99percentinvisible:

You can see these little stars on buildings in DC and Baltimore.

They’re called star anchors, and they’re there to literally anchor rods and beams to the interior to keep it from falling apart. They also happen to look really cool.

"

Once this highland was our birthplace. Once
we were children of kings.


Now I am a Siamese rosewood on fire.
I am a skin of sagging curtain.
I am a bone of bullet hole.
I am locked in the ash oven of a forest.


Peb yog and we will be.


The sky sleeps quilted in a militia of stars.

Someone has folded
gold and silver spirit
money into a thousand tiny boats.


Peb yog
hmoob and we will be.


I am hungry as the beggar who cracked
open a coconut to find
the heart of a wild gaur.


Hmoob and we
will be.

The tree is more ancient
than its homeland,
shedding its annual citrine
as hourglass dripping honey.


Peb yeej ib txwm yog
hmoob.


I dig and dig for no more roots to dig.
I soldier with my severed
legs, my fallen ear.


I’ve become the shrill
air in a bamboo pipe—the breath
of an army of bells.

"

— Our poem of the week is Mai Der Vang’sLight From a Burning Citadel.” (via themissourireview

msmensen:

a list poem for working-class girls trying to grow up and into themselves

1. It is okay to leave anyone and anything and anyplace that makes you feel like shit. It’s hard, but it’s okay. And fuck explaining anything to anyone, unless you want to. Let them fucking wonder.

2. Know who the fuck…

Manchego chives whole wheat popovers

Based off a Barefoot Contessa recipe but using whole wheat flour and adding shredded manchego cheese and minced chives. 

They did not rise as much as with all-purpose flour … will try adding baking powder or baking powder next time. 

A Saturday sweetened with honey

I realize that there are limits to the good that sustainable lifestyles can do, but taking those extra steps is still important to me. They are acts of conscience and restraint, however small. One of my weekly offenses is wasting food. The ratios are always off when cooking for one, and especially since I am averse to meal planning and travel frequently, moldy food inevitably needs to be cleaned out of the fridge. The last time my dad came to visit, I ended up throwing away a bag of garlic bulbs and ginger stems weeks later. This time, I peeled cloves, froze sliced ginger, and seeded pomegranates that were starting to rot. An observer said I was crazy, but better that than wasting food. 

I also made whole wheat sesame bread with flax seeds and raisins, sweetened with honey, adapted from this recipe. I only made one loaf, instead of three, using

2 cups whole wheat flour, sifted

2 tablespoons black sesame powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1-1/2 teaspoons yeast 

1 cup lukewarm water 

honey, flaxseed, and raisins as desired 

I dissolved the honey in the lukewarm water and added yeast (to protect it from the salt) and added that to the dry mixture. The raisins were scorched in the oven, so next time, I’ll either press the raisins into the loaf or wrap the entire loaf in foil before baking. 

All this made for a delectable movie snack:

A slice of the bread, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Dark chocolate chip gelato with heaping spoonfuls of pomegranate seeds.

A potful of chrysanthemum green tea.  

easy recipe for ribollita (tuscan white bean soup)

If you have a really big bunch of kale, you might need two medium sized pots or one pretty large pot. 
- brown 1 medium onion diced and a few cloves of garlic minced in at least enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pot
- add 2 medium tomatoes diced
- add water to 3/5 full and let boil
- add 3-4 medium carrots chopped 
- add 1 bunch chopped kale chopped or torn - tuscan kale (vs. crinkly kale) works best, and add water as needed 
- add salt and/or tuscan seasoning and/or fresh basil to taste 
- add 1 can cannellini beans, stir, and let simmer 
Technically, it’s tuscan white bean bread soup, but I have not really perfected that aspect. 
natgeofound:

On stick-charts, the sticks represent wave patterns and shells mark the atolls. Marshall Islands, Micronesia, May 1967.Photograph by Walter Meayers Edwards, National Geographic

natgeofound:

On stick-charts, the sticks represent wave patterns and shells mark the atolls. Marshall Islands, Micronesia, May 1967.Photograph by Walter Meayers Edwards, National Geographic

millionsmillions:

Shakespeare conspiracy theorists might still wonder who the real playwright was, but we do know what he would’ve sounded like. Linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, demonstrate the original pronunciation of the Bard’s best. Bonus: An interview with Ben on the research behind the pronunciation.

lotsalipstick:

sierramckenzie:

This is hard for me to post but I feel like it is important. I remember hating my face and hating my skin and looking at all the girls around me in middle school and on tv and in ads and feeling like I was a monstrosity in comparison. But I remember the first time I realized women plucked their eyebrows. And wore concealer. And foundation. And powder. I felt like I had been lied to about what women look like. After modeling and realizing when photographers asked for no makeup, they really meant the photo on the right. I started realizing that the photo on the right was what was in skincare ads and posted by people claiming in the caption to be wearing no makeup some of the time. The photo on the right is the bare minimum of what we expect women to look like when they wake up in the morning. I think makeup can be empowering, but I think that acknowledging that it isn’t natural is important. Modeling and wearing makeup so often makes me especially feel like its important to sometimes be uncomfortably honest about how much of the media we consume is altered in some way. Part of me wanted to wait until my skin was better to do this concept but I realized that was totally missing the point. Thanks for taking the time to read.Photography and Graphic Design by Mark Laubenheimer.

very important. thank you so much for doing this

lotsalipstick:

sierramckenzie:

This is hard for me to post but I feel like it is important. 

I remember hating my face and hating my skin and looking at all the girls around me in middle school and on tv and in ads and feeling like I was a monstrosity in comparison. But I remember the first time I realized women plucked their eyebrows. And wore concealer. And foundation. And powder. I felt like I had been lied to about what women look like. After modeling and realizing when photographers asked for no makeup, they really meant the photo on the right. I started realizing that the photo on the right was what was in skincare ads and posted by people claiming in the caption to be wearing no makeup some of the time. The photo on the right is the bare minimum of what we expect women to look like when they wake up in the morning. 

I think makeup can be empowering, but I think that acknowledging that it isn’t natural is important. Modeling and wearing makeup so often makes me especially feel like its important to sometimes be uncomfortably honest about how much of the media we consume is altered in some way. 

Part of me wanted to wait until my skin was better to do this concept but I realized that was totally missing the point. 

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Photography and Graphic Design by Mark Laubenheimer.

very important. thank you so much for doing this

(via afternoonsnoozebutton)