Monthly Archives: March 2011

Journey to Planet Earth: Lester Brown On PBS


A must see program: Plan B, what in the world is that? Find out by watching the following program:

It’s time to get defosillezed, and re-energized renewably.
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Fear



Fear 

(by George)
 
I was fearful of writing

 

Only the fear of talking

Singing, sailing, flying,

and swimming were ever greater…

Oh yeah…  Swimming:  Was I afraid of

or the shark in my bathtub instead?

I was afraid of every-but-one thing:

Waters were safe in my life before life…

Today’s Birthday: Joseph Haydn (1732)


Joseph Haydn (1732)

The principal shaper of the Classical style, Haydn was an Austrian composer who exerted major influence on his contemporaries, including Mozart, and future composers. The first great symphonist, he composed 106 symphonies and virtually invented the string quartet. By his later years, he was recognized internationally as the greatest living composer. He composed important works in almost every genre. As a teacher, Haydn had a difficult relationship with what famous student? More… Discuss

Art Beat: Anthony Tommasini: The Vienna’s Four Classics Of Music


One Father Figure of Music: Hayden

A marvelous program of rediscovery of the beauty of classical music and its effects on our creative day by day life. Always keep music near your heart, and ear, so days are filled with sounds of music: There is life in the harmony created by the wordless language of the musical scores, as eloquent as best ever written poems of joy.

Reflections


Reflections
(by George)

I don’t recognize the face of the man

reflected  by the crystal mirror, so I ask:

“Who’s your reflection?”

Without an answer I wake up and get ready.

“Nice meeting you” , I hear the voice
of the man in the mirror say, in my way out.

Today’s Birthday: Francisco Goya (1746)


Today’s Birthday

 

Francisco Goya (1746)

Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker whose work profoundly influenced 19th-century European art. He started out designing tapestries for the royal manufactory of Santa Bárbara and was appointed painter to Charles III in 1786. By 1799—under the patronage of Charles IV—he had become Spain’s most successful and fashionable artist. Goya’s works address all aspects of Spanish life, including the political and social turmoil of his day. Why did his art come under the scrutiny of the Inquisition? More… Discuss 

11:59:59 PM


11:59:59 PM
(by George)
Though infinitesimally smaller
 than the faintest  idea
of energy,

To The Universe:

We claim ownership,
We The People of the Planet Earth.

Fog: Carl Sandberg


Carl Sandberg: 1879-1967


Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967)

Sea-Wash

by Carl Sandburg

The sea-wash never ends.

The sea-wash repeats, repeats.
Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows?
             Only the old strong songs?
             Is that all?
The sea-wash repeats, repeats.

 

Source: Poetry (February 1920).

First Source: Poetry (Poetry, 1920)

sea wash (Audio)

BIOGRAPHY

Carl Sandburg

“Trying to write briefly about Carl Sandburg,” said a friend of the poet, “is like trying to picture the Grand Canyon in one black and white snapshot.” His range of interests was enumerated by his close friend, Harry Golden, who, in his study of the poet, called Sandburg “the one American writer who distinguished himself in five fields—poetry, history, biography, fiction, and music.” Read more about Carl sandberg from:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/carl-sandburg 

Nuclear Power: Inhuman Energy _1


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s Faust is a tragic play in two parts: Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (translated as: Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy) and Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil (Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy). Although written as a closet drama, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is Goethe’s most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature. Read More here:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goethe%27s_Faust

Nuclear Power: UnNatural Energy


What can one say that was not said already: Nothing. 

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Charles Wright’s Poetry: One Way PBS Makes A Difference


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Charles_Wright_Inexhaustable _Power_Of_Words

“I think I’m going to take my time,

                                                                                life is too short

for immortality and its attendant disregards.

I have enough memories now for any weather,

either here or there.

                                                           I will take my time.

Tomorrow’s not what I’m looking forward to, or the next day.

