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Thursday May 23rd 2024

Ventura Village: May 24

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Movie Corner: One Life

a photo of the author
Howard McQuitter II

4.5/5 Stars

Bleeker Street



Saving a life (or lives) from death or injury just may be the most principled act one can do on Earth. One such concern for saving lives from certain death is the story of Nicholas “Nicky” Winton (played by Johnny Flynn as a young man and Anthony Hopkins as an old man). Nicky is a young London broker on a visit to Prague, Czechoslovakia (now known as The Czech Republic), saving children, mostly Jewish, from extermination at Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

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Mr. Winton risks his life orchestrating a way for the children to get to the United Kingdom (UK) or even beyond the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. The men, women and children are refugees from Germany and Austria who are uncertain about their destiny. Winton had arrived in Prague in December 1938, in Sudentenland, just shortly after Hitler occupied Sudentenland. Winton’s task is herculean and dangerous and if he’s caught he can lose his life. Rabbi Hertz (Samuel Finzi) in Prague asks how and why Winton has taken such an extraordinary interest in the difficult undertaking. Winton tells the rabbi he’s from the UK, born to German-Jewish immigrants, but baptized and raised a Christian.… Read the rest “Movie Corner: One Life”

My Sister’s Ghost

from the series Raise Your Voice


A picture of the author with a black face mask reading 'Solidarity'
Peter Molenaar

Home again from ponderosa pine and snow-covered peaks…

Heidi Hernandez was an accomplished horsewoman who, for a living, scrubbed clean the places meant for tourists. Her children will carry forward her opposition to all forms of oppression.

In her memory:

If it is true (as some people say) that consciousness is a product of the evolution of matter. Then, let it be said that our Mother Earth gave birth to a splendid spirit… named Heidi!

To the gathering she declared: those who vote for Little-Boy-man will receive visits from my ghost. Naturally, son Micah’s Latina child plays with daughter Laura’s Asian-Indian babies… and then there is Lani.

Lani expresses an indigenous Hawaiian aspect, to which she has recently added expressions of significant affections for another female. Smile, please.

Which reminds me that, a few years ago, the Steel Workers Union convened here. I wrote at the time: two pink haired women holding hands marched among us. Hey, had they been attacked, their union fellows would have sacrificed themselves in their defense.

Yes, time flies. However, when we masses of millions of people embrace the spirit of self-sacrifice, no gathering of fascist-minded capitalists can prevent us from transforming the world.… Read the rest “My Sister’s Ghost”

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