Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hold a Baby in the Palm of Your Hand

Camille Allen is a Canadian artist specializing in baby sculptures: surprisingly lifelike miniature newborn babies. 

These tiny works of art are painstakingly crafted from polymer clay and resin and are available for sale on the sculptor's website: Camille Allen

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016


This pair of videos is too funny not to share. The first is a Christmas ad for a UK department store, featuring Buster the boxer. The second video, a parody of the first.

Enjoy if you haven't already seen them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mnozil Brass

Don/Dad sent this video to me last month and I decided it needed to be on Some Favourite Things. Mnozil Brass, an Austrian brass septet
has been around since 1992 and is known for concerts which are a mix of music and slapstick. This video is such fun to watch. Amazing feet.

Thursday, November 17, 2016



I loved this book! Yaa Gyasi is a Ghanian-born and American-raised woman with an undeniable skill in story-telling. Homegoing is her debut novel.

Homegoing is a sweeping family saga starting in the mid-18th century Africa and ending in the modern day United States. It follows the lives and fates through eight successive generations of two half-sisters, in alternating chapters between the two threads. The half-sisters, Esi and Efffia were unknown to each other. Effia was married off to an Englishman and stayed in Ghana. Esi was captured in a Gold Coast slave round-up and shipped off to the United States. 

The author has created what amounts to linked short stories for the characters in each generation, snapshot-type stories that are historically synched and brutally honest. Some of these unforgettable characters were themselves involved in the slave trade. Some abandoned their own children. With glimpses of despair, evil and joy throughout, the reader experiences both a sense of inevitability and a sense of possibility. 

This novel will be compared to Alex Haley's Roots and Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes. We should read them all.