i-love-reggae-ornamentReggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. On this page you’ll find Reggae and Rasta Christmas Ornaments for your Bob Marley themed Christmas tree. Reggae is mostly famous through the music of Bob Marley. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.

Reggae is not just a music style, it is also a social movement and through Bob Marley and Rasta a religious one. Reggae began to enter international consciousness in the early 1970s, and Rastafari mushroomed in popularity internationally, largely due to the fame of Bob Marley, who actively and devoutly preached Rastafari, incorporating Nyabinghi and Rastafarian chanting into his music, lyrics and album covers. Songs like “Rastaman Chant” led to the movement and reggae music being seen as closely intertwined in the consciousness of audiences across the world. [click to continue…]

Top books to read to your kids, or for them to read themselves

I loved being read to as a child. In fact, in our family my dad read to us till I was 13 (I was the oldest). Not all kids stuff either: The most memorable was him reading us ‘The Hobbit’ and later ‘The Lord of the Rings’ on our Sunday hiking trips. I was reminiscing about this the other day with my parents, and we decided that it wasn’t as self evident as it had seemed: he had had to prepare. My dad said: well, you know, we had to do something to get you kids to come along. We said – well, in other families they find other solutions, like the kids stop coming along, or bribery …

Most families of course don’t have the interest to retell classic fantasy stories on hikes – hey, I don’t think most parents could even do it well enough even if they tried. But it’s still great for kids to be read to, till as high an age as you can manage: it will help their language skills and develop concentration and intelligence. In fact, all three of us work with text now. I make a living writing online. My oldest brother is a professional poet and my youngest brother is a poet / mime. Not that my parents were planning for THAT when they read to us, of course.

Anyhow, for those of you who want to give your children some of that – and the fun of a great story – here’s my collection of my favorite children’s books growing up.

In my family we have continued the tradition of reading to each other to this day. The picture shown here is when we took turns reading, at the last Christmas that my grandmother (a great reader herself) was capable of joining a family dinner. It’s my dad’s turn.

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Jewish Religious Books for Children

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Shalom ve Ahavah!!! Best Jewish books for Kids According to the Jewish holy book – Children are a gift from God. Women who gave birth to many children were considered blessed by Jews in ancient times. Can you imagine – Hebrew has 11 different words for Children, depending on how old and physically strong they […]

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Exercise Fitness Christmas Ornaments

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Ornaments That Celebrate A Healthy Lifestyle We are encouraged on a regular basis to live a healthy lifestyle. One of the ways to accomplish that is through exercise and fitness training. Sometimes it is not enough to just eat a healthier diet, we often times need to participate in some kind of activity that will […]

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Cool 3D Gifts, Gadgets, Games, Puzzles and Gizmos

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Best 3D gamez, puzzles, gadgets and gizmos for Birthday and Christmas Gifts As a teen I just loved maths, especially spatial geometry. As an adult I’m still good at thinking in 3D, and I’m sure my teen ponderings and crafts (see below) helped develop that talent. 3D is no longer confined to crafts or 3D […]

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Top time travel romance movies

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Time travelling is the stuff of science fiction. It’s the stuff of speculative theoretical physics. The usual speculations is whether it is possible to change the past and with it the future. As a plot device, it is also a way to reflect on the nature of relationships, because some time traveling is done only in […]

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Tolkien: How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century

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It felt like something of a betrayal when the first Tolkien movies came out. The private world my dad had taken us (my two brothers and I) to on our Sunday walks was suddenly public property. Of course we went – in a revolutionary move, our mother took all of us, including dad, to see […]

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Kre-O vs Lego – Which is better?

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Kre-O by Hasbro is a series of construction sets very similar to LEGO. In fact, Lego pieces are compatible with Kre-o pieces (and vice versa). Shown above: KRE-O Battleship U.S.S. Missouri Set (38977) LEGO is Better From a construction perspective, LEGO is clearly just a tad bit higher quality. Kre-o sets fall apart sooner and […]

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Headphones For Seniors

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Finding Headphones For Aging Adults When it comes to using a set of headphones, we all have different reasons for why we want to use them. Choosing headphones for seniors can present some different needs than ones that might better suited for younger people. Each individual, no matter the age, has an ear canal that […]

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What is the best Laptop Lap Desk?

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Are you looking for a laptop lap desk to use for yourself or as a gift for someone? They really come in handy for those times that you want to sit on the sofa, watch a little television and use your laptop at the same time. Perhaps you like to work on your computing in […]

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