Strange Magic

Dreaming of spring, the mind turns to flowers, butterflies, fairies and... bugs? Well, yes, if you life in southern Maryland. Although it's been frozen into silence lately, we have a buzzingly diverse ecosystem here in the coastal plains and wetlands, rich in the insect life that supports the abundant bird and fish populations we're known…

Don’t Blame Eve, or the Snake

From the movie Noah comes this retelling of the Genesis creation story, which warms my earth-loving feminist heart, as it doesn't demonize either the Serpent or the Woman. What is forbidden is the Knowledge of Evil, there's no telling the gender of the fruit-picker. But those who carry out the murder of their brothers appear…

Holiday Blues and a White Christmas

I love the movie, and the song,  White Christmas  beyond all reason. The film stars Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kay and Vera Ellen,and I think I watched it with my grandfather every year, curled by the fire.We laughed and sang the songs together,  and  knew many of the lines. The movie is ridiculous. (go watch it,…

We Birth Our Future

Cloud Atlas, the remarkable book by David Michell and cinematic  gift from Lana and Andy Wachowski (creators of The Matrix), didn't last long in the cinema, the ideas it raises will carry it on. This post from Ekostories highlights important themes, including Change Through Connection, Music and Storytelling, and the Unpredictable Power of Stories. Even…

Review of Tinker,Tailor,Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy , the latest film from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson of Let the Right One In, is a carefully detailed slowly tightening trap of a tale, wreathed in cold-war gloom. I'll recommend it if you like films which demand close attention, and if you have an interest in the machinations of government and an appreciation of…