Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Arts! Let Us Celebrate what is happening in Polk County around the Arts.
1. When Do We Eat? A good movie, about a very dysfunctional family during a passover Cedar, and the events that wind and unwind their Exodus.
2. Polk Museum of Art Japanese Textiles and Prints April 10-June 27, 2010.
3. Polk Museum of Art Functional Ceramics April 10-June 27, 2010.
4. Platform #15: Art in Motion April 10, 2010. (906 East Rose Street Lakeland Florida)
5. Harrison School of the Arts
Friday, March 26, 2010
Labels: 5 Things Worth Clucking About
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I am enjoying listening to the USF Reading of "A Tale of Two Cities". The reading is well done, not one of those that sounds like a computer drone reading words; rather it is affective in getting to the content of the selection. I think y'all will enjoy one of the stories, offered free from Lit2Go (USF on ITUNES U). LIT 2 Go Stories are great to listen to while spending your time driving in rush hour. Imagine what thoughts, what great thoughts one may have parked in traffic on I-75.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Off the Grid is a heartfelt film about a bunch of bumbles living in New Mexico, in the middle of the desert. The film shows the lives of people who live Off the Grid;
Off the Grid is defined by Urban Dictionary as -
It is easy to overlook or gossip about people who live in an alien community:
"Look at what they are doing!"
"They can't do that!"
"You can't live there!"
"Look at those Dharma Bums!"But what is needed to live freely is defined in different ways; some people want absolute freedom, to live like they want to live, and do what they want to do; these people find life is best lived "Off the Grid". Some people need the solitude only a place off the grid can offer. Some people live off the grid because they enjoy shooting guns. Some find Off the Grid the safest place to protect themselves from their former dangerous lives. Some live off the grid because they fear society will brain wash their kids.
There is danger in living off the grid. Drugs are common here. And the law is the law of the people, vigilante old west style.
But without a full portrait, we are left arrogant. Jeremy and Randy Stulberg do a fine job of presenting these people objectively. The people of the mesa are given a fair space to share their free formed lives.
8 turnips out of a possible 10
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The United States is going through a period of change. Change theory says that the first reaction will be shock; then the US reaction will move to denial; than the People will find blame in themselves; this period of Self Blame will be followed by acceptance. Once we find acceptance and move from the river of denial we will than learn to experiment and find new ways of conducting ourselves in the United States and in the World at Large.
The United States of America is slowly tilting to a change, a change, a change. A change between the Old Guard watch dog conservatives, to a newer vision framed by a younger mind set.
In a way we can blame the 1970's curriculum of "Free to Be You and Me" for the shift. The new frame of America is shaped around acceptance of diversity, and a need to resolve all conflicts peacefully. Their will be a battle between the old guard who desire self reliance, to the new guard who see possibility of unity in Big Government. The important thing to do is to hold onto the rails, keep your hands and legs inside the cart, and get ready for the bumpy ride.
It is good to get informed. It is good to comment as we will all be responsible for shaping the United States today. Conservatives don't stop critiquing and editing the thoughts of well intentioned liberals. For the liberals will dream and the conservatives will edit these dreams so that they are coherent to what the United States will publish to the world.
I do believe the United States will reshape itself into something we won't recognize today. But don't fret to much, for we (The People of the United States) will regain our footing and continue to set the tone for what it means to be a Freeman in the 21st Century.
I loved watching this movie for its honest portrait of a writers life. The movie shows the hard work of being a synthesizer of words, and how one's muse directs this synthesis. A number of greats share with us the life of Mr. Ellison; including Robin Williams, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaimon, and Harlan Himself. The movie deals with diverse subjects: bullies, army, Judaism, antisemitism, atheism, anger, and creativity.
Unfathomably I have not read any of Harlan's books but I plan to. I have made a month in my reading plan just to read him.
I am thankful for incredible documentaries, on incredible people, with incredible hearts.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Where Did I find the Story
To Build a Fire
|Literature an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama|
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
The Horns of the Bull
This Year's Class
The Living Dead
|Lee K. Abbot|
The Human Use of Inhuman Beings
All Things, All at Once
The Knife Thrower
Death of Justina
Rikki Tikki Tavi
Read All About It!
Edited by Jim Trelease
Cremation of Sam McGee (An Epic Poem)
Read All About It!
