Quotations on Education

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

                                                                     Nelson Mandela

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“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

                                                                     Thomas Paine

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“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”

                                                                     Victor Hugo

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davidbrucehaiku: being art and making art

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BEING ART AND MAKING ART

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Fashionably cute

Being art and making art

Taking good photos

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davidbrucehaiku: she does that

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SHE DOES THAT

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Why be beautiful?

To cause pleasure in others

A mere glance does that

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David Bruce: People with Handicaps

  • When Aimee Mullins was born, her legs lacked fibula bones. Because of this, her parents had to make a decision: Either let their daughter stay in a wheelchair the rest of her life, or have her legs amputated and let her learn to use prostheses to walk. They choose to have her legs amputated — it was the right decision. Ms. Mullins became an athlete and set Paralympic records in the 100-meter and 200-meter races and the long jump. At a Women’s Sports Foundation Dinner, Ms. Mullins was joking around with a friend and said that after the dinner she was going to get a pedicure. Her friend laughed, but the great gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who was behind her, didn’t understand what was so funny. After all, Ms. Mullins was wearing her cosmetic, realistic-looking prostheses and Ms. Comaneci didn’t realize she had a handicap. Later that evening, when Ms. Comaneci had been filled in on the details necessary to understand the joke, she told Ms. Mullins, “Love the toenails!”
  • Al Capp, creator of the comic strip Li’l Abner, lost his leg after falling into the path of a trolley car when he was nine years old, and he was forced to use a wooden leg the rest of his life. He declined to take care of his leg, with the result that it sometimes deserted him when he needed it. Once, while he was walking with boxer Gene Tunney, he suddenly felt a need to grab onto something for balance, so he grabbed onto Mr. Tunney. Together, they looked back and saw the lower part of Mr. Capp’s wooden leg, swaying precariously. No problem. Mr. Capp gathered up the fallen leg, bolts, and nuts, and then took his wooden leg to a garage, where the mechanic quickly fixed it. In this case, the mishap was a blessing, as Mr. Capp did not have to hear the boring speech that he and Mr. Tunney had planned to attend.
  • The Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso was blind. She was born with perfect vision, but at age 19 her eyes began to fail her, and she underwent a series of eye operations that failed. Eventually, she was able to read and to watch TV only with the aid of powerful binoculars, but she never gave up dancing. While she danced, a wire was stretched across the footlights at the height of her waist to prevent her from falling off the stage, and two strong footlights in different colors were focused on the stage away from the edge because she was able to sense them. However, in large part, she relied on her partner to guide her as she danced.
  • Howard McNear played Floyd the barber on The Andy Griffith Show. He suffered a stroke in 1963, then retired from the show for the next two years. In 1965, he returned to the series, which made accommodations for the effects of the stroke, which had paralyzed Mr. McNear’s left side. Floyd the barber was never shown walking, and he was usually shown sitting down. A special supporting structure was built so that he could be shown standing behind the barber chair.
  • As a person with cerebral palsy, which affected his motor skills, Cordell Brown learned to put other people at ease. At a church camp, Mr. Brown knew that the other campers were uneasy with his cerebral palsy. After unsuccessfully trying several times to plug in his electric razor, he turned to the other campers and said, “Just call me speed and coordination.” The other campers laughed, and the ice was broken.
  • George Washington once visited a little person (formerly known as a midget or a dwarf). The little person was severely handicapped and unable to sit up on his own; however, he had a remarkable wit. When Mr. Washington asked him if he had been a Whig or a Tory in the Revolutionary War, the little person replied, “I have never taken an activepart on either side.”
  • Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian pianist, lost his right arm during World War I. He refused to quit playing the piano, and began to transcribe a number of piano masterpieces so that they could be played with the left hand only. Eventually, he continued his career as a concert pianist, and composers such as Maurice Ravel created works especially for him.
  • Courtenay Thorpe was an actor who continued working in his profession with a false limb after his hand was blown off during an accident with a gun. A stage manager once told him that his hand seemed rather wooden when he gestured with it, and Mr. Thorpe replied, “That may be because it is chiefly made of wood.”
  • Violinist Rudolph Kolisch suffered an accident after which part of the middle finger of his left hand had to be amputated, but he did not give up playing the violin. Instead, he reversed hands, using his left hand for bowing and his right hand for fingering the strings. Eventually, he founded the Kolisch Quartet.
  • British war hero Lord Nelson had one arm. A stupid person once told him, “I beg your pardon, my lord, but you have only one arm.” Lord Nelson used his remaining arm to pick up his empty sleeve, then he looked into it with a surprised look on his face. “Bless my soul,” he said. “I do believe you are right.”
  • Jonathan Winters is a very funny comedian who has occasionally suffered from mental illness. Once, he parked in a handicapped parking space, and a woman protested, “You’re not handicapped.” Mr. Winters looked at her and said, “Lady, can you see into my mind?” 

