Friday, October 26, 2012

Guess who's reading Distant Cousin?

You might be surprised to know who's been reading Distant Cousin lately!

Hint: He's a voracious reader.

Hint: He knew Dean Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Johnny Carson, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Junior, and a thousand other Hollywood stars.

Hint: He shared billing with the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, one of his 40 appearances there.

Hint: He was awarded the Soldier's Medal for bravery in WWII.

Hint: He was a regular for years on Hollywood Squares.

Hint: His standard greeting is "Hello dere!"

Hint: He's a sweet, friendly, intelligent man.

Hint: Here's a recent photo. (He's on the left.)

Answer: He's comedy legend Marty Allen!

Learn more about this funny, wonderful man at his website, and also Wikipedia.

Learn more about the entertaining book he's reading here.

Learn more about the extraterrestrial woman in that book here!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ana can't stay away from the Folk Toys of the World exhibit

Unless you're a first-time visitor to this blog of our dear extraterrestrial Ana Darcy, you already know that her ancestors, when they were delivered to the planet Thomo some 3000 years ago, died in droves.

The ultimate survival of our distant cousins was due partly to luck, partly to the aid provided them by whoever or whatever it was that took them there, but mostly by their own determination and cooperation, especially in the matter of the nurturing of families and raising of children.

Like most all Thomans, then, Ana retains a love of children, and because of that, a recent exhibition in a local art gallery of folk toys of the world, made by parents and others for their children, often from the most humble of materials but with abundant and obvious love and imagination, captivated Ana completely. She has returned to it over a half dozen times.

In an earlier post we have shown some photos of various displays from this exhibit. Now we shall concentrate on closer views of selected items. What child would not love these toys?

(These photos are generously sized. Click on any photo to begin a slide show.)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Why would anyone read Distant Cousin on a cell phone??

Most readers who have an e-reader like the Kindle or the Nook love the convenience of a great story that unrolls seamlessly in the mind, a story you can get lost in, that you can wallow in. So why, we wonder, would anyone want to read an absorbing novel on the teensy screen of a cell phone? Well, we heard from one reader who has an answer. Here's what she wrote:


I started Distant Cousin…on my iPhone. Now the pitiful Cowboys are playing and they’re not acting as pitiful as usual so I’m reading your book and watching the ‘Boys off and on. Hubby’s on the sofa and I’m in my comfy chair behind him and he hears me occasionally laughing. He finally asks me what I’m laughing about and I tell him about how I don’t care for anything except stories about normal people and you assured me your book was very normal and that I’d like it so I'm reading it.

Now it’s getting about supper time and we’re hungry. When we do takeout our usual MO is I do the ordering, I drive, and my husband goes in and gets the food. Meanwhile, my phone battery is starting to run down so while my husband goes in to get our dinner I am sitting in the car with the engine running, phone plugged in and I’m STILL READING YOUR BOOK!

I love Darcy. I can’t wait to see what happens next. It is indeed a page turner, a cute and funny book with lots of laugh-out-loud parts. You were right. I like it! I just thought I’d let you know that it’s been a fun read and I am thoroughly enjoying it.


Now it makes sense. There really are times when reading a novel on a cell phone is a good idea!

It also makes sense that the Distant Cousin stories are available (and budget priced) for most all e-reading apps: smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, including Apple, Android, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS, among others.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Still MORE Dia de los Muertos, Molas!

The items below were a part of the Folk Toys of the World (more here) exhibit which thrilled Ana Darcy so much. Her own people, on the planet Thomo, are not so exuberant nor whimsical in their art--except in their children's toys. Now that Ana has her own children and has worked and played with children around the world, she has found her soul opening to embrace the sheer, public joy of these creations. She's glad to share them!

These photos are generously sized to show details. Click any to start a slide show!

A detail from the above. These musicians are tiny!

Molas, as mentioned elsewhere on Ana's blog, are created from layers of material, intricately cut and stitched to make textile "paintings." They are made by the Kuna Indians, living on islands off the coast of Panama. Here we have birds, one with a broom and one with a fish! Amazing!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ana's delight: folk toys from around the world (ours, not hers)

Ana was utterly charmed by an art gallery show of folk toys from around the world. She said some resemble toys people make for their children on her own planet. (Thomans do not have a gigantic toy industry like we do.) It took her three separate visits to look closely at all the toys. A couple of the dolls (the Family of Man, above) were so close to several she remembered as a child as to bring tears to her eyes.

Below you will see examples of animal toys, vehicles, airplanes, and more. Toys from the Mexican Dia de los Muertos and the molas from the Kuna Indians of Panama will be posted soon. Click any for a full-size slide show!