“Since the notion that we should all forsake attachment to race and/or cultural identity and be “just humans” within the framework of white supremacy has usually meant that subordinate groups must surrender their identities, beliefs, values, and assimilate by adopting the values and beliefs of privileged-class whites, rather than promoting racial harmony this thinking has created a fierce cultural protectionism.”—
“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless.”—Paul Bowles (via absentheart)
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”—Henry David Thoreau (via tranquillum)
“Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever. Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness, you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road. You must see how this could be you, how he too was someone who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive. Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say it is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.”—Naomi Shihab Nye (via steve-kim)
let’s make a pile of all our favorite books. light them on fire. scatter the ashes in the ocean. and sleep in the sand with an oval of shells around our bodies. you and the moon are the only things i need. you are the moon.
Hello Big D fans and followers, Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Holidays to you all. First bit of news is that we unfortunately had to cancel the remainder of our UK/Europe tour with Random Hand. We are very sorry that we couldn’t play to all our fans in these spots overseas, but please accept our deepest apologies, and be assured that we will return! We love all our fans over in the U.K. and all our fans around Europe, and we can’t thank you enough for your understanding at this moment of our journey!
The reason we had to cancel the tour and come home, is that Dave, our brilliant front man, found out that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. A few months ago, in the middle of our steamrolling, never-ending tour cycle, running from Warped Tour in June through Christmas, Dave started feeling discomfort in his throat, both on and off stage. When it steadily got worse, he called on his doctor. X-rays were taken, “something” was found, a biopsy was performed, but throughout Dave was strong, upbeat, and confident that it was nothing. The rest of us agreed, and so the band played on.
However, about a week ago in Spain, he got the news that it was cancer, and that his thyroid would need to be removed. So the obvious decision was to get Dave home, so he can focus and prepare for this new hurdle put in front of him. Now, we have been told that thyroid cancer is VERY, VERY, VERY TREATABLE. He will have an operation to remove his thyroid, and the doctors are BEYOND confident that all the cancer will be removed with this procedure. It will be a few months recovery time, maybe more, but rest assured that Dave will do all he can to overcome this obstacle, kick it in the ass, and be back on stage before y’all know it!
Myself and the rest of Big D ask that you all remain supportive, but give Dave the time and privacy so he, and his family can work this all out. We’ve seen the huge outpouring of fans’ support on our website, Facebook, Friendster, etc., as you all, OUR fans, prove again to be the best of the best!
We will keep you updated with Dave’s progress, as well as changes that may be necessary involving our upcoming and future shows. Be positive, be patient, keep Dave in your thoughts, and soon we will share the great news with you all that this battle has been won, and put in the past. Thank you Big D fans for your support, understanding, sympathy, kindness, and we’ll talk to you all soon!
-Ryan / Big D
Well hello all…
…I just wanted to thank everyone for their incredibly kind words. It truly meant a lot. Thanks to Mr. Curtis Silver for his creative / fun logo, it was very cool to see the next morning. First off, you should all know - I will be totally & completely fine. They tell me, “this is the easiest cancer to take care of”. Unfortunately I had to come off tour to rest before surgery and not batter my throat singing, or batter my body from the touring lifestyle. I apologize to the people that were looking forward to the shows and to Hidden Talent Booking, Dale our TM & Random Hand, the badass, English Ska-Core band we were on tour with. The Big Duh guys were amazing with turning the Sprinter right around in Spain and b-lining it back to England. Great friends. As some of you may know, Big D deals with financial problems and just when we were looking okay, this happened, and put us right back to where we were. It’s a shame. It’s a tough one. But yes, I will be fine, thanks again, I’ll keep you posted and will try and shoot a LB video from my hospital room ☺
"I’m very sorry to inform you all of the cancellation the Big D & The Kids Table / Random Hand tour. Yesterday Big D’s singer, Dave received a phone call informing him that he has throat cancer and must return to America immediately to have an operation. The band are currently driving from Barcelona to the UK To fly home. There isn’t much else they can do as I’m sure you will all understand. Dave is a very positive guy and I know he’ll fight this."
“I’m grateful for anything that reminds me of what’s possible in this life. Books can do that. Films can do that. Music can do that. School can do that. It’s so easy to allow one day to simply follow into the next, but every once in a while we encounter something that shows us that anything is possible, that dramatic change is possible, that something new can be made, that laughter can be shared.”—Jonathan Safran Foer (via thatkindofwoman)
“I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.”—
“Please don’t let me stop thinking and start blindly frightenedly accepting! I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”—Sylvia Plath, Journals of (via fuckyeahexistentialism)