A one hundred year old woman reflects on her deceased husband.
It’s hard having an accent in this country and you are judged based on it. And I can imagine that it must be hard for my folks to work twice as hard to communicate.
And also the idea that when maybe my father says something and he walks away, the idea that people are laughing because what he said is funny to them because of how he sounds crushed me when I thought about it. And the idea that I was contributing to that, it was hard. I’ve been saying this on stage.
Like, my father should be judged based on the content of his words and actions and not the accent that comes with it. Because he does a lot of ridiculous things that have nothing to do with his accent. And I think that’s kind of how I’ve been approaching it. Like, they’re human beings and they should be viewed as parents and human beings and not just a series of funny sounds.
"Before them, I didn’t realize that I could value someone more than myself."
In Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, a kebab vendor works in the midst of a destroyed building. As Syria’s war rages on, Aleppo is a city under gradual demolition, with a shrinking civilian population struggling to survive.
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"Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?"
"Probably sitting at the kitchen table with my dad, an hour after my mother died, realizing we had to figure out what we were going to do for lunch."
"Think about how helpful it is for a rapist if we consider rape an unseemly topic, one that is too frightening, one that is too complex, one that is too murky, too difficult to prosecute, or simply not worth it. What kind of society do we end up with? We end up with a society where schools and institutions settle cases of sexual violence with as little transparency, as little accountability and as little exposure as possible. A society where it is so hard for the anti-violence movement to come together because in order to compete for limited funding, organizations must stand out, which means by definition they must stand alone. We end up with a society where although, thank God, Congress recently reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, 22 senators and 138 congressmen voted against it. It’s unconscionable.” - Mariska Hargitay
Flowers thrown into a dumpster in Greenwood Cemetery, NY
Photo credit: Edward Brydon
my ex calls girls he finds hot “smokeshows” and it’s such a white guy thing to say i hate him i am so ashamed that i ever liked someone like him