Wednesday Reads: Happiness is a warm pug, bang…

Good morning?

I want to start this post with something warm and cute, be sure to play the video…

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Happiness is a pug ❤❤❤ ☛FOLLOW☛@xavningjingpug for video and pics like this. AND ☛FOLLOW US☛@PugDepot for more cute pics and videos of all PUGS!

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Because the rest of the thread is fucking disturbing and disgusting as hell.

I take it you all are aware of the murder that took place in Minnesota?

The image is graphic, but you need to click on the tweet above to see the powerful statement in full.

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George Floyd was killed by 4 police officers yesterday. Today they were all fired. This is just the beginning of justice, there needs to be a thorough investigation, and measures put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Police violence against Black communities is the result of systemic racism. Eric Garner, Freddy Gray, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Michael Brown, and Philando Castille should still be with their loved ones, along with countless others. We know that this systemic racism is blatant because people like Amy Cooper weaponize it against Black folks. Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing when she called the police on a Black man and pretended that she was being threatened by him. We have to hold racists accountable until they don’t act like this anymore and address anti-Blackness in all forms, including within our communities.

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As American as apple pie and conflating inconvenience with tyranny. #GeorgeFloyd #sayhisname #kkkops #policebrutality #blacklivesmatter #blm #thedailydon

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For some of us, “big feelings” have come to mean “bad feelings" or "ugly feelings." ⁣ ⁣ when I think about “big feelings,” I think about anger and rage, and frustration, and sadness, and grief. ⁣ ⁣ some of us are not granted the same compassion and safety when feeling these feelings. some of us belong to communities that are perpetually read as “over reactive” and “over sensitive:” black, indigenous and other racialized communities; queer and trans communities; women and non-binary folks; survivors of sexual assault and IPV; Muslim communities; and many others.⁣ ⁣ writers and thinkers like Audre Lorde, Leanne Simpson, bell hooks, and Sara Ahmed have long written about the cultural, racial, gendered, colonial (etc.) politics of emotion –amongst other great thinkers (though they are often conveniently left out of conversations on trauma and healing). about how some of us have been pre-defined as “too much,” “violent,” “aggressive” and “overbearing." how certain folks are not “permitted” to feel their rage, and anger, and sadness without consequence –without becoming ostracized, deported, coded and re-coded as “threatening, ” diminished and silenced (to name a few consequences).⁣ ⁣ we see these narratives show up when survivors of sexual violence describe quieting their anger in order to be viewed as the “good victim,” the “believable” one. when immigrant and refugees are read as “ungrateful” when asking for basic human needs and rights. when indigenous and black communities are deemed “aggressive” and “disruptive” for demanding accountability and justice. and it doesn’t solely happen in the public –these narratives show up in our own lives, our own relationships and spaces, too.⁣ ⁣ some of us see these narratives showing up within ourselves. in the ways in which we feel shame alongside our big feelings. doubt as to whether we are over-reacting, or being over sensitive. deny ourselves space to feel and explore them. ⁣ ⁣ so for anyone who needs this reminder: you are allowed to feel big feelings – – and I'm sorry this world does not always grant you the safety, compassion and care you deserve, to feel and hold space for those feelings.

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Meanwhile:

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Reposting this for George Floyd, murdered by Minneapolis police while saying “I can’t breathe”. Meanwhile, Kyles and Karens everywhere are upset with the tyranny of mask-wearing to keep others safe. #GeorgeFloyd #Merica #blacklivesmatters #kkkops #blm #thedailydon

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In other news:

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Christian Cooper was birdwatching in the woods of Manhattan’s Central Park when he noticed a rogue dog digging up the shrubbery around him. Many of the birds he spots come for the plants, so he approached the dog’s owner early on Monday with a request: Could she leash up the canine, as the park rules required? But when Christian Cooper asked Amy Cooper (the dog's owner) to follow the rules, she refused. He keeps dog treats on hand for noncompliant pet owners, he said, and tried to toss one to the dog. Then he started recording their interaction. Amy Cooper then said she would be calling the police. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” the white woman told him, pulling out her phone and dialing 911. “Please call the cops,” he said on video. “Please tell them whatever you’d like.” She did, assuming an increasingly loud voice over the phone that to some on social media made her sound as if she was being physically attacked. In the meantime, she wrapped a blue leash around Henry, seemingly choking the yelping dog before clipping it on. Less than 24 hours later after a video of their exchange went online, Amy Cooper has lost her dog, her anonymity, and her job. On local news she offered an apology to Christian Cooper and his family. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended,” she said Monday evening. “Everyone who thinks of me in a lower light — I understand why they do.” Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

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That is it…it’s all got me so pissed off.

