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The Mermaid Manual: Koi
One of the mermaids from the domestic species section for my upcoming book, The Mermaid Manual.
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The Mermaid Manual: Koi

One of the mermaids from the domestic species section for my upcoming book, The Mermaid Manual.

Watch the time-lapse video here!

Follow me for more mermaid art!

High quality prints, phone cases, laptop skins and more available through my Society6.

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7 hours
Oil on canvas board.
Art © 2014 S. Buzzard

I have to be at work by 8:30. Maybe vigorously cleaning & then an after dinner bath will help me go to bed earlier tonight

Some letters I’m working on!! (*´▽`*)

Some letters I’m working on!! (*´▽`*)

iwillnotshavemyvagina:

From Facebook
After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over sixteen years, Muruganantham’s machine has spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states and since most of his clients are NGOs and women’s self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a “by the women, for the women, and to the women” model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. Muruganantham’s interest in menstrual health began in 1998 when, as a young, newly married man, he saw his wife, Shanthi, hiding the rags she used as menstrual cloths. Like most men in his village, he had no idea about the reality of menstruation and was horrified that cloths that “I would not even use… to clean my scooter” were his wife’s solution to menstrual sanitation. When he asked why she didn’t buy sanitary pads, she told him that the expense would prevent her from buying staples like milk for the family. Muruganantham, who left school at age 14 to start working, decided to try making his own sanitary pads for less but the testing of his first prototype ran into a snag almost immediately: Muruganantham had no idea that periods were monthly. “I can’t wait a month for each feedback, it’ll take two decades!” he said, and sought volunteers among the women in his community. He discovered that less than 10% of the women in his area used sanitary pads, instead using rags, sawdust, leaves, or ash. Even if they did use cloths, they were too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, meaning that they never got disinfected — contributing to the approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India that are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. Finding volunteers was nearly impossible: women were embarrassed, or afraid of myths about sanitary pads that say that women who use them will go blind or never marry. Muruganantham came up with an ingenious solution: “I became the man who wore a sanitary pad,” he says. He made an artificial uterus, filled it with goat’s blood, and wore it throughout the day. But his determination had severe consequences: his village concluded he was a pervert with a sexual disease, his mother left his household in shame and his wife left him. As he remarks in the documentary “Menstrual Man” about his experience, “So you see God’s sense of humour. I’d started the research for my wife and after 18 months she left me!”After years of research, Muruganantham perfected his machine and now works with NGOs and women’s self-help groups to distribute it. Women can use it to make sanitary napkins for themselves, but he encourages them to make pads to sell as well to provide employment for women in poor communities. And, since 23% of girls drop out of school once they start menstruating, he also works with schools, teaching girls to make their own pads: “Why wait till they are women? Why not empower girls?” As communities accepted his machine, opinions of his “crazy” behavior changed. Five and a half years after she left, Shanthi contacted him, and they are now living together again. She says it was hard living with the ostracization that came from his project, but now, she helps spread the word about sanitary napkins to other women. “Initially I used to be very shy when talking to people about it, but after all this time, people have started to open up. Now they come and talk to me, they ask questions and they also get sanitary napkins to try them.”In 2009, Muruganantham was honored with a national Innovation Award in 2009 by then President of India, Pratibha Patil, beating out nearly 1,000 other entries. Now, he’s looking at expanding to other countries and believes that 106 countries could benefit from his invention. Muruganantham is proud to have made such a difference: “from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty — everything happens because of ignorance… I have accumulated no money but I accumulate a lot of happiness.” His proudest moment? A year after he installed one of the machines in a village so poor that, for generations, no one had earned enough for their children to attend school. Then he received a call from one of the women selling sanitary pads who told him that, thanks to the income, her daughter was now able to go to school. To read more about Muruganantham’s story, the BBC featured a recent profile on him at http://bbc.in/1i8tebG or watch his TED talk at http://bit.ly/1n594l6. You can also view his company’s website at http://newinventions.in/To learn more about the 2013 documentary Menstrual Man about Muruganantham, visit http://www.menstrualman.com/For resources to help girls prepare for and understand their periods - including several first period kits - visit our post on: “That Time of the Month: Teaching Your Mighty Girl about Her Menstrual Cycle” at www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=3281To help your tween understand the changes she’s experiencing both physically and emotionally during puberty, check out the books recommended in our post on “Talking with Tweens and Teens About Their Bodies” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=2229And, if you’re looking for ways to encourage your children to become the next engineering and technology innovators, visit A Mighty Girl’s STEM toy section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/science-math

iwillnotshavemyvagina:

