i remember the day the first endless summer chapter was released, unaware that i will make a family out of these people and be this much invested in them. Thank you guys, this was a wild ride, thank you for everything
Hello. What do you think a person can you do as acareer with a passion for plants and buying them? I think in my country there is nothing to do with it only to be a florist (flower designer basicly) :(
okay i would highly recommend reading “Flower Confidential” by Amy Stewart. its a SUPER fascinating deep account of the science and complexity of the retail flower industry, including:
-the dutch flower auction, which is the largest floral action in the world. millions of flowers pass through each day and are bought en-masse by different companies in a matter of seconds. think the world trade center for florists (regardless of if you’re interested in hearing about this or not, i would recommend watching a first-hand account video of this here. the flowers roll in on carts in front of a huge room of commercial buyers, who are buying these flowers for their respective companies to arrange and sell in commercial outlets around the world. a person upfront holds up a sample of each flower as a special timer counts down the seconds above them, and the buyers decide if they want to buy or not as the price per stem ticks down on the computer. this auction is in operation daily, and the complex is 128 square acres. the flowers go directly from the floor onto planes arranged by the buyers. its just…mind blowing.)
-growing and reproducing bulbs and plants for the market en-masse. the perfect flower in a floral arrangement needs to be able to handle a LOT of abuse; you should be able to have it last at least a week in your home after you buy it even if you don’t have a green thumb. there is a HUGE amount of time, effort, and science put into making each flower fit for the market.
-processing and shipping the flowers. boxes need to be specially designed for optimal shipping as to not damage the stems, but at the same time the name of the game is to ship them quickly and efficiently, usually over long distances.
-inspecting the flowers; usually this is because they have to be shipped overseas from suppliers in bulk, so there are designated officials in the receiving country that open a box of each shipment to check for diseases and pests. if they find anything, it risks being shipped back or detained for fumigation.
-scientists working on developing the first blue rose. this has a lot of challenges to it, but the one that struck me the most that she mentions in the book is that florists are afraid that no one would buy a blue rose because there’s no connotation with it. like, and orange rose is for friendship or whatever, red is for love, but theres nothing for blue?? which like. i guess i never really thought about it that way but this book has a LOT of that kind of thing. like, things that you would never consider until it’s brought up by the people she interviews.
-breeders working on developing new and popular cultivars to keep up with demand
-ROSES. oh god. the commercial time and effort put into roses alone- especially around valentines’ day- is like, a science in and of itself, and generates a TON of revenue for the entire industry each year.
more than that, seriously it doesn’t take long to read once you get going, its one of those books thats so totally cool you can’t put it down like?? i just never thought about flowers the same way since i read it. its a HUGE industry that operates on a global scale; although flower design is part of it, it’s far from the most important and thoroughly considered aspect.
geralt: barely affected, tries not to think about whatever he/dandelion did the night before dandelion: hungover™, singingbecause his voice is the only thing that makes his headache go away, still in a good mood zoltan: managing, probably singing together with dandelion milva: angry, don’t talk to her, don’t look at ther, don’t breathe in her general direction angouleme: breathes, looks and talks @ milva regis: knows better than to drink. in fact, he knows everything better cahir: pretends to be ok/ suffers quietly yennefer: will still manage to look and smell better than you triss: vomiting, regretting her decisions ciri: angry vomiting
Y’all if i can recommend a really good book series right now, please read When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M Wilson, its about women warriors who love women and they fight and lead armies and strive for peace and save their people and guess what THEY DON’T DIE. Its well written, there’s multiple love stories, 90% of the characters are women and of all character types.
Its really an amazing story, i love it a lot i’ve read it many times (its a 3 part series, i only linked to the first part) and i don’t think its spoilery to say it has a genuinely happy ending. We deserve to have happy endings.
