An inordinate fondness for stars and beetles

Ask me anything   Art, nature, insects, gardening, feminism, Mori style. I also have a geeky blog http://www.stardustandstrawberries.tumblr.com/
cppietrrz:

help, ive hammocked and i cant get up

cppietrrz:

help, ive hammocked and i cant get up

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— 41 minutes ago with 19118 notes
#dogs 
"

He is taking a course on Marxist ideology.
He says, “The only real solution is to smash the system and start again.”
His thumb is caressing the most bourgeois copy of the communist manifesto that I have ever seen,
He bought it at Barnes and Noble for twenty-nine U.S. American dollars and ninety-nine cents,
Its hard cover shows a dark man with a scarved face
Waving a gigantic red flag against a fictional smoky background.
The matte finish is fucking gorgeous.
He wants to be congratulated for paying Harvard sixty thousand dollars
To teach him that the system is unfair.
He pulls his iPhone from his imported Marino wool jacket, and leaves.

What people can’t possibly tell from the footage on TV
Is that the water cannon feels like getting whipped with a burning switch.
Where I come from, they fill it with sewer water and hope that they get you in the face with your mouth open
So that the hepatitis will keep you in bed for the next protest.
What you can’t tell from Harvard square,
Is that when the tear gas bursts from nowhere to everywhere all at once,
It scrapes your insides like barbed wire, sawing at your lungs.
Tear gas is such a benign term for it,
If you have never breathed it in you would think it was a nostalgic experience.
What you can’t learn at Barnes and Noble,
Is that when they rush you, survival is to run,
I am never as fast as when the police are chasing me.
I know what happens to women in the holding cells down there and yet…
We still do it.

I inherited my communist manifesto,
It has no cover—
Because my mother ripped it off when she hid it in the dust jacket of “Don Quixote”
The day before the soldiers destroyed her apartment,
Looking for subversive propaganda.
She burned the cover, could not bring herself to burn the pages,
Hoped to God the soldiers couldn’t read,
They never found it.
So she was not killed for it, but her body bore the scars of the torture chamber,
For wanting her children to have a better life than she did,
Don’t talk to me about revolution.

I know what the price of smashing the system really is, my people already tried that.
The price of uprise is paid in blood,
And not Harvard blood.
The blood that ran through the streets of Santiago,
The blood thrown alive from Argentine helicopters into the Atlantic.

It is easy to say “revolution” from the comfort of a New England library.

It is easy to offer flesh to the cause,
When it is not yours to give.

"

Catalina Ferro, “Manifesto” (via dialecticsof)

I feel like people do need to remember that there is a very real, very painful, very human element to the word “revolution”.

(via nuanced-subversion)

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— 8 hours ago with 4359 notes
#poetry 
rachaeldee:

run fast & free. downhills aren’t so good for your knees but damn they’re so good for your soul.

rachaeldee:

run fast & free. downhills aren’t so good for your knees but damn they’re so good for your soul.

(via nerdy-sapphic-witch)

— 8 hours ago with 664 notes
glittertomb:

Huldra by mjorf
"Inspired by Scandinavian folklore, Huldra or Skogsrå is a beautiful but dangerous troll woman. She’s the guardian of the forests and can grant boons to hunters who she favors although if you get on her bad side you just might dissapear for ever. She was also a highly sexual creature, stories are told about hunters or coalers who had affairs with her during their long periods in the woods. There is even to be found old legal documents about men being sentenced for having affairs with the Huldra. She is always told to look as a very beautiful woman but she always has something that tells that she is a troll and not a human. In some parts of Scandinavia she has the tail of a cow, in others it’s the bushy tail of a fox and sometimes the ears to. Where I grew up she was supposed to have a hollow back, like an old injured tree trunk.”

glittertomb:

Huldra by mjorf

"Inspired by Scandinavian folklore, Huldra or Skogsrå is a beautiful but dangerous troll woman. She’s the guardian of the forests and can grant boons to hunters who she favors although if you get on her bad side you just might dissapear for ever. She was also a highly sexual creature, stories are told about hunters or coalers who had affairs with her during their long periods in the woods. There is even to be found old legal documents about men being sentenced for having affairs with the Huldra.
She is always told to look as a very beautiful woman but she always has something that tells that she is a troll and not a human. In some parts of Scandinavia she has the tail of a cow, in others it’s the bushy tail of a fox and sometimes the ears to. Where I grew up she was supposed to have a hollow back, like an old injured tree trunk.”