What about you?


Sunday Reads: Say their names.

Click on the above picture of the New York Times Front page…to enlarge this image to see the names fully.

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1264312206914719745?s=21

And take note:

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This is the front page of the New York Times tomorrow.⁣ ⁣ It lists 1,000 Americans that have died from COVID-19.⁣ ⁣ This represents just 1% of the number (almost 100,000) who have died thus far in our country.⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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As it states above, that times page only list a 1,000 names…

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Actual footage of President* Virus Death Shrug chomping at the bit to reopen houses of worship this weekend. #dumptrump #trumpvirus #fucktrump #politicalcartoon #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Day 1223: In which President* Body Count Enthusiast hopes to pack the pews with expendable evangelicals like it’s the federal judiciary. #dumptrump #trumpvirus #magaisformorons #politicalcartoon #thedailydon

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tRump was so bad last night on Twitter:

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Memorial Day is this weekend and I’m tired of being home too but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna be reckless. Stay Safe Y’all ☀️

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A positive message found in Brooklyn to brighten your Saturday feed ❤️

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#EidMubarak on Eid al-Fitr or "The Feast of Breaking the Fast," which marks the end of Ramadan. Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya designed this 2001 stamp in our @nationalpostalmuseum collection. The calligraphy translates literally as “blessed festival” and can be paraphrased as “May your religious holiday be blessed." ©USPS; all rights reserved.

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Just a few thoughts this Sunday morning…


Wednesday Reads: Grace and Helens

My Mama always loved these flaming azaleas…to see them in bloom makes me miss her.

Today, let’s look at a few memories and birthdays from this week.

First, this powerhouse of a woman… who turned 72 yesterday. (The same age that my Ma would have been this year.)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY #GRACEJONES! You are everything and then some and then some 🍰 .

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We all have a little bit of her living inside us. And when you let yourself unleash her it feels SO damn good. Thank you Ms Grace Jones !! #unapologetically #unapologeticartistry #findingyourvoice #gracejones #performancepower #owningthestage #ownthestage #divinefeminine

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If “who’s in charge of the girls?” was a person. Happy birthday to the incomporable style icon @gracejonesofficial #gracejones • • • • • • #gracejonesrealness #gracejonesinspired #80s #80sfashion #pulluptothebumper

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Mood 2020 | Happy Birthday 2 #MUSIC #FASHION #ICON Grace Jones 5.19 🌀 #GraceJones 🌀 Pull Up To My Bumper [1980] . 🌀 Powered by iDJ Chaz | Island Records (promo only/ncii) #80s #80sMusic #1980 #Studio54 #clubmusic early #housemusic #housemusicallnightlong #hbd #Newark #ClubZanzibar #NYC #ParadiseGarage #LarryLevan #rnb #oldschool #clubbing #clubmusic #boomerangmovie #Boomerang #dj #djs #bass @gracejonesofficial @halleberry

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"I believe in individuality, that everybody is special, and it's up to them to find that quality and let it live." -Grace Jones . . To the queen diva of my lifetime, thank you for always being true to yourself & for kicking down the doors & paving the way for others on their own journeys towards self expression & self acceptance. To one of the many living gems of this earth, an ICON, & true visionary, happy 72nd birthday Beverly Grace Jones! 📸: Unknown . #lessonsinselflove #loveyoselfmovement #thernrnurse #gracejones #womenwhorock #icon #80s #musicforwellness #queendiva #liveoutloud

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What an icon!

