The bird I missed most when I lived overseas was, unusually, the riroriro (grey warbler). To be honest I don't think I could point one out if I saw it in a tree, but that distinctive, long-winded song says "home" to me like no other bird. I have been back now for over 13 years and I still feel a sense of belonging when I hear it.
Because one of my parents is from somewhere else and I have always had two passports, I have this internal sense that I've made a choice that this is my home - I've chosen this place over another place and I'm happy with that. If I left I would miss the light, the startling clarity of things in the distance. The big sky. Always being within cooee of the sea. The human understatedness. Barefoot summers. Being able to say I'm a bit Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, knowing what that means to this country. Sometimes there are things that make me miss Louisiana - the smell of motor oil, of all things, takes me back to a very small town by a levée, my grandmother's big wooden TV (with the smaller, working TV on top), the piles of crawfish being peeled on sheets of newspaper, my beloved aunt and uncle and cousins, their French-peppered English. Everyone is getting older and I feel an urgency to go there more often, let my little children bond with those people too. Luckily we are in a position to do that.
My more prosaic home is west Auckland, in a house I still can't believe we own (sheer dumb luck, I assure you), on a dead-end street, surrounded by giant verandahs and plum trees. An interior design aesthetic we describe as "exploding clown". Kids. Dogs. Music. Laughter. TV. It's all very loud. :)
Funky 16 Corners has a downloadable Toussaint mix here , which I declare to be All Killer, No Filler.
As I was going through Toussaint internet song lists after he died I realised that most of them are heinously incomplete. The albums he did with Betty Harris are filled with songs he arranged, produced and played on and none of them make any appearances, and they all seem to be stone cold classics to me.
(the wacky feedback on this one during the drum breaks! AAAGGGGGHGHHHH so awesome)
I also discovered he wrote THIS, which is such a fave of mine:
Also, LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade"? He produced it. The Meters' "Cissy Strut"? That too. You name anything vaguely close to New Orleans since the 60s and he probably had a hand in it. He was the best. I haven't been so sad at a musician's death in forever.
This can also be seen in supposedly gender-neutral preschool TV shows, in which you get carefully curated mixed-gender groups of boys and not-too-many-girls-to-make-sexist-parents-nervous. Say, five boys and one token girl (I'm looking at you, Paw Patrol).
Isn't it depressing that we end up debating whether the strategies of either party will fly with the public, instead of talking about actual human rights issues?
Well, I think we have a new contender for the title of Best at Not Helping.
Please do. I think I've had as many important life lessons from this thread as I can comfortably bear.
Yeah, there are quite a number of conditions and medications that cause hard-to-shift weight gain in some people, including anti-depressants, the contraceptive pill, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
It’s very difficult to lose weight through exercise alone.
Your sentence is three words too long. :)
Also, thanks, Ben: that clarified things and now I am driven slightly less nuts. By your post, anyway. ;)
Yes, they’re alternatives, and and no, they probably won’t have any really effect either. Not on obesity, that is, although all of them would lead to improved quality of life for a lot of people.
Most of your post drives me nuts because it assumes that if you're obese you can't, by definition, be fit or healthy. That's bullshit. It also assumes that ALL obese people are fat because they eat a lot. That's also bullshit. And the third bullshit thing is that everyone seems to think that it's perfectly possible to become thin, long-term, when most studies show that long-term thinness through dieting is as rare as hen's teeth AND, moreover, yo-yo dieting actually has WORSE effects on your cardiovascular health than, y'know, not dieting and going for regular fucking walks. (I'm not talking out of my ass, either: if you would like peer-reviewed journal cites, I can hunt them out.) So the ideas in Megan's post would improve the *health* of people, and make them *happier*, but they might still be fat. SO WHAT?
I'll be apologising to Katharine as soon as I become a big prog rock fan, btw.
I'm not sure where her stop is, but I sure wish we'd get there soon.