If there are electronic cigarettes…There will be lung damage

Thomas Outt

Then is there electronic cancer & electronic addiction & electronic emphysema? There must also be electronic bowel movements for every bit of profit these damned things generate. I would use a few swear words, but I don’t know any electronic ones.

This whole concept is just wired for stupidity, it shocks me, gives me a jolt, so to speak, that there is a fancy-assed company trying to make an electronic buck out of people’s weaknesses. It just makes me want to take a non-electronic dump on whatever American Greed entity who has used such methods of madness in order to tap into the wallets of the poor. These rotten asses even go so far as to make it appear that they are doing something good for the air. Look at their manipulative branding? aer, now, who’d a thought of this? And the pretty clouds, pale blue, pristine air, or aer…

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Alice Walker & The Color Purple-14 February 2014

The Saint (light) was truly put in St Valentine’s Day 2014 @ the Castro Theatre with the screening of the film, THE COLOR PURPLE. This event was produced by Marc Huestis & featured Academy Award nominee, Margaret Avery, in person, to meet friends of this film, and to later discuss her experiences in being part of this film project on stage prior to the screening.

You Tube Trailer for Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth-directed by Pratibha Parmar

If asked what it is that sets this film based upon Alice Walker’s novel apart from others, my answer would be simply this: Alice Walker told the truth. To elaborate, she went against the grain of what seemed to be generally expected of a writer from the African-American community: she made critical observations about domestic violence & extreme brutality within that community. Up until she wrote her book, there was almost no one outside of the black community who had any understanding or concept of what was going on. The subjugation of women, was sub rosa, understood only from the perspective of being a well-kept secret. Prior to her work, the standard of much African-American based writing was within a framework of being victim, victim of a hostile dominant culture, which had been the culture of slavery. There is plenty of reason for this. However, by stepping out of this confinement, and by writing about other profound problems that could not be wiped away by casting blame upon the slave system, she opened doors that had never been considered, let alone opened. By exposing the concept that African-American people were harming each other, she took huge risks & paid dearly, in terms of her peace of mind & personal safety. She became the target of personal attacks. From the standpoint of many African-American leaders, she let ‘her people’ down & made them look bad. From her perspective, she was simply giving a voice to cries that had gone unheard for generations. It was time for these wounds to heal, and the only way that this could happen was to tell about the hurts that were being inflicted upon black women, particularly those whose life experiences locked them into silence & reluctant submission: a daily denial of their personal identity. Incest & rape were a given, a given in the rural Deep South that was locked away from the eyes of a more socially & financially affluent world. Alice Walker had vision enough to imprint a series of images of women who had remained invisible. Within that context, there was also the subject of lesbian relationships. For women to love each other & express that love on a sexual level was the deepest kind of secret that so many endured in total silence & could never talk about or share with others. Alice Walker gave light to this darkness, a voice to this conspiracy of silence, allowing, eventually, for these quiet sufferers to be heard & understood, and accepted. Her writing about this helped pave the road to personal freedoms unheard of 30 years ago, even outside of the Deep South. Today, light shines for all of us, in part, because Alice Walker told the truth. Once told, the truth would expand, and set us all free, day by day, year by year, state by state.

The women who loved each other in The Color Purple posed no threat to anyone, except that threat that is based upon fear-based thinking. Fear-based thinking by definition denies the truth, and when exposed to light, shrieks & screams, as the ugly lies fall away. The simple facts of Universal Law show us that hate has to be taught, drummed into the head, word by word, day by day. Once exposed, it must die.

YOU TUBE: The Color Purple, The film based upon Alice Walker’s telling the truth & showing us all that darkness cannot stand before light, lies cannot stand before truth.

Margaret Avery You Tube About Facebook

Oprah Winfrey Talks About The Color Purple & Surrender-

The impact of this book & the film is still being felt, discussed, and lived since its publication in 1982. Whoever would have imagined how this book would open doors & provide careers for the talents of so many of its film cast? That the special screening on St Valentine’s Day was sparsely attended in no way diminishes the importance of how this book opened up life for millions of those who were touched by the book & film, both by providing information to the dominant white culture about a life they could not have possibly known about, and by providing hope & inspiration for those who had lived the kind of life that The Color Purple tells about. We all learned something from this & the freedoms that have been recently gained are a testament to its profound message.

