A Family Torn Apart

23 07 2014

“My mother is a daughter of Zion. One side of her family fled from Russian pogroms in the Pale of Settlement, the other was caught up in the rise of Nazism in the cauldron of 20th-century Europe… My father’s family belongs to the other camp. He was only a boy when the Irgun and Haganah came rolling into Jaffa on the waves of tanks and mortars… I have a daughter now who carries both bloodlines and must somehow learn to live at peace with the two sides of her heritage.” – Claire Hajaj


LOVE: goes on forever

16 07 2014

Philomena: what would happen if we didn’t have any books in the world?

6 07 2014

An original song by Philomena (age 7)

(Thank you Song Academy for giving Philomena the gift of confidence)


4 07 2014









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Beauty is Sanskrit, the language that opens the heart

3 07 2014

- Luna (age 5)

Thank you St James for a wonderfully rich school year (and for giving my girls the gift of Sanskrit).



Beauty: Are things beautiful because they give delight, or do they give delight because they are beautiful?

3 07 2014

Luna: Mummy your have so many grey hairs now.
Mummy: Is that bad?
Luna: No, it just looks funny.

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty. David Hume


Tupi or not Tupi

29 06 2014

“Tupi or not Tupi: that is the question.” – Oswald de Andrade


Cucurrucucú paloma (originally written by Tomas Mendez)

Caetano Veloso (the 5th of 7 children) is a Brazilian musician, writer and political activist. He was born in the city of Santo Amaro da Purificação, in Bahia, a state in the northeastern area of Brazil. In the 60s, at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship, Veloso collaborated with a group of artists (including his sister) and founded Tropicalismo, which fused Brazilian pop with rock and roll and avant-garde music. But the government at the time found him threatening and he and fellow musician Gilberto Gil were exiled in 1969–they moved to London. When Veloso returned to his home country, in 1972, he started recording and performing again–still a rock-star, age 71.

Veloso studied philosophy at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, which influenced both his artistic expression and viewpoint on life. Two of his favourite philosophers were Jean-Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger

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