Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday is for Poetry: FOR EARTH: The Ocean & A Drop of Water


THE OCEAN

Waves slam the beach
forging, rearranging the shoreline.

They recede, I feel their pull
from New Jersey to Greece.
 
 
A DROP OF WATER

Can you see?
No beginning;
No end;
And everything between.
 
 
**written by petra michelle (June 2008)**
 
 


The Plastic Age, A Documentary


Before the Deluge, Jackson Browne

Before The Deluge Lyrics
by Jackson Browne

 
Some of them were dreamers and some of them were fools
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent, they were gathering the tools
They would need to make their journey, back to nature



While the sand slipped through the opening
And their hands reached for the golden ring
With their hearts they turned to each other's hearts for refuge
In the troubled years that came before the deluge



Some of them knew pleasure and some of them knew pain
And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
They went flyin' around in the rain
And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered



And in the end, they traded their tired wings
For the resignation that living brings
And exchanged love's bright and fragile glow
For the glitter and the rouge
And in a moment they were swept before the deluge



Now let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal its secrets by and by, by and by
When the light that's lost within us, reaches the sky



Some of them were angry at the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them, only to be confused
By the magnitude of the fury in the final hour



And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
In the naked dawn, only a few survived
And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
Believed that they were meant to live, after the deluge



Now let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal its secrets by and by, by and by
When the light that's lost within us, reaches the sky

 


Mother Earth, Joanne Shenandoah

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Michael Flatley got it right in "Feet of Flames..."

"Every person has many selves," Buddhist saying.  By showing the following scenes from Michael Flatley's epic production "Feet of Flames," seems to me, he understood this concept.

From Good to Evil and every state in between, virtuous woman to vixen, from alpha male to a sensitive one, his storytelling reveals each of us capable to experience/identify with each of these states.
 
Here goes:

Childlike,
 


Woman in Love,
 


A Vixen,



Virtuous vs. Vixen,



Virtuous can be vixen,



Truly, mirror images of each other



Entertainers,



Happy,



Alpha Male



Sensitive Male



Good vs. Evil



Finale



Hope you've enjoyed being all characters in "Feet of Flames."

Sunday, April 5, 2015

SUNDAY IS FOR POETRY: A poem by Cheryl Becklin

Cheryl Becklin wrote this poem after her father died.  I relate deeply to it myself.  This Easter Sunday, I would like to dedicate her poem to my mother.  She loved Easter and is sorely missed since she died of Alzheimer's on January 9, 2013.




When I layed there beside you,
Could you feel me there?
My arms were wrapped around you,
And I was stroking your hair.

I was talking about all the good times,
For me they were every single day.
I wanted you to feel love and comfort,
And happy in some way.

I watched your every breath,
And prayed that each one wasn’t your last.
The time we got to share together,
Went by too quick…Too fast.

I wanted you to wake up,
Please Dad…Open your eyes.
Tell me this is a nightmare,
And not our goodbyes.

As your last breath grew closer,
We layed there peacefully together.
My heart continually breaking,
Because I wanted you forever.

Then there it was,
Your final breath of air.
I didn’t want to believe it,
This is so cruel and not fair.

I held your beautiful face,
And prayed you’d breath again.
I wasn’t ready for you to go,
I couldn’t admit that this was the end.

But then I realized that you were now in peace,
And not suffering anymore.
You were beginning the life of an Angel,
And your body would no longer be sore.

I held you close and squeezed you tight,
And tried to say goodbye.
I’ve lost my Dad and my number one best friend,
All my heart could do is cry.

I slowly got up,
I wanted so much to stay.
I leaned over and gave you one more kiss,
It was so hard to walk away.

Dad you are my entire world,
And I miss you so very much.
I wish I could feel your loveable cuddle,
And your soft and gentle touch.

But for now I have to wait,
Until we meet again.
You will always be in my heart and thoughts,
My dear Dad and best friend.

Always and Forever,
Our hearts will always touch.
Always and Forever,
Your lil girl loves you so much
 
**written by Cheryl Becklin, 2015**

 
 

God Is Standing By, Al Green

 

Saturday, April 4, 2015


 

 


The love Norman Rockwell captures as a couple grows old together is absolutely stunning.
Silliness and playfulness are so important --

to embrace one another's idiosyncracies and foibles -- eternal youth? 

Lovely!

