The Daily Planet, Vol. 15


La Quinceañera: a celebration of budding womanhood

The transition from childhood to womanhood is a significant passage for adolescent girls in almost all cultures. In Mexico, it is marked with the celebration of the Quinceañera, or 15th Birthday. From a north-of-the-border viewpoint, it may be seen as a cross between Sweet Sixteen and a debutante’s coming out party. The celebration is a way to acknowledge that a young woman has reached sexual maturity and is thus of a marriageable age.

















































Dedicated to AdLib:

5 year old needs a job before getting married


Space Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane


Tick Tock – student short film for Emory Campus MovieFest 2011


My Favorite Oldie: Christian the Lion




Help Save Africa’s Lions from Extinction



I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.

- Jean Cocteau


  1. Cher -- I had not watched Christian the Lion before posting. It made me burst into tears. It is NOT anthropomorphizing animals to love them and to bond with them. When Washau the Chimp who was the first to learn sign language was released into a reservation, some months later the scientist who worked with her came to visit. From across a long distance, she spotted him, and screeching in sheer delight, she raced across the ground and jumped into his arms. Her love for him was without question as his was for her.

    The bonds between humans and animals is real. We don’t need to make pets of them in the wild of take away their intrinsic nature to have that grace and connection. They can and must be wild -- but our love for what they are should help us preserve and protect them for their value to the earth, to their own species, and to our lives.

    Thank you for posting this -- it’s beautiful, not sappy, and gives hope for us all.

  2. Hi Cher -- well, I have to admit I learned something from the limousine crowd! They’re quite correct -- if there’s no middle class, who needs unions?

    Inescapable logic. For them.

    Thanks for clearing THAT up!