Monthly Archives: May 2020

“Thus Always to Tyrants”:

The ‘cute’ sick assassination message a la John Wilkes Booth that was left for the Kentucky governor gets at the other long-standing American crazy-ness: no respect for law and elf-righteous gun-justified rights against others including authority figures (Lincoln was also … Continue reading

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Since the 2016 U.S. Election,

wrong/no leadership, unchecked despotism and absolute power, narcissism, greed, selfishness, zero empathy and compassion + the top coronavirus nation in the world with the most needless deaths, Depression-like unemployment and bankruptcies, open and unfettered racism harkening back to the 1950s-60s, … Continue reading

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The Movie Reviews of Richard Davies

(the mini-retro-theatre in Victoria’s Provincial Museum showing a Chaplin silent movie) I taught film during my 30 year career as a senior high ELA teacher and later worked as a film classifier over 3 years for the Province of Alberta. … Continue reading

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Horrorshows Revealed:

Care homes in Canada. Thank God, the military issued a report. But truth be told, these places have been majorly problematic going back to the ’60s! (cf.  I Never Sang for My Father 1970 movie) Poorly paid workers. Too many … Continue reading

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1/4 of Canadians depressed.

Apparently, a bigger problem for women than men. And what about kids? I think we’ll see the suicide rate go up before the end of the year, especially for male breadwinners who’ve lost their jobs or businesses and can no … Continue reading

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Windy morn, May trees’

white petals like snowflakes swept along the street to nowhere in particular.

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Destiny: Gravitation Toward and Away From

Early on, like most boys, I was attracted to sports, which was one way to test yourself and prove yourself to others. I played Pee Wee hockey around 9-10 and wanted to be a goalie. The community club team suited … Continue reading

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Living Large (cont’d): The Information of Literature Recalled: A Personal Retrospective Perspective

(A ‘Personal Record’ to Age 25) To understand oneself–to know how one came to believe and value what one does. Means an excavation of signposts or trail markings from the past. In my case, it means the literature I read … Continue reading

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Why Literature?

(The Value and Benefits of Literature in a Screen-Obsessed World) As public education undergoes a major paradigmic shift and reinvention with multiple agendas (e.g., e-media literacy, chamber of commerce interests–financial planning, making money as the ultimate goal in life) crowding … Continue reading

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John Wyndham’s “The Midwich Cuckoos” on Film

Midwich, like The Day of the Triffids was a U.K. SF novel about “one problem” and its variant magnifications out of control. In the case of the former, aliens put a quaint English village to sleep and impregnate all the … Continue reading

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