The Plan According to Everything, Nothing, and Anything

Once I decided to move ahead with the plan, as heavy as the decision weighed in my heart, my gut, and my head, (as Miranda Lambert sings so well – and how I feel about Mexico!) – the nervousness REALLY set in.  I would wake up shaking – with the thoughts of making my way across the country, into another, with the extended family – and yet there it was – not going away and not being fixed on its own, so I hit the books and make the made decisions under a stressful cloud.

  1. Find an mover that worked, was quality, and that was economical for the items I was needing to send.
  2. Deciding what was needed, what was not
  3. Researching tips on moving animals safely across the border and for such a long distance.
  4. Make a plan for food while I travelled to minimize costs.
  5. Have a schedule each day to close up things here to not leave an empty hole of to do’s (as much as possible).
  6. A place to move to. 

it is amazing how much advice came from individuals in the state that made a HUGE and difficult decision easier.  My cousin Lois Rhoades, Brenda Treherne, Natalie Dorfeld, Andrea Paun, Rachelle Raypush, Danielle Levredge  – they all helped shaped what would be a plan.

Before I get into the details, what DID work on the first try was meeting some amazing new teachers coming it (VERY HARD to know I was heading out as they were coming in) but despite the list of to’s that always remained, the diversion of some amazing new friends helped me push along, while I received the amazing support of long time friends I had made along the way.  (Don’t worry, tons of time to shout out to the long timers who were crucial to me as well 🙂 )

Tiffany Navarro – You were there, and were still in Mexico, and at the drop of a dime, boom!  You came and helped.  Amazing.  Thanks for always lending an objective ear, a cup of tea and your time!

Tamra Fernandez and family were great and it was nice to provide advice to them for assistance along the way – it helped me get perspective and they helped me so much with removing items and having them go somewhere where they were wanted.  One of the best new people hired and full of attention and concern for being the best she can be.  Her family was so inviting, and her being here made SUCH a difference.

Kelly Bowman and Gerard, again, they supported, listened, suggested, an were there in a moment’s notice- and they were new to Mexico too.  The assistance of just simply listening, supporting, etc helped me also move along in a smooth fashion.  This in the early stages moved all forward so quickly, and I am not sure they realized how crucial that was!

Maria Mandolini and discovering a place for her to stay, helped so so much.  Overall, her patience, despite her nervousness in all, and her ability to provide so much assistance as well, fueled a calmness I needed.  Her questions helped me review the positive experiences I had at ASF, and just allowed me to put so much into perspective.

Let’s look at that #1! (Details below and at Services page on my blog at:

https://harrybrake.com/services-in-mexico-city/

I went with the below company, to my door in Felton DE, 33,000 pesos for Mexican side, then the U.S. side was 2500.00 USD, and they come, pack, and unpack when delivered, take care of all border costs – insured – and overall a very accommodating service!  All the others below were too, VERY prompt, fast and willing to work out the best possible route, so another might be perfect for you based on your situation, but 100% no complains of this one below – excellent service and they called all during the packing to check on the service!Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 7.25.08 AM.png

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Vincent Etcheverry . Director General

 Logimpex de México S.A. de C.V.    Descartes 54 – Piso 3 – Int 301

Col. Nueva Anzures .   México D.F. 11590 .   Tel / fax : (00 52) (55) 5203 8152 / 54

e-mail : info@logimpex.com.mx

FB : Logimpex de México

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All My Sons Storage and Across the Border Moving

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Amazing choices for moving, AMAZING, and the best option is having the time to check them all out – which is crucial.  Sometimes, you need to ask this, if there is a truck or service heading in the direction you are going and sometimes you can share that mode of transportation as well, which is best.  Usually once you make your decision, the mode of transportation for moving is decided, then you need to understand usually there is a day of just packing, then another day of moving.  Know ow many cubic meters you are given, pick the best one, but mark that off in your apartment, this gives you a visual, and there are utube videos showing you how many cubic meters something is, it HELPED ME ALOT.

