Friday, November 30, 2007

both sides now

another university circle walkabout, the route is different from last friday's stroll. I finished up at work and found myself with a free hour. I was meeting e after she got off work, we had a gallucci's run to do! with this gift of an hour I decided spend it with some 'modern masters,' the current exhibit at the cleveland museum of art. great show, it leaves january 13th just in case you find yourself in the university circle neighborhood with time on your hands.

Art is a harmony that runs parallel to nature - what is one to think of those imbeciles who say that the artist is always inferior to nature.
Paul Cezanne written in 1897 in a letter to a young artist.


Thursday, November 29, 2007

all things must pass

today is the anniversary of george harrison's passing.

when I was a young girl in the 60s it was the rage to choose a favorite beatle. of course, being young girls, we always couched this game in terms of the beatle we'd want to marry. george was by far my favorite but I do remember some days I'd say 'well maybe john' .... paul just didn't to it for me - probably because it seemed like almost all the girls just loved, loved, loved paul! ringo, I liked him plenty, but he didn't speak to my soul. even in elementary school soul was important.

thanks wat for the reminder of today's significance. I'll be listening to george today and remembering that yes all things must pass. I offer this beautiful montage for mouseland. enjoy

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

can you tell me how to get to....

I promise the mouse hasn't morphed into some kind of parallel universe for sesame street. but bear with me, just a little bit more sesame-esque chatter. yesterday I ran across an article by media savant virginia heffernan on the recent release of two dvd sets of sesame street's early years. even if you aren't a sesame street aficionado you may find hefferman's review and sociocultural analysis of the show fascinating.

"The old “Sesame Street” is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for softies born since 1998, when the chipper “Elmo’s World” started. Anyone who considers bull markets normal, extracurricular activities sacrosanct and New York a tidy, governable place — well, the original “Sesame Street” might hurt your feelings."

I am too old to have watched sesame street as a kid - the show of my youth was captain kangaroo. however, I was a new mom in the early 80s and I was vaguely aware of the show, I checked it out and immediately put sesame street into my childrearing bag of tricks. the show began in 1969 and by 1981 it was in full swing and firmly established as part of the early childhood landscape. 1981 was the year I started tuning in regularly - e was at an age when I thought adding a little educational t.v. wouldn't do any harm. we watched the show together and joined the sesame street family.

there was a long stretch of time when I was away from the neighborhood, probably from about 1986 until two or three years ago. my work and daily activities changed and I suddenly found my 'village' bursting with toddlers. and in the course of hanging out with the under four set, there were days we would turn on pbs and see what's happening on 'the street.' I would have to agree with virginia, sesame street has changed! even though it's more colorful and not as edgy as it once was, the mission of sesame street remains the same - to help make the world a better place, to help kids learn the basics and to instill a love of learning.

in the u.s., sesame street's main purpose is educational. and it sets out to help teach kids learn their abc's, count (to 20), embrace diversity, be a part of the community and even pick up some words in other languages - specifically, sign language and spanish. yes, in some respects sesame street is a different place now than it was in the early 1970s and 1980s - but nothing stays the same except perhaps the fact that things change.

sesame street is also a very different street as we (and it) travel the world.
did you know that sesame street is aired in more than 120 different countries? during the 2006 cleveland international film festival, I was fortunate to have attended a screening of the documentary the world according to sesame street. the film is both powerful and moving as it explores the challenges the folks from the sesame workshop encountered as they embarked on creating shows for kids in kosovo, bangladesh, and south africa.

the film gave me a whole new appreciation and respect for sesame street's mission and the mother organization. unlike other global phenomena (you know who I mean!) which set out to homogenize the world, the folks from sesame street seek to create shows which are culturally sensitive - no importation of the monsters and characters from our north american show. sesame streets elsewhere have their own unique cast of monsters and a rap that is appropriate for where the location of that street. margaret mead would be proud.

our library system owns a couple copies of the world according to sesame street, maybe yours does also. but, if it doesn't, no need to despair, dvds of the documentary are available for purchase and undoubtedly it's available to rent.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

alphabet revival

I have had a blast this month with the blogabet posts. however, here I am still in november and I've run out of letters! what will I do? both e and f have questioned me multiple times over the last week about what my plan is for when I finish up the alphabet. I didn't think there was any real problem, I'd shrug and reply "return to the posting as usual." but this morning 'the usual' just seems so booooooring!

