March simultaneously dragged on and flew by, in a weird combination that I don't quite understand.
I managed to sit most of it out on social media - not on purpose, just how it happened - and am now making an effort to get back in the game. I didn't have any clay for awhile there, so I wasn't making anything, so I really didn't have anything to show. But now that's past. I have a few orders that I'm working on - and a new wholesale account! - so I'll have plenty to keep me busy for the foreseeable future. (While I'm working on the wheel, I'll be listening to my podcasts. If I'm not getting news updates, I'm catching up on We're Alive.)
"In my experience, the world of design and décor rarely intersects with the world of disability. When I think about the things that are designed specifically to accommodate my disabled body — ramps and handrails and lifts, etc. — utility is almost always prioritized over aesthetic. These accommodations usually stand out as the thing-that-does-not-belong — the piece that is slapped on as an afterthought, the blight on the original structure." The Intersection of Design & Disability
If you've kept up with my work, you know blue-greens and grays are my absolute favorite. So it's no surprise that this article hit all the right spots for me. "Think anywhere from misty, rainy-day greys to the light blue-greens of sea foam washed ashore — the one thing these soft tones have in common is that in their simplicity, they are absolutely stunning." Color Inspiration: Watery Blues and Greys
"His photos show action frozen in time, but he doesn’t add the objects in Photoshop. Everything you see is created in the scene and in real time. So, it’s real water and coffee splashes, real 'flying' objects, and even real fire! A real mess, but most of all, real fun." This Photographer Creates Crazy Toy Stories Using Practical Effects
“The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity.” Giant panda No Longer Endangered
Ever since I wrote my essay on my experience with mental illnesses, I've had a multiple people - both online and in real life - approach me about it. If you've been one of those people, please don't be offended by this; but every time that happens, I have a split second of panic. That brief moment between 'so I read your blog post' and what comes next is terrifying. Especially if it's someone I don't know that well. I wonder how they'll react, what will happen next. I worry that they're judging me, that they think differently of me now that they know. And every single time, it's been unnecessary. I've gotten nothing but love and appreciation since that post came out, and I'm hugely thankful for it. I've been told that I've helped people, that I've made them feel like they're okay, and that means the world to me. That's why I wrote all that.
"While I’m prone to measuring the temperature, to reading the room, to quietly adjusting my own layers to better acclimate, a thermostat declares the room cold and makes it warm. We all hold in ourselves the power to transform – in ways small and large – a room, a year, a life. We can make it hot or cold. We can make our homes into caves or havens; we can make our days stretch or snap. It is ours to decide, and we must decide." Small Step No. 01
"If you see a semicolon as more than just punctuation, you probably know Amy. Her movement, called Project Semicolon, is a global nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury." Amy Bleuel, Founder of Project Semicolon, Passes Away at 31
On a tale as old as time
In a photoshoot for Vanity Fair, one image of Emma Watson shows her topless, but covered. She talks about her disconnect from herself towards the end of the Harry Potter era, her struggles with maintaining privacy, and staying sane in Hollywood. But all of that has been left by the wayside as the internet has focuses on one thing and one thing only - that one semi-topless photo. Obviously she's not a feminist if she would do such a thing. Obviously it negates every speech she's given or cause she's stood for. Obviously.
"Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It’s about freedom, it's about liberation. It’s about equality. I don't know what my tits have to do with it. [..] They were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and have boobs.” Emma Watson on Vanity Fair Photo Controversy (video)
Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast 'Gaston' parody (video, not safe for work)
"Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t belong. That if someone doesn’t fit in, then they have to be put in their place, or destroyed." Gaston Really is the Most Terrifying Disney Villain Because He Could Be Anyone
"With the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie now out, I feel the need to say: jokes about the Disney version of the fairy tale being ultimately a story of Stockholm syndrome or otherwise romanticized abuse are extremely tired, severely unfunny, and, above all else, in horrifically bad taste."
on terrorism AND WAR
"The US has carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town." US Launches Missile Attacks in Response to 'Chemical Attack'
"Students from the University of Texas at Austin, University of Central Florida and Rutgers University tweeted photos of a flier reading 'Imagine a Muslim-free America'. The flier was in black and white with a silhouette of the twin towers depicted in the background. American Vanguard's Texas group has taken credit for the posters at UT-Austin." White Nationalists are Posting "Imagine a Muslim-Free America" Fliers On College Campuses
"Authorities searched at least six addresses across the country with possible links to the suspect. Police said they believe the attacker, who was fatally shot by officers, was inspired by terrorism abroad but acted alone. Prime Minister Theresa May said that suspect was British-born and had been known to intelligence officials." British Police Arrest Eight Following Deadly Attack Near Parliament
"Analysts say that, even in areas that Al-Shabab does not fully control, the militant group still exerts a semi-territorial presence that can deter government or humanitarian actors. The chairperson of the National Drought Response Committee, outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arteh, has publicly stated that some of the areas worst-affected by the drought are under Al-Shabab’s control. Finally, the ongoing conflict between the militant group and the Somali security forces, backed by an African Union mission, has played a role in food shortages in Somalia by displacing many and halting agriculture." Somalia's Drought Raises a Thorny Issue | Donate
"Those who are malnourished are set to be, by far, the biggest casualties of Yemen’s war. More than 6,000 people have been killed in the bombing and fighting as a Saudi-led coalition tries to defeat the Houthi rebels and supporters of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who took over much of the country last year and drove out the new president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi." We Saw How Yemen’s Children Are Slowly Starving to Death | Donate
"Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation. A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme and other UN bodies. Unimpeded humanitarian access was urgently needed to reverse 'an escalating catastrophe', they added." ‘Man-made’ Food Crisis Threatens 100,000 People | Donate
on health care and double standards
"Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law." Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill
As you bask in the glory that is continuing to have effective health care regardless of the GOPs attempts, please enjoy Just 24 Really Funny Tweets About The Health Care Bill Withdrawal. My personal favorites include #1, #3, #15, and #19.
However, there is something we really need to talk about. "The media is filled with images of working-class white people in farmer's caps and jeans saying Obamacare saved their lives. Some of them include Trump supporters who say they didn't think he was talking about them when he campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare." The Cruel Double Standard That May Have Saved Obamacare. I'm glad the Affordable Care Act is staying, but this is not okay.