letter culture

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DIANA BELTRAN HERRERA PAPER BIRD STAMPS

“ I am traveling the world, falling in love with each landscape and capturing birds in its real ecosystem.”

  • “Diana Beltran Herrera (b. 1987, Colombia) is a designer and artist that has been working over the past years with ordinary materials as wire, cardboard, plastic, and paper, the primary medium in the production of her work. After graduating from her BA degree in industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Bogota, Colombia) in 2010, Herrera decided to pursue design as an experimental practice, researching daily about different materials that exist around us and are present in our everyday lives. For Herrera, there is a considerable distance in the relationship between human and nature, and throughout her work, she aims to repair this relation by producing elements that are constantly removed, altered and forgotten. Her work is presented as a resistance of time. Her sculptures portray the ideal state of a thing and also act like a model of representation of a reality that doesnt suffer any change.”

all images ©diana  beltran herrera

the one thing i love about in the heights, probably my favorite thing aside from the love letter to carribean culture (and latino culture in general but my family is from pr so that’s what i notice), is how it deals with women. it’s one of the few broadway shows i’ve been exposed to where women allowed to have both love interests and stories outside of them. yes, vanessa and usnavi’s relationship is a huge part of the show but is her big “i want” song about how much she loves him? no, it’s about her desires to leave for bigger and better things. the show doesn’t end with usnavi and vanessa getting together, though it’s implied. it’s not even what ultimately keeps usnavi in nyc, nor does it keep vanessa from achieving her dream.

and nina rosario. how do i even begin with nina rosario? she’s allowed to infinitely complex and even though she and benny have a bunch of really cute duets, all her solo songs have nothing to do with that. instead, she gets her own plot line that drives a significant part of the show and she’s got emotions, that while tied into her relationship in part, exist on their own as well.

there’s a bunch of other really great female characters as well but these two get me every time. 

The Mystery of Turkish letter "ğ"

How to Read It?

“ğ” - yumuşak “g” (soft g) doesn’t have a sound. It does not exist in a dictionary because in Turkish there are no words that begin with “ğ”.

Vocalization:

● the letter A and the letter Ğ

Ağaç (tree) - do not read Ğ, read it like aaç (aach) prolonging the letter A.

Ağır (heavy) - do not read Ğ, prolong the letter A. Read it like aar, without reading the letter I.

Ağlamak (to cry) - aalamak

● the letter E and the letter Ğ

Eğer (if) - Ğ becomes Y. Read it like eyer emphasizing the first syllable, not the last one.

Eğlenmek (to have fun) - eylenmek

● the letter I and the letter Ğ

Sığınak (shelter) - sıınak

● the letter İ and the letter Ğ

İğne (needle) - iine

Siğil (verruca) - siil

● the letter O and the letter Ğ

Oğul (son) - oul

● the letter Ö and the letter Ğ

Söğüt (salix) - söüt

● the letter U and the letter Ğ

Uğultu (roar) - uultu

Buğday (weat) - buuday

● the letter Ü and the letter Ğ

Düğün (wedding) - düün

Düğme (bottom) - düüme

Black History Month Suggestions

In honor of Black History Month, I decided to come up with some simple things you can do throughout the month to celebrate.

