Thursday, March 29, 2012
Silence once broken can never be repeated.
This has always been an interesting concept to me. Today's Goodreads quote is similar
Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us? - Lawrence Durrell
Some folks consider silence a negative thing, you probably know folks that are never comfortable unless they are talking non-stop, don't they just drive you crazy? Silence is a lovely thing to enjoy.
Happy day to you!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
James and I watched this film several nights ago. This is not a light and fuzzy film, it took us by surprise, as it starts out very "gloomy" indeed. Three sisters have grown apart, two sisters have remained living with their dying mother in Nova Scotia, while the third has been living in Toronto where she has finally overcome her drug and alcohol additions, however, she smokes one cigarette after another........ Agnes returns to make peace with her dying mother and her estranged sisters, AND to attempt to gain entrance to the daughter she left behind, who knows nothing of Agnes.
The sisters share unspoken memories of the "abuse" they suffered at their father's hands, he now lives in a "neater" neighborhood in a "better" house. When they finally come face to face with him and his "new" wife, their hatred is shattered when they realize he is no longer mentally functioning......
The very end of the film really blew me away, "The song for the Mira", sung by the three cast members - well, it is pronounced the way I pronounce Mira, and I never knew there was a river in Nova Scotia with my name........ You can hear it on "YouTube" look for the version from the movie. At the end, you will come to understand the title of the film.
The acting in this was so very well done, it was heartbreaking to watch some scenes, however, it was a very well done movie.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. - Elie Wiesel
Have a good day, and don't be indifferent about anything.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Lyanda lives the Seattle area, crows have become common city dwellers, having adapted to living in small crowded urban areas, as well as suburbs and in their natural habitat.
Lyanda refers frequently to John Marzluff's study at the University of Washington. John believes that "there might be about one crow for every five to ten humans." John's study was very interesting and had been part of a Nature series program that James and I had watched several years ago on Canadian television.... Crows do recognize people that "interact" with them on a daily basis, and depending on the way crows are treated by humans, they will either interact in a positive manner or a negative one.
This is one of those books that I need to re-read from time to time, so I purchased it.
Hope you will consider this one.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
James and I watched this "lovely" film several weeks ago. Once again one from the Middle East that just caught us with the story, the photography, the beauty, the music and the dancing. Don't forget the dancing! Whirling Dervishes!!!!!
Bab'Aziz is on a pilgrimage with his granddaughter, Ishtar, in search of the great reunion of dervishes that occurs only once every thirty years. Bab'Aziz is in search of what he lost many years ago, and needs Ishtar to help guide him there, as he was blinded in his younger years. Ishtar asks many questions, Bab'Aziz relates the tale of a young prince who gave up his realm. As the tale unfolds, Ishtar and the viewers come to understand that Bab'Aziz is recounting his very own story.
This is a lovely tale of lost love and found love.
Happy viewing. Hope you enjoy!
Friday, March 16, 2012
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. - Philip Pullman
Thank you, Philip, for reminding of us of the importance of stories.
Happy Reading Folks!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In an earlier post, I wrote about the movie version of this book, same title.
Naturally, knowing that Hollywood would concentrate on the more "romantic" parts of the story, I decided that I needed to read the story told by Li Cunxin. I had checked the book at the library, however, as there were many others who also wanted to read the book, I was unable to renew it, and I was only about a third of the way through - so I ordered the book at the local bookstore, and waited for it. It was well worth the wait.
To say that I was NOT disappointed with the book is putting it mildly - I LOVED the book. Although the film was pretty accurate, I was right about Hollywood's take on the story. The first 260 pages of the book are dedicated to Cunxin's childhood in his village and then his years of study at the Beiing Ballet Academy, the remaining pages are dedicated to his time in Houston and his career in the world of ballet. It was hard to put the book down, and it was equally as hard to have the book end, it was such a well written story.
I hope that you will consider reading the book.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. - Ralph Ellison The author of The Invisible Man was born on this day in 1914
Possibly our world leaders need to meditate on this one for awhile..........
Read a book, any book!