We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Friday, April 29, 2016

By Chance Meetings On Social Media

Our world is changing and I believe it is a great thing in many. 

      I have met through social media many talented people as well as a few arses. It may be true even that for some social media keeps us apart while, for myself it does not. I actually learn more and meet folks online since we live in a very rural area and going into town daily is not feasible.  

      Today, by chance through Twitter I found a Kick starter fund raising request for a new short film called "Scythe" by Jim Rothman. So, I am a noisy person and through asking questions found one of his brilliant films called "Minutes" on YouTube. It is only 17 minutes long and will gut you. People are flawed, we all have our prejudices. We often pre-judge others by the behaviors we 'usually' are guilty of as far as judgement mistakes. 

This is what stuck out for me.

     When sitting in the Clinic, Jacob (Rothman) sees a man (Michael McDonald) he passed judgement on before. This man, John turns his head and Jacob sees a sore on the back of John's neck.  Jacob's physical reaction is palpable since, he may be viewing a piece of his own future.  I am not going to give much away because the film is only 17 minutes.  It is so worth your time to check it out.  I will will use the film later as a discussion point for our sons about compassion. 

This quote stands out 
    "Does it hurt?" asks Jacob.
    "Only the Solitude." answers John.
(I actually teared up again.)

Jim Rothman

I am going back to find his other work / films.

So I leave you with "Minutes" by John Rothman

Rothman's next project is 'Scythe' which, you can search for on Kick Starter's website by clicking the name in this sentence. Then type Scythe into the search menu. 

Nekkid Chicken

Saturday, April 23, 2016

4/21/16 My Icons Are Dying

     The last time I cried more than once over a celebrity was when I learned that Nina Simone had died, I was wiped out emotionally for awhile. Her music seem to just mirror all the things in my heart and soul were experiencing.  David Bowie was a kick in the gut as well and I mourned. Prince's death is the one that actually made me cry -- the ugly cry.
     I am usually pretty good at compartmentalizing to keep my bipolar mood swings in check.  If I opened my mouth I would have been a puddle on the floor on Thursday. I just did not want to share how much his art and music meant to me.  I usually do not geek out and follow actors, writers, or artists.  Don't get me wrong I love music, books, movies and all forms of art.  There was just something unique in his vision.  

     I was in actual shock though when hubby told me on 4/21/16 that he was dead and glued myself to the news.  Man, the wind was sucked right out of me.  He was controversial because of his lyrics and music to many folks. To me however, he was a liberator, an artist's artist, poet, and musical genius.  His talent playing the guitar and piano incomparable to no other. 

     Once, the drug rumors started to hit the air waves I tuned out.  I just could not take anymore speculation.  Now on this evening,  I will keep my thoughts and poems private. I just want to send some good will into the universe as I wave my purple pen in honor of an artist who will continue to live in my heart.  RIP Prince Rogers Nelson 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Not so Informed, We are Just Entertained

Today Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am in mourning for America.

     With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle in the 90s, the assumption should support a well-informed American public.  This however is not the case.  Look at what is on your cable networks, with the shutdown of Al Jazeera – America, the public look for information about the world are down to:
1.      CNN (supports Clinton or Trump’s shenanigans.)
2.      Fox News (supports the conservative right.)
3.      MSNBC (supports the progressive left.)

4.      HLN (covers trials, forensic files, and other pop culture snippets)
Now for the other offerings are 4 channels with business news, 2 weather channel, 2 channels to cover the House and Senate.  No wonder Americans are so uninformed. Our news broadcasts have become a pop culture and entertainment industry.  There is no place on our cable (DIRECTV network) to check in for information based upon empirical fact-based information.  I miss the day of NPR, Current, and now sadly Al Jazeera-America.

     I will not bow down through and become a mindless drone that is spoon-fed information by entertainers as fact.  I will go to other sources to stay informed about my community, national issues and our world.  For the record, I am teaching our sons how to find information using the internet.  I just hope those who take the time to read; do the same. 

Sad and disgusted,
Nekkid Chicken
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