Now listen to this reed-flute’s deep lament
About the heartache being apart has meant:
‘Since from the reed-bed they uprooted me
My song’s expressed each human’s agony,
A breast which separation’s split in two
Is what I seek, to share this pain with you:
When kept from their true origin, all yearn
For union on the day they can return.’

—Excerpt from “The Song of the Reed,” at the beginning of Rumi’s Masnavi. Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi.

The Masnavi is a series of six books by Rumi, who was born on 30 September 1207. A compendium of ethical and mystical teachings and Sufi stories, the Masnavi is one of the most well-known and influential works of Sufi literature of all time.

Image: Reeds by Siggy Nowak, Public Domain via Pixabay.

September 30, 1918

President Woodrow Wilson speaks in front of a joint session of Congress in support of female suffrage. After years of activism by suffragettes, the 19th Amendment had passed through the House of Representatives and was in front of the Senate for a vote. Wilson appealed to the Congressmen to approve the Amendment by painting it as “vitally essential” to the war effort which women were greatly involved in. Ultimately, President Wilson’s speech would not be enough as the Senate would fail to pass female suffrage by two votes. The 19th Amendment would not make it through Congress until June 1919 and would finally become the law of the land when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it on August 18, 1920. In his speech to Congress, Wilson stated 

Are we alone to ask and take the utmost that our women can give, – service and sacrifice of every kind, – and still say we do not see what title that gives them to stand by our sides in the guidance of the affairs of their nation and ours? We have made partners of the women in this war; shall we admit them only to a partnership of suffering and sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of privilege and right? This war could not have been fought…if it had not been for the services of the women, – services rendered in every sphere, – not merely in the fields of effort in which we have been accustomed to see them work, but wherever men have worked and upon the very skirts and edges of the battle itself. 

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James Dean | Photographer Dennis Stock on James Dean | American Masters | PBS
from his book “James Dean: 50 years Ago” 1955 “…When I look back at Los Angeles in the early fifties, and specifically Sunset Boulevard, it reminds me of the board game in which you try to move clockwise and upward, past designated obstacles, into “Stardom and Wealth.” Rolling the dice at the start, as a …

Today, we remember James Dean who passed away tragically on this day in 1955 at the age of 24

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On this day in Kasabian history…

30 September 2014: Tom, Serge and Tim perform an acoustic session for the Canadian radio station The Edge and debut Glass live.

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Chernobyl nuclear disaster was 30 years ago today

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened on April 26, 1986, in the city of Pripyat, Ukraine.

An explosion and fire released radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Europe.

According to www.world-nuclear.org, the accident “was the result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with inadequately trained personnel.”

Two plant workers died on the night of the accident and 28 others died within weeks from acute radiation poisoning.

Commemorations are being held in the Ukraine today, according to the BBC.

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On This Day in the Phandom: 7 years ago!

On 21st February 2009, Phil brings the Amazingphil community to its knees by uploading his music video for A Static Lullaby’s cover of Toxic!

It was uploaded as part The Punk Goes Pop Vol. 2: Burry V.S. Binks Battle, which was an online contest to see who could make the best amateur music video for the songs on that album!

Many were confused by this surprise video and some wondered if Phil was actually singing the vocals!

The girl that appears at the end is Phil’s long time Youtube friend Strawburry17, who he made this video with recently.

Let’s be thankful today that emo/Myspace Phil is preserved in such a legendary video of his (and that it’s still public!).

Happy Toxicversary.

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