Point Of View
By Shel Silverstein
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless
Christmas dinner's dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.
Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
It was a very hot and muggy day, so we took the kids to an early show of March of the Penguins, which we all loved. It's a beautiful movie, with gorgeous cinematography and warm, witty narration from Morgan Freeman; the birds are somewhat anthropomorphized and the "storyline" follows a fairly typical National Geographic format, covering a yearly cycle in their lives through the seasons, but there are extraordinary shots of the penguins mating (the film suggests making love), producing eggs, dealing with various tragedies that prevent a few of the young ones from reaching maturity and making the unbelievable journey to do all of this. It sounds even more complex than what salmon go through to spawn, and it is hard not to believe in the characterization of parents attached to their children on an emotional level give what they go through to have them. I would love to know from an evolutionary standpoint more about how this journey developed!
After the movie, we went to Staples to get padded backpacks, oversized notebooks and other school supplies that we couldn't find in Target etc. Then my father took the kids swimming for a couple of hours while I wrote TrekToday articles and we all had dinner together at my parents'. I'm rather behind on mail and stuff after running around over the weekend, and this week will be bad -- it's my kids' last week home before school starts -- but once we are back in the fall rhythm, hopefully I will be better!
Oh, and I am behind on knowing everything, but from mrkinch, Variety confirms that there is going to be a Sharpe miniseries starring Sean Bean! Sharpe's Challenge is set and will be filmed in northern India and concerns a maharajah, and that's all I know. And in HP commentary, marilla82 linked me to this essay on Tonks in HBP by shaggydogstail that had so many neat points in it. For anyone else who pined and wailed miserably about Tonks' characterization in book six, this is a must-read.
A spider monkey hangs from a tree on the island where it lives, able to make faces at the people but not to reach them.
A ring-tailed lemur prepares to race up the bars of its cage to hang from the ceiling.
Who do you think gnawed the uneven wood above this colorful Australian bird's head?
This rare gray-armed macaque is nursing a baby, which is clinging to her belly, as she prepares to climb to the walkway to the indoor enclosure.