Monday, 28 September 2015

Elephants, Unicorns

Elephants, unicorns,
Rising storm,
Infinite treasury,
Dreams, desires,
Burning within,
Spires on fire,
Words undone,
This is the deal,
I am the song,
That is unsung.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Dawn

    In her directorial debut Rose McGowan has her audience questioning what lessons we are teaching our daughters and sons. This is a story where politeness is in conflict with the survival instinct. This short film is not an easy watch, but then stories that ask us to think often are.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Quote of the Week

"Mummy! Mummy! Toby Abbott, or whatever his name is… He's not our Prime Minister anymore."
- My daughter, Gwen [6 y.o.]

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

I Just Wanna Say

There are lots of little things I want to say, but I often don't put it out there because I think I'm supposed to back those ideas with an extremely long article. But you know what? Who wants to read a massive article when they're reading online? So I'm just going to put my individual thoughts out there in one piece. Kind of a like a shopping list of brain farts. 

Emma Watson is awesome because...
EW isn't a perfect person, but she is the perfect role model. Thanks to her place in pop culture EW is in a position to affect change. What a wonderful thing it is for someone to realise they have power and to use it in a positive way. That is exactly what EW is doing with the issue of gender inequality. There are people who think feminism is about hating men, and really it is not. As EW pointed out, gender inequality is also a guy issue - 
"For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes." Digital high five EW! Click here to read a transcript of Emma's awesome UN speech.
Emma Watson

Best thing since sliced bread... Be gone with rubber bands that snap and wear away. Forget the bread bag fasteners that break upon first use. I'm now all about pegs. Clothes line pegs, that is. I now use pegs to close bread bags, and food packaging [ie coffee beans, sugar, rice]. No longer will I scrub away bands which have snapped and become one with kitchen cupboard surfaces, after many melty summers. I now keep pegs in the laundry aaaaand the kitchen.
© Melissa Gaggiano



Change... I am undertaking the ultimate clean up - one of those spring cleans that only happens once every fifteen years. The aim is to have a new home without moving house.
Rule 1 Only tackle two cupboards per day. It's a big job, and you don't want to burn out, otherwise it'll be another fifteen years before you have the energy to try this again.
Rule 2 Throw out [and when I say throw out I mean resell it or give to an op shop] anything that hasn't been used in ten years. 
Rule 3 Throw out anything that cannot be identified. If you have no freakin' clue what it is, then it definitely has to go.
The Mole spring cleaning [Wind in the Willows]
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Books I want to read... Ever since watching Veronica Mars I've wanted to read books by Ernest Hemingway, and carry his books around in a brown EH inspired bag. Although the bag doesn't have to be brown. It can be pink with sparkles, and flying, rainbow unicorns on it. And how awesome would it be writing on a typewriter, right?
Ernest Hemingway

Enough said!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

What About Ken?

Photo © Dina GoldsteinIn the Dollhouse

                  Twenty to thirty years ago I had a glorious collection of Barbie dolls, with a not half shabby assortment of clothes that I could change them into. I also had a Ken doll. Now you might think that being surrounded by all those Barbies would go to Ken’s head. Already you're probably picturing a plastic, polyester pink harem. Thankfully though this was further from the truth. In my bedroom, Barbie ruled supreme. She was an Amazon. She was the female Indianna Jones [before we had Lara Croft].

                  On the flipside, there was Ken. Poor Ken didn't have another pal to kick around with, unless you counted my heavy weighted, mustached cloth bedtime buddy [who, by the way, filled in as Barbie's boyfriend before Ken came along]. And as if he lived in a Dickenson universe Ken only had two outfits - the onesie suit he came in and the leisure outfit my parents later bought, when they too took pity on the little guy.

                  Moving forward to the present day, my daughters too have a glorious collection of Barbie dolls. Spectacularly, they come in a wide variety of skin tones and hair colour [finally!]. The dolls have a huge assortment of clothes, which to my mind, aren't made to last [hmmm], but never mind that. And what about Ken?

                  Ken - the illustrious loner in Barbieverse. The girls have two Ken dolls - a blonde and a brunette. It's like seeing Elvis playing two roles in that film Kissing Cousins. Now that Ken has Ken to kick around with, and talk about important guy issues, things should be looking up for him. But here's the thing, Ken1 was bought from a commercial shop - he's got clothes! Ken2 was found in all his beautiful, naked, glory at a second’s market. The result being there is always a naked Ken at any one time. The only way around that is if the girls dress Ken in drag, and let me just say, the only reason that doesn't work is because Barbie's clothes can't stretch that far.

                  The logical solution, you'd think, is to go back to the shop. There are plenty of Barbie accessories you can choose from - car, house, horse, sisters, skimpy party clothes, and high heels. So surely there'd be something for Ken, since they are offering him in board shorts for about $10. So I looked, and I looked. And you know what I found? Nada. Zilch. There are no Ken clothes. Can you believe it?

                  Now I thought to myself maybe this is a 'chain store buyer' issue. Maybe the supplier has their own line of modern, cool, relaxed, awesomeness that could be bought directly from them. So a couple of online hits later, I am shocked to discover that even the supplier doesn't bother designing extra accessories for Ken. Poor board short Ken! How will he get through the winter?

                  The only real solution to this first world doll problem is to make the clothes myself. Or find independent doll clothes makers online - people who have realized there is money to be made for clothing a million semi-clad Ken dolls.


                  If anyone from Mattel is reading this, please pass the message along. Ken's a simply guy, he doesn't say much, so I'm speaking on his behalf. Can you pretty, please with a cherry on top give board short Ken a suitcase with a couple of day’s change of clothes? He’d really appreciate that.