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After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over sixteen years, Muruganantham’s machine has spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states and since most of his clients are NGOs and women’s self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a “by the women, for the women, and to the women” model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. 

Muruganantham’s interest in menstrual health began in 1998 when, as a young, newly married man, he saw his wife, Shanthi, hiding the rags she used as menstrual cloths. Like most men in his village, he had no idea about the reality of menstruation and was horrified that cloths that “I would not even use… to clean my scooter” were his wife’s solution to menstrual sanitation. When he asked why she didn’t buy sanitary pads, she told him that the expense would prevent her from buying staples like milk for the family. 

Muruganantham, who left school at age 14 to start working, decided to try making his own sanitary pads for less but the testing of his first prototype ran into a snag almost immediately: Muruganantham had no idea that periods were monthly. “I can’t wait a month for each feedback, it’ll take two decades!” he said, and sought volunteers among the women in his community. He discovered that less than 10% of the women in his area used sanitary pads, instead using rags, sawdust, leaves, or ash. Even if they did use cloths, they were too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, meaning that they never got disinfected — contributing to the approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India that are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. 

Finding volunteers was nearly impossible: women were embarrassed, or afraid of myths about sanitary pads that say that women who use them will go blind or never marry. Muruganantham came up with an ingenious solution: “I became the man who wore a sanitary pad,” he says. He made an artificial uterus, filled it with goat’s blood, and wore it throughout the day. But his determination had severe consequences: his village concluded he was a pervert with a sexual disease, his mother left his household in shame and his wife left him. As he remarks in the documentary “Menstrual Man” about his experience, “So you see God’s sense of humour. I’d started the research for my wife and after 18 months she left me!”

After years of research, Muruganantham perfected his machine and now works with NGOs and women’s self-help groups to distribute it. Women can use it to make sanitary napkins for themselves, but he encourages them to make pads to sell as well to provide employment for women in poor communities. And, since 23% of girls drop out of school once they start menstruating, he also works with schools, teaching girls to make their own pads: “Why wait till they are women? Why not empower girls?” 

As communities accepted his machine, opinions of his “crazy” behavior changed. Five and a half years after she left, Shanthi contacted him, and they are now living together again. She says it was hard living with the ostracization that came from his project, but now, she helps spread the word about sanitary napkins to other women. “Initially I used to be very shy when talking to people about it, but after all this time, people have started to open up. Now they come and talk to me, they ask questions and they also get sanitary napkins to try them.”

In 2009, Muruganantham was honored with a national Innovation Award in 2009 by then President of India, Pratibha Patil, beating out nearly 1,000 other entries. Now, he’s looking at expanding to other countries and believes that 106 countries could benefit from his invention. 

Muruganantham is proud to have made such a difference: “from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty — everything happens because of ignorance… I have accumulated no money but I accumulate a lot of happiness.” His proudest moment? A year after he installed one of the machines in a village so poor that, for generations, no one had earned enough for their children to attend school. Then he received a call from one of the women selling sanitary pads who told him that, thanks to the income, her daughter was now able to go to school. 

