Thursday, October 26, 2006


Eckstein Saint Louis Yes!

Happy Halloween. I love October. This ol' Bradshaw Cemetery is along an abandoned road in Versailles State Park in southeastern Indiana. Look for more photos from this hike soon. Posted by Picasa

Buying pumpkins outside of Delaware, Indiana befoe I saw my 4th and 5th grade teachers, the Kaisers, at a fried chicken dinner. Posted by Picasa


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Here are some snaps Abby and I took while driving and hiking through southeastern Indiana last Saturday. Photos are shots from Mt. Pleasant, Millhousen, Napolean, Versailles State Park between Osgood and Versailles, Milan and Delaware, Indiana.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Iranian Cinema 1998 "The Silence" 

With Iran in the news everyday, it might or might not be helpful to look at some of the movies that have come out of Iran. Both of the following mentioned films will leave many viewers disappointed. I found both fulfilling but for different reasons.

Both are beautiful to behold. Both give glimpses of life in Iran in the late 90s. Probably the most I'll ever see, unless we go to war there someday. Both films suggest the terrible war between Iraq and Iran. Abbas Kiarostami's "Taste of Cherry" (1997) is about a man wanting to kill himself. Today we just watched Mohsen Makhmalbaf's "The Silence" (1998). It is the story of a young blind boy and the world of sound that makes up his life. The cinematography in it is gorgeous, oddly reminding me of some of the photography I have seen the Eames do. The scenery in conjunction with the sound gives an experience of being there, maybe more than that.

It reminds me more of an accomplished experimental film. At 77 minutes, it's a beaut.


Link to article on Iranian New Wave Cinema:


Sunday, October 15, 2006


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Age forty came at me like a one-eyed pirate wielding a rototiller.
By gum, here be some pictures from the Piratey Weekend at Whitewater Memorial State Park the first weekend of this month.
Pictured on the right are some of the treasure boxes our good friend Reb got for the treasure hunt. Not pictured is the big treasure chest she provided for us to place these in. The big chest was hidden in de' woods.


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