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Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán.

Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”.

During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. She produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: “Because I am so often alone….because I am the subject I know best.” 

She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” (x)

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"How do we forgive ourselves for all of the things we did not become?"

- "14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes" by David ‘Doc’ Luben  (via bruisedkneesclub)

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John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990)

John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990)

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"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.

So collapse.
This is not your destruction.

This is your birth."

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"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can."

- John Wesley (via awelltraveledwoman)

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Creative Sculptures by Hedi Xandt

Hedi Xandt imagines impressive sculptures. Mixing styles and materials with talent, the artist invites us to discover his dark and intense universe.

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"The thing about dreams is that we don’t talk about dreams. We write them down on slips of paper and pass them, face down, to the fireworks operator, who spells them out electric across the night sky."

- Sasha Fletcher, “in case you are swallowed by a wolf,” published in Blunderbuss Magazine (via sarahjeanalex)

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"There is no shame in being hungry for another person."

- Augusten Burroughs (via awelltraveledwoman)

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Tourism is essential to the Cuban economy, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the country’s GDP in 2013, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. More than 2 million foreign tourists visit every year, and the Cuban Ministry of Tourism says the 2014 high season that just ended was the biggest on record — a 5 percent increase from the previous year.

The government is also hoping a possible lifting of the American embargo, which has economically squeezed the island for more than 50 years, would add to that growing revenue. Travel writer Christopher Barker says there is speculation that 1 million new American tourists would flood the country in the first year following the end of the embargo, and 2 to 3 million annually after that. Varadero, slightly more than 100 miles from Key West, Fla., is perfectly poised to absorb some of those tourist dollars.

But many wonder if the disparity between the pay for workers in the tourism industry — and the salaries for other professions on the island — might signal the return of the huge gap between the haves and have-nots that Manuel Landin Rodriguez, a former teacher, remembers with such displeasure.

Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears

Photo Credit: David Gilkey/NPR

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"Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth."

- Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems (via thatkindofwoman)

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Azurite and malachite

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"Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things."

- Ann Voskamp (via awelltraveledwoman)

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