12 February 2010

Books and such

Once again I am inspired to share, sorry to those who do not like to read or who have had enough of radio.
This was such a good talk.. as regards books, the written page, Islam, and much more (click here for the  audio).  Really a captivating speaker with something to say.
Azar Nafisi is also the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. 

11 February 2010

Happy Valentines (almost)

May there be love

and a bit of wild fun! 

* Our Mr. T decided the night before his school carnival party (and after days of refusing any costume) that he wants to be a robot, so as any nutty parent would do, we were up putting on the finishing touches till late in the night... so viva carnival! LIttle D is a neon orange sunflower- care of a hand me down costume. The middle lady has chosen to be a mermaid (have not squeezed out the influences of Disney yet). 
I think the robot may have something to do with the latest favourite song in the car- flight of the concords- the humans are dead (click on the orange link if you want a taste). Unfortunately I learned yesterday that our middle lady has memorised every word of the entire song- including- we poisoned their asses (thanks papa) am not laughing. 
See what happens when the mother is not in the car to school?!

09 February 2010

Wednesday's Corner View: Repurposed

On a dull (but hot) September morning at 'nannas' we found the children in their 'airplane' luggage in tow, heading off to Eng-e-land we were told. Children are so universally blessed with  the ability to 'repurpose' just about anything and everything, a skill I wonder if we too easily lose as we grow and 'mature' .

Little D. and her ice cream shop.

Got a minute?

I try not to post too often but I just can't keep quiet on this one- got to share. I heard a wonderful interview with Temple Gradin on NPR's Fresh air, she talks about what her life has been like living with Autism, the connection she sees autism having to animals... and how it has been to get her Phd and teach. It is insightful and really really worth a listen (yes Terry Gross the interviewer can be a little annoying) but it is so good and thought provoking. Click here to hear the show. Wish I could see the film made about her life , out soon I think in the states (with the talented Claire Danes as Temple). For TV only sadly.

08 February 2010

You never know

Love when life makes a tiny twist and you stumble on something unexpected and beautiful. Amid our Saturday drive in search for a new picnic spot (and accompanied by moans from our boy child in the back seat with the sudden beginnings of an ear ache). We came upon the Chinese Garden, hidden in the outskirts of St. Lucia village, (who would have thought!) it felt like walking into another world. So unassuming, quiet and pretty much empty! Brought back wonderful memories of travelling through Yunnan Province in China back in 2000, of Lijiang and that pretty black dragon park just outside (am embarrassed to say I have forgotten the exact name of the park). Wish I had the photos to share from that trip but they are not digital and sit tucked away in a shoe box back in an attic in Wisconsin. 
Hope your week holds some tiny sweet surprises too. 

*Our little Mr. G. quickly forgot his aching ear when he spotted the maze of trails and inviting doorways. 

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