OP-ED: “Friendship”

OP-ED-UNIQUE EXPRESSION-INSPIRATION
OP-ED: “Friendship”

Post by jkm/tsk

Post Monday 22nd December 2014

 

RANT of the Week

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures,
have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender
hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not
knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness,
that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

VIDEO of the Week

Journey of Two

QUOTATION of the Week

“If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred
minus one day so I never have
to live without you.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

ART of the Week

#1 (c) jkm 2014

#1 (c) jkm 2014

“Letters to a Young Poet” [Part I of XXIX]

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“Letters to a Young Poet”

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Part I of XXIX

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Sunday 21st December 2014

RILKE Painting blond

(1st week)

“Perhaps

all the dragons

in our lives

are princesses

who are

only waiting

to see us act,

just once,

with beauty

and courage.

Perhaps everything

that frightens us

is,

in its deepest essence,

something helpless

that wants

our love.”

1 home large photo

One of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Homes

Dvorak, New World Symphony – 2nd Mvt Part 2,

Dublin Philharmonic, Conductor Derek Gleeson

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e.e. cummings #3 or 7

a writer's word new 14th june 2014
e.e. cummings

#3 or 7 part series

poetry, art & sound

Post by jkm

Post Saturday 20th December 2014

Listen to Your Heart – Roxette

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

talking serious (c) jkm 2014

talking serious (c) jkm 2014

Film View: Gone Girl Trailer

Glasgow Film Theatre
Film View: “Gone Girl” Trailer

Post by jkm/tsk

Post Friday 19th December 2014

Gone Girl – Official Trailer #2

Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and directed by David Fincher.

GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (c) Fox

When genius and insanity hold hands

tell me a storyWhen genius and insanity hold hands TED Talk Posting 18th December 2014

It’s spooky & so 1084 except the internet owns anyone who is connected. It was TV but now smart phones. texting. tablets. laptops. CGI. communication. I find it overwhelming at times but I am addicted. But I feel it is healthy for me. The reasons are beyond infinite. But that would be impossible to explain.

Have a Listen & hear about the changing reality or fantasy.

Thinking. Solving. Impowerment. Being with Our Own Self. Nothing wrong with that. People are a necessity for some, more for others. But we separate the Animals Kingdom. Destroy their lives as we do our own. SO WHAT IS IMPORTANT? WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR TO LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE? THRIVE. CREATE. ART. WRITE. TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT. WHATEVER YOU WANT WITHOUT HARMING OTHER LEAVING BEINGS. <3 jkm Ps. This an intensive thought provoking TED Talk. Inspirational thinking.

When genius and insanity hold hands – TED Talk

Published on Aug 28, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The internet is a horror film starring all of us — will we step out of line and create something different? Ondi Timoner (two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner) explores what happens when genius and insanity hold hands to create the impossible. In the future, 40% of jobs may be eliminated by technology — but were you working on your dream anyway?

Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice, for “Dig!” (2004) and “We Live in Public” (2009). She currently produces and hosts the only documentary talk show in the world, BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc), which has more than 150 episodes, and has created an online network for entrepreneurs, innovators and artists documenting the top thought-leaders and doers who use technology to disrupt old paradigms, called A Total Disruption.

Timoner has also directed numerous commercials for such clients as Ford, State Farm, the Clinton Foundation and many music videos for artists including Lucinda Williams, The Jonas Brothers, The Vines, OK Go and Fastball, which garnered her a Grammy nomination in 1998. She is a fellow of the Sundance Institute and the Tribeca All-Access Program, and has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America since 2006.

Website: www.interloperfilms.com
Twitter: @onditimoner

Editor’s Corner: 101.6

Written by Shawn MacKenzie
Post Tuesday 16th December 2014

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In the Realm of the Senses

“Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.” …. Sir William Osler, M.D., C.M.

Last night I was watching the cats play with the chinchillas (a special birthday treat for the kittens). Claws sheathed, eyes wide, ears forward, whiskers twitching, and mouths open to taste the air, they were totally in the now, absorbing the experience with every sense at their disposal. The chins, too.

kids chin and carter

Oh, the lessons we learn from our companion critters everyday!

Try though we might to place ourselves on a separate, gilded rung of the evolutionary ladder, we human beings are still animals. Like other furred, feathered, or scaled creatures, we still count on our senses to guide us through the world. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, they layer our existence, give it depth and intrigue. They teach us what is safe, what is deadly, what is sexy, what is repulsive. Indeed, without well-honed perceptions, we would surely be as dead as the dodo.

Curiously, though we live by our senses, many writers have forgotten to write by them. Oh, we communicate through sight, sure. We are highly visual creatures. The aspects of person or place, the colors, shadows, shapes, all are accessible, familiar, and easy to share. Sound usually comes in second, then the other senses fill out the field from afar.

But why should this be? We do not live in half worlds, why should we write in them?

Just imagine if we wrote with all our senses, all the time; if we returned to our animal selves with ears up, nostrils flared, gleaning and giving information at every turn. A Victorian sitting room, for example, may be all teak and William Morris wallpaper to the eye, but perhaps it also smells of lemon oil and stale pipe tobacco, the chair by the fireplace creaking ever so gently when sat upon. This tells the reader so much more than a visual description alone. The resident has taste and a comfortable income; they take pride in their environment, keep it well. As for the lingering scent of tobacco – scent being one of the most evocative of the senses – oh, that can go a hundred ways! A father lost in the Crimea, his spirit conjured by the slightest whiff of his favorite chair; a pretentious brother who fancies himself the next Sherlock Holmes but went up to Oxford at Michaelmas.

Layers, one on another…

We are writers. Our purpose is to communicate, to move, to inspire. We take our knowledge of the world and give it back, limited only by our imaginations. So why stop with familiar? Why not go all topsy-turvy? We can focus, perhaps, not on how a city looks, but on how it tastes; not on how a thunderstorm sounds, but on how it smells. And let us not forget the rasping tongue of a whisper or the intricate fugue of a meteor shower.

meteor shower

As Dr. Osler said, learn to hear, to see, to smell. Dig deep; use all your senses. And next time you write about the first green shoots of spring, do not ignore their verdant voices raised to the heavens in paeans of rebirth. Welcome to the Big Picture. Have fun.

I will try to respond to messages as I am able. At times it may be in the form of a post or a direct email response. Guests who post, I will forward messages addressed to them. It is up to them how they decide to correspond.   — Shawn MacKENZIEMacKenzie’s Dragonsnest