#143. Robyn, Body Talk.
‘This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation.’
John Scofield, Dub Dub.
Monday, 2017 December 25, Christmas
‘The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices…. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy; and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn.’–Rod Serling, writer of the science fiction TV series The Twilight Zone.
wowzer, did it snow!
Tuesday, 2017 December 26
… and ken’s snowblower is broken. and ray, our backup, is away.
Wednesday, 2017 December 27
‘Just the other day, I was in my neighbourhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey café mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle’s Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top. No wonder it costs so much.’–Sarah Vowell.
susan and oscar home! watched nature (the story of cats: into the americas).
my latest art, birthday!
Thursday, 2017 December 28
‘Of the many possible solutions to this annual [migration], the monarch butterflies have evolved into skilled navigators, using time and a star as their guide…. Along the way they face the same dangers as all long-distance travellers; illness and infection, bad weather and storms are a constant danger’.–Wonders Of Life, p 17.
watched victoria and abdul.
Friday, 2017 December 29
‘Auletes [Cleopatra’s father] saw to it that his daughter received a first-rate education…. While girls were not universally educated, [well-born daughters] headed off to schools, entered poetry competitions, became scholars.’ Cleopatra: A Life, p 37.
Saturday, 2017 December 30
reading about fearless girl in the star.
Sunday, 2017 December31, New Year’s Eve
gofossilfree.org: ‘Last week, we released this short film on the Pacific Climate Warriors’ journey from their home islands to the tar sands. The film has had an incredible response so far–and we want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to watch it. So for the next three days only, we will make it fully available on Facebook. Please take ten minutes to watch this powerful story in its entirety and share it with your friends.’
for new year’s eve, we stayed home and got some food from ciboullette et cie. we watched a secret history of the british garden marathon.