Saturday, October 31, 2009


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.
Amelia Earhart (1897 - missing 1937) aviator and author

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


ArtSparker said...

Cue Twilight Zone music....just read a section of Sheri Tepper's "the Magrarets" in which cat-like alien beings appear and give their magic kitten to a little girl to raise so it can perform heroic deeds in the future...and by the way, you might want to watch the studio Ghibli animated feature "The Cat Returns" with Ms. T.

Baino said...

Just had a meander over to your quilting blog. Beautiful things but that latest one takes the cake, I love the way the colours gradient to blue. Just beautiful.

Roy said...

Hmmmm... It looks very much like there might be a Hobbit living under that tree.

Good news that Ms T's parents couldn't resist the power of true love.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

as - a friend recommended the magrarets a mback and I forgot to jot the title down on my ongoing lists, so glad you jogged my memory. off to the library website to put a hold on it least I forget again.

thanks for the heads up about the cat returns

baino - thanks!! I'm very pleased that it turned - when I interviewed the groom to find out their likes - he said we love all the colors, so that was the inspiration for trying to capture the color spectrum

roy - I must admit I was surprised ms. t's parents came around - but hard not to see the mutual attraction! and they are fellow cat lovers and with two very old cats realize that maybe the addition of lilo would be a good move

Megan said...

I'm skipping Amelia too. :(

And thank you Susan - that's another book that goes on the list!

Happy Halloween to Ave C and best wishes to Ms T and her new companion.


tattytiara said...

I used to volunteer for a film society. I saw so many wonderful films I'd never have seen otherwise, and for free!

Tom said...

love the tree roots...sometimes keeping your nose to the ground can be just as interesting as having your head in the clouds.

And Ebert also gave the movie a 'just ok' rating...not much new to see here...

Kate Hanley said...

Wow you do sound busy but as a film buff I think it's great that you get to review films for a festival. I love going to festivals and watching the shorts, they are my favorite part.