What does one do when the heat index is lethal and you’re learning what it feels like to be an animal at a zoo?

Yes, I have been seriously MIA yet again from this blogcasa. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my mind. There’s been a great deal of mayhem and chaos and downright insanity going on around the world. I’d rather not discuss the specifics as you’ve all probably had quite a stomach full enough of it all to vomit. Yes, it has been awful outdoors here–bad enough for moi to be forced to spend much of summer indoors in order to breath properly and avoid heat illness. This is royally pissing me off because I so look forward to having the windows and doors open during the summer. That has been impossible for months at this point. Gardening and walking has been restricted to the wee hours of the mornings and far and few between low humidity and heat days. Anyone who has not noticed the local change in temperature has not been paying any attention for their lifespan. You would think the increase in their electric bills from running their air conditioners all the time would raise a red flag. But not so for climate change deniers and the those who are just plain clueless. Anyway it’s been a shit summer for me because I physically can not endure the heat index. Please share your summer time weather experience at will. So instead of enjoying the great outdoors this summer I’ve been reading and watching far too many films and series. And thinking about a few things. For example: Do men ever worry about their reproductive rights? Seriously, does the male of the human species EVER have to fight anyone about his sperm and the consequences of sharing it with the female of the species? Hmm? Yeah, it’s been on my mind. Oh and every time I  check on my blogcasa I find things have changed at WP–usually to make things easier for blogging. But it’s a bit like coming home and finding the place totally redecorated and having to figure out what’s what every time. Ah the least of my concerns. At any rate, it’s taken a while for me to decide to do a little sharing of the sort that ought not land me in the pokey for defamation of character. Here’s a list of books, films and music I think are worth sharing. Please, oh god, please, share back because this is the first of August and I am running out of quality entertainment while under heat arrest.

I’ve occupied my  non-writing time with the likes of:

Show Me A Hero— book by Lisa Belkin, HBO mini-series.

 

IF anyone really wants to have a serious discussion about race issues in America this NON-fiction book and series offers a means for doing so. It also offers some how-to for dealing with community issues. And the trailer hardly gives a sense of the women whose true stories are worth the price of your viewing time.  It might look like it’s all about Nick and the white guys, but it’s NOT.

The HBO series Treme goes to post Katrina New Orleans and strives to portray the cultural, social-economic, racial, justice issues via the personal lives of compelling individuals. It is not a pretty picture of state, local or federal government. If you love the many faces of Jazz you’ve got it made. The issues should make your blood boil. The food will make you hungry. The music will have you dancing and singing. The satire will satisfy a need for intellectual substance. And you just might cry more than you expect.  Absolutely Addictive!

 

 

Another series worth spending some caged air conditioning time with is House of Cards—IF you can stomach any more political evil doing. Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and an all around incredible cast dive into the cesspool otherwise known as the American political scene where there are NO rules at all. If you watch this then you’ll have no trouble thinking the worst of the republican and democratic parties–or any other political party. The pursuit of power by any and all means. Everyone is expendable and all collateral damage is acceptable. Evil is real. Oh yeah.

 

 

Ah more about human nature in glorious black and white—The Fifth Horseman is Fear. Jewish doctor, Nazis, Czechoslovakia and an injured political fugitive = great drama. What’s your risk factor?  There’s a lot to contemplate in this study of human nature, identity and oppression. The image of the pianos haunts me with its beauty, sadness and tragedy. Keep your eye on the boy in the film. What does he make of everything he sees and hears–oh I do wonder.

IMDB

 

Damn, I haven’t even gotten to books and music yet.

Okay I’m going to wrap this post up on an incredibly beautiful note with a link to a blog that those of you interested in film might find interesting. The Case For Global Film has a fine entry for the Hungarian film Love.   Love  stories are not just couples finding each other for sex and corny feel good times. What does love motivate people to do for each other? What does it mean in the grand scheme of all things? Is it the best thing about our species? Maybe. Is it the most powerful –and under-utilized weapon we have to deal with the self destructive chaos that our species creates in the world?

