Two for a Penny – The Grapes of Wrath

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An evening pause: To help start out a new year, a scene from the 1940 John Ford classic, The Grapes of Wrath, based on John Steinbeck’s novel. While the movie tended to make government a saintly hero, which bothered me from the first time I saw it, it also captured the heart and generosity of the American spirit, as certainly existed in the previous century. Even if you are poor and desperate, if you insist on paying your fair share and don’t ask for a hand out, Americans immediately rally around you, in a quiet unassuming way, without wishing credit or accolades.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.

Note that I am in need of suggestions for evening pauses. If you have made suggestions before, you know where to send them. If you haven’t and want to, leave a comment here and I will email you. Don’t include the link to the pause, however, as I want to schedule it, and that will blow the punchline.



  • Localfluff

    To me, your space related comments IS the treat. I don’t care much about old movies or any popular music. I prefer watching a lecture about something I understand half of, but that’s just me.

    Maybe you could give your blogging popular cultural interludes a space twist? There’s space science fiction and space item collectors and model builders and space historians and living space industry legends (who are not as legendary as they maybe should be, but will be in historic retrospect). And other people, space is a crazy business.

    This doesn’t qualify to your pause, but a model that someone built of how the planned Soviet Lunar space mission would transfer one cosmonaut via a space walk to the landing craft. And apparently moving over some payload via a cable. Lunar Landing LOK & LK

  • Localfluff

    The image of the model, if it doesn’t load above:
    I think there might be a renaissance of physical models (and mechanics) as a recoil against the flat touch screen and virtual reality culture.

  • Michael Dean Miller


    ….truck drivahz….


  • ken anthony

    On occasion I’ve found things I thought would be perfect here, but can’t predict when. But I would like to contribute should I come across something.

  • wayne

    I’d like to see some of your suggestions– go for it!

    (tangentially– if you ever come across any animation-shorts from Jean Marsh’s “International Festival of Animation,” (PBS 1977-1979) let me know!)

  • RobertJr

    Love the Evening Pauses. I have a suggestion for one if you’d like to consider it.

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