IRAQ. Bashur (Southern Kurdistan). Erbil governorate. November 25, 2016. A displaced woman who was injured in clashes and fleeing from ISIS militants in Mosul, receives treatment at a hospital west of Erbil.
IRAQ. Bashur (Southern Kurdistan). Nineveh governorate. Mosul/Mûsilê. November 17, 2016. An Iraqi special forces soldier holds a girl injured by an Islamic State suicide car bomb attack in Tahrir neighbourhood.
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IRAQ. Bashur (Southern Kurdistan). Nineveh governorate. Mosul/Mûsilê. December 2, 2016. A group of civilians pass close to the body of an Islamic State militant, while fleeing from Mosul due to ISIS heavy shelling in several areas under control of the Iraqi Army. Most of the fighting in Mosul has been taking place in the city’s eastern sector, where Iraq’s special forces are making slow progress because of fears over the safety of civilians still inside the city and spirited IS resistance.
One of the things that I really appreciate about spending all this time in the mountains is being able to watch the sun set each evening. It’s not that the colors are any more intense than in the city, it’s the scope of the landscapes that stretch out in front of us, creating such incredible scenes. → Peter Schweitzer
ok so today was my first day at my new job and 1) both the girls i worked with were super cute so. theres that and 2) im p sure one of them is australian???? bc her accent shone through a few times but she’s for sure been here for at least a couple years bc she told me she’s been working at this place for almost 3 years so like. idk
So my followers may have noticed that my blog has been silent for about a year now. I wish I had a good excuse, but honestly, my life and mental state just got in the way.
A lot has happened in that year. I lost my job, got a new one, and lost that one. I broke friendships and started new ones. My house was severely damaged in a historic flood, and I repaired it (mostly).
My craft hasn’t stagnated, either. I’ve tried new things (Storm magick, guys! I actually did it! It was terrifying!), I’ve stepped away from the negative parts of my craft, and now I’m renewing my efforts to make myself more open with other witches.
I’d like to formally apologize to those of you who I failed to say goodbye to, and especially everyone who reached out to me during my hiatus and never heard back. I never meant to snub anyone.
A lot of asks have built up, and I’ll be making a concerted effort over the next week or so to get them all answered.
I’m reopening this blog to talk about what I’ve learned this past year. My successes, failures, regrets, and perhaps most importantly to my craft as it stands now, my fears and how I’ve dealt with them.
Whatever you do, don’t imagine Bones saying “bless your heart” to Spock. Don’t imagine Spock asking Jim what that means because he doubts “the doctor wants my heart blessed.” Don’t imagine Jim laughing so hard he isn’t making any noise.