I am not the professional tennis needs me to be
Lovely, raging essay, locating the source of that anger so succinctly (and I get the underwear pick-up thing–no judging, here) that many have responded as I might have done at that age, when I faced all those conflicts. But somewhere I read a line from a Famous Woman who said that the time frame for women is different for men, so why do we attempt to achieve on a male timeline? I only offer that up to say that perhaps that this reality is also a driver for this struggle–that feeling that we’ll miss out if we aren’t the cool, happening young writer/creator/singer/whatever, with the operative word being “young.”
Being home is the only time I get to lead a normal life
There’s Saint Lucy, for example, who refuses to burn a pagan sacrifice. She is sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, but when the guards try to take her away, they find she’s completely immovable. Big, muscular guards strain to drag off this slender young woman, but she’s fixed to the spot, standing firm. Not the greatest miracle in the world but, okay, not bad. Then things escalate. They bring in a team of oxen, hitch her to the animals, and let them loose. Once again, nothing. Guards lash the massive beasts forward, the animals pull with all their might, but Saint Lucy does not budge. They lay bundles of wood at her feet and try to set her on fire, but the wood doesn’t burn. Things are looking up for Saint Lucy. But then it’s as if God gets distracted and looks away for a moment, while they rip out her eyes and stab her to death.
A massive fire is continuing to rage in Libya's largest port after a rocket fired by Islamist rebels hit an oil storage container. Insane if crude oil traders would fully ignore this news from Al-Sidra/Es-Sider, 's largest oil terminal — Russian Market (@russian_market) December 28, 2014 The fire, which started on December 25, spread to six separate containers over the course of last week. The conflagration started after Islamist militias loyal to one of the two competing governments in Liby, attempted to seize control of the Es Sider Port, the largest oil port in the country. Libya has had two rival governments since August, when the internationally recognized Prime Minister and his parliament were forced to flee to eastern Libya after an Islamist-led uprising took control of Tripoli and the west of the country. The two rival political groups and a host of other factions have been locked in violent conflict since. The fires at the Es Sider Port started on Dec. 25 after an Islamist rocket attack struck an oil tank. The fires quickly spread to a total of six tanks, although Libyan firefighters have managed to extinguish three of the six fires. Libya estimates that it lost about 850,000 barrels of oil due to the fire. The country produced 580,000 barrels a day in November, according to Bloomberg. This was Islamist militias' second attempt to capture the port. The rebels failed to gain control of the oil port during a Dec. 13 assault. SEE ALSO: Here are the places ISIS may try to expand to next Join the conversation about this story »