My home isn’t here, but I doubt that it’s there either —

Empty and full have the same glass,

                                                                           though neither shows you

the way. ”     

 

(Charles Wright)


Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, and attended Davidson College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Wright has been widely published, winning the National Book Award in 1983 for Country Music: Selected Early Poems and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1998 for Black Zodiac. Other works include Chickamauga, Buffalo Yoga, Negative Blue, Appalachia, The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990, Zone Journals and Hard Freight. Wright’s work also appears in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts; Continue reading Charles Wright‘s Biography, at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wright_(poet)

Comment: Did words lose their power to communicate the truthfully? Is there one absolute truth or as many as annunciator?
Reading this poem confirms that we generally walk the same pass, while we may have stopped at different points on the journey. There is reassurance.Related Articles:

 

John Bradshaw – Homecoming – pt10


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Homecoming…Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child focuses on Championing and protecting your inner child.
Why is it the the first question we humans ask is “WHY?”
Well because it is the door to our rational mind. Why is the answer to everything we do, or choose not to do, or we’re forced, or convinced into doing. Is there anyone ever not interested in the WHY of things? is there anyone who did not ask that question, I mean Ever? I think not: Knowing why is not only being curios, many times the question is not asked for obtaining an answer: Ask any teacher, they’ll tell you. The WHY is our gateway to individuality, it models characters, behaviors. The absence to the question (Why?) is the most inhuman act one can inflict upon another. Everybody on Earth has a birthright to an answer to the question: Why? In order to be able to make and conscientious choice.
Because it is human: Always answer to the question.
Never stop asking it, and expect an answer: The world will become a better place to live.

 People: Learn to listen to your “wonder child”, in order to make the changes that will help you affirm your true self.

Leonard Cohen-The Partizan: “The Frontiers Were My Prison”


Today’s Birthday: Robert Frost


Robert Frost (1874)

Perhaps the most popular and beloved of 20th-century American poets, Frost wrote of the character, people, and landscape of New England. Rooted in the New England landscape, yet deeply symbolic, his work is concerned with human tragedies and fears, the complexities of life, and the ultimate acceptance of one’s burdens. Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times—in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. He recited a poem at the inauguration of which US president? More… Discuss

Poetry by Robert Frost

Written in commemoration of John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inauguration

Dedication – The Complete Text

Summoning artists to participate
In the august occasions of the state
Seems something artists ought to celebrate.
Today is for my cause a day of days.
And his be poetry’s old-fashioned praise
Who was the first to think of such a thing.
This verse that in acknowledgement I bring
Goes back to the beginning of the end
Of what had been for centuries the trend;
A turning point in modern history.
Colonial had been the thing to be
As long as the great issue was to see
What country’d be the one to dominate
By character, by tongue, by native trait,
The new world Christopher Columbus found.
The French, the Spanish, and the Dutch were downed
And counted out. Heroic deeds were done.
Elizabeth the First and England won.
Now came on a new order of the ages
That in the Latin of our founding sages
(Is it not written on the dollar bill
We carry in our purse and pocket still?)
God nodded his approval of as good.
So much those heroes knew and understood,
I mean the great four, Washington,
John Adams, Jefferson, and Madison
So much they saw as consecrated seers
They must have seen ahead what not appears,
They would bring empires down about our ears
And by the example of our Declaration
Make everybody want to be a nation.
And this is no aristocratic joke
At the expense of negligible folk.
We see how seriously the races swarm
In their attempts at sovereignty and form.
They are our wards we think to some extent
For the time being and with their consent,
To teach them how Democracy is meant.
“New order of the ages” did they say?
If it looks none too orderly today,
‘Tis a confusion it was ours to start
So in it have to take courageous part.
No one of honest feeling would approve
A ruler who pretended not to love
A turbulence he had the better of.
Everyone knows the glory of the twain
Who gave America the aeroplane
To ride the whirlwind and the hurricane.
Some poor fool has been saying in his heart
Glory is out of date in life and art.
Our venture in revolution and outlawry
Has justified itself in freedom’s story
Right down to now in glory upon glory.
Come fresh from an election like the last,
The greatest vote a people ever cast,
So close yet sure to be abided by,
It is no miracle our mood is high.
Courage is in the air in bracing whiffs
Better than all the stalemate an’s and ifs.
There was the book of profile tales declaring
For the emboldened politicians daring
To break with followers when in the wrong,
A healthy independence of the throng,
A democratic form of right devine
To rule first answerable to high design.
There is a call to life a little sterner,
And braver for the earner, learner, yearner.
Less criticism of the field and court
And more preoccupation with the sport.
It makes the prophet in us all presage
The glory of a next Augustan age
Of a power leading from its strength and pride,
Of young amibition eager to be tried,
Firm in our free beliefs without dismay,
In any game the nations want to play.
A golden age of poetry and power
Of which this noonday’s the beginning hour.

