“Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky, and water was a real and
active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly
feeling that kept us safe among them… The animals had rights - the
right of man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the
right to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness. This concept of
life and its relations filled us with the joy and mystery of living; it
gave us reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the
scheme of existence with equal importance to all.”
~ Chief Luther Standing Bear
Clara Jeffery, editor in chief of Mother Jones, offered a simple explanation: “It’s dramatic. It’s good for TV, reporters get caught up in the moment, or, worse, jingoism.”
She added: “Military action is viewed as inherently nonpartisan, opposition or skepticism as partisan. News organizations that are fearful of looking partisan can fall into the trap of failing to provide context.”
And so, empathy as the president’s clear motivation is accepted, she said — “with no mention of the refugee ban keeping those kids out, no mention of Islamophobia that has informed his campaign and administration. How can you write about motive and not explore that hypocrisy?”
you begin to believe in the sacred way of life, you will begin to
understand the importance of the sacred sites, knowing that they are a
connection to Mother Earth. You will understand the traditions and the
ability to see the prophecies that were passed down through the
generations of Ancestors, who lived in harmony. They had seen what was
in store for their seven generations to come (us), they prayed we would
re-find the “key” to harmony in understanding the Spirit of the Circle
of Life. It is then that you assist in bringing health, prosperity and
balance back to Mother Earth. That is human sacrifice and spiritual
growth. That is the way. We as the Buffalo People believe in this circle
of life, where there is no ending and no beginning. The process of
mending the sacred hoop continues…..
Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Believe that.
Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are
desperately needed to save the Soul of this World. Did you think you
were put here for something less?……Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Tomasz Alan Kopera_ ~ George RedHawk PhotoAnimation
sure! i’m going to recommend you some of my favorites with a little description of what it’s about:
gossip girl: narrated by the omniscient blogger “gossip girl”, the series revolves around the fictional lives of upper-class adolescents living in manhattan’s upper east side.
game of thrones: nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
stranger things: when a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.
this is us: follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same birthday, to so much more than anyone would expect.
skam: the story of young teenagers and pupils on hartvig nissen’s upper secondary school in oslo, and their troubles, scandals and everyday life. Each season is told from a different person’s point of view.
shadowhunters: after her mother disappears, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting, and embrace her new role among the shadowhunters.
Some sketches I did of the kids, Qrow and Raven, with their Dad, Kite.
Kite: Okay, I’m going to toss you!
Raven: -squeal- Noooo! Daddy! Stop!
Raven: -giggles- No no no no no no!
The kids have transformed for the first time at age 3. They’re both scared and precious little downy birbs who don’t know whats happening and are trying their best. Kite, being a good Daddy, keeps his kids close until they switch back. He doesn’t reveal how ridiculous and adorable they both look. I know it’s silly that Qrow can be picked up like a little kitten, by the scruff of his neck, but I drew it anyway. They’re shape shifters. If Kite wants to carry his son like this, he can. (By the way, Kite’s bird form is a Brahminy Kite)
Volgenest Flag and Emblem. When they founded the village, Kite had it tattooed on his shoulder to permanently tie him to what finally felt like home.
Having twins means double the blessings and double the mischief. Kite found a way to keep them out of trouble: Hold both at the same time and love them to pieces. Qrow usually took the shoulders and Raven sat comfortably in her Daddy’s arms.
Tawny Trough (pronounced ‘Tr-Oh’) is Kite’s stout, adoptive mother and Chief Eule’s old commander. She is a veteran warrior and can put men twice her size in their place (coughKitecough). Tawny is overjoyed when she finds out Cerise is pregnant and mother-hens her until her grandbabies arrive…then she mother-hen’s them.
I was kinda bored one evening, too tired to do anything… and since I have some writer buddies (*winks at @wolfie-dragon-rider and @slavicviking*), I thought I might try writing a short story myself. I didn’t plan for this one, hence why it’s so messy and weird. But I hope you’ll enjoy anyway! :)
Rated M - because of one sentence, otherwise this fits nicely into the T rating. Hiccstrid angst.
Thank you @wolfie-dragon-rider, for providing feedback! :) _________________________________________
say there’s light at the end of every tunnel. A shiny, bright
light at the end of every night. If they’re talking about sunrise,
then it sure is true. That autumn morning was one of the more
memorable ones on Berk. A bright yellow glare broke through the
horizon, shedding light on the sharp cliffs sticking out from the
endless blue sea. It looked as if the sunrise itself
enlightened Berk and its people, bringing the isle back from the
depths of complete darkness.
