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I love my skin!

This is so important for children of color to see

And really it’s important for all children to see. Every kid needs to know that diversity is a beautiful thing. It’s especially important for children of color so they can see their skin being celebrated for a change, but also for white kids so they can see that every skin color, not just their own, is one to celebrate!

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"Do not underestimate the women of the North.

Shieldmaiden was a woman who had chosen to fight as a warrior in Scandinavian folklore and mythology. They are often mentioned in sagas such as Hervarar saga and in Gesta Danorum. Shieldmaidens also appear in stories of other Germanic nations: Goths, Cimbri, and Marcomanni.The mythical Valkyries may have been based on the shieldmaidens. x

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Give me

Your demons and angels, deeply hidden desires. I’ve prayed and pranced with holy violet fire. After blackness and blinding light has been seen, beauty is found in everything. In every small feat, and gray dull gleam, is the glint of a golden platinum beam. I can see through cloaks and read pages unseen.

Keep your fine print conditions, and earthly greed; your dogmatic worries and heavy history. What’s unadorned, raw, unorthodox, and free, will seep into my soul as you lay next to me.

Hold the coal in the palm of your hands, raise it up to my lips, and learn how to dance. I’ll breathe flames onto you. Show me your truth, the way that you love, and the way that you move. Heat in your body, heat in your lungs, heat in your heart, your mind, your tongue.

Wrap your body around me. I feel it all. The way I lift you up; the way I let you fall, into me, into madness, into answering my call. You’ve been sent, as I’ve been sent, reasons known not at all.

Savoring moments and appreciating the glow,
of your devotion and attention,
is all I now know.



Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China. 

For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment. 

Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles. 

From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.

She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.


I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics. 

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