asylum-art:

Patrick Doughertys “branchwork” art

patrick dougherty's “branchwork” art , where he makes fantastic sculptures and huts (for lack of a better word) from saplings, branches, and twigs - but he has some new installations that deserve another look.

This one above is called the Na Hale ‘o waiai, Hawaiian for “Wild dwellings built from strawberry guava.”

 Patrick’s website: Stickwork.net

this is cool but also kinda eerie 

fckyeahprettyafricans:

“My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means ‘The road is good.’ Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Nobody can pronounce it.’ Without missing a beat, she said, ‘If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.’”

(via meghantonjes)

npr:

What ‘The Golden Girls’ Taught Us About AIDS" via Barbara Fletcher

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