Shibumi and the Kitemaker
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kristinking
Here's a quote I love from a magical book, Shibumi and the Kitemaker by Mercer Mayer. Please enjoy.

Shibumi
It is delicate with immeasurable strength
So refined it cannot be measured
It is authority without domination
It is eloquent silence without compare
So true it cannot be expressed

Humane Society sort-of okayed Sherlock Holmes
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kristinking
Saw Sherlock Holmes last weekend, enjoyed it pretty well, but during the credits, I noticed with dismay that the Humane Society notice that accompanied their "No animals were harmed" seal stated that they monitored only some of the animal action. What's up with that? So I went to the Humane Society site and got the facts, which are:

"American Humane Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ were unable to directly supervise all of the animal action in Sherlock Holmes because some of the animal action was filmed outside the U.S. and the production did not establish a contract for our oversight. American Humane did not monitor some of the dog action or any of the horse, camel, bird, fly and maggot action."

Okay, I had to laugh at seeing they didn't monitor the "maggot action." The picture that comes to my mind? Dueling maggots, swords flashing, threatening each other with little squeaky voices.

But . . . it seems to me that the Humane Society shouldn't have put any kind of seal on the movie at all. Because the moviemakers could have paid for the Humane Society to come watch the filming in another country.

And, had I known ahead of time, I would probably have chosen another movie.

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