The African continent dangled from her earlobes. Salaka’s parents thought the jewelry was tasteless, but she felt it was a proud statement of her heritage. Salaka had never been to Africa, nor had her parents. She knew that her great-grandfather had come over from Mali to teach African history in America. He was a professor, educated at Oxford in England. Salaka had never been to England, either.
Well, hopefully Salaka could still peruse those manuscripts. In case you don't know, there's a great deal of trouble in Timbuktu right now. It's sad.
Oh my goodness I think I'm actually going to make it to Jane's book club tonight. How exciting is that? Answer: very exciting. In other news: this cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" is amazing. I can't get it out of my head. Listen to it.