“I, Daniel Blake” (2016 production, 2017 release). Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Brianna Shann, Dylan McKiernan, Kate Rutter, Sharon Percy, Stephen Clegg, Kema Sikazwe, Steven Richens, Micky McGregor. Director: Ken Loach. Screenplay: Paul Laverty. Web site. Trailer.
When the chips are down, it’s comforting to know that there are those who have your back. That’s especially true for the residents of countries that have social services systems in place to provide needed support in times of crisis, like unemployment and health emergencies. It’s truly reassuring that those structures will be there when they’re needed. But will they? Do the agencies responsible for administering these services live up to their obligations? And what happens if someone in need fails to properly comply with bureaucratic dictates by not dotting an “i” or crossing a “t”? Those are the maddening frustrations explored in the moving new British drama, “I, Daniel Blake.”
“Wonder Woman” (2017). Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Houston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Heart, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Emily Carey. Director: Patty Jenkins. Screenplay: Allan Heinberg. Story: Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs. Source Material: William Moulton Marston. Web site. Trailer.
The process of self-discovery can be challenging enough in and of itself. But imagine what it might be like to go through that in the midst of trying circumstances in a world you barely understand. If you can picture that, you have an idea of what life is like for a superhero coming into her own, the story that provides the backdrop for the new summer blockbuster, “Wonder Woman.”
I’ve learned how essential it is to allow the feelings of discomfort to arise when I don’t know what’s next for me.
The sweet thoughts of summer pop up in our thoughts at the end of winter. Why are these feelings of summer almost delicious??? In summer, nature reveals her creative masterpieces… at full bloom. But still, why does it feel so wonderful to be outside in the summer???
Ancient masters noticed how healing nature felt. They replicated shapes found in nature and reduced them to numbers, which then were converted to cycles per second or musical notes… and eventually musical scales. Music using this scale felt healing to them as well. Up until the Renaissance, this frequency pattern was enjoyed when people listened to most music. In this way, people “musically absorbed” nature’s “secret energy patterns”, ingesting her healing energy at any time. (We no longer use nature frequency patterns in our music. Today’s musical scale is similar to a gmo!) These special numbers and shapes are called the Fibonacci numbers and are found everywhere: in the swirl of a sea shell, the shape of a twinkling galaxy and they exist thousands of times in our own bodies. When we walk in nature we are exposed to thousands of these tiny Fibonacci frequencies and they intermingle with our own energy, subtly and unconsciously “tuning us” – making us feel great.