“The Snowman”; Happy Holidays!

  I want to wish each and every one of you a happy holiday and may you enjoy peace and prosperity in the New Year to come.  I posted this last year and thought I would share it again…it’s a favorite story of mine and I love the haunting song in this movie which you can hear on the video below.

     In 1978,  English author, Raymond Briggs, published the story “The Snowman”.  It is a wordless book using only illustrations to tell the story.  The pictures are in full color and are in a hazy softness that hints of the falling snow that brings about the story that unfolds.  A movie was made of the book in 1982 and has a different ending than the book but is also wordless except for one song that is sung, “Walking in the Air”.  The movie is 26 minutes long.

     The movie (and the book) came to my attention in 1982 when I was approached by our family hairdresser who asked if our two daughters, then 9 and 7, would like to assist her husband in the review of a new children’s movie.  Her husband, Jay Boyer, was the movie critic for the Orlando Sentinel at the time.  He would interview each of them for their opinions after the screening and they would be quoted in the subsequent write up .  The girls were very excited about getting to see the movie before it opened to the public and were accompanied by two other children and Jay on the day that they went to do their “job”.  They also missed a day of school–even more fun.

This is the movie version:

     A small boy builds a snowman after a heavy snowfall.  He continues to look out at it as he joins his family inside at the end of the day.

     However, the boy can’t sleep and he goes downstairs and opens the front door to check on his friend.  The clock strikes twelve and the snowman magically comes to life.  The snowman joins him inside as the boy shows him around the house and the wonders of TV, a light switch, running water, etc.  He doesn’t care for the fireplace…the refrigerator, he loves!

     They return outside and the snowman decides to show the boy his world and gently they glide up into the sky.  They fly over London and off towards the North Pole to meet up with Father Christmas.  Father Christmas greets the boy and gives him a gift of a scarf.  The boy and his friend return to the boy’s home.

     In the morning, as he awakens, the boy runs to the yard and finds that his friend has melted by the morning sun.  As he puts his hand in his robe’s pocket, he finds the scarf.

     The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film.  It was scored by Howard Blake who wrote the music and lyrics and conducted his own orchestra, Sinfonia of London.  “Walking in the Air” was sung by St. Paul’s Cathedral choir boy, Peter Auty.

     You can watch it in it’s entirety on Vimeo.

How Wolves Change Rivers

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ysa5OBhXz-Q?feature=player_embedded

The Bardo Group is celebrating Wilderness Week, beginning August 31, in conjunction with the 50 year anniversary of the signing in 1964 of Wilderness Act.  Stop in and read some great articles and poetry on the wild:  http://intothebardo.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/celebrating-50-years-of-wilderness-protection/

The amazing story of how Diablo became Spirit

Posted on YouTube by Arjan Postma

“The Snowman”–Happy Holidays!

    I want to wish each and every one of you a happy holiday and may you enjoy peace and prosperity in the New Year to come.  I posted this last year and thought I would share it again…it’s a favorite story of mine and I love the haunting song in this movie which you can hear on the video below.

     In 1978,  English author, Raymond Briggs, published the story “The Snowman”.  It is a wordless book using only illustrations to tell the story.  The pictures are in full color and are in a hazy softness that hints of the falling snow that brings about the story that unfolds.  A movie was made of the book in 1982 and has a different ending than the book but is also wordless except for one song that is sung, “Walking in the Air”.  The movie is 26 minutes long.

     The movie (and the book) came to my attention in 1982 when I was approached by our family hairdresser who asked if our two daughters, then 9 and 7, would like to assist her husband in the review of a new children’s movie.  Her husband, Jay Boyer, was the movie critic for the Orlando Sentinel at the time.  He would interview each of them for their opinions after the screening and they would be quoted in the subsequent write up .  The girls were very excited about getting to see the movie before it opened to the public and were accompanied by two other children and Jay on the day that they went to do their “job”.  They also missed a day of school–even more fun.

This is the movie version:

     A small boy builds a snowman after a heavy snowfall.  He continues to look out at it as he joins his family inside at the end of the day.

     However, the boy can’t sleep and he goes downstairs and opens the front door to check on his friend.  The clock strikes twelve and the snowman magically comes to life.  The snowman joins him inside as the boy shows him around the house and the wonders of TV, a light switch, running water, etc.  He doesn’t care for the fireplace…the refrigerator, he loves!

