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Kavita Bali
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NATURE + SPRING: Some gentle flowers which greeted me along a peaceful walk in nature this past sunday. A white azalea and daffodil. Wishing you a joyous and peaceful month of March. In peace & friendship, Kavita.

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(2016) FILM REVIEW + JUNGLE BOOK: "Last night I finally saw the latest Disney interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's universally loved classic 'The Jungle Book'. Overall the animation was splendid, the sole human actor did his best interacting with a CGI cast, the story richly wove us along a journey touching upon a myriad of emotions as we persevered, believed and grew together in the proverbial jungle of life.

Testing out a third cinema house in the region, I sat with a child's delight in the front, peering up at the all mighty cinema screen ready to be entertained by a magical world created by an international community of digital film artists.

The lights dim, the music rushes forth, we are all on an adventurous dash through a far away jungle with Mowgli, a young, orphaned man cub whose species is feared due to the legendary red flower.  Mowgli’s adopted wolf family snuggles up next to your heart with a palpable love of unity and duty.  Sir Ben Kingsley is the voice of the dedicated panther, a best friend who guides and protects our young hero along his journey. We meet all sorts of distinguished and playful friends, as well as sly, menacing beasts, who challenge us as they thirst to pounce upon us (thus the PG rating). We run with dear Mowgli through the tangled trees, experiencing joy, fear, excitement, hope, laughter and sorrow as we learn and grow together in an energetically charged retelling of the classic ‘The Jungle Book’ tale written by Rudyard Kipling.
The warmth and universality of the story embraces us through the sheer genius of Disney animation and strong characters, whose nuanced expressions pierce our humanity. You want to take all of them home with you as lifelong friends. As the credits rolled, I felt I could conquer any challenge in life, because I had just befriended the kindest of creatures, who showed me how to overcome my fears.
The nearly two hour film was emotionally powerful, tears were shed several times and I even gasped with unexpected fright a few times, which speaks to the high caliber of storytelling. It is family friendly entertainment capable of sparking healthy dialogue about our values in life. Hold the young ones close when the tiger appears, and hug them afterwards to cherish the beauty of family, friends and a shared life during our time here."
-- © Kavita Bali . Fri. May 13, 2016, 7:30pm
#moviereview #junglebook #animation #film #familyfun #fridayfeeling #fridayreads #joyful #growth #children #animated #inspirational #adventuretime #adventuretravel #cinematic #movie #kidsactivities #lifelessons #educational #culture

**The Jungle Book Official US Teaser Trailer**
-- posted by Disney Movie Trailers on Sept. 15, 2015
"Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book”... is an... epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves... But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor **Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley)**, and the **free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray)**. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart... “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to **immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world**."

**The Jungle Book | Official Hindi Trailer 2 | In Cinemas April 8**
-- posted by UTV Motion Pictures on March 21, 2016
**Bagheera's voice provided by Om Puri**

**2016 - THE JUNGLE BOOK**
"After a threat from the tiger, Sher Khan, forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named, Mowgli, embarks on a journey of self discovery with the aid of the panther, Bagheera, and the free spirited bear, Baloo."

**Book:  Rudyard Kipling**
Screenplay: Justin Marks

**Director: Jon Favreau**
Cinematography: Bill Pope
Music: John Debney
Production Design: Christopher Glass
Film Editing: Adam Gerstel
Film Editor: Mark Livolsi
Casting: Sarah Finn

**Produced by Walt Disney Pictures**
Executive Producer: Molly Allen
Executive Producer: Karen Gilchrist
Executive Producer: Peter M. Tobyansen
Co-Producer: John Bartnicki
Producer: Jon Favreau
Producer: Brigham Taylor

**1967 - THE JUNGLE BOOK**
"Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization."

Writers & Story:
**Rudyard Kipling: Inspired by the Mowgli stories**
Larry Clemmons
Ralph Wright
Ken Anderson
Vance Gerry

**Director:  Wolfgang Reitherman**
**Producer: Walt Disney**
Music: George Bruns
Film Editing: Tom Acosta
Film Editing: Norman Carlisle

RELATED: (April 18, 2016)
The success of Disney’s new film, which was almost entirely created on a computer, could mean more technological revolutions are on the way.
-- article by David Sims, The Atlantic, April 18, 2016
"In an era when many big blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Interstellar, and Mad Max: Fury Road are drifting back toward “**practical” filmmaking (big sets, with visual effects done mostly in-camera). The Jungle Book took the opposite approach**. Though the story is set in the jungles of India, the cast and crew never filmed anywhere but a Los Angeles warehouse. Meanwhile, its young star Neel Sethi worked alongside a cast of characters who were created entirely in CGI...That it works is a testament to the ongoing evolution of computer-assisted filmmaking, which is getting ever closer to replicating reality.

