Sculpture Saturday

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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Saturday Sculpture was hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger.

To join in, what you need to do is:

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to below because Mind over Memory’s has had to stop hosting. Between a new graduate program and work, she’s super busy

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try.

I made a new little logo for Sculpture Saturday. Feel free to use it.

Sculpture Saturday

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Statues, Sculptures, Carvings

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of Statues, Sculptures or Carvings.

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Saint Sulpice les Champs, Paris

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Kaifeng, Buddha

What will you share?

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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

 

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Downhill

One of my big disappointments with the Sundance Film Festival was that I didn’t get to see Downhill with Julia Loius-Dreyfus and Will Farrell. I tried to get tickets every time it played but never was able to.

I finally saw the film on DVD and was quite disappointed. In spite of four star actors, It isn’t half as interesting Force Majuer, the Swedish film that Downhill is based on. While Downhill has a few changes so much of it follows the path of the original. The opening scenes, the eerie music, most of the plot are the same, but not carried off as well.

Downhill and Force Majuere show what happens to a married couple on a ski holiday with their two children when while eating lunch on a chalet deck, an avalanche erupts and heads towards the restaurant. Rather than protecting his family, Will Ferrell’s character Peter grabs his phone and runs to save his own hide. Luckily, the avalanche falls short of actually hitting the restaurant, but it is a close call. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Billie is completely shocked that her husband left the family to fend for themselves.

While the family had some minor fissures before, now Billie and Pete are at different poles. Billie waits for Pete to make a profound apology, but none comes. I guess he’s hoping that time will heal her wound. Fat chance. Billie finally erupts when she finds Pete lied about how Zach Pete’s younger colleague shows up at the same resort with his footloose and fancy free, hashtag loving girlfriend. Billie is furious to learn that Pete lied. It was his idea that Zach turn up. A huge argument ensues, but doesn’t help matters as Pete still asserts that Billie’s wrong about the avalanche.

Like the Swedish film, Downhill’s Billie’s distrust and disrespect for Pete snowballs. Some secondary characters appear as goofy, comic relief, but they aren’t that funny or well drawn. The two sons have little personality and spend much of their time watching movies while the parents go out for dinner and argue. These children were pawns in a weak story. I’d hoped for a lot more. I did enjoy the original and do like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but can’t recommend Downhill.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Bikes, Trikes, or Motorcycles

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of bicycles, tricycles or even motorcycles.

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Chicago

What will you choose to share?

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Jinan

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Five years after the ‘709’ crackdown on China’s human rights lawyers, their voices must be heard

Terence C. Halliday and Eva Pils, July 8, 2020 In the early hours of the morning on 9 July 2015, China’s security apparatus launched the first strike of its worst ever campaign against practicing lawyers in China.  The forced disappearance of woman lawyer Wang Yu by unidentified black-garbed, masked men signaled the beginnings of a…

Five years after the ‘709’ crackdown on China’s human rights lawyers, their voices must be heard