born saints

Derek Walcott (Saint Lucian poet and playwright, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, 1930–2017)


The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

–Derek Walcott
Courageous 12-Year-Old Mormon Girl Comes Out As Gay In Front Of Her Entire Church
"I believe that God wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different -- especially if they are different."

I’m really praying she doesn’t have a horrible existence until she’s 18 as a result of this.

Don’t ever think you aren’t good enough, For God has set you apart.
Don’t let the world etch its expectations on your soul, for you were wonderfully created.
Don’t fall into the trap of ignoring your God given beauty, for there is no fault in you.
We were born sinners, transformed into saints by the cleansing blood of Jesus.
You are appointed, anointed and adored.
—  31women (Gabi)

Jean-Léon Destiné (March 26, 1918 – January 22, 2013)

Haitian-born American dancer and choreographer. He was born in Saint-Marc and moved to the United States with the dance company of Lina Mathon-Blanchet in the early 1940s. He later studied at Howard University. His work, becoming well known in the 1940s, often addressed Haiti’s history of resisting colonialism and slavery. He also danced with Katherine Dunham’s company and founded a national dance company in Haiti in the late 1940s. Destiné is known as the father of Haitian professional dance. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of dancer and choreographer Jean-Leon Destine. Printed on front: “Louis Melancon.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

hang in there, Joan!

I just figured out something​


“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry~~~

Photography by Vadim Trunov

On This Day: August 17
  • 1549: The Prayer Book Rebellion: At the Battle of Sampford Courtenay a royal army crushes the last of the Western Rising. Over a thousand are killed.
  • 1861: Coal miners in New South Wales in Australia refuse a 20% wage cut and walk out. They are locked out until October.
  • 1862: The Dakota War begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • 1868: Libertarian socialist Edward Abramowski born in Stefanin, Ukraine. He was a psychologist, ethician, and supporter of cooperativesis considered to be a spiritual father of Anarchism in Poland.
  • 1883: Militant individualist anarchist Jeanne Morand born in France. She was a member of the Bonnot Gang.
  • 1885: Anarcho-syndicalist Clara Meijer-Wichmann born in Hamburg, Germany. She was a feminist atheist lawyer and writer.
  • 1887: Marcus Garvey born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. He was a political leader and influential figure in Black Nationalist movement.
  • 1895: Anarchist Nicholas Lazarevitch born in Liege, Belgium. He co-wrote The Platform.
  • 1909: Indian revolutionary Madan Lal Dhingra is executed for his assassination of Sir Curzon Wyllie in London.
  • 1913: Maynard Shipley debates with the renowned anarchist Emma Goldman, in Everett, Washington.
  • 1936: Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman was born in Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota. He was a widely know Sioux musician, political activist for Native American rights, and actor.
  • 1939: Anarchist Toma Toma Ŝik born in Hungary. He was a Hungarian-Israeli peace activist, libertarian socialist, vegan, and a pioneer of the Israeli-Palestinian search for peace and a survivor of the Holocaust.
  • 1944: Spanish militant CNT member Francisco Ponzán Vidal dies in Buzet-sur-Tarn, France.
  • 1945: Communist Party MP Phil Piratin makes his first speech in UK Houses of Parliament.
  • 1946: Almost all of the members of the Regional Committee of Catalonia along with other CNT activists are arrested: a total of 39 comrades ended up in jail.
  • 1963: Francisco Franco wrongly executes the anarchists Francisco Granados and Joaquín Delgado in the Carabanchel prison, for crimes they did not commit.
  • 1970: Angela Davis appears on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list after a firearm purchased in her name is linked to a murder plot involving a judge.
  • 1973: Pride Week 1973, a national LGBT rights event, takes place simultaneously in several Canadian cities.
  • 2000: The North American Anarchist Conference ends in Los Angeles. A transcontinental gathering of anarchists in the days before the 2000 Democratic National Convention