Another birthday? Of course…

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Happy 95th Birthday to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz! – #MuhammadAli #MalcolmX #HappyBirthday #Brothers #Friends #Legends

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“I pray that God will bless you in everything that you do. I pray that you will grow intellectually, so that you can understand the problems of the world and where you fit into, in that world picture. And I pray that all of the fear that has ever been in your heart will be taken out.” — Malcolm X #HappyBirthday #MalcolmX #philaprint

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A couple of days ago, it was the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. So here are several items about that.

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40 years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted in Seattle's backyard. Photographer Dick Lasher spent the night before packing gear, figuring he'd head out first thing in the morning to get a look at the mountain before it blew. His plan involved hitching his Yamaha IT enduro bike to the back of his Pinto, driving up to Spirit Lake, then exploring the area via dirt forest roads on the bike. He'd leave before dawn and arrive at the lake right at daybreak.⁠ ⁠ Tired from packing, Lasher slept in an hour or two past his planned departure time. Sleeping in that morning saved his life. Had Lasher made it past the next ridge in the foreground, the blast would have killed him.⁠ ⁠ At 8:32 the mountain blew.⁠ ⁠ He pulled over and attempted to turn around seeing as the ash cloud was heading his way fast. In his hurry, he bent the forks on his motorcycle. He jumped out of the car and ran up the hillside to get a pic, thinking he might just die for it. The first picture he took was this one, with the Pinto cocked in the road, toting the bent motorcycle with a MASSIVE plume cloud shooting into the sky.⁠ ⁠ He made his way back down the mountain. He was completely blinded, after being quickly overtaken by the ash cloud. Lasher had to drive on the opposite side of the road steering by hugging the shoulder on the uphill side of the road, heading into oncoming traffic. He encountered nobody going up. The car choked out after a while and he rode his bent motorcycle out of the mountains back to the room he had rented.⁠ ⁠ The next day, he rode his motorcycle back up into the now hot zone with his camera to get what pics he could. He was well into the red no go zone when a helicopter saw him and landed in his path. Dick was arrested on the spot and flown out in the chopper to jail. They left his motorcycle on the mountain. They kept him in jail for a few days. When he finally got out, he again went back up and was able to get his motorcycle and car back. Later heat maps would show that temperatures where Lasher took this original pic rose to 680 degrees Fahrenheit. Good on ya, Dick.⁠

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Mount St Helens erupting on May 18, 1980 – 40 years ago today🏔 — This photo, the story of which was a mystery until just last year, ‘shows the beauty and the horror’ of that moment 📸 Photo by Richard Lasher, who would have almost certainly died had he not overslept on his way to ride his motorcycle around Spirit Lake. Pretty incredible… . . . #MtStHelens #Washington #volcanoeruption @willametteweek #pnw #pacificnorthwest #explore @wastatepks #cascades #CascadeVolcano

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Geez…right?

On this next one, look at both pictures:

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40 years ago today. Mt. St. Helens eruption as seen from Mt. Adam's. Incredible.

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40 years ago today, Mount Saint Helens erupted with the force of 26 megatons of TNT, killing 57 people and causing several billion dollars worth of damage to southern Washington. May 8th, 1980. #history #volcano #eruption #mtsthelens #washington #eighties #disaster #volcaniceruption

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Posted @withregram • @noaasatellites On this day 40 years ago, Mount St. Helens erupted in a massive blast that was famously visible from space. Here's the original imagery from NOAA's GOES-3 satellite. * * Learn more about this event and how satellites continue to track eruptions around the world by following the link in our bio. * * #GOES3 #Satellite #Satellites #SatelliteImagery #MountSaintHelens #MountStHelens #MtStHelens #Volcano #Eruption #VolcanoEruption #AshCloud #Space #Washington #WashingtonState #NOAA #OnThisDay #OTD #ThisDayInHistory #TodayInHistory

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Mount St. Helens – Before and After 🌲🌋🌲 • 40 years ago today, the elevation of the summit changed from 9,677ft to 8,363ft. The eruption left a mile wide horseshoe shaped crater. • I can’t wait to go back and visit again with the hubs. Rest quiet beauty💗 • #mtsthelens #pacificnorthwest #washingtonstate #nationalmonument #volcano #pacificringoffire #cascademountains

