Hoffman Why?

Photo derived from original by Murray Close: Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) © 2014 – Lionsgate.

Recently Jennifer Heart posted a comment on my Google+ post, Hoffman Heightens Hanks, linking to an old blog post where I expressed my appreciation for the work of the great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died at 46 on February 2, 2014.  I had also written another post elsewhere, now revised and updated here as my reply to Ms. Heart.

READ THE EXCELLENT NY TIMES OBITUARY

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s creativity was magical, his death horrible.  Both were solely, distinctively his own, and both delivered with stunning effect.

When Pete Seeger died a week earlier at 94 on January 27, 2014, I felt deep gratitude for what he gave us. When Philip Seymour Hoffman, who masterfully fused his inflammatory soul with that of every character he played, died Sunday, February 2, at 46, I felt deep pain.

As he sailed away at the end of a great journey, to Seeger I waved g’bye. As he blew overboard to drown, for Hoffman I wanted to know why. It’s a futile question, so I just cried. This is a loss I feel too much, the world probably not enough.  But I am as grateful for Hoffman as for Seeger. Continue reading “Hoffman Why?”

I Believe

For JML

An old Stevie Wonder song covered by a new favorite …
(lyrics below)

I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)

Shattered dreams, worthless years
Here am I encased inside a hollow shell
Life began, then was done
Now I stare into a cold and empty well

The many sounds that meet our ears
the sights our eyes behold
Will open up our merging hearts
And feed our empty souls

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

Without despair we will share
And the joys of caring will not be replaced
What has been must never end
And with the strength we have won’t be erased
When the truths of love are planted firm
They won’t be hard to find
And the words of love I speak to you
will echo in your mind

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

This time

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

And oh that love will call
And if I believe you’re the only one for me

I believe, I believe, I believe, when I fall in love, oh
I believe, I believe, I believe, when I fall in love, oh

When I fall

I believe, I believe, I believe, when I fall

When I fall

When I fall in love

For Kay

Hope you enjoy these, Kay.  If not, well PHOOEY on YOUEE!  (and on Me-ee)

Brooke Leifer – Share the Love (The Pollinator Song):

THERE’S MORE! … Continue reading “For Kay”

Prime Directive for Problem Solving

Prime-Directive

Creative Commons LicenseProblem Solving Prime Directive image and text by Dennis Koenig Copyright © 2016 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Permadi Kaleidoscope Painter

For graphic art fun, visit the new and improved Permadi Kaleidoscope Painter.  Here are some images I created with it, just playing around.

(Imagine what you could do with real talent.)

Please note: these images are copyright protected and marked as such, as I definitely will use them for other purposes.  If you’d like to use one somewhere in a not-for-profit venue, contact me for a not-for-money arrangement to get the original 700×700 pixel version.

More fun for the child in you or with you:

  • 16 of My Favorite Art Websites for Kids, presented by Hayes Art Room / Elementary Art Happenings, the Fairmeadows Elementary art classroom blog.  Strap on your mouse and go nuts.  If there’s a kid at your computer (you don’t have to tell us your age), this is where to magically transform yourself into a super-artist.
  • No doubt most people think it’s just a matter of common sense, but I find common sense often uncannily uncommon.  Most people also think that they know how to raise their kids better than anybody else, when in fact many parents are kids raising kids, and I don’t mean just teenagers.  For these and other reasons I think it’s worth reading Tips for Responding to Your Child’s Artwork by Teresa Woodruff in the Art It Out Therapy Blog.

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