Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Remembering Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush, Republican matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92  
CNN - April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush   Wikipedia

I remember Barbara Bush as the wife and mother of three politicians that I was not particularly fond of but then again how many presidents come without criticism and conspiracies. She was the matriarch of an American political dynasty, her time well spent helping others and making a difference.

She was not one of the glamorous first ladies of the 20th and 21st centuries like Jackie Kennedy (politics and publishing), Michelle Obama (law, politics, many causes) and Melania Trump whose designer clothes were a topic of discussion when they appeared in public. Perhaps Barbara Bush's death will inspire Melania to do more, and make a name for herself in lieu of her husband's indiscretions.

Among her many accomplishments she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, which she chaired until 2012, promoting reading skills across America, particularly for young children. There is much to be remembered and honored.

Most recently I remember Barbara Bush sitting in her wheelchair looking on before game five of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Houston.

As her health declined, her soul, tired from its long journey, Barbara Bush decided not to seek additional medical treatment. It was her time. Her loving family was there as she crossed over yesterday holding her husband's hand. As souls travel together, and former President Bush has also been in failing health in recent years, he will soon join her. How rare and amazing is it to spend a lifetime with the same partner ... they were married for 73 years ... for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do them part ...

April 18-29, 2018

TriBeCa Film Festival

TriBeCa Film Festival    Google News

The Tribeca Film Festival puts a spotlight on female filmmakers in 2018.

Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a U.S. $15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017). The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Full List   New York Times - April 17, 2018

Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists - April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer is a thumb in the eye of Trump   CNN - April 17, 2018
Kendrick Lamar has created the perfect fusion of politics and hip hop, and on Monday he got a Pulitzer Prize -- and of course he did. In a time when hip hop is supersaturated with vapid pop hits and petty feuds, Lamar is socially resonant and musically gifted. He is the voice of this generation, and the first hip hop artist to win the music Pulitzer, for his 14-track "Damn."