Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Concerto for Four Harpsichords [in A minor, BMW 1065]
"One" ideal listening situation: Driving slowly through a small street with lots of trees, spring/fall weather, sunny day, feeling the touch of air on skin, giving a good volume ...
Movement 1 has a superb ending, a full climax in the last 20-30 seconds
Monday, October 08, 2007
and this one related to "love" and its biology!
- My Summer of Love,
- Twilight Samurai
Both are fine movies, worth watching ... The second one may be more than fine, especially for a fan of Samurai movies with twist ... First one was kind of a Lesbian movie, again with twist
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
William Blake on Wikipideia
Dead Man on Metacritic
Neil Young on Allmusic --- His work on "Dead Man" reminded me of the music theme [by Ry Cooder] of Wim Wender's "Paris, Texas"
2013-07-11: My roach phobia has declined. Incidentally, I was discussing it with my therapist yesterday, that I am afraid of roaches in my home but much less so in other people's homes and such, and I suggested that this is less of a phobia and more a sign of taking too much responsibility (over-protection, and over-control) for everything in the domain of my personal/private life.
We can learn a lot from our phobias and situations that makes us react with anger, desperation, depression and such.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
******* First one:
******* Second one:
Sunday, September 23, 2007
[Bird on Allmovie]
[Bird on Metacritic]
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
String Quartet in C Op. 59 No. 3 'Razumovsky', Movement:4, Allegro molto.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The previous post ... should have written it in the middle of sleep ... cannot remember anything :)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
- no animal thinks about "right occupation" or "right education",
- no animal look for the best way to spend the leisure time!
- no animal seems to bother about how to enjoy life,
Of course, animals have much lower standard of living,
most of their time is spent looking for food, and then mating,
once an animal gets sick, its either fast recovery or getting killed
there is no concept of fairness, and kindness, in animal life.
there are no expectations,
It is exactly this expectation that is killing me
I feel all doors close on my face, I hate myslef and everything around me. I have a deep feeling that I am wasting valuable moments without even slightly enjoying them.
Sometimes, I am lying on my bed for a while and all the time thoughts, chains of thoughts, pass my mind at unbelievable speed, to the extent that I almost feel the nausea from a fast bumpy ride.
I do not smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs; I hate myself and everyone and everything around me; I wish I could start over everything anew from somewhere and sometime else. But of course, I have so much experience with my depression to know these thoughts are less genuine than dreams of a junkie to get clean.
Nevertheless, I feel I am ready.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
1- Sonata for Cello and Piano, D. 821, "Arpeggione"
I have listened to the Cello-Piano version, but the guitar-violin version is even better, or more romantic? :)
2- Death and the Maiden (German: Der Tod und das Mädchen)
This is a very strong string quartet. "Roman Polanski" has made a film with the same title, "death and the maiden", which is based on Ariel Dorfman's acclaimed play of the same name. I liked it a lot, when I saw it a few years ago! I think this is among very good performances of "Sigourney Weaver" (after "Aliens" of course!!:) By the way, she attended "Stanford" and got her masters from Yale?!!!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
He is famous for his photographs of link to one of those photos , Another photo from the same set
He has written a book, "Where war lives", published a couple of weeks ago. I found the interview and Watson's personality and career interesting. He does not have one arm from birth, and he is dealing with major depression. I guess his book should be a good one too.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
* * *
By human natural tendency to overdo everything, I looked up more performances of "trio sonatas" (JSB) on our "second" online music library (!), and to my surprise all of them were performed by one/two keyboard/piano/organ, but no strings, so I did a little search: [Source - wikipedia]:
The trio sonata is a musical form which was particularly popular around the 17th century and the 18th century.
A trio sonata is written for two solo melodic instruments and basso continuo, making three parts in all, hence the name trio sonata. However, because the basso continuo is usually made up of at least two instruments (typically a cello or bass viol and a keyboard instrument such as the harpsichord), trio sonatas are typically performed by at least four instruments.
