So I know that a lot of people are upset with the characterization of Toph and Aang as bad parents, and some of that does smack of lazy writing, but in my opinion it also kind of makes sense?

Because of the members of the Gaang, Aang and Toph were the only ones who really didn’t have a positive relationship with their parents/family (well, ok we don’t know what Suki’s family life was like, but I’m assuming it was positive.) Even Zuko, who’s family was royally fucked up had Iroh and his mom as models for parenting. Yeah Aang had Gyatso, but Gyatso wasn’t really allowed to be his parent because Aang had so much pressure on him to become an adult so fast. I feel like Aang running away suggested that even his relationship with Gyatso was tarnished by how high pressure his relationship with the monks in general was. 

And yeah Avatar is all about family of choice, and so Toph and Aang’s respective relationships with their parents shouldn’t necessarily set the precedent for their relationships with their kids. I guess i’m just saying that Toph and Aang being not 100% perfect parents isn’t completely out of the blue and makes sense if you think about how much a parent/child relationship affects the one that follows it. 

Sidenote: I bet Katara was the best mom and I really just want more of her in the Legend of Korra ok thanks bye.

Mo books, mo problems.


Religion, Columbia University

"Conversion by the Book: Buddhist Print Culture in Early Republican China"

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For Jesophat

In response to thatanomaly's prompt to write about love between to religions. 

When the ancient Christians went to India
they brought back spices and martyrs, their wicker baskets
bursting with passions all dusted in paprika, and coriander
and black tea. Maybe it was a hunger for something more exotic
that caused the Catholic Church to canonize the Indian prince Jesophat,
who spent his life sheltered in goat’s milk and silk
before converting to Christianity after witnessing the poverty, sickness
and death his country fed on. Or maybe it was something more romantic.

By that time Buddhism was already sitting ten feet tall
and beautiful beneath its Banyan tree, unaware, or else
magnanimous towards,
those delusional Romans who had run off with their prophet like a star struck girl
eloping with her imaginary lover.

Love is never doctrine-it is rarely so intentional. 
Maybe it was something worse than love 
that caused some Christian monk to leave that strange, sweet-smelling continent
with more sacred rivers than Israel and more gods 
than his church had saints, clutching a foreign idol
next to his prayer book.

Either way it only took a couple of centuries
until old Jesophat became a foot note of Christian catacombs
while the Buddha is still tramping everywhere from India
to New York’s cathedral heavy skyline. 
Only the hunger remains, lacing itself around the temples, churches,
mosques, synagogues and the pilgrims wandering between them. 
A hunger that burns like coriander, craving to alter, however clumsily,
a new love into some form of orthodoxy.

Petition for this season of Korra to end with a triple date between Korra and Asami, Bolin and Opal, and Jinora and Kai while baby air bison frolic around them and no one is sad or has family issues and everything is great. 

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Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

way-to-go-caligula asked
Peppermint, milk, green tea

Peppermint: What’s your favorite holiday and why?-My favorite Christian holiday is Pentecost because music! and languages! and the Holy Spirit! Also Brent house is starting a tradition of s’mores at Pentecost which I am very excited about. (I’m also going to cheat and say my favorite non-Christian holiday is Purim because aw yiss celebrating badass Jewish heroines. Also I may have met my girlfriend at a hamentaschen making party)

Milk: do you have any allergies: NOPE! *eats chocolate covered peanuts while dancing around in pollen*

Green tea: Where do you feel most at peace?- Generally in quiet churches because I am predictable. Also if you cuddle with me/engage in any physical contact with me my comfort levels will shoot way up. 

tea ask!

earl grey: how do you take your tea?

lady grey: favorite outfit?

irish breakfast: what country do you want to visit?

chamomile: comfort movie?

peppermint: what's your favorite holiday and why?

milk: do you have any allergies?

sugar: tell me about your first crush

honey: type out the last text you sent

green tea: where do you feel most at peace?

bubble tea: what ride would you pick at an amusement park?

mug: when/where do you normally drink tea?

chai: what do you order at starbucks?

oolong: what are you hoping to be doing in ten years?

herbal: post a selfie

coffee: surprise coffee ask! how do you take your coffee?