**One reason for The Jungle Book’s triumph** is that it avoids rendering people as CGI creatures, which has historically put off audiences thanks to a phenomenon known as the “uncanny valley.” As the “man-cub” Mowgli, Sethi is a recognizable human amid the film’s soup of visual effects....

Details audiences wouldn’t think to look for—like realistic lighting and having CGI characters cast accurate shadows—are hugely important for making a primarily virtual movie work... Mowgli successfully manages to sustain heartfelt conversations with realistic-looking wolves, bears, panthers, orangutans, and tigers.... **The Jungle Book is the latest and most promising sign that Hollywood is on the brink of still more technological revolution.**"

"The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film of the same name, The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and also features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.

Favreau, Marks and producer Brigham Taylor developed the film's story as a **balance between Disney's animated adaptation and Kipling's original works**, adapting elements from both into the film. Principal photography commenced in 2014, with filming taking place entirely in Los Angeles. The film required extensive use of computer-generated imagery to portray the animals and settings.

**The Jungle Book** was released in North America in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, D-Box, as well as premium large formats, on April 15, 2016. It **is currently the third highest-grossing movie of 2016**."

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CREATIVITY + PARADOX + CULTURE: Often our society seeks to fragment and label in an effort to 'understand' or 'categorize' one another. However, 'culture' is more about what unites us as caring, thoughtful human beings, than it is about the geographical or self containing borders of fear which divide us as a society. -- Kavita. Sat. Dec. 5, 2015, 10:58am

#creativity #resilience #paradoxical #creativethinking #imagination #CreativePeople #SurvivetoThrive #DancingCreativeSouls #resilience #perseverance #meditation #peace #entrepreneurship #psychology #CreativeProcess #foodforthought #healthylifestyle #kindness #understanding  

SOURCE:  (Sept. 4, 2013)
Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative. How creative are you?
-- article by Faisal Hoque, Fast Company, Sept. 4, 2013, 6:07am
-- image source: Flickr user Justin B

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they're also often quiet and at rest.
2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.
3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.
4.Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.
5. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted.
6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.
7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.
8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.
9.Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
10. Creative people's openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

RELATED:  (March 26, 2014)
-- article by Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post, March 26, 2014 8:59 am EDT

"Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways...

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don't have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.

And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they're complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it's not just a stereotype of the "tortured artist" -- artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person.

While there's no "typical" creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.

1 - They daydream
2 - They observe everything
3 - They work the hours that work for them
4 - They take time for solitude
5 - **They turn life's obstacles around**
"...Researchers have found that trauma can help people to grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, spirituality, appreciation of life, personal strength, and -- most importantly for creativity -- **seeing new possibilities in life**.

"A lot of people are able to use that as the fuel they need to come up with a different perspective on reality," says Kaufman. "What's happened is that their view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered at some point in their life, causing them to go on the periphery and see things in a new, fresh light, and that's very conducive to creativity."

6 - **They seek out new experiences**
""Openness to experience is consistently the strongest predictor of creative achievement," says Kaufman. "This consists of lots of different facets, but they're all related to each other: Intellectual curiosity, thrill seeking, openness to your emotions, openness to fantasy. The thing that brings them all together is a drive for cognitive and behavioral exploration of the world, your inner world and your outer world."

7 - They 'fail' up
"**RESILIENCE is practically a prerequisite for creative success**"

8 - They ask big questions
"Creative people are insatiably curious"

9 - They people watch
"For a lot of writers, people-watching is very important ... They're keen observers of human nature."

10 - They take risks
"This is not a job for the timid. Time wasted, reputation tarnished, money not well spent -- these are all by-products of creativity gone awry."