The melody instruments used are usually both violins. A well-known exception is the trio sonata in Johann Sebastian Bach's The Musical Offering, which is for violin and flute.
Johann Sebastian Bach's trio sonatas for organ (BWV 525-530) combine all three parts on one instrument. Typically the right hand, left hand, and pedals will each take a different part on a different sound, thus creating the same trio effect.
2) I used to see mostly one and sometimes two hawks around ... but a couple of days ago I saw 3-4 of them, in fact during a mating process, I assume males were competing to get the female ... the flight patterns and what they did to grab attention was quite interesting
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
"Tony Rice is one of bluegrass' most inventive
flatpicking guitar players. Although he's
displayed a mastery of the genre's traditions,
Rice set the standard for more contemporary styles."
Here is the CD review, courtesy of allmusic.com:
"This eponymous release was the first of Tony Rice's many albums for the Rounder label, and hardcore bluegrass fans will probably consider it his best. Joined by an impressive roster of sidemen representing both the old and new schools of bluegrass playing (including David Grisman, J.D. Crowe, Jerry Douglas, and Darol Anger), Rice runs through a program consisting primarily of bluegrass standards but also including a number of forward-thinking modern compositions, such as David Nichtern's "Plastic Banana" and Grisman's swinging "Rattlesnake." This album is one of the early landmarks in the development of what came to be called new acoustic music, an instrumental genre that drew almost equally on bluegrass, jazz, and classical traditions and came to be championed by Rice, Grisman, Anger, and a few others in their circle. But as Rice's warm singing on "Hills of Roane County" and "Banks of the Ohio" and his fiery flatpicking on "Big Mon" and "Farewell Blues" attest, this is also a very fine straight bluegrass album. It's difficult to pick out highlights, but the joyful "Eighth of January" and the wonderful twin fiddle arrangement on "Big Mon" are both definite showstoppers."
Good movie, with excellent music and lovely ballet performances, but without any specific/significant plot ... I specially loved a small piece of dance/ballet on one of Bach's Cello suites, it is fantastic ...
Friday, August 24, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Pianist: Nami Ejiri
Piano pieces are masterfully chosen and played!
Amazon does not carry it :(
I listened to other performances of same pieces (from Mussorgsky), among them Alfred Brendel's, and I think Nami Ejiri has done a very good job, but who am I to say ...
But more importantly, Mussorgsky's piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, is a very beautiful, romantic, piece ... highly recommended!
Courtesy of "NAXOS MUSIC LIBRARY":
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich (1839-1881)
Mussorgsky was one of the five Russian nationalist composers, roughly grouped under the influence of the unreliable Balakirev. Initially an army officer and later, intermittently, a civil servant, Mussorgsky left much unfinished at his death in 1881, nevertheless his influence on composers such as Janácek was considerable, not least in the association he found between speech intonations and rhythms and melody. Rimsky-Korsakov, a musician who had acquired a more conventional technique of orchestration and composition, revised and completed a number of Mussorgsky's works, versions which now may seem inferior to the innovative original compositions as Mussorgsky conceived them.
The greatest of Mussorgsky's creations was the opera Boris Godunov, based on Pushkin and Karamazin, with a thoroughly Russian historical subject. He completed the first version in 1869 and a second version in the 1870s, but it was Rimsky-Korsakov's version that was first performed outside Russia. The opera provides an important part for a bass in the rôle of Boris. Other operas by Mussorgsky include Khovanshchina, completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov. A later version by Shostakovich restores more of the original text. The opera Sorochintsy Fair, after Gogol, completed by Lyadov and others, includes the orchestral favourite Night on the Bare Mountain, an orchestral witches' sabbath.
