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Friday, October 02, 2009

Announcement: Parks and Photos

Beautiful photos of a beautiful park over at the sisterblog.

Also, art, in American Prayer Flags. If you know of a gallery interested in hosting this exhibit, let us know.

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At 10:47 PM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

So I just finished watching the new Ken Burns film about our National Parks, using up a lot of kleenex in the process. What an incredible filmmaker Ken Burns is! If you haven't seen it, then try streaming it from the pbs,org website. It is worth the time to see. No, it is required reading for all Americans for Ken Burns has put forth in his film what being an American is all about.

This film is not a travel log. No, it is a history of how our National Parks came into being punctuated with incredible photography of grand landscapes. It is a history of a grand struggle of visionary people against stupid greed. When I visit the parks from here on out, they will have an even greater meaning for me given how easily the struggle could have gone the other way. And I hate to say it, but it is a struggle that still must be fought against those who want to mine and drill and log and rape and pillage and plunder and destroy. That battle will never end against the greedy and soulless people who only have $$$ in their eyes.

Besides the history, this film is filled with the most stirring thoughts and words about democracy and protecting and preserving these grand landscapes for ourselves and our posterity to enjoy. And the film is loaded with thoughts about how visiting these wild lands brings us peace and a connection to nature coupled with a deepening connection to visiting these places with people we love.

And ultimately these parks are the most American of things we have ever done as a nation. Without our National Parks, the words America the Beautiful would ring hollow indeed. Our parks are beautiful and I love them and thank you Ken Burns for your wonderful new film!


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