Saturday, June 19, 2021

Saturday 9: Papa, Can You Hear Me?

This song was chosen in honor of Father's Day. Hear it here.

1) The song begins with a prayer to "God, our Heavenly Father." Do you often pray?

A. I pray in my own way. Quietly and to myself. I don't need for everyone to hear my prayers to feel like they're valid.

2) This song is from the movie Yentl. Set in the early 1900s, it tells the story of a Polish girl determined to receive a religious education, even though the custom of the day banned girls from studying the Talmud. What subject do you wish you knew more about?

A. I would like to know more about Chinese culture.

3) It took Streisand more than 15 years to get Yentl made. Studios initially rejected the project, telling her that audiences no longer want to see musicals. Then, because it centered on Judaism, she was told it was "too ethnic." But Yentl was a success at the box office, becoming one of the most profitable movies of the year -- and since Barbra was producer, director and star, she enjoyed those profits. Tell us about a time you're glad you stuck with something.

A. I'm glad I've stuck with this blog since 2006. It's a great outlet for me.

4) The movie, and this song, were so popular that they earned a parody on The Simpsons. (See it here.)  That video has had more than 250,000 views. Before the Yentl parody, what's the last YouTube video you watched?

A. Melissa Etheridge released her new song, One Way Out.

5) Barbra Streisand's father died suddenly, the result of complications after an epileptic seizure, just after her first birthday. He held degrees in both English Literature and Education and was a school superintendent. Do you know anyone who made a career in education?

A. I know many people who made a career in education. I am friends with some of my high school teachers and many of my professors from college.

6) Sam's own father wasn't an educator, but he is crazy about the local library. He's there so much the librarians greet him by name. Do you have a library card?

A. I do.

7) For family barbecues, Sam's dad proudly dons his "Kiss the Chef" apron and mans the Weber. What's the last thing you cooked on the grill?

A. If the George Forman counts, hamburgers. If it doesn't, I couldn't tell you. Our grill was invaded by a bird's nest and I refused to use it anymore after that, so my husband took it to the dump after the baby birds hatched and flew away.

8) He takes his grilling very seriously and jealously guards his marinade recipe. Do you have a recipe you're willing to share this morning?

A. I don't do recipes. I hate to cook.

9) Sam's father hates it when his daughter swears. What's the latest curse word you used? (It's OK, we don't blush easily.)

A. Probably fuck. I tend to use that one a lot. It used to not be a swear word, I think. I've found it in pleadings in court written back in the early 1800s. If it were not a commonly used word then and objectionable, I don't think the Circuit Court judge would have had it in his orders.


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  1. I don't really like to cook either. I am thankful that now that we are retired my husband does most of the cooking!

  2. Love your answer to #7. So thoughtful of you to think of the baby birds.
    Have a great Saturday.

  3. Interesting historical tidbit there on #9. I used to love reading about word origins...still do, but don't actively pursue it these days...and on that particular word there doesn't seem to be any consensus. I've seen so many supposed beginnings for it. It has been around quite a long time, though.

  4. That's so interesting about "fuck." It's funny what we considering dirty, isn't it? Often it isn't what's hurtful. People who would never, ever be so vulgar are comfortable saying things like "retarded" or calling covid the "China virus." I personally think God would prefer they say "fuck."

    PS Love the nice clean sanserif font at the top of the page. Great new look!

  5. Interesting how language changes, isn’t it?

  6. I pray quietly too. Sometimes if I am alone, I will pray out loud, but I am rarely alone.
    I hate to cook too. I am glad I am not the only one. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  7. Oh someone else who admits to saying "fuck." I was beginning to think I was an oddball.

  8. I'm not a cook, either. Thanks for the link to Melissa's new song!


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