So, I was in the car today and saw someone with the license plate “X0DUS3 5”, so I thought it was like Exodus 3:5 and I looked it up, and do you know what it said?

"Do not come any closer."

Now that’s a well done biblical license plate.


The Sisters Black: “En stirps nobilis et gens antiquissima Black.”

☾ Ming-Na Wen as Bellatrix ☽
☾ Lucy Liu as Andromeda ☽
☾ Celina Jade as Narcissa ☽

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How do you rhyme in a sign language?

This video from Awti, an ASL storyteller, demonstrates how you could create rhymes using signs. According to his website, he’s hearing and was raised in a deaf family, so I’d think he’d have a pretty informed perspective on this question. 

I went into more detail about rhyme and rhythm in ASL on Lexicon Valley, including videos of an ASL interpreter rap battle as well as an example of a finger fumbler (the sign language equivalent of a tongue twister). And judging from the comments on the video, it looks like this may end up inspiring some people to create poetry or songs directly in ASL, without translation, which would be great.  

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do you think there’s a doorframe in Regina’s house

(the kitchen, maybe, the kitchen has always been important to her)

where there are little pencil marks that record Henry’s height on each of his birthdays

(starting from when he was one, and she has to rest one hand on his little round tummy while drawing the line over his head with the other hand because he just wants to go go go)

and from three onwards he always tries to stand on his tiptoes to make himself taller

and Regina just raises one eyebrow until he lowers himself down a little bit

(he’s pretending that he’s gone down all the way)

so she reaches out and tickles him

until he squeals and squeals and both heels hit the floor

and she get his measurement.

(and maybe there’s also one of Regina, because when Henry was four, he wanted to know why she didn’t do it too

he’s very serious about making her take off her shoes and stand up straight and then she holds him while he reaches over her head

and draws a little wobbly line

that gets “mommy” penciled in over it because that’s what he told her to write.)

do you think that can be a thing

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iiiii am such a proud mama duck rn

iiiii am such a proud mama duck rn

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This is the place
you would rather not know about,
this is the place that will inhabit you,
this is the place you cannot imagine,
this is the place that will finally defeat you

where the word why shrivels and empties
itself. This is famine.
— from “Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written” from True Stories by Margaret Atwood
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Rest stops on highways are liminal spaces where the veil is thin and nobody can tell me differently


The explanation is that liminal spaces are in between places that bridge Here with There, so in fairy tales we often have the Fairy Ring, the Forest Clearing, the Sudden Misty Foggy Forest, the Bridge, the River, graveyards, in some cases

We also have a ton of american urban mythology around famous roadways and sites off the sides of roads

Archetypes like these occur to mark the places in the world where the veil goes thin and humans can have extra-worldly experiences, out of the ordinary way of living

So why wouldn’t transient spaces like rest stops where everyone is just passing through from one place to the next, never stopping for too long, not be a liminal space where spirits frequent, too

Especially since nobody would know if they were real or not

Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.
— Theodore Roethke
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Aboriginal women ask Stephen Harper: Am I next?

Am I next?

That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.

Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.

"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after  launching the Am I Next campaign.

"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.

After organizing one of the largest petitions at calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.

It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.

Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:

This is what comes to mind when people try to tell me there is no (or less) racism in Canada. Hundreds of aboriginal and First Nations women are missing, abused, and murdered, and our country and GOVERNMENT doesn’t care. It doesn’t. Indigenous women don’t matter to our government and it’s horrifying.  Please click some of the above mentioned links and learn about these women and this campaign.