portraits-of-america:

     “Having kids gives you a bigger meaning than just yourself. We bike together in the summer, and we ski together in the winter. He’s only five, but he already skis all the hard trails with me. I’ve come here plenty of times before to ski by myself, but it’s not the same as when you have children. It’s always nicer to ski and to do things with other people; it’s especially nice to do them with your children.”
White Mountains, NH

portraits-of-america:

     “Having kids gives you a bigger meaning than just yourself. We bike together in the summer, and we ski together in the winter. He’s only five, but he already skis all the hard trails with me. I’ve come here plenty of times before to ski by myself, but it’s not the same as when you have children. It’s always nicer to ski and to do things with other people; it’s especially nice to do them with your children.”

White Mountains, NH

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reportagebygettyimages:

In 2012 and 2013, Islamist militants took over the northern Malian cities of Gao and Timbuktu. Imposing their own despotic version of religious Islamic law, the jihadists threatened to decimate the relics of Mali’s ancient past and suppress the lively spirit of its joyous communities. Women bore the brunt of this crackdown: they were forced to cover their brightly lit clothes with dark hijabs and face-covering burkas, and they were banned from work, school, or regular access to medical care. Many found ingenious ways to fight back: through small acts of defiance, and determined ingenuity, the women of Timbuktu stood up to the Islamists’ demands, and kept the unique spirit of their country alive.

See more from Mali’s Resilient Women, by Katie Orlinsky

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freshrosemary:

yellowbearsdontstop:

This is what riding down 5th Avenue in morning rush hour traffic looks like.

I rode between these two buses and then was stopped at the light so I turned around and took a picture (top) so you could see how small the space is between the two buses. I also took one of my view from the front at the crosswalk as well (bottom).

You really have to have a good understanding of exactly how much space you need (down to within inches) when you’re weaving in midtown traffic, especially during rush hour.

Riding in NYC: Claustrophobics need not apply.

Oh god, I couldn’t. I holler at drivers who come within three feet on my dumb suburban roads. Hats off to you city cyclists from a coddled one.

Always love this perspective but have never photographed it yet. Relative speeds ftw.

(Also, epic tags!?—
#phenomenal cosmic power itty bitty living space #bus sandwich)

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raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

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