Inspired by winter in St Henri

and obviously, the “Van Gogh to Kandinsky” show at the MMFA… (painted Dec 24-28)

©2014 Marion Pennell

©2014 Marion Pennell

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I live white privilege, I didn’t earn it

©2000 Marion Pennell

©2000 Marion Pennell

Currently there are 54 countries in Africa.  I have met people (and have had enough of a conversation to say I know a little about them) from Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda.  The man from Uganda was a Hindu living there, and under Idi Amin’s regime had to flee with just the clothes on his back.  I can’t even imagine. Continue reading

A mockingjay can mimic whatever they need you to hear

Go see Mockingjay, especially if you are young and so far non-political.

I saw Mockingjay at the theater.  I love the lessons in politics embedded as propo’s in the film.  Young people may not watch or care about the news, or history.  If they do, it may be to repeat or forward a story that sounds cool or outrageous, but they may have never researched it to understand if it is true, and if so, in what context?  Context is everything.

©2001 Marion Pennell

©2001 Marion Pennell

In Mockingjay, President Snow is seen crafting his side’s propo.  “Not rebels, use radicals.”

In Ferguson, the press conference was held at night.  As I watched, I sensed the backroom crafting of the evidence.  How to present your case, use the right vocabulary.  Rhetoric, I believe it is called.

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