Teach your children what we have taught our children - that the Earth is our Mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know. The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. We did not weave the web of life; We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the Web, We do to ourselves.
character info/casual clothes for two of the gang’s leaders Aside from kicking other members, always shouting MOTHERF**KER, carrying knives around and underage smoking, these cool cat bad boys are not as bad. I swear, chief!
**their mothers picked out their clothes for them so as much as possible they wore their school uniforms
or: Four Times Moana and Maui Surprised the Crowd, and One Time They Did Not
My first shot at a 4-and-1 type gig! I tried to keep these short, but you know my writing, that didn’t end up happening. I think this is like seven thousand words total. Look, my hand just slipped for four hours straight.
Happy, happy birthday to my dear friend @paperjam-bipper! You’re so old now, you shmuck. Congratulations. Hope you enjoy the gratuitous amounts of fluff I stuck in here, just for you. :)
Fandom: Moana Words: 7,400 Category: Gen Relationship: Moana & Maui
Summary: Four times Moana and Maui surprised the crowd, and one time they did not.
It’s when the first wave breaks on the deck of their ship that Aronui decides, quite firmly, that she does not like storms.
Even shielded as she is from the worst of the rain by her mother’s sturdy legs and swollen belly, there pellets of water sting against her eyelids, and Aronui has to squint to see the deck of the boat mere feet in front of her. Her hairband was lost long ago to the frenzy of the wind, which whips her hair around her face. When Aronui spares a hand to try and tame it, she ends up nearly ripping off the right half of her head.
“Hard about to port!” shouts a familiar voice, commanding against the fury of the storm.
Aronui looks over to see Moana astride the canoe. Despite the writhing waves that tower around her Moana looks at ease, balanced perfectly atop the edge of her canoe while wrestling with the halyard in both hands. She’s planted at one end of her tiny craft, which sways dangerously in the water, and is somehow using the boat’s instability to clamber up the side and look intently at Kara.
Was it just me or was anyone else really uncomfortable with how Lin was forced to spend time with her sister and her family when she obviously didn't want to? Going through that discomfort all because Suyin wanted her to? Like I don't care how many decades have passed if I don't want to see a close relative again I have definitely made up my mind and wouldn't plan to see them either and them having a family wouldn't change it. It was frustrating to see her get grief for it. Maybe it's just me.
Bryke have a tense relationship with a lot of their online
fans. They don’t take criticism well, and when they do try to pander to their
fanbase, the results are … unfortunate. Such is the case with one Suyin
Beifong, another character they liked waaaay too
much for her own good. The creators of Korra
had been on the receiving end of fanexasperation
for their dearth of present and living mother figures. They responded to this
in typical Bryke fashion: with a good idea executed poorly and with absolutely
no effort at nuance.
It’s obvious that Suyin’s presence was correlated to fan
criticism, not only because they tried too hard (You want a mother figure? How
about a daughter of a fan favorite character? And she’ll have four, no, five children! And everyone will look up
to her! And she’ll be an artist and happily married and the leader of the
bestest city ever!), but because they awkwardly had to introduce her in Book
Three as Lin’s sister that no one had seen or heard of before. The entire
sibling rivalry plot with Lin only existed because they couldn’t explain Suyin’s
sudden introduction any other way. (Still, you’d think Tenzin would have
mentioned her at some point in the first two books! Oh, well.) And as Mary
Sues are wont to, she does terrible things throughout The Legend of Korra without acknowledging her mistakes, much less
growing from them, and without suffering any negative consequences for her
The initial setup for Suyin was great. A metalbending mom
who is in charge of a city and defined by more than her familial status? Sign
me up! But as with so many Bryke endeavors, Suyin’s character path breaks down
on closer inspection. We need look no further than “Old Wounds.” When Lin and
Suyin were teenagers, Lin:
Arrested Suyin for criminal activity.
Hung around with criminals even when her mother
was chief of police
Helped gangsters steal property
Scarred her older sister for life
Proceeded to blame all of the above on Lin and her
It’s pretty obvious which sister was more in the wrong. Now,
people might excuse Suyin for this by saying she had an absent mother and was
But yes, she was not the first teenager to make a mistake
via a series of rash actions in the name of rebellion. The problem isn’t that
she has a troubled past. Tons of people do. The problem is that we never see
her grow from those past mistakes. From troubled youth to presiding over a
city, happily married with five children—how did she do it? What growth did her
character undergo to make her shape up the way she did? Toph tears up the
arrest report and feels so guilty she resigns from the force a year later; Lin is scarred forever and carries that resentment with her. But all
Suyin gets is a trip to her grandparents’ house, who, while terrible guardians
in A:TLA, seem to have been converted into trustworthy parents that magically
transformed Suyin into a responsible adult.
Suyin’s actions cause other people to suffer consequences
while she gets rewarded.
