With it being Black History Month, it seems very appropriate that the latest T.V. series, The Porter is now aired on CBC. Alfre Woodard, a well-known actress, producer and political activist is the executive producer of The Porter. She was recently interviewed on CBC.
The story takes place in the 1920s, in Montreal and is about the black workers on the Canadian Pacific Railway during this time. During this era, CPR became a luxurious way of travelling for the rich boasting lavish interiors and each cabin having its own porter. Since the porters were not treated fairly, they retaliated by attempting to establish a union. She referred to these porters as Strivers, Black North American men who knew what was going on in the world and wanted to be treated equally.
She described the series as art being used to create change- a bridge to action – healing of a nation, as those who watch the series become informed as to the situation in that day and time and better understand the lack of equality.
It is a series I highly recommend. You can view it on Monday nights at 9 P.M.
During COVID I have been reading more than usual and have come across some lines I think are worth saving to consider. Two of the most recent ones were found in the book, His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay, whose name I mentioned in my previous blog. Both lines were from one of the more colourful characters named Lulu who is beginning to show her age a little but shrugs it off with the line, “I’m starting to sag, but you have to treat gravity with levity.” In an age where youth and perfection are admired, this was a refreshing and humorous way to think about ageing.
Another one of her lines was, “It’s no fun being so literal.” This she whips when her best friend’s ten-year-old son, a scholarly type, corrects her about something. This young man adores Lulu so is not being rude, just needing to be correct.
I agree that being correct often is important but sometimes, it’s more fun to exaggerate or use a more colourful description if it’s not critical information. So you know what camp I lean towards. Just saying! People who nit-pick about small unimportant points can come across as know-it-alls when maybe, in reality, they are just perfectionists needing to make everything correct, which in and of itself is often a virtue. But it can also be a big put-off if done too often.
Just for fun, I have decided to keep little gems like these that I come across in my reading in a special little book, I have christened, Things to Think About. So the next time I try to remember a line that I found funny, inspiring or just plain interesting, I will have it to remember, maybe even meditate on.