Mussorgsky's 1874 suite Pictures at an Exhibition, a tribute to the versatile artist Hartman, has proved the most popular of all the composer's works, both in its original version for piano and in colourful orchestral versions, of which that by Maurice Ravel has proved the most generally acceptable. Linked by Promenades for the visitor to the exhibition, Mussorgsky represents in music a varied collection, from the Market of Limoges and the Catacombs to the final Great Gate of Kiev, a monumental translation into music of an architectural design for a triumphal gateway.
Mussorgsky wrote a number of choral works and songs, many of the latter of considerable interest, including the group The Nursery. The Song of the Flea, based on Goethe's Mephistophelean song in Faust, is a bass favourite.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Here is "Wikipedia" page on him.
Actually, I kind of like the K-KHOLI of his lyrics ... my favorite part:
"EY KHATERE'AT POONEZ, NOK-TIZ TAHE KAFSHAM ..."
Friday, August 10, 2007
So, there is an old man, runs one of my favorite coffee shops, and reminds me of Hemingway and his last novel
Yesterday, he explained to me his plans to destroy his retirement fund by taking out the money and day-trading. Luckily for him, he has not yet succeeded in timing things and market is looking bad right now
I tried my best to change his mind, but I have a feeling that it did not work
People make really bad decisions in their lives
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Felt a chill,
Could not stop, no rest, no way back,
No chance to fix the damages,
Vague image of future,
Mass of darkness, pain of despair,
laid in front
And the eternal question, is it worth the effort?
THIS IS BEYOND REPAIR, the main feeling is already lost, the sense of turning your neck and looking back at nothing!
Monday, August 06, 2007
and Conan has interviewed the guy as well (he has a book!):
Believe it or not, it has inspired me to think about "social interactions" and their hidden costs! Why some people dislike social interaction ... is it because they do not want to bear its costs?
Friday, August 03, 2007
While hawks is eating the doomed pigeon, another pigeon comes close, to about 3-4 feet from them and watch the scene for a few minutes, what does it "think" about this???
I should have had a camera to capture it, too bad that I am so lazy to buy a digital camera.
Ironically, I was going to write a post yesterday about how unsuccessful these hawks are in catching pigeons ...
Here is a nice site on "Urban Hawks"!
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Which brings us to the main point: more than the beauty of flying, it is the persistence of animals in what they do that amazes me ... they just keep doing and doing, over and over, ...
It seems to me that life is really this and nothing more or less, a short opportunity for doing nothing!
PS. What is the deal with "heavy metal" music on all "falcon" videos ... :)
Thursday, July 26, 2007
UNLESS, you have gained it by long practice, then it is a change in the chemical balance triggered by patience and endurance!
1) Burn notice on USA [Metacritics reviews -- score 69]
2) Damages, first pilot episode aired this past Tuesday on FX [Metacritics review -- score 78]
3) Mad Men, OK I have not watched it but it has good reviews ...
Watched "Blow-up" , well a five-star movie of "High Historical Importance", "High Artistic Quality", and "High Production Values" according to AMG[Allmovie review], and the commentator mentioned a couple of scenes as among the most well-known scenes in the history of cinema!!! Apparently, it is the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production and his only box office hit! A beautiful film, but for me, one of the films that I have to be in mood to watch!
Vow, I found this cite with collection of pictures from "Blowup", it is AMAZING!!!!
PS (7-29-07): Michelangelo Antonioni was found dead in his apartment last night ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Why do I prefer TV programs to movies with much better quality... especially TV programs that are interrupted by commercials very 10 minutes!?
Exercise may help in finding the answer to these questions ... hmm, or maybe medication?!!!
Friday, July 20, 2007
On a separate note, I heard a very good review of "Richard Yates" book "Revolutionary Road". (Of course, I am planning to read it ... sometime in the future! that's why I put it down here.)
Finally, why people are so frantic about "cancer" ... what about other sources of fatality ... for example, dying from natural causes (aging?!) and accidents. Here are some statistics from "Mind Beautiful", but no one becomes even slightly worried about becoming depressed?!?!!:
- Mental illnesses rank first among illnesses that cause disability in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.
