Fairy rings occupy a prominent place in European folklore as the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. According to the folklore, a fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it. They are soooooo beautiful!
fairy rings are usually caused by decaying organic matter, generally a tree stump. many types of fungi have symbiotic relationships with tree roots and mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of such fungus. So if a huge old tree was cut down, you’ll often find fairy rings. they can last for years and years as the earth reabsorbs all the nutrients left behind by the beautiful tree.
sorry, didn’t mean to crush dreams - but i have a degree in horticulture and i was really excited when i first learned this.
maybe fairies and fungi are joining together to mourn the loss of the tree
NO BUT FINDING OUT ABOUT WHY FAIRY RINGS EXIST IS ALSO REALLY COOL.
From a writer’s perspective, it’s even more interesting to find out why they exist on a horticultural level, because it opens up a whole realm of fictional possibilities. Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.
For example, doesn’t that just essentially make this a tree grave? And if folklore has taught us anything, it’s that “fairies” and other spirits usually occupy trees, or have them as their life force. And that’s to say nothing of the folklore of trees being spirits in and of themselves, or kitsunes that live in tree hollows, or dryads, etc., etc.. So, if it’s disrespectful or feels like a slight to step on human graves, wouldn’t that logic transfer to stepping inside the Fairy Circle, AKA, the tree’s grave? It’s essentially giving more fuel to the story, not detracting from it, in my humble opinion!Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.
Amen to that!
Jenesis Fonseca - “The Way to a Woman’s Heart” (CUPSI 2014)
"They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. There is no proverb about the way to a woman’s heart. The way into her is more important."
Performing for Princeton during semifinals at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
@Lupita_Nyongo , The 31-year-old Academy Award winner for 12 Years A Slave lands her first big endorsement as the face of the French luxury brand, saying she’s proud to push the idea that “beauty shouldn’t be dictated,” but rather be “an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself”
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o’s breakout year just keeps getting better. The 31-year-old actress is the new face of Lancôme cosmetics, becoming the first black ambassador for the French luxury brand.
“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” Nyong’o said in a statement.
Lancôme is Nyong’o’s first major endorsement deal since nabbing the Academy Award for best supporting actress in early March for her role in 12 Years a Slave. She joins a host of other famed Oscar-winning actresses as ambassadors for the brand, including Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Winslet. According to USA Today, her ads will begin appearing this summer.
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Goodbye Earl was one of my favorite songs as a young girl and I love that. This song is so great- a best friend helping murder her friend’s abuser (testifying to the strength of female friendships!! fighting back against domestic violence!) Yes, give me more songs like this please.
Friends? #pets #cats #dogs #ramona #cambria
The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that would ban discrimination against transgender people.
Nicely done MD!
aw yiss my state
We all wish we could be heroes.
Emphasis: You don’t get to decide what women are deserving of your respect. WE ALL ARE.
Although the due date was a month away
Jill took her evening to get her bills paid.
And after the ding of the final invoice sent
She saw in her inbox the invitation to an event:
Congratulations You’ve Been Invited
To a Parade! Get excited!
"A parade? Why I can’t deal with all that ruckus."
But her interest piqued, she decided to see what the fuss was.
She stepped outside in just what she was wearing
And looked and listened for lights and the blaring
Or crackle of firecrackers
But what she saw lacked the hurrahs
Of any parade she had seen in her days.
"What’s going on?" she asked to her neighbor
A simple man, who worked in labor
And helped the lady who lived upstairs
By fixing up her broken wheelchairs.
"You know, I’m not quite sure
This is unlike any parade I’ve seen before.”
And this sentiment was echoed
By a woman down the road
Who received her invitation
After taking a vacation
That she’d earned from years of working hard
Who always found time to keep a clean yard.
The next to come and join them
was a little girl named Joyce Nguyen
Who showed herself affection
By kissing her reflection
And did her homework nightly
And asked for things politely.
Yet still no bandleader
Just the cool night air
And the fire escape
And stars in the sky
Beautiful twinkling stars in the sky
Magnificent, glowing, glory-showing stars in the sky.
Stars that shine brighter, and longer, and more fervently than any fireworks.
We throw parties for holidays
Give presents on birthdays
But take a look at what you did today
Because there’s a good chance that it deserves praise.
Self-care is not a once-a-year
Gather around and scream and cheer
Occasion to celebrate
So I ask you now to designate
A part of each night
To setting things right
And celebrating the blessings
That self-care brings to light.