Friday, October 20, 2023

Let's Take a Walk #60 #ImaginePeace

Dear friends,

A challenging post to share, Let's Take a Walk #60, took place on October 9th, 2023, 2 days after the terrible attack on Israel from Hamas, the beginning of the current conflict. Almost two weeks ago, so many people died on the Israelis' and Palestinians' sides: civilians, children, young and old suffering. The hostages taken by Hamas have yet to be brought back home. 

I decided that as a call for Peace, LTAW#60 would take place in Strawberry Field on the day of John Lennon's birthday. #ImaginePeace, here is part of the song we all know so well and are longing to make it a reality; imagine all the people living life in Peace. 

All the countries that helped in the creation of Strawberry Field

Together we sang Imagine.
Imagine all the people living life in peace.

A short poem for peace by Charlis @possibly_poet on Istagram

and then, a chance encounter with the beautiful @goddessauracollection a Union Sq. Farmer Market.

I thank you for your continuous support and participation.

With Love for Peace, à bientôt, bye bye.

Marie Christine 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Let's Take A Walk #59 took place during The International Day of Peace

To celebrate The International Day of Peace Let’s Take a Walk #59 took place at Ward's Island in Toronto together we observe the IDoP traditional one minute of silence at noon. As we explored Ward's Island in Toronto, we focused on Peace. Peace around us and in the world, we all want it don't we? don't we? and for peace of mind, for our children, our children, we all need it don't we? 

I am so grateful to Catharina Goldnau the wonderful #tweetmaster & #storyteller, to Heather Gentleman for guiding me to the discovery of Ward's Island, to Susan Steward to introducing me to her friends Heather and Catharina and to you dear friends whose presence is so deeply appreciated. 

The knitting: for this walk the gathering of stories began in New York and continued on Ward's Island the day prior the walk. We talked of peace, shared concerns and hope. I learned about the inhabitants of the Island, their resolve to save their homes and prevent the construction of a casino. The entire walk can be seen @LetsTakeaWalk_World on Instagram  



Let's Take a Walk #59

Free Library 






Some of the people who worked on the preservation of Ward's Island






Schlepping Displaying

Merging two projects, @LetsTakeaWalk_World & @DancingAlonewithmyShadow


Let's Take a Walk is a worldwide walk I lead using Twitter, since 2009. As it evolved, it became an on-site performance, participants from anywhere in the world can join in via X Twitter @mcayer and @letstakeawalk_world on Instagram Live. During the performance, I encourage observers to join in. On-site, a Town Crier, Tweet Master, and Drummer assist me. During the walk, we pause questions on a specific topic(s) #Peace, #Earthday, #HumanRight, prompting dialogue, inviting participants to sing a song, say something nice to someone; as we journey, the knitted overskirt I wear (created days before each walk with passerby) unravels, leaving traces. Performance artifacts, film, and photographs of our journeys are compiled into an installation, showing the experience of our group walking in different places yet moving in sync. See all the walks on this blog. So far, there have been 59 walks; each is a shared moment—a step towards Peace. Duration detail: Performance time 40 minutes, of which 20 minutes are shared via Twitter and Instagram Live #WalkingTogetherApart.

It was wonderful to share this moment with you.


A bientôt

Marie Christine 

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Let's Take a Walk #58 took place at Greyfriars Kirkyard

Dear Friends and fellow walkers.

Thank you so much to those who joined in for Let's Take a Walk #58 via Twitter @mcayer & Instagram Live @LetstakeaWalk_World. LTAW#58 occurred at Greyfriars Kirkyard In Edinburgh during the EdFringe Festival, #walkingtogetherapart for #OurChildren and #PositiveChangesThroughStoryTelling. 


Here are some images, but the entire walk can be viewed on Instagram LetsTakeaWalk_World

The Stories-tellers Eric and Paul
The Town Crier & Sound Designer Patti.
The TweetMaster Elena 

I was your Guide
The Storytellers enchanted us by spinning a yard about Harry Potter, JK Rolling, the Immortals, Tom Riddle Grave, Tardigrade, and The Dog Bobby.  

"Without the inspiration of the past there would be no Harry Potter for millions to enjoy. The ancient cementry of the walk gave rise to he who can not be named".