 
Norman Rockwell's April Fool
 
How many silly things can you find?
 
And where are the words, April Fool?
 
Hint:  How do we know it's April 1st without keeping up with time?
 
 


Poor Little Fool, Ricky Nelson


Everybody Loves A Clown, Gary Lewis & The Playboys


The Tears of a Clown, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles


Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin



Friday, March 20, 2015

 
Happy Spring!
 
A Few Very Popular and Funny Spring Films


It Happens Every Spring (1949)

A Chemistry professor (Ray Milland) accidentally creates a liquid solution which repels contact with wood. Realizing baseballs dipped into the formula will never touch baseball bats, he's off to St. Louis to pitch in the major leagues. Jean Peters and Paul Douglas co-star in a script by Valentine Davies.



Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

"This Monty Python religious parable will probably offend every denomination equally, but it shouldn't," says film critic Leonard Maltin. "Story of a man whose life parallels Christ is the funniest and most sustained feature from Britain's bad boys." You might, however, want to avoid watching it on Easter, especially if there's lightning. The whole Monty Python gang of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Eric Idle bring Brian of Nazareth to life.



Easter Parade (1948)

A holiday movie for gentler sensibilities, although Fred Astaire's Easter bonnet festooned in the frilly pink ribbon is a horrifying spectacle and may require your consultation with clergy. This colorful MGM musical, full of easy comedy touches and Irving Berlin tunes, is bookended by Easter parades. In the interim, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, and Fred warble and dance through a 1911 romantic triangle. Humorous songs include "Snooky Ookums" and "A Couple of Swells" (with Fred and Judy as hoboes).


The Producers (1968)

Broadway con men scheme to mount the worst play ever doomed to failure, so they can pocket the unspent production funds. Great plan, but there's one small problem. The tasteless Nazi lovefest, "Springtime for Hitler," may be too good for its own bad. Mel Brooks' first feature film, an Oscar-winner for its original script, is a straight, but twisted, comedy of show business and shysters. Ironically, this movie became one of Broadway's biggest successes. Zero Mostel shines and Gene Wilder blooms.


Feeling Good, Nina Simone


The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale


Spring Rain, The Go-Betweens


Spring Affair, Donna Summer


Monday, March 9, 2015

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane, is set for an historic and epic Round-the-World Flight, today, March 9th


You can hear the Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Bertrand Piccand's, interview with the BBC here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02lf3qj?ocid=socialflow_twitter





And visit:

http://www.solarimpulse.com

for a live play by play of this historic and epic solar flight around the world. And while you're there, please join the THE FUTURE IS CLEAN initiative at http://www.futureisclean.org/#. 

A prompt: "I want concrete actions for a clean future" will reveal a button below that.  Click on "I Agree." You'll be directed for your basic registration information.

What an exciting moment in history! I wish Solar Impulse 2's pilots and team God's speed.



Solar Impulse 1's Flight from San Francisco to New York


Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller Band

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Madrid's Prado Museum Introduces Unique Art Exhibition for the Blind

 
The Museo Nacional Del Prado (Madrid, Spain) opened its first exhibit for the sight impaired recently which allows people to touch recreated famous classical masterpieces. For the visually impaired, this is one of the first exhibits of its kind to cater to the audience with the intention of allowing all people sighted and non-sighted to experience famous paintings. It also might be one of the first exhibits where "touching the art" is actually encouraged in a fine art museum!

The exhibit, titled "Hoy Toca el Prado" opened January 20th and features famous works such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and El Greco's El caballero de la mano en el pecho. However, you wont find any originals in this exhibit, all paintings have been recreated with special textures so that people can now feel how the paintings look. Each painting has been "enhanced" using sophisticated 3D printing techniques to give certain fabrics, skins, hairs and other elements unique and identifiable textures.


No bullet proof glass here. Touch this version of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa all you want! (image courtesy of Museo Nacional Del Prado)
 
So far, the exhibit has received positive revues with sight impaired patrons excited that the exhibition is catering to them and allowing them to experience art in a new and accessible way. "Hoy Toca el Prado" also features audioguides and texts in braille for its informational materials.

And while the exhibit should appeal to the museum's sighted guests with its own unique merits, the museum is also offering opaque glasses so that everyone can experience the exhibit on a level footing.


The reliefs were created using a special technique called “Didu” that adds volume and texture to 2D art.



I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash


Your Smiling Face, James Taylor