Sunday, November 22, 2009
[The PHOTO is of Ephesus, and it comes from my friend, Maurice.]
What is worse is that public libraries are getting HIGHER USE during this recession.
People who have had their wages/hour cut at work (or who have lost their jobs altogether) have less money to spend.
They try to save a few $'s by frequenting the library to borrow books, dvds, and even video games.
They attend the "story times' for their children. They attend book readings and lectures.
Job seekers even utilize the resources at the library to help them in their career change or job search.
This is the time to INCREASE funding to the libraries, not decrease it.
BTW - David, you didn't mention it in this blog posting, but could you have a word about the Conservatory and the Stanley Park Petting Zoo.
I recently took my children to the Conservatory and, as usual, was happy to have an inexpensive, non-commercialized place to bring the kids on a cold day. The kids were pointing out birds, fish, plants and trees. After, as there was a break in the rain, we walked around the quarry gardens. It was a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours (and cost less than $10 for two adult admissions to the Conservatory itself). Not many places that we can go for an enjoyable outing for that kind of money.
Of course, because of the fiasco surrounding the Cambie Line, business dropped off for the Conservatory for a few years there. Now that the Cambie Line is complete, the Conservatory could be getting more people (individuals, families, school groups, seniors group and tourist groups) and more facility rentals, thus getting higher revenues.
As for the Petting Zoo, accessible transit has FINALLY been provided to Stanley Park (the #19 Stanley Park bus was not accessible until a couple of years ago). Families often had trouble getting here (if they didn't drive). Coupled with the Stanley Park Train, the Petting Zoo was another enjoyable outing for families.
I guess the needs of residents (especially families with young kids) just isn't on the radar of this city council
To voice protest, write the city at
I have already written my letter.
Posted by David Berner at 10:03 AM
Caught bits and pieces of "Walk the Line" again on TV last night.
Reese Witherspoon won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2006 for her role as June Carter Cash and, given, the peculiar choices that year, it was well deserved.
Joaquin Phoenix lost out to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who pretty much had the award to himself the moment "Capote" was released.
And Phoenix is pretty darn good in all of the dialogue scenes. From moment to moment, shy, determined, crushed, enraged, addicted, desperate and so on.
When he straps that guitar on and leans into a microphone some alchemy beyond explanation takes place.
He is utterly transformed and imbued with a wild, deranged beautiful energy.
The performance and concert scenes are astonishing.
What is so strange is that this is exactly what happened with Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning performance in "Ray."
Both movies are rather pedestrian. Predictable and formulaic music star biopics.
But in both cases, the two actors get hit by a bug when they take on the music.
And in both cases the result is electric every time you watch.
I mean electric.
Last night, I kept switching over to some other movie or the news or whatever during the expository dramatic scenes.
As soon as the singing came back on, I was there, whooping it up and with tears in my eyes.
Go back to these two flicks for a helluva good Saturday Night time.
Posted by David Berner at 9:45 AM