11 - They view all of life as an opportunity for self-expression

12 - **They follow their true passions**
"Eminent creators choose and become passionately involved in challenging, risky problems that provide a powerful sense of power from the ability to use their talents"

13 - They get out of their own heads
"Research has also suggested that inducing "psychological distance" -- that is, taking another person's perspective or thinking about a question as if it was unreal or unfamiliar -- can boost creative thinking."

14 - **They lose track of time**
"they get "in the zone," or... Flow is a mental state when an individual transcends conscious thought to reach a heightened state of effortless concentration and calmness. When someone is in this state, they're practically immune to any internal or external pressures and distractions that could hinder their performance."

15 - They surround themselves with beauty

16 - **They connect the dots**
"If there's one thing that distinguishes highly creative people from others, it's the ABILITY TO SEE POSSIBILITIES WHERE OTHERS DON'T -- or, in other words, vision.

17 - **They constantly shake things up**
"Creatives like to shake things up, experience new things, and avoid anything that makes life more monotonous or mundane."

18 - They make time for mindfulness
"Creative types understand the value of a clear and focused mind -- because their work depends on it. Many... have turned to meditation as a tool for tapping into their most creative state of mind."

(Excellent & concise list of Traits and Helpful Resources)
-- posted by The work of Leslie Owen Wilson, Ed. D., The Second Principle
"...highly creative persons tend to think for themselves, they are not easily influenced or swayed by others, and they can easily think outside the “proverbial box.

...what distinguishes the “highly creative” from the rest of us is the INTENSITY of their gifts and the fact that creative traits in these individuals are often heavily CLUSTURED.

What also differentiates the highly creative from those folks who are simply creative is the attribute of PERSISTENCE.  A lot of us have unusual or novel ideas, but the highly creative act on and FOLLOW THROUGH with theirs."

The work of Leslie Owen Wilson, Ed. D.
"**I do believe that we affect one another through direct and indirect contact, positively or negatively, every day.** I also believe evidence of that contact resides with individuals for a long time and therefore we should take our interactions, attitudes, words, and deportment very seriously."

-- by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, May 9, 1997
"Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author's objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives.

Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the tortured genius is largely a myth. Most important, he clearly explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

(May 9, 1997, International Edition)

(August 6, 2013, Paperback)

**SURVIVE TO THRIVE** – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders
-- by Faisal Hoque and +Lydia Dishman Motivational Press, June 2015

"Serial entrepreneur and thought leader Faisal Hoque and journalist Lydia Dishman have examined the stories of a variety of leaders who faced ill health, professional setbacks, emotional loss, and a host of other life-changing events, in order to illustrate how each achieved personal transformation and success by mining their own resilience.

**RESILIENCE** is the universal human capacity to face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity. The book is divided into three sections, each of which are key concepts in the development of one’s own ability to bend, and not break, in the face of a personal or professional setback."

-- by Kavita Bali, Urban Peacock Studios, Sept. 29, 2011
"Written between 1999 and 2010, these selected poems take you upon a journey from California to South Carolina through nature, Indian culture and love. Travel with your heart through distant lands and experience a spectrum of emotions culminating in a celebration of the joyousness of our creative spirit and the beauty of a timeless love.

Poet, painter and filmmaker Kavita Bali was born in Allahabad, India and moved to the United States at age six. 'Dancing, Creative Souls' is Kavita's first collection of poems including the audience favorite, 'The Horseman Has Come', a tribute to her grandmother."

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1 - APPRECIATE: - Appreciate what you have and value it.
2 - STOP LABELING - Minds only work when open.
3 - OPTIMISM -  When you criticize, you are passing self-judgement for something lacking in your life that you refuse to let go of... For every opportunity you feel the inclination to criticize, try to think about how that specific situation is serving or benefiting others.

4 - RELEASE YOUR PAST -  Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

5 - AVOID COMPARISON - If you think you're better that the other person, you're letting yourself regale in an unhealthy sense of superiority. If you demean yourself in front of others, it means all your hard work and progress has been in vain. While social comparisons are unhealthy, self-improvement is effective.

6 - KINDNESS - Thank god, thank your parents, friends, and thank yourself for all the hard work you did, for everything you achieved. Saying thank you frequently makes you humble, and a humble person is seldom cynical.

7 - STOP USING EXCUSES - A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. If you find yourself making excuses, ask yourself why you are creating the excuse in the first place?

