"Abolition of a woman’s right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State."
Edward Abbey (via kushandwizdom)
"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour."
Zen Proverb (via purplebuddhaproject)
"Kantamanto". Accra, Ghana. Photo: Francis Kokoroko 2014
New breed of Ghanaian photographers spend their late afternoon exploring old tech. Photo: Francis Kokoroko 2014 #osu #ghana
Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2011. Girl Unknown. Photo: Francis Kokoroko 2011 #chalewote #accra #jamestown #girl #streetart #unknown
NoViolet Bulawayo at the National Book Award’s 5 Under 35 Party
Strolling - Cecile Emeke
This is a BRAND NEW episode of the documentary series. I took a stroll with Michelle. We talked stolen african artifacts, the queen, religion, weed, charity, the world cup & more.
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"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
Oscar Wilde (via kushandwizdom)
yesterday, she finally mustered the courage to call her mother. with shaking hands and cracking voice, she told her how she couldn’t sleep. she couldn’t eat. her body felt heavy. something was inside of her that didn’t quite belong. the something was sitting on her chest. breathing was harder. thinking was harder. she told her what the doctor said. it was depression. her mother on the other end of the line sucked her teeth. she didn’t believe in such things. all her daughter needed to do was pray. she just needed to attend church more, read her bible more. nothing was wrong with her, it was juju. it was god testing. and so she went to church. she sat in the front pew, eyes fixated on the pastor. and when it was time for altar call, she peeled herself from the wooden seat to stand in the front. people surrounded her. they prayed, and screamed and placed holy water on her head. this would fix her they told her. she would be better. and so she went home, she opened her bible to psalms 121. she prayed harder, went to church every sunday. she would be fixed she told herself, all she needed was more god. but months past and the darkness inside of her began to spill over. she no longer enjoyed the activities she once did. her night walks in the park became nights of sitting in the dark. curtains closed, door locked. she no longer wrote poetry or baked her favorite hershey cookies. she barely slept and her mouth was sewed shut rejecting food and water. she was sinking deeper. god wasn’t fixing her. praying wasn’t fixing her. and so she reached for the white pills that sat next to her bible. 3 at a time she threw them down her throat. if she couldn’t pray the depression away, she would kill it.
A continent ages quickly once we come. The natives live in harmony with it. But the foreigner destroys, cuts down the trees, drains the water, so that the water supply is altered, and in a short time the soil, once the sod is turned under, is cropped out, and next it starts to blow away as it has blown away in every old country and as I had seen it start to blow in Canada. The earth gets tired of being exploited.
—Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa
Today would be Ernest Hemingway’s 115th birthday. Find out more about Hemingways writing and travels, in “Hemingway’s Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of Travel" from ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
Image: Ernest Hemingway by By Lloyd Arnold. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
GAZA CITY : Palestinian flee their homes in Gaza’s eastern Shejaiya district on July 20, 2014, after heavy Israeli shelling that left casualties lying in the streets, an AFP correspondent reported. Ambulances were unable to reach much of the area along the border because of heavy fire, and emergency services told AFP there were reports of dead and wounded trapped by the bombardment. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX