Miranda Lambert — Mama’s Broken Heart.
What’s on your mind?
happy wednesday pups!
Evening, Suz. Could we live in a more craven state with more craven leaders doing more craven things? I think not.
hey bg — no kidding! jeebus its forking scary for sure. how’s nm tonight?
hey ce — how’s cleveland tonight?
I’m so depressed after watching MSNBC. That MF John Boehner makes me want to throw things.
i’ve had to stop watching all the talking head shows other than local news. i just can’t take it any more — my bullshit meter has pegged out
Oh I have to stop — my blood pressure is grafting off the charts while I listen to these lying bastards blame the President. OTOH — cold and snowy, and I should go to bed, really.
wet and rainy here. are ya sitting down?
jen and i are going to the movies fri afternoon. we are going to see that silver linings movie
It was wonderful! MrCE and I loved it. Bradley Cooper is amazing.
NM is craven too. I am going to see Silver LInings on Saturday. I need a diversion.
For all of you who feel like you’re burning out, a few words from the late, great Edward Abbey:
Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast… a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.
*whew* i agreed with the movie selection based only that jen wantd to see it and that i had heard some good buzz – oscar nom etc. i’ll be sure to let ya know what i think after i see it friday :)
woot! we can all talk about it sat nite during the cartoon thread!!!
scarlet! how ya doing tonight? i see you are running your annual slogan contest. my entry is you can’t drive to another planet
Be prepared, it is not without serious moments about mental/emotional health. That said, love prevails.
Hi Suzanne and assorted pups… the contest is going well. Best entry so far:
“Worst. Ancestors. Ever.”
my only criteria is that i didn’t wanna walk out of the movie all sad like i did with our skyfall date. i was really bummed they killed off judi dench
ooooo i like that one!
Oooh I didn’t know that! This is a hard film to watch, but it has glorious, happy moments.
i think it is going to be a good one.. i later read after i agreed with her selection that there is a dance competition in it too so that’s always fun
I like to try to see Oscar films, but this year I have seen few. I went to Les Mis a week or so ago and was not impressed. The worst was the Cockney accent, I mean, I know it is a British production, but honestly, the accents about a French revolution, well, meh.
i saw the non-musical les mis movie in the 90′s. ohmystars that was a tear jerker of a movie….
We also saw “The Quartet” last weekend. I have to say that it is probably my most favorite movie in years. And I sobbed like a baby at the end — it was so happy!. MrCE said, what in the hell made you cry so much? Happiness, I answered.
I’m into listening to Yale lectures. Depending on which ones you pick, a way to hold onto your humanity. Holloway on AA history from reconstruction to present is superior.
First 5 minutes of first lecture, Holloway reads a Frederick Douglass quote that will blow you away.
Lecture that just finished is about Malcolm X.
I lived thru this, was aware of it, felt the pain, but was involved in career development. Kept up as well I could. Going back to treat my time as history is eye opening.
FYI, college kids now “shop” the first lecture to see whether the course holds interest. If you click on first lecture, you’ll get the marketing version, wh is an interesting sociological phenomenon in its own right. Some profs play the marketing game, others don’t. But first lecture in the 6 I’ve dipped into do give you a good preview on what will follow.
i have a friend who saw marigold and loved it and is dubious about seeing quartet since she liked marigold hotel so much.
are they similar movies?
hey ecahn — how’s the hudson valley tonight?
I was in London in maybe 1987 I think it was, and Les Mis was kind of new then. I did not see it, but I recall the posters for it. So I got to it late, but that did not make it better. It could have been a great story, but there was too much whatever. I don’t know, just did not do much for me the way it came out. I am not a huge fan of that Aussie, can’t even think of his name, the cop.
I saw most of Marigold on the flight to Munich last year, but not the ending, so I can’t say. The Quartet is not to be missed. For many reasons.
you know i’m not much of a movie person. still, i heart maggie smith and i heard she is magnificent (as always) in both of them
I liked the Marigold Hotel. In fact it is the inspiration for our idea of the Marfa retirement compound we want to have. It is a running theme we have, the idea of escaping this life here and having another one over there. I read about TX turning blue, maybe in what’s left of my lifetime, so I think maybe living in TX might be possible. I mean, Gov. Goodhair, the terrible TX electeds make me wonder if I could manage it. But right now I am just so disgusted with all of the elected, I want to slit my wrists.
Weather is chilly but calm & dry.
How’s by you Suzanne? Are you diving again? Grandchild?
She is the star! And made me weep.
can’t do the wrists hon — we gotta just keep putting one foot in front of another until we decide to make a run for the border or not
I will try to see that movie, CE. Sounds wonderful. I need escape, happiness sounds lovely.
no diving — leg’s still wonky but so far i can live with it. hard to believe the baby is 22 months and will be 2 in april. she’s still the cutest baby evah. today, when she got up up from her nap, she picked up a book and yelled for the dogs and started reading the book to the dogs. of course, jen could not understand a word of her ‘reading’. i think she’s gonna be a book child
i think she’s half the reason i love downton abby so much — her lines are always the best! she can say more with a harrump than anyone i know
That sounds like a great video. Love it.
Was this season of DA about 4 shows? I could not believe it was over already, it barely started. And everyone is mad that they are all dying. I guess they all got famous and have better offers. Or something.
she didn’t record it :( i think she was too gobsmacked to do so…
iirc it was 6 or 7 with several 2 hour shows. i heard the standard contact with the bbc is a 3 year television contract and that several folks had said they did not want to renew their contract to continue in their character.
i loved that cartoon stephanie put on my facebook page about the pbs pledge drives and the d/a characters
I had mixed opinions of Les Mis wh I saw in Manhattan.
Fell short 2 ways for me.
I didn’t know the history and novel well enough to understand from what was actually shown, what was actually happening. I read the novel later & then I understood the Javert obsession and felt the deep inhumanity of French society at the time.
Second, the music didn’t make up for the elisions of the plot. Not that the music was bad, just that it was a bit beyond my comfort level.
A lot of work for a BWAY musical.
My retro is that it was worth it bc it made me uncomfortable and that is a good thing.
Aloha, Suz and lln pups…! I just got home from the munchkin’s home, I’d cooked a turkey with all the fixings over there…!
i can’t wait for season 4 — they ended season 3 in the last moments before the family found out what happened to matthew…
from what i heard, season 4 airs in the uk in the fall and season 5 has already been planned.
We started reading to MsCE so young, and her older brother. She got into bed one Sunday morning at the age of 3 and read the funnies to us. Gobsmacked we were, BTW… MsCE engaged to be married last Friday!
i think she’s gonna be a book child
If she reads books while climbing trees, then I resemble that. :-)
aloha tut — how’s paradise tonight? you gonna stuff some of the turkey and fixin’s in the tubes and share?
she’s engaged!!! how wonderful!!! did she get engaged on your anniversary or was it a day later?
Leftovers? If so, pass the plate. I’ve got the LLN munchies.
Did you receive the email?
Well, the movie certainly did show the deep inhumanity, if nothing else. It was truly grinding.
to clarify, julsie wasn’t really reading the book. she was making up her own story while ‘reading’ it to the dogs. she’s gonna be an early reader tho… i was reading everything i could get my hands on by the time i was 4
They did get engaged on our 38th wedding anniversary — but didn’t realize it!
i used to do that too. nothing finer than a warm summer afternoon lounging on tree branches with a good book
how wunnerful! have they set a date? ohmystars, you must be so excited!!!
Sure can, M’dear…! Incoming… There’s plenty left over…!
It’d been awhile since I’d seen the munchkin, and he stuck to me like glue all day…! ;-)
I have probably told the story of when I learned to read. My father would read me my favorite book ever, Peter Rabbit, every night. I of course learned it word for word, and I remember when I finally saw the words on the page for the first time and made the connection between the words I was saying and the intervals on the page. I read everything after that. I was very young.
how old is he now…. and how big?
Sure did, eCAHN…! I’ll send ya a reply tomorrow…! The tryptophan is starting to set in already…! ;-)
g’night… long day…
i was reading the billboards to my mom one day in teh car and she didn’t believe i was really reading them — just saying the words i had learned from their commercials. when we got home, she gave me the newspaper and was amazed. from that day on, my dad would read the paper when he got home and hand it off to me section by section.
i have no memory of how i made that connection. didn’t have a favorite book like you did
A bad book will do almost as well. :-)
When I was widdle, elementary school but old enough to walk to the libary (‘scuse me but that’s how we pronounced it) I would bring home armloads of what ever books I could find on the shelves that were reserved for my age or somewhat older.
