This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?
It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the pain-staking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old.
Image: Sam Van Aken
Jesus and I thought I had identity problems.
Vivre Sa Vie (1962) dir. by Jean-Luc Godard
"Touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow:
O my heart, O my heart shies from the sorrow”
I am puzzled as the newborn child
I am riddled as the tide.
Should I stand amid the breakers?
Should I lie with Death my bride?
Hear me sing, “Swim to me, Swim to me, Let me enfold you:
Here I am, Here I am, Waiting to hold you”
my favorite version
especially during these times, I think that the most important thing for Muslim women to be doing is exactly what men do to be considered “a man,” and that’s fostering independence.
whether it’s considered cultural or religious (or perhaps even both, which is what usually happens with Muslims), daughters are especially treated as delicate entities by which many insist that they should never be harmed by the very harsh world. And yet, people fail to realize that women already battle the harsh world physically, emotionally, and sometimes even mentally.
It’s unfortunate because the double standards cut deeper than the very harsh world many assume women cannot overcome. When young boys graduate any form of schooling, attain their own residence, start collecting their very own income, it’s considered a respectable aspect of their growth. But if women insist, especially if Muslim women insist, to graduate with their PhD, attain their own income, move out before they get married, it’s considered blasphemous and shameful.
I wish I can tell you that this isn’t Islamic, but Muslims have made this Islamic (and yet continually forget the life of Khadijah, especially her life before marrying Muhammad). I wish I can tell young girls whom I teach that the intertwining of their ethnic and religious culture does not affect how their decisions for the future will be viewed by others, but it will, and it does.
Tomorrow, if I were to choose to move out, continue with my schooling, put my relationship status on a hold, and work a job that I love, I would be a shame to the family. But if my older cousin were to attain all of these things, he would be considered manly and wise.
So what’s a woman to do? What’s a Muslim woman to do? Follow your heart; follow your head, too; don’t be disappointed at the people who will never come to understand you, and hold tight on to those who care about your ambitions and your dreams. Do what you believe is the best thing for you, and tawakal ‘ala Allah.
If the breeze, in the garden of memory,
Wants to scatter the petals; then, let it be.
The pain, resting in some niche of the bygone age,
If wishes to kindle again; then, let it be.
Although you behave like a stranger now, so what;
Come and spend some time, face to face.
—Faiz Ahmad Faiz, from “Let It Be” in Memory Poetry of Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Vudya Kitaban Forlag, 1987
- Israel forcibly sterilised Ethiopian immigrants
- Israel harvested the organs of dead Palestinians without consent
- Any mention of Israel wiping Palestine off the map
- Israelis chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ (an extremely regular occurrence)
- Their top Rabbis signed a religious ruling forbidding renting homes to Palestinians/non-Jews
- 'Price tag' attacks by Israelis on churches, monasteries, mosques and graveyards (Christian and Muslim)
LITERALLY HOW I FELT ABOUT EVERY ASSHOLE WHITE PERSON WHO CAME WITH LEGALIZE WEED SIGNS AT MAY DAY TODAY IN LOS ANGELES.
As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.