I admit I'm a little sad about leaving my alphabet friends. maybe just maybe I can stretch out the fun a little bit longer. so please join me for a tad bit more a-b-c fun. turn up the volume on your speakers, stand up, shake off all your tension, and get ready and join pattie, grover, elmo, zoe, bert, ernie and all the gang from the sesame hood in a little alphabet revival! (thanks gary)

Monday, November 26, 2007

z is for zzzzzzz

That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), English writer

the picture of ms t's sweet sleeping feet reminds me of another pic in my photo archives which brings together the letter Z and feet. embarrassingly this is what my feet look like in late summer. sherlock might surmise and say that these feet belong to someone who is fond of walking and a particular pair of sandals - and of course he would be correct! if anyone has a remedy to prevent the advent of the z lines next summer that doesn't entail giving up my beloved teva-knock-offs I'm open. actually, the only time I am chagrined is when I have to wear a different pair of shoes and people make fun of my z's. but really, truth be told I kind of like sporting the pair of suntanned z's! it's ze!

z is also for zebras in zambia! - from my zany zizter zannie who is currently ziving in zambia, if the zods zmile on ze, zne zay I zope to zisit!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

y is for yin/yang

The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), master Japanese martial artist, founder of aikido

more from morihei
The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.

picture: rosie & bubba (1991-2005) ~ yin/yang cats

Saturday, November 24, 2007

x is for xenophobia

Xenophobia, you should be more afraid of someone exactly like you.
Loesje (b. 1983) Dutch fictional character

photo: 'monster factory' on avenue c, cleveland 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

w is for winter

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape—
the loneliness of it—the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it,
the whole story doesn't show.
Andrew Wyeth (b. 1917) artist

most days I take the train to university circle, but occasionally e's schedule and mine are in sync and I hitch a ride. today was one of those days.

in the u.s. the day after thanksgiving marks the official start of the winter holiday season - decorations go up and consumerism gets cranked up to obscene levels (evidenced by stores opening their doors at 4 AM). here are a few pictures of my wander to and from to my office at case....well, all but the last - this pic is of a house across the street from mine on avenue c. my neighbor obviously doesn't mind contributing to light pollution and global warming or perhaps they own stock in first energy!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

v is for vegetable

Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.
Albert Einstein(1879-1955)

Happy Thanksgiving

don’t forget to eat your vegetables &

count your blessings!

Love to you & yours from the mouse!


picture: vegetable stand at richard lenoir market, paris.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

u is for understanding

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), artist & renaissance human extraordinaire

we are firmly ensconced in the 'holiday season' (that period between halloween and new years) this is a time of year that some folks dread and where others find delightful. I have learned that the secret to 'surviving the holidays,' lies in my ability to master UNDERSTANDING. unfortunately, I feel that the holidays is the one period during the year when folks are particularly prone to misunderstanding!

we talk a great deal about understanding and how important it is to understand. but, what is understanding? I believe that there are three critical components to understanding - communication, compassion and empathy.

humans are great at utterances (e.g. using words, making sounds and vocalizations, drafting memos), but sometimes we are really, really horrible at actually communicating - assumptions are made, psychological walls go up, old baggage comes out, in other words we do not connect - we do not communicate. communication happens when we are truthful, when we allow others to see where our heart is and when we are not afraid.

compassion comes when we seek to alleviate and reduce the suffering of others and when we express kindness towards others.

empathy is our ability to recognize and feel directly the emotion of another, in other words to when we put ourself in someone else's 'shoes.'

when all three of these three things - communication, compassion, and empathy - are in play, are alive and are in balance - understanding comes. find JOY this holiday season - seek understanding.


pictures: top: painting at the amish and mennonite heritage center, berlin OH; bottom: mural on increasing understanding of the importance of the underground railroad, oberlin, ohio

