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historia-polski:

Pisanki are intricately decorated Easter eggs which have been part of the Slavic tradition for centuries.  The oldest example of a pisanka in the Polish region was found in Ostrówek and is believed to be 900 years old.  Even prior to the arrival of Christianity, the egg had long been a symbol of fertility and spring, which brings new life into the world.  In the context of Christianity, the Easter egg became synonymous with the hope and faith in Jesus Christ through his resurrection. 

Pisanki are decorated through different means, and various techniques have been employed throughout the Slavic tradition.  The oldest examples had been covered in wax which was then carved to create a design, and later dipped in a dye made from onion peels.  Different modes of decoration have yielded a variety of Easter egg art.  Beets, flower petals, oak bark, and rye are employed to create colors when making kraszanki.  Drapanki are decorated through careful etching into the the surface of a dyed egg shell, and pisanki are artfully hand-painted into various Slavic motifs.  Creating naklejanki involves gluing scraps of paper, flower petals, and other decorative materials to the eggshell, while oklejanki are adorned with bulrush pith or yarn.  Probably the most intricate and time-consuming are pisanki ażurowe, or wydmuszki.  Raw eggs are emptied of their contents through a carefully created opening, while preserving the shape of the egg.  The shell is then decorated by drilling very small holes in the surface to create a lace-like look. 

In the past pisanki were strictly a tradition cultivated by women, and men were not allowed inside the house during the process as it was believed they had the power to cast a spell on the eggs and cause bad luck. 

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aestheticgoddess:

The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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spiritualinspiration:

“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” (Exodus 14:14, AMP)

In life, we’re always going to have critics. We’ll always have difficult people who try to upset us and steal our peace and joy. But, you don’t have to respond to every critic. You can decide to take the high road and let God fight your battles for you.

Sometimes, no matter what you say or do, there are people who aren’t going to accept you. They just don’t want to be at peace with you. In fact, when Jesus sent out His disciples to certain homes, He told them to always speak peace over those homes. And then He said in effect, “If they don’t receive the peace that you’re offering, then it will come back to you.” That tells me that if you will do your best to be at peace with people, even if they won’t take your peace, that peace will just come back to you. You’ll not only get your peace, but you’ll get their share as well! That’s double for your trouble! When you do the right thing no matter what is happening, God sees it and rewards it.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, I choose to hold my peace. I choose to do the right thing even when the wrong thing is happening. I trust that You are fighting my battles for me. I give You all the honor and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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crackmuseum:

Sound reproducing system. From the Macmillan visual dictionary, 1992.

city-of-trees:

Plantagenet valentines!  (These are really dumb I’m sorry)

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uhuh-she-said:

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sigfodr:

A version for tumblr that can be read without opening a new tab, since plenty of people would scroll past this story otherwise.

Never take your rights, or your education, for granted. Happy International Women’s Day. 

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jojharisun:

George Harrison gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his widow Olivia and his son Dhani accepting the award on his behalf in 2004.

This is like something George would say I’m crying

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