restore & rescue

To the people who have no way to get out of Irma’s path:

My prayers are with you.

While it is absolutely important to keep Florida in mind, please also ensure that international agencies and relief efforts do not forget about all the other places being devastated by this storm. Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba are ALL in the storms path too, and it is important to make sure we do not forget about them when the recovery, rescue, and restoration after Irma begins.

Irma has already made landfall in Barbuda (as of today, Sept. 6th 2017), and it is imperative that we remember these countries, islands, and occupied states are all about to be devastated too. And you know the USA is not going to help the occupied territories it has.

“Men’s lives have meaning, not their deaths” is the closest we’ve gotten to an overarching thesis statement for ASOIAF. It reaches all the way back to the first book, to Ned (who, like Quent, turns out to not be the protagonist after all) and his shocking demise. So many readers have interpreted that moment, as well as the Red Wedding two books later, as being indicative of nihilism on GRRM’s part. Everything is chaos, honor gets you killed and is therefore worthless, “power is power.” But this is not so.

Ned’s legacy is not his death, it is his life. The children determined to find each other again because Dad taught them to stick together and be brave, the vassals who have set out to rescue and restore those children in his name, the memory both in-universe and IRL of a decent man who treated his servants like human beings worth listening to and who was determined to protect the young and innocent…all of this is the meaning of Ned Stark, not that he ended up as a head on a spike.

By the same token, the meaning of Tywin Lannister isn’t that he died on the can. It’s why he died on the can, and that is because he lived a terrible life. His legacy is his family tearing itself apart, his hoped-for Lannister regime falling to pieces across Westeros, and his oh-so-symbolic reeking corpse. One of these men, for all his mistakes, found and spread a worthy meaning in his brief time on Terros, and the other, for all his triumphs, did not. We are all mortal; all of us, “from the highest lord to the lowest gutter rat,” are ultimately helpless before the abyss that Quent leaps into in his final chapter. No one (not even Euron, try as he might) can change that. What matters, what makes us who are, what means something, is how we live our lives knowing that in the end, the house always wins.

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C.A. Cupid Doll Rescue

Thankfully, this doll didn’t have the Mattel Glue Head™ problem. So I knew restoring her wouldn’t be too much of a job.

She was, however, seriously played with. As you can see her hair was a mess and the heart twist was loooong gone.

I’m so glad I was able to restore her somewhat to her former glory. I think she looks super cute!

After the boil wash and cleansing her hair came out super smooth and shiny. She still had volume and her curls remained too!

All I did was brush out her hair and trim her bangs a little. I also really didn’t want to attempt the heart twist either; so in the end I just ended up re-twisting the hair, pulling it over her head and tying it at the base of her scalp. It looks simple but still sweet.

Anyway, I’m so proud of how she turned out and hopefully some of yall are too!💖

More restorations to come soon!

Korean history articulated through the more familiar stories of Vietnam and Vieques also raises a series of questions about perception. Why is Korean history so little known in the United States and other parts of the world? Why is the official history of U.S.-Korea relations so riddled with holes, so full of silences that take fifty years to be heard? Are these stories told through Vietnam and Vieques because a history of conflict between South Korea and the United States is unintelligible on its own?

The original script of U.S.-Korea relations reads that the United States has always been a friend to South Korea, a friend that has come to its rescue many times: to liberate a country left demoralized by Japanese colonialism, to fight the communist north in the name of freedom and democracy, to rebuild a country left devastated by war, to grow its economy to miraculous proportions, to save its orphans, to marry its women, to take them to the land of opportunity where they are welcomed with open arms and assimilate quickly. This story line of cooperation between the two countries relies on metaphors of familial relations in which the United States is always cast as the dominant male figure—older brother to the Korean military, husband in the interracial romance, and father figure to orphaned children. While many parallels can be drawn between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Vietnam was an example of the U.S. military’s failed masculinity, whereas the narrative of Korea as a successful rescue mission restores the United States’ dominance int he patriarchal family of nations. In the words of Philadelphia-based reunification activist Sun Yong Park, ‘The American people are used to hearing stories of the bravery of the American military in war. They believe the myth that the Korean War was one of hte most successful actions in American military history and that any atrocities were performed by the communists but not by their own army. This myth has been created by the U.S. Army’s concealing and/or disguising the truth.

—  “Chapter 2: A Genealogy of Trauma,” Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War, Grace M. Cho 
This is a bold statement, I know, but: “Men’s lives have meaning, not their deaths” is the closest we’ve gotten to an overarching thesis statement for ASOIAF.

It reaches all the way back to the first book, to Ned (who, like Quent[yn Martell], turns out to not be the protagonist after all) and his shocking demise. So many readers have interpreted that moment, as well as the Red Wedding two books later, as being indicative of nihilism on GRRM’s part. Everything is chaos, honor gets you killed and is therefore worthless, “power is power.” But this is not so. Ned’s legacy is not his death, it is his life. The children determined to find each other again because Dad taught them to stick together and be brave, the vassals who have set out to rescue and restore those children in his name, the memory both in-universe and IRL of a decent man who treated his servants like human beings worth listening to and who was determined to protect the young and innocent… all of this is the meaning of Ned Stark, not that he ended up as a head on a spike. By the same token, the meaning of Tywin Lannister isn’t that he died on the can. It’s why he died on the can, and that is because he lived a terrible life. His legacy is his family tearing itself apart, his hoped-for Lannister regime falling to pieces across Westeros, and his oh-so-symbolic reeking corpse. One of these men, for all his mistakes, found and spread a worthy meaning in his brief time on Terros, and the other, for all his triumphs, did not.

We are all mortal; all of us, “from the highest lord to the lowest gutter rat,” are ultimately helpless before the abyss that Quent leaps into in his final chapter. No one (not even Euron, try as he might) can change that. What matters, what makes us who are, what means something, is how we live our lives knowing that in the end, the house always wins.
—  “Men’s Lives Have Meaning, Part 5: The Hour of Ghosts”, @poorquentyn’s wonderful series of essays on Quentyn Martell’s arc in ASOIAF.

The aftermath…
We are still listening to helicopters rescuing people just a few neighborhoods over. After a 32hr shift, I was shocked to see water on the interstate. Two of our reservoirs are undergoing controlled releases, they are dangerously close to flowing over their dams. Harvey has destroyed a lot of Houston and the Gulf Coast…but the sight of these rescues restores hope! People as well as animals are being rescued and reunited. It really makes my heart smile❤️