Edited by Jim Trelease
Read All About It!
Edited by Jim Trelease
This list is not exhaustive and I plan to read many more short stories. So remember the guide is definitive but reality is often inaccurate. Yours, Gregorio Roth
Thursday, March 18, 2010
William J. Bennett's new book, A Century Turns, is a fire proof suite, for someone who has been hit hard by the "Rocket of Change".
The book is a superb historical narrative of the last twenty years (1989-2009).
The book explores changing America. Obama said, "A Change, A Change, and A Change!" But what is the change he is discussing? William Bennett shows where we were and what is happening today in a clear conservative point of view. It is a critical book for those who were raised Liberal, in Blue States, and taught by teachers who loved their leather bound volumes of Marx.
Can you feel the hot flames from the after-burn of the plethora of multiple political pundits? Is your mind numb? Are you striving to be Ignorant of the entire historical hullabaloo coming from your television set? I am afraid to say that when the news comes on I often to turn it off. This mental state is dangerous in a democracy. Democracies require educated people. This ignorant mental state of America is ripe for the power brokers to yield what they believe is best for the people. William Bennett helps me desire to re-tune to the political spectrum without the effects of Future Shock.
(A note to Liberals) Even if you don't change your spots, you will be able to discuss the issues with a clearer perspective and have greater compassion for your conservative friends.
I recommend this book. 4.5/5 Stars. Clucking with Historical Precedent.
Labels: Thomas Nelson Book Reviews
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hi, my name is Greg and I am a book Collecting Addict!
You see it all started when I was in Kindergarten and I wanted to be a reader. Not just a reader but one of the Blue Ribbon type of Readers. I wanted to be considered a great reader, one that has read Mark Twain by the first grade. One of my Childhood friends is a genius and when I was in classes with him, I wanted to be able to read what he read. So I began to get myself to read more and more.
But the problem was I am truly visual good cover is something that I cannot resist. A book in my hand makes me feel comfortable in all situations…
Books gave me a sense of control, I could decide how much or how little I wanted to engage in a book.
If I found my friends boring, I could always find a book with more interesting friends. I love my books each and every little one, and hope to one day find time to read them all. Although dark thoughts arrest me and say, "Son, you will never have time to read them all! Why don't you bring them back to the library so that others may find them useful."
All of you Book Collecting Addicts out there; you are not alone.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Nietzsche wrote, "In our sleep and in our dreams we pass through the whole thought of early humanity. I mean in the same way that man reasons in his dreams, he reasoned when in the waking state many thousands of years… the dreams carries us back into earlier states of human culture, and affords us a means of understanding it better."(Friedrich Nietzsche, Human all too Human Vol I.13)
The main character Isabel goes to the Modern City in search of her brother Isaias. Isabel brings with her the trappings of shamanistic culture and Santeria traditions. Her abilities are not matched well for the Urban Space she has decided to journey to.
The reader sees the differences between people's negative capabilities and their visible capabilities. A Far Country serves as a good study on the battle between past self and future self. The reader also comes away with a better understanding of what Joseph Campbell meant when he said; there is a power in ceremony.
The mythic space of A Far Country written by Daniel Mason is perfect for reflection. The book is a journey juxtaposed in a study of contrasts. The reflection takes us to look at the effects of others, especially the effect we have on the people we often overlook.
Where is the setting? Mason does not make this clear. He wants us to look at all points in between; all the points of overlooked people who are often displaced by "Modern Progress."
A great read and it encouraged me to check out his book The Piano Tuner.
Check out BSI Lakeland's Review of the Book.
Criteria is on Next Page...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
How you like those Provinces? Okay you won in the end!
They used their loss to get hungrier for Gold than the US did.
U.S. Beat Canada in Hockey in the Winter Olympics. Canada was favored on paper, but they were paper tigers, folding under pressure. You might think that we (the United States) would be uttering a wave of cheers, but static permeated the air, a dead calm (how can a calm be dead?) on a great event.
I wish I could have viewed "the game" but I was busy behind the Deli Counter.
Well it ain't over till the Fat Lady Sings!
The Canadians truly deserve the Gold for they were more energized in winning it. So Candadians wear your Maple Leaf, Cannuk, Nordiq, and other Canadian Hockey Jerseys to the next Tragically Hip Concert with pride.