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Information about Greg "Ritallin" Frankson, spoken word artist, activist and social innovator

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Being Good to Yourself

Greg Frankson

This weekend I reached the end of my physical capacities. My body, feeling the strain, decided it was time to shut down. For several months I have been working very hard on my business development plans, working with my team to develop new programs and initiatives through Cytopoetics. I've also been organizing events and performing at shows, just like I've always done over the last eleven years. But something wasn't right, and my body has been trying to let me know in ways large and small for a while now. 

I'm able to look back at it a bit more objectively now, especially since I can't really do much except think about things -- when your body rebels, there's literally nowhere for you to go. 

It's true when they say you have nothing if you don't have your health. As I get older I need to take the time to take better care of myself. Barging through stress and pressure as if I'm oblivious to its negative impact is unwise and probably foolhardy.

Today I give thanks for my relatively good health (notwithstanding my body's weekend rebellion) and pledge to myself to be more mindful of what my body needs.

Here's to your health, too!

Culture Days in The Queen City

Greg Frankson

This morning I woke up here in Regina for the first time since featuring at the 2013 Cathedral Village Arts Festival. For the next three days I will be involved in the local Culture Days celebrations that have swept right across the country. Here in The Queen City, I will be involved in the following four events:

Autumn Fest Spoken Word / Performance Workshop - Friday 4-6pm @ Queen City Hub
Autumn Fest Poetry Slam - Friday 7:30pm @ The Mercury Café & Grill
Autumn Fest Words in the Park with Open Mic - Saturday 11am-2pm @ Victoria Park
Speak Up Spoken Word Workshop (co-facilitated with Shayna Stock) - Sunday 3-5pm

Then I'm hopping on a plane back to Toronto. 

I love coming to this city because of the unbelievable hospitality I receive at the hands of Vertigo Series producer Tara Solheim. I can't thank her enough for opening her home to me and throwing impromptu parties with her siblings! Truly, coming to Regina is a highlight for me because of the way local organizers treat their guests, so thank you to everyone for that wonderful treatment.

I'm keen to see what Regina has to offer poetically. Let's do this!

 

New Ritallin.com Website Launched

Greg Frankson

Welcome! This is the new page specifically for the activities and events of the award-winning spoken word artist Ritallin a.k.a. Greg Frankson (that's me!). 

In the weeks, months and years ahead, I will be sharing my thoughts and opinions in this space. I'm looking forward to using this site to engage and remain in contact with people who are interested in my work!

If you have thoughts and suggestions on how to improve this new site, please send me your thoughts via the feedback form on the Contact page.