Monday, January 19, 2009

Open Letter of Apology from C&MA

Apparently, on January 2, 2009 the Christian and Missionary Alliance first posted an open letter to all MKs (missionary kids) apologizing to those MKs who have been abused. The letter links directly from the front page and will also appear in Alliance Life Magazine, the C&MA's magazine.
This is an open letter of apology from the Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) to all who were victims of abuse, including those identified in the Final Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry in April 1999 and in the course of other investigations. It is the intent of the C&MA to express its deepest regrets for the significant trauma that you experienced during your most impressionable years...

Our documentary All God's Children focused on the abuse that took place at one of the C&MA's boarding schools (Mamou Alliance Academy). In the course of the film former students express their frustration with the Church's previous apology and other actions (or lack thereof).

It seems striking that the C&MA published such a public apology now, immediately after the official release of our DVD. But maybe it has more to do with increased activism by MKs, maybe specifically activism through the organization MK SafetyNet (founding members are featured in the documentary).

However most interesting might be if former students will be satisfied with this public apology or if they will continue to demand more investigations into the alleged abuse at other boarding schools. And what about the other Churches and mission-sending organizations that are receiving reports of similar cases of child abuse?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Life Experienced Fully

This "Queen of The World" video goes out to the Queen of Fun, Jessica Gould, who went to see Ida Maria with me last night at Mercury Lounge.

Ida Maria dedicated the show to the passengers and crew of Flight 1549, who so miraculously came away mostly unscathed after the emergency landing in the Hudson River. (I particularly like the quote at the end of the NY Times article "The pilot must have been both talented and charmed.”)

For the show to have taken place on this day and her acknowledging the fact, made an otherwise short but fantastic show, something even more memorable. It did bring up some memories of seeing Travis so shortly after 9/11 (all others had canceled and rescheduled) and them acknowledging that this was probably the first time most of has had been out and in a crowd since that day - among many other thoughtful remarks in-between songs. It's a tremendous memory.

But that was a different experience, of course, in a very different time. Yesterday became all about the bright side even in the dark times
and the joy and surviving and life experienced fully. So here then for the Queen of Fun, "Queen of The World" by Ida Maria. has an accurate review and pictures of last night's show (only leaving out the oddly corporate-looking audience - is there some marketing tie-in I'm missing?). Also Ida Maria is playing again tonight at Union Hall.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Alright, this time, Mac.

So the good people at Apple redeemed themselves one more time. Or one time. Within less than 24 hours after I reported the buckled battery via their phone service (6am - 6pm PST only), a new battery was delivered directly to me. Free of charge since I purchased Apple Care. And the sound issue was quickly fixed by resetting the PRAM, Lisa Apple walked me through. Alright then... this time...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

So tired of this piece of... Mac

I just noticed that the battery on my Mac Book Pro magically expanded just like in the video below.

Within minutes the sound was also gone. This after I just had to send it in for "repair" for over a week when the monitor wouldn't come on anymore. They never actually fixed it because they couldn't figure it out - it just suddenly worked again.

So I spent $3,000 on a computer another $300 on Apple Care and this piece of metal keeps breaking on me while it's just sitting here on my desk. And of course, the earliest appointment I can get at the apple store is three days from now. Oh and the phone support? Yeah, they're not in right now either.

I'm kind of feeling like I've just been another fool sucked in by the advertising campaign, the peer pressure and all the silly hype. I'm starting to really miss my Sony VAIO and Avid. At least with a PC I didn't feel like I've had too much of the Kool Aid but knew that I got what I paid for. UGH!!!

Just thought I'd write about this here after all the excitement I shared on this blog barely a year ago when I got my first (and probably last) Mac.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Scott's Blog Is Moving

Scott's Blog "A Doc's Journal", which has been documenting the journey of our documentary All God's Children all the way from the first grant and the early interviews in 2004 to its current release on DVD is moving to a new location. The new URL is:

Scott plans to continue to write about the new chapter of the film (grassroots outreach & distribution) as well as his observations in his other field of work: online video.

Currently the new blog is still looking a little disheveled due to the changeover from Moveable Type to WordPress. But it should be all formatted nicely soon.

The old blog had an introductory video, which doesn't exist on the new one. But I won't allow Scott to just let that cute little thing disappear. After all it's one of our most watched clips we host on So here it goes one more time:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)

This is going to be the most random blog post ever but... I'm pulling another late night putting in titles and tweaking All's Well and Fair. And there comes the point when I need to take a little break and do something mindless.

So a few minutes ago I decided to see if I could track down the B-side of my very first single (or 7-inch as you Americans called them, right?). The single was Duran Duran's "The Reflex". Yup, that dates me. The most fabulous and invigorating B-side was a cover of the 70s song "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)". Actually Duran Duran called it "Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)" and recorded it live in 1982... and I just now found it on YouTube. Yay, technology. Well, actually it seems to pretty much be totally out of sync... clash of technology.

Enjoy... or mock it... or whatever... Myself, I'm now energized to get back to work!