"You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." - Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
So, it turns out the polar vortex pretty much ceases to exist once you step into our Conservatory. That might be due to the fact that Key West is crashing there for a bit, though, and I don’t wanna brag, but, well, yes I do. With thousands of orchids splashing the place with tropical color, it’s like the southernmost point packed up its warmth, hoofed it north, and set up shop in NYC for a spell.
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary opens Saturday, March 1, running straight on through April 21. If you’re in the New York metro area, why miss out on an escape from this downright sadistic winter? And if you snag tickets to one of our Orchid Evenings (first one’s March 8!), you get the benefit of strolling through a confetti of orchids and a complimentary drink under our twinkly glasshouse lights. Though I suppose it would also be a complementary drink, since we all know Thing + Cocktail = Better Thing. —MN
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.
(Note: Article is from 2011.)
Actor Bill Murray did a Reddit AMA and commented on, among other things, recreational marijuana.
"Perhaps there is a certain charm, too, in the fact that the train is an obsolete mode of transportation, much as literature sometimes suspects that it is an obsolete form of communication."
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (tricycle.com)
Everglades National Park in Florida protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty.
Photo: Glenn Gardner
— Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (via vintageanchorbooks)
Anonymous asked: What inspires you?
Crushed leaves, peeling paint and old rust, how people use and interact with their eyes and hands, limbs, fingerprints, the way pigments diffuse into water, patterns in cell biology, those blotches of color you see when you close your eyes, smoke, insects, streetlights in a fog, flowers, hazy 5-6 AM sunlight lighting up a room, Studio Ghibli films, rotting things, the news, grocery shopping, the smell of ginger, people who create and do amazing things
“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
"… a war of narratives — the ones written by the powerful & the ones written by those who posed the biggest threat to that power."
- “Although he provided a copy of this report to Fox, he refused my request to provide it to the members of the committee.”
- “Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid....”
When scientists made the stunning announcement last year that a baby born with H.I.V. had apparently been cured through aggressive drug treatment...”