Teachers getting by in Denver

Or not ->

The NCTQ report looked at 124 large school districts around the country, including four in metro Denver: Cherry Creek School District, Denver Public Schools, Douglas County School District and Jeffco Public Schools.
In three of those districts, a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no prior experience cannot even afford to rent a 1-bedroom at the median cost in each area. Only Cherry Creek was considered affordable – but just barely.>

Colfax

Highly readable article in the LA Times on Denver’s liveliest of streets.

That was once Smiley’s, the world’s biggest laundromat,” he said, passing a warehouse-like building. “That hotel? The uncle of the Red Baron had his funeral there. Clint Eastwood walked his orangutan past that place in ‘Every Which Way But Loose.’ The guy who created the Colorado Gay Rodeo worked over there. I performed an Elvis wedding at that church.

Kelly, David. 2017. “Denver’s Colfax Avenue Is Jammed With History, Freaks, Neon. Its Champion Is An Elvis Impersonator, Of Course”. Latimes.Com. Accessed November 26 2017. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-denver-colfax-street-20171120-htmlstory.html.

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We make our own Gods …

Consider how some people attempt to make what can only be imagined feel real. They do this by trying to create thought-forms, or imagined creatures, called tulpas. Their human creators are trying to imagine so vividly that the tulpas start to seem as if they can speak and act on their own. The term entered Western literature in 1929, through the explorer Alexandra David-Néel’s “Magic and Mystery in Tibet.” She wrote that Tibetan monks created tulpas as a spiritual discipline during intense meditation. The Internet has been a boon for tulpa practice, with dozens of sites with instructions on creating one.

Jack, a young man I interviewed, decided to make a tulpa when he was in college. He set aside an hour and a half each day for this. He’d spend the first 40 minutes or so relaxing and clearing his mind. Then he visualized a fox (he liked foxes). After four weeks, he started to feel the fox’s presence, and to have feelings he thought were the fox’s.
Finally, after a chemistry exam, he felt that she spoke to him. “I heard, clear as day, ‘Well, how did you do?’ ” he recalled. For a while he was intensely involved with her, and said it felt more wonderful than falling in love with a girl.
Then he stopped spending all that time meditating — and the fox went away. It turned out she was fragile. He says she comes back, sometimes unexpectedly, when he practices. She calms him down.

Fun read in the Times –
T. M. Luhrmann OCT. 14, 2013

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Saw this at the Mayan last Friday. I thought it was quite good. Avant-garde movie. Greek myth type story transposed to current day. The overall tone, and the style of acting, sort of deadpan, were reminiscent, in a good way, of Bresson. Specifically Au Hasard Balthazar. Perhaps Balthazar was in mind after it played at Chez Artiste earlier this year.

Strong thumbs up for those in the mood for some antidote to the current Super-Hero stuff.

Fun post script -> There was an obstreperous moviegoer who was asked to leave. After the movie another patron was overheard speaking to a Mayan Employee, “This was my first time here and this was the worst experience I’ve ever had in the theater.” I don’t know if it was the movie or the ejected noisemaker that was her problem.

It is – Say what?

It is -> it’s
It possesses that thing -> its

‘Its’ or ‘it’s’?
The word it’s is always short for ‘it is’ (as in it’s raining), or in informal speech, for ‘it has’ (as in it’s got six legs).
The word its means ‘belonging to it’ (as in hold its head still while I jump on its back). It is a possessive pronoun like his.

Don’t blame me. Seems like it should be the other way around.