This is kind of the coolest story I’ve heard in a long time:
A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling.
Frederika was born in Budapest 20 years before World War II. During the war, at the peril of her own life, she courageously saved the lives of ten people. When asked how, Goldberger told us “she hid the Jewish people she knew, moving them around to different places every day.”
With the unexpected success of this series, titled “Mamika,” Goldberger created a MySpace page for his grandmother. She now has over 2,200 friends and receives messages like: “You’re the grandmother that I have dreamed of, would you adopt me?” and ” You made my day, I hope to be like you at your age.”
Initially, she did not understand why all these people wrote to congratulate her. Then, little by little, she realized that her story conveyed a message of hope and joy.
Now, after the set, Goldberger shares that his grandmother has never shown even a trace of depression. Perhaps it’s because her story serves some sort of purpose. That through the warm words of newfound friends, she’s reminded of just how lucky she is to be alive.
The pics at the link are really great.
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—Haha. Sounds like he didn’t get any. Equally interesting, perhaps.
Reminds me of Dorothy Parker, who supposedly said while on her honeymoon, to an editor who was asking about a deadline she’d missed: “Tell him I’m too fucking busy. Or vice versa.”
I hate when I agree with an R. Paul. But this is proof it happens.
Institute the same rules for Air Force One, and let’s see how he likes having the TSA grope HIS girls.
I do not care if you have seen this 600 times today already. It is a cute video and you will watch it again. It’s only 30 seconds! Sheesh!
[Video description: Three really cute kittens are asleep in a purring fur-pile. Around halfway through the video, a human reaches in and lifts one of the kittens up…revealing…ANOTHER KITTEN! This kitten is lying upside down with its little toesies stretched right up in the air, and I actually squeal with delight during the reveal, every time, because it is THAT FUCKING CUTE.]
Seriously how does this video only have 18,000 views.
—This is totally adorable. OP is absolutely correct about this.
[image: a scan of a zine page that reads,
“Sometimes semantics mean a lot.
Deconstructing oppression is not victimhood. Asking for support is not victimhood. Telling someone that I really can’t handle trying to support them at the moment because of my own needs is not victimhood. This has been said before, but I feel like the most important elements of survivorhood are self-care and resistance. Self-care can be recognizing our limits and asserting them, recognizing our needs and asserting them, eating healthily and deliciously, gardening, talking a walk, meditating, going to a show, smoking pot, hanging out with animals, masturbating, appreciating ourselves, hiking, taking vitamins, taking our medications, talking to friends, doing schoolwork, watching the ants on the sidewalk, having rad consensual sex, identifying mushrooms in the forest, sewing, playing music, cooking, analyzing our behavior, working out… the possibilities are endless and should always, always be focused on our needs. Whatever I am doing for myself (obviously provided that I’m not violating anyone else) is valid and important, because I am important. Resistance can be making a zine, recognizing our needs and limits and asserting them, talking to friends, calling people out, making tinctures, playing music, political organizing, insurrecting, sewing, having rad consensual sex, creating, hanging out with animals, educating ourselves, guerrilla art, yada. So many of these intersect because resistance and self-care go hand-in-hand. Self-care is subversive. Our culture expects for us to not take care of our needs in a self-aware, proactive manner. The systems of oppression thrive on our denial of our needs. Smash the state, know yourself, love yourself.”]