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I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank themonroe6-evemontadpregnancy Marilyn Monroe was allegedly pregnant 9 to 13 times. Gloria Steinem wrote the reason Monroe had no children was abortion. It is no strange thing considering how fantasy and reality clash in a world that equates women’s health to abortion access. In the 1960’s, this world of sexual liberation and free love began to spin out of control for many women, and so went the way of the leading sex symbol of this generation. Free love for one means the second pays twice. As Monroe’s writings become more popular they epitomize for many young women the distillation of her dream of becoming a mother, eviscerated. marilyn-photographed-by-milton-greene

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When Mama ain’t happy ain’t no-one happy.

“Jackie” A Film Review

A lot of fuss was made of  “Jackie” when the press and stills initially

announced its limited theatrical release. Time passed. The din of voices

and the Oscar buzz faded.

The historical drama is perhaps worthy of a passing grade, but the overall

portrayal was not only diminutive of the first family, it denigrated JFK’s

place in history. It is notable for the fact that it reveals the inside

details of historical scenes known to most only from the outside. It seems

we are given a window into history. The Lyndon Johnson family not only

could care less, but acts oddly defensive, territorial even aggressive.

This gives it weight where it otherwise falters on the edge of obscurity.

Lyndon Johnson and his policies are being scrutinized more now that time

has passed and members of his cabinet have, too, leaving America free to

publicly analyze his legacy without the threat of a lawsuit.

The lead, Jackie, is portrayed as self obsessed, slightly bitchy, but

never nuanced and carefree. She is more obsessed with building herself up

as an icon rather than preserving the accomplishments of her husband’s

Office. And what did JFK accomplish? According to “Jackie”, very little.

The music was weird at times and this version of Camelot seems a little

like a charade meant to cover up the neurosis brought on by a philandering

husband, now deceased.

Her talks with a Catholic Priest at the end are inter-spliced with the

grand finale showing how the rest of the Kennedys dealt with their fallen

leader in the final hours and days in a most sensational manner. This meeting

should satisfy many Catholics in the way of preventing their outright

oversight (snubbing) of the film. The film sort of pulls itself together

at the end so as not to leave the viewer feeling tricked. But if you’re not

a history buff or a Kennedy junkie you likely would have stopped watching

long before then.

The only actor that really shines here is Gretta Gerwig and her role is

minimal as Jackie’s assistant. Portman does her very best as “Jackie”, but

it’s hard to understand the complexities, constraints, and liberations of a

religion you have never lived. Catholicism has a tendency to be portrayed

as overrated or under involved socially. It’s relevance and value is

constantly both undermined and distorted.

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Ultimately this is where “Jackie” misses the mark. Endurance, creativity and flexibility under intense pressure and scrutiny made the Kennedy’s Camelot more than mythical, ascending the world above and beyond into the realm of the miraculous. If we defend the inherent truths and read the cues left by a widow mourning not only the loss of a husband, but the cynical world he died in overcoming, we will be honoring that one word that “echoed repeatedly” in her mind “History.”

“Jackie,” missed the higher truths that resonate. Our production, The Sandcastles, Of Poetry and Power,  depicts the Kennedy White House in a way that empowers Kennedy’s Camelot and will seal it’s legacy into generations.

Spoken often in rhymes, legends secure their value among children because stories of such epic proportion are often also told as poems, passing from parents to children from one generation to the next, set in stone, never forgotten.

History.

2017 (c) Bobbi Iervolino

More press on the Jackie Film Available here:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/jackie-pablo-larrain-brings-first-lady-story-screen-190034139.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/jackie-review-the-woman-and-the-myth-1480619516

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/13/jackie-review-natalie-portman-kennedy-jfk

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/11/29/jackie-review

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2016/12/jackie_starring_natalie_portman_reviewed.html

The Fruit.

Quotations By St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (scroll down)

“Nuclear war

would not be

an unjust

punishment

for

a nation that

promotes

ABORTION.”

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“That special power

of

LOVING

that belongs

to a woman

is

seen

most clearly

when she becomes a mother.

my thoughts exactly… yum! Pearls!

“America

needs no words

from me

to see

HOW

your decision

in

Roe v. Wade

has deformed

A

great nation.

The so-called right to abortion has pitted

mothers

against

their children

&

women

against

men.”

St Mother Teresa of Calcutta
“The fruit of abortion is nuclear war.” – St. Mother Teresa.

“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish intentions.

Despite this

be kind.”

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Motherhood is the gift of God to women.

How grateful we must be

to God

for this wonderful gift

that brings

such joy

to the whole world,

women

and

men alike!

Yet

we can destroy

this gift

of

motherhood,

ESPECIALLY

by

the evil

of abortion,

BUT ALSO

by thinking

that

other things

like

jobs

or

positions

are

MORE

important

than LOVING,

than GIVING

ONESELF

to

others.

Baby Jayden Capewell who was born and died on 03 Oct 2008.

No job,

no plans,

no possessions,

NO

IDEA

OF

“freedom”

CAN

TAKE

THE PLACE

OF

LOVE.

So

anything

that

destroys

God’s

gift

of

MOTHERHOOD

destroys

His

MOST PRECIOUS

gift

to

women:

The ability

to love

as

A

WOMAN.”

