I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Bixby letter (via quotesforlater)

just-about-to-break:

Painfully accurate model of the solar system if the moon were the size of a single pixel.

The wit is absolutely fantastic.

the-high-elves-of-middle-earth:

"The Lord of Silver Fountains, the King of Carven Stone, the King Beneath the Mountain, shall come into his own. And the bells shall ring in gladness, at the Mountain King’s return, But all shall fail in sadness, and the Lake will shine and burn." - Bard The Bowman

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

Socrates (via su-luna-llena)

heylenne:

Poem by William Blake.

Image by me.

Huge mix of techniques: charcoal, colored pencils, pierre noire, black ink and photoshop.

Study finds modern relatives of Otzi alive and well in Austria

archaeologicalnews:

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A team of researchers from Innsbruck Medical University has found 19 modern humans living in Austria with the same genetic defect as the ice-man Ötzi, the APA News Agency is reporting. The ice-man was found by German tourists and is believed to have lived approximately 5,300 years ago.

Ötzi,…

To Poseidon

I’m a huge ancient greek nerd - Poseidon is the one i find most interesting - this is a Hymn written to him

Letters of Note: How noble a woman's heart can be

Saw this on TV when i was on holiday - great track! Erik Rapp