Monthly Archives: May 2013
You might have started both films with the words ‘once upon a time’ because each movie takes place in the past and tells a story about a period in history that it is hard to believe existed.
A racist and discriminatory time in American history is depicted in the movie 42. It is difficult to understand how people in a supposedly Christian nation could ever have behaved in such an uncharitable and inhumane way. The cruelty with which Jackie Robinson was treated when he became the first black man to play major league baseball is difficult to watch. Yet if anything I think the movie down played the severity of the persecution he experienced.
Jackie Robinson is a real fairy tale like hero as is his supportive and determined wife. Movie viewers cannot help but be on their side and root for them to succeed. They have our sympathy.
The Great Gatsby depicts a time in history when the members of America’s upper class were excessively wealthy and their lives consumed with the pursuit of pleasure. It is difficult to understand how in country which espoused equal opportunities for all, some people could have behaved in such an elitist, selfish and corrupt way.
The protagonists of The Great Gatsby were not fairy tale like heroes. I certainly had no affection for its male hero Jay Gatsby even though he’d had a fairy tale like ascension to wealth and privilege. I felt no sympathy for the shallow female protagonist Daisy who could so easily toss love aside in favor of self-preservation.
You couldn’t have ended either movie with happily ever after, because the issues raised in both movies haven’t really been resolved.
There is still a great deal of discrimination in the sports arena. Most female athletes do not have equal opportunities or equal pay with male athletes and it is only recently that the first professional gay athlete has been open about his sexuality. Most still live in fear of the repercussions of such honesty. Times are different then they were in 1947 when Jackie Robinson played his first major league ball game, but not so different.
There are still wide gaps between the rich and poor. Data from the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of Commerce indicates the inequality between rich and poor in the United States is greater than it has been in more than 30 years. The graph above shows that the present situation is much like that of the 1920’s- the time period of the Great Gatsby.
Both The Great Gatsby and 42 have some fairy tale like qualities but they are not fairy tales. They depict real life situations that do not resolve themselves the way a fairy tale would.
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Recognize this Rembrandt? Read all about it and some of the other great paintings on display right now as part of the 100 Masters exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. I’ve done my first blog post about this once in a life time exhibit on my Destination Winnipeg site.
When we visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York I was overwhelmed! I knew I couldn’t possibly see or study everything in the short time we’d be there. I needed a theme! It didn’t take long before I realized I was being drawn to all the intriguing representations of motherhood. I decided to take photos of any piece of art that depicted motherhood in some way. Here is a selection of my favourites.
Mothers nourish their children.
Mothers teach their children
Mothers are role models for their children.
Mothers carry their children till they can walk on their own.
Mothers create a home for their children.
Mothers make their children feel beautiful.
Mothers risk their lives for their children.
Mothers care tenderly for their children.
Mothers share their delight in their children with their partner.
Mothers encourage their children.
Mothers are their children’s protectors.
Mothers work to provide for their children.
Mothers establish meaningful rituals in their children’s lives.
Mothers can do many things at once for their children.
Mothers comfort their children.
Mothers have enough love for all their children.
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Dave and I took a cooking class last night! Read all about it on my Destination Winnipeg site.
Just finished the 2013 MS Walk. You can read all about it on my Destination Winnipeg site.