Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ken Burns and Blog Roll

Perhaps its the teacher in me that was drawn to the intriguing article ( Striving to Learn Political Poetry in The Times Union newspaper April 13, 2014) on Ken Burn's upcoming PBS special called "The Address". The documentary will be broadcast  Tuesday April 15th and is a departure from his other films. It is a contemporary film that was inspired by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. 
Burns uses a contemporary setting to present a modern twist on the speech Lincoln gave more than 150 years ago. "The Address" takes place at the Greenwood School, a small school in Vermont for boys with a range of complex learning disabilities. Each year, the students are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address, a tradition at the school for some 35 years. For the students it presents significant personal and academic challenges. The film show how they are motivated and engaged by the words in the 10 sentence speech.   
Of course reading this motivated me to find the full text and count if the speech was really 10 sentences and 2 minutes long. I had thought it was longer speech than that.

November 19, 1863
At the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg President Lincoln delivers a two-minute speech. Immediately following the speech he calls it a "flat failure." The speech is known today as the Gettysburg Address.
Cook's notes: This week I will profile some interesting cooking blogs I have been following the past year that have inspired my cooking. You may find some recipes that will work for your Easter cooking.
Asparagus Quinoa Cake Eggs Benedict
Kevin Lynch ( is a Toronto based software engineer and food blogger. Kevin tries flavor combinations inspired by cuisines all around the world and puts his own spin on traditional favorites, all in his closet sized kitchen. Kevin has written several new cookbooks which include
Follow this link to Kevin's 50 Easter recipe ideas.

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