Sunday, January 10, 2010

Poem in the Movie Invictus


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At the age of 12, Henley became a victim of tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. In 1867 he would successfully pass the Oxford local examination as a senior student. In 1875 he wrote the "Invictus" poem from a hospital bed. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until the age of 53.


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of fate
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years finds
And shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

At What Point?

At what point do you leave
And say "Enough is enough!"
Without it seeming like abandonment
Or like you're going in a huff?

I wish I knew the answer
Of why I need to go
But time has changed me
And God has sent out
His beckoning call
Toward something that
In the long run
Is better for us all

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

2009 Reads

1. Silas Marner by George Eliot
2. River of Doubt:Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
3. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
4. "Civil Disobedience" by Thoreau
5. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
6. A History of US: Liberty for All?
7. "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
8. Papa's Wife
9. Job
10. Song of Solomon
11. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
12. Reflections on the Life of the Spirit13. The Twin Manifestations
14. Walden
15. Ecclesiastes
16. No Exit
by Sartre
17. St. Joan by Bernard Shaw
18. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
19. Long Day's Journey into Night by O'Neill
20. A Streetcar Named Desire
21. The Misery of Job & the Mercy of God
22. Mudhouse Sabbath
23. Murder in the Cathedral
24. Sartre in 90 Minutes
25. Death of a Salesman
26. Waiting for Godot
27. Uncle Tom's Cabin
28. The Blessing of Friendship
29. Equus
30. War, Terrible War: A History of US
31. 1 Chronicles
32. Proverbs
33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
APRIL34. "The Telltale Heart"
35. "The Raven"
36. Battle Cry of Freedom
37. Obadiah
38. Jonah
39. A History of US: Reconstructing America40. "Bartleby,the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street"
41. Joel
42. Les Miserables
43. Amos
44. Hosea
45. Confessions of Rousseau
46. 2 Chronicles
47. Final Harvest: Poems of Emily Dickinson (parts)
48. The Courtship of Miles Standish by Longfellow
49. The Song of Hiawatha by Longfellow
50. The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

51. Souls of Black Folk by DuBois
52. Greek Lives by Plutarch
52. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
53. Roman Lives by Plutarch
54. City of God by Augustine
55. Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe (7.5)
56. Isaiah
57. The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
58. The Greater Chronicle
59. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
60. Psalms
61. Micah
62. Nahum

63. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
64. Zephaniah
65. My Life in France
66. Wesley the Owl (very cute)
67. Julie and Julia (only got to p. 95)
68. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
69. Leaves of Grass (selections) by Whitman
70. The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar(selections)
71. Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays (selections)
73. The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg (selections)
74. The Voice of the Poet: Allen Ginsberg (selections) YUCK!
75. Selected Poems by Rita Dove
76. Otherwise: New and Selected Poems by Jane Kenyon
77/78. The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: Volumes 1 & 2 (selections)
79. The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems by Robert Pinsky (selections)
80. Selected Poems by Mark Strand
81. Allen Ginsberg Poetry Collection (selections)
82. Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970 by Adrienne Rich (selections)
83. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (selections)
84. The Voice of the Poet: Sylvia Plath (selections)
85. The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath (selections)
86. Selected Poems of Ezra Pound (selections)
87. The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot
88. Selected Poems of John Donne

89. Much Ado About Nothing
90. The Perfect Leader
91. What I Thought I Knew
92. Jeremiah
93. Lamentations
94. Habbakuk

95. Daniel
96. Wuthering Heights (Book Dames)
97. Haggai
98. The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People

99. Ezekiel
100. Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach (favorite!)
101. As You Like It
102. Zechariah
I read sections of 103-115 since October 2008:
103. Be Restored: 2 Samuel & 1 Chronicles
104. Be Distinct: 2 Kings & 2 Chronicles
105. Be Patient: Job
106. Be Skillful: Proverbs
107. Be Satisfied: Ecclesiastes
108. Be Comforted: Isaiah
109. Be Decisive: Jeremiah
110. Be Reverent: Ezekiel
111. Be Resolute: Daniel
112. Be Concerned: Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Zephaniah
113. Be Heroic: Haggai, Zechariah, Ezra
114. Be Amazed: Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Malachi
115. Be Determined: Nehemiah
116. Malachi (Done with the Old Testament!)
117. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: OT by Walvoord and Zuck

118. The Divine Conspiracy (finally!)
119. Matthew (in the New Testament now!!)
120. Mark
121. Luke
122. John

Monday, January 04, 2010

2009 Movies and Documentaries

It is time, once again, for a documentation of all the movies and documentaries I watched this year. I watched a good bit of them in December when I was infirm!

