I’d like to think that I am a strong man Not the kind of strength that is about muscles (thankfully) But the brute emotional strength that can bench press Refrigerator-sized heartaches with ease
I’d like to think that I am a patient man Having vision of what is to come and the Awareness of what diligence will be required to get there Orienting myself and my family when direction is lost
I’d like to think that I am a confident man Standing tall in crowd, not shying from a fight Confident enough not to need to question myself And more left over to ensure those around me
I’d like to think that I am a believable man That I can play the role with precision and grace A strong, patient, and confident man on stage and off Not breaking character, but always the man I’d like to be
I’m not much of a writer, but this just hit me this morning. I hope you find something in it you like. –Levi
I’ve recently started reading Mountain Man, by Vardis Fisher. I’m sure you have all seen Sydney Pollack’s Jeremiah Johnson with Robert Redford – and if you haven’t, I highly recommend you do so. The book is the inspiration for the film, with many of the lines pulled directly from the text.
I picked this book up in the airport, because it had a cool title and a not-so-interesting cover. After reading half of the book, I must say, I am captured by its rawness, its simpleness, and its portrayal of a place in time.
It is a great story, filled with rustic manly aspiration and sort of Robert Frostian description of natural beauty.
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I’m 23 years old and not much wisdom comes with those years. I have my opinions, I cast my vote, but I mostly just try to listen, cultivate as much culture , knowledge, and news as I can, and maybe some form of synthesis will eventually develop.
I went and had coffee with a Dean/professor about 2 month ago. 66 years young and yet, he still has that inner-child dancing within himself. He’s one of the reasons I want to teach. After interning in Corporate America for a semester, I knew that my inner child would slowly diminish in that cubicle. That I’d only be wanting the days to go by faster, not getting much out of those days, just getting through them.
I told Dr. Ray about my excitement for bringing history to life to others and he recommended the film Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000. It was made in 1976 in Switzerland. He told me to seek out this clip of Marco teaching his first lesson on YouTube. I think all of us wish we could have a first day like this, with a Cleaver and blood sausages to illustrate Time and the historic figures that allowed historians to see the bends in them.
Here is what Pauline Kael of the New Yorker had to say about it:
“There are eight key characters in Jonah, all in their twenties or thirties, and all seeking solutions to the problems brought to general consciousness by the events of 1968. Not one of them is a comfortable bourgeois; they’re the sort of fantasists and obsessives who were considered marginal before 1968…Each of the eight characters is a utopian of some sort, except for the disillusioned former activist, Max..Each of these people is autonomous, looks for his own answers, and acts upon them, and together, the film suggests, they can give birth to a Jonah who will have the acumen to connect their visions..Miou-Miou‘s the most purely enjoyable person in the movie. This tumble-dried blonde, the Brigitte Bardot the cat dragged in, doesn’t look as if she could be an actress, but she certainly is…Marie has a friend in France, Old Charles, a retired railroad worker, to whom she brings stolen groceries; he is played by the veteran French character actor Raymond Bussières, familiar from Casque d’or and films by Clouzot and René Clair. Together, Miou-Miou and Bussières act out fantasies in brief set pieces..The whole film is designed as a collection of little routines..Jonah is so ingeniously constructed that one can enjoy it the way one enjoyed Renoir‘s egalitarian films of the thirties, relating to each character in turn. ”
I feel that the characters in this film have much in common with myself. We’re both looking for our place in the world, a way we can positively contribute to the world around us. This theme has aged well, and I would love to organize a G-Soma viewing.
Would anyone be up for a viewing next Wednesday, July 18th? The film is on VHS and if you have a VHS player handy, I would love to share this film with some like minded individuals.
Take care and look forward to meeting fellow G-Soma’ers. And if you don’t have a VHS but are willing to host a viewing, I’m sure we could track down a VHS player at the nearest thrift store.
This article is a great example of the laid back and enjoyable trip you can have by train. Like a road trip without the hassle. And that’s saying a lot coming from a guy who loves road trips . . . I spent upwards of 45 nights in my car in a two year period road-tripping to some of America’s most scenic destinations. I think Fibo might remember waking up to see the sunrise in a pasture in Eastern Colorado en route to one of those iconic destinations.