Creating Not Finding

Looking for inspiration and my own way to organize noise

i want a word for the almost-home.

that point where the highway’s monotony becomes familiar
that subway stop whose name will always wake you from day’s-end dozing
that first glimpse of the skyline
that you never loved until you left it behind.

what do you call the exit sign you see even in your dreams?
is there a name for the airport terminal you come back to,
comfortably exhausted?

i need a word for rounding your corner onto your street,
for seeing your city on the horizon,
for flying homewards down your highway.

give me a word for the boundary
between the world you went to see
and the small one you call your own.

i want a word for the moment you know
you’re almost home.

there and back again, n.m.h. (via anoraborealis)

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medievalpoc:

Best of 2013: Women of Color- Queens, Kings, Warleaders and Diplomats

This requested compilation ranges a bit further afield than is usual for this blog, in an attempt to bring you some of the lesser-known women of color from the history of warfare and politics.

Some of these links are external, and although Women’s History is a massively written-on topic, the work regarding the unique and particular contributions and achievements of women of color leave rather much to be desired. I encourage the addition of links, book recommendations, oral history, and any other materials my readers have found or would recommend to others.

Women of Color at the Medical College of Philadelphia, 1885

The Trung Sisters, Warleaders of Medieval Vietnam (more here)

Xipaguazin Moctezuma, Aztec Princess in Renaissance Europe

Dahomey’s Women Warriors of West Africa

Ching Shih, Possibly the Most Successful Pirate in History

Queen Charlotte of Great Britain and Ireland

Sorghaghtani Beki (Empress Xianyi Zhuangsheng), Minister of Trade and Daughter-In-Law to Genghis Khan

Dido Elizabeth Belle, Scottish Aristocrat

The Queen of Sheba

Khutulun, Wrestler Princess of Mongolia

Etruscan Warrior Prince “Really” A Princess (cissexism)

Chabi, Influential Wife of Khubilai Khan

Nakano Takeko, Japanese Warrior

Sacajawea, Adventurer and Diplomat

Xiang Fei, the Fragrant Concubine

Urraca of León and Castile, Empress of Spain

Woman Who Kills a Would-Be Rapist and is Presented with his Belongings

Hua Mulan

Stagecoach Mary Fields, Warrior of the West

Finds-Them-And-Kills-Them, Crow Warrior

Mandukhai Khatun, Queen Manduhai the Wise of Mongolia

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies

Amina of Zaria, Military Mastermind and basis for Xena, Warrior Princess

Ishi-jo and the Onna Bugeisha, Samurai Women

Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Otherwise Known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford

The Katuns (Queens) of Mongolia

Empress Xiao Yanyan

Further Reading and Exploration:

(via justplainsomething)


“I think the most amazing fact I learned was that they have a part of the brain that we don’t have—a part that we can’t even identify. This suggests that they sense, understand, and even feel more than we do. It still blows me away to think about it.”—Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish

“I think the most amazing fact I learned was that they have a part of the brain that we don’t have—a part that we can’t even identify. This suggests that they sense, understand, and even feel more than we do. It still blows me away to think about it.”—Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish

(Source: freedomforwhales, via wankersofamerica)

newsunrise:

that awkward in-between kinda stage where you can’t tell if someone likes you or just want to be friends