The Curious Autodidact

February 17, 2015

End of Life Behind Bars: Serving Life

Filed under: end of life,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 2:31 pm

Serving Life (2011) Poster

Few of us have stopped to think what it would be like to end your life behind bars, but for many in our prisons this is the reality of where their last breaths will be taken. Serving Life is a movie that looks at the inmates that serve as hospice workers behind bars in Angola Prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is 90 years. NPR did a segment when the movie first came out that may peek your interest in seeing this film that has been streaming on Netflix off and on.

In a country that is in denial about death this is an amazing look at how one person can make a huge difference in people’s end of life journey even in the most difficult of circumstances. After watching this movie you will have a different viewpoint on the compassion. You will see that even the most hardened prisoners are capable of great decency and you will begin to think differently about what kind of a¬†contribution anyone can make to another’s journey.


February 15, 2015

Singing: Not for Just the Shower

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 8:48 pm


 Image result for google image bird singing

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.

-Henry van Dyke, poet (1852-1933)

February 7, 2015

Roxana Robinson’s Brilliant Novel: Sparta

Filed under: book related,media related,Word Related — Honilima @ 3:22 pm


If reading a nonfiction book about PTSD sounds a bit much, Roxana Robinson has created a brilliant novel Sparta that takes her readers into the haunting of Conrad, a 26 year old man, upon returning after serving four years as a Marine, in Iraq. Robinson captures his experience so vividly some readers will forget that it is a work of fiction.

This should be required reading for anyone desiring an understanding of the traumas that lie in the hearts of so many returning soldiers.

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