Of good cheer: Festive tidbits

Wrapped up with a bow, a few merry moments and one enlightening one, before the Passage closes for our holiday break. (We will re-open January 6, 2015.)

I wish you a warm, peaceful and restorative connection to those you love, in person or in memory.

Songza: Instant DJ for free
Free music provided as playlists (genres, moods, decades). Just released: a version for computers. You can get it here. Check out the smooth-as-eggnog "Christmas Sirens" or for Hannukah, "Tuchas-Shakers for Your Friends"! The occasional ad kicks off some, but I'm calling Sognza the best freebie since banks gave toasters.

Brain Pickings: Enlightening and erudite
Maria Popova's Brain Pickings makes me a better person through her generous sharing of writings in philosophy, science, and art. 

In a timely post this week, Popova includes Margaret Mead's response to parents who asked if they should tell children the Santa Claus myth. 


Eddie Izzard on the creation and dinosaurs (11 min.) 
(Note: I'm able to view both videos in this post using Google Chrome.)
(Advisory: Biblical irreverence, language, and high heels... on Eddie.)




Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone (1:46)
An original "Candid Camera" clip. She must be in her sixties now, but I still want to hug her.

9 comments

lagatta à montréal said...

Duchesse, I can't view the Eddie Izzard; the message says "Cette vidéo inclut du contenu de EddieIzzard, qui l'a bloqué pour des raisons de droits d'auteur".

Don't understand how you can view it and I can't.

Duchesse said...

lagatta: Not sure; it may be your browser... or could it be you have been naughty this year?

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

That is a cute candid camera segment! They should repeat all those episodes. Happy Holidays Duchesse.

LPC said...

Happy holidays to you, Duchesse, and best wishes for the New Year.

une femme said...

Happy Holidays, and I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year!

materfamilias said...

Yes to Songza! That, a Jambox speaker and a bag of chips and it's a party! I wish you and your family a joyous, festive Christmas, with just enough restful peace stirred in.

lagatta à montréal said...

Well, I'll have at least a week to figure out how to access Eddie. I love Brain Pickings. Wishing you and the family a perfect balance of festive cheer and calm - and pleasant walks as the days grow longer.

Duchesse said...

lagatta: Go to YouTube and enter "eddie Izzard dinosaurs" in search box; that ought to do it.

Dr. V.O. said...

Ah, Duchesse, both videos made me laugh until I cried -- perfect Sunday morning chuckle! Roarrrr. LOL! Thank you! Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year. Looking forward to more food for thought, irreverence, photos, and insights in the Passage 2015.See you in Sept! XOXO