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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sweden

SWEDEN ON OUR MINDS
For awhile, we wondered what it might be like to visit Scandinavia. And if only one country, which? While we gave thought to Denmark and Norway, Iceland and Finland also came to mind. Sweden, however, won out - particularly if time permitted us to visit only one.
So, today, we present Sweden - the first county to introduce freedom of the press (1766); a country where all public power proceeds from the people.
As one of the largest countries in Europe, Sweden is 97% uninhabited - with many national parks and nature reserves. And so much more... as can be found on the website: Sweden

Monday, February 13, 2017

Black Ballerina

BLACK BALLERINA
A documentary film from Shirley Road Productions
When we, accidentally, stumbled upon this PBS documentary film, we were stilled in the revelation that another unknown history had escaped us. It startled us to discover that this "missing" past went back six generations!
Black Ballerina, "tells the story of several black moment from different generations who fell in love with ballet. …Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity." 
The film moves between present and past, informing us that we still have far to go in the battle against racial biases and opportunity.
To watch this beautiful documentary, please visit, Black Ballerina Documentary - and note, a DVD of the film may be purchased from the website.

Black Ballerina was sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE
The truth, the real truth, the whole truth


"Distortion? False information? Conspiracy theories? Hacked email?
Climate scientists have known all this for decades. What can be learned from their rich experience with climate propaganda.

The world is slowly waking up. “Post-truth” was declared the word of the year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionaries.

Finally, people start to widely appreciate how dangerous the epidemic of fake news is for democracy."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

True Stories

FIVE FACTUAL STORIES
In this time when some would have us believe in an "alternative" truth, rest assured the following stories are all based in fact. They are true.
The climate has changed, in spite of those who would ask us to believe otherwise. In our first posting from The Guardian, we are asked to consider the future and the rights of our children in respect to a warming planet.
Then, we travel to the Amazon - to learn about Ayahuasca, a plant used for spiritual and healing purposes. For those who are still and listen, plant spirits teach, connecting us deeply into nature and our own hearts.
Melissa McCarthy takes us on an adventure of laughter in an ad for Kia. Her passion is not quite matched by her physical prowess - and we learn and laugh simultaneously.
For those students of architectural history, Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in a film about the famous architect, Mies van der Rohe - and Farnsworth House.
Finally, Rito - artists and dance team - engage us and each other in a performance relating to eros and earth.
Climate change and our children's rights - The Guardian

Ayahuasca, changing environmental consciousness - The Guardian

Melissa McCarthy, luckless eco-warrior in Kia ad - Inhabitat

Jeff Bridges / Maggie Gyllenhaal star in
Mies van der Rohe movie - Dezeen

Rito, live performance, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid - Cfile


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