"She’s taught me to be a better communicator."
"In what way?"
"I used to let my anger get the best of me a lot, and I’d be really quick to write people off and hold grudges. She’s helped me view conflicts within the framework of a friendship, as opposed to seeing them as the end of a friendship.”
"What counts as activism? Why didn’t the kind of emotional self-care me and my girls were doing—talking to each other about all the fucked-up shit we were going through as brown girls—count? Why didn’t my best friend driving her elderly East African mother to the doctor and renegotiating her way through the layers of the racist, sexist, condescending bullshit medical system count as activism? Did staying alive count as activism? Did re-learning Tamil, one of my Sri Lankan family’s languages, count? Did cooking good Sri Lankan food and learning how to cook those recipes I didn’t have female family members around to teach me count? As a South Asian femme immigrant who was having a shitty week, did shopping at the MAC counter and finding the perfect shade of fuchsia lip gloss for my milk-tea skin count?"
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “A Time to Hole Up And a Time to Kick Ass” in We Don’t Need Another Wave (via irresistible-revolution)
Cate Le Bon—”Are You With Me Now?”
3. Today’s drawing was supposed to be heartbreak but I went with insufferable instead.
The deflated shoulders sells it.
The sheep had drowned while trying to cross a small canal in the meadow-swamp ‘Tøndermasken’ in southern Jylland in Denmark. Birds had eaten every part above the surface and everything under was left totally untouched. from the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012. Via TYWKIWDBI
Photo credit: Johannes Bojesen
"He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing."
Sherman Alexie in The Toughest Indian In The World
Witnesses say they asked Britney why she shaved her head and her response was, “I’m tired of plugging things into it. I’m tired of people touching me.”
T-Pain: “That was the most beautiful thing in the world. Do you know why she was shaving her head? Because it was so important to other people. She is like, “Listen. Don’t touch my hair anymore. Stop touching my hair.” People were like, “We’ve got to make your hair before you go outside. You can’t leave.” She went … “Now I don’t have hair. What you going to do?”
My morning started off juuuuuust right because I got my #stephbarrak album and her adorable custom robot notebook in the mail. Go on, make your Monday day better too (stephbarrak.com)
January 8, 2014.