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Roses in the Rubble



Saturday, July 16, 2005

A Daily Joy To Be Alive

Jimmy Santiago Baca

No matter how serene things
may be in my life,
how well things are going,
my body and soul
are two cliff peaks
from which a dream of who I can be
falls, and I must learn
to fly again each day,
or die.

January 5, 2005

you go to war with what you have

plaster pieces from ceilings
as snow

drifting now turning falling

makes a carpet under my crunching boot

he is here

in a room upstairs
his ululating children beg
for his life

September 28, 2004


People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Maybe Nothing Changes

Andy Carloff (aka Punkerslut)

“These Nazis are being hung up, so that the townspeople can spit on them and beat them… They will be unhooked in one or two days,” he told me. I looked on. There were three white males chained to a fence. All of them bore the Swastika on their clothing.

June 15, 2003

Thai Love

Susan's eyelids moved rapidly, up and down, up and down. An insensitive husband. Not enough money to repair the fridge, let alone go on this vacation. Not enough time to follow a dream. How did it happen, she reflected chewing her first Oriental meal, we used to be happy. And then we got married.

The Cave of Avcilar -A Tale From Turkey

A feeling of resentment flooded over Ayla at the sight of cameras swinging from almost every hand and eyes peering into humble dwellings…

Marula Magic

A lovely original fiction piece by Adrienne H. Chapman. Experience the magic and majesty of the Marula Tree. "The Marula tree looks on at their antics and smiles a knowing smile – they never learn. Even the mighty elephant, who now appears across the valley, making a direct line for the large Marula tree with her wide spread welcoming branches, will succumb to the lure of the ripening fruit."

Reel Time -

Movie Reviews

July 21 , 2003

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Directed by Stephen Norrington
With Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Jason Flemyng

Connery is getting a bit long in the tooth to convincingly portray an action hero, though. He would have been better served if the film had held closer to the graphic novel's concept of Quartermain, an aged adventurer who was well aware his best days were behind him. When Connery starts throwing punches you should be excited, not concerned that he'll fall and fracture his hip.

June 30, 2003

From Night through Dawn to Day: "28 Days Later"

Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by Alex Garland
With Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson

28 Days Later" the latest film by director Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting", "Shallow Grave", "The Beach"), is an unashamed and unabashed tribute to George A. Romero's zombie trilogy, "Night of the Living Dead", "Dawn of the Dead", and "Day of the Dead". Boyle, however, takes great pains to point out that his film is not about zombies.

June 20, 2003

The Hulk

Directed by Ang Lee
With Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot

There's a lot more thought put into this film than the typical summer blockbuster; the summer movie crowd likely will not appreciate (both in the sense of recognizing, and in enjoying) the many allusions to classic fiction and film, from "Frankenstein", "The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde", to "King Kong" (the references to the latter occuring in a couple of the better action sequences in the film), or the Oedipal aspect to the story (in the sense of a filial rivalry, not in the less savory maternal lust aspect).