Master artist Wang Junyi made expert use of the changing hues in a piece of imperial green jadeite with its orangey weathering rind to create a wonderful filigree style butterfly. Even with diamond tools, jadeite is very tough to carve due to the interfelted nature of the pyroxene crystals, burn in high pressure low temperature metamorphism, often in subduction zones when rocks are carried deep down towards the mantle but bounce back up to the surface due to their buoyancy, sometimes being focussed through faults.
When I was in Boston this weekend I took my friend to Copley Square because it has, in my experience, two of the most beautiful churches in the country. Outside of Old South Church (a United Church of Christ church), there was this sign. Big. And it was amazing how great I felt to see Trans on there. I imagine it would be the same for someone who was homeless or a recovering addict or bisexual or something else that people often judge you for - or who had an identity that has made other religious communities abandon you or shame you. It also wasn’t just listed with things that are “problems” or difficult. It was listed with Male and Female, with Nerd and Cool Kid… I just think this sign is so powerful and I wanted to share it with everyone.
I like the idea of a church saying directly and publicly “Hey you’re trans (and this and this and that) and you’re ‘beloved.’”
“Beloved” brought tears to my eyes.
YOU ARE DOING CHRISTIANITY RIGHT. <3
I don’t see things like this often enough, so when I saw this, I thought I should share. Because sometimes, even a jaded skeptic atheist like me can be made to smile when they do it right.
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.
Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.
“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”
Much better version of the same subject matter I posted earlier.