Reviewing Reagan

Life and Work of Ronald Reagan

What better time to learn more about Ronald Reagan, than in May, or more precisely, May 17, exactly 30 years after the then President of the United States delivered a “special speech” at Notre Dame?  Reagan did not hold his position for long, having been inaugurated in January 1981 and shot a few weeks later on March 30 and very nearly lost his life during emergency surgery.  Currently on exhibition at the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, is something that quite accurately depicts the richness of the man’s life: “Ronald Reagan: Celebrating the Centennial of His Birth 1911-2011.”  The exhibition began in February and will be available for viewing until June of this year.  On show are manuscripts, letters and signed photos which “celebrate various aspects of the remarkable life and character of Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President.”

Through the Shapell Manuscript Foundation exhibition, viewers will be privy to the United States’ President’s attitudes and feelings, both positive and negative.  Through the letters visitors can learn about his staunch “presumption of racial equality” and via his manuscripts it will become clear how he “decried riots, lawlessness and a coercive state.”  There is also a photo of the man by the Berlin Brandenburg Gate, with the inscription, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”  Another letter being exhibited is one that was composed a little while after he survived his shooting when he said (in typical Reagan style) that he was feeling fine, at a point at which he nearly lost his own life.

Reagan’s “Rich” Life

Those familiar with American politics will enjoy viewing the exhibition as Ronald Reagan’s presidency itself has been described as both the “Reagan Revolution” and the “Age of Reagan.”  This is largely due the political realignment in America and further abound that supported the type of conservatism specific to his politics as well as his belief in free markets.  In addition, under Reagan’s administration, there was much energy dedicated to the destruction of Soviet Communism, which did actually occur, just as he was leaving office.

So there is a lot for which Reagan can be remembered and this is a particularly significant time to take a look at the Shapell Manuscript Foundation’s exhibition celebrating the “rich diversity” of the man’s work and life.

 

Schwarzenegger and Shriver Announce Seperation

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California Governor, and his wife Maria Shriver, have announced that they are separating after twenty-five years of marriage.

In a s statement, the couple explained that they will continue to work on their future relationship while living separately, and that they will of course continue to parent their four children, ages 21, 19, 17 and 13.

“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for us,” they wrote in their statement. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together.”

The split certainly comes at a time of change in both of their lives. Schwarzenegger has recently finished his seven-year run as governor, and has travelled frequently to give speeches as well as to pursue new projects in entertainment. His Tweets came from countries like France, Nigeria and Brazil.

Shriver has said that she too is going through some changes. On Facebook she posted “As you know, transitions are not easy, I’d love to get your advice on how you’ve handled transitions in your own life.” She also said, “It’s so stressful to not know what you’re doing next. People ask you what you are doing and then they can’t believe that you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Glee Pays Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

While the teenage Glee followers may not have fully appreciated the newest episode, the general crowd was thrilled with Tuesday’s airing, which featured numerous songs from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album. It is certainly impressive that an album that was released in 1977 has been able to resonate in a much younger, more technologically-focused crowd.

Quite the Buzz

Today, a full day later, “Fleetwood Mac” is still the most searched keyword on Google. The show has revived the admiration that swept the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, exposing some of the more popular songs, like “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and “Go Your Own Way,” to the new generation.

The episode also reminded many viewers of why they fell for the show in the first place. The very first episode of the series featured a very passionate, fresh cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

A Little Background

In this week’s episode, Kurt mentions that the Fleetwood Mac album was created during various relationship difficulties. Some may call this an understatement; Singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsay Buckinham were dealing with a breakup, singer Christine McVie and bassist John McVie had just gotten divorced after nearly a decade of marriage, and the band’s founder Mick Fleetwood had recently discovered that his wife had been disloyal.

As Gleeks have discovered, however, the emotional roller coaster certainly resulted in some great music!

Ecological Development A Growing Part of Architecture

As technology and science bloom, the world has begun to take more notice of environmental issues. Cities like San Francisco strive to improve the situation by encouraging environmentally-friendly buildings, electric cars and public transportation, while scientists across the globe look into new, less harmful energy sources that can be used on a daily basis.

Many real estate developers also have a significant presence in the ecological sector. Architects and developers like Todd Jersey, Janna Bullock and Barley and Pfeifffer are committed to creating beautiful and practical structures and interiors while protecting the environment. Recently, other organizations have put effort into this concept as well.

Worcester YouthBuild is a program working to incorporate environmental awareness by providing education and job-training in the field. Working alongside Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed, YouthBuild was recently granted $100,000 in support of their work.

The program presents its students with opportunities to build or renovate buildings that are environmentally conscious in their neighborhoods, as well as to gain experience, jobs and credentials. The experience also boosts the students’ leadership skills.

Vice President of Communications for Saint-Gobain Karen Cawkwell said “YouthBuild USA has made a tremendous impact in rebuilding the lives and communities of low-income, disconnected young adults. It is a true honor to partner with such an esteemed organization. We are particularly amazed by the resiliency demonstrated by the students of Worcester YouthBuild. 

is a program working to incorporate environmental awareness by providing education and job-training in the field. Working alongside Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed, YouthBuild was recently granted $100,000 in support of their work.

The program presents its students with opportunities to build or renovate buildings that are environmentally conscious in their neighborhoods, as well as to gain experience, jobs and credentials. The experience also boosts the students’ leadership skills.
Vice President of Communications for Saint-Gobain Karen Cawkwell said “YouthBuild USA has made a tremendous impact in rebuilding the lives and communities of low-income, disconnected young adults. It is a true honor to partner with such an esteemed organization. We are particularly amazed by the resiliency demonstrated by the students of Worcester YouthBuild. “

Country Music Mania

From deep in my heart I am country music fan. More and more talented young stars are coming out these days with heartfelt ballads. One great young star is Josh Turner. He is very talented musician and thanks to his experienced stage manage Jim Mayo, his live performance is excellent. I recently saw Josh in Primm, NV and the show was excellent. Here is an old interview with him for those of you who don’t know Josh.

Leslie Westreich writes a personal blog about his views on Country Music.