Love is yet another visually gorgeous film in black and white from 1972. If anyone finds a video for this film please drop a link as I’m not having any luck with my searches–yet. Hence the link which offers a host of other films all too often ignored in America.

For now–hello to all. Keep cool if you can. Sing, dance, eat well. Love. And fight the mayhem by refusing to let it overwhelm you.

namaste

Hunger ~ It Comes In Many Packages

Yeah, I’m a running a tad behind with this round of theme music, Hunger.  These things happen when you don’t pay attention to what day of the week it is AND you leave your timer somewhere out of sight so you can’t press the set hour time alarm button.  I have no idea where the little green device is–except that it is somewhere in the house. Somewhere being the operative word.  Time seems to be what I hunger for the most lately. As for hunger for food–don’t get me started.  Other hunger costs more than a quarter a day to satisfy.

alt- J ~ Hunger of the Pine ~

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Bob Wayne ~ Hunger In My Soul from Till the Wheels Fall Off

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As soon as I read Bear’s theme choice was hunger this song came to mind–so here it is, complete with a fun fan compiled visual handbook . . . . hmmmm, yeah.

Meatloaf ~ You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)~

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I couldn’t resist–sorry. Not.

Feed Me Seymour ~ Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors © Geffen Company / Warner Brothers
Sung by Rick Moranis as Seymour & Levi Stubbs as Audrey II

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Reality Checks In:

Birds of Tokyo ~ This Fire

What can you buy with twenty-five cents?  One answer is at — The World Food Programme’s 10 Hunger Facts for 2014:

http://www.wfp.org/stories/10-hunger-facts-2014

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I’ve spent some time on the fence arguing with myself about including this dark hunger story from MadArstistPublishing.  It’s here, enough said. Right?

music = Turkey in the Straw

Who’s Hungry?

MadArtistPublishing

Musical Animal Crackers Anyone? Yes, I’ll Take the Horses, Please.

When willowdot21 picked “Animals” as a theme I went a little overboard for a time collecting music for all sorts of relatives.  “Buffalo Moon” goes a ways for the concept of animals in general–including a few of ‘us’.  It was getting very crowded in my blogcasa. which is not exactly suited to being an ark. So I decided to narrow things down to one particular animal—the Horse.  I figured a focus on one wonderful creature would help my sanity. It did. Even so I barely touched even the tip of the Horse iceberg.  One reason I settled on the Horse was to highlight the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. The videos explain things pretty well so I’m not going to say more than that you can find them on the book of faces where they post many wonderful photographs of the horses in residence.  The following is from a recent email newsletter:

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary has received rescued Navajo Foals
     In making a public statement against horse slaughter in any form;  The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary partnered with Wild For Life Foundation’s Navajo Rescue and Recovery Mission in early October 2013.   Approximately 1,600 horses and burros were swept away from their Native homes as a result of the recent Navajo Nation roundups and were reportedly shipped for slaughter.  Many foals and other young horses were left behind to perish.  Wild for Life’s rescue efforts gathered the foals and sent out requests for help.
    The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary along with three other sanctuaries have taken the rescued foals and given them life time homes.  The three foals; two fillies and a colt arrived at their new forever home in South Dakota on October 8th.
    The goal at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is to save lives, offer hope and grant freedom to wild horses in peril.   We hope this partnership, with Wild for Life Foundation,  will continue into the future by helping other wild foals/horses in peril.

 IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt  http://www.wildmustangs.com/

NOTE: The Powertech Threat to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary : http://www.indianz.com/News/2013/011445.asp

Without further fanfare:

Buffalo Moon by Brule   Airo

robbinhood11

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“Horse”

Music: Maria Marachowska (2006)
Lyrics: Sergej Jesennin (1918)
Translation: Iris Miniatüra (2010)

Maria Marachowska

USIC(VOCAL,GUITAR): MARIA MARACHOWSKA 2012http://www.marachowska.com / VIDEO: IRIS WEIRICH / All rights reserved

“HORSE” /КОНЬ

Watchman at heaven’s gate, /Отвори мне, страж заоблачный,
open up the blue gates of day. /Голубые двери дня.
Midnight’s white angel /Белый ангел этой полночью
has taken my horse from me. /Моего увел коня.

