Arts & Culture

"Who wants to live forever?"

"Who wants to live forever?"

For the anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to read something that brought that sad day into the plot.  This brilliant, crisp fall Tuesday that we're having today is bittersweet; that day started just like today.  It was so beautiful, then horrific.... and it changed all our lives... forever.

Forever is my latest read.  It was a terrific book.  Sad and fascinating.  A story of survival and endurance - of a city that has risen and continues to rise from the ashes, and a man who lives within it.

If you could have immortality, would you want it?

Forever is the tale of Cormac O'Connor, born in 1728, is on a quest to avenge his father's death.  During his journey in pursuit of killer, he befriends Kongo, an enslaved African shaman.  Cormac saves Kongo's life, and in turn Kongo saves Cormac, and then offers him immortality, with this condition that he MUST remain on Manhattan....

Movies: "Lawless"

Movies: "Lawless"

 

Based on a true story, “Lawless” is a cinematic jolt of white lightning that will have you awestruck by its visual and aural beauty and shocked by its pitiless depiction of violence.  It’s surely one of this year’s best movies.

 

LeAnn Rimes at the Oxford fair

Jackie Young, President of the Oxford Country Agricultural Society today announced that multi-time grammy and CMA award winner LeAnn Rimes will be performing all of her greatest hits at the Oxford Fair on Saturday evening September 15. In making the announcement Young stated that "having LeAnn Rimes will add to a full day of events and activities, which are all included in one $5 ticket".

Rimes, who has sold over 37 million albums worldwide, is known for such hits as "How Do I Live", "Can't Fight the Moonlight" and "Blue" among others.

The Oxford Fair begins on Wednesday September 12 with a focus on education for the expected 500 local students.  Thursday is Senior Citizen Day ($3.00 admission for Seniors), and Friday is Woodsmans Day along with the popular Youth lamb and beef sale.   Saturday is Family Fun and 4-H Day culminating in the not-to-be missed  LeAnn Rimes concert.

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart tells of the tragic undoing of Okonkwo, a proud man living in Umuofia, a village in the Niger River valley in the era of Europe's African colonization. 
 

Okonkwo was clearly cut out for great things.  He was still young but had won fame as the greatest wrestler in the nine villages.  He was a wealthy farmer and had barns full of yams,and had just married his third wife.  To crown it all... he had shown incredible prowess in two inter-tribal wars.  And so although Okonkwo was still young, he was already one of the greatest men of his time. (p. 8) 

Pride goeth before a fall (Proverbs 16:18), but it is far more than Okonkwo's pride that unravels this world.

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Call for Artists: The Western Maine Paper Project: Original Works on Paper - Frost Farm Gallery

272 Pikes Hill
Norway, Maine04268
Phone: (207) 743-8041Norway

Oct 05 thru Oct 27, 2012. Call for Artists: The Western Maine Paper Project: Original Works on Paper. All ages, non-juried exhibit and sale of watercolor, photography, graphite, printmaking, multimedia, more: any two-dimensional work, unframed, by a host of local artists. Each artist may submit up to 10 works. Opening reception, meet and greet the artists on Friday, October 5 at Frost Farm Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live acoustic music by Maya Best. Free, light refreshments. The Western Maine Paper Project will remain as an ongoing exhibit and sale.

My brain had to work so hard, it made my hair hurt...

My brain had to work so hard, it made my hair hurt...

Abandon ye hope, all who enter here.

I don’t know what came over me.  Maybe it was the picture of Moby Dick on the front that intrigued me.  But in the last few weeks I’ve worked my way (emphasis on WORK) through All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age.  

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Movies: "Hit and Run"

Movies: "Hit and Run"

 

Fasten your seatbelts for this one, a comedy-action throwback to the “Smokey and the Bandit” era of car chase movies, with a little bit of “True Romance” thrown in (minus Quentin Tarantino’s sadism).

 

Kristen Bell co-stars here alongside her real-life boyfriend Dax Shepard, who wrote the movie and co-directed it with David Palmer.  Dax plays a sympathetic dude named Charlie Bronson, who’s hiding in the witness protection program in some dusty California town.