(the letter 'u' was brought to you by: #1: a project I am working on dealing with training physicians in the care of vulnerable populations (the secret is understanding!) #2 hearing about how many people I love and care for get totally wigged during the 'holiday season' - is that you?)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

t is for turkey

A turkey song
Five fat turkeys are we.
We spent all night in a tree.
When the cook came around,
We were no where to be found
And that's why we're here you see!
-anonymous

tsuki
and ms t

begin with a t!

and thanks!

pictures: amish land turkeys, ohio: on avenue c

Monday, November 19, 2007

s is for storyteller


sherman alexie was in town yesterday as part of the cleveland public library “writers and readers series.” talk about a stimulating sunday afternoon! sherman, who goes by junior to family and friends, is the embodiment of a ‘storyteller.’ whether he was talking about being the ‘oddball’ kid on his rez, eating government cheese, or having to deal with they myriad of health problems that plagued his early childhood, he had us in stitches. however, whatever story he was sharing, there was an underlying seriousness to all of sherman's stories - the seriousness cut right to the quick as to what it means to be a brown person, in general, and an indian, in particular, in contemporary american society.

the timing of alexie’s visit comes right on the heels of his winning the national book award in the young people’s literature category for his novel the absolutely true diary of a part-time indian. this gig in cleveland was his first public appearance since accepting the award on wednesday. alexie started off by apologizing for being a bit flustered and claimed he was experiencing some ‘post traumatic winning-a-big-ass-award syndrome.’ could have fooled me – he was superb, stupendous and all around spectacular!

during the q & a session following the talk (although it would be more fitting to call it a routine or a performance), the first person asked junior about what he thought of the cleveland baseball team. alexie pulled no punches and said that the wahoo image is “astonishingly racist.” he implored Cleveland not to hide behind the excuse of keeping chief wahoo because it’s tradition. after all there are lots of things that were once tradition but are no longer around. at one time slavery was considered a ‘tradition.’ alexie said he didn’t have anything against names such as "the indians " or "the warriors," but was totally against using images and mascots which are racist and demeaning. he told people to go home google “sambo” then google “chief wahoo” and they will find no difference. the audience strongly supported alexie's point of view and interrupted several times during this discussion with applause and murmurs of solidarity. click for links to read more on wahoo

commenting on how people react to his use of humor, alexie remarked “funny thing about humor is they don’t think I’m serious.”


s is also for stella the-studio-cat

pictures: skylight in passage connecting stokes wing to original library (cpl is the 3rd largest public library in the country!); slide show of alexie's talk; stella. all pictures taken 18 nov 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

r is for reflection

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist & renaissance man

and r is for rosie

really!

picture: oberlin, ohio 2007; rosie

Saturday, November 17, 2007

q is for quest(ion)


inside every question is a quest. sometimes it's good to turn our questions around. thanks jenclair for providing the link which introduced me to mipham.

take a few to watch.

q is also for quilt

pictures: a dog named happy, met on the streets of chicago. october 2007; gwen helping quilt.

Friday, November 16, 2007

p is for peace

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
Black Elk (1863-1950) Wichasha Wakan (medicine man) of the Oglala Lakota


Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Maria Montessori (1870-1952), educator & philosopher


p is also for play!
ms. t playing with irving and chester, a couple of avenue c's house gargoyles - not to be confused with house elves!

p - practically perfect in every way!

pictures: top - from the 2007 cleveland peace show; CMA chalk festival, september 2007; studio/playroom .

Thursday, November 15, 2007

o is for organize

Don't mourn, organize!
Joe Hill (1879 -1915) labor organizer and song writer

I recently ran across an article about a new documentary that just came out on pete seeger - singer, songwriter and activist extraordinaire. the film pete seeger: the power of song is currently showing in manhattan, I hope it won't be long before it makes it's way to the hinterlands.

