16/05/22 – 22/05/22 The Great Schism, Getting Old & Woody Allen

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

The Great Schism 1054
Video at Ryan Reeves

Why did Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches split in 1054 A.D.? This video explores the political, cultural and theological issues between Eastern and Catholic faiths. For example, what is filioque and why was it important? What caused the Eastern Patriarch and the Pope to fight? All of this is covered in this video in the Great Schism of 1054.

Ryan M. Reeves (PhD Cambridge) is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. (View entire presentation here)

Funny Prayer About Getting Old
Speech at Home Instead

This funny prayer about getting old was the addendum of a short story – A hearty speech by my esteemed blog enthusiast Bruce Goodman. Bruce described the speech as a delightful grace before meals.

With the timing of a professional comedian, this diminutive “little old lady” shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of an audience filled with senior-care experts. A friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, Mary Maxwell was asked to give the invocation at the company’s 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like …This is the first time I’ve ever been old… and it just sort of crept up on me … had everyone rolling in the aisles.  (Watch the speech here)

How did Woody Allen become Woody Allen?
Documentary at Sebastian Pereanu

‘I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me as a member’

This is the first documentary I have seen about the Writer-Director Woody Allen and I was impressed by its scope, editing and video archive footage and that it achieves a good dynamic. At times the narration leaves a bit to be desired, but in a nutshell this is Woody from his stand-up career through his love life, beliefs, and into becoming the unique filmmaker he is today. (Watch documentary here)

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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7 comments on “16/05/22 – 22/05/22 The Great Schism, Getting Old & Woody Allen
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    The elderly lady in the Funny Prayer…had excellent timing! She was great.

    I love that Woody doc…for me…his best leading lady was Diane Keaton…she had everything. No one has control over is movies like Allen does.

    • I just sent my Mum a link to that video of the Funny Prayer. She is about the same age as the lady in the video. I like your description about ‘her timing’. My Mum is very witty like the lady.

      I need to see more Woody Allen films. My Father’s favourite was the ‘Purple Rose in Cairo’ which I’m yet to see. You put me onto Sleeper which is a classic and my kids adored. You recommended others from early on Woody’s career which I hope to see soon.

      It amazes me how Seinfeld (which we all watched Saturday night) replicated and broke down Woody Allen’s personage – George (Larry David) and characters like Elaine who emulated Diane Keaton.

      It’s a great doco which I will revisit time and time again – me thinks!

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yea I was thinking about George bing Woody…he channeled him no doubt.
        You have probably seen Annie Hall right? That is a great one.
        Yes I’ve seen that doc before and I just rewatched it this morning….it’s really good.

      • Yeh, I saw Annie Hall early on in my exploration of Woody (I liked the reference in Fawlty towers of this too haha), and I need to see it again. I was more impressed by Manhatten, but I need to see them both again since it was so long ago.

        Yeh, it’s a great doco. He reminded me of someone I would have been friends with at school because of his percularity. My friends were kinda like him.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes I had odds ones also…or the better term interesting

  2. I enjoyed the Woody Allen documentary.

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