8 - NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS - A circle of good friends, loving family members and cheerful colleagues are a reminder that you have people who care about you. There's nothing like having someone who you can share your experiences with. So nurture these relationships and say goodbye to a lonesome existence. You are never alone and there are always people around you that need your energy whether you know it or not.

9 - FORGIVENESS - Stop thinking about the hateful emotion/ person and let it go. Forgive if needed, take things lightly and let it not affect your system... We love to right-fight. It’s just not worth it because the state of being right is all subjective with so many layers and perspectives of truth... Would you rather be kind or be right? Accept responsibility for yourself, your life and your actions. You are response-able... If you continue to feel you can't for forgive or guilty for your actions, you stop learning.

10 - AVOID IMPRESSING OTHERS - LET GO OF any EXPECTATIONS of yourself that will limit your growth. If you hold high expectations for how others should behave, you will often be disappointed if they do not represent themselves in the manner you expected. It is only your expectations of people that cause you to judge them which ultimately is a judgement of yourself... You have one life -- this one right now -- you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

11 - COMMIT TO YOUR GOALS - Wholehearted dedication and diligence can bring extraordinary results and consequentially add to your happiness. It is very easy to lose vision for what we truly want in life, but it is your dedication towards your goals above and beyond all obstacles that will make the difference...  When we look for positivity in the little things that make our lives worthwhile, we leave no room for negativity and our GOALS come to the forefront.

12 - CARE FOR YOUR BODY - Start working towards the health of your physical, mental and emotional energy by caring for your body.... creates a sense of awareness within you... Take up positive activities with others or in isolation.

13 - BELIEVE - Just a quick meditation or prayer is easy. If you have the time, join a local prayer group, visit a meditation center, or simply spend some time alone in NATURE.

14 - DREAM - Dreams motivate, inspire and expand our sense of self. They also make us happy because they give our lives a sense of purpose. HAPPY PEOPLE USUALLY LOVE WHAT THEY DO, and if they don't, THEY LOVE WHO THEY ARE. Dreams remind us who we are.

15 - GIVE - Giving has many unexpected benefits from attracting more happiness into your life, to inspiring others, and changing the lives of those you touch. In the end the whole world is made into a better place.

By practicing these steps daily and being conscious of them, you will learn gratitude a level you could never appreciate before. You're made out of love and there's an opportunity at every corner to show it."

Josh Richardson is blogger, healer, and a constant pursuer of the natural state of human consciousness.

#gratitude #selfcare #healthyliving #attitude #awareness #growth #healing #kindness #peaceful #lifelessons #leadershipdevelopment #leadershipskills #businesstips #creativity #positivevibes #positivethinking #positiveenergy  

SOURCE: (Oct. 17, 2013)
-- article by Josh Richardson,, Oct. 17, 2013

RELATED:  (Sept. 11, 2013) -- includes a quick quiz
-- posted on The Mind Unleashed, Sept. 11, 2013
-- Original Source: article by Christie Marie Sheldon, Love, August 5, 2012
"Positive people are drawn to positive energy; negative people are drawn to negative energy... Consider this: since when does ‘being realistic’ necessarily mean that things will go wrong and that you have to accept that as the truth?

If your version of reality is negative, you are conditioned to believe that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and whatever can go right, will probably go wrong too. Your unconsciously held beliefs make you into a negative person without your being aware of it!

So – if this negativity is so ingrained in you that you don’t notice it, how do you determine whether you’re stuck in a cloud of negative energy that is attracting the wrong people, wrong situations and wrong feelings? And how can you be sure you’re not perpetuating that negativity?...

**If you’re not grateful except when things go right, you are negative. GRATITUDE IS POSITIVE. If you are grateful for what is (including the unpleasant school of life lessons, then you can invite more and more positive energy into your life.**

Here’s a quick quiz to gauge the level of negative energy within you:"

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SOUL JOURNEY: "A soul takes human birth in order to have a series of experiences through which it will awaken out of its illusion of separateness... You start from innocence and you return to innocence... We are on an inevitable course of awakening. If you understand that message deeply, it allows you to enter into your spiritual practices from a different PERSPECTIVE, one of PATIENCE and TIMELESSNESS." -- Ram Dass

"From a Hindu PERSPECTIVE, you are born as what you need to deal with, and if you just try and push it away, whatever it is, it's got you."-- Wikipedia

#spirituality #RamDass #Judgement #spiritualgrowth #eastmeetswest

SOURCE:  (July 24, 2013)
-- posted by Ram Dass, July 24, 2013

RELATED:  (June 25, 2014)
-- posted by Ram Dass, June 25, 2014
"Judgment comes, in part, out of your own fear. You judge other people because you’re not comfortable in your own being...