-Courtesy of the St. Lawrence University Archives

The Gift Outright

Poem recited instead by Robert Frost at the
1961 Inauguration

The land ws our before we were the land’s.
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England’s, Still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely; realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she would become.

Story Of Issac: Leonard Cohen (1985)





STORY OF ISAAC, BY LEONARD COHEN

The door it opened slowly,
my father he came in,
I was nine years old.
And he stood so tall above me,
his blue eyes they were shining
and his voice was very cold.
He said, “I’ve had a vision
and you know I’m strong and holy,
I must do what I’ve been told.”
So he started up the mountain,
I was running, he was walking,
and his axe was made of gold.
Well, the trees they got much smaller,
the lake a lady’s mirror,
we stopped to drink some wine.
Then he threw the bottle over.
Broke a minute later
and he put his hand on mine.
Thought I saw an eagle
but it might have been a vulture,
I never could decide.
Then my father built an altar,
he looked once behind his shoulder,
he knew I would not hide.

You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father’s hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word.

And if you call me brother now,
forgive me if I inquire,
“Just according to whose plan?”
When it all comes down to dust
I will kill you if I must,
I will help you if I can.
When it all comes down to dust
I will help you if I must,
I will kill you if I can.
And mercy on our uniform,
man of peace or man of war,
the peacock spreads his fan.

Alexandra Burke – Official Single – ‘Hallelujah’ X Factor Competition Winner



A great song, written by one of most sincere among our contemporaries: He enriches our lives with his wisdom, and sets a good example for people of all ages.

Leonard Cohen on Q TV (CBC exclusive)


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To celebrate Q’s 2nd anniversary — poet, novelist, songwriter, legend…a special exclusive feature interview with Leonard Cohen… recorded at his home in Montreal.
A great interview by Jian Ghomeshi.

Sometimes I enjoy listening to Leonard Cohen reminding me the value of reverence, self respect…But more than anything I enjoy his enthusiasm, and dedication to his art, the understanding that creation is in the making, art is dynamic, just like the vibration of the music and verse his talent embodies and chantsModesty is at work in Mr. Cohen’s musical career, perseverance to write something of value, something true about the human condition, love, life and the world and civilization of which he has been part of and a catalyst for change. Mr. Cohen’s philosophy of life has given us some memorable phrases, that are now part of more and more of his contemporaries.
One of the themes appearing is the feelings for the many people suffering in the world, and it really feels like today is a time as good, if not better than any before.

I truly hope that you will find this moments inspirational and enjoy its eloquence, clarity and sincerity and spirituality.

Love Friends.

Outta Gym Free Card: Exercise doesn’t care about Gyms, and your pocket will love you



Actually the only place you will gain any weight at all, by following some (not even all) of the recommendations from this great WebMD presentation, will be in your pocket , as money saved: No need for excuses about membership expenses, or waste of time in traffic to get to the gym in the first place. Statistics cannot be wrong in this case: Exercise half an hour a day (the earlier, the better), and all the time you’ll “waste” daily will be returned to you ten fold closer to the end of the road in addition of  making the last years of your life easier. I know, I’m a terrible salesperson: But who can deny oneself a happier life…It’s a win-win situation.

