Artist Martha Jackson Jarvis’ mosaic fountain at Shirlington has fascinated kids and adults since 2006. #librariesofinstagram #arlingtonpublicart
(at Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch)
Arlington boasts a ton of public art, including this mosaic fountain at a library. #notsoulless
As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!
Danièle’s husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, says he believes they were targeted because they are an interracial couple.
Read more here
Katie Couric was born and grew up in Arlington, graduating from Yorktown High School. #notsoulless [x]
"About 90% of all graduating high school seniors in Arlington go on to attend college." #notsoulless [x]
"About 27 percent of Arlington residents speak a language other than English at home." #notsoulless [x, x]
This Is What an Abortion Looks Like
"In her memoir, ‘Forgetting to Be Afraid,’ which came out this week, Ms. Davis writes about the two wanted pregnancies she terminated. The first abortion ended a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy….The second pregnancy ended in the second trimester because the fetus had an acute brain abnormality.
Abortions like these represent the basic currency of the debate. These are the stories used to teach us the value of abortion, and the standard against which all other abortion stories must be gauged. By repeating only the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, terrifying abortion stories, we protect a lie: that abortion isn’t normal. We have learned to think of abortion with shame and fear. We have accepted the damaging idea that a person who wants an abortion must grovel before the consciences of others.
I admire Ms. Davis for having the courage to say the word “abortion” over and over for 11 hours, as she did last year, while filibustering a Texas law that would have restricted access to the procedure. And I deeply respect her for telling her own stories now.
But those stories are not groundbreaking. They are politically safe, because no rational person could be anything but sympathetic and thankful that her experiences are extremely rare.
Abortion itself, however, is not rare.”
- Merritt Tierce for the New York Times
Definitely read the whole thing, it so succinctly and with a subtle gentleness that hides an underlying firmness makes the case for backing off from using only particular stories of abortion to make the case for reproductive rights. It’s an excellent description in much nicer language of the oldie but goodie “abortion on demand and without apology”.
Arlington hosts many Farmer’s Markets. #notsoulless [x,x]
Arlington is the home town of Dr. “Patch” Adams. #notsoulless [x,x]
Shirley MacLaine graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. #notsoulless [x]
Arlington has 154 parks. #notsoulless [x]
Drawing from “How Children Saw 9/11”
http://library.arlingtonva.us/2014/09/09/how-children-saw-sept-11/ #arlingtonva #september11 #CenterForLocalHistory #worldtradecenter (at Arlington Public Library Center for Local History)
Arlington Public Library maintains deeply meaningful local history collections, including this 9/11 collection. #notsoulless [x]
Another 9/11 piece:
Arlington has an award-winning theatre, Signature Theatre. #notsoulless [x]
Arlington is “known for walkable urban villages”. #notsoulless [x]
Arlington is home to the beautiful and hallowed National Cemetery. #notsoulless [x]
#notsoulless Arlington Clerk was poised to issue same-sex marriage licenses and only stopped because of SCOTUS. [x]