The Legend of the Season: Magic of the Pearls Kindle Edition by Christine Conforti
Magic of the Pearls is an inspirational story about love and cooperation. Julia DeCoeurs and her husband Herschel set out to eliminate a terrible virus that came to Northeast America a long time ago. Using Julia's gift of kindness and her determination, the DeCoeurs take her magical pearls on a 30 year journey as they heal those infected one at a time.
Originally written in 2007, this short story includes 25 illustrations painted by the author depicting moments imagined in this legend. Please share this uncanny, mystical tale during time with family and seasonal holidays. May you find inspiration in the heroic DeCoeurs family and the illustrations created for an old fashioned escape to a fictional past. Take with you the magical yet simple message that transcends time and space: “Love and Be Loved.”
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I was raised in Paterson New Jersey. We were very urbane compared to kids that lived in cities right next to us, but at the same time we were as innocent. When my parents divorced I got a peak into the dark side of the world experience the first ever heartbreak as I would come to understand it.
Still I believed in kindness and love and dreams coming true. In Paterson we were having a renaissance, to some extent, started by a classical yet modern sculptor Gaetano Federici, who had his would leave an impression on me. I thought that every city had a “sculptor.” I also thought that if I were to be any kind of artist or craftsman, I'd have to be as good or better than Federici. I could not claim success without making art that was as monumental and as important.
I studied Liberal Arts and had refined training in theater arts and crafts, music and dance. I was able to bring that home. By a stroke of serendipity, I was a part of the commission to write the History Play of the City of Paterson for the Bi-Centennial of the city in 1992. Working with the Theater and Music Department of William Paterson University, I was able to create my first true work of art. I wrote the storyline and poetry for the play as well as music based on the city brand, at the time, for children to sing at the end of the show. The small musical piece inspired a longer libretto telling a similar but minimalist “Bread and Puppet” style “Ballet.” These two works solidified my desire to continue to create for the stage. However, in order to be creative with little and no resources, I had to pare down my storytelling to 10-15 minute performances for what was later to be called the Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic Inc.