Talk to me about Korra dealing her trauma post book four and how Asami fits into her long term recovery bc I cannot get enough
Oh man, you’re basically asking me to spill out my
soul. I could go on forever about Korra’s recovery arc as well as Asami in general
(hence why it took me FOREVER to respond to this – !!! I’m so sorry @swatztj !!!). Let’s see where this goes… (warning - word vomit below)
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recovery arc was one of my favourite about the entire
series. While it’s amazing to know that Korra and Asami are off living happily
together (korrasami forever <3), I always do enjoy seeing individualistic aspects of these two characters and how their unique traits can complement each other. But, let’s dive into Korra’s arc first.
was first introduced to us as the freaking Avatar, master of all four elements -
we had to deal with it. We saw her as a very strong, physical being who mastered her waterbending, earthbending and firebending at a young age. Her demeanor was
brash, loud, aggressive and direct, used (in many cases) as a tool to hide insecurities. She was more of a punch first, think later sort of gal and
all she ever wanted to be in her life was the Avatar, there was no question
about it… that was, until the aftermaths of Amon, Unlaq and Zaheer
since this about Korra’s trauma in Book 4, we will focus more on the
Korra was kidnapped, chained, poisoned, forced into
the Avatar State, smashed against mountains and stripped of the air within her
lungs. She was at her most vulnerable moment and completely out of
of us believed that Korra would get right back up after Suyin removed the poison
from her system. After all, it didn’t seem to take too long for Korra to spring back into action after briefly losing her bending in addition to her connections with the past Avatars (though,
this isn’t to say that she didn’t endure any pain, grief, self-doubt or
negativity during those periods).
However, at the end of Venom of the Red Lotus, we saw Korra as an empty shell – incapacitated,
quiet and unresponsive to the outside world. Internally, a whole other battle
was being fought.
She was told that the airbenders would return to their
nomadic roots while she recuperated. She was told that they would work together
to end discord and restore peace and balance. The woman who had always dreamed
of being the Avatar, master of all four elements and bridge between worlds, was
no longer needed. Her physical power and self-identity was gone.
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“I’m trying to understand why this happened to me. But nothing makes any sense. I’m tired Katara. I’m so tired.” ~ Korra (B4:E2)
the beginning events of Book 4, we see Korra detached from her friends and
family. She could barely sleep or eat and spent much of her wakeful moments
in silence. When see was faced with times of sleep, she would constantly be plagued
with the intrusive horrors she endured by herself in Book 3. This trauma caused Korra to fall into a depressive state as well as develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and hope faded away from her at every passing second. With the little sliver of willpower she had left,
she finally made the decision to visit Katara – the first step needed to begin
her recovery arc.
After months of being incapacitated, the steps
needed to regain mobility took time and patience for Korra. We slowly but surely saw her become more and more active. A quick toe twitch turned into a few walking steps
with Katara’s guidance. While these were fantastic accomplishments for someone wheelchair-bound,
things moved a bit too slow for Korra’s tastes. We saw her lash
out in anger/disappointment at Katara as well as Tenzin when he visited the compound to see her spar. Though Korra made progress, it doesn’t spark enough hope for someone who had been eager to get
out in the real world her entire life.
While she was healing physically, Korra was still faced with phases of “fight, flight or freeze” throughout her
recovery. Certain triggers continued to appear when she began to walk,
spar and bend again, which caused flashbacks to flare up at unexpected moments. Her
body would lock up and her mind became fixated on her traumatic past. She still
felt as though she was being attacked, reliving the effects of the poison and
suffocation over and over again. This caused Korra to hit a wall – she didn’t
quite understand why those flashbacks and freeze ups kept happening, but she truly
believed that she needed to expose herself to action again. Here is where
another key element to Korra’s recovery arc comes in – exposure.
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“The mind can
be a powerful ally or your great enemy.” ~ Katara (B4:E2)
The opening shot of our Avatar in Korra Alone was very indicative of the
condition of her mental state – shattered, distorted, unstable, but not
necessarily unrepairable. After embarking on a voyage to Republic City, we saw another confrontation between Korra and her past trauma; this time in the form
of an eerie apparition. She turned away from her destination (Republic City) to walk an anonymous
life in the Earth Kingdom with the hope of reconnecting with herself and her Avatar spirit.