     They return outside and the snowman decides to show the boy his world and gently they glide up into the sky.  They fly over London and off towards the North Pole to meet up with Father Christmas.  Father Christmas greets the boy and gives him a gift of a scarf.  The boy and his friend return to the boy’s home.

     In the morning, as he awakens, the boy runs to the yard and finds that his friend has melted by the morning sun.  As he puts his hand in his robe’s pocket, he finds the scarf.


     The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film.  It was scored by Howard Blake who wrote the music and lyrics and conducted his own orchestra, Sinfonia of London.  “Walking in the Air” was sung by St. Paul’s Cathedral choir boy, Peter Auty.

     You can watch it in it’s entirety on Vimeo.

Rest in natural great peace…

 

Words spoken by Sogyal Rinpoche inspired by a poem by Nyoshul Ken Rinpoche set to music written and performed by Richard Page.  Uploaded by 66greybeard.

Photo:  Sogyal Rinpoche, Google Images

Sharing this inspirational video with Occupy Blogosphere at Souldippers blog: http://souldipper.wordpress.com/

The 11th Panchen Lama

     In 1995, at the age of six, a young boy was recognized as Tibet’s reincarnated 11th Panchen Lama, one of that country’s most important religious leaders.  Young Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was so recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Shortly thereafter, the Chinese government took him and his family into custody and have not been seen since.  The previous 10th Panchen Lama had died under mysterious conditions in 1989.  He had been a vocal advocate for Tibetan culture and autonomy.

     On April 25, 2012 the Panchen Lama turned 23 years of age.  Seventeen of those years have been spent in captivity without knowledge of his whereabouts.

     The Chinese government had asserted themselves in the search for the reincarnated Panchen Lama and assigned someone of their own choosing as the religious leader.  Now, this government-assigned Panchen Lama has been given a title in Chinese government equal to the status of a congressman and has been active in making propaganda statements for his regime against Tibetans.

     Peoples worldwide and human rights groups have called for the immediate release of the Panchen Lama.  Under these conditions, there is great concern by many that his life is threatened.  The government of China has remained silent on this issue.

     You can find out more information on http://www.savetibet.org.  This is the website for the International Campaign for Tibet which serves to protect the people of Tibet from human rights violations and mobilizing assistance in education and development for its people.  Or, see Students for a Free Tibet https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama

 Photo from Save Tibet.org

Uploaded by Students for a Free Tibet

Getting Closer to a Death Penalty-Free World

Uploaded by AmnestyUSA on March 21, 2012

What do you know about the death penalty?
Did you know that of 198 countries in the world, only 20 carried out executions in 2011? That the USA was the only country in the G8* to execute people? That worldwide, 18,750 people are living with a death sentence?
We’re getting closer to a death penalty-free world, but there is still far to go — especially in the US. Learn more about Amnesty’s campaign to end capital punishment, once and for all.

*The countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Representatives from these countries meet to discuss economic concerns.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/abolish

Offered for Occupy Blogosphere over at Soul Dipper’s place:  http://souldipper.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/occupy-blogosphere-thursday-march-29-2012/

Kindergarten Guitar Band

Guitar Ensemble
“Our Kindergarten Teacher”
Kindergarten of Ch’ŏngam-guyŏk (Ch’ŏngjin-si, DPR Korea)

Video uploaded by xtracoolvideos

Breaking the Illusion of Limitation

First song “Joga” by Bjork; second “Goodbye Forever” by Arovane

Uploaded by Namaste1001

Offering this for Souldipper’s Occupy Blogosphere:  http://souldipper.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/occupy-blogosphere-thursday-february-23-2012/

Carolina Wren

Video uploaded by Wildbird50

Amongst the trailing vines
and brush lain on the ground,
is found an impish bird, a
shape of squatting round.

Strong in presence,
though tiny and quick,
distinct, white eyebrows curve
over beaded, black blinks.

Plump, though with charm,
he trills a rapid staccato
that sounds like teakettle,
loud, insistent with alarm.

Agile, cheerful, lively,
with short, bobbed tails that cock up
and down, they’re dainty and yet,
possess formidable personality.