Most of them are less than memorable, but I do remember being obsessed with Dr. Dolittle until I licked the libary shelf clean.
g’nite scarlet — so good to see your fonts again
No date yet, since they have done everything in reverse! They bought a house together last year, and since her job is grant funded, they just don’t know what the future holds for her here. I’m always holding my breath. That said, she has a fabulous engagement ring!
Goodnight, I’m going to watch five more minutes of “Funny Bones” and sleep!
That would prolly be realistic. Didn’t see the movie.
i used to go through the books on the family bookcase. the summer between 6th and 7th grade, i recall reading the payton place book up in the trees.
a bad book can sometimes be better :)
Nighters, CE, good to hear your happy news.
Almost 18 mos and in size 5 diapers, of which he’s almost trained outta…! He says some words already and knows right from wrong…! He’s got that wrong down pat…! ;-)
Pleasant dreams, Scarlet and Christine…!
i’ll have to check out jujube’s diaper size — i know she’s still in 18 mth or 24 month clothes and has not gotten into the 2t’s yet.
How about the health issues? Sounds like he’s growing up really well!
Since we typed about it, thought you might be interested in the follow up.
As I said, one of the nicest emails I’ve ever received.
Holloway’s whole course puts a frog in my throat. My response to him was that his demeanor was so appropriate, I hoped his young students would appreciate it. He presents the material in a neutral way, but with an undertone of emotion. How could anyone do better with contemporary history. So hard to strike the right balance.
Ya know how ta find teh juicy portions of a “bad” book?
Hold the book upside down by it’s covers, and read where the pages separate most.
Alternatively, if you have a drool detector…
They found nothing wrong in the EEG and he’s yet to experience another seizure, so there is that…! ;-)
He seemed to be a real gentleman in his response…!
Good evening, Suz and llners!
hey past — how’s slc tonight?
To be sure.
He also dresses in a more formal way than the Yale profs in the other courses I’ve sampled. And talks a lot about how activists who were selected for front of the bus incidents, sit-ins, school integrations, other activist activities of the 1950s-60s, were chosen bc they were as perfect as any human you could find, and then trained so they would not commit an error that racists could trumpet. Holloway has internalized that tactic.
Talking about the Hudson Valley during that era, I wonder if you know of any Tuttle and/or Foster homes had been built in your area…! Many of them were forced to leave after the Revolutionary War because they were staunch Loyalists…! They subesequently moved to Nova Scotia and kicked out the Acadian French, that then moved to Lousy-anna and became the Cajuns…! ;-)
in the 20′s and overcast tonight, supposed to snow a little tomorrow.
Exciting news for tomorrow – another gathering at the state capitol. We’ve got a roundance scheduled in the rotunda, Francois Paulette form the First Nations of Canada is in town.
sweet! you gonna do a diary about it afterwards?
Good to hear no further seizures with your little one, CT. Hope that continues.
That’s the same tactics we’re utilizing here during our Occupy events, but, it’s hard when most of us are in fact, long-haired lentil stirrers…! Btw, we made the front page today, in a piece on how our State Senate voted to Abolish our hideous PLDC…! It was an older photo of us sign waving a couple of months ago, but, dayam…! ;-)
eCAHN, so good to see you at lln! Have missed your fonts, and sure liked your links on the Hubris thread yesterday (was it yesterday? time flies).
tis about time for me to head out pups. thank you for letting me hang out here with ya tonight.
I don’t know anything about that. My immediate area is all about the Huguenots, Dutch, takeover by English in early 18C. I’ll search around tomorrow & see what I can find.
I have read that American revolution caused the largest, in % terms, refugee crisis of any war in western history: 1/3 of pop, roughly.
I also listened to a book on what U.S. calls French & Indian war that argued that caused HUGE refugee shifts in pop on N. America, esp to Louisiana. Details have become fuzzy as it’s several years since I listened to book.
Will try to do a diary. Looking forward to meeting him and seeing the Tipping Point documentary tomorrow night.
