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Antidote

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Looking to make some sense of it on this sad day I found this quote and it gave me hope: I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interesting Ladies 15

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A little while ago I went to see the play Grey Gardens by Abattoir Fermé, a Belgium theatre company at De Toneelschuur in Haarlem. The stage was completely trashed with rubbish, the two actors – in drag – talking simultaneously and constantly contradicting each other; it was complete chaos. Somehow it all seemed familiar and after about fifteen minutes I suddenly recognized the narrative and the two eccentric characters and realized it was a stage […]

Food for Thought

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In order to approximate those shapes and attitudes which are considered normal and desirable, both sexes deform themselves, justifying the process by referring to the primary, genetic difference between the sexes. But of forty-eight chromosomes only one is different: on this difference we base a complete separation of male and female, pretending as it were that all forty-eight were different. – Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Strong is the New Pretty

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“I wanted to show the beauty, uniqueness and strength of my girls and their friends as they truly are: messy hair, dirty faces, angry, joyous — whatever it was, I wanted to capture it.” Photographer Kate T. Parker has been photographing her daughters and their girlfriends in a series called Strong is the New Pretty.  Wanting to send out the message that girls can be whatever they want to be, she has been documenting them being […]

Six Reels of Joy

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*In Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish enclave in Northern Syria, an old-fashioned cinema with red velvet seats and golden drapes is filled with children that have never seen a movie before. It turns out to be a silent film: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for those kids to see this film on the big screen. Not just because they live in a dangerous world, but because Chaplin’s […]

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves – William Shakespeare

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“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos Cool fact: The Apollo astronauts were sent to the moon with modified Hasselblad cameras strapped to their chests. © NASA Images Song for today: Madonna – Lucky Star

Quote for Today

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“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited. –  Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia […]

The Beauty of Sadness

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In Victorian times (childhood) mortality rates were very high and after the invention of the daguerreotype memorial portraiture – postmortem photography – became a common way of remembering the dead. Grieving families would commission these sad portraits of their recently deceased loved ones. Some of these photos can be very disturbing to the modern eye, but others are incredibly moving.   PS. There is some debate whether the photos of the woman with her eyes […]

Moved to Tears

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This is a diffrent kind of post, but lately I have been feeling very sensitive to all the injustice in the world in a way that cannot be cured by simply writing a check to some charity or relief fund. I sit uncomfortably in my own privileged skin as I read about Syrians, child brides, refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean in leaky tubs. In this frame of mind I came across a Ted Talk […]