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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 28, 1989 Entertainment { '' On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN I NC News Service Columnist I IIII II t II I I t Only in fairy tales are there no heartaches II ii/:i/ The End of the Innocence Remember when the days were long/And rolled beneath a deep blue sky/Didn't have a care in the world/With mommy and daddy standin' by/But happily ever after fails/And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales/The lawyers dwell on small details/Since daddy had to fly. REFRAIN: But I know a place where we can go That's still untouched by men We'll sit and watch the clouds rob by And the tail grass wave in the wind You can lay your head hack on the ground come so far, so fast/But somewhere back there in the dust/That same small town in each of us/I need to remember this/So baby give me just one kiss/And let me take a long, last look/Before we say goodbye. REPEAT REFRAIN Written by Don Henley, B.R. Hornsby Sung by Don Henley Copyright (c) 1989, The David Geffen Company When I first beard "The End of the In- nocence," I thought, "Yes, another great Hornsby sound." I was surprised when the radio disc jockey announced that the vocalist was Don Henley. Yet, when I got the record, sure enough, And let your hair fall all around me Hornsby's name was listed in the credits. Offer up your best defense But this is the end What the song is about is not as easy to This is the end of the innocence recognize as Hornsby's style, The song s story O beautiful for spacious skies/But now those skies seems to exist in the present and the past, Certain are threatening/They're beating plowshare into images hint at a child s memory of a divorce, but swords/For this tired old man that we elected there is also a reference to a current relationship king/Armchair warriors often fail/And we've been that is experiencing "the end of the innocence." In poisoned by these fairy tales/The lawyers clean up both story lines, the dream of what someone all details/Since daddy had to lie. . wanted in life appears to be dying, Who knows how long this will last/Now we've This person as a dhilcl, and terhaps now as an i I i i i i Ill I Ill I I I I adult, hoped for "happily ever after." In his grief he believes that his "fairy tales" of lasting hap- piness have poisoned his feelings. He still longs for a magical place to escape the pain, "a place where we can go that's still un- I touched by men." ttowever, he realizes that the reality of hurt cannot be escaped and all of us face "the end of the innocence." Indeed, hurt is part of most lives. Unfortunately, these early hurts can become ghosts that haunt our teen-age and adult lives. The hurting child in each of us needs caring, support and most of all, God's healing. In my work in a parish, I am privileged to meet with many hurting people. These people show me how strong and resilient the human spirit can be. God s grace working in the midst of our hurts helps us to go on with our lives, and , : sometimes, even grow more loving. , Only in fairy tales are there no aches in peo- ple s hes. But even when we come to the end of hhe innocence; growth and healing remain. This is the type of life that our God wants us to live. Your comments are welcome always. Please address them to: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635. I I I Keillor tradition continues in latest book By MARY KENNY Catholic News Service describes the changes in a neighborhood when O'Brien's News building becomes a mini- mall housing The Yarnery, The Candlery and The Bookery, while the Plumbing Supply shop becomes a law office and next door Mickey's Last Call Lounge is renovated to house the offices of the developer. Part 2, "The Lake," contains vintage Keillor: a series of let- ters from Jack of Jack's Auto Repair reminding the author that he's not much and neither is his radio show; a touching letter from Clarence Bunsen to his wife, Arlene, confessing that he always lived in fear of losing her to her prior beau, Dave, who was handsome and smart and good to talk to; a memorable story about the day Babe Ruth came to Lake Wobegon for an exhibition game. As always, the author can be funny or sad or touching, but he is never saccharine. His description of an ordinary street can be lyrical: "To walk along Goodrich Avenue in the dark and hear the water sprinklers whisper across the grass and hit the bushes. You smell raw grass and sweet water, and hear voices whispering from the front porches, behind the dark screens ... then enter an aroma of hamburgers and charcoal smoke, drifting from behind a fence. The life we all know, God bless it." But he describes equally well A review of "We Are Still Mar- ried," by Garrison