When somebody provokes your anger, the only reason you get angry is because you’re holding on to how you think something is supposed to be. You’re denying how it is. Then you see it’s the expectations of your own mind that are creating your own hell. When you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought it would be, examine the way you thought, not just the thing that frustrates you. You’ll see that a lot of your emotional suffering is created by your models of how you think the universe should be and your inability to allow it to be as it is."

"Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; April 6, 1931) is an American spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal. 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s, for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation. He continues to teach via his website.... Richard Alpert was born to a Jewish family in Newton, Massachusetts. His father, George Alpert, was a lawyer in Boston, president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, one of the founders of Brandeis University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine...

At 60 years of age, Ram Dass began exploring Judaism seriously for the first time. "My belief is that I wasn't born into Judaism by accident, and so I needed to find ways to honor that", he says. "From a Hindu PERSPECTIVE, you are born as what you need to deal with, and if you just try and push it away, whatever it is, it's got you."

"Nirvāṇa is a term used in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. It refers to the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha, liberation from samsara, or release from a state of suffering, after an often lengthy period of bhāvanā or sādhanā.

The idea of moksha is connected to the Vedic culture, which had notion of amrtam, "immortality", and also a notion of a timeless, an "unborn", "the still point of the turning world of time". It was also its timeless structure, the whole underlying "the spokes of the invariable but incessant WHEEL OF TIME".

Although the term occurs in the literatures of a number of ancient Indian traditions, the concept is most commonly associated with Buddhism. It was later adopted in the Bhagavad Gita of the Mahabharata."

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WISDOM + GRASSHOPPER: A favorite show from the 1970's. Enjoy. In Peace and friendship, Kavita. "Kwai Chang Caine (portrayed by David Carradine) and Master Po ( Keye Luke) , from a season 2 episode of Kung Fu (aired Dec. 13, 1973)"

#wisdom #philosophy #peace #grasshopper #kungfu #television #HumanIntelligence  


ABOUT THE TV SHOW:  (1972 - 1975)
"Kung Fu is an American action-adventure martial arts western drama TELEVISION SERIES starring David Carradine. The series aired on ABC from October 1972 to April 1975 for a total of 63 episodes. Kung Fu was preceded by a full-length feature television pilot, an ABC Movie of the Week, which was broadcast on February 22, 1972. The series became one of the most popular television programs of the early 1970s, receiving widespread critical ACCLAIM and COMMERCIAL SUCCESS upon its release.

Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) is the orphaned son of an American man, Thomas Henry Caine, and a Chinese woman, Kwai Lin, in mid-19th century China. After his maternal grandfather's death he is accepted for training at a Shaolin Monastery, where he grows up to become a Shaolin PRIEST and MARTIAL ARTS expert.

Although it is his intention to avoid notice, Caine's training and sense of SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY repeatedly force him out into the open, to fight for justice or protect the underdog.

Flashbacks are often used to recall specific lessons from Caine's CHILDHOOD TRAINING in the MONASTERY from his teachers, the blind Master Po (Keye Luke) and Master Kan (Philip Ahn). Part of the appeal of the series was undoubtedly the emphasis laid, via the flashbacks, on the mental and spiritual power that Caine had gained from his rigorous training."

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FILM: 2001 Sept. 27. Nine filmmakers of Asian heritage were featured at APAture 2001, a Kearny Street Workshop Program held at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. Here, Kavita speaks about her 1993 short film 'Birth of a Butterfly' which resonated with the audience due to it's universally poetic visualization of alienation, just a few days after a devastating time in our nation's history. The event was almost cancelled, but folks felt it was important to bring people together, to help share a sense of community, to help heal during a time of great sadness, to continue life with courage. -- Kavita.

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Photo taken by friends visiting from SC on Fri. Sept. 26, 2014 in Portland, OR

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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© 1966 April - Baby Kavita in India. (Yup, that's me :)
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