« Mainstream Green | Main | Railroads in the Family »

December 10, 2006

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c73bd53ef00d83503750269e2

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference All the Pretty Horses:

Comments

Martin Langeland

Indeed, dreams require gentle treatment. I believe the horses fly higher if one accepts "the faded paint and tarnished past" and sweeps any pretensions out of the way.
I wanted Fellini to capture us as we were *and* as we were pursuing our dreams.
--ml

GreenmanTim

ml, I can almost see them swirling around the falls like bubbles rising in their fluted glasses. Thanks!

I have learned to be gentle with other people's dreams. When I first heard this story, it was at a TPL retirement celebration of the incredible accomplishments of the person who marshalled the internal support and grant funding to by the carousel at auction. It was such a powerfully moving story of childhood regained and the triumph of the spirit that I set to work researching it for this post. Along the way I found shades of gray -racial tension and the rescued merry-go-round still in storage nearly a decade later. Rather than shatter the illusion of a beautiful story, I chose to incorporate these uncomfortable parts into a tale that still offers redemption and retains its hopeful spirit. As Mario Cuomo was fond of saying; "Any jackass can kick down a barn." I prefer to see the horses flying despite their faded paint and tarnished past.

ml

Just in time for Expo '74, in Spokane Washington, a fine carver named Ernie Jenner completed the restoration of a vintage carousel. It was included in the Expo grounds in its own building. In April of '74, before the fair opened the carousel was rented to local community groups for fund raising parties. At the time my wife was the director of a local art school, which jumped at the chance. It was glorious whirling about at 15 miles per hour with the calliope playing. There were even brass rings to reach for.
But as the champagne flowed and the patrons whirled a giddy wish invaded my heart to have Fellini there to film the local 'rich and well born' riding their high horses up and down and all around on the edge of the Spokane River falls.
--ml

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

My Photo

Cliopatria Award: Best Series of Posts

  • ClioAwards2008

ACCOLADES

ClustrMap

Stats


  • View My Stats
Bookmark and Share

Tags

  • Top genealogy site awards
  • Get this widget from Widgetbox
  • Technorati blog directory

Kiosk

  • Listed on BlogShares
  • Listed on BlogShares