Their orangey, cream breasts
show up in bright relief against
the deep red of the Hibiscus.
Cinnamon brown spices up the rest.

Barred markings on tail and wing,
patterned design is appended.
Hopping, flitting, trilling, scolding,
staking his territory as he sings.

The woods, forests, wherever
trees grow dense, offer him
a tangled haven of nesting
vegetation and ample cover.

Scaling trunks of the tall,  scrub pine
searching for insects with swift,
sure jabs of his strong, short beak,
his success is sufficient for the family’s dine.

A most enthralling bird,
I admire with fascination
and with equal veneration.  He’s
the opposite of me…he isn’t demure.

These birds are common in my yard here in Central Florida.

Joining in with the prompt today at dVerse Poets–The Object is Poetics:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/02/04/the-object-is-poetics/#comments

“Earth to America”

 

I like this message.  From:   stopglobalwarming.org

Jazz for Cows

Enjoy–these cows did!

Tibetan Singing Bowls

Tibetan bowl of bronze
multi harmonic frequencies
generate balance,
relaxation and healing. 

Listen with your soul
as the reverberation
takes you on a journey
through timelessness. 

Change your awareness
through sound and the
waves of sacred tones
of the ancient singing bowl.

 

The Girl Effect–WE HAVE A SITUATION ON OUR HANDS



If born a girl
in today’s world,
extra pressure
may be your toil.
Not quite as valued,
somehow less than,
a grim reminder
to stay vigilant.
Keep your head,
be heedful of those
who will try to
demean you
and keep you
downtrodden.
Stay in school;
be a good girl.
Education is
freedom
from many
world woes.

And as you
grow stronger
and can see
what is healing,
spread the word
among others like you.
The power is yours
to be a strong vortex.
Women carry strength
for nurturing and care
but also for perseverance
against prevailing
crosswinds.

The families’ core
is a woman’s heart.
Have pride
in yourself;
take good care.
And if you should
falter and ask
what’s the use,
just think of me
and the millions alike
who carry you close in our
collective hearts.

Support The Girl Effect:  http://www.girleffect.org/

LISTENING: An Acrostic

Julian Treasure on Ted.com on listening:

http://www.wimp.com/listenbetter/


Laudable is he who can listen with full attention.

Intrinsic is the need to connect with one another;

Sit in considerate silence when each other speaks.

Take the time to pay heed to surrounding sounds,

Engaging in active concentration and awareness while

Nurturing yourself in practicing absorbed interest.

Indulge in the meditation of the resonance that IS,

Nourishing mindfulness that supports your being and

Garners conscious discernment along the way.

Clara Bow

A short video clip of  silent screen star Clara Bow’s movie “It” after which she became known as the “It Girl”:

Sensuous flapper,

roaring twenties vamp.


Noncomformist,

she was herself.


Provocative screen star

even through silence.


Earnest simplicity

was her appeal.


Sexual mores

she helped chill out.


Coy glances with

dark eyes smouldering.


Poised yet free-spirited,

the “It” girl.


Those “bow”ed lips

brought her fame.

My entry for dVerse prompt Silent Films  http://dversepoets.com/2011/09/03/poetics-shhh-silent-films/

Special Mothers…

Amazing Bird Sounds from the Lyre Bird

 

David Attenborough presents the amazing lyre bird, which mimics the calls of other birds – and chainsaws and camera shutters – in this video clip from The Life of Birds. This clever creature is one of the most impressive and funny in nature, with unbelievable sounds to match the beautiful pictures. From the BBC.

Two Dogs Dining

I had to share this video that one of my sisters sent me today.  It made me giggle out loud.  I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=EVwlMVYqMu4&vq=medium#t=125

It’s a beautiful day…

Rescued Baby Hummingbird

Uploaded by  on May 16, 2010

This is a baby hummingbird I rescued after it was attacked. The song is “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

This is very, very sweet.  Just to be clear, I did not rescue this hummingbird.  A friend shared this with me from YouTube.

The History of the Parliament of World’s Religions

My two daughters were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions that was held in Barcelona, Spain in 2004.  Here is a short video that tells the history of this important gathering between religious communities.

Crow and kitten are friends

Finnegan

A charming video of squirrelly Finnegan.

Happy Holidays…

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