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During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it’s traditional to break the fast in mosques and homes. In fact, you’re supposed to be in congregation with others.

“It’s almost like the Christmas for Muslims,” jokes Omar Salha. “When you have on Christmas day everyone gathered with family members—it just doesn’t seem right that during Ramadan you’re breaking fast alone.”

When Salha was a graduate student in his native London, he felt especially bad for his classmates who were far from home, and left on their own during Ramadan. So with a handful of donated cookies and chips (or “biscuits” and “crisps” if you’re feeling British), Salha started what he called Open Iftar. Students from many different countries sat down in a park, and broke bread together.

While the event was initially started for students, many far from their homes in Muslim-majority countries, it quickly expanded — incorporating people of different faiths, or no faith at all, or those who just happened to be passing by. Since that first event in 2011, Salha has worked with groups launching Open Iftars around the world, hosting tens of thousands of people—from Turkey to Canada, the U.K. to Zambia. He has also extended it to a larger organization, the Ramadan Tent Project, which does charitable events throughout the year.

This Dinner Party Invites People Of All Faiths To Break Bread Together

Photo: Courtesy of Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) Open Iftar in Portland, Ore.

Cosmic Power (Pokemon Inspired)

A cosmic spell to prepare yourself before divination or astral projection.

You Will Need:

💫 Any Combination of: Jasper, Galaxite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Herkimer Diamond, Jet, Opal and/or Rainbow Obsidian
💫 Blue Candles
💫 Black Candles
💫 Purple Candles
💫 Sandlewood Incense
💫 Optional: Imagery of stars, the night sky and other space objects you associate with this situation (especially if you are like me and in a city with too much light pollution)

Other: Cast this at night time

Steps:

💫 Cleanse yourself and your space as you desire. Set up your space by placing your candles about the room where they can be safely placed. Light them once ready.

💫 Place your incense and light it as well making sure its in an area near you

💫 Place your crystals about you so you can feel their energy

💫 Place your imagery (if needed) near your where you can see and feel its energies as well

💫 Begin to meditate, feel the energies of the stars and crystals about you. Let them empower your own energy and feel yourself absorb what they have to offer

💫 Meditate as long as needed. End spell with “Cosmic Power, I can feel you, and I am ready” then proceed to your divination or astral projection as you wish to do it

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New item: Mini Pillows are now live in the shop! You can get either a Project Box - fabric, interfacing, stuffing and instructions included (great for an intro into sewing!) - or as stand alone prints for your own creative project ideas. I can’t wait to make a pouch with one and pair it with the matching bones or witch print. Each are hand screen printed with water-based inks on 100% cotton.

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嗣永:アンコール曲「To Tomorrow」でのパフォーマンス。曲の終盤で、私の以外の現ハロー!プロジェクトメンバーに見送られながら、ステージから去っていく°C-uteメンバーの姿を客席からみて、もうすぐ一つの時代が終わり、新たな時代が始まるんだ、と実感しました。でもそれは決して寂しいわけでなく、こうやって襷をつないで、さらなる歴史を刻み、ハロー!プロジェクトが、アイドル文化が、ずっと続いていくんだ!という嬉しい気持ちです。

Momoko: In the final part of C-ute’s performance of To Tomorrow as an encore, all the H!P members except for me were seeing C-ute off the stage. As I was watching it from the stands, I suddenly realized that an era was being about to end and a new era was going to start soon. It never be sad. It’s delightful to pass the torch, to turn a page, and to make sure of Hello! Project and the idol culture to be continued for ever.

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An example of how museum repatriation programs can benefit everybody:

During the early 90s, the Queensland Museum repatriated a child’s skull to the Napranum Community of north Queensland. Senior women from each of the three clan groups visited the museum to take the possession of the remains and deliver it to its ancestral home.

During the visit one of the women, Alice Mark-Andrews, was delighted to discover a photo of herself as a child among the museum’s photographic collections, and the museum happily provided her with copies to take home. Then, among the artefacts, she found something else familiar to her. Then-curator Michael Aird relates:

She found a shell necklace, and stated that when she was six years old her father had made her one just like this and that she had not seen one for so long. Alice was so excited to find the necklace, and she asked if she could take the shell necklace home for the burial ceremony. This placed me in a difficult situation as a curator, but I agreed to lend her the necklace on a three-month agreement. It was wonderful to see that Alice had maintained knowledge of an aspect of her culture that was not known to others in the community. The other women with her had not seen shell necklaces like the one that Alice’s father had made her.

Alice Mark-Andrews wore the shell necklace at the burial ceremony and the museum was sent a photograph of her wearing it. As an institution we took a risk in lending ahundred-year-old artefact to a community. But the trade-off was worth it, especially considering that we now have a photograph of the item being used in a ceremony and wehave knowledge about the importance of this item to an Aboriginal community.

The loan of this artefact was a form of repatriation, even though the item was later returned to the Queensland Museum. It was an example of cultural knowledge being returned to a community. It was also an opportunity for a community to build up a relationship with the museum, and this relationship is ongoing. Recently the museum loaned 19 artefacts to the Napranum Community to be used in a cultural project. Considering that the first item lent to them was returned safely there was no hesitation in lending this community more items.

 As a result of the return of the skull to Napranum, a traineeship was organized for a community representative to work in the museum for 12 months. Also, a weekend basket-weaving workshop was organized involving Thancoupie, one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artists. These are all examples of the various ways both museums and Aboriginal communities can benefit from the repatriation process.

(Source: M. Aird, ‘Developments in the repatriation of human remains and other cultural items in Queensland, Australia’ in The dead and their possessions: repatriation in principle, policy, and practice, 2002)

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how tumblr is changing fandom culture (and what we can maybe do about it) by jes - Listen on SoundCloud

cross-posted to my fandom blog too, but I know some of y'all are in fandoms too or just have thoughts/feelings about Tumblr so I thought I’d put it here too. I’m gearing up to maybe do a real podcast project, or a miniseries type thing maybe, but I’m still learning about the genre (and trying to rope some friends in to engage with me!!). anyway if you’re interested or have reactions let me know.

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I’ve been feeling pretty down about tumblr lately and today I had a bunch of really good conversations with people about what parts of tumblr fandom feel broken. soooo I made another little mini-podcast recording thing where I try to work through some of the ways I see fandom changing and why it feels so much less healthy/sustainable than fandom has felt in the past (for me. idk if for you! you can tell me). also, in the interests of not just wallowing in bad feelings, I’m trying to think about what a better fandom culture would look like and how I can start trying to create it for myself (and maybe others too? JOIN MEEEE).