NOT ON THE TEST by John Forster & Tom Chapin: Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine. The test is tomorrow but you'll do just fine. It's reading and math. Forget all the rest. You don't need to know what is not on the test. Each box that you mark on each test that you take, remember your teachers, their jobs are at stake. Your score is their score, but don't get all stressed, they'd never teach anything not on the test. The School Board is faced with No Child Left Behind, with rules but no funding, they're caught in a bind. So music and art and the things you love best, are not in your school 'cause they're not on the test. Sleep, sleep, and as you progress, you'll learn there's a lot that is not on the test. Debate is a skill that is useful to know, unless you're in Congress or talk radio, where shouting and spouting and spewing are blessed 'cause rational discourse was not on the test. Thinking's important, it's good to know how and someday you'll learn to, but someday's not now. Go on to sleep, now, you need your rest. Don't think about thinking, It's not on the test. From Make A Wish in 1970 through today, Tom Chapin has been an inspiration and motivation to all.
THE ILLUSIONIST is a story about two paths that cross. An outdated, aging magician, forced to wander from country to country, city to city and station to station in search of a stage to perform his act meets a young girl at the start of her life‟s journey. Alice is a teenage girl with all her capacity for childish wonder still intact. She plays at being a woman without realizing the day to stop pretending is fast approaching. She doesn‟t know yet that she loves The Illusionist like she would a father; he already knows that he loves her as he would a daughter. Their destinies will collide, but nothing – not even magic or the power of illusion– can stop the voyage of discovery. A script for THE ILLUSIONIST was originally written by French comedy genius and cinema legend Jacques Tati as a love letter from a father to his daughter, but never produced. Sylvain Chomet, the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed creator of The Triplets of Belleville, adapted the script and brought it to life in his distinctive hand-drawn animated style.
Chapter 1: Sold Flowers on a Street Corner,
Chapter 2: Secretary,
Chapter 3: Antique Toy Store Owner,
Chapter 4: Truck Driver,
Chapter 5: Worked at Deaf Center,
Chapter 6: Anne's Mom,
Chapter 7: Currently Work for Screen Print Label Company,
Chapter 8: Aquabats Cadet #120171,
Chapter 9: Activist,
Chapter 10: New Hybrid Car Owner (So Anne Can Help Save The Penguins)
The above photo was taken with Jake of The Casualties who sets the standards high for the way people should be. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe Jake. He's like a really good cereal, a balanced mix of everything needed for complete nutrition.
Hey, Peter Max, one of your 235 Border Murals that were placed at the U.S. Ports of Entry to Canada and Mexico in 1976 ended up in my front yard. Mr. Max, if you or your galleries or someone you know would be interested in purchasing it, please contact me.
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Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. - Anonymous