Winning Words EXTRA (3/23/13)
“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” (John Steinbeck) “The Grapes of Wrath” was a “moving” movie for me. It caused me to see the plight of poor people in a new way. But it’s not just the invisible poor. Sometimes the people in our everyday life become invisible, too…family, friends, fellow workers, clerks at the store. Let’s really try to “see” the people in our life today. ;-) Jack
FROM CL IN MICHIGAN: Please go to you tube and watch ghost of Tom Joan by Bruce Springsteen. Its based on the movies influence. Springsteens music has had a profound Influence on my life for along time.
FROM KF IN MICHIGAN: Good point. I think most of the time we look at people we don't really see what or who they are or what is going on with them. Also, I hope the new Pope can further open the eyes of the world to the plight of the poor........
FROM WATERFORD JAN: It was probably just as strange for you to send Winning Words in the afternoon as it was for me to see your name in my email this afternoon! Hope this test is satisfactory for you and your new computer. ////JACK: Dr. Seuss developed the ad slogan, "Quick, Henry, the Flit." I need soem Flit to get rid of the bugs.
FROM SHARIN' SHARON: FROM SHARIN' SHARON: Congratulations on your new computer. Your WW are making me recall a movie my husband and I saw a few weekends ago. "A Place at the Table". The movie stated that Mississippi has the highest number of people below the poverty line in the U.S.A. Also that it has the highest number of people who are obese. It's because there is a certain type of malnutrition when people are forced to eat the cheapest food available, such as at fast food places and also at convenience stores because grocery stores with fresh produce have abandoned certain parts of places where the people live. It's interesting when people are very, very visible but their lives and adversities are invisible in a way we're just starting to become aware of in our country. I also learned from that movie to see hunger having sort of an up-and-down movement through poor people's lives and this is because, through government programs and private charities, enough food can be available for part of the month but then it dries up for part of the month so that there are alternating patterns of feast and famine which are also different from hunger that is constant and poverty just looks different under these conditions. It's hard to see these movies, it's sad, but if we don't see, we don't act and try to make different decisions to help, thank God for people who have a passion to see more justice and fairness in this world and "wake us all up"!!!!! There are people who would write a book/make a movie even if they never got a cent out of it--just to help people to see. That's how I see John Steinbeck.