What has life taught you?
I don't care if you are rich enough, thin enough, tan enough. I don't care what car you drive or what car I drive. Or what exclusive club you belong to or about your shiny life on your Facebook page. Actually, all those things start to seem a little ...
March 20, 2015
Immersed in Movies: Director Mathias Malzieu Talks 'Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock ...
Mathias Malzieu has made quite an ambitious little animated feature with Jack and the Cuckoo-Heart Clock (now playing theatrically; the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will be available Oct. 7 from Shout! Factory). The rock star adapted his illustrated novel ...
September 30, 2014
Rising Franc Upends Daily Life in Swiss Borderlands
CAMPIONE D'ITALIA, Italy—Switzerland's decision last month to lift the cap on the franc sent the currency flying 40% against the euro and roiled financial markets world-wide. But for Enrico Lironi, the decision hit painfully close to home. The teacher ...
February 22, 2015
As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in King v. Burwell, all eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts. He was determined to be seen but not heard. He spoke rarely during the hearing and gave no hint of how he might rule on the statutory ...
March 4, 2015
Review: L'italiana in Algeri at the Granada Theatre
The fact that opera is a total art form doesn't mean that it can't be totally silly. L'italiana in Algeri, the twisted Rossini farce that Opera Santa Barbara presented at the Granada on the weekend of March 6, may contain some sentimental love arias ...
March 11, 2015
Jenny Diski on Doris Lessing: 'I was the cuckoo in the nest'
“But I also knew that would be silly because I write so personally anyway. I couldn't see why it should be a big secret. Then I was concerned by the 'Oh God, not another cancer diary' thing. What could be worse? Only another 'new father diary' maybe… ”....
December 7, 2014
My Oscars adventure: parties, film cliques and selfies with Eddie Redmayne
Is the Oscar ceremony as glamorous as it looks? Which losers dropped the brave smiles as soon as the cameras stopped rolling? And who refused to pose for a selfie? Our intrepid reporter reveals all. Hadley Freeman's selfie with Rosamund Pike....
February 23, 2015
Between eight and nine o’clock in the morning. Fyokla, a little beggar-girl of six, is running through the village, looking for Terenty the cobbler. “Uncle, where is Terenty. At last she meets Silanty Silitch, the sacristan , Terenty’s bosom friend. He is coming along, staggering from the wind. “Uncle, where is Terenty. “At the kitchen-gardens,” answers Silanty. The beggar-girl runs behind the huts to the kitchen-gardens and there finds Terenty. the tall old man with a thin, pock-marked face, very long legs, and bare feet, dressed in a woman’s tattered jacket, is standing near the vegetable plots, looking with drowsy, drunken eyes at the dark storm-cloud. On his long crane-like legs he sways in the wind like a starling-cote. “Uncle Terenty. ” the white-headed beggar-girl addresses him. Terenty bends down to Fyokla, and his grim, drunken face is overspread with a smile, such as come into people’s faces when they look at something little, foolish, and absurd, but warmly loved. servant of God, Fyokla,” he says, lisping tenderly, “where have you come from. “Uncle Terenty,” says Fyokla, with a sob, tugging at the lapel of the cobbler’s coat. Holy, holy, holy….
Typically it’s predominantly toddlers with a few preschoolers, but because of the school closures we had a number of older brothers and sisters in the crowd today, with quite a few elementary school aged kids. Like another of my all-time favourites, Bark George , Little Owl Lost lends itself to a bit of comedic over-acting in the delivery – I like to do a few dramatic double-takes when each candidate for the mummy owl is revealed, and make poor little... Funnily enough, some kids just adored The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse , while others just could not wrap their minds around it. A few of the more literal-minded children in the audience wore confused expressions throughout this story – in... I’ve been trying to add in a few calming songs or rhymes at the end of our program, right before the goodbye song. I think of it as a way of wrapping the story time up and creating a sense of closure, rather than abruptly coming to a close right after the exuberant action song section. Today I had the children sit after the elevator song, and we sang the orca whale song, which includes some gentle hand actions.
To impress a pretty lady. You probably know some of Murphy’s Laws. ” “If you drop your peanut buttered toast, it always lands peanut butter side down. There is an alternative version, Murphy’s first cousin Riley, as in “the life of Riley,” who collects “Laws” like the Danny Kaye song verse above. Riley’s Laws feature optimism with a dash of silly. Here are a few examples:. “You can’t help respecting someone who can spell Tuesday, even if he doesn’t spell it right. “If d-u-n doesn’t spell done, what the hell does it spell. ” William Randolph Hearst Sr. “A dog is a dog except when he’s facing you. Then he’s Mr. Dog. “An artist is not a special kind of person. Every person is a special kind of artist. ” Eric Gill. “The spirit of liberty is the spirit that is not quite sure it is right. ” Judge Learned Hand. “I seem to be a verb. ” Buckminster Fuller. Questionable examples—Murphy or Riley. An exchange between Winston Churchill and Lady Astor: She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.