1/2/2014 Items

1.  We watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last night.  It’s an excellent movie, but it was uncomfortable for me to watch.  I was hoping that there would be peace and mutual understanding between the humans and the apes.  Caesar was fair-minded as the leader of the apes, and so was Malcolm on the human side.  But I knew that peaceful, tolerant co-existence was not to be.  And I dreaded what was about to come.

Incidentally, Rise of the Planet of the Apes also made me uncomfortable.  I just don’t like seeing animals being abused.

2.  Mario Cuomo passed on.  I have long known about him.  I first heard of him through a book of 1988 political cartoons that I loved to read and reread when I was a kid, since there was speculation that he would run for President that year.  Cuomo was also the father of my state’s current governor, Andrew Cuomo.

I don’t know much about his governorship, but I have been reading that he was able to balance the budget and lower the state income tax, all while making a society that cared for the vulnerable and marginalized.  I wonder how he did that!

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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1 Response to 1/2/2014 Items

  1. A very nice post James 🙂 I remember being proud of having Mario Cuomo as my governor when I was little; I didn’t really know why, it was just a feeling that he was a very good man.


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