September 16, 2014 – Watch me


Art Or Hate?

On October  8th 1985, Leon Klinghoffer was on vacation, cruising through the Middle East with his wife, Marilyn. Four hijackers took control of the ship. After being refused permission to dock in Syria, the hijackers murdered Mr. Klinghoffer.

The Death Of Klinghoffer, is an opera based upon the hijacking of the ship and the death of Mr. Klinghoffer.

Have I seen it? No. Have I read a lot about in the press? Yes.

I am all for free speech and art. Free speech is one of the cornerstones of this country’s government.  Art is one thing that frees many of us from the doldrums and heartaches of life.

But the question is, is it art or is it hate?

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I do sympathize with the Palestinian people who are caught between a rock and a hard place. But I do not sympathize with those who kill for a political or religious cause or threaten to take away someone’s life because the other individual has a different set of beliefs.

In this current political climate that we live, I believe that a little sensitivity is required. Do I think this opera should been staged? No.

I am all for art, but not this kind of art.



With great power comes great responsibility.-Peter Parker, Spider-man

Fame is something that many aspire to gain. But fame also has its downsides.

It doesn’t matter if someone’s fame comes from the stage, the screen, or the sports arena, they are still famous. They still have millions of people who admire their work and their person.

No one is perfect, well have our faults, but when you are famous, everything is magnified.

The Ray Rice scandal has recently brought up questions about the personal lives of the NFL players off the field. If a player does something we think is morally wrong, is he to be punished a mere slap on the wrist or does he forfeit his career?

Hannah Storm, of Sports Center fame, tells an emotional story. Watching the media coverage with her daughters, Ms. Storm was forced to answer a series of tough questions asked her daughters about the scandal.

As a parent, how does one answer those questions? How does one explain to children of both sexes that Mr. Rice’s actions are wrong?  What does a parent say when a young girl sees an abused wife stay with her husband? How does that parent tell their son that hitting a woman is wrong and on the flip side, how does that parent tell their daughter that if she is in that situation one day, she should leave? How is it be explained to these children that NFL did not fire Mr. Rice right away?

It’s a tough question that I do not know how to answer.

Too Soon

One of the stores by my house has already put out some of their Christmas stuff.

Kmart has already come out with their not a Christmas commercial.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has started to air their commercials.

Is it me, or is Christmas starting to be advertised earlier than it was ten years ago?

I have nothing against Christmas. Spending time with family, giving gifts, etc, is enjoyable and wonderful.

However, with Christmas comes winter. With winter comes snow, cold temperatures and putting multiple layers just to take out the garbage.

I understand the stores reasons for advertising Christmas early, but I would like to enjoy my fall first.

It’s too soon.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Review

PBS has become a staple of my Sunday night television viewing, thanks to Downton Abbey.

But with the American premiere of Downton Abbey several months away, PBS still keeps rolling out great programming to keep their audience entertained until January.

Tonight, PBS aired the first episode of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. This multi part miniseries follows the lives of former Theodore Roosevelt, his niece Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband, former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Using a single narrative as the structure of the documentary, Ken Burns and his team start with the birth of Theodore in the 1850’s and will end with the death of Eleanor in the 1960’s.

It is more than a stiff and predictable documentary.  Using pictures, archival footage, newspaper accounts of the day and personal letters and diaries, these three giants of American history are brought back to life. Another stroke of genius was to use notable actors to record the personal writing of the three subjects. Paul Giamatti is the voice of Theodore, Meryl Streep is the voice of Eleanor and Edward Hermann is the voice of Franklin.

I was so enthralled that I thought it was a fictional Shakespearean drama, not a real life story of one of the greatest political families that this country has ever seen. I highly recommend it and I am looking forward to the next chapter tomorrow night.

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