- 4 out of 10 leading causes of disability in the U.S. and other developed countries are mental disorders – major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (WHO).
- It is predicted that by 2010, depression will be the leading cause of disability worldwide, not cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or AIDS (WHO).
PS. See here: [ANAAR - Farsi!] ... MASHALLAH-HEZAR-MASHALLAH how many depressed we have among us [Iranians, I don't know about other nationalities!]
Saturday, July 14, 2007
[Review on Allmovie] , [Meta Critics]
A very entertaining, unusual, and artistic approach to the horror/ghost movie-genre.
Directed by, "Guillermo del Toro" the Mexican director whose "Pan's Labyrinth" was Academy's favorite this year:
|Best Art Direction (win)||Eugenio Caballero||2006||Academy|
|Best Art Direction (win)||Pilar Revuelta||2006||Academy|
|Best Cinematography (win)||Guillermo Navarro||2006||Academy|
|Best Foreign Film (nom)||Guillermo del Toro||2006||Academy|
|Best Makeup (win)||David Marti||2006||Academy|
|Best Makeup (win)||Montse Ribe||2006||Academy|
|Best Music Score (nom)||Javier Navarrete||2006||Academy|
|Best Original Screenplay (nom)||Guillermo del Toro||2006||Academy|
Friday, July 13, 2007
He could not stop, there was no rest, and no way back,
No chance to fix what damages he had caused,
He could only see a vague image of what was in front,
But he could feel the darkness, and the despair, laying out in front of him
And he kept asking himself: Is it worth the effort?
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The downside for me was a rather childish and repetitive view of the world it offered.
Reviews: [On Allmovie ] , [On metacritic]
It is good to watch it once, but not twice!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
History, the last time I heard, is a field of study, and I assume doing historical research, regarding recent or ancient events, needs expertise. I am sure nobody in Iran takes "historians" seriously, as professionals, but this ever-growing confusion about historical aspects of our recent
past, could be the result.
Almost everyone I know, especially among Iranians (my sample is biased toward Iranians obviously) finds him- or herself eligible, or indeed obliged!, to dispute and analyze historical events, usually based on a very small sample of observations.
Anyway, that is why I am becoming sick of all these disputes and individual's reading of history ... there is no way to check the credibility (according to "SOROUSH", "ZIBAKALAM" is a charlatan! ) ... no credibility, no expertise, ... what is going to be the outcome?
Monday, July 09, 2007
Real Abstraction: Being dissociated from necessities of life, but not through conceptualization, but in reality! [I guess I am making this up!]
In other words, "real abstraction" is not limited to human-kind with the power of mental abstraction!!!
There are experiments that animals are "addicted" to a source of pleasure, and it is documented that in some cases object would die from self-pleasuring and not eating !!! [See here]
Well, I should be more careful in weaving K-Sher, here is a very interesting, Rat-Park, experiment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Park
Although it seems that the first view has much more support among academics.
Note to myself: Seems interesting book/website: http://www.peele.net/lib/moa.html
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Allmovie: 3.5 / 5
Megacritics: 73/100 [critics' average]
Rotten tomato: 87/100 [critics' average]
Director, Richard Eyre, seems average-good ... well, to be honest I don't know his works much ... Iris seems to be one of his best. Both "Judi Dench"and "Cate Blanchett" performances were great. I did not know Judi Bench, and I had the impression from "Babel" that Cate Blanchett is mediocre! They both nominated for many awards, including:
|Best Actress (nom)||Judi Dench||2006||Academy|
|Best Adapted Screenplay (nom)||Patrick Marber||2006||Academy|
|Best Music Score (nom)||Philip Glass||2006||Academy|
|Best Supporting Actress (nom)||Cate Blanchett||2006||Academy|
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Another interesting group: BowerBirds [on myspace], especially I am captured by this tune: "In our Talons" (you can listen to it on their myspace page) from their [ Hymns for a Dark Horse album] .
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Link to the discussion
I do not have the stomach for such movies, but the discussion is quite seducing:) !!!
PS.1 In fact, Porn+Gore Cartoons are amongst the most famous cultural exports of Japan! To get some idea read this book:
Snakes and Earrings, also on amazon
It has won many prizes, so it is worth reading, and it is not really extreme, after all, it is only a novel!
PS.2 "Allmovie" description of the"Slasher"sub-genre of "Horror" movies:
Link to Slasher on Allmovie
feeling blue is not news
I look at a happy couple
and it hits me
I hate myself
therefore I exist
I look at the laughing woman
and I think
she would be happy
without the man
Where should I look inside
for a source of love
... So lost in my self
* * *
I remember the time
an undergrad in S.U.T.
hungry for attention
I remember raging back and forth
between home and school
this friend and that
many times a day
I remember looking for sympathy
an escape from darkness
a reason to be happy
and I think
and I wonder
what has changed
in fifteen years
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Here is also a mini poem to celebrate this occasion:
My layered nightmares
avoiding dreadfulness of real life
Sunday, June 17, 2007
" .... Overattachment builds when we grasp for short-term relief from doubt; it moderates as we let go of needs for certainty. This mean more than nonattachment from blind hopes for comfortable experience at every moment. It also means giving up false expectations that insecurity and pain can be eliminated. And it demands relaxing amid the unpredictability and uncontrollability of real life."
Friday, June 15, 2007
A) you are stupid,
B) you are sick,
C) everybody, except you, is sick,
D) This is human nature,
Q: Do you think animals (non-human creatures) can consciously recognize a pattern in their lives?
Q: Do you think "learning" is anything beyond recognizing patterns?
Q: What does it mean, to learn how to cope with a situation?
A) To recognize patterns that define the situation,
B) To experiment with possible reactions to the situation,
C) To anticipate the situation and be able to avoid it,
D) To generalize reactions learned in simpler situations to the new one,
The American contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.
"Well," he says. "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Mexican contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do $700:: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."
My favorite persona is Mexican, I wish the joke would end here with more elaboration on the Mexican contractor!
The Persian contractor, Hassan, doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers:
The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"
"Easy," Hassan explains, "$1,000 for you, $1,000 for me and we hire the guy from Mexico ."
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Improvement is only "statistically" well-defined. Human kind has improved through history into a having a much "safer", "healthier", "happier" life, ON AVERAGE. Again, there is no way to decide if a person "A" is now happier than if s/he would live 200 years ago.
PS. I should have discussed the "impossibility-of-change" theorem somewhere before, maybe not here?!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
I want to modify the music to emphasize the ultra-metal content of this movement. Unfortunately, editing music is not as simple as editing pictures --- at least to me, so I am not sure when I can complete the project, but I am already excited about the results.
What I have in mind is essentially the opposite of this:
And finally a performance of Op. 135, a truly superb quartet,
Friday, June 08, 2007
It seemed interesting and relatively balanced.
In this part:
one Israeli mentioned that after the six day was there was huge optimism that Israel can bring advancement and prosperity, and modernity to the occupied territory ... but things did not go the way expected:
"You know I remember the euphoria that I, as a solider, had after the '67 War," Livni said. "I thought — here we are coming with a modern state into a very backward area. And we would teach them new methods of agriculture, new ways of dealing with industry. At that time, I was euphoric about the chances that we had now to work an agreement between the two nations that were at war."
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
A low-key (slow? contemplative?) movie ... great choice of music, especially in the feature part (on the set of ... ), on DVD ... The director, "Gus Van Sant" is sort of strange, I liked his "Drugstore Cowboy" a lot, probably his best film. Also "Good Will Hunting" is good, although a bit ... superficial? I have not seen his "My Own Private Idaho", supposed to be a good film
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
OK, this is a very hard task to do ... I just watched an episode of PBS great performances on Daniel Barenboim ... it is beyond imagination, especially his knowledge of Beethoven's piano sonatas .... beyond imagination
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Well, to be truthful, something bothered me ... a lack of genuineness, I am not sure ... But there were points of excellence ...
