Guys check out this article by the amazing artist Jane Kim: Wall of A TON of birds! Go throw love in her direction <3

“JANE KIM is an artist, science illustrator and founder of Ink Dwell. Her art career  started very early in life by obsessively painting flowers and bears on the walls of her bedroom. She received more formal training at the Rhode Island School of Design and then Cal State Monterey Bay, where she received a Certificate in Science Illustration. Jane loves to be outdoors, on adventures, and brings the joy she gets from nature back to her studio. She still enjoys painting flowers and bears, though nowadays she doesn’t get in trouble for painting on the walls.” -Julie Baumgardner NY Times


Wekfest Chicago 2016 by Jay Baumgardner

Falling in love with a woman, as a woman, is deeply linked to feminist endeavors. By that I do not mean that you are a better feminist if you are gay or bisexual, but that falling in love with a woman enables you to overcome, and perhaps heal from, some of the worst wounds of patriarchy. It challenges the voice that says that women’s bodies are disgusting, the sexual persona that is passive and must be desired rather than desire, and provides an avenue to sexual pleasure for the body that has been exploited or violated. Falling in love with a woman can free you from the trap of reflected glory–if you once saw yourself as valuable because you landed a certain kind of man, this new state of affairs forces you to derive your sense of worth from yourself.
—  Jennifer Baumgardner, Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women

In 1978 Randy Haddock found himself playing 5 string banjo for a poker game whose players were Randy Newman, Captain Haddock and Randy Baumgardner.

The game itself hadn’t been sanctioned by the local Mafia affiliated gangs and was soon tipped off  the police, who then busted the game up and charged all involved, including the musician.

When it came to bail, Randy Newman could pay for himself, Captain Haddock had his friend Tintin pay, and Randy Baumgardner got his Republican buddies to pay. Randy Haddock himself had his bail paid for by his own pet Pug dog, a wealthy pedigree from an aristocratic family.

Ever since that night, Randy Haddock has avoided poker games, anyone else called Randy and members of the French Merchant Navy.

This is how I heard these events of the BBC radio 4 documentary Famous Lives, though some say the facts aren’t accurate..

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