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Honestly

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Or to erase what you’ve written….

via Daily Prompt: Candid

Really, is that what you think?

Frankly, I need you to be completely candid with me.

Can you do that?

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Honestly? Honestly!

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By P.D Jankens – Fred Chess, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24974

via Daily Prompt: Confess

In an era of frankness (well not in the political arena or in our “civic” lives, but certainly in films), why do so many bio-pics present such a bowdlerized view of their subjects? Sanitizing and censoring the lives that the persons of interest led seems an unpardonable treatment.

It may be possible to excuse Hollywood for masking Lorenz Hart’s sexual inclinations in the 1948 film, Words and Music. But the times they are a-changin’ as Bob Dylan would put it. Shouldn’t we be more forthright about who Cole Porter really was in De-Lovely than we were in 1946 in Night and Day? The Kevin Klein version from 2004 hints only slightly at the double life Porter had.

The facts of a person’s life may not be as straightforward or as simply depicted as we’d like to think. Allowing for artistic license and interpretation as well as for the p.o.v. of the auteur, the life on the screen cannot replicate the life as it was lived.

http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi4214030361

The movie about Sylvia Plath’s relationship with Ted Hughes, Sylvia (2003) is based on a collection of his poems. To the survivor belongs the turn of the tale. Even the esteemable Richard Attenborough while harnessing the talents of the superb Robert Downey, Jr. misses the mark in revealing Chaplin to his audience. While I will confess to having it liked it, I agree that the movie underplays the dramas inherent in Charlie Chaplin’s rich and controversial life.

http://www.imdb.com/videoembed/vi4018602265

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Do you remember this?

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Time and the river wait for noone. Photos © Tamara Beck.

I have expunged so much and so many from my recollection

When they come creeping in, it’s on ghost feet

Sometimes I welcome the newly remembered

Sometimes I dread the associations they bring me

Some memories amuse, others confuse, some

Simply disabuse me of my moral superiority, I

Have not served truth or justice, not always,

Just sometimes; glory is not mine to strut or savor,

Not always, just sometimes, Who were you? Who was I?

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Thoughtful thoughts and

Meditative meditations and

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(c) Tamara Beck

Can you know yourself and still be self-deluded?

Is self-knowledge sometimes a gateway to self-indulgence?

Does focusing on oneself equate to an ultimate solipsism?

When is being self-centered a form of meditation?


Pensive Propositions

The internet’s a connection,

The internet’s a collection,

But the news you get here

They’re hit or miss, dear

Some are theory, some are fact

Use your discretion, apply your tact

Some are true, many are false

Don’t be fooled, don’t be hoaxed

The internet’s a collection,

The internet’s a connection

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How was the west won?

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By Charles Marion Russell – http://slowtrigger.com/CharlesRussell/A%20Bronc%20to%20Breakfast,%201912,%20Oil%20on%20canvas.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1603824

Reconstruction was the period in American history when the country sought to heal the wounds of a civil war. “Civil” war is such a deceptive phrase, really. Really? It is probably the very definition of an oxymoron.

Our Pledge of Allegiance was one of the products of reconstruction. It was used as a symbol of the nation’s unity.

During that war from 1860 to 1864, the country was divided, fighting under two separate flags, not for liberty or justice, but for the sovereign right of one part of this nation to earn its living by enslaving human beings. Since that project, slavery, slipped away, Americans turned to “taming” the west, which turned out to be a project in which it was necessary to kill off as many Indians as possible. Native American tribes stood in the way of our country’s westward progress. We couldn’t have that, and fighting them off their lands became an all-American enterprise.

The wild west was so called not because of all the nightclubbing and disco parties, but because of the untempered vunityiolence it allowed, even encouraged.