Le silence de la mer (The Silence of the Sea, France 1949)

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The German officer (Howard Vernon) and his orderly The German officer (Howard Vernon) and his orderly

I’ve been meaning to watch this film for a long time and now, with the release of Suite Française, it seems appropriate. This is the first film to be directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, one of the major influences on the French New Wave. The ‘silence’ of the title refers to the mute ‘resistance’ of an elderly man (Jean-Marie Robain) and his niece (Nicole Stéphane) in the face of the German Occupation of France in 1940 and specifically the ‘occupation’ of their house when a German officer is billeted there. The film is an adaptation of a major novel of the Resistance published by ‘Vercors’ (Jean Bruller) in 1942 and one of the first post-war films about ‘résistance‘ (which was highly mythologised at the time). Bruller was reluctant to allow an adaptation that might misrepresent…

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WESTWARD THE WOMEN: TEN OF THE BEST FEMALE CHARACTERS IN WESTERNS

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Gail Russell as "Annie Greer" in Seven Men from Now (1956) Gail Russell as “Annie Greer” in Seven Men from Now (1956)

As Tommy Lee Jones’ gritty and surprising western The Homesman reminds us, the Old West, with its lawlessness and hardscrabble way of life, was a tough place for everyone – but it was particularly tough for women. Westerns are not best known for their female characters, who are often reduced to madonna or whore stereotypes, the good girl representing idealised civilisation and domesticity while the bad girl is some sort of chanteuse or loose woman who sometimes ends up sacrificing herself so that the ungrateful hero can dedicate himself to settling down with her more virtuous rival.

Pairings such as prim Clementine versus sexy Chihuahua in My Darling Clementine (I once took my mum to see a rerelease of this and then berated her for having named me Anne instead of Chihuahua) or ice-cool quaker Amy versus hot-damn Helen…

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June Artist of the Month: Charlotte Curry

The Museum of Western Art

Charlotte CurryKerrville resident Charlotte Curry will be the featured artist of the month at the Museum Of Western Art in June.   Ms. Curry will exhibit twelve of her original oils that depict the beauty of the rugged Hill Country terrain.

Charlotte was born in San Antonio, Texas, where during her formative years she developed an intense love for the rugged Hill Country. Charlotte has stated that as a little girl she remembers her family going on Sunday drives. Many of her paintings are from her memories of these scenes. Charlotte has sketched, photographed and painted across the Southwest but states she still loves painting the Texas Hill Country the most.

Charlotte works in oils, which she feels adds to the depth and richness achieved in her paintings. To create a painting, Charlotte will either paint on location, from sketches, combined reference photos, or purely from her imagination.

Over the years…

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Darkroom, bright light

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I’ve always taken pictures.

My earliest memory holding a camera I was five. I remember the feel of the cold chrome and smooth black leather and the hefty weight of it in my hands. It felt like a fragile brick.

I remember my eye looking through the view finder and the satisfactory “click” I heard made when I pushed the trigger.

I remember how the viewfinder would go black for a quick moment when the shutter opened and closed. When I captured that first frame, something captured me.

By high school I knew my way around a roll of film pretty well – but entering the darkroom was a new freedom. I could spend hours dodging and burning. Hanging film. Finding the perfect contrast. Reprinting the same image until I had it just right.

My story at the time was of the only indigenous student in a predominantly white school…

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Life in Telegraph Creek

the BLUE DOOR

Aliz hanging out doing a stop over in Smithers Aliz hanging out doing a stop over in Smithers

On the way to Telegraph Creek. It was an amazing drive! On the way to Telegraph Creek. It was an amazing drive!

The Stikine River The Stikine River

Josh's truck took the lead Josh’s truck took the lead

On the way to Telegraph Creek On the way to Telegraph Creek

Gianna and Isaiah, cutie pies! Gianna and Isaiah, cutie pies!

The RCMP detachment are our neighbours, our house and church is to the right The RCMP detachment are our neighbours, our house and church is to the right

At a local playground down the street At a local playground down the street

Isaiah going for a bike ride Isaiah going for a bike ride

The community garden. Very bountiful! The community garden. Very bountiful!

In front of the post office. We have our own box! Fun for the kids to collect mail In front of the post office. We have our own box! Fun for the kids to collect mail

Kateri with her new teacher Miss Dayna Kateri with her new teacher Miss Dayna

St. Aidan's Anglican church in old town, always open to the public St. Aidan’s Anglican church in old town, always open to the public

Down by the River in Old Telegraph Creek Down by the River in Old Telegraph Creek

Kateri on an abandoned truck in Old town Kateri on an abandoned truck in Old town

Denise and Isaiah. The Riversong restaurant and lodge are behind to the right Denise and Isaiah. The Riversong restaurant and lodge are behind to the right

Lunch in our kitchen with some of Josh's family before they left. Lunch in our kitchen with some of Josh’s family before they left.

Our first visitors, the Steiner family from Fraser Lake. Our…

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Texas Barbecue Sauce

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Texas Barb Sauce

We used to make barbecue sauce at home when I was a kid. My mom had several recipes, including one that called for beer and another that called for coffee. My favorite was Black Knight Sauce, although I don’t really remember what it tasted like now. It’s been too many years. I recently made some “generic” barbecue sauce and the quantity was so great I had more than enough to last for several years. The recipe above looks like a small amount, maybe good for a small jar or marinade, or enough to baste a brisket when roasting on the grill and some for the sides.

Texas Barbecue Sauce

1 T br sugar

1T paprika

1 t salt

1 t dry mustard

1/4 t chili powder

1/8 t cayenne

2 T Worcestershire

1/4 c vinegar

1 c tomato juice

1/4 c catsup

1/2 c water

Simmer 15 mins til slightly…

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Meat Balls Napoli

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Meat Balls Napoli

Meat balls are known the world over, whether they be Swedish or sweet, as a plated, skewered or spaghetti-adorning lump of spiced and meaty goodness. The meat balls from Naples in southern Italy originally had a soft doughy center, but with the Americanization of Italian cooking, breadcrumbs became the standard. These particular meat balls are baked, but they can be broiled, fried or cooked in sauce, precooked and frozen for future use, or just plain eaten. And while this recipe says that it serves 6, if combined with spaghetti or angel hair, this would be enough to serve 8-10. A note on the ingredient list. This calls for nutmeg and cloves, which are aromatic additions. Some recipes call for raisins and nuts, but these are more traditional, historical even. I don’t think I’d try that. But, the nutmeg and cloves appear to be an homage to the long history of…

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