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The North American Indian Summer: Spectacular Foliage

Posted on October 12th, 2002 filed in travel articles
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North America is famous for its ‘Indian Summer’ Autumn and the extravagant foliage that abounds in some of its areas. October is the classic time to enjoy this nature fest. It is worth noting that each area has its own foliage report and that is worth checking prior to heading there.
These are my favorites in that regard :

1) The fabulous Adirondack Park in upstate New York (The drive from Manhattan is absolutely breathtaking)
2) New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachussets, Rhodes Island, and Main)

3) Quebec (Quebec City, Mont Tremblant)

4) Smokie Mountains (Tennesse, North Carolina, West Virginia)

5) Illinois: Morton Arboretum (Chicago) and Shawnee national Forest (8 hours south of Chicago)

6) Oregon: McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway
6) Georgia: Chattahoochee National Forest


Movie Monologue: Scarlett’s Vow to Survive in Gone with the Wind

Posted on October 10th, 2002 filed in Movie Talk
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As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me! I’m going to live through this, and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again – no, nor any of my folks! If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill, as God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.

——-Vivien Leigh as Scarlett Ohara in “Gone With the Wind”


Movie Monologue: Precollapse speech in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Posted on October 10th, 2002 filed in Movie Talk
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Great principles don’t get lost once they come to light. They’re right here. You just have to see them again…You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I’m not licked. And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause, even if this room gets filled with lies like these; and the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me

—–James Stewart as Senator Jefferson Smith in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”


The Ring Movie Review (9/10)

Posted on October 8th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:

Naomi Watts plays Rachel Keller a single mom journalist whose niece, and three of her friends, were recently found dead with what appears to be severe horror. Upon further investigation, she learns of videotape that causes the death of anyone that watches exactly 7 days later. She gets the tape, watches it and finds herself in a race against time to solve the mystery before her own time is up.

Review:

I consider myself as one that does not get affected that easily by what horror films in general. And then came ‘The Ring’, a movie that literally freaked me out beyond my imagination. I saw the latest session (The one that ends past midnight) and I was quite disturbed that I called a cab to drive me home, only 4 blocks away from the movie theatre.

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Personal Poetry: GRAND-PÈRE

Posted on September 24th, 2002 filed in Personal Poetry and Poems
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(This poem I wrote in the memory of my Grand Father)

Peux-tu me dire pourquoi?
Peux-tu me dire quand on le sera?
Je suis là où je ne le suis pas,
Içi ou ailleurs,
Mais comment donc nulle part ?!

Nulle part d’où je suis venue,
Est-ce que là-bas que j’irai?
Sans toi, ni toi, ni toi,
Ni même mon miroir
Quel redoutable effroi!
Ni même un autre pour me tendre la main,
Ou un sourire qui brillera seul au loin.
Si tout ce qui reste de nous est une boîte funèbre
Enterrée dans les plus profonds ténèbres…
Et nos Sourires seront effacés,
Nos Visages oubliés,
Mes regrets, ont-ils même existé?
Et on dira “C’est dans le passé,
Ayons le courage de le laisser!”

Et toi grand-papa, ou est-ce que tu es?
J’ai même pas versé une larme pour ton passé,
Qui t’as trahi et qui t’as aimé?
Dis-moi qu’est-ce qui compte,
Maintenant que tu le sais.
Dis-moi, s’il te plaît, grand-père,
Dis-moi que tu n’est pas seul,
Rassure moi, j’ai trop peur,
J’ai peur d’avoir perdu ma clarté,
Car je suis loin d’être parfait.
Dis-moi que toi aussi, tu ne l’étais,
Mais Dieu comprend et pardonne ces êtres préférés.
Dis-moi que tu es au milieu de fleurs, de roses et de champs de blé,
Dorés par un Soleil qui ne dort jamais,
Et de lacs de vin et de d’eau sucrée,
Avec tous ceux que tu as jadis aimé,
Que tu es jeune, beau et plein de santé,
Que tu es, enfin, dans le Paradis tant désiré,
Et peut-être un jour, je te reverrai,
Là-bas où j’irai,
Et non pas dans un Cercueil enfermé.
Je m’excuse de n’avoir pas pleuré,
Mais je promets de te faire une prière,
Aussi souvent que je le pourrai.


Minority Report Movie Review (8.5/10)

Posted on September 14th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:

Washington D.C. in 2054 is a very safe city with zero murders in last 9 years mostly due to the precrime lab that makes use of the precognitive powers of 3 genetic mutants to learn about future murders before they happen and thus prevent them from actually materializing. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) , the detective in charge at the lab, suddenly finds himself in an unusual situation when the precogs predict that the next murder will be committed by him.

Review:

Minority Report, the latest and long-awaited blockbuster from director Steven Spielberg, is a fantastic production that manages to awe and impress both with its very original story (written by Philip K. Dick of “Blade Runner” and “Total Recall” fame), its literally amazing special effects, the non stop action, and the stunning imagery.

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