I have written before about my deep admiration for mr. seeger and of my hope that he will be nominated and awarded the nobel peace prize. since al gore received the prize for his work in drawing attention to the crisis of global warming maybe, just maybe, the door has opened for recognizing the lifelong work of pete seeger. compared to pete, al is a mere pup when it comes to organizing!

pete has devoted his life to advancing the causes of the working person, the environment, peace, and justice (to name just a few of the righteous causes pete has contributed his talents towards). pete seeger has been a role model of someone living a life of unabashed optimism and the belief in the goodness of others. one of the biggest thrills of my 'march-rally going life' came in 1983. I went to washington to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of dr. martin luther king, jr's 1963 march on washington. I remember it was a glorious march with lots of great speechifying and fantastic people energy. at one point I found myself walking next to pete seeger, I was much younger and apparently much more well behaved then than I am now, not only did I restrain my impulse to hug him and gush on and on about how inspirational his work and music have been for me, I also failed to whip out my camera and take pictures of the great man.

in the spirit of organizing for causes that one believes in, a little musical interlude for your enjoyment - here's pete singing with the great woody guthrie's son, arlo - who also has been no slacker when it's come to organizing against social injustice!

O is also for olivia and otis (& dixie) - organized for offerings!

pictures: september 2005 march in washington against war in iraq; no pictures but I found a button from the anniversary march & corrected original post which had the wrong year (ah that's what happens when one passes the half century mark, years blend!); olivia, dixie and otis in the kitchen, november 2007.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

n is for name

yesterday I had an email from dlp with the news that he finally got a roommate - pictured above. however the cat came with the name 'callie,' a name way too close to d's granddaughter's name. he wrote: "I don't want to slip up and have my granddaughter think I can't keep her and the cat separate in my mind."

d asked if I had any suggestions. of course, I would, I always have suggestions when it comes to naming sentient beings. I wonder if that's why I always like to have so many animal roommates; it gives me an excuse to name somebody. however, I knew N was next up and I thought "what fun - n can be a naming game!"

right away I emailed d if I could post his quest. he enthusiastically replied: "I would be honored if you used my Name search as your N for tomorrow."

so, mouseland (my apologies to tommy douglas), gaze upon d's new girl - if your naming muse is inspired, please post a comment. let's bring a smile to this face! I hope to meet the cat-formerly-named-callie when I see d in dc next month. if I do I hope to find her looking pleased with a name whose roots were with some mice!

namasté

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

m is for Mmmmm

The letter M is arguably the best letter in the alphabet. It sits smack in the middle of all 26. It looks good, like a pair of wings poised to take flight. An L or a Q wish they looked half as good. M doubles as a number. Appears twice in mom. And by itself, makes up the word Mmmmm. Turns out M is also the first letter in the name Meditrina, the roman goddess of wine and health...
-from the back label of a bottle of meditrina wine

I haven't actually tried this wine, but what marvelous tribute to the letter M. I must agree M is the very best letter in the alphabet. I may be a bit biased my first name begins with M and there are just so many magnificent M words out there. I will play the association game. I played this for the letter C, but unlike with the letter C - this time there is a time limit! in one mouse minute here are the m words that melded with my mind!

on my mark, get set, move:
mountains, memories, monks, miracle, midnight, mist, movie, mouse, mole, marigold, mary, midwife, mirror, mask, music, movement, monument, manifesto, mother....

I thought I'd have more but the mouse MINGED!

and M is for merlin
eek! we are half way through the alphabet. I've been having quite a bit of fun, I hope you are having fun too!

pictures: mouse timer, from my marvelous sister (m)annie; merlin the cat; (m)annie, mom and me in memphis, 1963.

Monday, November 12, 2007

l is for library

Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off.
Barbara Kingsolver (b. 1955) writer and activist

I’ve loved libraries for as long as I can remember. before the arrival of the internet, which has brought the world into our homes, workplaces, cafes, cars and park benches, the library was where we’d go to find the answer to all our questions. even with all the resources and the 24/7 convenience afforded by the internet, libraries are still vital to the health and well being of a community. according to the american library association there are 117,378 libraries in the united states. wow. who says there's nothing to read!

