No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
I was so looking forward to checking out the new movie amelia, based on the life of the adventurous aviation pioneer and author amelia earhart. then I read this review. now I think I'll just wait until the movie makes it to hbo or gets released on dvd. that's just as well, my film card, along with the rest of my life, seems to be already overloaded.
this summer I signed on as a reviewer for the upcoming cleveland international film festival. by accepting the offer to review films for the festival I committed myself to watching a minimum of 10 sets of shorts (each set consists of between 6 and 10 films, ranging in length from 5 to 30 minutes), grading and writing a brief review on each film. the sets became available in the middle of september and will continue coming until the end of the year. I'm sure I'll write about the experience sometime in the future. overall it has been a great experience but right now I'm a bit behind schedule.
but that's cool, sometimes one falls behind in order to keep going elsewhere. and I have been going elsewhere - to nyc a couple weeks ago and then meeting the deadline on my big quilt project. but hey, I'm happy to report I made that deadline with time to spare - though not much! for those interested in seeing a snap of the finished quilt check out the magical mouse blog.
in addition to the quilt update, I'm sure a few mouse readers will enjoy a kitten update. this afternoon I received a call from ms. t's mom wanting to know if I was going to be around. there was no stopping love! many thanks to all the mouse's readers who helped the cause by throwing out into the cosmos all those positive vibes! yesterday I took the kitten to the vet and she received a clean bill of health and her first set of immunizations! happy kitten. happy ms. t.
today is the birthday of ali farka touré (b. 31 october 1939 -2006; touré is perhaps one of the african continent’s most internationally renowned musicians. his music may be seen as a fusion of of traditional malian music and north american blues. many consider that the latter is historically derived from the former; martin scorsese credits touré’s traditional music as constituting "the DNA of the blues". touré was ranked number 76 on rolling stone’s list of “the 100 greatest guitarists of all time”.
ali live at segou festival, mali with bassekou kouyate in 2005
photo: rocky river reservation, cleveland 25 october 2009