The Queen of Katwe ~ The Most Powerful Piece On The Board

Update: This is now a film. Yes!!!!!

 

 

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers was a reading find on a recent expedition to my public library.  It’s one of those books that I’ve opened for some down time reading pleasure then spent the rest of the day reading until reaching the back cover. Tim Crothers traces the roots of several dots that come together to create Phiona Mutesi’s Ugandan world in Katwe. One very important “dot” is the life story of Robert Katende who brought chess to Katwe as part of a sports outreach program. Katende noticed that not every child wants to play soccer and decided to offer an alternative game, chess, for them. It is through Katende’s outreach efforts that Phiona discovers the inner mental and outter physical world of chess.  Tim Crothers presents Katende’s personal history of survival, endurance and talent in a manner that show the incredible impact of one person on the lives of others. One young man’s life decisions reverberate throughout his world in remarkable and unexpected ways. Without Robert Katende there would be no chess for Phiona Mutesi and the other children of Katwe.  In turn Phiona herself is having a positive impact on her personal world and the world of women in Uganda. Her story breaks out of the cycle of poverty and desperate struggle to survive for women and their children in places where living is far from easy. What’s at stake is creating a life based on choices rather than the need to eat and literally keep from drowning when it rains.  When a slum is built on/in a swamp things get dicey for everyone when water falls from the sky.

Crothers’ writing style is quick and engaging as he works with words to bring to life the physical landscape of the Katwe slum and Uganda. He creates a context that the people who can afford to buy his book–and read it with ease–may have some trouble relating to. This is a world of harsh poverty where women do what they must to stay alive and education is a luxury requiring payment.  Via Robert Katende’s story it’s clear that it’s not an easy world for boys and men either.  At first one wonders where Crothers is going –how far back in time–and how will we ever get to the story of the girl who dreams of being a Chess Grandmaster. Well, I assure you that by the time you are learning more about Phiona it will be very clear why Crothers pulls the narrative strings he does. In order to fully appreciate Phiona’s ongoing life story the daily context of her world is required.

Another dot Crothers connects is that of the importance of education–like the Sport’s Outreach program–Tim Crothers’ takes a holistic approach to presenting Phiona’s and Robert Katende’s stories. Education plays a vital role in dealing with people in poverty. Hence, Crothers pulls in the story line dot of Andrew Popp all the way from Santa Barbara, California. How does the suicide of a talented young man have anything to with the life of girl living in the slums of Uganda? The scholarship memorial fund created by Andrew’s parents is what enables Phiona to attend school.  Personally I think that’s a wonderful thing and an incredible part of Phiona’s story because education is essential to breaking the poverty cycle and the people in the slums know this fact.

Andrew Popp Scholarship Fund    http://sportsoutreach.net/projects/teaching/andrew-popp-scholarship-fund/

So if you’re looking for a great human interest story, one which is far from finished, then get a hold of The Queen of Katwe. Consider the power of one piece on a chess board and the powerful impact one person can have on the life of another. Get some inspirartion. some ideas about teaching from Robert Katende,  and perhaps some motivation. Perhaps most importantly get some HOPE.

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Author Tim Crothers’ site >>  http://www.timcrothers.net/

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Phiona Mutesi–so far– >>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phiona_Mutesi

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Uploaded on Nov 9, 2011

This is a brief documentary on Fiona, a 15 year old Chess Prodigy from the slums of Kampala, Uganda who discovered Chess as a homeless child in search of food. I traveled to Uganda to cover this story through a non-profit organization called Silent Images. We were serving another non-profit called Sports Outreach, in which the chess coach discovered a special gift in Phiona for the game of Chess. I was accompanied by Tim Crothers of ESPN and David Johnson of Silent Images on the trip. Tim has now written a book on Phiona called “The Queen of Katwe” and Phiona has had recent top news stories on ESPN as well as CNN. Disney is currently planning to produce a movie on Phiona as well and I can’t wait to see Phiona’s dreams come true. She is a true underdog in every sense of the word and no person is more worthy of success in life than this special young woman.