 I realized once I got here, I was able to get some amazing pieces of furniture, despite wanting to bring pieces I bought in Mexico, but it was aokay.  The best movers I found, are found at my Services page for Mexico – they were absolutely GREAT.  I paid for the Mexican side in pesos, then when delivered, in dollars, so roughly in my case 2-3 weeks.  So have a U.S. Date side, or where you are moving – money in the bank when they arrive.  I took the longest amount of time with this to make sure I could get the best and most economical until I was paid, so that was important I had some money to use along the journey, and this decided how much I had moved, packed, etc..

#2  – I took only things I had made you could not sleep in or sit in.  That was a few pieces, but I figured it helped with the cubic meters.  I used every means possible contacting HC, the Facebook sites for ASF teachers, the ASF site, the sites for Open and Free garage Sales on Facebook, and started immediately so I had about 2-3 weeks ahead to change and edit.  Also, I reached out to others moving and let them know what I was selling so they could tell others, and we helped each other.  HUGE HELP.

#3 – There are some amazing sites and Tracy Miller, former CTE and HC guru sent me some powerful, informative papers so I ‘d be ready.  These are found on my blog section for moving and found here too:

Bringing Dogs – 

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International Travel with Pet

Pet Friendly Hotels

A GREAT service for planning travel w/pets

#4 – One of the best things I did was shop using my efectivale card, helping me organize the trip length, what food I would need, filling a cooler, and I STILL have items left from it after three days of driving.  This saved a ton of $$ and was crucial to the success of the trip aI thought.

#5 – Amid the . plastering, the painting of the apartment each day, room by room, I also ticked off 12 items I needed to do in the location I was moving to – and doing both seemed to be working towards an end, no matter how much there seemed to be.

All in all, more planning went into it then I felt when I left, but if not, wow, it would have been a disaster, allowing enough to empty out the apartment (mostly) the last night, with packing items into my truck. being able to pack enough to take that I could easily put away within the first few days of arriving without being overwhelming, and organizing the items in my items when I was driving back.

With three cats, even with with huge dog crate, and making a second tier in the crate for two cats, the third crate, as suggested by an amazing vet –

Clínica Veterinaría Pedro Pablo Soto Pérez

Calle de Chiapas 128, Roma Nte., 06700 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Phone : +52 55 5584 5409
(Let him know you work at ASF, it helps!)
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all worked perfectly.  

No crate needed for the dogs, and the vet came to my house one day for the cat I could not extract to the vet.  They helped me print all certificates, give me all meds for the cats to be drowsy (I ended up using NONE OF THEM!) and making sure all shots were up to days, including flea treatment pending the new location.

#6 – I hit every realtor and onsite advertising for rentals in the area, EVERY ONE.  With it being the 4th of July, that helped alot as messages were left EVERYWHERE.  Using Trulia, I found a TON of choices and within three days had a place found (for pets).

The three weeks I had were essential in making all, despite the feeling chaos, DEFINITELY less chaotic in the long run. So with the planning as much as I could allow, what happened the morning of? leading into the trek itself – wow – on its way.

 

 

 

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Summer of Unexpected Change…

Yes, of course by now, most know that my biggest unexpected change came front and center.  Where did this originate?  How the heck did this all happen?  In a short few weeks following an amazing ASF summer school, a 360 occurred, so let’s take it from there (there will be some awesome posts coming about what 2017’s ASF summer camp entailed, and it was A W E S O M E! )

Every year, for my own information, I always ask to meet with HC, and they graciously, every single year, since I have been at ASF, have sat down with me to crunch numbers, forecast how I am doing in relation to what I will be earning, etc, and this all is basically peace of mind for me in the love I have for Mexico and wanting to remain there in finding an amazing country of open-mindedness and a level in internationalism I never had personally realized on an individual basis.  

