A Day In The Life


Friday, January 23
January 23, 2009, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Odds and Ends

Anyone surprised that The Dark Knight didn’t receive more Oscar nominations than it did? I didn’t like the movie. Not at all. It was too depressing. The “there is no hope” type of depressing. Yes, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger did wonderful jobs portraying Batman and the Joker, but knowing it was Heath Ledger’s final role made the movie even sadder. And even more depressing. My brother, Mom and I watched The Dark Knight together. None of us liked it.

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Break
April 21, 2008, 11:52 am
Filed under: Odds and Ends

I’m taking a break from the blog scene for an undetermined amount of time.  Don’t forget me!  I’ll probably be back!



Peace
April 7, 2008, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Music, Odds and Ends

My high school and middle school spring concerts are fast approaching. I’m very excited about this year’s concert themes.  The middle school choir will present a revue that I put together entitled “Freedom, Peace and Love: A Musical Journey Through the Sixties.”  The high school program theme is “A Time For Peace.”  Both of these concert ideas took shape around two individual choral arrangements that I really wanted my kids to sing.  While making all these musical decisions last fall, I had no idea that April 4, 2008, marked the 50th birthday of the peace symbol. 

I hadn’t given much thought to the history of the peace symbol even though peace is the predominant theme that ties all our concert music together.  An article in a recent issue of Time allowed me to educate myself. 

According to the article, Gerald Holtom, a British textile designer who had been a conscientious objector during World II, created the peace symbol.  The symbol was to be used on banners and signs in a 52-mile march organized by the Direct Action Campaign.  This march was to be Britain’s first major demonstration against nuclear weapons.  Holtom combined the semaphore signals for the letters N, for nuclear, and D, for disarmament.  This combination resulted in what is now known as the peace sign or symbol.  The four-day march began when protesters assembled in Trafalgar Square on April 4, 1958. 

Something I found extremely interesting  was the presence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a participant in the Direct Action Campaign march.  Dr. King is credited with bringing the peace symbol to the United States where it was quickly associated with the growing civil rights movement dedicated to nonviolence.  April 4, 2008,  also marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  How bitterly ironic that his death occurred ten years to the day of the debut of an icon so closely related to nonviolence and peace. 

I find myself in a very serendipitous situation where historical events are converging with current day affairs.  Amazing how people and events overlap and unrelated actions merge to form deeply meaningful results.  “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.”  (Matthew 5: 9)  Dona nobis pacem.

 



Quirky and Dark
April 2, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Nature, Odds and Ends

Tim Burton has been described as a director “notable for the quirky and often dark atmosphere” of his high-profile films. Here is my own feeble attempt at creating a quirky, dark atmosphere.  Too bad I don’t have Johnny Depp to collaborate with. 

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Dark centurions muffle the ghostly echo of hoofbeats.

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Vultures decorate limbs like macabre Christmas ornaments.

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Leafless claws stretch toward an unforgiving blue sky.



Super Bowl
January 30, 2008, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Odds and Ends

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No More Lamp Tipping
January 29, 2008, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Jasper, Odds and Ends

Remember my search for the perfect lamp shades? No? A quick recap. I had to purchase new table lamps. I splurged on two lamps with hammered copper bases. The lamps came with shades and the shades were too long. I had to tip the lamps to their sides in order to turn the lamps on or off when I was seated on my sofa. I didn’t want to return the lamps, but I couldn’t find shorter shades that looked attractive with the copper bases.

I finally found new shades!

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One lamps sits on my entertainment center. The other lamp is on the end table by my sofa.

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Wait a minute….what are those glowing orbs by the lamp?

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It’s Jasper!  “Look at me! Look at me!  I’m much cuter than a silly old lamp!” 



Solid Gold
January 26, 2008, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Odds and Ends

I was catching up on my blog reading and came across the coolest meme at Tiggerlane’s place. I checked out the same meme at a few other blogs and decided I would try it out. 

Visit this site first.  The title of the first article is the name of your rock band.

Next, travel here. The last four words of the very last quote are the title of your newest release.

Finally, click here. The third picture will be your CD cover.

I was amazed at how well my meme came together.  I don’t have the software to ‘fancy it up’, but it is still too cool!

  

  

List of Gold

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