Keillor. Vik- ing Penguin (New York, 1989) 330 pp., $18.95. Garrison Keillor fans, rejoice. From stories about Lake Wobegon, the author has branched out into new areas in "We Are Still Married." The first section, "Pieces," contains a selection of essays, mostly satirizing the preoc- cupations, headlines and foibles of modern life. "End of the Trail" recounts the final days of the last cigarette smokers in America holed up in a cave surrounded by federal tobacco agents. "Lifestyles" 'China Beach' episode wins Humanitas Prize The institute declined to pre- sent its top award, which car- ries a $25,000 cash prize, and usually goes to a major TV pro- duction. In explaining the decision, Father Kieser said that in this year's competition, judges "found a number of good movies of the week, but no great ones." "It was a painful decision for us since we have always pre- ferred to light the candle rather than curse the darkness," he said. episode of ABC's "The Wonder Years" in which a family con- flict frightens Kevin, making him feel that his solid founda- tion is threatened. In non-primetime programm- ing, a $10,000 prize went to Alan Gansberg for a "CBS Schoolbreak Special" about two teen-agars who take a trip back through their past and learn the courage and sacrifices involved in getting where they are now. Also in non-primetime pro- gramming, $10,000 went to Mike Zaslove, Doug Hutchen- son and Larry Bernard for an episode in the animated ABC program "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,"in which a curmudgeon rabbit finds that raising and loving a child means more than just over- protecting it. A Humanitas non-cash award also was presented to Sasha Ferret for the documentary "Destined to Live," which aired on NBC-TV and treated the aftermath of breast cancer. By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The writer of "Promised Land," an episode in the ABC-TV series "China Beach," was awarded a 1989 Humanitas Prize as a TV show affirming human life. The award, given in the hourlong program category, was one of three won by ABC productions July 6 in the Humanitas Prize competition, which is sponsored annually by the Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute. The institute recognizes "ar- tistic excellence" and the "communication of human values in American television," said Paulist Father Ellwood Kieser, president of the in- stitute. The "China Beach" episode, which earned a $15,000 cash prize, went to Patricia Green for her script about how a soldier in Vietnam is affected by the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and is forced to choose between violence and non-violence. In a July 7 telephone inter- view with Catholic News Ser- vice, Judy Conway Greening, executive director of the in- stitute, said it was the first time the organization, founded in 1974, had declined to make an award in a Humanitas Prize category. She said the institute hoped that not doing so had sent "a message." In other awards, $10,000 went to Matthew Carlson for an the repression of small-town life: "The fear of being different paralyzed every kid I know, and there was so little room for af- fection, so much space for cruelty. People didn't have enough fun. Above all, we learned to repress the urge to achieve and be recognized, because the punishment for be- ing different was so heav." In all his work, Keillor celebrates the permanent, the genuine, the earthy and the real while he satirizes the transient, the pretentious, the phony. Cruelty is never tolerable. Beau- ty is never taken for granted. "Life itself is brief, and that is what charges the day with such ridiculous beauty." The last section. "Stories," is Keillor at his best. celebrating the funny, stupid, surprising and totiching things we humans do as we pursue our real work in the world which is "justice and brotherhood arid freedom." "God writes a lot of corn" edy," Keillor says in his storY "After the Fall." "The trouble, is, he's stuck with so many bee actors who don't know how to play the scenes." Keillor is one who knows how to recognize comedy and capture it for u, and we are the better for it. . Mary Kenny is co-author ot the CNS column ,,Family Talk" and of several books o family living. 1 Lther Powell to give talk Father John Powell, S.J., will make a presentation, "The Truth That Sets Us Free," Sunday, July 30, at 7 p.m. EST in Madonna Hall of the Convent Immaculate Con- ception, Ferdinand. The Sisters of St. Benedict in Fer- dinand invite the public to at- tend. There is no admission charge. Fathe Powell, of ChicagO, is the author of fourteen books on theological and psychological themes. He is the second best-selling Chris- tian author in the U.S. 00Dubois County Bank CLOSE TO YOU WITH 8 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS