Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, and I hope that we will all have a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Lava "fall" Big Island

New photo of the Lava flow on the Big Island.

What a view!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mao's Last Dancer a movie by Bruce Beresford

Mao's Last Dancer

A Film by Bruce Beresford, based on the true story of Li Cunxin.

We recently watched this movie, if you love ballet, this movie will really be a joy to watch. Even if you don't love ballet, this movie will be wonderful to watch.

This is the last scene in the film, when Li Cunxin and his partner return to his native village in China.

As a child Li is chosen to try out for ballet school, and taken from his family, as one of the few chosen Li is brought up by the state ballet school, not to see his family again for many years.

At first Li is clumsy and not liked by at least one of his teachers, however, the "master" of ballet sees in Li something really rare - however, major changes are coming to the school due to the power of Mao's wife, she wants Chinese ballet to show China's strength, not beauty. Eventually the "master" is taken away by the powers that be, and the school's new "leaders" change the way dance is viewed and taught. Li works with a force that brings him to the fore front of the school and the ballet world in general. The Houston Ballet Company wants Li to perform with them, he is allowed to come to the USA for 3 months, however, during those 3 months he comes to enjoy the freedoms associated with living in the USA, he wants to stay. An international incident occured due to what the consulate in Texas did with not only Li Cunxin, but members of the Houston Ballet company.

This is the cover of the autobiography by Li Cunxin.

I have not read the book yet, however, I plan to.

According to the end credits of the film, Li and his family now live in Australia.

Hope you will consider one or the other.

I don't know if this is actually Li Cunxin in this photo, however, whoever did the ballet in this film was really incredible.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quote of the day Goodreads Richard Llewellyn

Quote of the Day Goodreads

Richard Llewellyn born 12-8-1906

"O, there is lovely to feel a book, a good book, firm in the hand, for its fatness holds rich promise, and you are hot inside to think of the good hours to come."

Oh, I love this quote!

Read a GOOD book soon. Forget e-books, kindles and such, hold a REAL book in your hand and your heart!