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Why Teach Creative Language?

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 

The next time you’re at Home Depot, IKEA, or even some grocery stores, you may have a choice to use ‘Self-Service Checkout’ (i.e. automation), or wait in line a little longer in order to have the opportunity to interact with a human.

Our society is moving toward automation, and it is crowding out many lower-end jobs, and even changing mid-range jobs (like career advisory businesses).

Parallel to this, the language promoted in most group ESL settings is geared toward finding a job. Eve...


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Preparing for a Creative 2017

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Monday, January 16, 2017, In : Creativity and Trust 

Each New Year brings a fresh start and new impetus. We all want success and in order to move forward, it’s a good idea to let go of anything that no longer fits, works, or feels aligned with our highest purpose. Here are some ideas for how to bring the fresh energy of creation and success into our lives, sustaining ourselves as we bring benefit to this world.

1. Clean your house. Deeply. Don’t rush. Pray while doing so. Listen to healing music while doing so.

2. Bag your single socks, t...


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Gravity and Levity are Lovers

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Saturday, April 16, 2016,

In creating and directing the performance of Combing Sedna’s Hair, I have reflected many times on where the centre or centres of gravity are within the world we are imagining together. Each character in the novella and the extracted thread which forms this performance goes through a journey of transformation after meeting a pivot point. These can be thought of as crisis moments.

In Chinese calligraphy, the word for crisis is composed of two characters: ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. ...


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The Beauty and Mystery of Language

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 


Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, the charismatic and learned Tibetan lama colleague and friend of Sogyal Rinpoche, told a story to us which I will retell, in a nutshell.

A great lama was travelling, accompanied by his attendant. He had to have a bowel movement, and had nothing to wipe with. His attendant brought out a newspaper. The lama recoiled in horror. “But why?” the attendant asked. “It’s only English!”

Precisely what happened then is not clear, however even lowly English could not ...


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My Mother's Death

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Sunday, August 4, 2013,
My mother passed through the threshold on June 3, 2013, after a series of strokes beginning in December, 2012. I departed from Toronto and joined her just after the performance of Mythic, an exploration of the ancient story of Demeter and Persephone, designed as a prayer for the solstice and rebirth of the light.

Our six months together were profound, challenging and healing. As my mother’s live-in caregiver, all artistic work underway in Toronto was suspended, and I gave myself completely...


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Meditation and the Creative Process

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Wednesday, April 4, 2012,
The creation of art is an interesting process. Most children revel in pretending to be plants breaking through the soil in spring, and will sing with all their hearts.

Later however, some people decide that they aren't talented enough, and close down their voices; deciding they are awkward, chubby or somehow 'wrong' for the dance--they stop. Somehow we are left with a professional class of artists whose specialized skills amaze us, and we become more distanced than ever from the joy of creativ...

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