Beauty in the Decay

Ask me anything   My blog is a celebration of art, culture, of the city of Detroit, and the world at large. And whatever else catches my fancy. I am in the final draft of my memoir of the two months I spend traveling "hard-seat-style" through China in 1988. It's kind of exciting, really.

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    earthandanimals:

Happy Earth Day!
Reduce - Reuse- Recycle - Replenish - Restore

    earthandanimals:

    Happy Earth Day!

    Reduce - Reuse- Recycle - Replenish - Restore

    (via philosophyandpolitics)

    — 15 hours ago with 475 notes
    "Of course, internal problems cannot be solved overnight but must be constantly addressed as part of a long-term process. Mistakes and shortcomings will be inevitable, but these are for us to worry about. This is infinitely better than facing abusive overlords against whom there is no redress. Those who worry that democracy will lead to anarchy and chaos are just like those who, following the overthrow of the Qing dynasty, worried that without an emperor the country would fall into chaos. Their decision was to patiently suffer oppression because they feared that without the weight of oppression, their spines might completely collapse! To such people, I would like to say, with all due respect: We want to be the masters of our own destiny. We need no gods or emperors and we don’t believe in saviors of any kind…we do not want to serve as mere tools of dictators with personal ambitions for carrying out modernization. We want to modernize the lives of the people. Democracy, freedom, and happiness for all are our sole objectives"
    Wei Jingsheng, excerpt from “Fifth Modernization” essay posted on Democracy Wall (late 1978) The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings, pp. 208–10.
    — 20 hours ago
    #Wei Jingsheng  #China  #Democracy Wall Movement  #1978 
    Urban Farm. Detroit. Happy Earth Day.

    Urban Farm. Detroit. Happy Earth Day.

    — 1 day ago
    #urban farm  #earth day  #detroit 
    I send love to the earth today, and every day.

    I send love to the earth today, and every day.

    — 1 day ago
    #earth day  #starfish  #tide pool  #pacific ocean 
    modeschina:

Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 1995

    modeschina:

    Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 1995

    (Source: archivings)

    — 5 days ago with 241 notes
    antelucanhourglass:

adrianxxx777:
 Artist Van Gogh - Enclosed Field with Rising Sun 

    antelucanhourglass:

    adrianxxx777:

     Artist Van Gogh - Enclosed Field with Rising Sun 

    (via madamescherzo)

    — 5 days ago with 251 notes
    allthingsstrange:

Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

    allthingsstrange:

    Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

    (via madamescherzo)

    — 5 days ago with 3383 notes
    enigmatic-being:

Organic farms are home to around 30 per cent more wildlife species than conventional farms, a meta-analysis of nearly 100 studies by researchers form the University of Oxford and from Sweden and Switzerland has found.
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    enigmatic-being:

    Image courtesy of  Jeff DelViscio
    Organic farms are home to around 30 per cent more wildlife species than conventional farms, a meta-analysis of nearly 100 studies by researchers form the University of Oxford and from Sweden and Switzerland has found.

    Read More

    (via philosophyandpolitics)

    — 2 weeks ago with 28 notes
    environmental-inc:

resurgedetroit:

A small independent bus company in Detroit got national attention Wednesday morning from The Today Show.
The Detroit Bus Co. and owner Andy Didorsi were featured by Bob Dobson’s “Today’s American Story.” Dotson shared how Didorsi created his company and now helps drive children to after-school activities in Southwest Detroit. Using an app and trackers on the buses, Dotson said two Detroit Bus Co. buses can do the work of 20.

Andy Didorsi for Mayor in 2020!

    environmental-inc:

    resurgedetroit:

    A small independent bus company in Detroit got national attention Wednesday morning from The Today Show.

    The Detroit Bus Co. and owner Andy Didorsi were featured by Bob Dobson’s “Today’s American Story.” Dotson shared how Didorsi created his company and now helps drive children to after-school activities in Southwest Detroit. Using an app and trackers on the buses, Dotson said two Detroit Bus Co. buses can do the work of 20.

    Andy Didorsi for Mayor in 2020!

    (via environmental-inc)

    — 2 weeks ago with 14 notes
    sashastergiou:

Leonardo Da Vinci - ‘flower of life’

    sashastergiou:

    Leonardo Da Vinci - ‘flower of life’

    (Source: awesomespoonie, via madamescherzo)

    — 3 weeks ago with 423 notes
    transistoradio:

Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Trabuc, Chief Orderly at Saint-Paul Hospital (1889), oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm. Collection of Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothrun, Switzerland. Via nevsepic.com.ua.

    transistoradio:

    Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Trabuc, Chief Orderly at Saint-Paul Hospital (1889), oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm. Collection of Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothrun, Switzerland. Via nevsepic.com.ua.

    (via madamescherzo)

    — 3 weeks ago with 659 notes

    An Urban Farm in Detroit. Spring is here.

    (Source: elizabethpilar.com)

    — 3 weeks ago
    #urban farm  #detroit  #spring 
    modeschina:

Taiwanese students protesting against a China Taiwan trade pact are sprayed with water cannons while occupying the government Cabinet offices in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, March 24, 2014.

    modeschina:

    Taiwanese students protesting against a China Taiwan trade pact are sprayed with water cannons while occupying the government Cabinet offices in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, March 24, 2014.

    (Source: shihlun)

    — 1 month ago with 63 notes