The Friday Feedback Forum

June 18th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

IMG_0114Sunday at the Portland Art Museum, pausing so Waits could steal a snack.

Oi there! Firstly and foremostly I want to extend an enormous THANK YOU to Carolyn C, for dropping a sweet little something in my tip jar over there . –> Thanks so much lady, I appreciate it more than you know, and it really helps motivate me to keep on keepin’ on with this crazy project!

And now, hooray for the weekend! It’s summer, it’s pride month, and we’re coming up on the very longest day of the year (happy solstice!). And of course here on Bonzai it’s time for comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions.

So here’s my main question of the week: What do you want to do for a Monday Monthly Mission? Lend me your thoughts my friends! Any ideas? Inspiration? And in general what do you want to see more of here on Bonzai Aphrodite?

Okay, here’s something silly and awesome. So I’ve been super nostalgic ever since Waits was born, remembering and reliving my own wee youth (I have a theory about how falling in love with your child is also falling in love with your own childhood self, and allows all sorts of crazy layers of life lessons and self love and on and on, but I digress). So I’m an 80s kid and grew up on Raffi – anyone out there know what I’m talking about? Can I get a ‘Baby Beluga’?! w00t w00t! So anyway, I still remember the name of my very favorite song, ‘Joshua Giraffe’. I decided to look it up for kicks, and whattaya know, someone made a silly little video and put it up on youtube. I gave it a listen and was cracking up – you guys it’s TOTALLY ABOUT ANIMAL LIBERATION. ahahahaha! I was a 5-year-old animal rights radical! =D

Check it out:

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time. This is your community, so get involved and have your say!

Have a radical weekend!


  • Rachel

    hahaha I love it! I actually just had a conversation about Raffi the other day. I was in a pizza shop with my friend and I brought up the song “Bananaphone” (one of my faves, although I am also a big fan of Baby Beluga). She said she had never heard of Raffi and I said, “Hold on… let me prove to you you had an abnormally deprived childhood by asking every other person who looks approximately our age in this shop if they’ve heard of Raffi, ’cause they all totally have.” Then I reminisced about him with a bunch of strangers. Seriously who doesn’t love Raffi?!

  • Alternative Housewife

    Hell yes Raffi represent. Rachel’s comment before mine made me LOL.

  • allison

    Hi there! Been a little lurkey for a while now but I would love a MMM about volunteering in our communities. I really want to help (animals, people, environment) but I never feel like I know where to go. Some interwebs community motivation would be wonderful.

    Also, I just wanted to say that if you get a minute, check out my post from yesterday about my very first garden for which you can take about 75% of the credit for being my inspiration to actually know I could do it. Your farm posts were studied very closely. Thanks!

  • Lisatlantic

    Omg, Raffi was the shit. Baby Beluga was my theme song for the first 10 years of my life haha.

  • Courtney

    That was awesome! That reminds me, I really need to get those Raffi tapes on CD before the tapes die. I’ve also discovered I’ve somehow married a man who’s never listened to Raffi despite being a fellow child of the ’80s! Ah nostalgia. If I hadn’t packed up most of those books I think I’d go read an Anastasia book or something else from my childhood.

  • Sarah

    I’ve totally nursed on benches just like that at art museums :) When they tell me to check any food/drinks, I always want to ask about my breasts :P

  • Jenny B.

    yes you were wolfy:P xx

  • Sayward

    @ Rachel – My husband, only 2 years older than me, never listened to Raffi either. I’m like, ‘What?! How is that possible??’

    @ Alternative Housewife – You can still get Raffi stuff, so you can totally relive the Raffi awesomeness with your little one!

    @ allison – Welcome out of the lurk! And what a great idea, I don’t know why it never occurred to me. Love it! Thanks!

    And your garden looks great, an adorable little space. But I’m not taking any credit – that’s all your hard work lady! Good luck with the rest of the season!

    @ Lisatlantic – I sing Baby Beluga to Waits. You can find it on youtube too!

    @ Courtney – Damian hasn’t either! Or ‘Free To Be You And Me’, or all these other totally iconic things from my childhood. We’re 2 years apart but our nostalgia triggers are totally different. So weird! =D

    @ Sarah – ha! I loved nursing there. So serene. Except we almost got in trouble for taking he pic – whoops!

    @ Jenny B. – Haha, oh lordy . . . ;-)

  • school grants

    nice post. thanks.

  • Christa

    You don’t know how happy you just made me!!! I *still* listen to Joshua Giraffe, even at 25. My husband makes so much fun of me, but I just can’t help it, it makes me smile every time. I had the baby beluga tape when I was five and I listened to it so much it literally broke into pieces. Oooh and I loved “oats and beans and barley grow” too! So many wonderful memories, thanks for posting this and reminding me!

  • Christa

    Okay, sorry me again – seriously I’m so excited to read this post…. another great one from Raffi is the “Evergreen Everblue” album – all the songs are about how the planet should be loved, respected and cared for – all good things in my book! And as much as my husband gives me grief for still loving Raffi, we have an inside joke where one of us will say “It’s my home” and the other will answer “It’s where I live” (from the song “Big Beautiful Planet”). I can’t wait to be able to share these songs with my own children.

  • Sayward

    @ Christa – Oh my god a Raffi album about the environment?? I had no idea that existed, now I am so excited. Running off to find it! Thank you!