Now go check that presentation,  http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/slideshow-no-gym-workout?ecd=soc_tw, and consider also small little changes in your life.
Remember the return, Friends!
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An American In Paris: I Got Rhythm: Gene Kelly


Fazil Plays his arrangement of “Who Could Ask For Anything More”, from Pogy and Bess




An American In Paris (1951): Concert for Piano In F major


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 Based on compositions by George GershwinAn American In Paris, has entertained millions, thru great performances, dancers and singers.  In this scene pianist Oscar Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreams about his performing 3rd Movement (Allegro Agitato) from Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major“, one of the best concerts ever composed, in a unique jazzy style, as colorful as the entire spectrum of the rainbow. 1951-2011, 60 years have passed and this music still “kicks”: It is a classic, by all means, a classic. Read more about the it at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_in_Paris_(film), and then may be you’ll enjoy singing in the rain for a little while.

Nuclear crisis highlights operator’s checkered pastBy David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations UnitMarch 23, 2011 1:59 p.m. EDT


Nuclear crisis highlights operator’s checkered past

Today’s Birthday: Ub Iwerks (1901), who helped build the Land Of Disney (aka Disney’s Empire)


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Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More… Discuss

Mel Gibson’s Hamlet:”To Be Or Not To Be”


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Hamlet‘s Third Soliloquy – From Hamlet 3/1 by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – Performed by Mel Gibson

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about Hamlet at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet

“Just Staying on it, I guess, as long as she can” (Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a hot tin roof)


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Elizabeth Taylor left for us few memories, more unequivocal of her acting genius, that the featured scene from “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof“. In it Maggie, (Elizabeth Taylor) reasons with her husband Brick, Paul Newman, son of the cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt.  She wants him to quit drinking and be assertive to keep up his rightful place in the family business. Also she declare indirectly that she is attracted to him, but that the edgy situation they are in cannot continue for long (“Just staying on it (roof) I guess, as long as she can”).  Read more about the play, and the author at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_on_a_Hot_Tin_Roof

Japan, March 24, 2011


Today’s Bithday: Akira Kurosawa (1910)


Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest directors for his ability to combine Japanese aesthetic and cultural elements with a Western sense of action and drama, Kurosawa became an assistant director and scenarist at PCL movie studio in 1936. He wrote and directed his first feature film in 1943 and earned international acclaim for Rashomon in 1950. His later classic films include Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. In 1990, Kurosawa won an Academy Award for what? More… Discuss

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)


Rest in Peace Elizabeth! 

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To This Coda, A Prologue


(“Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come,
In yours and my discharge.”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, scene 1)


To This Coda,  A Prologue 
(by George)

Were this a prologue,
one would find

a body of a story, maybe
a flight of stairs as many as to take one to the Moon
maybe a Phoenix ever so close to The Star Father,
anywhere, closer to margins of the universoid

 or whatever other shape still unknown to word,
still undiscovered,
dreams never dreamed of yet
answers to nonexistent questions:
none of them can break, like real glass…
not before the matter acquires a taste of 
life, death and in-between .


There are no heights unreached

while dreaming, there is no real death
There is no life…This is a lifeless dream.

What doesn’t exist breaks not. 
What doesn’t exist  breaks not.    

About Ionizing Radiation


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Ionizing radiation (or ionising radiation) consists of particles or electromagnetic waves that are energetic enough to detach electrons from atoms or molecules, thus ionizing them. Direct ionization from the effects of single particles or single photons produces free radicals, which are atoms or molecules containing unpaired electrons, that tend to be especially chemically reactive due to their electronic structure.

