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‘Let them eat cake’, which is now the type of a dismissive comment redolent of carelessness and ignorance, is popularly (and slanderously) attributed to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, on being told that her people had no bread. The biographer Antonia Fraser quotes a letter written by…

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SoundClouder of the Day | Rain and Sun

Rain and Sun is a poet from Germany who shares her poetry recordings. We could listen all day to her beautiful voice.

As the week wraps up, we wanted to share “Stop…. wip” particularly for its message to savor the present: “keep a moment / catch the time / become aware.” 

Hear more at https://soundcloud.com/rain_and_sun.

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Autumn Coffee (by LidCandy)

"evening cicada—
a last nearby song
to autumn"

Issa

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à la recherche de l’hypoténuse (by paolobarzman)

"At the heart of the emptiness there is born in me a sudden understanding."

Fabienne Veridier 

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Pink Geranium (by j man.)

Album Art

Benito Madonia, Antonio Forcione & Rossana Casale - Anna

Album: Vento del Sud

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Shallow Waters by Mark Demsteader

oil on canvas, 43ins x 43ins

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"Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your well-being a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself."

Daniell Koepke

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Scientists Just Discovered Water Near a Star 170 Light Years Away

The star GD61 is a white dwarf. As such, it’s insanely dense—similar in diameter to Earth, but with a mass roughly that of the Sun, so that a teaspoon of it is estimated to weigh about 5.5 tons. All things considered, it’s not a particularly promising stellar locale to find evidence of life.

But a new analysis of the debris surrounding the star suggests that, long ago, GD61 may have provided a much more hospitable environment. As part of a study published today in Science, scientists found that the crushed rock and dust near the star were once part of a small planet or asteroid made up of 26 precent water by volume. The discovery is the first time we’ve found water in a rocky, Earth-like planetary body (as opposed to a gas giant) in another star system.

“Those two ingredients—a rocky surface and water—are key in the hunt for habitable planets,” Boris Gänsicke of the University of Warwick in the UK, one of the study’s authors, said in a press statement. “So it’s very exciting to find them together for the first time outside our solar system.”

Why was water found in such a seemingly unhospitable place? Because once upon a time, GD61 wasn’t so different from our Sun, scientists speculate. But roughly 200 million years ago, when it exhausted its supply of fuel and could no longer sustain fusion reactions, its outer layers were blown out as part of a nebula, and its inner core collapsed inward, forming a white dwarf. (Incidentally, this fate will befall an estimated 97 percent of the stars in the Milky Way, including the Sun.)

When that happened, the tiny planet or asteroid in question—along with all the other bodies orbiting GD61—were violently knocked out of orbit, sucked inward, and ripped apart by the force of the star’s gravity. The clouds of dust, broken rock and water that the scientists recently discovered near the star are the remnants of these planets.

Continue reading about this amazing discovery at Smithsonian.com

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Klute - Birdland

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Royalty by Diego Fernandez

"The Soul should always stand ajar"

Emily Dickinson, from “[1055]

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The Forbidden Colours (by TommyOshima)