I have found myself able to thrive and survive easily in a Mexico I have come to love beyond words, beyond blog posts, and yet I realized I needed to be able to provide the support for family as well, and I did not feel I had that at this point in my life.  This was a hard pill to swallow for sure, and yet, the generosity of those around me in terms of support, confidence-building,  Yet, that ominous feeling remained and there is not much you can do about that – hence, decisions had to be made, where was where this tumultuous change within emerged this summer.  

Within a few days I realized what I thought was going to be my summer was NOT my summer, but that is life and thanks to the first wave of HC support, second wave of colleagues and close friends, and I realized, how rich I had become in friendships thick and thin, and although a new adventure always lies just over the horizon, often we take for granted how luck we are day in and day out.  It was with this realization that the biggest change of my life to occur in a few weeks, would begin to take motion.  After seeing so many roasts and goodbyes occurred at the end of the year, I found myself glad (as much as I could be) this was occurring over the summer – as goodbyes and the whole farewell, is my weakness – so the adventure begins.  Stay tuned for tips, speed marathons of decisions, and the blur of change that led to me arriving in Delaware, this past Friday   (I am still wrapping my mind around all this!)

 

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Tri fecta plus one…SUPERFECTA!

As my mind and body now are starting to bound back to the point of being able to think again after experiencing some crazy last week adventures, before I proceed with that blog series, some unfinished topics have been bugging me, itching me, to cover and get across.  

Every year for the last six years I had experienced at the end of the ASF school year, four specific events that reached out to me and never ceased to amaze me, sometimes even more in the afterthought.  Many can relate to this as educators, BUT, I thin very few can on the level I had experienced these events at ASF in Mexico City.

Club Leadership Awards and Senior Awards.  For 2017, I am still speechless to see how much time, effort, and commitment is evident when you take the time to just stop, and watch the goings-on around you of what our students AND advisors are doing.  Of course Repentino. was shocked and honored to receive a Club of Clubs awards,Club of Clubs 2017.jpg but the reality sets in – we are NOTHING without the willingness to participate, support, and be involved, intertwined, and interconnected with other clubs, (Tech Club, Gamma, Math Club to name a few of MANY!)  to do so allows us to be so much more and that is a recognition no award can be given for how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many amazing activity-based clubs.  I love this evening, and always seems to be the first event that reminds us the years is winding down.  Seeing the amazing seniors that follow recognized my community leaders – priceless.  These two events that occur in one night not only show you the miles students have come, but the miles teachers have come outside the classroom as well as the Activities Director.  Huge Kudos to what kicks off a alarm clock reminder, “these amazing students are entering the real world!”

Capping.  Whether a spectator or a participant – this was my first time seeing this ceremony, and my all time favorite ceremony, by far.  I love the fact this ceremony also includes parents as faculty, parents in general, and overall this is heartwarming, bitter sweet, and I want to hold onto the students from beginning to end.  I loved there was a photo booth at capping this year.  I liked when we sat outside together though (though the weather never cooperates).  But most of all, there has never been a capping where tears have not welled up in my eyes, and this has nothing to do with me participating, but it has everything with me seeing the students come full circle since the first time I met them. 

The ASF Athletic Gala this year was, I felt, off the hook amazing. What always ceases to amaze is seeing the sheer number of students, coaches, and parents involved in this process.  The lobby is busting at the seams. However this year, the tables were loaded like an open market, and when you went to the tables to get what you wanted to snack on, you almost did NOT want to interrupt anything, break anything, or disrupt how amazing everything looked – classy to the “T.”  Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 3.32.46 AMThe ceremony itself is a worshiping service of the commitment that coaches, teachers, students, alumni, and family put forward to help many be successful on and off the field. It is a humbling ceremony, and one I feel every educator needs to attend to truly participate the wide spectrum of what ASF brings to so many people simply in one season, let alone many’s lives.

