~jummyjeenz Newsletter~

2018 July-December

The five words that sum up this past year for me are:

Grateful, Inspired, Honored, Connected, and Loved!

This year we have all had our share of ups and downs within the world and our personal lives as well. However it’s always important to keep moving forward and keep the hope alive. Everyday we are presented with another 24 hours to learn, grow, and transform.   When difficult circumstances attempt to put out our light, we must shine it even brighter, so we can find our way and maybe help others find theirs as well. Whatever role you played in my life this year my gratitude runs deep, it was very much appreciated. Whether I performed with you, attended the Joiner workshop, enjoyed the same event, released butterflies, attended a potluck, or just simply shared a heart to heart conversation, all of of these actions were equally as important. Anything that connects us to one another as human beings in a meaningful way is creating community, and bringing us one step closer to more peace within our world. Thank you all for the time you have shared! I look forward to sharing, connecting more, and creating many positive changes in the new year!

~Peace, love, light, jummyjeenz (Deana J. Tavares)


7/22/18 – Invited to join School Street Sessions Poetry Advisory Committee

Feeling extremely grateful, humbled, and honored to join this committee of seasoned poets. I’m looking forward to this journey of sharing and learning. All of our readings are held at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston MA between the months of September and April.

New Literary Group Turns History Of Bostons Legendary ‘Saturday Night Club’ On Its Head

(March 24, 2017 WBRU broadcast)

The School Street Sessions Advisory Committee: William F. Bagley (Director of Gift Planning, St. Mark’s School); Joseph Bergin (Carpenter Poet); Mary Bonina (Author, Boston Writers Room Board); Charles Coe (Poet, Musician); Danielle Legros Georges (Boston Poet Laureate, Professor at Lesley University); Holly Guran (Poet); Tom Johnston (Director of Programs, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture), Deborah Melone (Poet, Editor); Elizabeth Quinlan (Poet, Visual Artist), Sandra Storey (Journalist, Poet);        Deana Tavares (Poet, Visual Artist); Susan Wilson (House Historian, Omni Parker House).


7/29/18  Attended Peace Abbey Memorial Re-Dedication

This heartfelt gathering left me feeling extremely hopeful to know that there are still many peace workers within our world with unwavering hope. It was truly inspiring to see individuals of various cultural backgrounds in attendance to support efforts of peace. Grateful to have participated and been immersed within all of the positive energy that surrounded.



8/1/18  Became a contributor for the website Dare To Bless The Love

As one of their Scholarctivists I am thankful for yet another platform to share my voice to spread positivity and hopefulness while addressing the issues of equality, acceptance, and oneness. I’m also enlivened to join this community of individuals who share in these concepts and are collectively working to, inspire, uplift, and spread healing energy into the world.

Our team: Rev. Amelia Monteiro, Shams E. Monteiro

Scholarctivists: Benel Dreksler,  Matta Miriam Ghaly, E.N. Hill, & Deana Tavares


8/24/2018  Raised Monarch Butterflies from eggs then released

These butterfly eggs in particular were found at the Peace Abbey in Sherborne MA Dot Walsh and Madeline Champagne assisted me in identifying and collecting the eggs. Madeline also gave me thorough guidelines to follow as this was my first time raising butterflies. I had one of the most amazing experiences when I finally became a butterfly mama. While caring for these little beauties I was given an up close look and a deeper appreciation for the life cycle of butterflies. Not only was I entertained and intrigued by this process, but everyone who I came in contact with was also mesmerized. It’s not often that you get an opportunity to see miracles happen right before your very eyes. I have gratitude beyond gratitude for these moments and all the others listed on this page. I plan to raise more in the near future. The most important thing that I learned is that there is a shortage of milkweed, so plant some if you can to help our little friends survive and fly off to Mexico.  Afterall they too are pollinators!

And yes I received a Monarch Guardian certificate from an expert on butterflies Madeline Champagne.


