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Immovably fascinated by the world; it's properties, people, conditions, sensations, irony,
and all the amazing moments which, whether by enlightenment or scarring, bring about permanent change.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

marilyn in the woods

these two photographs were taken right before The Asphalt Jungle was released
(the movie which ended up being her break from just an aspiring starlet).

they were never published.
recently recovered from Life magazine. (...i believe. i lost the link)

i like the 1st one, because of the feeling.

the 2nd has such beautiful composure and lines.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ron Reagan Jr.

Ron undertook a different philosophical and political path from his famous father at an early age.
At 12, he became an atheist and told his parents that he wouldn't be going to church any more.

he dropped out of Yale University in 1976 after one semester to become a ballet dancer

"It is widely known that Ron's parents
have not managed to see a single ballet performance of their son,
who is clearly very good, having been selected to the Joffrey second company,
nonetheless, Ron talks of his parents with much affection."

President Reagan and Nancy went to see Ron Jr. perform in 1981.
President Reagan commented in his White House diary on this day
that Ron's performance was reminiscent of Fred Astaire.

In 1986, while his father was president, Reagan hosted Saturday Night Live
and performed his own version of the "underwear dance"
made famous by Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
His appearance made him the first and so far only child of a U.S. president to host the program.

an April 2003 interview, Reagan said,
"The Bush people have no right to speak for my father,
particularly because of the position he's in now.
Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s.
But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's
—these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt.
I don't trust these people."

Reagan lives in Seattle, with his wife, Doria, whom he married in 1980.

Ron Reagan stated, in a 2004 New York Times interview,
that he does not claim any religion,
but that his sympathies are with Buddhism.

quotes -

"I have to say that flying on Air Force One sort of spoils you for coach on a regular airline."

"Ignorance can be cured."

"When you hear somebody justifying a war by citing the Almighty, I get a little worried, frankly."

"I mow my own lawn."

"My wife and I just prefer Seattle.
It's a beautiful city. Great setting.
You open your front door in the morning and the air smells like pine and the sea,
as opposed to bus exhaust."

(...thanks to wiki and brainy quote for these snippets)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kim Novak

"For every answer, I like to bring up a question...
...I think life should be that way."

"I began losing confidence in my instincts,
which is tough and very bad for an instinctive person."

"I didn't want to start relying on what someone else thought was right.
It was easier to go away all together."

"It means nothing if the movie doesn't get out there."

"Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me
because when you touch these trees,
you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history.
It's like you're touching the essence, the very substance of life."

"If you want to live on the edge of life, you need to be flexible."


A Train Makes me Lonely
by Kim Novak, 1950

A train makes me lonely
If you know what I mean—
I've longed so long for what I've not seen,
To go and to go and to be oh to be
The ideal girl but I am not she,
To travel and learn, to live and to earn,
To love and be loved when it came my turn.
So I traveled nay learned,
I lived and nay earned,
I loved and got burned
And I still never learned,
I long now to go
To where I know not
To go and to go
And to find a fresh plot
Where all is so new
All over I'd start.
But this time I promise
I play it smart.
I'd proud board the train
That's not the express.
The worth not the price
Would be more and not less.
But every stop I'd get out and see
And maybe I'd find the right home for me.
And somewhere out there
He'd hear my plea
Bring me his love and then marry me.
Oh marry me, please marry me
Please bring me your love and then marry me.
A train makes me lonely,
Oh now can't you see?
For I've not the price
For the trip nor the plea.

and, of course, good ol google images

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Claudette Colvin

in 1955, 15 year-old Claudette Colvin boarded a Capital Heights bus in Montgomery, Alabama
and became the first person who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person.

she had written a school paper that day,
about the prohibition against blacks' trying on clothing in department stores.

"I remember the bus driver looking through the rear view mirror
asking her to get up out of her seat, which she didn't,"
said classmate Annie Larkins Price.

Claudette remembers "I kept saying,
'He has no civil right... this is my constitutional right... you have no right to do this.'
That was worse than stealing, you know, talking back to a white person."

She was handcuffed, arrested and forcibly removed from the bus.

because Claudette was a teenager and became pregnant while unmarried,
the NAACP leaders worried about using her to represent their movement.

nine months later, Rosa Parks boarded a bus (at the same bus stop as Claudette) and was arrested.

On May 11, 1956, Claudette, along with three other women,
testified in a Montgomery federal court hearing about her actions on the bus
The case was fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court,
which declared bus segregation unconstitutional in December 1956.

"I'm not disappointed," Claudette said.
"Let the people know Rosa Parks was the right person for the boycott.
But also let them know that the attorneys took four other women to the Supreme Court
to challenge the law that led to the end of segregation."

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lent is going fast!

- The Holy Week, Passion Week:
the last week of lent.

abstinence from flesh is commanded for this week
and absolute fast on friday and sunday.

some churches bare their altars of candles, flowers, and other devotional offerings.
crucifixes, religious statues, and other elaborate religious paraphernalia
are often veiled in violet fabrics.

- Lazarus Saturday:
the first day of Holy Week.

- Palm Sunday, Yew Sunday, Branch Sunday, Passion Sunday:
the sunday before easter.
jesus' triumphal entry as the Prince of Peace into jerusalem
was symbolized by his riding a donkey, an animal of peace, in eastern tradition,
versus the horse, which is the animal of war.

it was customary to cover in some way the path
of someone thought worthy of the highest honour,
so the celebrating people lay cloaks and waving palm branches in front of him.
in jewish tradition, palm is a symbol of triumph and victory.

to commemorate this, christians distribute palm leaves
(often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers.
the difficulty procuring palm,
led to the substitution of boughs of box, yew, willow, olive (peace
or other native trees.

this mass itself includes a reading of the passion

christians in the 16/17th centuries, would burn and stone straw Jack-'o'-Lent figures,
as a kind of revenge on judas.

- Holy Monday, Great and Holy Monday:
overall, not a very good day for jesus.
(and you thought your mondays were bad?)

notable and recognizable biblical events of this day were...

... cursing of the fig tree –
so, jesus has his triumphal return into jerusalem the day before,
and then on monday, as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.
When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs(!).
so Jesus cursed it for being barren; “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”
the next morning, the tree turned withering and fruitless,
and became a symbol of his judgment;
that will befall those who do not bring forth the fruits of repentance
"if you do not forgive, then neither will the lord forgive your trespasses"

(i like to call this story; The Fig Tree Fiasco!
and while it's interesting,
it's one of those things that's become a symbol
of a symbol, of a symbol, of a lesson)
right after that came...

...cleansing of the temple -
This is the only account of Jesus using physical force in any of the Gospels.
that must have been really shocking to see.
i mean, he went NUTS.

"And Jesus went into the temple of God,
and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple,
and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them,
'My house shall be called the house of prayer;
but ye have made it a den of thieves!' " -Matthew 21:12-13
right after that came...

...questioning of Jesus' authority –
the chief priests and the elders of the people came to jesus in the temple, and asked,
"By what authority are you doing these things?
And who gave you this authority?"

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