This leaves while not all the end of year activities, the biggie. graduation. Despite the internal argument of field or not field,  the fact remains.  You have one chance to look at what you have done all year long, as a teacher, mentor, advisor, and more, and see what it has gone.  It is a tear jerker for me inside because the speeches, in varying degrees and usually one or more will resound with you, combined with the memories you contain of seeing individuals that have been a part of your educator’s life for a VERY long part of a journey, all culminating into one event that built on the previous three mentioned above?  Yes, I am sure this is a different experience for educators than students. the heat, the length, the Saturday that id a gatekeeper before end of the year grade calculations, and such, but, the fact remains, take the above three activities, roll them into one event, you have graduation, and an event that brings your involvement front and center.  I found myself at the time wishing we could find a way to speed up the length of time students walked across the stage – because it is ONE LONG PROCESS, however, looking back now?  I relish every single moment I have been lucky enough to play a part in the ASF Final procession 
of graduation.  Inspiring would be the understatement of the year when you have a chance to see what the word international means up front and center.

Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 3.46.55 AMIt is so easy to take for granted the process that let us all be here, but from the Activities Director, to the students, parents, educators, administrators, maintenance, and MORE – this is a crowning event that takes the above three and again, presents itself in a whisper that says, “Job Well Done”, something not likely to be forgotten any time soon.

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Speak, Bullying, Climate, and Books in General.

As I go through my school hard drive of files today, I found just a awesome review of books – and it reminds me how much an art it is to find literature that matches specific situations.  I am sure this is why I have loved literature, teaching English, and applying the life outside of the walls of schools to this life we go through everyday.  The synthesis of literature, genres, and reading, is not, and does not have to be a solitary activity.  As we begin the investigation of a book titled Speak, issues of climate change that  need to be dealt with, as well as issues that fall under the category of bullying, isolation and so much more, I find it comforting to know that books can be a go to for dealing with so many of these situations.  Making the start of the year being a list of genres that will help support the curriculum is as important as the curriculum itself.

“Books are a natural and necessary part of preparation and planning, as are newspapers, journals, and other media that excite the learner.”

Students delve into topics for greater awareness. They gain perspective and a point of view, particularly regarding situations we hope students will never be in, for example, experiencing a tsunami or extreme poverty. Their understanding of time and place becomes more attuned as they experience the convergence of past and current history.

Literature also shows different approaches to or writing styles on a similar theme and can include examples of what young people have accomplished through service.

As students decide to address bullying on campus and learn about this topic, elementary grades will relish The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman. Older students use this book to put on skits for the younger ones, and both benefit. James Howe’s Pinky and Rex and the Bully is excellent for elementary classrooms and The Misfits, for middle schools, is a book that has given birth to National No Name-Calling Week.

Now with two sequels, Totally Joe and Addie on the Inside, Howe’s books can inspire both the love of reading and the imperative for action. Deborah Ellis’ young adult novel Bifocal is exceptional for looking at how rumors and prejudice impact high school students in the wake of September 11.

 

Most notable in the nonfiction category is Ellis’s recent addition to her long list of excellent titles, We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying. A book for all ages, this compels students, teachers and administrators to move beyond awareness into a plan for change.

 

14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy would be perfect to read at the beginning of a September 11 commemoration. Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers by David McLimans could be used to teach numbers to students and could lead to a joint activity to care for the environment. The Wartville Wizard by Don Madden is hilarious to act out as a service learning activity around Earth Day or any day to raise awareness of litter and trash.

 

Here again books can be key. Empty by Suzanne Weyn is a brilliant young adult novel occurring ten years in the future when our planet is out of fossil fuels. As students reflect on an environmental service learning experience, using the characters and text of this novel would be exceptional. Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth shows a child reflecting on her front stoop as she considers what she will do to create beauty.

Now, here is my impossible top ten books list. Impossible, because my mind wants to say, “Oh, one more, and this one, too!” Here are my top ten for today. Tomorrow may be a different story!