Here is a brochure she wrote about gardening for butterflies:


8/26/18  Performed in We Did It For You at Boston Faneuil Hall for Women’s Equality Day

This was a moment that I will not soon forget as I performed as Fannnie Lou Hamer and shared her testimony in the very location many years ago where slaves were being sold. I believe this was a powerful moment for myself and for as my cast mates as well. Although this was a big show for us, there will be many more performances in the future. The stories of these extraordinary women can not be forgotten!


Faneuil Hall Boston Performance Aug.26th Women’s Equality Day Photo credit: Andy Celley

Lots of smiles from family, friends, and cast mates

Check out the website for future performances:  (After winter break most performances will be held at the Orpheum Theater in Foxboro MA. set to begin again in March) 


8/27/2018 Article Peace Within The Creases Published on Engaging Peace Website




9/23/18  We Did It For You-Performed at Boston Center For The Arts Plaza

Another performance in the city of Boston to a very engaged crowd. We felt very connected to the audience as they were very connected to the women’s stories who we were portraying. I was proud to stand on the stage once again and see the dedication and passion from my cast mates. They are an amazingly talented group of women!

Thankful to all of these amazing folks who came out to support We Did It For You and women’s rights!


9/27/18  Voice-Over work with Andy Celley

This year I have had the pleasure of working once again with Andy Celley on various musical voice-over projects. I look forward to doing more of these singing  projects in the very near future. Check out his latest tune for Christmas.


9/29/18  School Street Sessions Event
Kevin Bowen presenter
The Radical Education: Ho CHi Minh’s 1912 Boston Sojourn

Kevin’s presentation was very informative and offered a glimpse into history. Who knew that Ho Chi Minh worked at the Omni Parker hotel? There’s a great power in sharing stories from the past and present that connects us all as humans.

10/3/2018 Attended Donna Dodson’s Match Of The Matriarchs

Donna Dodson’s Match Of The Matriarchs, Eric Sealine, and Battle Of The Beasts
w/ Jennifer Shashade, Kledia Spiro, & Daniel Meirom. Beautiful work! It was a unique event and a full house. Amazing sculpture work from Donna Dodson, weightlifting performance piece by Kledia Spiro, and insane skills displayed by chess grandmaster Jennifer Shashade. So happy that I made it out to this event showcasing powerful and talented women!

10/20/18   Feature performance on Wake-Up And Smell The Poetry
                  w/Host Cheryl Perreault and musical feature Louis Apollon

I’m grateful to Cheryl Perreault and HCAM studios for inviting me to be a feature and also for how receptive the audience was to the PowerPoint presentation weaved together with storytelling and poetry. They were also very connected to the musical stylings and kind spirit of Louis Apollon. It was a great pleasure sharing the stage with Louis! Also this venue provides a very welcoming space for all to share their work. An open mic always follows two feature performers.

Louis Apollon and host Cheryl Perreault:


Open mic performers:

10/27/18   School Street Sessions Event – Meredith Bergmann

Meredith Bergmann is a poet and sculptor. She is the creator of the amazingly detailed Boston Women’s Memorial. It was thankful to be at this event and hear about her journey as a sculptor, poet, and mother. You can find more of her stunning work inclusive of sculptures, public art commissions, and poetry at:

10/28/18 Boston Women’s Memorial Celebration

This was a wonderful celebration to honor the powerful women who came before us. Sculptor Meredith Bergmann designed these statues to commemorate first lady Abigail Adams an early advocate for women’s rights, Phillis Wheatley the first published African-American female poet, and Lucy Stone abolitionist and suffragist. All of these women once lived in the Boston area for some time. I felt very empowered and connected to the energy of these women when viewing and appreciating Meredith’s works of art.


Photo credit for group photos:

Boston City Council’s Annissa Essaibi George, & Andrea Campbell, Deana Tavares of We Did It For You and Fredie Kay of the Women’s Suffrage Coalition 

10/31/2018  Lesley University Poetry and Storytelling Presentation

I had the wonderful opportunity to share my stories and poetry with Alan O’hare’s storytelling and healing class along with Dot Walsh. I believe that we all learned a great deal from one another on this day. The young women were very receptive to the work that was shared with them and we had many discussions as a result. They also shared a bit about themselves as well. There was a great flow of energy being shared within that space. I really enjoyed the company and the insight of these young women!

