Wild Life Of A Little Monster

Others are scared of me because of all the fun I have. Considered a vigilante by my Eponine.

Sunday Afternoon

Some weeks zoom along. Drive to work on Monday morning and then, shazam, it's Friday's happy hour. Others drag along and one would swear that Monday and Tuesday had more than 24 hours and by Wednesday you're praying for Friday. You feel totally beat up by the the time the weekend arrives.

This past week passed at warp speed. I can't believe it is Sunday morning, there's a cup of coffee by side, the laptop is fired up, and I'm visiting with you. We were here just yesterday. I'm sure of it!

Last Sunday, I saw the movie "Nelly Don: A Stitch In Time." She had a fascinating role in the fashion industry in the early to mid-1900s. She also was married to James Reed, a Missouri U.S. Senator and former Kansas City Mayor, was kidnapped, had a "secret love child," went through a divorce, made lots of money, at one time employed more than 1,000 women, was well liked and admired, and lived to 102. The producers plan to take it to film festivals nationwide. Be watching for it! More information about Nelly Don is available at the Kansas City Public library.

Next on the agenda was a visit to the American Jazz Museum, which shares a site with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Specifically, I went to see the special exhibit "The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936." You can see the exhibit online, but don't miss visiting it in person if it comes to your neighborhood.

The exhibit marks the 70th anniversary of these Olympic Games. It is organized and circulated by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which I visited while on a June work trip to D.C.

"The 1936 Berlin Olympics were a crucial moment in history, when the world chose to ignore the ruthless racial policies of the Nazi regime, policies clearly in conflict with the Olympic movement.... The exhibit explores themes of racism, antisemitism, propaganda, the indoctrination of youth, and international responses to Nazism. It also recognizes the accomplishment of athletes like Jesse Owens ...."

Interestingly, the Berlin Games were the first to have an Olympic Torch Run from Greece. At these games there were 18 black U.S. athletes competing, winning 14 of the 56 medals awarded to the U.S team. Celebrated at the games for challenging the Nazi ideals of race, they came home to segregation and prevalent racism in the U.S. Thirteen Jewish athletes, regardless of nationality, received medals in 1936.

By the way, last Sunday, Aug. 13 was the anniversary of when the Berlin barriers were closed in 1961 between East and West Berlin.

Today, I expect to stay home all day.

4 Comments:

At August 20, 2006 1:09 PM, Blogger nels, ed, nitro, and/or xing said...

our Mommy always learns something new from you--thanks for making it through the days, remembering the epster and loving her enough to keep her memory going. we wished we coulda known her.

may all your weekdays speed by like the leaves on the wind!

nels, ed, nitro, and xing lu

 
At August 21, 2006 4:51 AM, Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Our Mommy learned new stuff too! She said she's gonna try to see dat movie now too.
Purrs and headbutts from all of us
~~ Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

 
At August 21, 2006 6:50 AM, Blogger Eponine's Cowboy said...

PKs-You four have some really cool names! I also have to mention that your comment was very nice and made me feel good. Thank you. I like slow days too, but fast days passing by always are cool too.

Sometimes I think I try to learn too much. Makes my head want to pop!! :) So, gotta learn to pace yourselves. But never stop learning!

Mostly Black Cats-Your names are all awesome too! The movie is a documentary. So, it's not for everyone. But I bet your mommy would like it. If I hear of it heading to Virginia, I'll be sure to let you know.

Sanjee, I see you have a Bronze medal from the Catolympics. Just like the folks from 1936, I'm sure you'll someday be in the history books!!

 
At August 21, 2006 8:16 AM, Blogger The Meezers said...

Our mommy loves going to museums - her favorite was always the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but she saided that when she was in kol-ege, she werked in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and would always get freaked out when she hadded to deliver somefing to eifur the bug room or the big bone room.

 

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