The Curse of Akkad: Climate Upheavals that Rocked Human History by Peter Christie. This thrilling nonfiction treatise on how history has changed because of dramatic climate change is a real eye-opener and reads like a Jason Bourne thriller. Nonfiction, young adult.

In Our Village: Kambi ya Simba through the Eyes of Its Youth by Students of Awet Secondary School, edited by Barbara Cervone, is a service learning book that brings a small remote village in Tanzania into your classroom. This book was the impetus for me to initiate In Our Global Village with Barbara Cervone, which invites students around the world to write books back to the Awet students. Find out more at http://www.inourvillage.org. Nonfiction, all ages.

Jakeman by Deborah Ellis introduces us to kids in the foster care system. In telling of their escapades to visit their mothers on Mother’s Day, all of whom are in prison, they make you laugh, cry, and care. Nonfiction, young adult.

A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by DK Publishing is a UNICEF book that brings the world into your classroom. All ages benefit from this informative nonfiction book. Two others in the series are A School Like Mine: How Children Learn Around the World and A Faith Like Mine: How Children Worship Around the World.

The Long March: The Choctaw’s Gift to Irish Potato Famine Relief by Mary-Louise Fitzpatrick is a story skipped in our text books, exquisitely written, and important to tell. I use this book in elementary to university presentations. A picture book.

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman is a point-of-view novel that shows how a child can influence an entire neighborhood to create a community garden. Fiction, grades 6 and up.

The Summer My Father Was Ten and Wanda’s Roses, both by Pat Brisson, are essential picture books. The first is about how a thoughtless act of vandalism becomes an opportunity for two generations to come together through a garden, and the second is about a girl creating a garden despite all the odds!

We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History by Phillip Hoose is a book belonging wherever young people are studying American History and want to know about what youth were doing. This thick book is rich with primary source materials and well-researched stories.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an exceptional novel told in first person by an 18-year-old who ends up in rehab and doesn’t know how he got there. With unexpected humor and intensity, this is a book for grades 11 and 12.

My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian is pure joy. We meet Derek, who does not want to read his summer reading list and finds that drawing is his way to learn vocabulary. It’s filled with action, humor, a heartfelt resolution, and plenty of drawings by Jake Tashjian, the author’s teenage son. Novel, grades 4–6, and everyone else who wants to reach and teach children.

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Hour 30 of 24in48 reading Marathon!

Spine Poetry!  Oh yes!   So here is my attempt at a very brief artistic form of spine poetry – here at hour THIRTY of 24in48 reading marathon!  Read on!

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24in48 readathon

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Yep!  the 24in48reading marathon is here and JUST because I am only starting at 4:50ish AM Central time DOES NOT mean I am not committed!  With given 48 hours to read as much and as close to 24 hours of reading as possible, the fact that this event exists is amazing!

If you would like to stab at it just to see what this is all about. start here – and look for me on Facebook, my Repentino. crew Twitter (@Repentinomag) or right here!  🙂  I have some reading to do!

 

 

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“Everything in this Life is Linked”

Swedish.  Spanish subtitles.  A mild interest in seeing what this Hannes Holm film, A Man Called Ove.  As a Swedish author, Fredrik Backman and his novel that led to the movie, I went in unsure.  Realizing I was not going to see any English, be it subtitles or on the screen, I left the theatre so thankful for the things that I have failed, and still fail, to realize so many times through a day in my life.  Rolf Lassgard is amazing as well as Bashar Pars, she takes the cake and then some to push the plot forward.  The story as well as characters simply reach inside and play the heart strings of your heart to a melody you never knew existed in the first place.  

Love, memories, bitterness, loneliness, isolation, surprises, families, lost loves, humor, irony, and MORE all are contained in this amazingly warm-hearted foreign film.  