11/3 /2018  Yes on 3 Campaign

Why? Because civil rights are for us all! When there is a threat to take away one groups civil rights, that is a threat to us all. My fellow Dedham residents/activists, impressed me with their dedication to this campaign led by David Atkins. I’m glad to know them and fortunate to have been able to share my voice as well.  Still puzzled that we even had this question on the ballot.                                                                                                                                          #Yeson3 #Youmatter #wematter #humanitymatters



Alison Brill, Alison Staton, & Dave Atkins to name a few

11/8/2018 Oneness And Wellness – Music Meditation with David Sholemson and host Dot Walsh

David Sholemson is a meditation instructor at 3 Body Healing Arts. Myself and Dot Walsh had the opportunity to learn and assist him in demonstrating his music meditation techniques. I highly recommend trying this form of meditation if silent and still meditation don’t work for you. It’s invigorating and relaxing all at the same time. We live within a heavy world and there are many mindful practices that can assist us in caring for our mind, body, and soul. Perhaps give it a try!


Music meditation show:

More info can be found at:

11/17/2018  School Street Sessions Event – Tino Villanueva

Tino Villanueva’s poetry was well-received and I also had the pleasure of connecting with him on a personal level afterwards which was a treat. He is the author of seven books of poetry and shared from several of them on this evening.

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12/8/2018 Attended Genki Spark – Community Let’s Build It Event

“The Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women’s arts and advocacy organization that uses Japanese taiko drumming, personal stories, and creativity to build community, develop leadership, and advocate respect for all.”

This was an event that establishes a high level of connectivity. The attendees arrived as strangers and left as friends. It was led by Karen Young Boston artists in residence. I was thankful to be informed about this event and be able to take part. I left with a very hopeful feeling. I highly recommend attending one of their events in the near future.

For more info: 

12/19/2018  Pieced Together – story published by engaging peace (path into peace and social justice)



12/15/1018  Attended Wake Up And Smell The Poetry

Feature performers Denise Moyo and Chris Lee with host Cheryl Perreault

Denise Moyo’s performance was moving as she deeply connected to the concept of processing trauma through her writing. She delivered some powerful poetic words. Chris Lee’s tranquil melodic love songs followed. Its always  a pleasure to be a part of this audience and hear the talented performers share their perspectives.       





A few face painting and digital art projects over the past few months. Maybe some new faces will appear in 2019. Stay tuned!


Cheers to more of all of the above in the New Year!

It is in the sharing of our stories that we can find common ground, compassion, understanding, acceptance, love, and community. All these roads will lead us to a more peaceful world!


~jummyjeenz Newsletter


The year of 2017 proved to be an eventful one! I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with many inspiring artist, poets, musicians, community influencers, and visionaries. I’m extremely thankful for the kind compassionate individuals that have entered my life over the past two years, many of which I know will be lasting relationships and ongoing sources of inspiration. I left 2017 with a feeling of fullness.

Now in 2018 I am feeling full of light, love, and more inspiration then ever before, thanks to all who have crossed my path. This pertains to the humans and the tiny creatures within the natural world as well. We are all interconnected and the more people become aware of this concept, the more we can accomplish together. Many new ideas have been churning over the past few years, that I hope will lead to some inspired collaborations in 2018. I hope that you will all join me on this journey to share our perspectives, inject beauty, and create change within our world!

Sending peace, love, and light to you all! Thank you for your ongoing support!

Grateful, jummyjeenz D.T.


Hosted by: Fred Marchant

I was happy to attend this dynamic writer’s workshop hosted by poet and author Fred Marchant for the Warrior Writers group. There were many talented writers at this intimate event, but great things sometimes come in small packages. Thankful for all of the shared stories and inspiring words from all who attended! They are all part of my story now.

Poets: Fred Marchant, Deborah Kalin, Caleb Nelson, Rachel McNeill, Evan Gildersleeve, and Brian Earley.


