Photo Set

清辉阁 2014 春季新款刺绣汉服

Qinghuige Hanfu 2014 Spring collection and embroidery designs 

(via cwnerd12)

Source: mingsonjia


This Pesach let’s not forget the women who made the Exodus possible:

  • Shifrah and Pu’ah, the midwives who directly violated Pharaoh’s order to kill all of the male babies of the Hebrews
  • Yocheved, the mother who had to send her child off into the Nile in the hopes that, maybe, he’d find somewhere safe to live
  • Miriam, the young girl who followed her brother down the river to make sure someone found him
  • Bitya, the princess who could have very easily decided to ignore the random child floating by her in the river, but instead chose to take him in
  • Tzipporah, the daughter of the priest who took care of things herself when her husband wouldn’t

Without Shifrah and Pu’ah, Moses would have died at birth. Without Yocheved, Moses would have probably been found and killed by Pharaoh’s men. Without Miriam and Bitya, Moses would have perished in the Nile. Without Tzipporah, Moses would have been smote by G-d along the way back to Egypt.

Without these women, the Exodus could not have happened as it is written.

I never knew most of these women’s names.

(via silentstep)

Source: baruchobramowitz


Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Champion of Aboriginal Business, Walks On

Condolences are pouring in from across Canada for former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who walked on suddenly at age 64 on April 10 from an apparent heart attack.

Source: nativeamericannews
Photo Set


It occurred to me, after reading this excellent post on women in fiction and the Bechdel Test, that perhaps you could construct one to address issues of POC and race. The analog seemed obvious, so I just wrote it out.

1. It has to have two POC in it.
2. Who talk to each other.
3. About something other than a white person.

Now, you see the obvious issue there, right? Yeah, it has to do with number one. Even in stories that feature prominent POC characters, it is so rare to find more than one present, let alone who know each other well enough to talk to each other…


Source: richincolor


Mt Fuji, Japan.  Image taken about mid-20th century

Source: postwarjapan


Toby Daye, book #8.  Look at my fancy cover!

I’m still a little stunned that we’ve made it this far.  Says the girl with a finished first draft of book #9 on her computer…

Coming this September from DAW Books.

Source: seananmcguire
  • Europeans: I drove forty minutes to the Netherlands for some groceries and then I popped into Germany to see some of my relatives before driving back home.
  • Americans: I was in Florida, I drove for nine hours, now I'm still in Florida.
  • #australians: i drove for nine hours #now i'm nine hours away from home #no one is here #the streets are empty #how did this happen #where has civilisation gone #i am alone in the universe #oh wait no there's an echidna it's okay
  • Canadians: We left Toronto 2 days ago, We are still in Ontario, food is scarce. We are lost, soon we will have to eat each other to survive, oh wait there's a tims we're good.
  • Russians: I was in Yakutia, I drove for twenty eight hours, now I'm still in Yakutia, I travelled by train for 6 days, I'm still in Russia. Don't even try to leave Russia. Don't forget: you're here forever. Accept it and suffer.
Source: russiarussiarussia
Photo Set




While Australians face enormous challenges from climate change, put yourself in the shoes of those living on coral islands and atolls spread across the Pacific Ocean. For Pacific Islanders, land is life. Climate change is threatening this. It threatens families and the viability of islander communities and culture. The Pacific Island states of Tuvalu and Kiribati, situated north-east of Australia, and about half-way to Hawaii, are low-lying island nations experiencing some of the earliest and worst impacts of climate change.

"In the event that the situation is not reversed, where does the international community think the Tuvalu people are to hide from the onslaught of sea level rise? Taking us as environmental refugees, is not what Tuvalu is after in the long run.

We want the islands of Tuvalu and our nation to remain permanently and not be submerged as a result of greed and uncontrolled consumption of industrialized countries.

We want our children to grow up the way my wife and I did in our own islands and in our own culture.

Climate change is happening. The scientific consensus is that human activity is warming the Earth. This is changing weather patterns, increasing the frequency and intensity of severe weather events such as droughts, floods and cyclones and causing sea level rise – all of which impact on the ability of people in Kiribati and Tuvalu to find shelter, food and clean drinking water.

as my aunty said the other day, it’s not only your house that goes when it floods but it’s also your entire community, your language, your tikanga, your culture, and everything else you could imagine. these things are near impossible to bring back once they’re gone.

(via seananmcguire)