I would rather have Peace. Together, we walked, sang #DonaNobisPacem, and asked ourselves, "What creative magic can you do for your community?" We stroked the dog Bobby's nose for good luck while thinking of you; legend has it that when Bobby's master died, he stayed on site for fourteen years. 
As we walked we acknowledged the Magical power Children have and the incredible work the young adult generation does to bring positive changes in the world.

My gratitude goes to the excellent Tweet Master Elena Messinger, the playful Town Crier/ Sound Designer Patti Cohen, and the wonderful Storytellers Eric Messinger and Paul Katz.   

Thank you so much to all of you who joined us virtualy, I hope that you enjoyed Let's Take a Walk #58 as much as we did. 

I am so grateful for your participation and look forward to our next walk, #walkingtogetherapart #withLoveforPeace.              
A Bientôt Bye Bye

Monday, April 10, 2023

Let’s Take a Walk #57

Dear Friends and fellow walkers.

Thank you so much to those who joined in for Let's Take a Walk #57 via Twitter @mcayer & Instagram Live @LetstakeaWalk_World.  LTAW#57 took place as part of the Marmalade Festival at The Old Fire Station in Oxford England. #walkingtogetherapart for #SocialChange #withLoveforPeace.

The Colors of the walk; Orange as the color of the festival, Oxford Blue, of course, and Pink, as the 12th of April was the International day of Pink.Together we walk, we sang #DonaNobisPacem and we posed ourself the question "What is, in your mind, the most pressing social change that needs to take place?" 

My gratitude to the excellent Tweet Master: Paul Katz, the playful Town Crier Delelza Brooks  and the Poetic Drummer Wayne Aspinall, as well as to the wonderful The Marmalade Festival  & The Old Fire Station team, Usha Dabur Car, Becs Morris and Ruba Asfahani and colleagues.                                        

On Tuesday the 11th, in preparation for the performance and on-site of LTAW#57, I worked with passersby, knitting and sharing stories, posing questions directly related to the theme of the performance.

"What is, for you, the most pressing #socialchange" that needs to take place?" #gatheringstories.

Many participants spoke of issues close to their lives; I was touched by two men who maintain the market square behind The Old Fire Station yet can not afford anything in Oxford. Both have several children to raise, they live outside Oxford. #wagedisparity. 


Each Line a story. Speaking of the urgency in climate change, the need for opposite parties and different countries to find common ground, #environment #justice, and #womensright were a large part of the conversations.


On Wednesday the 12th we shared LTAW#57, the rain forced us back into The Old Fire Station. We felt lucky to have a place to go to, a shelter. 


We stoped by Andy Owen's installation Rocket Folly, #environment & #climatchange.


LTAW#57 ended at the cafe, where everyone joined in #donanobispacem #grantuspeace, we all want #peace, don't we? 


Here with the wonderful team. Tweet Master: Paul Katz, the playful Town Crier Delelza Brooks  and the Poetic Drummer Wayne Aspinall, and one of the participant, Katai Mulenga, thank you for your participation, kindness and joie de vivre. 


Finally, Thursday the 13th, Shlepping & Displaying, I walked around Oxford, near the site of LTAW#57 displaying the unraveled dress, performance artifact following LTAW#57, an impromptu and ambulatory exhibition. 


#Justice and #Respect where offered as ways to create positive social changes, exploring solutions together.




Let's Take a Walk brings people to share a moment, a step toward peace. Participants from anywhere in the world join us via Twitter @mcayer and Instagram @letstakeawalk_world, #walkingtogetherapart. On-site, a Town Crier, Tweet Master, and Drummer assist me. Addressing topic(s) related to the walk, prompting dialogue, and inviting audience participation. As we journey, the knitted overskirt I wear, created days before each walk with passerby, unravels, leaving traces. Performance time 30 minutes. So far, there have been 56 walks. As part of the project, I maintain this blog where you can view many of the descriptions and images of the walks. 

I am grateful for your attention and participation.

With love for peace.

Marie Christine

@mcayer27 (platform for Hangers 101 & a Litany of Hashtags) 
@mck_workinprogress Features up-cycling project & workshops.
@DancingAloneWithmyShadow    Performance started during the pandemic, ongoing. 
@LetstakeaWalk_World (Live Let’s Take a Walk)

Twitter @mcayer (Let’s Take a Walk)