I’ve been thinking about liminal spaces a bit tonight. And truck/rest stops are often considered to be liminal spaces. Having family a few states over, I’m no stranger to family road trips and, by extension rest stops. There is one thing about them that I’ve thought about for years.
People work there.
There are people who are not just passing through, but show up day after day, clock in, work for hours, and then go home. Where do they live? What are they like? Are these liminal spaces no longer liminal for them? Its a set destination for them now.
What sort of weird shit do they see every day that they just sigh and return to mopping the floor? The unusual that is just another day on the job. That weird otherworldiness at 3am but whatever I’m on a break.
Perhaps they are immune to the effects of the passing spirits mixing with the mundane, cause how can you be in a liminal space if its your job? Maybe they are special caretakers that keeps the spirits moving on their way, giving directions to things no one else is supposed to see.
Either way they aren’t paid enough to deal with this shit.
Dr. Hadiya Nicole Green AKA The Pioneer in the fight against cancer
Beautiful: Jackie Aina (She’s also artistic, intelligent, funny)
Hilarious: Leslie Jones
Poetic: Maya Angelou
Fearless: Assata Shakur & Angela Davis
Lezley McSpadden, Gwen Carr,
and Sybrina Fulton aka Mothers of The Movement
Fighters: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi aka founders of #BlackLivesMatter
Visionaries: Ava Duvernay (Director)
Shonda Rhimes (producer, screenwriter)
Determined: Ilhan Omar (Politician)
Serena and Venus (and someone asking them a dumb question)
Some Bonus Awesomeness:
Kerry Washington, Taraji P Henson, and Mary J Blige
Despite being one of the most disrespected demographics, black women remain to be an integral part of America’s (and also global) history, present, and future. Validate, and humanize them. And take note of all the badassery and awesomeness.
Tracy K. Smith, the 45-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, has been named the new United States poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced on Wednesday.
In a statement on Wednesday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said that it gave her “great pleasure” to appoint Smith, “a poet of searching,” to the position.
Hayden went on to praise Smith’s work, saying that it “travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture.”
Smith is the 22nd poet to hold the position, officially titled the “Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States,” NPR reported on Wednesday. She succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera, who has spent two yearlong terms as the poet laureate. Read more (6/14/17)