Each month I do a sum-up of what I’ve been doing in my personal life. In February I posted half-way through the month, so this is how the last two weeks went.
Nova Scotia has a new holiday in February. Until now there’s been no statutory holiday from New Year’s Day until the Easter weekend. Our first Nova Scotia Heritage Day was in honour of Viola Desmond. I liked that the first honouree was African Canadian and I hope she won’t become the token Black in a holiday that is later white-centric.
Yesterday I saw an up-and-coming R&B/hip hop singer called RealEyez. She was astounding and deserves to be heard! Queer-friendly artist, too, I might add.
I watched the recent James Brown movie on DVD, Get On Up: the James Brown Story. Chadwick Boseman was excellent in the title role and I loved the scene in which he met Little Richard! (I was happy to see that a Little Richard movie exists and it’s on YouTube, so now it’s on my to-watch list).
This month my book club read Breath, Eyes, Memory, a 1994 novel by Edwidge Danticat, set in New York City and Croix-des-Rosets, Haiti. The book made a big impression on me. It’s about immigration and assimilation, mothers and daughters, being haunted by the past and bound by tradition. No matter how kind your mother is, it’s easy to relate to mother-daughter struggles and the quest for liberation. I loved it.
In other news…
- I made blueberry pancakes for dinner for pancake day
- I greatly improved my agility by walking and driving on ice every day, following our series of ice storms
- My fitness also improved through shovelling snow and chopping ice on a daily basis
- I was extremely impressed by my staff who made superhuman efforts to come to work in hazardous conditions
- I swooned over Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking which will join Patti Smith’s book Just Kids on my “life as an artist” bookshelf
- I finally watched Season 4 of Game of Thrones (Ding Dong the Witch is Dead! – do you know who I mean?)
and I spent lots of time reading, as ever.
Tell me about your February!