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For me, J.K. Rowling has caught the essence of much that I treasure in her lively tales of a boy’s coming of age: the nature of the evil that we all face in this world, and the absolute necessity of resisting it; courage and humor in the face of adversity; honor, in doing that which is right, not that which is expedient; and that freedom is worth fighting for.
Similarly to C. S. Lewis, in his Chronicles of Narnia series, Ms. Rowling has covered the great themes of life: friendship and loyalty; life and death; but, most importantly, that love transcends all. And she has done so with an exuberance and honesty which children of all ages recognize and respond to. Ah, the joy…I’d be willing to step through the Wardrobe, or onto the Hogwart’s Express in a heartbeat… But I digress!
Not the so with the films! (Best Minerva McGonagall beady-eyed glare).
Last night, my roommate (a shout out and a thank you!) brought home the DVD of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 from the local Library. It had just arrived, and she knew that I had recently watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It’s nice to watch sequels concurrently. I found both movies to be perfect examples of, “Just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do it.”
I enjoyed everything about the first three movies immensely. They retained the sense of wonder, humor and joy of the books, and I thought their casting, scripting, and pacing to be splendid. As with the books, I fell in love with the movie characters. It’s been some time since I viewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so I won’t comment here. I don’t think that I’ve seen Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so again I won’t comment. Since I have watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, I am allowed to pontificate. Both movies are hampered by lack of love, lack of chemistry, lack of humor, and most fatally, they lacked pacing. They dragged!
I acknowledge that the latter books of the series become increasingly darker as Harry matures and confronts ever more dangerous situations. That’s life. It’s to be expected. It happens for all of us. However, where each book contained multiple ‘laugh out loud’ passages…regrettably most had been edited from the movie scripts. Both movies were overloaded with wiz-bang special effects that completely overshadowed the characters and their stories. For me, both the acting and the writing were stiff and wooden. The spark was gone, gone, gone….Harry Potter, you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling… I sincerely hope your producers find it again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. It will be a cryin’ shame if such a wonderful series concludes on a movie downer.
Note to future writers and producers: People watch movies and read books because they’ve fallen in love with the characters, and because the plot lines are good…not because of special effects! Ms. Rowling not only didn’t forget this in her books, she succeeded brilliantly. So, writers and producers, get your priorities in order. Focus on the primary elements of character and plot line. Keep special effects in its proper role as a supporting tool. When special effects upstage the story line and the characters, we all lose. Character is everything…both in fiction and in real life.
P.S. For those of you who might be looking for good audio editions of the Harry Potter stories, may I suggest those narrated by Steven Fry as being superb. I find Mr. Fry’s command of character accents to be amazing, and his ability to convey the ‘ridiculous’ to be…slyly entertaining! In short, everything that the latter movies are not!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Then came the collateral, flooding damage of the failed levees after Hurrican Katrina... and please remeber that Hurrican Katrina DID NOT hit New Orleans... it hit THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST! The infrastructure of Eastern New Orleans, including the existing bureaucratic, educational system, was esentially destroyed by corruption... and the parents, who have remained or returned to the city, have had to step forward and take their God ordained responsibility for their children's education. I am so happy for and proud of them.
This video will explain why I have more hope (that is, hope with real basis) for the future of my beloved second home. God bless the parents and teachers who are fighting for excellence in education for their children, the hope of the city and nation.
Never take anybody's word for the truth. Do your own homework. Verify!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Generally in order of appearance, these are the bloomers in my July/August garden: Crepe Myrtle; Garden Phlox; Lycoris Squamigira (aka Naked Lady Lily); Philippine Lily; Cashmere Bouquet; Confederate Jasmine; Pink and Blue Buddlieas, New Gold Lantana and Homestead Verbena. July/August is all pink, white, yellow and purple, and the butterflys and birds have been going crazy.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776
Let us never forget that this document is the most complete embodiment of what it means to be an American. Our fore fathers made this contract with God that they and their descendents would be responsible to the God of the Universe as individual citizens, and would hold their government responsible to God and the citizens. If we have not done so, we can only ask God for forgiveness, do our best to return to His ways, and ask Him to honor His promise,
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Pollution arouses passions, yes; but, being lied to arouses even more passions. Case in point: the recent exposure of the falsified data from the IPCC on supposed anthropogenic global warming. As it turns out, there hasn’t been any warming of the Earth in over ten years. We are actually in a cooling cycle. They LIED! The data was deliberately FALSIFIED!
Oh, but what about that horrible CO2 that humans create, and Carbon Trading we need to save the World? CO2 hasn’t changed in a long time, and is less now than it was in the past. Claiming that there is more was just a political lie to gain power. Actually the more CO2 you have in the atmosphere, the better the plants grow. It’s called photosynthesis. We need it. And as to the Carbon Trading, let me tell you a secret. I was a commodity trader for many years. Carbon Trading is simply a grand scale commodity trading scam to transfer money from your pocket into the pockets of dishonest politicians… arguably the greatest scam yet in the history of the world. As with every good mystery...follow the money!
Writers, if you want something serious to write about, write about corruption, and the hero who exposes it, and defends truth. Our government has excellent examples of the corruption. If you want accurate scientific information, go to: CFACT. The scientists and researchers at CFACT are under the aegis of Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchly. He is one of the World’s great mathematicians, a real genius, and he nailed the Global Warming Creeps because he also has a cast iron pair, and is willing to go to the wall for the truth! He's the real hero!
If anyone would like for me to supply specific scientific sources, let me know. I can’t promise to be timely, but I will get back to you.
Monday, June 14, 2010
America has had a complicated racial history... nothing's perfect, after all. It would be impossibe to be otherwise with people from all over the globe coming here to pursue their unique "American Dream". That's what has made America different.
As in everything, there have always been those who would seek to divide and profit from the differences, both real and imagined, of others. However, thankfully, there have also always been those who saw character rather than color. That is what this video is about. Americans are reawakening to their common rights and duties as citizens.
The only color that Freedom knows is RED, WHITE, AND BLUE! I am so proud of all my patrot friends. Some of you, I happen to know your color...but most I have no idea, and I don't care...YOU ARE MY FRIEND...AND YOU ARE A PATRIOT!!!
Writing to Awaken Her Country