Apr 222017
 
2017-04-22   Building the Wall, playwright Robert Schenkkan.

Hi Lou, As I mentioned, yesterday I sent an email to Schenkkan’s Agent to promote the idea that they get the play into community theatres.   The play needs to be seen by “People on the street”, and soon. I will let you know what comes. /Sandra http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-21-2017-1.4077902/building-the-wall-a-theatrical-response-to-the-age-of-donald-trump-1.4078072 Playwright Robert Schenkkan hopes his new play Building […]

Apr 202017
 

The café was playing this soundtrack.   A friend summarized: It’s by Roger Waters, originally a Pink Floyd musician (Waters left in 1985 to do a solo career).   It’s about an alien culture that visits Earth after we’ve destroyed it. And then the alien anthropologists  Admitted they were still perplexed But on eliminating every other reason  For […]

Apr 112017
 

I was bummed out by the news. So I created my own good news by watching  – –  Where to Invade Next !    It’s a brilliant film.   Made me feel happy again. In case you haven’t seen it: YouTube trailer at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KeAZho8TKo .   And, if you look to the right hand side of the screen, there’s lots […]

Jan 162017
 

Reply to Blake, his email below: . . .   It’s interesting how close-minded people are on this topic.  We’ve been taught for more than half-a-century that we’ve been saved by vaccines,  like being saved by God or Jenner, Pasteur and Salk. As I see it, what we know about the world has changed in the […]

Dec 292016
 
2016-12-21   Why I Kneeled Before Standing Rock Elders and Asked For Forgiveness, Yes! Magazine.  (former Army Lt. Wesley Clark Jr., son of Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.)

Yes! Magazine   (David Korten).    Excellent journalism.   This article alone is worth a donation! http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/why-i-kneeled-before-standing-rock-elders-and-asked-for-forgiveness-20161221 Sarah van Gelder Everything seemed to be converging on Standing Rock on Dec. 4. Thousands of veterans were scheduled to arrive the next day at this remote, frozen outpost—along with a blizzard. The Army Corps of Engineers had recently ordered the […]

Oct 272016
 
2016-10-27  Armed With Riot Gear, Militarized Police Begin Forcibly Clearing DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Protest Camp. (Common Dreams)

Media Blackout as Militarized Police Begin Clearing DAPL Protest Camp by Deirdre Fulton ‘We will be peaceful, we will be prayerful, we will not retreat’   There are a number of videos for viewing at the above link (Media Blackout).   The text of the article appears below. There are 2,000 people in solidarity, now at the […]

Oct 202016
 

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.  We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right […]

Oct 202016
 

The Police Officer will do a good job.  But at the root?   it’s not actually his job.   The growth of gangs is a symptom that tells us we are failing.  So how do we get a passing grade? A fundamental responsibility of our communities is to provide the stew to nourish our individual toddlers into […]

Oct 062016
 

“Things Fall Apart”, a novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe given to me 35 years ago. Chinua Achebe died in 2013, in Boston. I hate to offer only two insights from his impressive legacy.   Maybe the links will compensate. On the subject of violence in our communities,  wherever in the world they may be: from   […]

Oct 032016
 
2016-10-02   Excerpt from interview with winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. his book "The Sympathizer".

The interview by Eleanor Wachtel is far-ranging and informative. I transcribed the short portion (appears below) in which Vietnamese-American author,  Viet Thanh Nguyen,  discusses a perception of American wars that is not universal.   I think this other perception with its variations is spreading.  (Ref  2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA […]