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?”

Ponder This 5/28/17

Omar El Akkad – Harper’s Index – John Burroughs – Kahlil Gibran – The Grifters – Keb Mo – Mignon McLaughlin

This is the second post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Sometimes I’ll stick in a DK original.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  There is a menu item above where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags to the left of each post.

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Vive le président Emmanuel Macron!

Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president of France since Napoleon, sworn in on May 14, 2016

 

I am happy to see that France yet retains the health to avoid contracting the debilitating Trumprexit Fever.

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

Nature’s Troubled Rights

Yay New Zealand, Ecuador (first country to grant constitutional rights to nature), Bolivia and India.  Continue reading below the video for another look at the matter.

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HOWEVER …

Thank you, Lisa Brunetti of Zeebra Designs and Destinations, whose “artist’s eyes never rest,” not only for art’s sake, but for goodness, truth and beauty in everything and everyone, amplified by her various art media, including her writing and photography.  Thank you for sharing these links, giving us a broader perspective on the environmental situation in Ecuador …

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a war?

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hold on to your stomach.

Video Blast: Barney Rand Paul Fife, Dopey Cop Lesson for Killer Cops, and a Soundtrack for the Times — STILL

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I heard Barney Fife on the radio today, after all these many long years.  He said, “I have a message” and yada yada blah blah baloney.

Well, it sure as heck SOUNDED like Fife.  Listen to it here on YouTube.  I don’t mean the message, just the sound of his voice and manner of speaking.  Just poking fun at Randie.

As for his message, I don’t care WHAT Rand Paul says.  He’s the scariest prospect for an Oval Office occupant since George Wallace.

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Barney’s Finest Moment
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I understand that plenty of folks don’t know our beloved Barney, so take a look at this clip of him in his finest moment.

In this clip, Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) gives a speech that our quick-drawing gun-slinging cops need to consider before they empty 8 rounds into a man’s BACK as he flees, and then yell at the downed victim twice to put his hands behind his back and then cuff him.  Shoot’em, Danno.

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A Book’em Danno Moment
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I refer to the video of the alleged (apparent, obvious, and maybe inevitable) murder of Walter Scott by police officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, SC on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.  Watching the video, I count 7 rounds, then a hesitation, then the 8th just for good measure.

On first glance, it looked to me as if the first four shots missed.  Was the cop on dope?  Then I read in the NY Times article:

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Phone-rude Contagion; Epidemic Incurable

I reserve the right to grieve and mourn, but I just have to accept the inescapable fact of it.  Phone calling etiquette is dead.  Never again will I hear the sweet sound of a caller introducing themselves politely before they start asking me questions.

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I have this strange notion that a phone is a point of entry to my home, like a door.  I owe no caller the obligation to open the door, or answer the phone, or even to turn on the ringer/bell/beep/ringtone, especially since 95% of all my callers are people I don’t need to talk to, don’t want to talk to, and wish they’d take me off their calling list (which I tell them … politely, for fear they’ll just add me to another one).

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The Funny Side of Life

About this song (brief excerpts from Wikipedia article): Continue reading “The Funny Side of Life”

Free Air for the Disabled

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This is not digital imagery gimmickry.  Who would have thought to make this up anyway?  It’s a real wall, at the Stewart’s store in Dannemora, NY, shot in person by Yours Truly.  By the way, this parking space is the farthest one from the door.  Market Uber Alles.     Continue reading “Free Air for the Disabled”