Wednesday, January 14, 2009

theme thursday = chair

In my job, I am able to see as I scan, books
that have been once read and long forgotten.

Lately, I'm looking at some genealogy books
from Tennessee, with people moving from and
to all the surrounding states in the usa.

Yesterday I saw a passage that caught my
eye that I had to go back to re-read.
This person had some land, with slaves in
the early 1800s. In their family was a
relative who appeared to be Native American.

What was said went something like this:

"Cousin (blank) has features of the indian kind.
He is quiet, rarely speaks and says "ugh, ugh"
many times."

Although we appear to have outgrown
that attitude, from the chairs of our
homes, many continue to look at others
in the same way.

Which leads me to this:

“Whenever the white man treats the Indian

as they treat each other,

then we will have no more wars.

We shall all be alike, brothers of

one father and one another,

with one sky above us and

one country around us,

and one governmnet for all.”

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

Stereotypes are just wrong,
no matter what chair you sit in:

Have you seen this?

Instruction Manual For Life


Candie said...

your blog is amazing,everything,the way you write,how you think,the pictures,the combination is purely delicious..delicious like a good coffee and a croissant,lol.

Gavin Fance said...

Kinda new to the blogging world, but yours is truly a blog to behold! Both on the eyes and on the mind - well done you!

Megan said...

Glad you are up and running again.

Re: your statement on stereotypes - I agree infinity.

I was going to say one hundred percent, but I figured infinity was better.

Reya Mellicker said...

Do you know Bob Marley's song "War"?

Same sentiments - when oh when will we GET OVER IT!!

Squirrel said...

You know, when I first heard the theme was ...chair, I thought of the Warhol electric chair. then I thought of the one at Coney Island. Not having access to these, I began thinking of everyday chairs. Have you ever been the chairperson at some event?

Discovery11 said...

I loved that link, thats for sharing.

Merle Sneed said...

Well said, my friend.

Kurt said...

There was a great ad on TV that this reminded me of, and I searched on YouTube for it for you, but couldn't find it. Will try again.

tony said...

Thankfully, I Was Rubbish At "WoodWork" @ Skool.............

Coffee Messiah said...

candie:Thanks for your comment and 4 stopping by.

gav:Thanks 4 that ; )

megan: Sad, isn't it.....besides, what makes one person so special over another?

reya: Strange, isn't it? !

squirrel: Ha, ha, only been the chairperson of procrastination ; )

d11: Thanks 4 stopping and glad you took a look at the video. It was very well done.

merle: Hey, Thanks!

kurt: Hope you weren't thinking of the crying indian ; (

tony: I took plastic shop myself ; )

mouse (aka kimy) said...

as always brilliant take on theme thursday!

and speaking of brilliant thanks for the link to the instruction manual vid - what a creative bit of animation - powerful message and metaphor.

glad the discs arrived and you are back!!!

R.L. Bourges said...

gee, I hadn't realized they did virtual reality goggles, way back in those days (referring to the illustration, obviously).

the vid is well thought-out (the kid's finished product looks pretty neat, actually, if he was using the instruction manual we studied when I was a child ...) :-)

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! C.M.,
I wasn't "aware" of "Theme Thursday," but I'am so glad to be "introduced" to "Theme Thursday"...Thank-you!...for sharing the story from the genealogy book and the video entitled "Instruction Manual For Life" with your readers.

dcd ;-)

Mark said...

It is very interesting how our perspective shifts from what chair we are seated in. Good observation!

New Yorker wannabes said...

beautifully and so well said!

couldn't agree more with you.

By the way thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment. It seems that you got your computer back now :-)

Greetings from Greece
Take care
peace and love

Anil P said...

How true indeed.

I wonder if it is because getting to know a race involves having to know the diversity within, and that it is easier, and probably comvenient, to base a generalisation on the knowledge of one or few instances!!

lettuce said...

a grim chair picture

but a good post
and important

and if only...

Anonymous said...

The Seneca nation up in New York doesn't look to happy with this cigarette tax. When will we ever learn?

tut-tut said...

What an interesting and thought-provoking take on today's theme.

Glad you are back in the virtual world, though I missed you early this morning apparently.

Coffee Messiah said...

kimy: Thanks and glad others will get the brunt of the comments ; )

rlb: Yes, it was an interesting take on compartments and how we each look and stack others away.

dcd: You can join anytime you want. The topic is posted on Sundays for the following Thursday. ; )

mark: Thanks and for stopping by too.

marianna: Hello and Thanks for stopping by too ; )

anil p: Like so many things in life, time and getting to know others outside our box is really very simple, and fun, as you are well aware. Thanks for stopping by!

lettuce: It reminded me of Clockwork Orange ; (

jm: I'm not familiar with that but thanks 4 pointing it out and 4 your visit.

t & t: Hey, no biggie and Thanks for stopping by and playing ; )

tony justice said...

hey cm.....yes i did the collage.....


WTHsupLala said...

i totally agree with you...

i love your blog ... =]]

Brian Miller said...

Nice post. Good truth.

George said...

video = rad. I love it!

Seneorita said...

ur pics are too good...where do u belong to?....i mean which country?...

Coffee Messiah said...

tj: Nice work ; )

wth:Thanks for your comment and 4 stopping by ; )

bm: Thanks and I need to stop by your blog.

tlog: Thanks for stopping by and 4 looking at the video. I need to look at their other videos.

swati: Born and raised usa.....and Thanks 4 stopping by! ; )