devastated to hear about the passing of dr. haunani-kay trask today. while many only know her from the viral “native hawaiian woman responds to caller” video, dr. trask was a renowned hawaiian independence advocate, educator, author, and anti-imperialist. she was also the co-founder of the kamakakuokalani center for hawaiian studies which is a leading space for kānaka maoli scholarship at the university of hawai’i. rest in power ✊🏼
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i am reminded by a professor - once a person leaves, you will never love like that again.
how wonderful. i will love in a new way each time, then, for new reasons. i will find out that my heart never had a limit on joy. i will know new things.
he says - we can never find our way back to loving the same way twice.
i am not the same person from before, though, am i? why would i want to take a tour of my life through the same eyes? why would i want to hold the same figure-eight? why would i come back to what has already been shoved through my throat? why wouldn't i want to walk in a new garden, with new stones?
it is also never the same sunset twice. the same thunderstorm. the same birdsong. life, in little chaos, holds no ghosts. i will love again, and thank god, it will be different. i move on, and the world says - you will meet someone else, who knows a different way to listen. and when i put my ears against the music again, it will feel like i am understanding a new set of secrets.
how wonderful. my love does not run out. it is remade and recolored and unstained in doubt. gold hair, coffee, the shape of her mouth.
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i feel like the reason everyone makes fun of trans men & men-adjacents is because the face of the trans male community is an upper middle class white boy, but that doesn’t excuse the way that people relentlessly mock “kai he/they”s and like, Basic trans boys. or infantilize them. like there’s joking about common coincidences between trans men and then there’s literaly transphobic stereotyping that erases trans men of color from the conversation. what im trying to get at is if youre cis stop making jokes about how every trans guy has a galaxy binder and is named skyler and plays ukelele and is a softboy because 1) those things arent even bad, 2) the trans men you have come into contact with are majority white and they are not the only people in our community, and 3) its not your fucking place to joke about trans people.
cis people can reblog but dont add on
dni if u believe in/dont tag this with “transandrophobia”
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junicorn 5. botanicals / plum
(i found a very rough cotton paper somewhere in my stash and it’s a delight to work on but quite a challenge to photograph!)
[image is a watercolour painting of a little pink unicorn foal with plum-blossom-petal wings, prancing on a bough of plum blossoms. following is a photograph of the physical painting with brushes visible next to it.]
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