Category Archives: Moving

9 Nights Before Christmas…

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“Tonight, these men were drawn to that altar like it was a fire in the middle of winter.

Even those who aren’t devout came to warm themselves.”

~Palmer, Joyeux Noel

{Watch}

A somber but beautiful film to put things in perspective…

{Make}

Let’s make a La bûche de Noël (aka Yule log) to share with our neighbors!

{Listen}

Tonight’s playlist is filled with traditional carols…

 

** You can also access my playlist here at Grooveshark**

9 more “sleeps” to go…here’s to peace on earth!

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Literature Snippet…

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Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches,

and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows,

looked down upon her.

The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when–

the match went out.

The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher,

she saw them now as stars in heaven . . .

~Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match Girl

P.S. Have you seen the animated Disney short of The Little Match Girl…it’s beautiful!!

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Afghanistan: More than War…

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Afghanistan

…what comes to your mind first?

I must admit “War,” Taliban,” and “Suffering” pop into my mind (sadly)…but as these photographs show there is much more to the country & its citizens.

The brilliant photographer Seamus Murphy’s work was featured on NPR which show an

Unexpected Afghanistan:

…Be sure to check out NPR for more of Murphy’s inspiring photographs!

{Images via NPR}

Taking on a Dictator…

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Hearing the title of the film “Mugabe and the White African” left me more than a little skeptical.  However, after watching a trailer of the covertly shot film I became intrigued by the story of Michael Campbell and his family. 

When the film was made Campbell was one of only a few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe after President Robert Mugabe began a land seizure program in 2000:

Since then the country has descended into chaos, the economy brought to its knees by the reallocation of formerly white-owned farms to ZANU-PF friends and officials with no knowledge, experience or interest in farming. Mike, like hundreds of white farmers before him, has suffered years of multiple land invasions and violence at his farm.

In 2008, Mike, 75 years old and a grandfather – unable to call upon the protection of any Zimbabwean authorities and unable to even rely on the support of his fellow white farmers, all facing the same brutal intimidation – took the unprecedented step of challenging Robert Mugabe before the SADC (South African Development Community) international court, charging him and his government with racial discrimination and of violations of Human Rights. 

This film is an intimate account of one family’s astonishing bravery in the face of brutality, in a fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country. The outcome of the court case potentially determining not just the future that lies ahead for Mike and his family, but the future of millions of ordinary Zimbabweans who continue to suffer at the hands of a dictator who, in setting his own countrymen against each other, has demonstrated that he cares only for power.

On the brink of losing everything, Mike and his family (wife Angela, daughter Laura and her husband Ben Freeth) stand united by their courage, their faith and their hope. Mike knows the personal risk to himself and his family that this case brings. Whatever the verdict by the court, this audacious and unprecedented stand may yet cost them their lives.

{synopsis via here}

While I highly recommend this movie I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more of an explanation of the country’s long, tumultuous and racially-divided history.  This would shed light on why the land seizure program was proposed & originally supported by the citizens.  It would also provide some back story on how Mugabe came to power & the roots of his own racism. 

** Click here for a timeline of Zimbabwe & Mugabe’s rule **

** Click here for some background info to put the film in context **

Despite it all this is a truly powerful & emotional film that really makes you think & question long after the credits have rolled.  What would you do in the same situation?  Would you stay & fight a dictator? 

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