1. Learn about black history every day (Read about moments in our history or about black figures who made a difference)

2. Read books or poems by black authors/poets

3. Visit a black museum (Ex: National Museum of African American History and Culture)

4. Support a black business or black artist

5. Share facts, stories or articles via social media to teach others

6. Listen to black artists (Whether that’s jazz, hip-hop, soul, R&B, etc.) or black podcasts

7. Check out famous speeches by prominent black leaders (past and present)

8. Watch films that tell the story of black people (Huffington Post Black Voices provided a list.)

9. Write a letter to your ancestors to express your gratitude

10. Ask about your own family history (You might learn something you never knew.)

Dear future daughter,

I hope you don’t struggle with the things I struggled with growing up as a Latina girl in a society where being white and thin is considered the ideal beauty. I will try my best to prevent you from feeling like this. I will find you books and movies for you that have diversity and ones that you can relate to. I will teach you feminism from a young age so you can stand up for yourself and others when they are being treated badly. Also, according to my women’s studies instructor, the wage gap will close in the year 2050, so I hope it comes sooner so you can grow up without being looked down on by men and getting paid less just because you are Latina and a woman.  I also hope we have had a many women presidents who showed that a woman is capable of running a country where more than half the population are women. I hope that Congress is made up of an equal amount of women and men of all races. I also hope that Donald Trump did not become president because that is just taking America backwards instead of it moving forward. Remember it is a privilege to be able to vote that many other people in the world wished they had, so vote as soon as you are able to!

I hope my generation has raised their children to be more accepting of others who are different that yourself. I hope racism is almost non-existent and that gun violence is rare. I hope people do not look down on you or the rest of our family simply for being brown. I hope the issue of immigration gets resolved. America is a land of immigrants, and currently, the “bad guys” are Mexicans. I hope all of America can be more accepting of Mexican or immigrants from other places. I will also talk to you in Spanish so you won’t forget the language of your grandparents. I have started struggling with my Spanish at the moment since I do not speak it every day anymore. I don’t want there to be a language barrier between you and your grandparents and the rest of our Spanish only speaking family. I will teach you about Mexican history, and culture because even though we live in the United States, it is important to celebrate your background. I have only recently been learning about Mexican history, and I wished it was taught in school when I was younger. I hope for you to be a feminist who helps make the world a better place. I will do my best to raise you in an environment where you feel safe and confident. I will accept you no matter what. I hope you have role models that look like you, and who you can look up to. I also will work hard to be a role model for you.

Sincerely,

Your Mother at age 20

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ID #48113

Name: Bhea

Age: 19

Country:  Philippines

Hello! As a girl who lives in the explore section on Instagram I always come across posts of people sending and receiving cute letters and I’ve always wanted to try it myself so here I am.

I love writing, journaling, traveling, art, literature (fiction, non-fiction, YA novels, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, autobiographies, you name it), handwritten letters, cute stuff, listening to music (classical music, jazz, bands like All Time Low and The 1975, K-Pop, etc.), learning new things, experiencing different cultures, and meeting new people. I really want to expand my horizon and what better way to start than exchanging handwritten letters with people around the globe?

You could talk to me about literally anything. Mental health problems? Politics? The universe? Humanity? Sex? Your favorite and least favorite things? I got you.

I’m also an INFJ if that helps.

Preferences:  I’d be more comfortable with people around my age, probably 17-20 years old but I’d welcome with open arms anyone who’s willing to have deep conversations with me, share their favorite music with me (I have the feeling that I’m missing out on good music so please enlighten me), and recommend good books to me. Oh also, if you’re not an open-minded person I’m not the pen pal for you.

ID #46525

Name: Carolina
Age: 19
Country: Italy

Hello everyone! My name is Carolina, I’m 19 yo and I live in the north of Italy, in a small town called Novi Ligure. I always look for something new to do, especially sharing my life to someone by letters. I love writing, reading every kind of book, making memories, printing pictures ang going to concerts. One of my life goals is visiting as many towns as I can, learning cultures, improving my knowledge of arts.

Preferences: Age: 18-26
Gender: every kind
Country: USA, Australia, Sweden, Denimark, Norway, Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom, Quatar, Germany.

ID #20225

Name: Kai
Age: 18
Country: UK

Hi, I’m currently in my last year of college and about to get my exams out of the way. I’m teaching myself Japanese, and I really enjoy Japanese culture. I enjoy reading, watching Netflix, watching anime, reading manga, and playing video games. I enjoy “emo” music (MCR, FOB, P!ATD, Green Day etc) but I do also like other music, like game and movie soundtracks and some more screamy metal music.

I am very active on social media, and spend a lot of my time procrastinating on Tumblr reblogging photos of band members.

I might not be able to talk much until after June when my exams have finished, but I have a long summer break ahead before I (hopefully) get into university.

I am genderfluid and prefer they/them pronouns.

Preferences: Anyone that has the same interests as me, but I would prefer people 16+