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Seeing lots of ads tonight on the eve of the election by www.goptrust.com trying to scare people by linking Obama to Rev. Wright. Seeing these ads repeat over and over again on CNN and MSNBC and probably overwhelmingly on FOX.  Disgusting – they can’t win on their own good ideas for the country so they have to keep tossing out the same ol’ tired rhetoric of divisiveness and hate.   Not gonna work this time boys and girls.  I predict a landslide for Obama,  which I think is great, because it signifies a repudiation of the past 8 years and everything that has gone haywire in this country.

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Have recently started subscribing to Bill Moyers Podcast via iTunes. Perfect hour for my usual 3 1/2 mile walk.  Heard a very interesting conversation with James Galbraith (son of John Kenneth Galbraith) on our current economic crisis.

Galbraith argues that modern America has fallen prey to a wealthy, government-controlling “predatory class”:

Today, the signature of modern American capitalism is neither benign competition, nor class struggle, nor an inclusive middle-class utopia. Instead, predation has become the dominant feature — a system wherein the rich have come to feast on decaying systems built for the middle class. The predatory class is not the whole of the wealthy; it may be opposed by many others of similar wealth. But it is the defining feature, the leading force. And its agents are in full control of the government under which we live

Don’t stop there though as Moyers follows up with an interview with Mark Johnson and his ambitious Playing for Change:Peace through Music project. Some great music there. Moyers is easy to listen to – worth subscribing to.

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Oct 17th – mark it on your calendars. The movie opens in theaters with a great cast.

Dakota Fanning (Lily)
Queen Latifah (August)
Jennifer Hudson (Rosaleen)
Alicia Keys (June)
Sophie Okonedo (May)
Paul Bettany (T. Ray)
Tristan Wilds (Zach)

I think Dakota Fanning is an excellent choice for the lead. A great little actress and most likely will do Lily proud. If you still haven’t read the book, do yourself a favor and listen to Jennia Lamia read the audio version of The Secret Life of Bees. You can download a copy at Audible (and enjoy a great trial offer, if you’re not a member). This remains my favorite audiobook of all time and I’ve listened to many (Jim Dale as a narrator of the Harry Potter books is, of course, incredible). Jenna makes this story come alive in a way that just reading it can not.

I recently received a newsletter from Sue Monk Kidd and she detailed her visit to the movie set and how impressed she was with the job they were doing.

Filming moves across the street to shoot Scene 36– Lily and Rosaleen arriving at the Pink House. The light is falling, along with the temperature and everyone is in a rush. As the scene is set up, I talk with thirteen-year-old Dakota Fanning, who tells me her grandmother introduced her to The Secret Life of Bees before she knew she would play Lily. The crew has been telling me that she is brilliant. One of the camera guys showed me the video of her kneeling on grits, and I found her mesmerizing. After it was filmed, the set medic had to ice Dakota’s knees.

So mark that date in your calendars and get the popcorn ready. 🙂

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If you get the chance, check out Annik Ruben’s Slow German Podcast.  I’m trying to brush up on my German that I haven’t used much in the past 30 years and this is a marvelous tool.  It ranks way up there amongst my favorite podcasts.  Her voice is great, the pace is right, the topics are good – wish I would have had this tool when I was teaching High School German many moons ago.  If your German is really good, try out her Schlaflos in München podcast – aber Vorsicht! (sie spricht ganz schnell).  And while you’re at it, check out Language Geek’s website.  I just stumbled upon it, but it looks really good for all you language freaks – I’ll be putting that in my FeedDemon list for sure.

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