It’s the weekend – and you’re ready to start following your curiosity! Just in time, here are your Weekend Wonderings:
- Everyone’s thinking about the Super Bowl, but there are some other big celebrations also happening – such as the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8, which marks the start of the Year of the Monkey. I remember visiting San Francisco with my mother back in the 1990s when we stumbled on a Chinese New Year parade by chance. That put the event on my radar screen and I always try to find a way to note the passage each year. This tradition continues to evolve, as noted in this Los Angeles Times article.
- It’s also Mardi Gras in many parts of the world, including: New Orleans, Mobile and Galveston in the United States; Rio de Janeiro; Sydney, Australia; Quebec City, Canada; and George Town, Cayman Islands. So what is the background of this event known for the beads and parades? Here’s a quick primer, courtesy of CNN.
- We’re also in the early stages of the political season in the United States. My mailbox is already getting full of campaign ads; TV and radio ads will soon inundate the airwaves (and I don’t live in an early primary state). But should we fall for these soundbites? This story from CBS Sunday Morning shows how a faux candidate is making some really relevant points on what we should be listening for and asking of political candidates.
- In case you don’t want to spend all day Sunday consumed by the Super Bowl, I’d encourage you to watch the movie, Captain Abu Raed. This 2008 film tells the story of an airport janitor in an Arab country who finds an airline captain’s hat and uses it as inspiration to weave stories of worldly adventures to help a group of children find hope for a better life. You can find this award-winning movie on DVD through Netflix or you can stream online via Vimeo.