Live in This World - Epistolae Feminae

Ask me anything   Just another queer geeky white disabled feminist, a comic-book reading, beer loving, cat worshiping, dead language wielding, gender defying, obsessed with queens, knitter of socks and a CHICK WITH FEELINGS. And yes, I live in this world.

I have a master's degree in medieval history and I'm not afraid to use it.

In Blackwater Woods

Look, the trees / are turning/ their own bodies/ into pillars// of light, / are giving off the rich / fragrance of cinnamon / and fulfillment, // the long tapers / of cattails / are bursting and floating away over / the blue shoulders // of the ponds, / and every pond, / no matter what its / name is, is // nameless now. / Every year / everything / I have ever learned // in my lifetime / leads back to this: the fires / and the black river of loss / whose other side // is salvation, / whose meaning / none of us will ever know. / To live in this world // you must be able / to do three things: / to love what is mortal; / to hold it // against your bones knowing / your own life depends on it; / and, when the time comes to let it go, / to let it go.// - Mary Oliver


San Miniato al Monte, Facade, 1062-1150, Florence. Gorgeous white and green marble. 
"St. Minias was by tradition the first evangeliser and Christian martyr in Florence. Minias is thought to have been a Greek merchant or possibly an Armenian prince who left his home to make a pilgrimage to Rome. In about 250, he arrived in Florence and took up life as a hermit. He became a victim of the persecutions of the Emperor Decius (249-251 A.D.) and was beheaded. Legend has it that, after his decapitation, he picked up his head, put it back on his shoulders and went to die in the cave on Monte alle Croci where he had lived as a hermit. That cave is now the location of the oratory and the church that bear his name.” - http://www.san-miniato-al-monte.com/
That’s right…he picked up his own head and walked into the hills…AWESOME.

San Miniato al Monte, Facade, 1062-1150, Florence. Gorgeous white and green marble.

"St. Minias was by tradition the first evangeliser and Christian martyr in Florence. Minias is thought to have been a Greek merchant or possibly an Armenian prince who left his home to make a pilgrimage to Rome. In about 250, he arrived in Florence and took up life as a hermit. He became a victim of the persecutions of the Emperor Decius (249-251 A.D.) and was beheaded. Legend has it that, after his decapitation, he picked up his head, put it back on his shoulders and went to die in the cave on Monte alle Croci where he had lived as a hermit. That cave is now the location of the oratory and the church that bear his name.” - http://www.san-miniato-al-monte.com/

That’s right…he picked up his own head and walked into the hills…AWESOME.

(Source: panoramio.com)

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#medieval art  #medieval history  #Florence  #Italy  #San Miniato  #saints  #badass  #architecture 
  1. in-be-tween reblogged this from epistolaefeminae
  2. fabulouslymad reblogged this from westward-in-space and added:
    prob one of my all time favorite churches. Florence, I miss you all the time.
  3. strawberryskins reblogged this from dazedconfused-stonedamused and added:
    my sentiments exactly, kat and alysha :)
  4. dazedconfused-stonedamused reblogged this from westward-in-space and added:
    oh jeez. florence, i don’t even know how i feel about you anymore…i love and hate you…and more…yup, i just don’t know.
  5. westward-in-space reblogged this from epistolaefeminae and added:
    right up the hill from last year’s dorms.
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