Clouds are so majestic!
During the last days of the Islamist occupation of northern Mali, the al-Qaida-linked groups who seized control of the territory for almost nine months turned on the Ahmed Baba Institute. In what many people believe was a final act of revenge, and a senseless crime against some of Islam’s greatest treasures, they set the manuscripts alight.
These ancient manuscripts, which could number up to 400,000 across the region, are a source of pride in Mali – and across sub-Saharan Africa. As Africa gained independence from European colonial powers, the texts – the oldest of which date from the ninth century – became a means for the pan-African movement to refute racist notions of a primitive, unlettered continent with no written history.
One thing…that shouldn’t be up for debate is whether or not we should be as prepared as possible for inevitable weather events like tornadoes…there’s an increasing chance that we will not be thanks to the manufactured crisis known as sequestration…sequestration includes an 8.2 percent cut to the National Weather Service. According to the organization representing weather service employees, that means there is “no way for the agency to maintain around-the-clock operations at its 122 forecasting offices” and also means “people are going to be overworked, they’re going to be tired, they’re going to miss warnings.”
“Newspaper Blackout” by Austin Kleon
I happen to own this book and I thought I would recommend it to you all for some inspiration and/or laughs.
Hey, thanks for sharing! Y’all can get your own copy here.
Richard Branson’s advice to graduates, echoing Debbie Millman’s fantastic commencement address on courage and the creative life.
Pair with Don’t Go Back to School.(via explore-blog)
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I knew y’all would have a gif set of this by morning.
“There is something unwholesome and destructive about the entire writing process. Writers are like eremites or anchorites—natural-born eremites or anchorites—who seem puzzled as to why they went up the pole or into the cave in the first place. Why am I so isolated in this strange place? Why is my sweat being sold as elixir?”
—Maria Popova, from “Joy Williams on Why Writers Write” in Brain Pickings online newsletter
“She had a peculiar way with young men, Ursula noticed, both maternal and flirtatious at the same time (where once she had simply been flirtatious). It was rather disturbing to watch.”
—Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
its the notion of boycotts
you wanna know why the bus boycotts of the civil rights movement were so successful?
because an alternative black run transportation system was created for those who couldn’t walk…