 Another famous line“Either we die, or we choose to live” has so many connotations in relation to this film, and in life in general, you end up taking away several possibilities thanks to the deepness and intensity, lined with humor, of this film.  The trailer certainly does not give the depth of what you will feel coming away from this film, and the gratefulness you will come into contact with will stay with you way past leaving the theatre.  Priceless.

 

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Unexpected, Hidden Truths

oHieronymus Bosch.  Not familiar with and well acquainted with this artist after It Comes at Night.  Not able to find the painting that appears in the film and bizarre loss of facts about this artist add to the, “what you think you know, but will find out” elements of this film.  When you are looking through the listing of films, it just seems as another one of the latest horror films that are on the cinema ticket.  Absolutely false.

What I expected from It Comes at Night versus what the film actually is will surprise you too completely.  I did not expect a film that would share pieces of films like The Stand, I am Legend, and The Book Of Eli, and yet, Trey Edwards Shults‘s new film stands on it so own which is completely unexpected.  It makes you realize that this was worth the trip to the cinema when you you see and feel this walking out.

What I find fascinating is the casting is truly right on (I wanted to say “dead on”, but that would the wrong choice of words).  Even though I do not recall these characters in other films, they role in this film sets the standard of what they CAN do in a film.

Add to this the roles that emotion plays effectively, as well as normal fears each one of us has, and you have a film that grips you into fascination, fear, and a “what happens next” so strongly, you are left reeling of what you were expecting at the beginning and what you experienced at the end.

Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, David Pendleton, Carmen Ejogo, and especially Kelvin Harrison Jr., all contribute to just the right amount of emotion, suspense, and questioning that land them as major players in a successful film.  I am so glad I did not brush this off as “just another horror film ” when this psychological thriller is so much more in truth and fear.

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Promises of Awareness…

In seeing The Promise, directed by Terry George, and starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, but you realize half way into the movie you realize some pertinent points, this is a film that captures your heart due to the victims of a holocaust that occurred.  I left this film grateful for the characters that committed themselves to sending the message of events happening far away, and letting anyone in the world realize events that seem far away, are close when they affect people’s very way of life.

I thought how important it would be for individuals to start using film and media to get the messages of saving people’s way of life, and supporting each other all over the world, instead of simply to make money off the most spectacular film?  There are countless stories where lives of children, whole cultures, are threatened, because they are just out of reach of those that can help.  Movies and film can certainly be a way to allow those in need to be within reach.  I felt this film brought that realization even closer.

Several months ago I actually had the privilege to see this film in the theatre, and still, the beautiful scenery, amid the love story and tragedy that took place, and the message of getting the Armenian Genocide across to the world and the realization that the United States has always stood for the diversity that makes this country capable of being an advocate for all ethnicities, I love that this possibility exists, and hope that the powers that be realize how important lives are, here and abroad.  It makes me sad that the money grossed from this film was so low, only in that the message I hoped would be so powerful that many would make it a point to see.  

The way so many lives interconnected, and how many lives were affected by selfish governments, this point does not fail to reach you in viewing this film.  Despite the actors being stars, you find yourself sucked into the plight of so many children, women, men, residents of Armenia, and I found myself disappointed that I was not more aware of this, despite this occurring in 1915 but not being a major study of any history studies, I wish I would have been exposed to such incidents to be aware of what we, as a country and world can do to help shed more awareness of such tragedies to prevent them.  Of course, we can’t prevent such incidents all over the world, but I do see the possibility of using media more effectively to spread awareness than it has in the past.

