Sunday, May 8th, 2022


“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 did this. 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 until 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 questions. 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 from 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.”

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

gary numan / are friends electric?

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Thursday, February 10th, 2022


you’re either a dishes girl or a laundry girl and i’m a dishes girl i will do the dishes for every single one of my housemates before i lift a singular sock off my bedroom floor

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Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

There’s a quieter “contact” call that they make while they’re skulking about the underbrush. If you learn to recognize it you’ll occasionally notice them coming up to check you out for a moment before they disappear back into the bushes.

Lance Benner has a good example of what that sounds like here:

The one in the blurry, rainy photo in my checklist was particularly curious. He or she definitely seemed to be wondering what possessed me to be on the trail in those conditions.

Fun fact: Wrentits are “highly philopatric.” They spend their whole lives within a breeding territory a few hundred yards across, typically not far from where they themselves were raised. I remember when I learned that, how it added to my sense of loss for the chaparral I’d grown up birding that had been turned into endless tract housing. What happened to those wrentits? 😞

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genekellys: The last shot of the “Good Morning” number, with…

Saturday, November 14th, 2020


The last shot of the “Good Morning” number, with Don, Kathy and Cosmo falling over the couch, took forty takes to film.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN dir. Gene Kelly + Stanley Donen

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spceco:(SPC ECO)

Friday, August 28th, 2020



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joe-keerys: I am not your consolation prize, Harry. Meg Ryan…

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019


I am not your consolation prize, Harry.

Meg Ryan as Sally Albright in When Harry Met Sally (1989) dir. Rob Reiner

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that-crazy-scorpio-man: Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus…

Thursday, May 9th, 2019


Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019


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mcavoy: What’s the first thing an actor learns? ‘The show must…

Thursday, February 14th, 2019


What’s the first thing an actor learns? ‘The show must go on!’ Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the show must go on!

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

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amanda-kathleen: Nothing compares to the beauty of the…

Monday, June 4th, 2018


Nothing compares to the beauty of the mountains.

Forest Falls, California
April 27, 2017

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Why would you obsess over a show that hasn’t even been made yet? It could be garbage for all you know

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Because I really like the premise of the show and I have also seen and liked all of the things that the Tin Can Brothers have created so I trust that they will create something equally as good. The thing is when you follow a group of creative people and you follow all of the shows and sketches that they make, you start to develop this trust and adoration for said group of people. That is how I feel about the Tin Can Brothers, I know they care for their fans and I know they will not disappoint me on this new project. But let’s say I watch the show and I end up not liking it, I will still watch it because I like the people making it and I will also still follow and support everything the TCB do. Sometimes you just have to take a chance on something.

Hope that answered your question

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Monday, April 24th, 2017


First things first, even if they’re obvious: !!!!! Wow! It’s a total work of genius, the performers were all fantastic, and I’m incredibly lucky to have gotten to see it! More specific response below the cut.

Keep reading

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debunkshy: Mountain Plover Santa Cruz Flats, AZ, 1-16-17

Thursday, February 16th, 2017


Mountain Plover

Santa Cruz Flats, AZ, 1-16-17

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vayarevoltillo:Photo:Allen’s Hummingbird by Andrej Chudy…

Saturday, February 4th, 2017


Photo:Allen’s Hummingbird by Andrej Chudy

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marykatewiles:Please enjoy my newest reflection video, “Five…

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017


Please enjoy my newest reflection video, “Five Things I Don’t Like About Myself.” 

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Kamala Harris Makes History as New California Senator | Teen Vogue

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Kamala Harris Makes History as New California Senator | Teen Vogue:

Sarah Grace Hart has a byline in Teen Vogue! Nobody tells me *anything* around here!

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orlandobloom: some of tolkien’s original illustrations 

Monday, December 12th, 2016


some of tolkien’s original illustrations 

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Thursday, August 25th, 2016



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sylvia-morris: Leslie Jones is getting a lot of racist hate on…

Monday, July 18th, 2016


Leslie Jones is getting a lot of racist hate on twitter. If you have time to make something or send her a nice note, it might serve to make the world a marginally happier place for her.

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