December 25, 2013 at 7:08 am (art, contemplation, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, humor, issues, life, living, movies, music, people, play, quests, random, relationships, religion, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: 1914, animation, Ave Maria, dark humor, death, exploring interconnectedness, film, history, humor, inspiration, Issues, joyeux noel, London Symphony Orchestra, Merry Christmas, movies, music, Music Theme, musical, musing, Natalie Dessay, peace, people, power of song, qian shi, Santa and Death, Shoe, short film, snow globe, thoughts, war
It’s THAT time of year: The holy time for many in many different places and languages. It’s a time of year I personally find very troubling and unsettling in many ways. It is perhaps the time of year of the most discordance between reality and what may simply be a willing suspension of disbelief of reality. I’m not sure what to make of it even after all my time spent on this planet in this life. This is not a new state of questioning mental affairs for moi. It’s like a very well-worn pair of dress shoes that still are very uncomfortable. Much is done in love and caring in this time of year. Much is also done in violence and uncaring at this time and the rest of the year. There does not seem to be a balance as far as I can tell. Hence. I will not claim or praise that some things like peace, goodwill and love towards others exists when it clearly does not at large. A state of global affairs which is possibly due to lack of will. Or perhaps its lack is due to flawed human nature. I’m not sure. I do know there is not peace on earth, nor is there enough good will among men and women to make it so. I wish there was. Perhaps one day there will be. I wish it was already. Peace to you and yours.
- “Ave Maria”, performed by Natalie Dessay, The London Symphony Orchestra.
A story inspired by a shoe-doll displayed in Childhood Museum, Edinburgh. This short film shows a touching story about a young girl and her father in a poverty, London, 1910s. Qian Shi’s BA Animation graduation film. The Best Student Film of BAF08. MX Award at TAF2010 (Tokyo Anime Fair 2010).
“The Museum of Childhood Edinburgh has plentiful collections of dolls, toys, and other remnants of youth. On a visit there 2005, I found an old doll made from a shoe. It was not very remarkable compared with the other beautiful dolls on display, but it is still very eye-catching. The introduction reads: Doll made from an old shoe that belonged to a poor child from the London slums in 1905.
I couldn’t help imagining the little girl who could barely afford a pair of shoes taking comfort in this lovely shoe-doll friend who accompanies her sweetest dreams. The shoe-doll became a symbol to me of beloved and colourful childhood.
I decided I wanted to tell a story of this little shoe-doll.”
Wikipedia regarding Joyeux Noel/ Merry Christmas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_No%C3%ABl
- “Ave Maria”, performed by Natalie Dessay, The London Symphony Orchestra.
- “Bist du bei mir“, performed by Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazón.
- “I’m Dreaming of Home”, performed by Griogair Lawrie, David Bruce, Ivan McDonald and Calum Anthony Beaton (Bagpipe Ensemble)
- “The Braes of Killiecrankie“, traditional.
- “Piobaireachid dhomhnail dhuibh”, traditional.
- “Silent Night“
- “Adeste Fideles“, traditional, performed by Rolando Villazón (vocals), Griogair Lawrie (bagpipes).
- “Auld Lang Syne“, Scottish traditional.
- “L’Hymne des Fraternisés/I’m Dreaming of Home”, performed by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, Natalie Dessay, The London Symphony Orchestra.
Deborah: Who chose our Christmas theme “Home For the Holidays” http://myriad234.wordpress.com/
Collaborator: Our newest themist http://sincerelykaterz.wordpress.com/
November 13, 2013 at 7:35 am (art, books, contemplation, culture, eating, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, humor, issues, life, living, movies, music, nature, people, photography, quests, random, relationships, searching, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, being human, blog, culture, David Cain, Declaration of Humn Rights, Doctor Who, Emotions, entertainment, essay, exploring, film, ghost, human, human beings, human rights, humanity, life, love, movie, music, musing, nature, people, photography, random, relationships, rights, Robin Williams, Rose, Sia, television, The Cloud Atlas, The Doors, The Killers, The Lovers, the state, theme, thoughts, Time is Nothing, US, Vampire, werewolf, Willow, Writing
*Okay, I picked this Human Theme and wow, did I ever put myself in one heck of a wormhole by doing so. I don’t think this has gone at all as I thought it might. I’m really curious what Bear, Johnny, Willow and Deborah have come up with for their Human Theme Essays. I might try this again–or not. I can’t say I’m happy with this posting and I can’t say I’m not. Maybe I have too many issues with humanity in general at this point in time? Yeah, I’m more than a little pissed at us regarding the state of the only planet we can call ‘home’ because we are responsible for this state of affairs. So, I think that’s coloring my view of humans. I suspect The Doors’ song just might sum up a good part of my attitude at the moment. But just part of it. Feel free to chat up any part of any of this. I really am interested in how ‘we’ view ourselves these days. Now, on with the show:
Isn’t it cool that a band called The Killers has a song titled Human? If anyone knows of a band called The Lovers that has a song titled Human, please, please share it.
