With Autumn solidly defining Lake Harriet in hues of gold, red and brown, and Winter just around the corner, I want to recapitulate my Lake Harriet walks by presenting some of my favorite images from the summer (click on any to see the full-sized version on my website):
Sounds Really Familiar Department
Yesterday, while engaged in a few other activities like writing this blog and adding new photos to my Lake Harriet Journal, I watched the wonderful six-hour PBS/Frontline/American Experience special, “God in America.” The program is an excellent recapitulation of the force of religion in American culture, American government and American politics since the time of the Spanish Conquistadors and the Puritans, until the more recent (to my mind, absurd) marriage between Evangelicals and the right wing.
I have one small talent: an ability to recognize tunes and where they come from. I suspect many people can do that, but I know it is not universal (my wife can’t, for example). It ranges from simple recognitions (like Puccini’s quotation from the “Star Spangled Banner” in his opera, Madama Butterfly), to more esoteric. So it was yesterday when I kept hearing tune after tune in “God in America” that seemed very similar to those Mark Isham wrote for the movie, A River Runs Through It.
So I turned to the program’s website and discovered that, nope, it wasn’t Isham. Original Music Composed and Produced by Philip Sheppard. Nice music.
That aside, the “God in America” special was well worth watching, so if you didn’t catch it, you can see it online.
Accidental Historical Record Department
Seen on CBS’s 60 Minutes yesterday evening, this amazing record of San Francisco’s Market Street in 1906, now believed to have been taken only days before the great earthquake and fire. As the commentator said, imagine how many of these buildings would be leveled and how many of these people will have died only days after the movie was made.
Perhaps you’ve seen this, but I never knew it existed. Fascinating document.
Does This Sound Familiar? Department
A well-known hallmark of totalitarian regimes is indoctrination of children, including encouraging them to turn in their parents for thought-crimes and other offenses against the state.
Think it doesn’t happen in the U.S.?
Consider this story out of North Carolina, where an eleven year-old fifth grader reported his parents to authorities and brought their marijuana cigarettes to school as proof.
“Even if it’s happening in their own home with their own parents, they understand that’s a dangerous situation because of what we’re teaching them,” said Matthews [NC] Officer Stason Tyrrell. “That’s what they’re told to do, to make us aware.”
The child and a sibling were removed from the family after his parents were arrested and released on their own recognizance. Ah, good, another family “saved” in the war on drugs.
From our 2003 session — ah, memories!.