In the secular world, the dead disappear below the waves and become irrelevant in discourse. Your friend dies, your lover dies, your family member dies, and it’s kind of legitimate to talk about them for a while and to refer to them on anniversaries. But very soon it becomes a little bit de trop to mention it. They have left. All of life arranges itself to be concerned solely with the living. The dead, at best, are bit players, but mostly they are not allowed to involve themselves in the drama. And I think the interesting thing about considering death-life as a single phenomenon, is that it brings all of those people back into play. They become relevant to us again and it affects our cultural perspective as well and it seems to me that there is a sort of rather grotesque symmetry between the evanescence of our culture, its obsession with what’s new and what’s up to date and what’s happening and the zeitgeistiness and this refusal to acknowledge the personae of the dead. Without needing to consider them as being immortal in some other place or anything like that, but just the fact of their existence, that they have existed. So I think that that kind of death-life view, again, without needing to appeal to immortality or anything like that, can be very very helpful in dealing with loss, for example.
“I will allow space for all the feelings my heart holds. I will not cower or hide from myself. It’s okay to feel the ugly messy things. It’s okay to feel the burning brilliance of beauty. It’s okay to feel the soft winds of happiness and the quiet bursts of loneliness. Its okay to feel it all. It’s okay to be myself, all of myself, not just the good.”—(via positivedoodles)
That too fat to get out of its hole prairie dog doesn’t have the same place in my heart as boinging off a glass wall manatee, but it definitely has the adjoining suite. I just need some kind giant with a gentle touch and a handy towel to wedge me out of my hole despite my tiny rodent protestations. That’s all any of us need really, right?
I didn’t post the picture because it’s horrifying and I don’t want to traumatize anyone.
A spare bedroom was taken over by a swarm of 5,000 wasps that built their nest on the bed after a window was left open. The owners of the five-bedroom property in Winchester, who have not been named, had not been in the unused room of their home for several months. When the door was opened by the son of the homeowner, he was faced with a wasps’ nest measuring three feet wide and over a foot deep. The wasps were also chewing through the pillows and into the mattress.
Meet the first human-related species to be identified with more than fossil records.
My first piece for The Atlantic ran this morning. It’s about the Denisovans, a human cousin who lived alongside us in east and southeast Asia, and interbred with some Homo sapien populations. The fossil record is scant — two molars and a pinky toe — but we pieced together its lineage through DNA, and found a few more mysteries along the way.
My friend is traveling to an immigration detention camp in southern New Mexico to help children who are being held there. If you have some money to give and/or time to spread the word, please do!
More info: You’ve probably heard about the huge numbers of unaccompanied children and youth arriving on our southern borders escaping violence in Mexico and Central America. Artesia, New Mexico holds the nation’s only detention center whose specific purpose is to house children and youth. It is currently bursting out of its 700 person capacity. Next week Adelante heads to Artesia to provide legal representation and advice, as well as to monitor ICE agents and conditions in the detention center. Please donate to help Adelante and the American Immigration Lawyers Association expand legal representation and support where it is most needed.
avocadosalad said: I didn’t realize there were people that thought two spaces were proper. It’s wrong! I equate it w people making their essays look longer.
Well, whippersnapper, back in my day we were taught to use two spaces because that’s how the typewriters did it so why change a good thing? People less than a decade under me probably don’t have this problem - I’m a dying breed.
Speaking of things related to my dad I guess, I need some hiking boots. I don’t want to pay a whole lot for them since I won’t use them a lot a lot, but I will use them often enough to justify buying them. Any recommendations for, like, mid-grade women’s hiking boots?
I have been using some from Keen and really like them. I got them on clearance from Zappos (I think the color was on clearance). They have a bit cheaper style (Koven) on both the Keen and Zappos site that isn’t waterproof (the Voyageur is). Overall, I think they’re an extremely comfortable, durable hiker. I’ve had mine (and used them a lot) for a few years now and nothing has started falling apart.
Back in April, the pilot’s star Rebecca Root – who began her gender transition eleven years ago and has been confirmed for series – wrote, “I knew my acting career could possibly evaporate when I became Rebecca. It seemed worth it; as long as I was happy in my body, I could be happy in my work, whatever that might be…. That’s where the Trans Comedy Award and the BBC took such a positive step to promote the trans identity. Here, finally, was a chance for a trans character – possibly even played by a trans actor – to shine in a lead role.” On the show, she says, when she does the “big reveal” about her identity over dinner on their first date, Leo “quietly processes the information and then just gets on with the meal. ‘Would you like a starter?’ he asks. No questions about her body. No inappropriate comments about the toilet. Just so.”
BRO WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THIS BEHAVIOR (BEHAVIOUR) CLAUSE. Why would you not want a striker lighting his house on fire with fireworks???
Quinn, I FUCKING KNOW. But let’s be honest, every team wants Mario Balotelli’s skills on the pitch, but nobody wants Mario Balotelli’s performance art show. WHy? Because Soccer, like any other sport, is controlled by conservative dildos who treasure the appearance of authority. Balotelli is a Black Italian man with a Mohawk, and that’s easily the least weird part about him. He’s a possible agent of chaos, and you can imagine that an old fuddy duddy team like Liverpool wants to establish their authority ahead of time. If shit doesn’t work out, they want to recoup as much money as they can.
I bet Suarez factors into this as well. Rodgers got burned by Suarez twice, and he doesn’t want the same “off the field issues” fucking him over again. THIS SUCKS THOUGH because Balotelli is delightfully odd, not a cannibalistic flopping sociopath.
Frankly, I don’t like it. I understand, I’m sure Balotelli understands, but it’s not a good introduction to your new work place. “Hey, welcome to the team! Also, don’t be a fucking weirdo or we’ll fine the shit out of you.” If my job fined me everytime I did something odd, Id be in debt by the afternoon.