Throughout Korra’s journey, she constantly struggled with hallucinations. Sometimes she visualized Raava – with whom she ran towards - but other times (more often than not) she faced with her own ghostly shadow – with whom she
backed away from. These apparitions only seemed to become stronger whenever Korra fought them. Her “punch first” tactics remained ineffective as her
hallucinations constantly countered her with bending and chains. Even when she was in combat with other opponents, they morphed into her ghostly
visions, forcing her to constantly fight with herself and lose each battle in
This, understandably, got quiet infuriating. A part
of Korra knew that her visions were not real, but she couldn’t escape
them as they seemly controlled every aspect of her day-to-day life. She had
enough, making the decision to finally chase after these phantoms as opposed to fighting them. Little did she know that her decision would lead to the familiar face of
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“…You need to
face your fears. You can’t expect to deal with future enemies if you’re still
fighting the old ones.”~ Toph
Unsurprisingly, Toph hadn’t changed one bit. Her demeanour
remained direct, harsh, taunting and honest and this seemed to take Korra by
surprise. After all, she was used to being met with looks and words of sympathy
(understandably so) after her horrible incident. The bluntness used by our old
metalbender, while unexpected, was another step that helped Korra towards her
Toph was able to quickly realize that Korra was very
detached from the world; instead of looking forward she would always looked back in the past:
one thing I learned on the beat, it’s that the names change but the street
stays the same.”
Yes Korra did hold Avatar title, but she was still a
person – a human being who could only accomplish and change so much within her
own lifetime. Other Avatar’s would come and go and so would other acts of evil.
What was great about this confrontation was that little spark of defensiveness
and enthusiasm we were used to seeing in Korra before the Book 3 finale. Korra knew
of and believed in the accomplishments she achieved throughout her life as the Avatar.
She challenged Toph on this exchange, but in a less angry and hostile way that we were used to seeing in the first few Books.
This ultimately led to the two characters sparring,
where Korra seemed to be having moments of excitement despite losing the battles. It
was quite a refreshing site to see, in my opinion.
Not only did Toph confront Korra on these issues,
but she also detected small amounts of liquid metal circulating throughout the
Avatar’s body. She attempted to rid this metal of her system, but Korra resisted,
letting her fears and flashbacks take over again. This would be a task that Korra would have to do on her own; and it is one that she would successfully complete.
Korra used Toph’s advice to metalbend the liquid out
of body and release some of those fears that she
held close, tapping into her Avatar state. Toph was able to ground Korra back to the world again and make her feel more in tune with reality.
While this helped her physically, Korra’s
battle was not over as she experienced yet another hallucination while facing
Kuvira for the first time. Now, Korra needed to revisit her biggest nightmare of all face-to-face
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“That poison should have killed you. But you were able to fight it off.
You think your power has limits. I say its limitless.” ~ Zaheer (B4:E9)
Korra’s confrontation with Zaheer
immediately began with an act of determination and fury. She finally stood
before the man that traumatized her life and boldly claimed how he held no
power over her anymore. That daring and direct demeanor she showed to
Zaheer was reminiscent of her persona back in the earlier Books. However, just
like in the past, these defiant acts were used as a way to cover her
Zaheer lunged towards Korra with
the intent of triggering her fears once again. Despite his chained position,
Korra backed away in panic and this ultimately broke the belief that seeing him bound
would make her unafraid. Korra was terrified of not only him but of being
perceived as useless and of not being the person she used to be again.
Zaheer challenged these fears and
claimed that neither of them were the same since the events that happened years
ago; he was chained despite learning to fly and she was limitless despite
holding herself down. Korra would never be the same person again as she would
have to carry the trauma with her for the rest of her life.
However, instead of
associating said trauma with pain and weakness, she could use it for strength.
As Zaheer had said, the liquid metal should have killed Korra, but it didn’t.
She was the one that survived despite all odds pointed against her. She had won the battle in the end and he had been the one who lost. The fact that she remained alive points to the idea
that she had no limits.
We have to remember that Korra was
alone in her showdown with Zaheer. None of her friends or family could aid her.
Her severed connections to the past Avatars left her alone to fight against Zaheer and the poison
in her most vulnerable state. Korra resisted the poison by resisting the
Avatar State for as long as humanly possible. When she could no longer hold off
that particular battle, she fought for her life as well as Raava’s, despite how
painful and agonizing every second of it was. She was truly unstoppable and she
had yet to recognize or consider this amazing feat.
Korra had to accept what happened to her and
while this meant acknowledging the bad, it also meant acknowledging the good. Instead
of fixating on the moments of suffocation and powerlessness, she had to let the scene play out
entirely - focusing on the future and not just the past. The past was not something she could change.
For the first time in nearly three
years, Korra gained control over her fear. She accepted what happened – the pain,
the exhaustion as well as the endurance. She had made it and in the process, connected
back with her spiritual energy.
