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#416399 - 11/16/12 12:59 AM Bless the Beasts and Children
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Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout

don't know why i suddenly thought of this book - but i just remembered it - and what an impact it had on me. read it way back when and at the time i wasn't sure why it resonated so much - but now i know. summer camp, misfits and rejects, bullying, the bonding of fellow-victims, crazy impossible inspiring rebellion against injustice... i highly recommend it. here's a link to the novel site if you are interested in knowing more:

http://www.glendonswarthout.com/novels/blessthebeasts.htm

it is a tear-jerker - and can be triggering.
this guy gets it!
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#416412 - 11/16/12 03:09 AM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: traveler]
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Wow that book looks great, I wish if have more free time currently.
Thanks for recommendation Lee!

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#456813 - 12/14/13 05:32 PM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: traveler]
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I saw the movie on tv as a young kid in the late 70's, maybe a couple of times. I've tried looking for it online and never found it, maybe I'll try again.

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#456814 - 12/14/13 06:01 PM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: traveler]
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It's online for free on Vimeo. It's the uncut version that I never saw before.

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#456820 - 12/14/13 08:12 PM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: traveler]
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Wow...it certainly is funny how synchronicity works.

My daughter just (as in 15 minutes ago) asked me about a piece of music she recently heard. It tuned out to be "Nadia's Theme" from ABC's Wide World of Sports' coverage of gymnast Nadia Comaneci's 1976 Olympics performance.

How is this related? The music was originally known as "Cotton's Dream" from...you guessed it... the movie adaptation of "Bless the Beasts and Children."

Will


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#456842 - 12/15/13 03:53 AM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: Suwanee]
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Originally Posted By: Suwanee
Wow...it certainly is funny how synchronicity works.


another chance connection.
continuous convergence has been confirmed.
we've entered the outer limits.



too weird.
goose bumps.
cue the music.

my daughter and i just randomly watched a classic creepy twilight zone...
which i have only seen once, 40+ years ago as a child myself,
and i never forgot it. this was a story about a monster child with unimaginable powers.

"it's a good life" season 3 episode 8...
starring... you guessed it... Bill Mumy.

coincidentally the same actor in Bless the Beasts,
which i had only just found on vimeo to share with my daughter (thanks to your suggestion and direction i was able to find it easily).
it is a great movie that really impacted me when i first saw it, only once, years ago, as a youngster. i never forgot it.
thank for the reminder to see it again, by the way.

it was meant to be.
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#456856 - 12/15/13 02:49 PM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: victor-victim]
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Interesting!

There are lots of examples from the world of living organisms:

Bees seeming to work together

Geese flying in formation

Ants acting as a multi-group organism

Fish swimming in schools; swimming synchronistically

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#456873 - 12/16/13 01:05 AM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: traveler]
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are we swarming or flocking or schooling?
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#457455 - 12/27/13 12:32 AM Re: Bless the Beasts and Children [Re: victor-victim]
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People truly act like sheep in many situations.

Look at the traffic on an Interstate highway.

Look at the people threading their way to mass transportation to go to work.

Why sheep? They follow mindlessly.

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