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40 years ago today #mountsainthelens erupted. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit and have two photos handed down to me. The first photo was commissioned by my Great Uncle Jack McKamey when he was the Project Engineer for Yale Dam taken circa 1950. The second was taken in 1980 during the eruption by the friend of a coworker. The third was taken by me from the summit of Mt. Rainier in 2005. The fourth was taken by me in 2012. The last was taken by a fellow hiker on the summit in 2012. | #oldphotos #mtsainthelens #hiking #mtsthelens

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New York City is just a little bébé in comparison to Mt. St. Helens! For scale perspective & more info, check out this infographic I made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic May 18, 1980 eruption. 🌋 #volcano #mtsthelens

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40 years ago today. This was my world when Mt St Helens blew her top! #mtsthelens #yakima #volcanicash

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Image of Mt. St. Helens present day:

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Here’s another favorite from Mt. St. Helens. Excited to get back there soon. #mtsthelens ##sthelens #volcano

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Now some odd tweets and stuff…

This sign is disgusting:

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The Long American Night ….

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Be sure to read the rest of that thread…That is all I wanted to post about that.

Y’all may have seen this one:

No, it’s not the onion…

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And ending it all with a message from the one and only, Samuel L Jackson:

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🗣A reminder 🗣 RG @samuelljackson

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Stay the fuck home…and be the fuck safe.


Sunday Reads: Pam Demic

 

Just a few visual aids today…

Read this important thread about Georgia:

 

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When do we make President* Syphilitic Dementia sit through 11 hours of testimony and 10 investigations? #trumpvirus #dumptrump #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Day 1214: Could have also included normal-sized hands, uncaged migrant kids, and not having a neck vagina. #dumptrump #25thamendment #trumpvirus #thedailydon

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Effective mask plus keeps people away more than 6ft #subwaycreatures (@fotobytom)

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#womanist #blacklove #blacklivesmatter  #blackwriters #blackart #blackartist #blackpanther #love #war #poetry #art #blackpoetry  #unlearn #history #american #american #africanamerican #afro #herstory #human #blackandwhite #nature #blackmadonna

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https://twitter.com/halltoons/status/1261307842717515778?s=21

 


The weather is…being difficult…


https://twitter.com/nwswilmingtonnc/status/1261857292489641984?s=21

 

 

 

Did you know:

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35 years ago, the Philadelphia police fired 10,000 rounds of ammo and dropped a bomb on the home of the Black liberation group @themoveorganization. Six adults & five children were murdered and an entire Black neighborhood was intentionally burned to the ground. No one was ever charged. 35 years later, the state sanctioned violence against Black people continues. #MOVEBombing

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35 years ago, Prince released his 80's hit "Raspberry Beret." (May 15, 1985) . . . #1980s #ilovethe80s #80smusic #1985

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We lost two brilliant comedians this week…

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RIP Fred Willard (September 18, 1939 – May 15, 2020) The beloved comedian + actor was also well-known for his kindness, and was a friend to all. 💔 #fredwillard #ripfredwillard #70ssnl #1978

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Comedy legend #FredWillard has passed away. He has appeared in countless films and television series, including #BestInShow, #ModernFamily, and an upcoming appearance in #SpaceForce.' Thanks for all the laughs.

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A fond farewell to Mr. Fred Willard. How lucky we all are that we got to witness his great gifts. Thanks for the deep belly laughs. You are now with Mary. Home safe.