The degree and nature of such ionization depends on the energy of the individual particles (including photons), not on their number (intensity). In the absence of heating or multiple absorption of photons (a rare process), an intense flood of particles or particle-waves will not cause ionization if each particle or particle-wave does not carry enough individual energy to be ionizing (e.g., a high-powered radio beam). Conversely, even very low-intensity radiation will ionize, if the individual particles carry enough energy (e.g., a low-powered X-ray beam). Roughly speaking, particles or photons with energies above a few electron volts (eV) are ionizing, no matter what their intensity.

Examples of ionizing particles are alpha particles, beta particles, neutrons, and cosmic rays. The ability of an electromagnetic wave (photons) to ionize an atom or molecule depends on its frequency, which determines the energy of its associated particle, the photon. Radiation on the short-wavelength end of the electromagnetic spectrum—high-frequency ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays—is ionizing, due to their composition of high-energy photons. Lower-energy radiation, such as visible light, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves, are not ionizing.[2] The latter types of low-energy non-ionizing radiation may damage molecules, but the effect is generally indistinguishable from the effects of simple heating. Such heating does not produce free radicals until higher temperatures (for example, flame temperatures or “browning” temperatures, and above) are attained. In contrast, damage done by ionizing radiation produces free radicals, even at room temperatures and below, and production of such free radicals is the reason these and other ionizing radiations produce quite different types of chemical effects from (low-temperature) heating. Free radical production is also a primary basis for the

particular danger to biological systems of relatively small amounts of ionizing radiation that are far smaller than needed to produce significant heating. Free radicals easily damage DNA, and ionizing radiation may also directly damage DNA by ionizing or breaking DNA molecules. Read more from Wikipedia, at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionizing_radiation

Comment: Some people don’t fear that which they cannot sence, feel, or otherwise become aware of, and others do: It is what makes the world a bit more level. Diversity does that. The caution that some have, over the daring other don’t. The faith in something, larger than the frailty innate in nature, and so much more existent in humans. When I was a little boy, my mom took me to the Black Sea  sunny beaches, where she bought for me a toy bucket and shovel, and then she assisted me in making, what I thought it was the most magnificent sand castle ever built in entire world: it was just before the high tide, and before I had time to enjoy it a more daring wave leveled it, before i could do a thing about it. Of course I cried my heart out: Wouldn’t anyone. Aren’t we made to cry over spilled milk? O, yes, more than anybody else in nature, we do people. Back to that day, though, the day of my sand castle: I learned something fundamental that day: Think of consequences, before any action, be ready for a unforseable outcome, revere that which you cannot sence, pay attention to details, as much as you pay to the large picture. Don’t build a sand castle unless you’re  ready to face its demise. I also understood that day that  Nature is bigger than me, and could care less about my sand castle. Later in life I have encountered many occasion to verify the value of that lesson: Words can be so deceiving, where a picture says a thousand words.

Radiation in Japan’s Food Supply: Dangerous or Benign? | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS


Radiation in Japan’s Food Supply: Dangerous or Benign? | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS.

Today’s Birthday: Marel Marceau (1923)


Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin‘s Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the “mimodrama” of Nikolai Gogol‘s Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau’s miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More… Discuss

Live your dream Everyday



I tend to live each other day, or may be even on weekends: But why not look for what you like each day? So today I watched this video: I was happy to realise that i needed much less that the young man featured in it to feel that I’ve lived up to my wish for the day. Then I got my breaks fixed: just in time, for the new heavy rain we’re expecting later today. Boy that was satisfying…almonst like climbing an horizontal cliff. What can I say: Such is life, especially Mondays.

Today’s Birthday: Joseph Fourier


Today’s Birthday

Joseph Fourier (1768)

Fourier was a French mathematician and Egyptologist. As an engineer on the Egyptian expedition led by Napoleon—who later made him a baron—he conducted anthropological investigations and wrote the preface to the monumental Description de l’Égypte, whose publication he oversaw. In mathematics, he is primarily known for his work in heat conduction, for his use of the Fourier series to solve differential equations, and for the related concept of the Fourier transform, which is what? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen (1828)

Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, is considered the father of modern theater. Emphasizing character over plot, he explored psychological conflicts stemming from frustrated love and destructive family relationships, and he addressed social problems such as political corruption and the changing role of women. Many considered his plays scandalous, but he earned a worldwide audience with powerful studies of middle-class morality, such as A Doll’s House. What, allegedly, were Ibsen’s last words? More… Discuss

The invisible ray of death: who’s paying the bill?