Levity: Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte Poses as “Shug” Avery outside the Castro Theatre prior to the screening.

Princess Melita Bonaparte is waiting to be called to audition for the remake of this film.  She may have a very long wait, But don't tell her.  The less she knows the better off we all are!

Princess Melita Bonaparte is waiting to be called to audition for the remake of this film. She may have a very long wait, But don’t tell her. The less she knows the better off we all are!

The Bonaparte Double Whammy!

The Princess has a sort of "double whammy" in terms of her career.  She wants to be taken seriously as a member of the Imperial Family (who refuse to see her) & to be taken seriously as an actor (who is never called to audition).  She cries & about all this, but somehow keeps on trying.  She wants to meet Linda Ronstadt & Lizabeth Scott. And she wants to save film promotional art.  She is please to have met both Margaret Avery & Alice Walker.

The Princess has a sort of “double whammy” in terms of her career. She wants to be taken seriously as a member of the Imperial Family (who refuse to see her) & to be taken seriously as an actor (who is never called to audition). She cries about all this, but somehow keeps on trying, refusing to be defeated.

“I have been sworn to protect the Royal Bloodline with my life.”–VAMPIRE ACADEMY-In worse shape than City College of San Francisco-Needs New Board of Directors or Fresh Blood!

Thomas Outt

“Of course, this line was my motto & everyone knows this,” says Princess Melita Bonaparte

See, it is the Family Motto: Ego levavi manum meam ut praesidium regium et cum sanguine vitam.

Even advertising on the side of Westfield Centre couldn't keep this Titanic on course.  The plot line was too confusing & the dialogue was splattered with endless chatter that added very little to map out who was going where.  It had potential to be funny and/or make a statement.  Unfortunately, it did neither & sank without benefit of iceberg.  There were no life boat for this one @ all!  The 'standee' art work was better than the film! Even advertising on the glass doors of Westfield Centre couldn’t keep this Titanic on course or lure passengers to their death by being comatose with boredom. The plot line was too confusing & the dialogue was splattered with endless chatter that added very little to map out who was going where. It was even more muddled to have an exclusive Vampire boarding school with Euro Royalty that had no connection to the plot. It had potential to be funny and/or make a statement. Unfortunately, it did neither & sank without benefit of an iceberg. There were no life boats for this one @ all! The ‘standee’ art work was better than the film!

You Tube of Princess Melita…

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“What is a weekend?”–A Letter To Downton Abbey

My Dear Ladyship, Dowager Countess—Downton Abbey, England.

We do hope that the letter intended for the Dowager Countess does not fall into the wrong hands.  Here is where it needs to be posted.

We do hope that the letter intended for the Dowager Countess does not fall into the wrong hands. Here is where it needs to be posted.

Please excuse the intolerably long amount of time it took me to answer your delightfully simple question. I simply don’t have enough weekends in my life to take time to tell you about these things.

You see, Countess, there are usually two days off for working class people, traditionally Saturday & Sunday, that regressive governments & the cultures that support such things, want to take away from those who must earn a living. Later in the history of both our countries, you had Margaret Thatcher & we had Ronald Reagan. Both deplored the concept of being able to enjoy such benefits as time away from work. They were a sordid couple–much worse than George & Martha of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Oh, I am so sorry, that’s well after your time. Let me get back on track here!

As you probably don’t have much to do with staff scheduling, it’s likely that only a calamity would disrupt the day-to-day services that you have come to expect & enjoy.

People do many things for you, and you just are in no position to notice. It’s not your fault. If you had been more properly raised, your parents (if you had any) would have encouraged you to volunteer your time for the benefit of others. Had they done so, they might have seemed revolutionary, or stuck in some other dreary or awkward category. As it seems, you have not been exposed to life lived by the other half, and that’s why the writer of your show is in such a predicament now. He presented you as a one-dimensional character, and that’s all you’ve got to show for it: by asking such dumb questions.