To read more about Muruganantham’s story, the BBC featured a recent profile on him at http://bbc.in/1i8tebG or watch his TED talk at http://bit.ly/1n594l6. You can also view his company’s website at http://newinventions.in/

To learn more about the 2013 documentary Menstrual Man about Muruganantham, visit http://www.menstrualman.com/

For resources to help girls prepare for and understand their periods - including several first period kits - visit our post on: “That Time of the Month: Teaching Your Mighty Girl about Her Menstrual Cycle” at www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=3281

To help your tween understand the changes she’s experiencing both physically and emotionally during puberty, check out the books recommended in our post on “Talking with Tweens and Teens About Their Bodies” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=2229

And, if you’re looking for ways to encourage your children to become the next engineering and technology innovators, visit A Mighty Girl’s STEM toy section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/science-math

(Source: jnenifre)

gwengardner:

20daysofjune:

black-nails-and-t-cells:

How does Raven want to be remembered as a human being? x

She STILL has the best facial expressions

QUEEN

Beautiful

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yarrahs-life:

babybutta:

dmolech:

I did a thing for a contest and I think it turned out pretty durn cute

Well I hope you fucking win because this is a win!

This is perfect.

yarrahs-life:

babybutta:

dmolech:

I did a thing for a contest and I think it turned out pretty durn cute

Well I hope you fucking win because this is a win!

This is perfect.

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alternative-disney:

candycornvampirequeen:

I should totes explain this.
I saw a bunch of racebent disney princesses..
and then I saw a racebent Elsa…. and I just kinda thought of this.
It’s an Aztec Snow Queen. Her outfit is a goddess-like one. (Cuz not all the aztecs dressed like that.)
So, like… I actually made her outfit based on Chalchiuhtlicue, Tlaloc, Tezcatlipoca, and Coyolxahqui’s. (Chalchiuhtlicue was the wife of Tlaloc, she was the goddess of living(moving water, just like Tlaloc was the god of rain and water, they were the responsibles of rain, waves, ice and snow. Tezcatlipoca was the jaguar warrior, the god of night, winter and material things. Coyolxauhqui was the moon, well.. her head became the moon, it’s a long story.)
So like, I thought that… since she had some sort of control over ice/snow, the people would want her to become a goddess/god wife. And the way for aztecs to do such things, was sacrificing the girl, to give her to the god they wanted her to marry or to hlp her get to the land of the gods, then the high priest would wear her skin as a tribute.
So, she is prepared for that but she doesn’t want to die so he runs away to the mountain, freezes a lot of people, and sets an eternal winter on the lands she lives in, so everyone now knows her as the snow queen in the mountain. Her sister then says she will go and make her stop the winter.
So….Aztec Elsa would be named Izel, and Anna should be Ayauh 
IDK guise, I just had to.
I’m sorry.

Don’t you dare apologize for this. It’s beautiful and so freaking amazing. I want you to take my money to make that film HAPPEN.

alternative-disney:

candycornvampirequeen:

I should totes explain this.

I saw a bunch of racebent disney princesses..

and then I saw a racebent Elsa…. and I just kinda thought of this.

It’s an Aztec Snow Queen. Her outfit is a goddess-like one. (Cuz not all the aztecs dressed like that.)

So, like… I actually made her outfit based on Chalchiuhtlicue, Tlaloc, Tezcatlipoca, and Coyolxahqui’s. (Chalchiuhtlicue was the wife of Tlaloc, she was the goddess of living(moving water, just like Tlaloc was the god of rain and water, they were the responsibles of rain, waves, ice and snow. Tezcatlipoca was the jaguar warrior, the god of night, winter and material things. Coyolxauhqui was the moon, well.. her head became the moon, it’s a long story.)

So like, I thought that… since she had some sort of control over ice/snow, the people would want her to become a goddess/god wife. And the way for aztecs to do such things, was sacrificing the girl, to give her to the god they wanted her to marry or to hlp her get to the land of the gods, then the high priest would wear her skin as a tribute.

So, she is prepared for that but she doesn’t want to die so he runs away to the mountain, freezes a lot of people, and sets an eternal winter on the lands she lives in, so everyone now knows her as the snow queen in the mountain. Her sister then says she will go and make her stop the winter.

So….Aztec Elsa would be named Izel, and Anna should be Ayauh 

IDK guise, I just had to.

I’m sorry.

Don’t you dare apologize for this. It’s beautiful and so freaking amazing. I want you to take my money to make that film HAPPEN.

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