Fast forward a few decades. Lin is compelled to visit her
sister and gets no end of needling for her lack of desire to have contact with
the person who put a mark on her face. Upon reuniting with her sister, Suyin doesn’t offer an apology or try to make it up to Lin.
Instead, in the face of Lin’s understandable coldness, she says the most
hurtful thing possible:
You know what, Lin? You’re the one
who hasn’t changed. You’re still a bitter loner who only cares about herself.
No wonder Tenzin ended things with you years ago.
Is it any wonder Lin wants to fight her? And again, there is
no chastising of Suyin for this, no pointing out how poorly she acted or how
badly this reflects on her as a sister, hostess, and head of the city of Zaofu.
Rather, the entire burden of making amends and changing her ways is fobbed off
Despite Suyin’s assertion that Lin is the one who hasn’t
changed, Lin is actually the one we see
change, not Suyin. It is Lin who undergoes a fever, who recovers and apologizes
to Opal and gets the ball rolling with the reconciliation. It’s only after Lin
offers to mend fences that Suyin apologizes—not for her criminal behavior or
for scarring her sister, but because she “gave [Lin] a hard time as a kid”. Um,
no. Putting bugs in someone’s bed is giving them a hard time. Calling them an
embarrassing nickname is giving them a hard time. What Suyin did was more than
just childish shenanigans; it had a profound effect on the rest of Lin’s life.
Speaking of life-changing experiences, yes, Bryke are aping
Zuko’s character development with respect to Lin’s fever—because what else are
they going to do?—but at least they’re trying.
With Suyin, they ignore her wrongdoing because they’ve decided she’s a character
they like, and that’s that.
But the misadventures of Suyin Beifong don’t end there. In
Book 4, the Earth Kingdom is in shambles with the assassination of the Earth
Queen, yet Suyin refuses to be the leader the Earth Kingdom needs in its time
of turmoil. She frames this as not wanting to grab power, but misunderstands
the situation. She is the most visible Earth Kingdom leader left in a land with
a history of monarchy and growing civil unrest; it is her job to bring stability back to her homeland. But instead of the
message, “With great power comes great responsibility,” we get, “With great
responsibility comes great power … so do nothing while your country descends
into chaos!” Why didn’t she work together with the other Earth Kingdom leaders
and form a coalition government, or at least pick an actual strong head of
state, rather than Wu? She could George Washington it and hand off power once
things were more stable if she felt she had to stand on principle. Instead,
knowing the Earth Kingdom’s history with tyranny and the growing banditry
issues, she turns her back on those who most need her help. This creates the
ideal climate for someone like Kuvira to take over—a fact neither Suyin nor
anyone else on the “good side” acknowledges.
And perhaps the most egregious example of Mary Suyin is with
Kuvira herself. Suyin is on the record saying that Kuvira was like a daughter to
her growing up. Considering Kuvira ended up conquering the Earth Kingdom and
wiping out anyone who opposed her rule, something must have gone pretty wrong
during her upbringing, wouldn’t you say? But watch what happens when Suyin
comforts her biological son (who also participated in this conquest):
Baatar Jr.: Mom, I’m so sorry. I
betrayed you- the whole family. I gave my life to Kuvira, and she just fired
that weapon at me. How could she do that?
Su: I don’t know, sweetie. She’s a
Baatar Jr.: Wing and Wei will never
forgive me. And Opal…
Su: Yeah, they might take some time
to come around, (takes Baatar’s hand) but we’ll work through it- as a family.
And now watch her reaction to the person she said was like a
Kuvira: And Su, I’m sorry for all
the anguish I’ve caused you and your family.
Su: You’re going to answer for
everything you’ve done.
Of course, Suyin never admits any guilt over either party’s
actions, since with Baatar she doesn’t even know what she’s apologizing for (“I don’t know what I did to hurt
you, but whatever it was, I’m sorry”). But there is a spectacular double
standard on display with respect to Baatar and Kuvira. No calls her out on it.
No one challenges her. And if you still don’t see how morally reprehensible this
is, consider Iroh and Zuko.
When Iroh said:
Ever since I lost my son …
I think of you as my own.
He meant this:
Zuko: How can you forgive me so
Iroh: I was never angry with you. I
was sad, because I thought you lost your way.
Zuko: I did lose my way.
Iroh: But you found it again. And
you did it by yourself! And I am so happy you found your way here.
Yet Suyin condemned Kuvira at the first opportunity, despite
And this scene:
Tell us everything we need to know about Suyin Beifong. (And
about Bryke’s writing vs. Aaron Ehasz’s.) Her lack of development is just one
casualty in a long line of ethical dilemmas that LOK squanders by focusing only on the character performing an action, not on the action itself.