You needed to explore your world a bit more. Princess Marie Bonaparte would be a good example for you, though she’s a bit after your time, she had curiosity, and did break through the Imperial ceiling a bit, saved many Jewish people from death. There were a lot of factors that led her in this direction, but a credible interest in life is a good guess as to what motivated her. Let’s hope your writer grants you that, belatedly, so that the question gets answered to your satisfaction. This may get you a stay of execution. If you want to know what that means, our French history is full of them. Have a nice long chat with your producers, but be nice.

One hint: Those two precious days go by very, very quickly, so don’t squander them!

Yours, Most Sincerely,

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte.

The Dowager Countess Has A Question. Would you like to help answer it?

Princess Melita Bonaparte has tried to answer the Dowager Countess' question, but fears that there may be other answers out there for her.  Please, by all means, add yours!

Princess Melita Bonaparte has tried to answer the Dowager Countess’ question, but fears that there may be other answers out there for her. Please, by all means, add yours!


Virtues of the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey-From You Tube

PUT THE SAINT BACK IN VALENTINE’S DAY 2013 & 2014

Thomas Outt

PUT THE SAINT BACK IN VALENTINE'S DAY 2013
This unique & joyful window was designed by Franc Robles.

14 February 2013–give your heart & you will put the Saint back in Valentine’s Day. Petula Clark’s recording of Happy Heart still moves the heart after all these years. May your day provide you with abundant reasons for having a Happy Heart! Photograph of the store window taken in San Francisco @ Cliff’s Hardware & Variety Store.

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Happy Saint Valentine’s Day-Petula Clark/Charles Chaplin

Putting the Saint back in Valentine's Day with a bowtie!

Putting the Saint back in Valentine’s Day with a bowtie!

Today, dedicated to love, one of the world’s finest singers sings a love song with elegance & conviction, making it one of her finest recordings.

C’est ma chanson

Pourquoi mon cœur est-il aussi léger ?
Pourquoi les étoiles sont-elles aussi brillantes ?
Pourquoi le ciel est-il aussi bleu
Depuis l’instant où je t’ai rencontré ?

Les fleurs sourissent avec éclat,
Sourissent pour notre plaisir,
Sourissent si tendrement
Pour le monde, toi et moi

Je sais pourquoi le monde sourit,
Sourit si tendrement
C’est toujours la même vieille histoire,
Pour l’éternité

Mon amour, c’est ma chanson
Voici une chanson, une sérénade pour toi
Le monde ne peut avoir tort
Si dans ce monde, il y a toi
Je me fiche de ce que le monde pourrait bien dire
Sans ton amour, le jour n’existe pas
Alors mon amour, c’est ma chanson
Voici une chanson, une sérénade pour toi

Link to the source: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/my-song-cest-ma-chanson.html#ixzz2tB1KpJtS

Roses, too, can make this Song yours, for Saint Valentine’s Day!

 Beautiful roses help put the Saint back in Valentine's Day for all of us.


Beautiful roses help put the Saint back in Valentine’s Day for all of us.

13 February–Felicia Weathers Day in Indianpolis!

In my search for the more traditional operatic singing for which she is known, I happily discovered this You Tube video of St Louis, Missouri-born Opera Star Felicia Weathers paired with Czech performer Karla Gotta, singing popular music in English. Music knows no boundaries, nor does true art. In having this, we gather a bit of all.

Because of her connection with Indiana University, and recitals given throughout the state, Indianapolis has declared 13 February to be Felicia Weathers day for this soprano whose career, like her music, transcends all boundaries. Happy Felicia Weathers Day, to all who enjoy her art, no matter where you may be!

Happy Felicia Weathers Day–Indianapolis & the World!

And here Antonín Dvořák: Árie Rusalky o měsíčkustron
There are some sound/movement synchronisation problems here.