what an elementary teacher
after-school book meeting looks like
all full of colors, sparkling water, and clever words.
“books are uniquely portable magic.”
– stephen king
creates a beautiful and comfortable bed
for the rhino with the broken foot
so that he has a place to lie down
and recover in peace.
“as great scientists have said and as all children know,
it is above all by the imagination
that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.”
-ursula k. le guin
i really enjoyed a relaxed game night with
a group of long-time friends
a couple of grandies
a few old dogs
just like most of us there
the old dogs
have lived full lives
one is lame
one is deaf
one is blind
all have their challenges
and one thing in common
they love being with the people they love.
“old dogs can be a regal sight.
their exuberance settles over the years into a seasoned nobility,
their routines become as locked into yours
as the quietest and kindest of marriages.
image credit: pinterest.co.uk, steiff dog on wheels, brown and black mohair
one more time on what would have been my father’s birthday –
today is my father’s birthday and he’s gone now, but never forgotten.and whenever i see the show, ‘mad men’, i think of him. the look, the feel, the era – that was our life growing up. we lived in the twirly, swirling world of advertising.
my dad, in the left forefront, in a very important lunch meeting
we had cocktail parties at our suburban detroit house, hosting automotive clients and friends and all sorts of interesting characters. there were martinis and dresses and canapés and jazz and laughs long into the night. i once saw him put on a horrible wig and wear it like nothing was unusual, just to get a reaction. we would sneak down in our pajamas and sit on the stairs, just to be a part of all the hullabaloo.
on regular nights, we were always pitching ideas to him around the dinner table and suggesting…
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the U.S. women’s hockey team pulls off their own miracle
at 2018 Winter Olympics by beating Canada in a shootout for the gold medal.
“if you don’t try to win you might as well
hold the olympics in somebody’s back yard.”
Credit Images: Scott Mc Kiernan via ZUMA Wire,Cal Sport Media via AP Images/Julio Cortez via MLive.com
there is so much strength and emotion
packed into this 70 minute little film
i am left not knowing exactly what to say.
directed by claude bars
a joint swiss/french
stop-motion animation creation
later re-voiced in english
with unforgettable characters
yet larger than life
their huge eyes
mirror their huge troubles, emotions, lives
their fight for survival
and their desperate search to find a way
to open their wounded hearts once again.
it is a testament to the resilience of the human heart
and the power of love and friendship in the face of adversity.
(French: Ma vie de Courgette; also titled My Life as a Zucchini), was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This is the second adaptation of Gilles Paris’ 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette, as there was a French live-action television film adaptation called C’est mieux la vie quand on est grand which aired in 2007. The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to Zootopia. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist.
“the empty swing set reminds us of this–
that bad won’t be bad forever,
and what is good can sometimes last a long, long time. ”
note: while this film is animated, it may be too emotional and scary for young children to experience, due to some of the characters and issues addressed within.
credits: universal studios, wikipedia, cannes film festival