(via teavibes)

— 9 hours ago with 1296 notes
#art  #fantasy 
nicolasbruno:

It has been said that there are passageways and tunnels at the bottoms of wells such as this one… Piazza Giordano Bruno; Perugia, Italy.

nicolasbruno:

It has been said that there are passageways and tunnels at the bottoms of wells such as this one…
Piazza Giordano Bruno; Perugia, Italy.

(via lunarforestnymph)

— 10 hours ago with 47138 notes
pagans-dream:

Lammas is just around the corner! INC Wheat pictures. 

…Which means *gasp* 

FALL IS COMMING! 
*runs around stupidly* Bring on the pumpkin everthang bitches!

pagans-dream:

Lammas is just around the corner! INC Wheat pictures.

…Which means *gasp*

FALL IS COMMING!
*runs around stupidly* Bring on the pumpkin everthang bitches!

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— 11 hours ago with 46 notes
#wheel of the year 

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The spiders and me thank you,

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— 11 hours ago with 323 notes

mymodernmet:

We often associate treehouses with a time of carefree innocence and as a place to escape from the rest of the world. With this in mind, luxury small-structure designer Blue Forest crafted Quiet Treehouse, an enchanting space for children (and adults!) to learn and play.

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— 12 hours ago with 1955 notes
#den 
schmoesi:

i  wanted to paint a portrait… i’m a bit rusty^^’

schmoesi:

i  wanted to paint a portrait… i’m a bit rusty^^’

(via electricalice)

— 12 hours ago with 1324 notes
#art 

fandomsandfeminism:

consultingsuperhusbands:

artmesohard:

Many cancer patients can be overwhelmed with the physical and emotional difficulties of their disease, and the loss of their hair from chemotherapy treatment certainly doesn’t help. Henna Heals, a rich community of nearly 150 henna tattoo artists worldwide established by a team of 5 women in Canada, helps women with cancer feel confident and beautiful again by drawing elegant henna crowns on their bare heads:

The intricate patterns that the artists create with all-natural henna paste are a unique and empowering substitute to the hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair to chemotherapy. “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” claims Frances Darwin, the founder of Henna Heals. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”

The traditional South-Asian temporary tattoos, which are made with 100% natural home-made henna paste, last for around two weeks and have no harmful side-effects. Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and does belly painting for mother-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to compensate the cost of the henna crowns they make for cancer patients.

I could yell ‘cultural appropriation’ right now but I don’t wanna because, fuck yeah, this is a great idea. And I’m gonna tell you why. 

In India, where I come from, in the Hindu community, henna is associated purely with religious or matrimonial ceremonies. During religious festivals, women wear it as a sign of not just celebration, but purity. Again, during weddings, the bride wears henna up to her elbows and up to her ankles, and, traditionally, there is a ‘mehendi (our word for henna that is applied on the skin) ceremony’ where the women dance and sing bawdy wedding songs and bless the new bride with fertility. The darkness of the mehendi is supposed to predict how deep the bond with the new husband will be, because, traditionally, marriages are arranged, so its a bit of a gamble, and women are forced to read signs into every little thing. A practice that is supposed to be for decoration then becomes a way to grade the new bride’s purity, chastity and the future happiness of her marriage. The same association with chastity and purity applies during religious ceremonies.

Whenever I apply mehendi at a someone’s wedding, I always feel a niggling of GUILT, and ANXIETY - for not being the ideal Hindu woman; for being neither chaste, or pure, or even remotely spiritual. And mehendi, despite its prettiness, is also associated with a certain rigid idea of womanhood, motherhood and femininity. I say BREAK THAT.

That’s why this beautiful, beautiful idea is a great way to unhinge leaf-paste (because that’s what it is!) from all sorts of medieval ideas about how women should be womanly. If it helps set anyone free, helps anyone feel pretty and proud, I say go for it.

Because that’s what this is - reclaiming an art practiced in a female space, democratizing it, opening it up, applying it on anyone and everyone, free of moral and value judgement. Bringing it back to the delight possibly felt by women in Asia millenia back when they giggled ‘Ooh, hey lemme draw a flower on you with that cute leaf-paste’. Reclaiming it for us, and for all our uses, in all our different lives. This makes me fiercely happy.

This is really beautiful.

(Source: hennaheals.ca, via epiphanyx7)

— 1 day ago with 104772 notes
#beauty 
and-less:

sofia. i love her. i love trees and rivers.

and-less:

sofia. i love her. i love trees and rivers.

(via we-all-share-one-moon)

— 1 day ago with 282 notes
#woodlands  #outdoors  #women