1. George Eliot - Famous Authors
2. Sylvia (Plath)
3. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
4. Frederick Douglass Biography
5. Walden Documentary
6. Ballykissangel: Season Two
7. Doubt (wow!)
8. The Visitor
9. Daniel Deronda
10. Silas Marner (w/Ben Kingsley)
11. American Experience: Eugene O'Neill
12. Slumdog Millionaire (WOW!)
13. Amazing Grace (1 1/2 x rewatch)
14. Ballykissangel: Season Three
15. The Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce
16. Long Day's Journey Into Night
17. Mark Twain by Ken Burns
18. The Last Legion (Colin F!)
19. Expelled (about Intelligent Design)
20. A Room with a View (newer version)
21. Les Miserables
22. 17 Again
23. Great American Authors Since 1650 (4 DVD's)
24. The Tell-Tale Heart
25. Famous Authors: Emily Dickinson
26. Great Russian Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky
27. Lars and the Real Girl
28. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
29. UP
30. The Lion Has Wings (1940 War Propaganda)
31. Mansfield Park (2007 Masterpiece)
32. Savages
33. Return to Me
34. Death at a Funeral
35. The Last of the Mohicans
36. Enchanted April (I forgot how much I love this)
37. Benny and Joon (quirky Johnny Depp - loved it!)
38. Music Within (great biopic)
39. Ballykissangel: Season Four
40. Ballykissangel: Season Five
41. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
42. Facing the Giants
43. Ballykissangel: Season Six
44. The Proposal
45. A&E Biography: Julia Child
46. Julie and Julia (see my review here)
47. American Experience: Walt Whitman
48. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
49. Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly)
50. Cry, the Beloved Country (beautiful!)
51. Ladies in Lavendar (slow and sweet)
52. The Gathering Storm (HBO Biopic on Churchill)
53. Reign Over Me (edited for TV)
54. Much Ado About Nothing
55. Fiddler on the Roof (only half!)
56. Anne of Green Gables
57. Anne of GG: The Sequel
58. Anne of GG: The Continuing Story
59. Capitalism: A Love Story (SO manipulative!)
60. As You Like It
61. Lost in Austen (hilarious with off humor I didn't get)
62. Tales from Avonlea: First Season Highlights
63. Wuthering Heights (1998)
64. Much Ado About Nothing
65. The Best of Youth
66. The Blindside
67. Wuthering Heights (2009)
68. As You Like It (with Brit Lit class)
69. Grey Gardens (loved it!)
70. Into the Storm
71. Grey Gardens Documentary
72. Road to Avonlea: Season I
73. Never Been Kissed
74. Music and Lyrics
75. Phantom of the Opera
76. Mama Mia
77. Havana Nights
78. The Muppet Christmas Carol
79. It's a Wonderful Life
80. 13 Going on 30
81. High School Musical 1
82. High School Musical 2
83. High School Musical 3
84. Away from Her (excellent on Alzheimer's)
85. Chocolat
86. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (TV)
87. The Nanny Diaries
88. Anne of Green Gables
89. Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Fellow Traveler

Fellow Traveler by Ginny Owens

You can't change who I am
Or the way that i think
I won't change how you live
Or the words that you speak
But neither of us is a stranger to joy or pain
No matter how we're different
We're very much the same

Fellow traveler let me take you to a place where I've found rest
Fellow seeker let me show you where I've found true happiness
Fellow beggar I have good news, I know where there is bread
(I'll show you where there's bread)

I don't know where you've come from
Or where you've been along your way
But I can tell you what I've lived through
And how I made it here today
Let me share with you the story of hope I've come to know
A love that's always for me
And a peace that frees my soul


So if you are hungry come to the table with me
And you won't go hungry ever again

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