Tracy Lewis, firefighter.
"Of the roughly 11,500 firefighters in New York City, only 31 are women. My first year, I ran up 13 flights of stairs wondering how I’d get to the top. But I made sure I stayed right behind the officer, while the other guys straggled behind. Now, six years later, I’m the only woman in my firehouse, along with 11 men. My team carries the hoses: When a 50-foot-long hose is filled with water, it can be extremely heavy.
Fifty percent of my job is muscular strength; the rest is cardiovascular endurance and technique. Firefighting is about practice and training. I knew a guy from the military who thought he would ace the physical test just because he had huge muscles-and he had to retake it twice! The first thing female recruits say is that they’re not strong enough to be firefighters. But how do they know? We train for three months, working as hard as our male counterparts. If the men do 30 push-ups, we do them, too. My position wasn’t handed to me; I worked for it. When I look at my body, I see years of training.”
Keeper of the Golden City from The Guardians series
I believe that I subconsciously paint women a lot because I come from a family of women. I have many aunts and the strongest woman I’ve ever known—my grandmother—raised me. Men were around, but the women have always been my protectors, caretakers, and support system. “The Guardians” are symbolic of those that protect nature, beauty, spirituality, and a myriad of other things—they are the warriors. The paintings are metaphors for the unknown—the mystical and sometimes the literal. - Tamara Natalie Madden
Addy Saves the Day
Illustrations by Bradford Brown
(You can see the newer illustrations by Dahl Taylor here)
these were the ones i grew up with……..
I still have all my Addy books.
Tony! Toni! Toné! - Whatever You Want
I listen to this song every day… literally
President Barack Obama on announced on Jan. 9 the first five “Promise Zones,” part of a White House initiative to combat income inequality and spur mobility in areas that have been slow to recover economically.
The five communities selected — located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky and around the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma — will receive comprehensive assistance from multiple federal agencies with the goal of creating jobs, expanding educational opportunities, increasing access to affordable housing and improving public safety. Within the next three years, a total of 20 zones will be selected to receive assistance.
Working so much OT that I can’t even tumbl. :(
Mirai Nagasu (L) finished third at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend. She will not be participating in this year’s Winter Olympic Games. Former two-time champion Ashley Wagner (R) finished fourth. She will be going on to the Games. Traditionally, the top three finishers in an Olympic year comprise the U.S. squad. So what happened? Well:In a sport governed by the subjectivity of judging, reputation matters. Wagner’s experience could also prove pivotal to American medal hopes in a new team skating event in Sochi. “If you look at Ashley Wagner’s record and performance, she’s got the top credentials of any of our female athletes,”said Pat St. Peter, the president of U.S. Figure Skating. Wagner has also been heavily promoted by the skating association and NBC, which will broadcast the Sochi Games. With Lindsey Vonn out of the skiing competition with an injury, an absent Wagner would have left the United States — and the network — without another visible star and medal hopeful. Wagner, who lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif., also was one of the few athletes who had spoken publicly against antigay legislation passed in Russia ahead of the Olympics.
It’s also important to note that Nagasu was in Boston without a coach, meaning she had no advocate to fight on her behalf after this supremely unfair decision and she’s going through the appeals process mostly by herself.
Nagasu deserves to be on the team as much as Jason Brown (who also skated a flawless program for the men, but ALSO lacks intl. experience plus, doesn’t have a quad) deserves it.
"what happened?" lol as if we don’t fucking know what happened
there was a blonde white girl, that’s what happened
why is this even in question
figure skating is the most racist goddamn sport in America and the governing bodies will go out of their way for anybody they can push as the Great White Hope
whites will use their flat asses as a zamboni and they’ll still give them 50-11 chances and bend themselves into pretzels making excuses for them
POC can be flawless and they will find excuses to bench them, they sure dont want another Kristi Yamaguchi situation where the face of US excellence in the sport aint white
the establishment of this sport is garbage, always was and always will be
LET HER SKATE DAMMIT
Flowers never second guess whether they deserve to be nourished.Neither must you.You are a whole garden, full of faeries smaller than poppy seeds.You are a bumblebee who deserves fresh air. You are the center of the universe,
And I need you alive and unfractured so that I can keep loving every breath you take.Go get yourself a glass of water.Flowers like you need it to grow,To reach their arms up to the sun and say,”Teach me.Teach me how to accept the things inside me that burn,Teach me how to let them exist and not extinguish them.Teach me to stay in the same place, while everyone around me moves,And teach me to not grow restless. Teach me how to be.” And listen to the sun tell you that burning hurts, But hiding in the dark hurts more.
And sometimes the sun’s legs grow stiff from standing still,
But still, she stays because she knows
That she does not have to go anywhere
To be loved.
And sometimes existing Is the bravest thing one can do
And you don’t need to learn how to be anything
Because you already are.You already are.
i am, i am, i am: Letter to Absolutely Anyone (via pastured)
One of my entries for ‘Australian Lolitas Classic Paintings Shoot’ event. I tried to match the original painting as closely as possible in lighting, colour and composition. Now with comparison photo!
Lighting by me, photography by technotropism, styling and post processing by me. [dA]
This is so incredibly accurate!
There are so many things right about this post *-*
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
-Anthony J. D’Angelo