I was extremely honored to have my poetry and artwork featured along with the storytelling of Alan O’Hare and music by Andy Celley. There was an air of connectedness within this setting, flowing through the performers as well as the audience members. Open mic then revealed a wealth of talent from around the Dedham area as well. A great deal of original work was shared by many of the performers. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to perform and accept the gifts of creativity that were shared at this event.



Open mic performers: Joe Rich, Clarissa Robyn, Dan O’Neil, Nick Vecchio, Nancy Weller, Bob David, Jerry__________ and Tony Cibotti


Featured performers Jan Krause Greene, Cheryl Melody Baskin, Sarah Fuhro



There was a great deal of compassion and inspiration emanating from this room. There was also a deep feeling of connectivity as each performer shared their work and each topic seemed to organically lead to the next. I was thrilled to be a part of this show and share my work as well.

Deana Tavares poetry reading: Lichen, I Am

Andy Celley: Storytelling & Tony Cibotti: Singing holiday favorites


First and Last Word Poetry Series-Hosted by Harris Gardner
Featured Readers: Mary Bodwell Buchinger, Philip Burnham, Ruth Smullin, & Ruth Chad

I ventured out on a very cold winter evening to this wonderful intimate event, and I’m so glad that I did. I connected especially to Mary Buchinger’s nature themed works and Ruth Chad’s emotionally charged pieces. The other poets shared some great words as well. A very worthwhile night of inspiring poetry!

Open mic: Deana Tavares reading entitled ~I Am


Gentle Giant-acrylic on canvas

This beautiful creature was near and dear to my heart! So therefore I put a great deal of heart into this piece. Thankfully it resonated with the clients, and they connected with the imagery that I had chosen to represent their dear pet.

Gentle Giant 24×48


Gentle Giant 24×48



Presentation by Deana Tavares included these poems-Skin, Beautifully Complex, & Precious Ones

Keynote speaker: Charles Walker Jr. (introduced by Joseph Borsellino)

Over 400 people were in attendance for this amazing MLK event in Dedham MA. There was a real sense of community within the auditorium that was palpable. I left this event feeling hopeful. I believe that more events like this one can help to create a sense of community, spread more compassion, and understanding throughout our neighborhoods and towns.

Some of the organizers of this event include: Alison T. Brill, Jessica Porter, Rali Weaver, Margaret Adams Whitfield



Photo Credit: Christine Ryan


Photos by: Deana Tavares


I had the pleasure of meeting individuals for the first time, celebrating peace, and embracing a quiet moment with these new friends. The simple act of connecting through touching water and making eye contact was a truly heartwarming experience. I was honored to take part in this ceremony, deeply moved, and inspired by the compassionate energy within this space. A poem emerged as a result.



Hosted by: Cheryl Perrault

Features: Reggie Gibson and Beth DeSombre.

It truly was a treat to wake up and smell the poetry on a February morning! Reggie has a way of drawing in the listener and taking you along on his smooth yet energetic journey. Beth DeSombre’s thoughtful lyrics truly shined the light on our current times, connecting with all who attended. This was an energetic thought-provoking show!


In one word powerful! The energy was amazing within this sea of compassion and support. I was extremely grateful to be swimming within these waves with a few dear friends. We all need to feel safe within our communities & children definitely need to feel safe within their schools! Boston showed up in record numbers to say Not One More!



This workshop is a wonderful place for writers of all genres. Although writing is typically a solitary career path, there is a deep connection and sense of community here. Please consider supporting organizations such as this one that encourages more peace within our world.



On another note…Yes, I too got involved in local politics this year. There were many dynamic women running for office within my community and I could not ignore the call to further uplift and support them with some of their campaign endeavors. When women have a voice within our communities and our world as a whole the future will be brighter for us all!

Pictured below:

Clarissa Robyn for Parks And Recreation

Jessica Porter for Planning Board



Featured performers:

Brendyn Schneider, Jan Krause Greene, & Wes Hazard

This was a exciting event with three very dynamic performers. I was very grateful to have experienced the stories that they had to share. Storytelling is a powerful way to connect immediately to another individual as a result of a common understanding or shared experience. It can be a deeply moving experience, as it was for me. I was humbled and honored by the attendees that reached out to me and shared their stories on a personal level after I shared mine with them. The energy was palpable!

