Anonymous asked: Maybe if I get skinnier he'll love me.
Your body is not a house that you have to clean up before guests come. Your body is yours and yours alone. If he doesn’t love you, then he doesn’t love you. Your body is not the offering or the deal you make, okay? I know that feeling, that thought process. Maybe if I just lost the weight, I’d be lovable. Stop it in its tracks. You are the most important person in your life. Love yourself more than the idea of being good enough for someone else. You are a force of nature, okay? Be here. In your body. You’re allowed.
What I am working on next. So many people asked me about my earrings at Suscon this weekend, so I’m making more. These ones are smaller than the ones I made for myself, measuring a little more than 2” in diameter. I’m using 6 gauge and 26 gauge copper wire, and turquoise chips. #wire #wirejewelry #wirewrapping #earrings #earhangers #earweights #suscon #suscon2014 #stretchedears #stretchedlobes #stretchingjourney #dallassuscon #dallas #happy #hammered #handmade #hammeredmetal #handmadejewelry #jewelry #lovethetextures #copper #beautifulweight #metal #metalworking #modified #modifiednurse #modifiedlife #happy
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.
Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?
The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.
She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,
Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.
She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.
Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.
Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.
She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.
To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.
And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.
And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,
With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.
And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.
Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.
They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.
Not everything is lost.
Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.”
Necklace I threw together today, also. Hematite, Tiger’s Eye, and charms made and stamped by me. Going to be a gift for someone. #hammered #handmade #handstamped #hammeredmetal #handmadejewelry #hooklove #wire #wirejewelry #wirewrapping #necklace #bracelet #jewelry #lovethetextures #copper #custom #metal #metalworking #modified #modifiednurse #modifiedlife #happy
Something I spent the morning working on while our apartment maintenance guys fixed our pipes. I had to cut the bottom sentence off because my stamp slipped on a word and was beyond correcting. Oh, well. It still turned out and conveys the message I wanted. This is to go to a friend, as a surprise. #handmade #hammered #handstamped #hammeredmetal #handmadejewelry #metal #metalworking #friends #happy #lovethetextures #custom #modifiednurse #modifiedlife
My first time taking hooks in my knees, earlier today. I had a very difficult time, but I DID get in the air, however briefly. #suscon #suscon2014 #suspension #fleshsuspension #catfleshsuspension #urbanritualsfleshsuspension #mercuryfleshsuspension #midwestconnectionsuspension #dallassuscon #dallas #hooks #hooker #hookerforlife #modifiednurse #modifiedlife #happy
Professor Randy… #suscon #suscon2014 #suspension #hooks #fleshsuspension #catfleshsuspension #rigging #orb #rigline #rig #dallassuscon #dallas #modifiednurse #modifiedlife #happy
[Series of texts by @fatnutritionist, which read: “People are mad at me because they ‘work so hard’ to be fit or lose weight. They have told me this explicitly. It implies that they think my rejecting the values they subscribe to can somehow take away the fitness they’ve worked for. That is totally delusional. If you’ve worked hard for fitness, no amount of fat people rejecting stigma can take that away. So this is obviously not actually about fitness, at all. It’s about the other thing they ‘worked hard’ for: social status. They DO think, and they know, that the social status they have worked hard to earn, through ‘fitness,’ can be devalued. It can be devalued if the hierarchy that rewards them is crushed. Crushed by people rejecting stigma. We can’t take away your fitness or whatever weight you’ve lost. But we can devalue those things by destroying fat stigma. So they are afraid of us, and for good reason. If fat people aren’t stigmatized, then there is no more thin privilege. Remember always, fat people: People are afraid of you because you have an awesome power - to destroy the hierarchy. If they were not afraid of losing their place in the hierarchy, they would not come after you so viciously.” All tweets were accompanied by the hashtag, #notyourgoodfatty]
Read the full thread of Michelle’s tweets on Storify.
I love the truth bombs Michelle Allison has been dropping on Twitter. She’s a fucking BAMF.
Love this tag! Shoutout to all the good folks making their voices heard. #notyourgoodfatty #twitter
notable south asian americans → Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla is the 1st Indian American astronaut and 1st Indian woman in space.
Born in Karnal, India, on July 1, 1961, Chawla was the youngest of four children.
Chawla obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College before immigrating to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen in the 1980s. She earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988, having previously obtained her masters degree from the University of Texas. She began working at NASA’s Ames Research Center the same year, working on power-lift computational fluid dynamics.
In 1994, Chawla was selected as an astronaut candidate. After a year of training, she became a crew representative for the Astronaut Office EVA/Robotics and Computer Branches, where she worked with Robotic Situational Awareness Displays and tested software for the space shuttles.
Chawla’s first opportunity to fly in space came in November 1997, aboard the space shuttle Columbia on flight STS-87.
In 2000, Chawla was selected for her second voyage into space, serving again as a mission specialist on STS-107 in the Columbia space shuttle. The mission was delayed several times, and finally launched in 2003. Over the course of the 16-day flight, the crew completed more than 80 experiments.
Chawla and the 6 other crew members died on February 1, 2003 while Columbia was attempting to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Over the course of her two missions, Chawla logged 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. After her first launch, she said, "When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.”
(via Nola Taylor Redd)
I always saw in the movies that if you slept reading a book, you’d dream about it. In grade 3 everyday I’d sleep with her autobiography on my chest.