Sunday, May 31

animal planet

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die".

Edward Kennedy

Friday, May 29

Frozen River

I’ve finally watched “Frozen River” and was very impressed by the straight-forward story of two single mothers that reveals harsh and barren life as it is.

The upright film tells about Lila, a widowed Mohawk, whose child had been taken away. Her relatives didn’t want a child to be brought up by a smuggler; and Ray, a mother of two, whose gambling-addict husband had recently taken off with the down payment for their new trailer home. The two desperate women were forced to earn living on their own. They joined in an illegal venture of transporting immigrants into the USA across the Mohawk territory, quite successfully.

With the money enough to pay their bills the women were determined to make one last run. However the circumstances spiraled out of control and the two women had to make life or death decisions based on their friendship and love for the children.

Though the film seemed to be very slow-moving, the story itself was involving. The women’s desperation knew now borders. They were both quite experienced adults and realized how dangerous their occupation was and what kind of consequences there may be. Nevertheless they took up it and when the time came to answer for the consequences, they didn’t run off. They paid the bill even though it was painful. I was amazed. There were not many characters in films that made up their mind to surrender to the authorities and to be punished.

To my mind the film submits the values that have been long forgotten. The importance of a family, self-sacrifice for the sake of some one else’s well-being, sympathy and empathy. While the most important message of the film is that a crime is followed by a proper punishment. The option that has been long forgotten in most films of today.

Tuesday, May 26

a thank you and an award

First of all I would like to thank Kasia at Clockwork Orange and Dan at Wood and Pixels Narratives for the lovely messages, which they sent while I was away. You made my day, dear blogger-mates.

One more Thank you goes to Jane at Gaston Studio . She has surprised me with a lovely Great Blog Award, created by Jason, a 14 year old in Louisiana. The award has to be passed to five more bloggers of my choice.

The bloggs that are great in general are the following:

Laverstone Tales, a great collection of lovely stories.

Writer's Musings, a great collection of notes of Afganistan and its people.

Lake View Photography blog, a collage of wonderful portraits showing love as it is.

Wood and Pixels Narratives, a great collection of fairy-tale photographs and beautiful thoughts.

Today's Chicago Blues, everything you would like to know about Blues life of Chicago and more.

Monday, May 25

hi there

After two month of a desperate job search, complicated love affair and a couple of short trips to Finland and Estonia I'm back to blogging. There is still no regular job. Love relationship is more complicated than ever. The next short trip to Spain is not scheduled yet, but it will happen... Someday.

Life goes fast forward and I have very little time to look around and review whatever is said and done. Hope Blogger will help here.

So... Hello again! What have you been up to for the past two months?

Sunday, May 24

animal planet

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free"

Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997)