Regardless of your party affiliation I hope you expertise your right to vote. It is such a privilege. I’m proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. So, so proud! Our country is not perfect, but no country is, and we are always evolving and striving to improve ourselves.
“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” (Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835, “Democracy in America”)
I really enjoyed the following NBC news article:
U.S. Election: World’s fascination not just about American power, but also hope
A few must watch Halloween shows
1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
It’s a classic! It’s a tradition shared by generations; it crosses generations and binds us. it’s upsetting that this year it won’t be on TV for the first time is four decades and can only be viewed by purchasing a subscription to Apple TV. That’s not right! Everyone should have free access to this cultural gem.
2. Hocus Pocus
This one is just 100% enjoyable! Love the costumes, the talking cat, the overall story and the three Sanderson sisters – portrayed so wonderfully by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. And who won’t enjoy a humorously spooky Halloween tale set in Salem, Massachusetts?
3. Halloween (1978 – the original)
Simply, iconic. When I taught a college course about American cinema, I loved showing this film to students during fall semester. It truly started the slasher horror flicks, but it did so in a very tasteful way. Does that sound strange? How can a slasher movie be tasteful? Well, it bypasses blood and gore and instead focuses on building suspense and unique point of view camera angles. It started a genre and introduced a new way of telling a visual story.
4. Sleepy Hollow
One of Johnny Depp’s best! I love the Washington Irving folktale about the infamous Headless Horseman. And Tim Burton’s gothic vision of this classic American story is a true delight. It’s beautiful and scary and the scenery and music are fantastic. And the cast? Fabulous. Perfect.
5. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
It’s a much lighter telling of the spooky horseman and his midnight rides, but it so enjoyable. I watch it every year and it makes me laugh. Bing Crosby is the narrator and Disney’s Ichabod is a gangly, awkward, and rather absent-minded teacher who falls head over heels in love with Katrina Van Tassel, which puts him in the path of the Headless Horseman.
6. Practical Magic
Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest and Aiden Quinn are absolutely charming in this magical film. Although the story line entwining the two witch sisters, played by Bullock and Kidman, is entertaining, I enjoy the scenes with their eccentric witchy aunts, played by Channing and Wiest, even more. Alice Hoffman’s book on which the movie is based is a wonderful read and you can also find out more about the Owens family in two additional books, The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons.
Just wanted to let you know that even though I haven’t had anything published lately I am working on various projects. One of the projects was helping create historic content for Lens Flare Rochester, an phone app that will be live within the next few months. You can conduct your very own historic walking tour of downtown Rochester, Minnesota. I contributed five historic stories. I’ll post about it again when it’s available for download. But for now, check out Lens Flare Stillwater (Minnesota). The Rochester app is being designed after this model.
The 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to legally vote in elections, was ratified on this day in 1920.
The History Center of Olmsted County currently has an exhibit titled “The Onward March of Suffrage” that highlights historic women in Rochester, Minnesota who were advocates for suffrage. I conducted research for the exhibit, providing exhibit creators with information about the many local Rochester women who were involved in the suffrage struggle. I uncovered lots of interesting stories! Make sure to visit and check the exhibit out! The title is taken from a paper written by a Rochester suffragist and presented at a local Woman’s Christian Temperance Union meeting. Sadly, we didn’t uncover the paper’s content. However, the title was a great discovery and it rings true even today. We are still marching on, fighting to achieve equality for all.
Check out the new flag the History Center of Olmsted County erected in honor of the suffrage cause. The purple, gold and white flag was a symbol of the woman’s suffrage movement. Each time a state ratified the 19th Amendment a new star was added.
I recently participated in a book reading project for the History Center of Olmsted County. I was asked to read “Gabriel Finds Silver Lake,” a 1970 children’s book written about Rochester Minnesota’s Silver Lake and its geese.