We live in a world full of horror and destruction. We spend most of our lives avoiding this fact (either actively or luckily). But when all the cards are played, the beauty of a sunset is no less real than a cancerous swamp.
Many of us have been to and worked on many a benefit over the years and appreciate the work that goes into them, but when you find yourself in a state of constant elation at one, it catches you by surprise!
The insane feeding frenzy on Wall Street prior to the crash may be less about greed than a species of machismo. Money, for the rich, is not just a medium to purchase things; it is a measure of status in that rarefied world where you are judged by the heft of your take home pay.
As the Supreme Court, on this third and final day, weighs the future of the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"), the saga of Kenya's journey these past few months demonstrates the life-or-death significance of the Court's deliberations.
I knew this film was going to be good because 1) it was about a bizarre sexual quandary; 2) it really happened; and 3) it starred John Hawkes, who is one of the best, if not the best, actors in Hollywood right now.
Back in 1969 I was a senior at U.C. Berkeley and a member of the People's Park Negotiating Committee, where I helped write and print the leaflets that were used to call people to demonstrations and inform them of the status of the Park -- and I just turned up the originals.
The group is largely seniors, volunteers seasoned in the labor, civil rights and anti-war movements. Some call themselves "Senior Action" or "Occupy Retirement." Out of the senior centers and into the street, they joke.