Korra reached an understanding with
her trauma. While her past was not something that she could simply shrug off or ignore,
it could be used as a tool of recognition in which Korra could connect with
others at a deeper level. As Toph had said in the swamp:
“Sounds like you’re carrying around your former enemies, the same way
you’re still carrying around that metal poison. You maybe consider you could
learn something from them?”
Which can be coupled with Tenzin’s own
“It’s true, there will always be new conflicts and enemies to face. But
the important thing is to learn from your
enemies and better yourself over time, which you have.”
Korra learned from her painful struggles and was able to use new-found knowledge to reach out
to others – including her own enemies. She greatly opposed the methods used by
Kuvira to unite the Earth Kingdom, yet she still related to and understood her
at a personal level, even going as far as to risk her own life to save the dictator. She understood Kuvira’s emotions of fear, abandonment, vulnerability
and lack of control and this level of empathy displayed wasn’t something we saw Korra
use towards Amon, Unalaq or Zaheer.
Korra truly found inner peace
once she found her way out of the dark tunnel. She proved to herself and others that she
was more than just a symbol of physical prowess. She had found inner peace with herself and her trauma, drawing meaning from it which will ultimately help to make her become even stronger in the future.
Korra fought, learned and recovered
from some of the darkest moments in her life. She will always carry the
scars left behind from the incident that happened in Book 3, but she made herself an even better person
by pushing forward instead of holding back. Korra became a beacon of hope for
so many of us and remains a character that we will always hold near and dear to our
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“I want you to know that I’m here for you. If you ever want to talk or… anything.” ~ Asami (B3:E13)
Now, I’ll try tomake the Asami part quick because
this response has gone on for far too long :p.
I think Asami took the role of Korra’s anchor and
voice of reason, even if neither of them fully realized it from the get-go.
Asami bore witness to it all – Korra’s gravely
injured body smashing into rocks as well as her diminishing hope and sense of
self. She saw her best friend falling deeper and deeper, but if there’s one thing we know about Asami Sato, it’s that she will always have your back.
Asami took on the role of Korra’s caretaker; she helped her dressed, pushed her wheelchair around, made conversation and she presumably helped her bathe, eat and sleep. She was truly there for her despite her other responsibilities of being the CEO of one of the most prestigious companies in the world. Korra was her priority. Heck, the woman was even willing to drop everything and accompany Korra while she recuperated in the Southern Water Tribe.
These feelings of sadness and hopelessness were quite familiar to Asami. We know that she’s had a pretty difficult life from the start - her mother was murdered, her father sided with the equalists, she had to take command of a large company at age 18 and overall, she had a lonely life. Due to these unfortunate events, it was likely that Asami understood Korra and her depressive state at a far deeper level than anyone else who was close with Korra. Asami neither pushed nor prodded and instead gave an open invitation for Korra to talk with her whenever she was ready.
Korra did end up taking Asami’s offer up as we see her communicate to her via a letter in Korra Alone. Korra opened up quite a bit to her, explaining how hard the past few years had been, how she couldn’t tap into the Avatar State, how she kept having hallucinations and how she feared that she would never fully recover again. There was a reason why Korra contacted Asami and not Mako, Bolin or the others. She knew that Asami would understand her at that vulnerable time and felt comfortable enough to expose a very fragile part of her life. Asami was the rock that Korra could hold onto and I’m sure that she felt some relief and comfort after sending her letter off.
This comfort continued in Remembrances. Korra expressed her same worries again, but Asami’s consistent support, admiration and belief in Korra and her abilities shined through during the exchange.
And finally, we know that what goes around, comes around. After Kuvira’s attack on Republic City, Asami lost her father for good. This time, Korra was the one who took the initiative to provide emotional and physical support for her. She apologized for her three year absence and suggested taking a vacation where the two of them could finally relax and take care of each other without any interruptions (…besides the big rock spirit thing…).
Korra and Asami had seen each other at some of their darkest moments and while they were strong and developed individually through their past traumas, they would and always will be stronger together and persevere through any obstacle thrown at them.
Claire,” he said softly. “I must say something. If it will be a choice between her and one of us—then it must be me. Ye know that, aye? Then kiss me, Claire. And know that you are more to me than life, and I have no regret.
“…She was willing to give up your life to protect our lives. We can not repay all that she did. But we can follow the example of service and sacrifice. While she recovers … The Nation of Air will recover their nomadic roots and cross the Earth. But unlike our ancestors, we serve people of all nations, working where there is corruption and discord, to restore balance and p e a c e.”