I detest the reviews that state this move did not utilize the actors as well as they could have, as if the purpose was to have actors and actresses shine, and forego the message and plight of this genocide.  I hope that everyone does take the effort to make this film a part of their agenda, and to realize how powerful a medium can be to prevent an UNawareness of events that occur in the world. In that sense, this movie ranks as one of the best I have seen due to the purpose, effectiveness, and effort put to document an event that all should clamor to prevent in the future.  During the course of this film, so much more effective historical education is revealed than most would get through a textbook, and is food for so much thought and discussion, that this except of an event from this event, as well as this film, reveals the stories that haunt our histories:

“A photograph, taken by the American W. L. Sachtleben, depicting the victims of a massacre of Armenians in Erzerum on October 30, 1895, being gathered for burial at the town’s Armenian cemetery. “What I myself saw this Friday afternoon [November 1] is forever engraven on my mind as the most horrible sight a man can see. I went with one of the cavasses of the English Legation, a soldier, my interpreter, and a photographer (Armenian) to the Armenian Gregorian cemetery. The municipalty had sent down a number of bodies, friends had brought more, and a horrible sight met my eyes. Along the wall on the north …. lay 321 dead bodies of the massacred Armenians. Many were fearfully mangled and mutilated. I saw one with his face completely smashed in with a blow of some heavy weapon after he was killed. I saw some with their necks almost severed by a sword cut. One I saw whose whole chest had been skinned, his forearms were cut off, while the upper arm was skinned of flesh. I asked if the dogs had done this. ‘No, the Turks did it with their knives’. A dozen bodies were half burned.” … “A crowd of a thousand people, mostly Armenians, watched me taking photographs of their dead. Many were weeping beside their dead fathers or husbands.” W. L. Sachtleben, “Letter to the Editor”, the London Times, December 14th 1895 (quoted in G. Aivazian, “Sachtleben Papers on Erzurum”, in “Armenian Karin/Erzurum”, ed R. G. Hovannisian).”

I realize that sometimes it takes films to bring what we can do as individuals to make a change for the better.  Sometimes we all need that nudge.  This films SHOVES us in that direction and memorializes the many lives that never should have been lost.  All the while we are brought up close and personal to what can occur with attention, being proactive, and being knowledgeable of making a difference.

 

 

 

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Andy Warhol

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 1.28.09 AMThe Jumex Museum presents a pretty wide range of pieces from the Andy Warhol collection – the Dark Star Collection,  and I feel it is definitely worth the visit on several levels.  The Deja vous I experienced was pretty strong though unexpected.  Having been through the Andy Warhol Museum in my stomping grounds of Pittsburgh several times, I could almost smell and feel what it was like when I had gone through the exhibits then.  

I love the space given to the various exhibitions, from the top level to the bottom.  The prohibition of photography is not a actually limiting, as it seems with Warhol you can take this with you where ever you go.  I was pulled into the memory of the Art Fair at ASF in the Fall of 2013 when all of ASF spied look-alikes of Andy Warhol across the campus (check out page 26-27 of the Focus).

I like the fact that Warhol was perhaps one of the most misunderstood artists of his time, and little did many realize this repetition, blandness, controversial coverages, as well as what seemed at first simplistic reproductions actually mimicked and called out for a closer look at our society at the time. Warhol strikes me as the Rolling Stone and Madonna of his period, not afraid to shake things up alot, and certainly not afraid to put his responses to how he saw all around him on display.

The exhibit at the Jumex does a superb job with the space to show several periods of his life as it progressed from his immersion into New York to The Factory. I like that this exhibit does cover so much of what we knew and didn’t know about Warhol, and leaves you with information to research further.  The whole incidents surrounding his near fatal death (he was dead clinically for a period of time) involving the fanatical SCUM organization, to the Silver phase of his life, (coolly represented in the Jumex on the bottom floor), all help represent Warhol’s method of shaking things up in a period that art seemed to be in a holding pattern.

Finally, the area around the Jumex is quite amazing.  As if the free fruit boxes and access to umbrellas while you waited was not enough,  it is worth the line (try to go early) but when you step out and look out all four sides of the Jumex, you do realize how the views seem to be postcard-like if you step back

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 1.26.43 AMand take in what the views really are in front of you.  I think the same can be said of Andy Warhol’s pieces, both graphic, sometimes undetectedly deeper than you realize, and a reflection of society in a variety of ways without having to impose variety at all at times.

 

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