The Killers ~~ Human
What does it mean that we humans feel the need to make a declaration of our rights? Who violates innate rights and the natural laws and orders of our world? Oh yeah, we do. Falls under the phrase, ‘crimes against humanity.’ All humans are not nice, kind, compassionate and loving beings. If we were then we would not need to make such statements–which are continually ignored and violated by our own kind. Hmm. What the hell are we going to do about this element of being human?
Created by Seth Brau
Produced by Amy Poncher
Music by Rumspringa courtesy Cantora Records
This UK series about a vampire, ghost and werewolf living together in the same house and attempting to have ‘lives’ as human as possible, as impossible as that may be, is a sort of quest for a nonexistent holy grail for each of them. Humans do a great deal of questing, questioning, and quests and so this non-human trio with strong human connections offers a great deal on the human condition and human nature. At least I think it does/did. Moral choices just never seem to leave the daily in-box even when you’ve got to be careful around the full moon.
Being Human –Good-bye Trailer
I’ve included Time is Nothing partly because it gives glimpses of people around the world and the concept that humans travel a great deal from place to place. It also shows a lot of places touched by humans.
Time is Nothing
For more work by Kien Lam, visit http://kienlam.net/. The soundtrack was composed by William Lam, and is available as a free download on the site as well.
An Exercise in Humanity The Doctor, as in Who, as human; a hell of a job for a Time Lord to do. Song: Sia’s “Breathe Me” . How might a non-human attempt a life as human is the point of this Doctor Who montage of when Rose and a ‘human’ Doctor Who live as humans. I think it does a decent job of showing a range of human emotions and interactions. It’s certainly not complete–but it gives a window on some human couples.
Robin Williams gets to play out several lifetimes in this film. Take or leave the concept of reincarnation as you please. Still, the film offers some perspective on the human condition over time. In some ways it paves the way for the much more ambitious film, The Cloud Atlas.
Being Human ~ film trailer
Something about The Doors and this song just feels soooooo right. Sigh.
The Doors ~ People Are Strange
This was an unexpected find via an online search. I was fascinated by someone actually writing about how to become a better human being–according to their perspective of course.
Raptitude is a blog for getting better at being human. I see being human as a skillset — something you can get better at if you take it upon yourself to do so. You can learn to temper rotten moods, shed your insecurities, shore up your weak points and sharpen your strong ones. Human minds and bodies are complicated vehicles for which there is no manual and no training, but we can learn to drive them a hell of a lot better than we often do, if only we make a point of it.
And glittering prizes await! Consistently agreeable moods. Unshakable gratitude. Strengthened relationships. Abundant days and sleepful nights. Capabilities you never imagined were in you. Relief from boredom, envy, frustration and complacency.
A little skill and insight go a long way.
About Raptitude and Getting Better at Being Human
Typical? Who is typical? What does this concept even mean for humans? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. But this attempt to use data to create a profile that changes over time is fascinating for what it tries to do–and the qualities of humans such venues can never grasp.
September 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm (art, creative writing, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, literary fiction, movies, Native Americans, photography, poetry, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 500 Anos del Pueblo Chicano, 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, 84, annotated, art, AZ, ban, bibliography, black and white, books, culture, Democracy Now, Elaine Romero, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, life, Mexican American Studies, photographs, photography, poem, poetry, politics, random, reading, review, The Battleground for America's Narrative, thoughts, Tony Diaz, Tucson
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.
I like my new libro a lot.
The book has heart.