It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to boys and girls who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library.
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) industrialist and philanthropist



today is the official kick-off for children's book week (november 12-18), sponsored by the children's book council, the intention of the week is to "encourage young people and their care givers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books."


pictures: top - one of several carnegie libraries in cleveland - this one is located in the ohio city neighborhood; middle- children's reading room in ohio city library; insert - 'reading garden' at cleveland's main public library.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

k is for karma

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), short-story writer, novelist, poet and sailor


k is for karma and kitten and kim





pictures: amish farm near kidron, ohio, july 2006;
self-portrait with poussier, fort worth, texas, november, 1975

Saturday, November 10, 2007

j is for joy!

Thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
Siddhārtha Gautama (aka Buddha), (563-483 BCE) spiritual teacher


yesterday had me jumping for joy. I learned I was the recipient of two 'awards' from blogging buds! dumdad from the other side of paris shared his joy of blogging by bestowing the beautifully handcrafted and potentially valuable dummy award on a group of fellow bloggers who he says has made "this blogging lark so much fun."

regarding the mouse, jules (otherwise known as dumdad) remarks, "A gentle blog packed with thought-provoking quotes and photos, and Maurice said I had to give an award to Kimy." eek, such praise - and thanks maurice!

wow! and if my head wasn't already swollen from receiving the dummy. last night before jumping into bed, I found sweet and generous colette amelia bestowed another award! double eek! two awards in one day!! yesterday's new moon or something cosmic and planetary must have been sending out mouse magic! I've always thought of colette amelia as one of my soul sisters out there in the cyberhood. a fellow lover of quotes, ca is ever imagining the world a better place. she devotes considerable thought and attention in her blog toward critically thinking about what's happening on planet earth - locally and globally. colette lives in one of my favorite places on the planet. I expect one day I may run into her when I'm out wandering - I know it will be great fun to sip some sambucca with colette and watch the whales and sea otters frolic along the pacific coast!

thank you jules and colette amelia!

jubilant, jásající, jublende, jubelend, juubeldav, jubelnd, jubiloso, jasajúci, festjubel

picture: taken at the 2006 cleveland peace show


Friday, November 9, 2007

i is for immigration

unless you are a native american, you are an immigrant. the united states is a nation of immigrants.

despite being a nation of immigrants one of most divisive and derisive topics around is immigration and the notion of 'illegal' immigration. last month junk thief posted an episode of the pinky show offering one of the most intelligent analysis of the immigration 'debate' or as wise daisy puts it, the current 'xenophobic rant,' I've run across.

I hope all the inquiring minds out in mouseland will check out this episode. but, I warn you it is longer than the average youtube music video, so make yourself comfortable - go pour yourself a cup of tea, a pint or a glass of wine, sit back and watch. I guarantee you will come away with something you haven't thought of before and will probably have a few new 'arguments' in your bag of tricks for the next time you come up against someone railing against immigrants.



picture: josef & julia kostelnik and children. josef, julia and the two oldest boys came to america on a boat at the turn of the century (my mother's mother is the second girl to left). circa early 1910s. the family was filled with the hopes that all immigrants have to make a new good life for themselves and for all who follow.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

h is for human rights

Why, in the United States, are poverty, hunger, homelessness, discrimination, lack of access to health care, educational inequalities, unemployment and jobs that fail to pay a living wage not defined and treated as important human rights problems that government at all levels must act to eliminate? Such conditions are considered violations of universal human rights in other nations, but not here.

this passage is from an article written by a friend (and former professor) which discusses the idea that we need to bring the issue of human rights home! although the u.s. condemns human rights violations elsewhere, the government does not recognize human rights violations that occur here or the human rights abuses u.s. representatives commit abroad in the name of the so-called the war on terror.

ken states that perhaps the biggest problem is that we lack a "human rights culture" - all I can say is no shit! but, what we don't lack is a culture that says "do as I say, not as I do." in addition to the human rights arena, we have a plethora of other places with this 'do as I say not as I do' culture - just look at two things: arms proliferation and nuclear weapons.

think about it: guns in the u.s. they are everywhere. gun deaths in the u.s. I've written about this before, we lead the industrial world. gun violence in the u.s is a CRISIS. let's move outside of the u.s., I've read that the u.s. is the world's biggest international 'arms dealer' - arms proliferation, who and what is fueling this problem? will 'capitalism' always trump reason and humanitarianism?