I see it lashing out, /Вижу я он бьется, мечется,
going back and forth, pulling the reins. /Теребя тугой аркан,
The bright, blowing mane gleaming /И летит с него, как с месяца,
like the crescent moon. /Шерсть буланая в туман.

For God, there is no need of affluence. /Богу лишнего не надобно,
My horse bestows power and strenghth upon me. /Конь мой — мощь моя и крепь.
Neighing as if it were moaning, /Слышу я, как ржет он жалобно,
it clutches the golden chain. /Закусив златую цепь.

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With the Horses .wmv

Jasper Winn

Uploaded on Jan 30, 2012

Photos of working cowboys and horsemen shot in Corrientes Province, Argentina, Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, and Spain. Music: With The Horses. Music and photographs all copyright: Jasper Winn.

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Imagine a Place: The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

 horsetv

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Gabriela Spanish Mustang Spirit of the Black Hills

Reflections of Sorrias” written and Spanish Guitar performed by Christopher Crosby

Flute for Mustangs, A Mare and Birth of a Foal” written and Native flute performed by Windwalker (Wind Spirit Drum)

WildHorsesChannel

http://www.wildmustangs.com

Gabriela | Sulphur Mustang Mare
Spirit of the Black Hills
Wild Horse Sanctuary Preservation Project (2011)

Gabriela (Sulphur Mustang Mare). Translation: Warrior of God: Her lovely black brown color reminds one of dark chocolate melting in the prairie sun. Gabriela and her mother Houlihan, a Sulphur Mustang Mare from the Sulphur Springs HMA, were donated to the Sanctuary in 2006. Gabriela was just a weanling and she hid behind her mother. Now at age 4, she has her own friends and lives bravely in a band of younger Spanish Mustang Spirits.

The Spanish Mustang Spirit of the Black Hills preservation project was begun in early in 2002. The Spanish, Sulphur, Kiger, and Sorraia Mustangs here at the Sanctuary in these herds are a direct remnant of the horses of the Golden Age of Spain, which is wholly extinct in Spain. The bloodlines are a treasure chest of genetic wealth from time long ago. These mustangs are very capable and durable mounts but have been undervalued for the last hundred years. The purpose of this project is to promote and conserve rare bloodlines that go back to the Old World Spanish and Portuguese Horses that came to the New World with the Conquistadors in search of riches. The Spanish Horses that were left behind by the explorers were worth more than the gold they had discovered. These Spanish Mustang Spirit horses forever changed the history man in the Americas.

“What’s important is not what’s gone, but what remains.”
~ From ‘Home: A Hymn for the Planet’

Director of Photography / Editor:
Christopher Crosby

Producers:
Susan Watt, Karla LaRive

Filmed entirely on location at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs South Dakota USA

a musicseenPROduction
PK Productions LLC
All Rights Reserved
2011

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Don Juan’s Dance” written and guitar performed by Christopher Crosby
Rattle by Martin Meyer

Don Juan Spanish Mustang

WildHorsesChannel·

Don Juan – Colinas de Corazon (Sir John-Heart of the Hills)
Sulphur Sorraia – Spanish Mustang Spirit of the Black Hills (2011)

Don Juan is a spectacular dark zebra dun with primitive markings that include dark ear rims, a wide dorsal strip, stripes on his withers, and a very predominate leg stripping. He was born in May 2005 from wild Sulphur parents from the BLM Sulphur Springs Herd Management Area in Utah. Don Juan and his band arrived at the Sanctuary in 2003.

