Setting boundaries/self preservation <3
But why didn’t this cow, who likely swam to the island after being knocked in the water by herd mates, swim back? Well, it turns out she didn’t want to leave her baby behind! She had given birth. The man who found the cow, Kevin Carolan, said, “[T]he remarkable thing for me was how she survived. She’d pulled down every little bit of anything that was green. She consumed it to keep that calf alive.”Just as a human mother wouldn’t leave her baby behind, this cow remained to feed and take care of hers. Cows are extremely social animals, and the bonds between them and their calves are especially strong.This is one of the many reasons the dairy industry is so incredibly cruel. Cows are routinely separated from their newborn calves only hours after they’re born so farmers can take their milk. Cows have been reported to bellow for days in distress over their stolen babies.You can learn more about the cruel realities of the dairy industry here. You can also help put a stop to this suffering by switching to a kind plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle.
Okay, consider this:
Vegans have absolutely no reason to lie to you about conditions of meat, dairy, egg farms, fur farms, zoos, aquariums, animal experimentation, and all other animal uses for food, clothing, and entertainment.
By exposing those industries, they do not personally gain anything. But the government has billions of dollars riding on animal agriculture. Think about all the businesses that earn money from exploiting the vulnerable.
Think long and hard about that before you accuse vegans of propaganda and brainwashing.
if you wanna learn about food justice and the importance of being connected to the earth, stop reading that wet bandaid, and read these people instead:
- bell hooks
- wendell berry
- helen and scott nearing
- vandana shiva
- bryant terry
- gary snyder
- dolores huerta
- cesar chavez
- will allen
- grace lee boggs
- majora carter
- breeze harper
masculine, nayyirah waheed
As far as I knew, no one knew about Return to Oz . I can’t even recall an origin story, how the movie actually showed up in my hands. My sister claims we just found the VHS somewhere, maybe in an overlooked bin, at some video store that may have been Blockbuster. I do remember looking at the cover and knowing immediately that I wanted it. We went home and watched it. And watched it again. And watched it again. And watched it. Again.
This is an Oz you might unfamiliar with. The film begins with Dorothy Gale—the same Dorothy character previously played by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, but now played by a younger Fairuza Balk—shortly after her return to Kansas. Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are growing concerned with Dorothy’s inability to sleep, and what they see as her obsessive delusions, this odd fixation on a place she’s created in her head. In order to help cure her, they bring her to a mental institution to be treated overnight via electroshock therapy. It’s nighttime, it’s raining, and Dorothy can hear the howls of other patients in pain.
This unexpected premise resonated with me as a child. At that age, I felt just as Dorothy did—misunderstood to the point of feeling like an alien, finding home only in imagined worlds. I was brought to see a psychiatrist for similar reasons. Why this obsession with the imagined? Where was reality? I was always more concerned with my inner world than socializing with the other kids around me. So prone to fantasy, I hardly even noticed my peers. In pictures, always looked both meek and haunted. My eyes darted elsewhere.”
This is the classic story of a dog chasing a cat, though it turns the convention on its tail, so to speak.
I’m not crying you’re crying shut up
Angel Olsen - May As Well
if you really love me there’s no way to tell
i’m always arriving when you say farewell
"Some people don’t sleep at night - I am one of those people. These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise - like a vampire… I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything - I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy - I was the model…" Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks Polaroid Selfies c.1976
she gets it
zero and i were hanging out with some new friends the other night, and when we explained how nami and lita wake us up really early in the morning even after we’ve fed them, and how it bugs us but we don’t really mind because they’re our best friends, people seemed confused and gave us looks like we’re out of touch with reality, and i was like, y’all don’t understand the privilege of sharing your home with other species like actual predators who are simultaneously incredibly cuddly and love you so much that they follow you around and cuddle up in your lap and talk to you in their language even though they don’t even talk to each other like that, like are you kidding me??? of course i let my cats wake me up in the morning. sometimes i shove them away because i’m exhausted and you know they must be joking, but always i am honored and happy and think ‘i love you too.’ this is a weird age we live in where animals are still domesticated and considered property and i don’t know what the future will be like but i know this is totally fucked up and i am just happy that my kitties are so happy that they can’t wait for me to wake up on my own so we can snuggle all day.