and lies to create the motivation and suspension of rationality and judgment in committing the most horrific, heinous atrocities.

Propaganda is a significant component of the drug industry, magazines, scientific publications, religion, and food sales. Critical thinking is needed to avoid manipulation.

Paul also discussed some positive influences of propaganda.

Our group was seated in a circle to encourage ongoing dialogue between the speaker and the audience. Denise Altschul thanked our speaker.

After a short break for tea and coffee, the Mosaic portion of the meeting followed. We were happy to hear from Dave Kennedy, Marvin Goody, and Shirley Gibson. Rose Dyson read the Ulyssean Benediction and extinguished the candle to close the meeting.

Joan Appelby, Secretary; Virginia Rock, Program Chair

Guests are welcome at our meetings

Invite your friends, relatives, acquaintances,

fellow students in the courses you take,

members in other groups you are in

Become an active part of your Society

Help it to continue to function well

The Ulyssean Mantra - A guiding principle