stones and words in samoa


"e pala ma’a, ‘ae lē pala ‘upu"

even stones erode away, but words will never decay

Samoan society has a rich, ancient oral/aural culture; our ancestors understood the power of the spoken word, especially the irrevocable damage that insulting words could have on vā fealoa’i (interpersonal relationships).

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I am trying to see things in perspective.
My dog wants a bite of my peanut butter
chocolate chip bagel. I know she cannot
have this, because chocolate makes dogs
very sick. My dog does not understand this.
She pouts and wraps herself around my leg
like a scarf and purrs and tries to convince me
to give her just a tiny bit. When I do not give in,
she eventually gives up and lays in the corner,
under the piano, drooping and sad. I hope the
universe has my best interest in mind like I have
my dogs. When I want something with my whole
being, and the universe withholds it from me,
I hope the universe thinks to herself: "Silly girl.
She thinks this is what she wants, but she
does not understand how it will hurt.


- THEORIES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE by Blythe Baird (via blythebrooklyn)

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Nina Davuluri’s win is exactly what 13-year-old Sahana needed growing up in a world flooded by whitewashed standards of beauty, and as much as I know that contests like Miss America help feed those standards, I hope beyond hope that there is some little desi girl out there who is walking around in a plastic tiara and a sash that she made out of her mom’s dupatta, pretending to be Miss America and knowing that her skin doesn’t make her worth less. That’s all.

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Miss America 2014- Nina Davuluri


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Can’t stop smiling because I’m so blessed to have the support of so many of you!
Even though I’m so tired, I swear each and every voice I have heard on stage giving me energy has pumped me up.

For all your support I thank you, for all the love in humbled, and for all your loving energy I smile today.
Whatever happens I know I have it my best.
Ps. I placed 1st call outs right in the middle 😝❤️🙋 My Hair And Makeup by @makeupbyjay this is my man!!! The man behind my stage presence And My beautiful tan by ThE best @overalltanning thank you Jen!

Thank you so much ————————————————————— No puedo dejar de sonreír porque soy tan bendita de tener el apoyo de todos ustedes.

Aunque estoy tan cansada, les juro que cada voz que he escuchado en esa tarima apoyandome me ha dado energía !

Por tanto apoyo gracias les doy, por todo el amor estoy tan asombrada, pero por toda la energía que he recibido de ustedes es la razón por la que estoy sonriendo.

Lo que sea que pase, yo se que he dado lo mejor de mi.

Posdata: me escogieron para la 1ra llamada y estoy en el medio 🙋❤️🙏 by mankofit

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Diana Ross and her older sister Barbara Jean, 1945.

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a lotta boys need to learn this lesson harder. listen to the man, dude.

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I mean, really. What’s the nicest way to say, Your face repulses me”?

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The good vibe

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Bora Bora 2010 by firefly242 on Flickr.

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To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”

This invisibility is political.


- Michael S. Kimmel, in the introduction to the book, “Privilege: A Reader”  (via aimmyarrowshigh)

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The good vibe

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