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    ***

    CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE’S COMPLETE PLAYS: RETELLINGS

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David Bruce: Crime Anecdotes

• At a concert featuring hardcore group Black Flag, a bouncer unnecessarily roughed up a woman in the audience. Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski saw what was happening, did not like what he saw, and hit the bouncer’s head with the end of his bass, resulting in the bouncer going to a hospital to get stitches. After the show, Black Flag’s kick drum was missing, and a different bouncer said that to get the kick drum back they would have to go to the manager’s office. The kick drum was there, and so was the manager—who felt safe because his bouncers were also there. The manager criticized the Black Flag members, calling them “f*ckups,” but they got the kick drum. They also learned that the club’s owner had called other clubs that Black Flag was going to play at and told these clubs not to pay Black Flag because they were troublemakers. Unfortunately, at this club and at other clubs women are often not safe at music concerts. In 1984, during a Black Flag concert in Hamburg, Germany, three women in the audience had their tops torn off. Mr. Rollins gave his shirt to one of the women, but his shirt was also torn off her body. Mr. Rollins says, “So much for my good deed.” And at a club in Los Angeles, Mr. Rollins noticed that the security guys were frisking everybody who came in. He says that “[t]he girls got searched extra carefully” because “the security guys [were] getting in a good feel when they could.” One way in which Mr. Rollins is sensitive is that when he notices that he is walking behind a lone woman, he will slow down and let her put some distance between him and her. He knows that often women are afraid that they will get attacked on the street. He also knows that they can be scared by his presence. He says, “I’ve had girls run into stores and wait until I pass before they come out.” Unfortunately, women sometimes have good reason to be afraid of men.

• Cult filmmaker John Waters is a friend of Leslie Van Houten, who was a member of the Charles Manson Family, and in 2010 he thought that it was time she was paroled despite her participation in the murder of Rosemary LaBianca. In 2003, CBS remade the book Helter Skelter, which is about the Manson Family, as a TV movie, and Mr. Waters worried that its portrayal of Ms. Van Houten could have a negative effect on her parole hearings. Mr. Waters telephoned the director, John Gray, and told him about Ms. Van Houten and his belief that she deserved to be paroled. (The two men did not know each other.) When Mr. Waters saw the completed movie, he was relieved because the character of Ms. Van Houten played only a small part in it. Later, he was in a Los Angeles restaurant when his waitress asked him, “Can I ask you something personal?” He replied, “Sure,” but he was surprised by what she asked him: “Are you the head of that ‘Friends of Leslie’ organization?” He replied that the organization had no head and had officially disbanded, but that many people wanted Ms. Van Houten to be paroled. It turned out that the waitress—Catherine Wadkins—had played Ms. Van Houten in the new Helter Skeltermovie. Mr. Waters felt bad because he thought that he might have cut the size of her role by telephoning the director. Ms. Wadkins told him, “Yes, you did,” but she added, “That’s OK. I think Leslie shouldget out, and I tried to play the part in a way to show how brainwashed she was.”

• Cher and Meryl Streep co-starred in the movie Silkwood. In a 1987 interview, Cher called Meryl “incredibly brave” and told about a night in Manhattan when the two saw a huge man mugging a woman: “Meryl screamed and ran straight at the man—who let go of the woman and ran straight at us! I thought we were going to be killed, but he ran between us and disappeared. We were both a wreck, but that’s Meryl. She does what’s right, no matter what.” Meryl said, “I convince myself of my own courage. After I’ve played Isak Dinesen [in Out of Africa], I think I’m as brave as she is. I can fight lions—for a while. I stuff my straw in there, and I really believe I can scare the crows.”

• Helena Rubinstein left Poland and traveled to Australia with 12 pots of facial cream that had been made by a Hungarian doctor. The Australian women liked the facial cream’s effect on Helena’s complexion, and Helena recognized a business opportunity. She became very, very rich through selling her cosmetics and through her determination—a trait that served her well throughout her life. When she was 94, some armed robbers broke into her apartment in Manhattan. She told them, “Go ahead and kill me—I am not going to let you rob me.” The armed robbers ran away.

• LSD guru Timothy Leary once escaped from prison. While he was being introduced into the prison system, he was given psychological tests, some of which he himself had designed. (He was once a professor at Harvard.) Therefore, he knew how to answer the tests to give the prison officials the impression of himself he wanted to give them: that he was a safe and conventional conformist who would not escape and who had an interest in gardening and in forestry. The plan worked. They sent him to a place from which it was easier for him to escape.

• In 1960, a burglar made the mistake of trying to burgle John Wayne’s home. Mr. Wayne was home, and he grabbed a shotgun and chased the burglar into the backyard where he made the burglar stop by yelling, “I got you covered!” Mr. Wayne’s wife telephoned the police, who quickly arrived. The burglar did have a request that he asked Mr. Wayne to fulfill: “I came here in a cab. The taxi driver is still outside. The meter’s running. He didn’t know I came to rob you. Could you take care of him, Mr. Wayne?” Mr. Wayne paid the taxi driver.

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Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist: A Retelling, by David Bruce

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