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“We must not be surprised

when we hear

of murders,

of killings,

of wars,

of hatred.

If

A

mother

can

kill

her

own

child,

WHAT IS LEFT

BUT

FOR US

TO KILL

each other.”

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . .  

“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” 

. . . yes,

it is Christmas

every time

you smile

at your

BROTHER

and

offer

him

your hand.”

Samuel Alexander Armas

“Abortion has shown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society.”

 “Abortion has portrayed the greatest of gifts, a child, as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience.

It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.

And in granting this unconscionable power,

it has exposed many women to unjust and

selfish demands from their husbands

or other sexual partners.

Human rights are not a privilege

conferred by government.

They are every human being’s entitlement

by virtue of his humanity.

The right to life

does not depend,

and must not be declared to be

contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else,

not even a parent or a sovereign.”

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“Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.”

MORE FROM ST MOTHER TERESA

“By abortion the Mother does not learn to love, but kills her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibilty at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women to the same trouble. So abortion leads to more abortion.”

“Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily.”

“Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother. Abortion is profoundly anti-women. ”

“Loneliness and the feeling that nobody needs you is the worst kind of poverty.”

The Real Jackie Was Steeped In Culture…

San Francisco film critic, Mick LaSalle, comments on “Jackie,” slamming the film for being a puff piece with little historical accuracy or relevance.

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Excerpt: “Then take a look at footage from that actual tour. The problem isn’t merely that Portman’s portrayal isn’t factually accurate but that she and her director, Pablo Larrain, have no conception of the woman they’re portraying. The real Jackie was steeped in culture, and if she had any diffidence, it was the diffidence of someone careful not to seem too rich or too sure of herself.” – http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Jackie-is-rolling-in-her-grave-10780570.php

The film sensationalizes JFK’s legacy in many disturbing ways, although it does bring to life some of it’s kinder moments, as well… the dark side of “Jackie” is discussed more in depth here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4150090/Hollywood-blockbuster-sheds-light-Jackie-O-s-legacy.html#ixzz4WgtHGivk

Sandcastle; Of Poetry and Power has nothing to do with slurring the glorious reality of JFK’s time in office, his administration’s miraculous accomplishments, nor does it ignore the glaring issue of sexual addiction and it’s impact on American culture during and after that time. The idea is to atone for sin, to shed light on the long lost past, and ultimately to bring America the truth, that thing that sets all men free, back to life.

We Must Resist

Youth make a future. Abortion embraces defeat. Can a community thrive in tolerating this madness?  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. overcame. And yet a great nothing emerged.  The slow, steady rise of birth control settled upon the following generation. Spreading, it’s still legally protected. Some of Dr. King’s descendants unwittingly endorsed it. Others escaped.

“My Family Bloodline has had a Christian worldview for generations,” said Dr. King’s nice, Mrs. Alveda King, in recognizing its insidious grasp.

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“Uncle M.L. clung to the scriptures and refused to acknowledge human sexuality and abortion rights as issues that needed to be addressed on a public platform where the battle for Skin Color Equity was being engaged. Whereas on the other hand, today I’m sure that they would agree that the Sanctity Of Life is part of the Civil Rights platform. Because life is a Human Right. And as such we must fight to protect all lives because God’s Love matters.”

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“Abortion has touched many families in one way or another. Abortion is not just a choice between a mother and her doctor but a choice that affects all families and society as a whole. In the 20th Century my uncle said that ‘America will not reject racism until America sees racism’. In the 21st Century Father Frank Pavone said ‘America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion.’ I agree. Glory to God.”

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“I urge you to defend the integrity of just laws and remember as my uncle, Reverend MLK said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’. My Uncle M.L., my father Reverend A.D. King and my grandfather Daddy King were all pro-life during their life times. They didn’t believe that abortion was a civil right.

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They never would have agreed that abortion and carcinogenic birth control methods are health care. They never discovered the hidden agenda of death birthed by Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. They also refused to associate the anti natural-life-and-family agenda with the Civil Rights movement.”

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“We have always been a strong family. Grandaddy convinced my mother not to abort me in 1950. Abortion was illegal back then. I suffered two secret abortions and a miscarriage. Grandaddy convinced me not to abort another baby. I once was blind. But now I see.

Glory to God.”

– Alveda King. World Meeting of Families 2015.

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Dr. King, in enduring rejection initially from members of his own community and then from those who vehemently opposed him, saw the answer. The power of one man with a dream overcame.  Dr. King never saw abortion as an answer to abject poverty. Abortion remains unthinkable to those willing to believe in what Dr. King called, “the power of redemptive suffering”. Dr. King formed a real policy by forging a path by way of forgiving.

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The film production “Sandcastle, Of Poetry and Power,” centers on the Kennedy Administration’s involvement in pivotal and momentous Civil Rights events preceding abortion’s integration into the American way of life. It is easy to resign to  the ways of the world.  Dr. King’s dream is above the world. To fight complacency is divine. Believe in the dream. Take Civil Rights to the next level. Defeat the great nothing. We must resist. 

“Come & See My Shining Palace Built Upon The Sand”

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