21 7 / 2014

"Holder memorably referred to the U.S. as a ‘nation of cowards’ when it comes to race, but that could be a better state of affairs than the one we now have. It’s far more damning that this is a nation of self-declared racial innocents, blithely detached from its past and their prejudices."

Jelani Cobb on talking openly about Obama and race: http://nyr.kr/1l3ChHc (via newyorker)

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

20 7 / 2014

This is absolutely wonderful.

The good news came seven months ago, but Irhad Sehovic still finds it hard to believe.

“Congratulations. I’m delighted to inform you…,” read the email from Harvard University.

All the hard work had paid off. Sehovic, 18, was headed to one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world.

Next month, he will climb into the family van with his proud father serving as his road trip buddy and make the 18-hour journey from their home in south St. Louis County to Cambridge, Mass.

“This was the best news for me in my whole life,” said Ismet Sehovic, Irhad’s father.

It was what he and his wife, Jasmina, have been working for since they moved to St. Louis 14 years ago. They had been living in Germany, where they met in 1994 after fleeing from war in the former Yugoslavia, and where two of their three children were born.

The Sehovics were among the last group of thousands of Bosnian refugees resettled in St. Louis.

(Source: allisonunsupervised)

19 7 / 2014

newyorker:

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“An army of English butlers, fluent in invisibility, had carried a hundred-square-yard sheet of paper to cover the entire French Army from behind. The catapults caught on the paper. The French struggled even to stand. The paper covered the rocks. Wine spilled everywhere. Cheese was shed.”

Read more: http://nyr.kr/WfGZMN

(Source: newyorker.com)

18 7 / 2014

"I thought these masses on my upper arms were muscles. Apparently they’re not, because they didn’t do any good this morning."

mama goodwin, after trying boot camp.

18 7 / 2014

"I am happy when I eat fresh fruit, when I burst out laughing, when I discover a new song, when I finish a good book, when I wake up and feel relaxed. I’m glad to have friends, family, a home, food when I’m hungry, hot water when I shower. I love being able to live and see the seasons change, to have gifts at Christmas and at my birthday, to travel sometimes, to have a good education and a great access to culture. I’m flattered when people compliment me, when people smile at me, when people are polite to me. There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that will happen to me. I do not have time to be sad every day and ungrateful ; I have every reason in the world to be happy."

A few reasons why I’ll always prefer living (by elsablt)

(via ohheyychrissy)

17 7 / 2014

Pandora just played Brandon Heath’s “I’m not who I was” (slow, Christian lyrics) followed by Iggy Azalea. Never thought those two songs would end up on the same station.

Pandora just played Brandon Heath’s “I’m not who I was” (slow, Christian lyrics) followed by Iggy Azalea. Never thought those two songs would end up on the same station.

17 7 / 2014

17 7 / 2014

60 degrees? In Atlanta? In July? I’ll take it.

60 degrees? In Atlanta? In July? I’ll take it.

16 7 / 2014

joyofthedayphoto:

"On matters of style, swim with the current,on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”-Thomas Jefferson
 

joyofthedayphoto:

"On matters of style, swim with the current,
on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
-Thomas Jefferson

 

16 7 / 2014

The Most Powerful Political Photo of 2014 Says a Lot About Modern America
read more here.

The Most Powerful Political Photo of 2014 Says a Lot About Modern America

read more here.