Silent Images – http://www.silentimages.org
Sports Outreach Institute – http://www.sportsoutreach.net
Buy the Book – http://www.sportsoutreach.net/secure/…

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Indie film site >> http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/disney-developing-feature-based-on-ugandan-chess-prodigy-phiona-mutesi-w-mira-nair-directing

Dreaming Dreamer Dreams ~ Music Theme Dream 5 January 2014

We all dream. Even if we don’t recall what we’ve been doing or where we’ve been, we’re all busy during all those sleeping hours–and the waking ones as well. How often do you stop and consider just what your dream-life is trying to communicate? Do you take time out to day dream at will? Are you haunted by dark nightmare dreams? Do dreams fuel your creative engines? Or do they allow you to vicariously experience strange and wonderful things beyond the scope of your comfort zone? Where do you dream of wandering? What’s in any dream? Have your dreams ever taken you into unknown territory in your waking life? Dreaming can be a very dangerous thing depending on where the dreams lead. Or not. I guess that depends on what’s in your dream packages.

“Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?” 

Dreamer ~ Low Roar ~ Ryan Karazija ~ His live version is equally compelling, but the audio has a slightly more intense quality on this track. Or perhaps this is because simply offering the song encourages you to close your eyes and focus on the sound and lyrics without the visual component.

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All Credits to:
Low Roar – Ryan Karazija:
SC: https://soundcloud.com/ryanaudrye
BC: http://lowroar.bandcamp.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/lowroar.music

LOWROARMUSICLOWROARMUSIC

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Dream of the Kind Forest

Tomislav Vuk·

Originally composed by Tomislav Vuk. Download link: http://tomislavvuk.bandcamp.com/

Audio production is made with Guitar Pro 6. The picture is from a free wallpaper site.

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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams  ~ Song: Erik Satie – Nocturne no. III. Don’t let the dark opening deter you from the rest of trailer for this ongoing dreaming which manifests in many diverse forms.

MrMofMs

The legendary director of “Seven Samurai” wants to invite you into his world of “Dreams.” One of Akira Kurosawa’s latter works, “Dreams” is a journey into some of his personal experiences of life and imagination.

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A Shadow of Blue ~ A Dreamlife production by Carlos Lascano.  A waking dream about daydreaming. What do you dream about during your days?

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Dreams ~ The Kills’ cover of Fleetwood Mac ~ A bit dire with shades of an impending storm,  definitely darker, and certainly deeper voiced than Nicks’ vocals. An entirely new sound dream in a voice. Frankly, I think The Kills kill this song like none other.

skary13

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Requiem for a Dream ~ The London Symphony Orchestra ~ Serenity ~ Fan made video featuring River Tam, the ultimate “dreaming death dance girl”.  Some dreams entail confrontation, conflict and sacrifice. Firefly and Serenity fans know this score inside and out.

MrCaptmal

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Love You More  ~ Tresspassers William

Nela Cotrim :

Published on Sep 30, 2012

Trespassers William was an indie rock/dream pop band known for its ethereal music. Originally from Southern California, they moved to the Sodo/Capitol Hill area of Seattle, Washington.
Formed in Orange County, California in 1997, Trespassers William released four albums and two E.P.’s. Anchor (1999) appeared on Sonikwire Records and is now out of print. Different Stars was self-released in 2002 and was re-released twice — most recently on Nettwerk Records on October 19, 2004. In early 2004, the band moved to Seattle. Their third album, Having, (mixed by the Flaming Lips producer, Dave Fridmann) was released on February 28, 2006. The band toured the United States and Europe several times, including a U.K. tour with Damien Rice and a festival appearance in Spain with Morrissey. The band’s music attracted modest press coverage and exposure, most notably in British magazines such as NME and Uncut and was featured on such television shows as One Tree Hill, The O.C., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity, and movies such as A Love Song for Bobby Long and Annapolis.
The band disbanded at the beginning of 2012. A b-sides and rarities collection titled Cast, which also contains an expanded edition of their 2009 EP The Natural Order of Things, is scheduled to be released by Saint Marie Records on September 4, 2012. Anna-Lynne Williams continues to write and record as Lotte Kestner and one half of the duo Ormonde. Matt Brown is working on more Disinterested material and is playing with and producing several other groups.
Matt Brown — guitar and keyboards Anna-Lynne Williams — vocals and guitar Josh Gordon — bass guitar, drums, percussion, guitar Ross Simonini — bass guitar and keyboards Nathan Skolrud — drums, bass guitar, and keyboards Jamie Williams — drums

*I’ve included the notes above provided by the music uploader, Nela Cotrim, because of my own interests in tracking these indie musical artists. In case anyone else is interested, I’ve shared them.