nuclear weapons. the u.s is the only country that has dropped the 'big one.' terms of the 9 card carrying members of 'the nuclear club,' the only country that has more active and total nuclear warheads than the u.s. is russia (but this number may not be statistically significant different than the u.s.). the difference between the u.s and the other 7 countries is huge! who is the biggest nuclear threat? the country which is interested in developing the technology or the country that currently has 5,163 active and 9,938 total warheads? (by the way just as a point of comparison the country with the largest arsenal after the russia and the u.s is the u.k. with 750 total warheads).

and don't even get me started on invading sovereign countries on some bogus reason. yep. human rights. as a country we do really need to start getting our house in order and maybe the idea of starting at the local level is a good one. what's that saying, "if the people lead, the leaders will follow."

pictures: human rights/immigration rights rally in eugene, oregon; ken at said rally. april 2006.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

g is for gargoyle

there is something magical about gargoyles that captures the imagination. I find it thrilling to be walking about and discover one of these guys adorning a building staring down or out - silent sentries who come out at night to guard and protect their 'community' by warding off unwanted spirits and enemies. although I'm not a 'collector,' I have caved in and brought home a few gargoyles that really seemed to 'speak to me' and all of my gargoyles have names and stories. this guy I named george after george kravitz, my grandfather who passed away when I was a little girl.

grandfather george was my mother's father and we always called him 'dodo' - I'm not completely sure why we called him 'dodo' probably to differentiate him from 'zedo' which was what we called my great-grandfathers. zedo is an often used moniker for grandfather in the slovak communities in which my parents grew up. interestingly when e was born, the first grandchild for my parents, in spite of having lived a life of traveling the world and eventually putting down roots in the cosmopolitan washington dc area, my father declared that he wished to be called 'zedo' by his grandchildren.

but back to george the gargoyle. this gargoyle is by far the largest of my collection that is not a collection. I acquired george in 2003 from a small roadside stand in indiana during a road trip with e. when we noticed this guy was for sale at the bargain price of 14.95 I knew I had just added a new gargoyle to the household. the moment I strapped george-the-gargoyle into the back seat of the car, I experienced a wave of memory about my long deceased grandfather george. even though I was quite young when my grandfather george passed away, I always had the sense that he was watching over me and was one of my guardian angels. I named george-the-gargoyle in honor of my grandfather george who has long been a strong and silent guardian spirit.

pictures: george the gargoyle february 2007 (by the way there were a few flakes of snow on george this morning!) insert: me with my parents and 'dodo' and nana. memphis 1961 or 1962

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

f is for film

with fall comes the return of monday movie nights with the buds. last night we went to see wes anderson's fabulously fanciful flick 'the darjeeling limited' - like many of anderson's films its focus was on a family that puts the fun in dysfunctional! the darjeeling limited focused on brothers francis, peter, and jack journey across india -- played respectively by owen wilson, adrien brody, and jason schwartzman. the expressed purpose of the trek was to bond and 'become brothers again like they used to be' (although I had the sense that this notion of being tight may have been a fiction in peter's, the eldest brother, psyche).

this was one of those films that had me chuckling from start to finish. visually this film was a feast for the eyes - the backdrop of india created a serious desire to cash it all in and buy a ticket to bombay. and then there were the visual gags - I may have wished I was in india, but I was definitely in ha ha land! although most screen time and story focused on the brothers' foolishness, fears, and foilables, anderson flavored his flick with a delightful and endearing cast of characters. I should add that accompanying the brothers on their 'spiritual quest' is a mound of expensive luggage that is both a character and a visual pun of the emotional baggage the brothers are carrying around.

so far I'm batting 1000 with the fall flicks (or should I say 3 for 3) - last week we went to 'into the wild' - an absolutely brilliant film and story about a different kind of spiritual quest. I think I'm in a quest rut - for the film before 'into the wild' was 'in the valley of elah.'

f is also for felines on avenue c --not the best of my cat pics but the most recent and capturing what they like to do most! from left to right: merlin, rosie, tsuki & gwen