Odetta’s Song

Odetta’s Song

The gospel according to Matthew, 1964 is just a beautiful film. I love this part of the film,the three wise men visiting Mary and baby Jesus accompanied by the negro spiritual ‘Sometimes I feel like a motherless child’ sung by Odetta.

As always I read the wikipedia entry to get the background of the film. I was fascinated to learn that the film which was hailed by the Vatican as the best film on Christ ever made was made by Pier Paolo Pasolini a strong critic of Christianity.

“Given Pasolini’s well-known reputation as an atheist, a homosexual, and a Marxist, the reverential nature of his film could come as a surprise at a first approach, especially after the controversy of La ricotta. At a press conference in 1966, Pasolini was asked why he, an unbeliever, had made a film which dealt with religious themes; his response was, “If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.” Therefore he sets his criticism against a backdrop of sheer religious concern, for the role assumed by the Church, the organization, for centuries.” taken from wikipeadia

Merry Christmas 🙂

Take a break

Take a break

Two brilliant articles about how to use your holiday period; unicorns time for our sector to take a break from Non Profit with Balls
17 ways to make the most of the Christmas Break on Ideas Tap. 

Vu Le’s blogpost on Non profit with Balls…. Is brilliantly funny and gives great advice on why we need to take time off, if only to prevent total burnout before January is even over. And it applies to the nonprofit sector, freelancers, and self employed alike. It’s super exciting until you realise that you were hoping to catch up on work/ life stuff over the break. 

Which is where the Ideas Tap article comes in, advocating using the time as update/ catch up/ experiment/ read time. Update your cv, fix kit, do some reading and de-tech your life at least for one day. Which is incredibly hard to do as I am realising, I constantly feel like I need to be holding or looking at some type of technology. 

The best idea is probably to do a bit of both. A couple of hours to work a day and schedule the rest to do absolutely nothing (off course taking Christmas and New Years Day & eve totally off). The best of both worlds. Whatever you do enjoy your holidays! 😊