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Dream links forthcoming as soon as I can update:

Bear http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/calling-dreams-and-dreamers-music-themes/

Deborah http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/dreams-and-dreamers-musical-theme-for-january-5/

Willow  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/dreaming-calling-dreams-and-dreamers-music-theme-for-5-january-2014/

Johnny http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/dreams-music-theme-january-5th/comment-page-1/#comment-3128

Kate http://sincerelykaterz.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/miscellaneous-mondays/

Salamander Emerging

Salamander

sashaying in a ring of fire

purified

rarefied

ensconced

encased

never erased

Salamander

slish, slosh

time to wash

creak, crack

catch a snack

flick, slick

mirror and mimic

stretch mesh

soak up sun

ever ready to run

Salamander

refined in fire

flowering desire

disheveled attire

loving  crier

Salamander

slithering through fire

ushers us higher upon the pyre

of dreams of emerging reality

 

“emergence”

“Salamander” & “emergence” @ewa

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.15

15 cents buys

an old small clear plastic box

price tape barely gooey

filled

with the ocean

sleek smooth off white shells

tiny tangerine ones too

bright white speckled ones with black flakes

string strung through

water weight heavy

on chest, neck, shoulders

breathing still

carrying waves upon waves

finally

life

flows again

interface complete

we sleep and dream old dreams

the only kind that sustain through eons

whole again

 

 

 

 

INCEPTION & MICMACS

Okay I have had a double-header of movie magic this week with these two  very different films.  If you’re just looking for a great time out of the heat in some cool darkness, well a movie double-header might be just the thing–if you can find a blockbuster like Inception and a French delight like Micmacs in the same part of your town’s universe.  I have the good fortune to have access to the wonderful Tivoli Cinema in the Westport section of Kansas City. The Tivoli is one of the few non drink/eat establishments still in Westport–much to our dismay–but it is THERE and it offers wonderful film feasts all the time. It also allows you to bring your own food and drink into the show. Incredible, isn’t it? And for the price of your ticket stub you can get a coffee drink of your choice and size half price at the Broadway Cafe–the ONLY INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOP to KICK  a Starbucks off its block! OH YEAH! But hey, it’s easy to be loyal to a coffee shop with a far superior product and owners than Starbucks can dream of being. But I digress. Back to the films.  Okay, if you love the French film Amelie then I need say no more about Micmacs. But I will anyway.  At the very top of  my “I so love this” list is the night-time cinematography. OH it is beautiful! Delicate, intricate, detailed and laced with humor. I have not found rooftops so profoundly engaging since the HorseMan on the Roof.  The cast is wonderfully quirky and engaging.  Yes, there is a love story, but it’s not the driving force of the storyline. The plot–well–the plot is about those at the very bottom of the economic social order taking on those at the very top–the suppliers of land mines and weapons to the world. Basically scavengers take on the powers of death and destruction–in the most unexpectedly delightful way.  As far as I’m concerned anyway.  Now–what a dream that is and dreams are the main course here today for INCEPTION is all about the power of dreams and ideas. Yes, the power of ideas. Don’t forget that. It’s very very important.  In this film the conscious mind strives to enter the subconscious and take control for all sorts of reasons. Not the least of which is corporate espionage. HMM. Then one man wants to plant an idea for changing someone else’s life and the fun begins.  You can get all the incidentals from the movie sites and standard reviewers.  You can have all the fun of the special effects and action and miss all the wonderful ideas the film offers for exploration. It even has somethings to offer in that love  story department.  Its one ‘flaw’ is that the plot requires the use of sedatives for entering the required dream states. Now, as anyone who has explored meditation knows — who needs a sedative? No drugs required. But that might have been viewed as too tough a sell to western audiences unfamiliar with the power of meditation to do more than relieve stress in a world overflowing with anxiety. Still, it’s a wonderfully creative film about the creative power of minds and ideas–the power of dreaming new things –and old.  

 http://www.sonyclassics.com/micmacs/

http://inceptionmovie.warnerbros.com/

 http://www.tivolikc.com/

http://www.broadwaycafeandroastery.com/

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amelie/

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