Cold Mountain:Quotes


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Cold Mountain is a 2003 war drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger in lead roles as well as Natalie Portman, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters, Jena Malone, and Giovanni Ribisi. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Mountain_(film)
The following monologue, I remember resonated with me, from the first time a listened to it, and with the passage of time it only beceme louder, rather than attenuated. I feel that there is something in this phrase that apply today, to the state of the world, more than ever before: Is it only me, I wonder?


Ruby to Ada: Am I hard to hear? Cuz you keep repeating everything.

Ruby: Am i hard to hear cuz you keep repeating everything i say!

So you never wrapped your legs around this Inman?

Tell you what I got on my side.
Inman: What you got on your side?
The confidence of youth…

the bird has a job,the seed has a job,the shit has a job. everything has a job.

There isn’t any men around here that ain’t old,or full of mischief.

They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say shit its raining.

They stand outside in the weather, but they made the rain and then they say Shit, it’s raining!?

Time for a yankee good mornin’

Yeah this house sure is crooked

You are always…always…always…in my mind.

You ever think God gets tired of being called to both sides of a War?

Page Topic: Movie Quotes from ‘Cold Mountain’: Quotes from the movie ‘Cold Mountain’

 

Fearing Radiation, Chinese Rush to Buy…Table Salt?


From the Wall Street Journal:

Japan’s nuclear crisis is fueling panic in China, where shoppers have spurred a run on salt in attempt to prevent radiation-related illnesses and to secure uncontaminated salt sources.

China’s top economic agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, warned consumers Thursday against hoarding salt, and said it would work with local authorities to maintain price stability and market supply. Grocery store shelves have been ransacked over the past several days.

Reuters
Customers flock to buy salt at a supermarket in Lanzhou, Gansu province on Thursday.

Consumers in cities along the China’s coastline, such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, and even in inland capital Beijing, began stockpiling table salt after problems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power complex sparked concerns that radiation would spread to China by air and sea, possibly contaminating the land and future food sources. Read more about Iodized Table Salt, and what it does NOT do at: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/03/17/fearing-radiation-chinese-rush-to-buy-table-salt/

Development at any cost, is priceless: Nobody can afford to pay for it !

Today’s Birthday: Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848)


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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848)

In 1840, Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and the two had nine children, whose marriages, and those of their grandchildren, in turn, allied the British royal house with those of Russia, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Romania, and others. Their sixth child, Princess Louise, is regarded by biographers as the couple’s most beautiful daughter. In 1871, Louise married the Marquess of Lorne and became the Duchess of Argyll. Why was the marriage controversial? More… Discuss

Joe Cocker~You Are So Beautiful (Live at Montreux 1987)


John Robert “Joe” Cocker, OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues musician, composer and actor who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice, his idiosyncratic arm movements while performing, and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles. He is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his song “Up Where We Belong“, a duet which he performed with Jennifer Warnes. He was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers list.[1] 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Cocker

Ray Charles – A Song For You


I’ve been so many places in my life and time
I’ve sung a lot of songs, I’ve made some bad rhymes
I’ve acted out my life in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we’re alone now and I’m singin’ this song to you

I know your image of me is what I hope to be, baby
I’ve treated you unkindly but girl can’t you see
There’s no one more important to me
So darling can’t you please see through me
’cause we’re alone now and I’m singin’ my song for you

You taught me precious secrets of the truth, withholdin’ nothin’
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now I’m so much better so if my words don’t come together
Listen to the melody cause my love’s in there hiding

I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for my life, ’cause you’re a friend of mine
And when my life is over, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singin’ my song for you

I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I’ve loved you for my life, yes, you’re a friend of mine
And when my life is over, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singin’ my song for you, yes
We were alone and I was singin’ this song for you, baby
We were alone and I was singin’ my song,
Singin’ my song, singin’ my song, singin’ my song
Singin’ my song

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), better known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” read more about Ray Charles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Charles, as now is as good a time as any other.

