Find “The Bridge” and see what you think about crossing borders.



Maria Elena Fernandez for NBC News “‘The Bridge’ Crosses New Territory to Explore US-Mexico border issues.”


Anyone who has been visiting my blogcasa for any length of time knows that I very very seldom give any blogcasa space to television in any venue. That said, I do encourage anyone interested in good realistic drama that takes on serious issues to at least give the new show on FX, “The Bridge”, half a viewing chance. I caught the pilot on Hulu before it aired and was impressed enough to want to see the next episode. Fernandez’ piece linked above gives an in-depth look which says a lot of things that crossed my mind as I viewed the pilot. I was especially intrigued by the inclusion of the ongoing murders of young women and girls in Juarez which began in 1993 and now numbers over 450 (more). Yes, that’s right hundreds of women of the same physical description have been tortured, raped and murdered and no one in law enforcement has done anything about it. Hmm. Gee, I wonder what would be done if they were pretty little blonde girls found in the basements of their own homes?  Tiny beauty queens have had more news coverage than all the Women of Juarez together.


Amalia Ortiz, spoken word artist, The Women of Juarez


Okay FX has gotten my attention. Will “The Bridge” keep it enough to get me watching online? I don’t know. But I do know that something needs to be done to bridge the cultural, political, economic, spiritual differences between people living so close and yet so far apart in their minds. We need to value and care for each other no matter the color of our skins, our ages, our genders, and we need to do it now.  If this new show opens even one mind to some truth and reality, then it will have accomplished something of value.  I’m curious if television will find some of its potential power via this show. I’m going to  give it some of my valuable time if it does.


Keith Miller Art link to Over 450 Women Have Been Murdered in Ciudad Juarez and 600 are Missing


Site for The Bridge




“Fragment” from Woven Stone by Simon J. Ortiz

 November is Native American Heritage Month.  Here is one poem from Woven Stone which is a wonderful compilation of three volumes of poetry by Simon J. Ortiz.  



On my way to city court

to be judged again,

I pick up a small stone.


The month is March,

it will be Easter soon.

I put the stone in my pocket;

it is that I feel the need

for deliverance and maybe

if I do this.


My hands are sweaty;

my fervent vain wish

is that I had never been in jail

that first time.


I put the stone in my other had

and caress it with my fingertips.

I find it is moist

and realize it is a fragment

of the earth center

and I know  that is

my redemption.

@Simon j. Ortiz



Clicking on the photograph will take you to Poetics and Politics. Clicking on the book cover leads to U of Arizona Press’ site and an excerpt from Woven Stone.


Books? Are People Really Reading? Still?

Okay, I give in—everywhere I look on and off the web there are lists and lists of books for summer reading and so far nothing appeals to me at all. Been wondering about this for all of about one minute and have decided to make my  own ”Best Books” —so far–list and perhaps this will help to enlighten me about ‘me’.  So, here goes, take it or leave it.  As they come to mind, some favorite reading adventures:

Joan Slonczewski          Brain Plague

Karen Michalson     Enemy Glory

 Vivian Schilling    Quietus

 Staci Layne Wilson   Horrors of the Holy

Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancy Dancing—makes you want to laugh, scream, cry all at the same time–especially the post office story.

Craig Joseph Danner’s Himalayan Dhaba —a take on the interconnectedness of all things–especially people.

Louise Erdrich’s Tracks–ahhhh what WOMAN this tome’s heroine be.

Ella Cara Deloria’s Waterlily—and what  were the lives of Lakota women ‘like’ before the settlers invaded?

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind—oh what can one find in the cemetery of lost books? history, love, tragedy, mystery and more.

Vivan Schilling’s Quietus—what’s a near death experience for?

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—love transcends manners–oh Jane!

Bryce Courteny’s The Power of One–damn those chickens and boxers and just what one person can accomplish.

Mikhail Bulgakuv’s The Master and Margarita–The BOOK to beat! Forget the great American Novel—I dare any writer of any country, anywhere on the globe to beat the pants off this baby for love, satire, and sheer imagination. The Devil has come to Moscow to prove he exists—and that involves tossing up Jesus’ existence too. Poor Pontious and the headache he gets from the man who won’t ‘save’ himself….And all the woe that can befall a writer in Russia–and elsewhere if you don’t beware!

William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!—sin and guilt deep Southern style.

Natsuo Kirino’s Out–Japanese women as you’ve never seen them before–the murder disposal crew….great stuff–not for the squeamish crowd.

Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose—oh the old country and its woes–and loves.

 Douglas Adams’  The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul—It’s  Dougie Adams playing with all sorts of good old Norse myths and such.

R. A.  MacAvoy’s  Tea With the Black Dragon–okay, this is for lovers of all ages–mystery and an romance not quite like any other.

Tim Powers’  Declare—all about The Dark Side of spying spies–and a few other things along the way. Move over James Bond 007 for adventure.

—for now….

now more

Heinrich Boll    the Clown    and     Never Said a Word

John Hersey    Hiroshima

John Wright    The Golden Age

Emma Bull    The War for the Oaks

Charles de Lint    Forests of the Heart

Dalai Lama    The Way to Freedom

Simon J. Ortiz     from Sand Creek

eds. Stryrk and Ikemoto    Zen Poetry, Let the Spring Breeze Enter

Gunter Grass    The Tin Drum

Timothy Zahn   Dragon and Thief

Elizabeth Hayden   Rhapsody

James Stephens    The Crock of Gold

William Faulkner   The Hamlet

Philip K. Dick    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Dalai Lama    Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart

Dalai Lama   The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace

Osip Mandelstam   Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam –translated by Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin

Anna  Akhmatova    Complete Poems

Michael Dorris    Morning Girl

Juliet Marillier   Son of the Shadows and the rest of the Sevenwaters triology

ps. what are YOU reading that’s outstanding?

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