the red turtle.

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saw this beautiful film yesterday

very moving and mesmerizing

drawn in mostly soft colors 

it captures the subtleties of

 nature, man, balance, human connections, family,

impermanence, the circles that life takes

very simple lines and images

bamboo, trees, water, sky, people, animals, land

created by three studios in three countries

japan, england, belgium

does not require any translation

as there is no dialogue

except for one word

only lovely music

to take you through this

fairy tale, fantasy, fable, legend

 when you get to the end

the quietly powerful and touching final scenes

will draw you in

it was 81 minutes of

pure perfection in every frame.

“this film was simple and and elemental.

like a picture book that needs no words.”

– a.o. scott – new york times

‘the red turtle’ premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 cannes film festival, where it won a grand jury award. the film was also nominated for the best animated feature film for the 89th academy awards.

credits: studio ghibli, wild bunch studio, toho studio, sony pictures classics

lemons.

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who wouldn’t buy from these six?

not many customers were available

 and most who stopped by

had no money on them

so they changed their marketing plan

 added music, dance, costumes

 even an impromptu wedding

and

after drinking away

much of the merchandise

everyone still made a profit

not bad for a day’s work.

“if life gives you lemons, don’t settle for simply making lemonade – make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand.”

-elizabeth gilbert

IT’S HERE!

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my talented and creative friend’s new book –

A Grateful Man

https://www.amazon.com/Flora-Belle-Dreami-Dragon-Towne/dp/1542821312/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498081883&sr=8-1&keywords=Russ+Towne+Flora

My latest book, Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon is now available on Amazon.com. I’d be grateful if you’d help spread the word. I believe this book will quickly become one of my most popular titles ever. It has a dragon, a carousel horse, adventure, friendship, fantasy, and more.  Children and adults are likely to be delighted by it.

With Love,

Russ

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poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate. -john denham

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water

Everything on the earth bristled,

the bramble pricked

and the green thread nibbled away,

the petal fell,

falling until the only flower was the falling itself.

Water is another matter,

has no direction but its own bright grace,

runs through all imaginable colors,

takes limpid lessons from stone,

and in those functionings plays out

the unrealized ambitions of the foam.

Pablo Neruda

 

killarney, ireland

7 stages.

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when at the main detroit public library

climb up the stairs and step out of the doors

to the loggia outside

look up to the ceiling arches to see

the 7 beautiful mosiacs

inspired by william shakespeare’s

“as you like it”

the 7 stages of man

with thousands of tiny glazed tiles

 created by tiny hands at pewabic pottery

after reading the chart below

i believe that i find myself in the 5th stage – justice,

working my way toward the 7th stage – decrepitude.

“we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

-william shakespeare