Friday, October 28, 2016
"I just don't want them to see what's waiting for them in the future."
Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient. In extreme cases, all exposure to sunlight must be forbidden, no matter how small; as such, individuals with the disease are often colloquially referred to as "Moon child".
Here's a quick little thing to watch at lunch. Use it as a writing prompt.
For me, it's the kid who rescues the moth.
Monday, October 24, 2016
There was the house that gave out raisin, the one that gave out pennies, and the ever-dreaded house that came out CHICK TRACTS.
Well, Jack Chick has died. I'm sure you're all very sad. Enjoy this clip from the magical film HOT CHICKS.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Friday, October 07, 2016
The story Betty tells is a simple one. She needed "the perfect dress" for a very special occasion. Betty describes in amusing detail how she found just the right one, spent more than she could afford for it, modeled it for admiring friends, felt absolutely transformed and then...never got to wear it. The story and Betty are witty, engaging and delightful. Then Betty is asked to tell her story again. This time the story is strikingly different. While the facts remain the same, Betty reveals how she really felt: her anxiety over buying the dress, her discomfort at being praised for beauty she feels she doesn't have, and her subsequent bewilderment at the way things turn out. Betty becomes withdrawn, sad and vulnerable, and her voice, body and words express the painfulness of the memory. The contrast between the two stories is haunting. Our culture's emphasis on female "beauty" underscores the poignant saga of Betty's search for "the perfect dress". The film is as meaningful and moving today as it was when it was made.