“So build yourself as beautiful as you want your world to be. Wrap yourself in light then give yourself away with your heart, your brush, your march, your art, your poetry, your play. And for every day you paint the war, take a week and paint the beauty, the color, the shape of the landscape you’re marching towards. Everyone knows what you’re against; show them what you’re for.”
— Andrea Gibson, Evolution (via riseabovethemadness)
(Source: parallel-limbs, via queerotter)
4:30 pm • 22 May 2013 • 9,397 notes
“It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.”
4:31 pm • 21 May 2013 • 101,393 notes
WOMAN SINGLE-HANDEDLY OPERATES DOG SHELTER IN INDIA - “13-year-old Geetha was belted by her father and as always, Blackie jumped between them. The blows rained down but Blackie bore them while Geetha wept. The next day he died from the wounds in her arms. “That’s when I realised, no man can love the way animals can,” she says.”
A woman in India named S.V. Geetha Rani has loved dogs since childhood and began taking care of injured and stray dogs in the area. Eventually, she rented out an abandoned school and now runs a dog shelter called Snekalaya for Animals with approximately 176 dogs under her care. Here’s more from The Hindu:
Snekalaya’s school building hosts another 144 healthy dogs. All 176 have names, individual sleeping blankets and food bowls. By day Geetha boils batches of 15-20 kg rice, sweeps the sheds, soaks blankets and washes plates. After 5 p.m., she works at a beauty parlour with her daughter. The day’s earnings are split between them and she buys provisions with that money. JM and Sons English Bakery often donates bread and restaurant Yummy Hut gifts meat. An hour-long journey later, she’s home by 11 to spread out blankets for her dogs and catch a few winks herself. “It’s not easy but by the grace of God, we’ve never gone hungry,” she says.
Snekalaya’s premises are filling up but Geetha says she still can’t reject an abandoned or ill dog. Someday, she hopes for land and sheds of her own so that she can take in more dogs. “I didn’t bring anything when I came to this world and I can’t take anything back. So, all I want to do is look after dogs till the day I die.”
Many dogs in India now have access to food and shelter thanks to the lifelong dedication of this one woman. Click here for the full story.
4:31 pm • 16 May 2013 • 2,585 notes
Earth as a sliver, photographed by the crew of Apollo 12 during their return from the Moon in November, 1969. Edited by yours truly since the original scan has a nasty colour cast on it.
Happy Earth Day, Earth. Sorry we mistreat you so much.
4:30 pm • 15 May 2013 • 681 notes