I think, Iranian music does not value time and creativity enough. They seem to take audience more or less for granted. The repetition is abundant, both in form and even more in content.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
By the way, it is a nice feeling listening to "Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18 - mv 1.Adagio sostenuto" in the last hours of a year, before the start of a new year. A nostalgic feeling, remembering a year in flashes, ....
Squirrel Nut Zippers - "Wash Jones"
This one is more hooky:
A Place to Bury Strangers - "Never Going Down"
Now, to completely change pace, did you know that there is a rock song of 63 minutes? Ultimate Doom-metal-progressive-rock masterpiece as some claim!!!
Read more on Allmusic and on EARFARM .
Here is a 10 minutes sample:
"Jerusalem (Pt. 4)" by Sleep
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Kings and Queen (2005): Allmovie and Metacritic
The director (in DVD interview section) praises American movies, and mentions that his idea of making this film has been to combine an American type, melo-drama, with a more comic approach! Anyway, he also mentions " François Truffaut " a few times, the way made me curious to check him out. I am not sure I have seen any movie from Truffaut. have seen, a few years ago, "Breathless" (1960) directed by "Jean-Luc Godard" and screen story by "Truffaut". I did not remember that I liked it particularly ... I don't have a good impression from "Godard", too artistic for my taste ...
In contrast, this is supposedly a very good Turkish movie that I did not like much:
Distant (2002) : Allmovie
Unfortunately ?! I did not like "Capote" either ... what's my excuse for this one?
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
JuneBug: Great movie, a must see for someone who wants to know rural America
Pieces of April: Good, good, movie, in contrast has more an urban feeling,
Although both cases have curious similarities
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Bought a "Bushnell ImageView 11-1025" a couple of days ago. Started with looking at some binoculars at Target?!? and then tried to be smart and buy one with digital camera??!!?? for $70 ???!!!! and the result is in front of you:
Pretty lame pictures, although the binocular itself is not too bad for the price, but the digital camera ....
all are seen from my office window
Friday, February 23, 2007
and here is a similar one but for SFC:
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
2016-10-17: Still the same, here is a good performance:
Friday, February 16, 2007
NPR has had programs on them, and praised their second album, but I have not listened to the new album yet.
Monday, February 12, 2007
plus, heavy metal for interrogation!?! well, not surprising really:
Rachmaninoff: Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18
Especially the second movement (Adagio Sostenuto). I have the CD with "Sviatoslav Richter" as the pianist and its fantastic.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello in F major, op. 5 No. 1. II Rondo. Allegro vivace
It has a heavy-metal hidden feature that I cannot describe but I am sure that will be much more apparent with a different orchestration. For example, note around 1'30'': It is amazing, the power of the beats ...
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
This is a voice of sanity from Israel. Someone has to stop this madness!
Israel is about to drop nuclear bombs on Tehran, Iran's oil and nuclear
facilities, This April!!! Good Innocent Iranians will die for nothing!
and the Good Inoccent Israelies will die too after Iran responds...How
can we stop this madness? The Media in my country has already started to
prepare public opinion for war with Iran. How can it be stopped?
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
2) If oil price does not drop to a low level, it is very likely for "AHMADINEJAD" to become the next Hitler ...
It is amazing to read these old posts. To see how I did not have any clue that these insignificant decisions are what need attention. Good progress after four years!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
A couple of days ago I read a discussion between some friends regarding religion, worship, freedom, and slavery. In Farsi and Arabic, the t...
This quote comes after a particularly disturbing and depressing description of life in the Soviet Union in early 20th century: ``Not all ...
I have come across a strange novel by Diane Schoemperlen , `` Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship. '...