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I have a marvelous story of the time I was lucky enough to meet the one-and-only legendary comedy icon @jerrystillerofficial many years ago. (And I know it was MANY years ago because it involves me wearing high heels!) I had just finished being the special guest in my dear friend @TheRealKateFlannery’s lounge duo with #ScotRobinson, @TheLampshadeShow at Improv Olympic West. I walked out into the packed lobby (people were getting drinks & waiting to enter the theater for the next show) only to see Kate talking to Mr. Stiller. I nervously approached them. When he saw me his eyes lit up! He was so charming and funny and attentive, successfully treating me like a “lady” despite my over-the-top, clowny look, featuring a big afro wig. At a certain point I explained that I had to leave for another gig, and said, “I’m so sorry but I have to take these heels off because I obviously can’t drive in them!” With that, Mr. Stiller dramatically & chivalrously said, “Please allow me, madam!” He then dropped to one knee and – in front the crowded theater foyer/bar – gently removed my high heels, one at a time. Then he rose and handed them to be as if bestowing Meryl Streep with not one but two Academy Awards. So funny, so classy and – trust me – not a drop of snark or sarcasm. As a pre-Drag Race queen I can pick up a micro droplet of that in a soul-crushing heartbeat. Heaven is a much funnier place right now… R.I.P. Jerry Stiller. 👠 🤡❤️

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The truth is that this happened all the time with Jerry Stiller. He was so funny and such a dear human being. We loved him. RIP Jerry Stiller.

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This is one of my favorites:

 

It’s an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: 👀 Look and See

I think this tweet by cartoonist Pat Bagley says it all:

Then there is this perspective:

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When it all comes down to this:

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80,000 are dead. How many more will it take? • #trumpsupporters #trumpvirus #trumpownseverydeath #trump #fifthavenue #magaisformorons #fucktrump #notmypresident #worstpresidentever #dumptrump #coronavirus #trumpliedpeopledied #covid19 #coronavirustaskforce #drfauci #politicalcartoon #digitalillustration #illustrator

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And now…

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#voteblue #blacklivesmatters #unitedwestand #sisepuede

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This is bullshit:

And then some ass asked me…

I want to end this with a couple thoughts…

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Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that hey may find effective solutions to overcome this virus. #Montserrat #BlessedVirgin #PopeFrancis

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But the soul of sweet delight can never be defiled. To create a little flower is the wisdom of ages. WB.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #Poetrybook #williamblake #Spiritualbeing #Sussex #Visionaryart ⁠ #Mystical #Romanticpoetry #engraving⁠ #darkartist #psychedelia ⁠ #printmaker #bookart

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Stay safe, stay home if you can…


Mother’s Day 2020

Happy Mother’s Day…

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Happy mother's day! Image: Earth nursing a child, Atalanta Fugiens, Michael Maier, 1618. #tarot #tarotcards #tarotreading #tarotreadersofinstagram #antique #art #card #oracle #divination #cartomancy #cartomancer #nurture #alchemy #mother

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I’m the daughter of a mother who broke down all kinds of barriers. Shyamala Harris was no more than five feet tall, but if you ever met her you would think she was seven feet tall. She had such spirit and tenacity and I’m thankful every day to have been raised by her. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, stepmothers, and mother figures near or far who are celebrating today.

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I Love you Mother’s. Thank you for teacher me. @johnlegend @phyllis.iller @noksangoma @zucotgallery @bandofvices @justlookingallery @stellajonesgallery @killermike

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Happy Mother’s Day from Dawn and Taffy ❤️ #divine #johnwaters #femaletrouble #mothersday #dawndavenport #taffydavenport #olanmills

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Last year’s Mother’s Day post – Happiest Day to all the moms out there! And don’t forget to support @plannedparenthood and @ppact for all the work they do. If only Mary Anne here had access 74 years ago. #happymothersday #dumptrump #thedailydon

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I know BB wrote about Little Richard yesterday, but I wanted to share a few more tributes:

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Farewell Little Richard 💔 #littlerichard #richardpenniman #theoriginator #tuttifruiti #georgiapeach #berndtofferings

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#rip #littlerichard #legend #groundbreakers #vintagecheese

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Little Richard's influence on music cannot be understated. He didn't just open doors, he smashed entire walls to pieces to make way for all who would come after him. Rest in peace to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. #riplittlerichard

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Little Richard. Excerpts from an interview in London (1972) 🕊

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RIP Little Richard 12/5/32 – 5/9/20 #littlerichard #portrait #thedailydon

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Enjoy your day…

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“Look, every object in this world, everything, is in a state of dancing. Even our speeches, this conversa­tion – these are also nothing but vibrations of a dance ­rhythm.” ~Anandamayi Ma

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For all the mothers out there who lost a child to entrenched white supremacy through the reliable weaponization of U.S. law enforcement. #irunwithmaud #blacklivesmatter #thedailydon

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Wednesday Reads: Big is Beautiful

So, last night we had a little thunderstorm. If y’all have Windstream and your writing a blog post on WordPress don’t do it in a thunderstorm. This post was almost complete…just needed to be scheduled and updated. But WordPress has overwritten all my updates. Meaning I have to start from the very beginning.