Mahalo, past…! *g*
Sweet dreams, Suz…!
Sweet dreams, Suz!
good to see you, guy! You’ve been busy, congrats on your work in Hilo with the public land issues!
After a couple of months, I started asking Qs about who was behind Occupy. Didn’t get As on FDL but found out elsewhere that it was anarchists & AdBusters. Doomed from the start, if you think there are lessons to be learned from the AA civil rights movement.
Happy that Occupy Hilo didn’t fall for that crap, but maybe you could get donors to pay for hair & clothing stylists. :-)
At the end of the Malcolm X lecture, Holloway does talk about how the movement stated to fracture. One obvious fault line among several: Gandhi nonviolence (MLK) or the oppo (MalcX), to name the most obvious, with every variation between.
Thanks again, past, it truly is a team effort…! Is it an Idle No More event you’re attending tomorrow…?
*heh* Any donations we receive is spent on paint, blank t-shirts, and flyers, M’dear…! ;-)
OMG, how could I be so mindless. Tuttletown Mill is 2 miles south of me.
I’ll email you later with what I know about that. Started as a grist mill ca. 1780s. Never occurred to me to ask why Tuttle.
Will definitely follow up.
One of those anomalies hiding in plain sight.
Not really an Idle No More event, don’t know how many of our local indigenous population will be attending. As I understand it, the local organizations PeaceUp and BeforeItStarts reached out to the Canadian tar sands resistance movement, and somehow got this all arranged.
Two of the strengths the civil rights movement had that lefties don’t have anymore were org ability of churches and labor movement.
Lefties today are not church affiliated, religion favors authoritarianism, labor movement leaders sold out.
That would be cool, eCAHN…! There’s a lot of Tuttles, and quite a few Tuttle-named towns and lakes, there’s one in California even…! ;-)
evening, Suzzzz – firegods
Hawai’i is one of the most unionized states and they’re utterly useless and totally corrupt…! 8-(
Time for me to turn in. Will email you if & when I find out anything interesting. I know several stories about the last 30 years, but nothing about where teh Tuttle came from until you rubbed my nose into it tonight.
It might be lost to history. I’ll start, when I have time, calling the restaurant owner. S/he will surely NOT know. Been there only a couple of years. But I’ll ask if they have contact for prior owners, who were long time, and if any are still alive, might know something of the history.
It’s so geographically close, I’m curious about the history.
Mahalo and sweet dreams, eCAHN…!
My dad and most of my uncles were in the Teamsters union back in Cleveland. They joined in the 50′s and were union members until they retired. Although many union leaders were corrupt, members were hard working and glad there was a way for them to approach middle class economically. And provided many of us kids a way to go to college.
Sorry to hear that, but not surprised. You may have seen my comments about how one of my friends, thru beez & historic houses, is best labor lawyer in the country.
I have known for years that he is a labor lawyer, but not until recently that he was so prominent. Is USPS lawyer for example.
I am conflicted. I don’t want to damage friendship by asking probing Qs, so haven’t figured out how to acquire information without stepping on his toes.
He & his wife are summer weekenders, so have another couple of months to figure out what approach to take. Started last summer with some simple Qs about congress, upfronting retirees med benie costs. He agreed but said that USPS problems were deeper than that. He was referring to drastic drops in first class owing to email. I subsequently found out that USPS is the lifeline to online shopping so waiting until he comes back to query him about that.
I’m not dissing the members, and they are effective in fighting for their jobs/wages, but, they totally suck on Social and/or Environmental issues and they are the king-makers of all our Pols…! Which are responsible for pushing all of our crappy legislation…!
Well, the tryptophan is really kicking my okole…! Aloha Oe…!
CT, I know you well enough to know’re not dissing union members. Didn’t intend to give you that impression. I know full well the union members of today for the most part are absent from participating in social and environmental movements.
Many unions today are shadows of their former selves, members are just as preoccupied (as I believe were those in the 60′s) with day-to-day living and not questioning (and not a threat to) the status quo. Hell, in the 60′s and 70′s union members (the ones I knew at least) intensely disliked the anti-war movement (and civil rights movement in some quarters).
I don’t have the answers to getting them more involved, we’ve tried reaching out to some of the SLC unions, with not much luck.
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