errata and update

errata and update


I just discovered that, in yesterday’s edition of Occurrences,  I inadvertently entered the wrong link when I made a reference with a link out to a movie I’d seen.  The wrong link sent you off to some place that talked about military funding and hardware, surely a topic of some interest to some people these days, but the link was supposed to take you to the something associated with the movie “Fences”.

My readers are smart folk; they can find multiple links to the movie. 

I could have waxed ecstatic about the movie in longer and great terms. The entire ensemble deserves an award for acting, least of which is the craftsman pictured in the featured image in the role of “Gabriel”.

The Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to the lady who stood by her man for decades, and it was surely deserved. Some people are correct, using this movie as an example, when they say that Hollywood does not acknowledge the excellence coming out of the African-American experience and community.  Denzel is already legendary; perhaps the Academy thought he’d been acknowledged enough. I, for one, did not know that his daddy was a preacher, that he’s a devout Christian, and thought his real calling might have been to be a preacher himself. He’d have been (or already is) a good one.

I have a distant personal connection with Pittsburgh so I watched the movie with that in mind. But there were no references…. But the connection I had would have appreciated and applauded the artistry.  And the street mural. 

In yesterday’s edition of Occurrences, almost in the same paragraph, I made reference to the book “The Echo Maker” by Richard Powers. I finally finished the book this afternoon.  It’s the kind of book that, for me, required that that I put it down every few pages so I could digest it, understand it, be with it.  It had so many parallels to my life.

Run right out and get yourself a used copy of the book and read it.  Take as long as you need. 

It’s a difficult book to read on several counts.  First, the central focus of the book is about cognitive neurology and the human mind,. For most people, these are not easy subjects to tackle. Whatever you do, don’t read (or at least dwell on) the critical comments.  I will have to or want to re-read the book sometime soon (right after my wife finishes it).  And I’ll have to dust off my copies of popular cognitive neurology books on my book shelf, starting with Pinker’s “The Blank Slate”. 

We need sentient and compassionate human leadership as fast as we can manufacture it.



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