Monthly Archives: January 2021

A Bunny Who Knows Her Night Sky

My daughter’s Netherland-dwarf-rabbit’s scat-trail outlines what famous night-sky formation?

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The Saddest-Ever Ending of a Children’s Story

(excerpted from Oscar Wilde’s poignant¬† “The Selfish Giant”) One winter morning he looked out of his window as he was dressing. He did not hate the Winter now, for he knew that it was merely the Spring asleep, and that … Continue reading

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Best Song about the End of Childhood:

“Puff The Magic Dragon” written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton, as performed by Peter, Paul and Mary. “A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys Painted wings and giant’s rings make way for other toys One gray night … Continue reading

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As Western Civilization continues to decline,

think of all the greats already forgotten or who will soon be forgotten. I wonder how many of the following geniuses and greats are actually known today and/or will be forgotten by subsequent generations: Aquinas Aristotle Bach Beethoven Ingmar Bergman … Continue reading

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Ingmar Bergman: The Last Great 20th Century Artist?

It is in the film genre that you will find the last best of pre-Covid Art; Swedish filmmaker Bergman (1918-2007), for me, epitomizes what a great artist used to be/mean. He made over 60 important films and directed 170 plays … Continue reading

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My Pandemic Tips

(Decontaminating groceries and packages) Basics Don’t leave home unnecessarily except to get gas for the car (or pick up mail occasionally from a group mailbox if you have one). Have all your groceries delivered. Walmart, Costco, Superstore, and Organic Box … Continue reading

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Robert Altman

Finally got around to seeing Altman, the 2014 DVD documentary by Ron Mann on the great unconventional American film director. Well-done, with scenes from many of his films. Numerous interviews with Altman, his wife Kathryn Reed, and actors who worked … Continue reading

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The Values of The Arts

-to provide public opportunities for experiencing expressions and works of individual or group creativity as well as important works of the imagination. -to communicate, widely, basic human values, feelings, and perspectives. -to share the best that has been thought, imagined, … Continue reading

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“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorcese” DVD

Scorcese has, amazingly, salvaged all the best of the original film. Performances and songs are all strong, especially on “Hurricane” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” (latter with Byrds’ Roger McGuinn). Many nice surprises: Dylan and Baez recalling their early relationship, … Continue reading

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So My Favorite Movie Directors Are:

(in order I encountered/explored them, chronologically) Orson Welles Alfred Hitchcock Woody Allen Robert Altman Ingmar Bergman The guys with the widest, most diverse palettes. Honorable mentions: Francis Ford Coppola for the 1st two Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, and … Continue reading

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