What a day it was yesterday! All the racing around, getting
prepared...then it was cold during trick-or-treating.
I had six jack-o-lanterns lit...three I carved myself.
In the end, everything went off all right.
"And the name of your fella, here?"
"She bop you bop the we bop...
I don't even understand...."
"Wanted...(wanted)...Dead or Alive"
You know, I like Sinéad O'Connor. I realize she
was very angry when she was young (and she might
still be), but she had reasons to be. I like passionate
beliefs; I've always been that way myself. I realize that
we are going away from that level of emotional commitment
today. Nowadays, most times when you ask a young person a question,
you get a blank look with a "Huh?" Of course, that's politically
correct because being absolutely clueless - well, at least it's not
offending anyone. (It does offend me, by the way.) Furthermore, it
takes energy to care about a principle or get angry about a wrong that's
being committed. Nowadays, energy is budgeted, so few young people
are going to bother getting angry unless they're affected personally.
Lord help us....
I have mentioned earlier that I have a complicated relationship with Corrie.
It's a great show that I can rarely bring myself to watch because of the terrible things
that keep happening to the characters. The script writers have no mercy.
"Can't read minds, can't read minds...."
The sign of a truly artistic act is that they change. This album won't be the same as the last one as they improve and re-invent themselves, as creative people always do. A few years later, their style is hard to recognize compared to before. But they keep changing, because artists learn as they produce.
(My mother is a brilliant woman - especially in analyzing people from afar.) I've heard Bruce Springsteen propose a similar idea. To paraphrase from memory, his idea went something like this:
A star, when they're thinking and feeling the same way their fans are, becomes a superstar, because their music absolutely resonates with their audience. But people grow in different directions; no matter how hard they try, the star will probably fall out of step with many of their fans.
I think Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga are all examples of the
phenomenon both my mother and The Boss explained in their different ways.
I've added a feed. See the (usually orange) feed icon in your browser. Now you can view the latest blog entries by clicking there. (See you there!) You can also see new articles continuing down this page, but they appear on the feed first.
Tu as sept ans; tu n'es pas un bébé encore.
Pour toi, c'est naturel; mais pour moi, c'était
difficile à réaliser. C'est la vie: pour les
enfants, tous ils connaisent, c'est change; mais pour
un adult, c'est possible à rester même pour longtemps.
When I remember your last day at preschool (there was a long look back), then think of you today, sitting in your desk in grade two at your French school, I understand that you've half grown up without my even noticing - even though I've been there every day. I know we have to start pulling up the stakes of the camp we made to raise you and Paul.
That's tough for me, because if children need stability, adults need it even more. Déjà, nous avons renoncé un tas de tes choses des années passées. Même si tu ne les manques pas, je les manques.
Je manque le bébé tu etais dans les années passées. Mais, comme un enfant, c'est ton job à grandir. A day can pass slowly, but the years pass quickly.
Happy birthday, James, from Daddy.
"Prince of Darkness"?
Starting in the 80s I noticed Robert Novak (1931-2009) on
shows like Capital Gang and McLaughlin Group.
He always had his own opinion, and never backed down from
controversy. He'd already been in the news business for about
Some years ago, Britney Spears was a news item almost daily.
I don't remember all the details, but I do remember that people
were critical of her for some reason(s) - whatever they were.
At the same time, of course, we assume that Ms. Spears was trying
to sell records. Behaving outrageously can definitely gain attention, but attention usually leads to both compliments and criticism, as both sides of the audience weigh in.
Billy Bishop (1894-1956) was a Canadian flying ace in WWI.
He received credit for 72 aerial victories and the Victoria Cross.
He was from Ontario.
Here's Ewan McGregor.
I know he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars
Episodes I, II, and III. However, I would never recognize
the man in this picture as being Obi-Wan.
Anakin is a favourite of my kids. Damaged and conflicted, he
is that interesting type of hero we often love more for their
flaws than their strengths.
Continuing on the web design theme, today
I'd like to mention a bit about sources.