One of the most powerful movies I’ve seen this year wasn’t in a theatre but on Netflix. It is the documentary 13th which seems appropriate to recommend today given that it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So here’s a really pathetic thing which I’m not sure is my fault, or that of my education, but … Continue reading 13th: Movie Monday
Toss? Keep? Donate? Each new year I’m all about streamlining my home. Getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. It would seem so easy. For a year or so I’ve been thinking of getting rid of our piano. It’s heavy, never used and while it makes a convenient buffet-like table in the … Continue reading The stories we toss, the stories we keep.
Politics is the name we give to the orchestration of power in any society—Robert McKee—only the Godfather of storytelling. My original post today was going to be of a movie review. I am hoping to start something I call Movie Monday, where I get to share with you my insights of the best, or most … Continue reading The Art of Politics/The Politics of Art
Well, 2017 is officially on the calendar and if you’re like me, 2016 seemed like a bruiser of a year, even if you didn’t personally lose a loved one, job or sense of purpose. Since my last posting I’ve been sitting on my butt, either watching movies, reading, or driving while something called the … Continue reading A Field Guide to Pedestrian
LOVING is the Jeff Nichols film about the two plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, the landmark decision that struck down miscegenation laws; laws that were a vestige from slavery which criminalized marriages between the races, specifically whites and anyone non-white. In 1958 Richard—white (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred—African American (Ruth Negga) broke … Continue reading LOVING
As a writer, words are my currency, and like all currencies, different words have different value. Say what you will about sticks and stones, but some words do more than hurt, they evoke fear, outrage or derision. Genocide, racist, apocalypse, pandemic, termination or circus peanuts are such words. On the other hand, there are words … Continue reading Sticks and Stones
I have been in a fog these past four days trying to make sense of the election results. One of the ways I process loss is by reading; collecting every bit of information I can so that I can distill from it a lesson. I don’t think it’s just me, but millions of us want … Continue reading No Single Story
We’re going to be autopsying the body of the 2016 election for years and may never figure out how we ended up where we are. I sit here at 2:30 a.m. trying to fully absorb the truth of what just happened, that Donald J. Trump is our President-elect. I keep wondering if I saw the … Continue reading The Divided States?
Since today is Dias de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, I am inspired to share my favorite suggestion when friends ask what they shouldn't miss out seeing while they travel. My usual reply: Go to a cemetery! Well, yes, I'm kind of morbid, but I also am fascinated by grave yards because I learn … Continue reading Where to Find the Bodies
For me, it’s the second scariest day of the year so I thought I’d have some fun and talk a bit about spooky stories. The scariest day?? Election Day. No matter who’s running for president, I spend the day gnawing on my nails waiting for the outcome because I believe the stakes are that high. … Continue reading The Twilight Zone for the Digital Age