Incredible black and white photographs.
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.
Links for all interested parties:
“The Battleground for America’s Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of the 84 Banned Books In Arizona” complied by Elaine
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.
If you are a student in Arizona you can get a free copy of the book here http://chicanohistory.org/letters-from-arizona-students/
An interesting video recently posted on the tubes of you. It’s not sleek and slick, but I think it does the trick. I was looking for ‘now’ and this came up. “Independent in their way of thinking” prompted me to post it.
September 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm (culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, history, life, random, religion, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: culture, death, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, life, love, men, mind, murder, musings, people, questions, random, seduction, sex, sexuality, story, thoughts, values, Vikings, women, Writing
Should I bother with any preamble or not? Whatever for? Ever have an image, a thought, a random notion get caught in your mental loop and refuse to whirl off as it ought in time? If so then you’ll understand why I’m writing this in an effort to clear my brainspace of a ‘story’ embedded in the “Lost Vikings” of Greenland segment that I posted earlier in the week. I’m beginning to feel just a tad haunted by the fact that these people actually burnt a man at the stake for seducing a woman. Think about that for a moment. A man and woman decide to engage in some sexual activity and he gets burned at the stake by his fellow-men. According to the rest of the information in the segment, the woman “did not last long” after that murder. I gather she too died–but of what? By her own hand? After much sorrow and abuse by her fellow women and men? Could it have been from a broken heart? Was she married to some man whom she didn’t care for and who made her pay for her sexual indiscretion? I don’t think there’s a way of knowing any of the answers.
Yet, there is the fact that a man was burned alive. According to the written record of hundreds of years ago he “seduced” a woman. It doesn’t say he raped a woman. He s e d u c e d a woman. Who murders anyone for having sexual relations? Well, the global news is full of all sorts of told and untold stories of people killed for adultery and women suffering honor killings for being raped. All of these involve violence connected with sex in some way. In the Viking story the violence seems to come from some other part of the human thought system. Is it just condemnation? If so, how many other men and/or women would have been burned alive for seducing someone? If you think my mind is wandering into more sinister byways, you’re correct. What was really going on in that community at that point in time? When murder is justified by claiming sexual wrongdoing I begin to wonder about motives. Everyone wants motives, except our justice system which doesn’ want moral or ethical motives coming into court for people like Tim DeChristopher and Bradley/Chelsea Manning.
I’m wondering about this woman who didn’t live much longer after her seducer was roasted alive. Did she watch him burn? Can you imagine watching another human burning alive? Close your eyes and imagine that if you can: sounds, smells, sights.
Perhaps another word might be in order here–love. What happens when love comes into play? There’s no mention of “love” in the segment or the historical account. Were these just two lusty adults? Were they lovers?
Do we get jealous lovers? A triangle? A quadrangle? Forbidden relationships? Why?
Or is that taking it all too far?
What can kill a person without leaving a physical mark upon them?
What happens to a woman who watches a man die a horrible death because she and he had sexual relations — by choice and consent? Or vice versa–a man watching a woman he cares for die in such a horrific manner.
I’m thinking there were some very angry men doing the staking and torching. Perhaps some women too.
Some men in the right positions to get away with murder via their own record keeping.
Maybe this is all completely off the mark of reality.
Still–their story, complete with all the unknowables, is keeping me company. It just won’t leave.
February 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm (creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, humor, life, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: artistexito, blog, Brad, comments, culture, exploring interconnectedness, Gabrielle Bryden, Iabellastudio, life, posts, random, responses, roos, simonhlilly, slpmartin, temporal tidbit, thoughts, time, time muse-ings, Writing
The various thoughts, and Simon’s poem, posted concerning time in “a temporal tidbit’ are so delightful to me that I’m giving them a posting all their own. Thanks to everyone who visits my blogcasa–those who leave their cybertracks via comments and those who remain invisible. All are much appreciated.
“For us convinced physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” ~Albert Einstein
What happens when we let go of the human construct of “time”?
September 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: education, environment, events, journalism, Keystone, life, media, news, people, Pipeline, politics, random, Tar Sands, thoughts, Writing
Greetings Fellow Earth-lings traversing blogland.