Anyway, let’s do this again.

Oh my darling!

She’s prettier than Elizabeth Taylor!

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Amazing!!!! Reposted from @missymisdemeanorelliott Y’all didn’t have to go this hard ‼️ GO AWFFF 🔥🔥🔥 #CoolOffChallenge @islandgroove85 @boubou_belbak @playlistprincess @itsmilly__ @_kingnathaniel_ @voluptuousvibes_ @fullout_royale @fetheedancer – #regrann

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Hells yeah…big is beautiful.

But you know what isn’t beautiful?

This asshole:

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Via @coveringpotus: President Trump did not wear a mask Tuesday afternoon during a tour of the Honeywell mask production facility in Phoenix, his first trip outside the Washington area since late March. After delivering remarks at a roundtable, Trump and several others were led on a tour of the facility by one of the company’s leaders. Trump and the leader of the tour wore goggles, but no one in the group wore a face covering. A sign was posted in the part of the facility Trump toured reading, “Face Mask required in this Area.” A separate sign at the entrance of the Honeywell facility read, “Please wear your mask at all times.” According to a White House official, the Honeywell facility said officials were not required to wear masks. Earlier Tuesday, Trump suggested he would wear a mask during the visit. “I think it’s a mask facility, right? If it’s a mask facility, I will, yeah,” he told reporters as he prepared to leave the White House. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

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Day 1202: President* Baby Whisper Skin weathers criticism with all the fortitude of my dog when there’s some light thunder. #dumptrump #fragilefuhrer #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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You know Lincoln isn’t lying. • #honestabe #abrahamlincoln #abelincoln #lincolnmemorial #trumpisadisgrace #trumpisanidiot #votehimout #notmypresident #worstpresidentever #cartoon #cartoonist #illustrator #instaart #cincodemayo #foxandfriends #americatogether #potus

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Easiest test ever. #dumptrump #trumpvirus #fluhoaxklan #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Okay, got that out of my system.

I’ve been posting about this “incident” in Georgia for weeks now.

So check this out :

Sorry for the graphic video, but this murder is getting lost in the news. Maybe now it will get some traction?

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Underlying conditions. #coronavirus #COVIDー19

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The duck quacketh, the wind bloweth, and the mask covereth the face. Swipe to see the original image from "Orbis Pictus" ("The World in Pictures"), one of the first picture books for children. . . [Orbis Pictus by Johannes Amos Comenius, 1685. Wing ZP 645 .M46] #facemask #covid19 #facemaskselfie #newberrylibrary #picturebooks

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A cartoon by @b_a_bourgeois. #NewYorkerCartoons

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Now some interesting things:

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Photographs by Ferdinando Scianna (1985) via @magnumphotos

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This skeptical octopus appears in “A Picture Book of Practice Sketches” by Rinsai Ōkubo (林斎大久保筆 稽古絵本) from about 1870. You can see this whole book (check out link in our story) and other fully digitized Japanese illustrated books through our Digital Collections. #octopus #japaneseart #japanesepainting #japaneseillustration #inkonpaper #print #printing #edo #watsondigital #metlibrary #cephalopod

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The first brown bear in 150 years has made its way to the Invernadeiro national park in north-west Spain. Images of the animal were captured by cameras set up by a film crew while shooting a film. Wildlife rangers serving as advisors for the film say that the bear spent the entire winter in the park. While the area is home to wolves, deer and wild boars, this is the first spotting of the brown bear in over a century. The bear's return seems to be the result of years of conservation work in the Invernaderio national park.

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Ending with…”Fix your face mask!”

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“Fix your face!” (Category is: Bionics!)

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This is an open thread.