Open mic: Deana Tavares storytelling – Say His Name


A few hours were spent here appreciating all of the amazing people who came before me and were in the pursuit of peace. Please consider visiting this amazing place and beautiful tribute to many peace seeking individuals/activists. Let’s all carry the torch from here and continue what they started long ago. Peace is not just an idealistic concept, it is attainable!





This event is like Disney World for writers! Whether you write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or memoir you will enjoy this dynamic atmosphere. Here you’ll see poets of all ages and cultural backgrounds expanding their minds and opening themselves up to new ideas and paths. I’m very grateful to be a part of this community. Also I am thankful to have been able to attend and make many new connections!


After singing and a cold read I was so thrilled to be chosen to join this amazing cast of talented women! Every rehearsal and performance reminds me that we are making an impact within the world by sharing the stories of these amazing women who have paved the way for us all. Many of their stories were left out of the history books. Each word that is uttered upon the stage connects us with the past, and through the audience to the present, and future as well. Let’s not forget every thing that we are able to do today as women many fought and died for those rights. Their stories deserve to be told! Come join us.


Consider attending a show, bring your friends, and spread the word. This musical is an important reminder about how important democracy and community is within our world.



This past Mothers Day I decided to honor my brother Michael James Almeida who was also a victim of senseless gun violenc at twenty-one years of age. Unfortunately many of us let the years pass by without speaking about how these tragic events impact all of our lives, and generations to come. It was an empowering feeling to stand in truth with hundreds of others also acknowledging their loved ones. If we don’t allow ourselves to feel, process, share, than one cannot heal. A great deal of singing, chanting, and healing took place on this day. There’s always next year if you missed out. Remember to say their names!



Host: Cheryl Perrault

Featured performers: Polly Brown and Peg Espinola

Open mic: Deana Tavares shared-Precious Ones

I felt very fortunate to have made it out to this event. Polly Brown’s tribute to her mother was stunning! She brought many in the audience to tears with her sensitive heartfelt reading. Peg was such an inspiration as she decided to explore song writing and performance after retirement. There were many extraordinary gifts of creativity shared on this day.


All Photos By: Dan Tappan

Open mic performers:




Just a side note:

I was very impressed with the wide variety of poetry books at Hopkinton Public Library!


This year I attended yet another powerful and informative workshop week. I was very eager to again take part in Danielle Legros Georges dynamic and highly engaged class. After leaving the Joiner I feel hopeful for our world that there are so many individuals that do care about the future. This feeling was represented within all of the participants. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community and look forward to further cultivating the relationships that I have made through this program. We definitely need more programming like this that focuses on educating, processing, and healing the scars of war and social issues.




Never Too Late To Be A Poet-poetry workshop group

Overwhelmed with the extensive schedule of events I decided to wander around JP and found this wonderful group of poets. It was a serendipitous moment that I happened to find the poets first. They shared their stories, poetry, and truths about the process of aging. Then I was offered the opportunity to share some of my work with them as well. It was such a joy to meet these seniors and an honor to be accepted on their porch to share my voice as well. I truly hope our paths cross again!



This piece was written to help promote peace and organizations that promote peace such as The William Joiner Institute For War And Social Consequences. I truly believe in this organization, and I hope many others will connect to it as well through this essay. We all have something within our cup that we can share to help make a difference within our world! Whatever is in your cup is never to little. A great big thank you to the people at Engaging Peace who heard my voice and cared enough to share my words on their website!

Edited version:

Original version:





~jummyjeenz Newsletter


                                          Timeline of events, press, & creative pursuits

The year is not yet complete, but for documentation purposes there is a lot to share with you all. Beginning with the most recent developments. I’m extremely thankful for this year and the various exciting directions that my work is heading in as we near 2018. Thank you all for your encouragement and support! I hope to share some amazing new projects with you all in the year to come, maybe even bump into some of you at upcoming events.                            ~Peace, Deana ~jummyjeenz

Other work in progress:

Music, video, documentary involvement, etc.


