"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."
Phoenix: Birth and Death & My Thoughts
Life is a process, a journey, an adventure, never a place or path with a destination. Everything lives and dies in one sense or another. For as long as I can remember the Phoenix has always interest me because of its symbolic meaning with life and death. We never knew when or why we were born just as we will never know when or why we will die. It represents duality, and in some sense infinity, two very complex concepts for me because as much as it makes no sense, it makes perfect sense! “The Phoenix obtains new life from the ashes of its predecessor.” The concept of duality creates harmony for if I knew of its beginning I’d be predicting a possible unlikely end, a driving force into insanity. Endings are boring and serve no purpose but the one to which it is given. In life I do not believe in beginnings or endings only continuations. That is what I see in the Phoenix, a continuation, no start or endpoints, just a cycle. Everything is a continuation. Like a swirl that keeps adding to the mix, the same swirl just with a different twist.
My life has experienced many ‘Phoenix’s’ and I feel another cycle approaching. Things have changed drastically over the last couple of years and I couldn’t have imagined where I am today just two years ago. Beliefs, passions, truths, have aged with time alongside experiences; to return and be re-cycled in my space of comfort from previous moments and experiences.
Life is a cycle. A swirl of endless memories that were once real time moments to be cast aside to create more moments and memories. High tides and low streams are few and far between yet they still exist and should like all the rest - pass in time.
Just saw someone who walked just like one of my close friends who passed… almost teared…I miss you bro RIP Hi-Def
I swear when I hit this casino I’m walking out wit 100s!!!
"Masculinity is a trait, not a gender"
In an effort to both allocate space for and document the existence of masculine women, photographer Meg Allen created a powerful series of portraits for an exhibit at Cafe Gabriela in Oakland, Calif.
Entitled BUTCH, Allen’s series not only represents genderqueer women for a broader, heteronormative audience, but reaffirms butch identity within the queer community at a time when “butch flight,” or gender transitioning, is arguably becoming more and more commonplace. It is, as Allen says on her website, “an homage to the bull-daggers and female husbands before me, and to the young studs, gender queers and bois who continue to bloom into the present.”
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These are some good looking folks
This is all I have ever wanted to see. My butch friends may sometimes get “Why don’t you just become a man?” in the same way folks would tell me “Why don’t you just be a butch lesbian?” Because masculinity and gender identity are two totally separate bubbles, that for some become a venn diagram, and for others, coexist peacefully inside of us.
Two things can exist independently, and coexist peacefully. Gender identity and masculinity/femininity/androgyny.
a lot of these babes are my friends and this project is really important to my city, it makes me so happy whenever i see it.