Okay, due to technical difficulties with server, WordPress, YouTube and just about everything else that is going wacko when I’ve been attempting to blog I have no clue if this will make it to the main page or not. Is the Universe giving me an exercise in patience or what? Lately it feels like a short walk off a long pier scenario. So, I’m not being rude if I have not yet visited blogcasas, commented or replied to comments graciously posted here by you. My fingers are “tied” by the workings of the machine and cyberspace beyond my control. I hope this finds every one hale and hearty this Saturday. As for myself, I’ve about recovered from 30 days without rain and 100 plus temperatures during a stint in rural Missouri while farm sitting. Yes, it was miserable. More so for the cows, goats, chickens, dogs, mule and horse than for moi who had the luxury of air conditioning for relief. When it’s 107 degrees even being under tall trees offers little respite. When it doesn’t rain for 30 days of such heat intensity the ground cracks, the plants die, the animals wait for grain instead of grazing because there is nothing green growing. If hell is HOT then this was a little slice of hell on Earth. So please bear with me as I attempt to return to some semblance of sanity. The protests of the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline finally inspired and motivated me to blog. I realize many people may be tired of what may appear to be my beating of a dead horse. I’m not going to apologize for the beating that will continue–of the issue not any horse living or dead. Here’s why–this is important folks, it really really is huge. The protests didn’t get much attention until Daryl Hannah was arrested–oh the uses of celebrity–and that’s not a good sign. The oil industry is banking on people being unaware and silent until they’ve gotten what they want from Obama–his signature to go ahead with this incredible disaster waiting to happen. And happen it will. Consider the impact of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico then imagine such a spill in the middle of America. Can you wrap your mind around that scenario or not? I’ve been disturbed by recent conversations with fairly well-informed and educated individuals who have had NO knowledge of the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline. This is due in part to the lack of mainstream media coverage–and much of that has been sadly lacking or tainted with misinformation. Even local activist groups involved in Green Party/Peace/Justice/Nuclear protests have little or no awareness of what has happened in Alberta, Canada, the spills from the existing parts of the pipeline or even why people are protesting at all. This is NOT a good situation, my friends. It’s not good because the stakes are way too high for EVERYONE. Yes, your land doesn’t have to be under attack by the developers to be affected. The environmental costs are IMMENSE for 740,000 acres of boreal forest, the drinking water of 2 million people, and the rise in cancer rates such as those already experienced by the Indigenous communities in Canada who are down stream of the Tar Sands operation. The time is NOW to fight this oil addiction. Obama can stop the project all by himself. He can veto it without Congress. He has the power to stop this pipeline which will carry the oil for export out of America. We need jobs. Let the jobs come from development and implementation of clean energy sources like solar and wind–which other countries like China, Germany, Switzerland etc are already focusing upon for the future. We Americans must wake up en mass and do the right thing for the Earth or suffer the consequences–ignorance will not be bliss.
What to do? Get informed, get very well-informed. There is plenty of information online to be had via the alliance of environmental groups and individuals taking action: 350.org, Dirty Oil, Tar Sands Action, Indigenous Environmental Network, Peaceful Uprising, Rising Tide, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, the Governor of Nebraska–getting the sense that a lot of people might be on to something serious? I sure hope so. We only have one Earth that supports our existence. No money will buy another planet for our children. Learn, share, act any way you are able no matter how small it might seem, but do not be silent. This is not the time for apathy.
September 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm (education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, journalism, life, nature, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: business, economoy, education, environment, ethics, events, journalism, Keystone, life, media, nature, news, Oil, people, pollitics, protest, random, Tar Sands, thoughts, video, Writing
If you don’t care about the Tar Sands Oil Development in Alberta, Canada, now, will you when it spills across the middle of America and contaminates your drinking water, soil, and air? By then it will be too late. Just ask the people who LIVE around the Tar Sands, the Niger Delta, the Amazon and the Gulf of Mexico what wonderful things Big Oil has done for their lives. We’ve got to grow up and kick our oil addiction today. We’ve got to stop denying our responsibility and the part we play in the supply and demand game for the MOST PROFITABLE industry in the world. An industry that only gives back death and destruction of the Earth. Wake up. Speak out. Change. Grow. Evolution begins in your mind. Imagine and create a new world without dirty oil. It’s time to rise out of the muck.
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