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Running Wild: The life of Dayton O. Hyde

Film Festivals and Indie Films

http://www.wildmustangs.com/

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Le cheval venu de la mer 

linou fouine

From Into the West

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Wild Horses, “Wild in Your Eyes”

Karen McLain

Music by Opus Moon Music, “Wild in Your Eyes”, from the Wild Horse Anthology. Used with permission. Please visit Opus Moon Music for more information and to learn how to purchase a CD or download the Wild Horse Anthology. Hearing this CD is so much like being out with wild horses, it is very inspiring and deeply moving.

Video featuring the Wild Horses that live along the Lower Salt River, Arizona. Video ©Karen McLain 2013, taken while painting wild horses from life. http://www.karenmclainstudio.com Visit my website or contact me to learn about and purchase my art.

“Painting the West and America’s Wild Horses” – Karen McLain

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I’ve included this Pure Nature Special about Przewalski’s Horses because it’s about an effort to restore what was lost from the wild with what was ‘saved’ in various parts of the world. It does have a great deal of music throughout it.  The footage is excellent.  I knew nothing of this effort and had never heard of Przewalski’s Horses until I saw a photograph of one at  Labellestudio’s blogcasa. Actually that’s not quite accurate because I had seen pictures of these horses as cave art. I thought they were extinct. But, then I visited Labellestudio and learned differently.  Thanks Labelle!

Labellestudio “A horse is a horse, of course”

http://labellestudio.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/a-horse-is-a-horse-of-course/

Przewalski’s mare.

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Pure Nature Specials: Wild Horses Return to China

AlliantContent

After many decades, the wild horses of West China return to their ancestral home range. Relentless poaching early last century wiped them out, but a new breeding program has restored 27 Przewalski’s horses.

Przewalski’s horses:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Przewalski’s_horse

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The Man From Snowy River – Banjo’s Poem

petervee60

Banjo Paterson wrote the poem ‘The Man From Snowy River’. Its as Australian as you can get. He tells the story of the tough horsemen of Snowy Mountains. Footage is from the movie ‘Man From Snowy River’ presented by Michael Edgley International & Cambridge Films

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John Denver “Eagles and Horses

 

Pedro D. Almaguer Prado

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Willowdot21 has pointed out that if I include this song by Jason Mraz then our coyote quartet will be complete. So-here it is.

Coyotes from the Live album Jason Mraz’s Beautiful mess Live on earth.

Yorrii For all the lovers and dreamers.

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For LOTS more Animals and Music please feel welcome to visit:

Willow             http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/musical-theme-animals-2/#comment-12145

Bear                http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/music-themes-amimals/

Johnny           http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/music-theme-october-26-animals/

Deborah       http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/musical-animals-musical-themes-and-unintended-consequences/
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http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/listening-in-color/

Reading Beats the Book Ban in AZ. Read –> 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures. Yeah, seriously, get a copy and read the damned banned book. It’s got lots and lots of pictures. Yes, it does.

Let’s have some fun today. Shall we? Why not.

Guess what, Mexican American Studies is still outlawed in the state of Arizona. Yep. It’s illegal to teach Mexican American history to students.

Neither my public nor my private library had a copy of 500 Anos del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures so I put in a request for the book for the public library. So far it has not appeared in their catalog. I got tired of waiting for it to come to their shelves so I bought a copy online via AbeBooks.com.

(((((Big Grin)))))

I like my new libro a lot.

Why?

The book has heart.

Incredible black and white photographs.

Poetry.

Bi-lingual text.

History.

Art.

It’s one of 84 books feared by the Tucson Unified School Board.

Makes me like it more.

Oh, I’m not Mexican.

I don’t live in Tucson, AZ.

I don’t like some people telling other people what they can and cannot read.

I don’t like mind control.

It’s your mind.

Feed it well.

Truth.

Links for all interested parties:

“The Battleground for America’s Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of the 84 Banned Books In Arizona” complied by Elaine

Romero http://www.librotraficante.com/annotatedBibliography.pdf

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Librotraficante http://www.librotraficante.com/    Bringing books to every state. You can get a Viral Banned Book Kit via this link. 🙂 Sharing books is such fun.

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If you are a student in Arizona you can get a free copy of the book here  http://chicanohistory.org/letters-from-arizona-students/

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