Of both her parents, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna was much closer to her father. Olga idolized her father and wore a necklace with an icon of St. Nicholas on her chest. Though she also loved Alexandra, her relationship with her mother was somewhat strained during her adolescence and early adulthood. Parlor maid Elizaveta Nikolaevna Ersberg told her niece that the Tsar paid closer attention to the children than Alexandra did and Alexandra often was ill with a migraine or quarreled with the servants.
“Cast in the principal role of fulfilling the Kennedy’s dreams was their eldest son, born on July 25, 1915. Rose had hoped to name the baby after her father, but Joe wouldn’t hear of it. Only one name would would do for his percet firstborn: Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr. Young Joe grew up to be smart, handsome, amiable, and ambitious, the epitome of everything his parents – and grandparents – wanted. Honey Fitz believed Joe Jr would become America’s first Catholic president.”
– Julie Mills, Robert Kennedy
By Ahmed Mater
This is his most famous piece, which uses a black square magnet surrounded by iron filings to represent the pilgrimage to the Ka’ba.
“The arabic word for love, ‘hubb’ consists of letters ‘ha’ (ح) and ‘ba’ (ب ). When one says ‘Hubb’ the Ha comes from deep inside the throat, which almost chokes you (as love does) and when you end the word with Ba, the lips come together as if it were a kiss.”
This is literally one of my most favourite Arabic words.
In memory of my favorite gossip girl couple, Serena Van Der Woodsen and Nate Archibald.
My mother said to always keep my happiness to myself, to never whisper it to others. People will evil eye you, even if they don’t mean it, even if they love you, even if they have beautiful souls, she said. They can’t help the evil that resides in them, so protect yourself. Remain silent.