• 2103-11-05–we skipped out on tv to see ‘gravity‘ in 3d, or in my case, in blurry. what would you do? keep your sense of humour like clooney’s character or ultimately be grateful like bullock’s or what? this is a test.
• 2013-11-06–back to teeveeland. we watched secret life of crocodiles and love in the animal kingdom but skipped making stuff safer–i liked the world when it was a little riskier.
Joni Mitchell (pictured here in 1974) turns 70
• 2013-11-07–we watched art of germany–in the shadow of hitler and everything & nothing–nothing. did you know that the holocaust memorial is NOT in a museum, but outdoors in a public space (pictured) so that anyone can visit it, so that no one forgets? both the creativity and the depravity mentioned in last week’s post just got greater.
David Suzuki writes in ‘Getting dirty may be healthy’ that ‘we evolved in a world full of diverse species and now inhabit one where human activity is altering and destroying an increasing number of plants, animals and habitats. We need to support conservation of natural areas and the diverse forms of life they contain, plant a variety of species in our yards, avoid antibacterial cleaning products and go outside in nature and get dirty — especially kids. Our lives and immune systems will be richer for it.’
The badger is my university mascot. But sadly, the David Suzuki Foundation reports that the badger is endangered. ‘Once a badger reaches maturity, it is at the top of the food chain — there is no other animal that regularly preys on it. Thus its decline in Canada is almost entirely linked to human activities. The good news is that we humans can also help the badger recover. In British Columbia, after significant outreach efforts, some landowners are now the badger’s biggest fans and take pride in stewardship initiatives on their land. Rural landowners in B.C. and Ontario can help the badger by leaving as much of their land as possible in natural condition, so the badgers have space to hunt, make dens and rear their young.’
75 years ago, Kristallnacht happened . ‘The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues [pictured is the interior of the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after Kristallnacht] had their windows smashed…. [It] is viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany’s broader racial policy, and the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.’
• 2013-11-09–rain last night took away the snow, but this morning the windows were frosted. sue went to visit family in toronto, d and m picked up oscar, and np visited me. frost is a miracle that happens in this solar system, as far as we know, only on earth, but it’s been happening probably for billions of years.
Jean Vanier reminds us that ‘we are all part of the same human race. However different we may be through culture, race or disabilities, we are all human beings. We are all brothers and sisters. In Papua, New Guinea I went up into the mountains. There I met tribal people. The womenfolk wore few clothes, so did the men for that matter! I spoke to them about L’Arche, and then there was time for questions. They spoke about their lives and sickness and death, about joys and difficulties in relationship in their families and between families, about the menfolk drinking too much and about violence – all the same questions that could have come up in London or New York. Yes, we are truly of the same race.’
• bg, km, and us came by.
Last week I had a few versions of Chick Corea’s Spain, including the original. Spain begins with a bit of Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, played here by Narciso Yepes. I first associated Concierto de Aranjuez with Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans’ Sketches of Spain. Ever hear Spain on banjo? (Warning: it comes in two parts.)
Like the autumn leaves, I’m blown away. Here’s Chick Corea, John Patitucci (on acoustic bass this time), Tom Brechtlein, and Bobby McFerrin live, in an amazing performance of Autumn Leaves.
Do you like Bach? Here he’s played straight and jazzed up.
John Bennett of the Sierra Club puts it all together: ‘Many Canadians today argue we don’t need to take serious action on climate change because “we’re so small our actions would be meaningless”. Our forefathers didn’t think like that when they looked out on the world [in 1914] and saw a distant threat.’ (thanks to sh)
• ku came over. sue back from t-o, oscar back too.