Monthly Archives: September 2015

After all these years, I still observe and say

that it is morally wrong to possess another. Using others to satisfy one’s own ego is as old as Magwitch or Miss Havisham ruining Pip in Great Expectations. People are not meant to be manipulated or controlled as means to … Continue reading

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Modern Times

Screens and material things will never love you.

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People Who Use Twitter

are often shallow, empty-headed, superficial, flighty, silly, slight, unintelligent, foolish, banal, fatuous, jejune, vapid, trivial, obvious, dull, literal, witless, foolish, ridiculous, scatter-brained, capricious, trite, vain, dumb, childish, immature, ignorant, and not to be taken seriously at all. If you want a … Continue reading

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To Cover or Not to Cover

  When you spend a fair bit on and spend a fair chunk of time buying, planting, and caring for flowers, you hate to see them ‘go’ early in September. And always, there is a choice. To preserve some natural … Continue reading

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The Annual Fall Pilgrimage to the Mac

(the patio terrace after 7:00–on a really warm evening, one can dine out here with added heat lamps) (the best time to see the gardens is about the 2nd or 3rd week into Sept. before the fleurs are taken out) … Continue reading

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Orson Welles’ “Macbeth” (1948)

The version of Macbeth that nearly everyone remembers is Polanski’s with the ‘gross’ severed-head ending. It certainly is the sensuous and ‘glandular’ Macbeth which revitalized this classic for a lot of readers and filmgoers. Earlier in this blog, I reviewed … Continue reading

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Ken Russell’s “The Devils” (1971)

(Two huge labours of love: Ken Russell’s film The Devils, still photo of the great Vanessa Redgrave as the mad nun Sister Jeanne) (and Aldous Huxley’s book (which inspired the film), Harper, 1953, dust jacket) (engraving of actual Father Grandier, … Continue reading

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The Art of the Impossible: Walt Disney

(notes after the first hour of the PBS Walt Disney documentary) It, like life, reveals how much is process, how one gets from A to B to C, etc. The familiar story of an American hero or any successful person … Continue reading

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Aphorisms of Ariel

(large wooden key on wall outside bedroom door) (selected aphorisms by Richard Davies, 1990 A.D.) …………………………………………………………………… “We do it to ourselves and then we do it to each other.” “He wanted to give himself up to her and she to … Continue reading

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From Thoreau’s “Walking” Essay

(path, Robert Frost Farm, Derry, N.H.) “If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again–if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and … Continue reading

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