dried human tears (Smithsonianmag.com)
watching the january 6th capitol hill hearing
the most compelling, wrenching, and heartfelt testimony
i have ever witnessed
not one person immune from tears
i could not take my eyes off of them
and I am forever changed
questions must be answered and justice served
never to happen again.
“that’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” – john green
that moment when you rush in
because your are sure you have seen a king cobra
but realize it is only a weird stick.
“sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage.
just 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery.”
with the absence of so many humans
the animals have reclaimed their territory
and even branched out to try things that might be new
when i saw this goose standing full of pride and bravado on top of the bridge
all i could think of was that scene from ‘titanic’ when jack said to rose:
“i’m the king of the world!”
and he believed that for a little while.
“the higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly”
– friedrich nietzsche
‘courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.’
image credit: National Trust, British Medieval History
saw this in the early morning when walking downtown
I wonder about the story behind how it got there
was it a server at his/her limit
finally reaching the tipping point
throwing down the apron
tying them down
something better/different/new out there?
‘a single act of courage is often the tipping point for extraordinary change.’
wearing an ac/dc t-shirt, ripped up jeans, and velcro shoes
all while wrapped in a cape made from your swaddling blanket
bestows unlimited strength and heroic powers upon you.
“a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength
to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
Boars🐗, frogs🐸, naga🐲, lions🦁and tigers🐯 and elephants🐘, oh my!
During the BBC’s coverage of the ongoing cave rescue operation in Thailand, they came across this adorable cartoon by Bangkok-based illustrators Sisidea, which caught their attention after it was shared on Facebook by the Thai Navy Seal team.
This is what Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul (the people who drew the picture) had to say: “We are so, so happy at the news and our cartoon shows our appreciation from the Thai people – to everyone around the world who have been involved in the search as well as those [unsung heroes] who haven’t been mentioned.”
“from caring comes courage.”
credits: bbc news, thai navy seal team, sisidea
World Refugee Day
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, the United Nations commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee and to stand for their right to stay together as a family unit.
“it is the obligation of every person born in a safer room
to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”
— dina nayeri
credits: american relief fund, save the children, united nations
on the via rail trip home
i was in the lucky seat
prepared to wield the mighty hammer
to save us all
on an as-needed basis
just like thor.
if he was a happy, sleepy woman
with a scratchy throat
wrapped up in a cozy scarf
sipping bailey’s and coffee
on a meandering canadian train.
‘courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.’
-carl von clausewitz