Exploring some music ideas with Andy Celley

Upcoming event: 11/4/2017

Connecting the Dots with Dot Walsh. Excited and honored to share my work beside

two talented individuals -Alan O’HAre and Andy Celley


This year’s poetry readings:

It’s always uplifting to read and share your own poetry, but also to hear the varied perspectives of many other very talented writers.

Dedham Poet Society -with poet laureate of Dedham MA ChristopherRielley
Robin Stratton-

Featured author: Vi Ki Nao

William Joiner Institute: participant reading

Hyde Park Library Reading:

hosted by Aal Pals-Thomas C Seggers Jr

Featured artist: Dexter Roberts

Jamaica Plain’s First Thursdays Art Walk: 9/7/2017

Solo Art exhibition hosted by Coldwell Banker and Josephine Tsui



There was a vibrant crowd of happy faces that graced us with their presence.

Thanks to host: Josephine Tsui

Beautiful jazz music by: Joe Sardano Ensemble

Poetry Is The Essence Of Life:

Warmly welcomed by Dot Walsh from Dedham TV for a poetry interview.

Extremely grateful to have had this opportunity to share my poetry with many!



Dedham MA Peace Vigil: 8/20/2017

Poetry reading Enough Said, I Am, and Finding Hope. In response to Charlotesville violence Dedham stood together with a message of peace on the grounds of the The First Church of Dedham-Unitarian Universalist. Music and stories were also shared by many. Video coverage of the event By: Dedham TV’s Dot Walsh



Thanks for a beautiful and peaceful event!

Just a few of the organizers and participants:

Alison Brill-
Rali Weaver-
Clarissa Robyn-

William Joiner Institute UMass Boston: 6/26 – 6/30/2017

I was filled with gratitude when accepted into the Writer’s Workshop Festival program this year. I learned a great deal and was inspired by so many dynamic teachers, poets, and writers.





Danielle Legros Georges and Dahlma Llanos Figueroa

with writers and presenters. Just a few of the talented individuals pictured above.

Reema Baniabbasi, Ashley Rose, Shannon Kafka, JW Meagher, Eric Wasileski, Caleb Nelson, Rachel McNeill

       Lovella Calica with warrior
            Anthony Torres and Hipolito Arriaga III of

Mayor’s Poetry Program Boston MA: 4/27/2017

Woven Threads selected by the poet laureate of Boston Danielle Legros Georges as one of 30. All poems will remain on display at Boston City Hall until April of 2018. My work Woven Threads can be seen on the 9th floor.



I was honored to be in the company of many talented and accomplished poets:

To name a few:

Kevin Bowen-Urban Renewal (City Hall 7th floor)
Linda Carney-Goodrich-Vodka, beer, and Cigarettes (2nd floor)
Henrietta Hodge-Rocksberry (9th floor)

6 Bridges Gallery: 10/15/2016

77 Main St Maynard MA 01754

Seagull Cinderella Pop-Up Art Show-curated by: Gail Erwin

Paying homage to Sculptor Donna Dodson’s Seagull Cinderella sculpture

All proceeds were to benefit Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
Interviewed for Wicked Local News:

With Denise Shea Marsha Odabashian and others.

In response to sculpture by Donna Dodson.



Just a few of the unique artists in Mayard MA:

Andy Moerlin-
Priscilla Alpaugh Cotter-
Brent Mathison-

Gallery X: 8/13/16

169William St.New Bedford MA 02740

Seagull Cinderella Pop-Up Art Show

Paying homage to Sculptor Donna Dodson’s Seagull Cinderella sculpture

Curated By: Jessica Bregoli



                                             By: Donna Dodson                                 By: jummyjeenz ~Deana Tavares

Links to Seagull Cinderella info and sculptor:

Other interesting artists from New Bedford and Boston:

Jessica Bregoli-
Marsha Obadashian-
Eric Johnson

Published Article: 8/3/2016

In response to the controversial Seagull Cinderella sculpture by Donna Dodson

Published Articles: 4/2016

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