Tokyo flight triggers O’Hare radiation detectors – Chicago Breaking News


Tokyo flight triggers O’Hare radiation detectors – Chicago Breaking News.

Smile: Nat King Cole (same lyrics, a whole different voice, same great advice)



Did you know that Nat is short of Nathaniel in Nat King Cole’s name? Read more about him:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_King_Cole
🙂 🙂 🙂

Judy Garland: Smile



Smile though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds, in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile, through your fear and sorrow
Smile, and there’ll be tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
If you’ll….
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear, may be ever so near,
That’s the time, you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you’ll just….
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear, may be ever so near,
That’s the time, you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you’ll just….
Smile”

“Smile” is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, while John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954.[1] In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile. “Smile” has become a popular standard since its original use in Chaplin’s film. (from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smile_(Charlie_Chaplin_song), Among many others Nat King Cole, And Michael Jackson had their renditions.

Q: How Safe Is safe ? A: Not Safe Enough


From the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/: Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal.
Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show
Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a testing center in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture Photo: AP
Read More here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8384059/Japan-earthquake-Japan-warned-over-nuclear-plants-WikiLeaks-cables-show.html
Little boys (and big ones too) Should not play with matches….
I forgot why…Do you remember ?

Today’s Birthday: Gloria Swanson (1899-1983) “I love you so much that I hate you”


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Swanson, Gloria

Swanson, Gloria, 1899–1983, American movie actress, b. Chicago. Swanson began her film career in 1913, displaying an elegant comedic style in a series of films for director Cecil B. DeMille. Financed by Joseph Kennedy, she produced her own films from 1920 until 1929, including Sadie Thompson (1928) and Queen Kelly (1928). Although she made an easy transition to sound movies, she retired in 1934. She made a celebrated return in Sunset Boulevard (1950), portraying an aging, half-mad, silent movie queen. She made only three more films, but enjoyed continued success on television. Swanson appeared on Broadway in a revival of Twentieth Century (1952) and in Butterflies Are Free (1971).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democracy: Leonard Cohen



Democracy, by Leonard Cohen

It’s coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It’s coming from the feel
that this ain’t exactly real,
or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the decay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
It’s coming through a crack in the wall;
on a visionary flood of alcohol;
from the staggering account
of the Sermon on the Mount
which I don’t pretend to understand at all.
It’s coming from the silence
on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered
heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin’
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed

Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

It’s coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It’s here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
It’s here the family’s broken
and it’s here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It’s coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we’ll be making love again.
We’ll be going down so deep
the river’s going to weep,
and the mountain’s going to shout Amen!
It’s coming like the tidal flood
beneath the lunar sway,
imperial, mysterious,
in amorous array:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on …

I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I’m junk but I’m still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_(song)

The Future: Leonard Cohen


The Future, by Leonard Cohen

Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life
it’s lonely here,
there’s no one left to torture
Give me absolute control
over every other living soul
And lie beside me, baby,
that’s an order!

Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that’s left
stuff it up the hole
in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I’ve seen the future, brother:
it is murder.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won’t be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul
When they said REPENT REPENT
I wonder what they meant
When they said REPENT REPENT
I wonder what they meant
When they said REPENT REPENT
I wonder what they meant.

You don’t know me from the wind
you never will, you never did
I was the little jew
who wrote the Bible
I’ve seen the nations rise and fall
I’ve heard their stories, heard them all
but love’s the only engine of survival
Your servant here, he has been told
to say it clear, to say it cold:
It’s over, it ain’t going
any further
And now the wheels of heaven stop
you feel the devil’s RIDING crop
Get ready for the future:
it is murder.

Things are going to slide …

There’ll be the breaking of the ancient
western code
Your private life will suddenly explode
There’ll be phantoms
There’ll be fires on the road
and a white man dancing
You’ll see a woman
hanging upside down
her features covered by her fallen gown
and all the lousy little poets
coming round
tryin’ to sound like Charlie Manson
and the white man dancin’.

Give me back the Berlin wall
Give me Stalin and St Paul
Give me Christ
or give me Hiroshima
Destroy another fetus now
We don’t like children anyhow
I’ve seen the future, baby:
it is murder.

Things are going to slide …

When they said REPENT REPENT …

Mircea Eliade: Born March 13, 1907: The Eternal Return


Mircea Eliade (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a eliˈade]; March 13 [O.S. February 28] 1907 – April 22, 1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. His theory that hierophanies form the basis of religion, splitting the human experience of reality into sacred and profane space and time, has proved influential.[1] One of his most influential contributions to religious studies was his theory of Eternal Return, which holds that myths and rituals do not simply commemorate hierophanies, but, at least to the minds of the religious, actually participate in them. In academia, the Eternal Return has become one of the most widely accepted ways of understanding the purpose of myth and ritual.[1]

His literary works belong to the fantasy and autobiographical genres. The best known are the novels Maitreyi (“La Nuit Bengali” or “Bengal Nights”), Noaptea de Sânziene (“The Forbidden Forest”), Isabel şi apele diavolului (“Isabel and the Devil’s Waters”) and the Novel of the Nearsighted Adolescent, the novellas Domnişoara Christina (“Miss Christina”) and Tinereţe fără tinereţe (“Youth Without Youth“), and the short stories Secretul doctorului Honigberger (“The Secret of Dr. Honigberger”) and La Ţigănci (“With the Gypsy Girls”).

Early in his life, Eliade was a noted journalist and essayist, a disciple of Romanian far right philosopher and journalist Nae Ionescu, and member of the literary society Criterion. He also served as cultural attaché to the United Kingdom and Portugal. Several times during the late 1930s, Eliade publicly expressed his support for the Iron Guard, a fascist and antisemitic political organization. His political involvement at the time, as well as his other far right connections, were the frequent topic of criticism after World War II.

Remarked for his vast erudition, Eliade had fluent command of five languages (Romanian, French, German, Italian, and English) and a reading knowledge of three others (Hebrew, Persian, and Sanskrit). He was elected a posthumous member of the Romanian Academy. Read More About Mircea Eliade from http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Mircea+Eliade

Comment:

Comment: Humans live our life in a memorable state, from the duration. It is no wonder that we have inherited so many “things”, from the past, that we value symbols, that have become part of the common mind and civilization. From the beginning of time we realized that things are meant to change, that some change is good, that other change is not. For sure one change that we consider always, man and woman, is the change of time, and the marks that the change of seasons leave upon our beings. There comes a time in everyone’s life to try and understand the place they have evolved from, the ancestry, to better understand toward which future we’re moving. The variety of sounds and signs, gestures, that define us, while in such variety, had to be very simple when our life began, the interjection before it became any word at all. From those early times, to the ever flowing growth and change in the numerous languages we have been indulging now, we’re still trying to keep track of communalities, of a mainstream, of the music and the few gestures that say it all. When we read something, we are face to face with a ocean of ideas: the brain start working on its own experiences, and may be fill voids, or build bridges toward personal past experiences, thoughts, yet still…ideas. Now, even if one knows a language very well, there is so much more meaning to words, than the interface, and so much is lost in translation, but we continue the quest for truth, because I think that above all finding the truth is the ultimate goal of our journey: the Philosophical Stone polished by truth, into perfection, made of the essence of our being, the volatile stone of existence, the Rock, the fundament of All there is.