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Emilia Clarke, of “Game of Thrones,” on Surviving Two Life-Threatening Aneurysms

But I kept at it. In school productions, I played Anita in “West Side Story,” Abigail in “The Crucible,” one of the witches in “Macbeth,” Viola in “Twelfth Night.” After secondary school, I took a gap year, during which I worked as a waitress and went backpacking in Asia. Then I started classes at the Drama Centre London to pursue my B.A. As fledgling actors, we studied everything from “The Cherry Orchard” to “The Wire.” I didn’t get the ingénue parts. Those went to the tall, willowy, impossibly blond girls. I got cast as a Jewish mother in “Awake and Sing!” You should hear my Bronx accent.

In those days, I thought of myself as healthy. Sometimes I got a little light-headed, because I often had low blood pressure and a low heart rate. Once in a while, I’d get dizzy and pass out. When I was fourteen, I had a migraine that kept me in bed for a couple of days, and in drama school I’d collapse once in a while. But it all seemed manageable, part of the stress of being an actor and of life in general. Now I think that I might have been experiencing warning signs of what was to come.

I could hardly catch my breath. I went back to the hotel, where some people invited me to a party on the roof. “I think I’m good!” I told them. Instead, I went to my room, ate Oreos, watched “Friends,” and called everyone I knew.

The “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have said that Daenerys Targaryen is a blend of Napoleon, Joan of Arc, and Lawrence of Arabia.
GOT  tv  actor  story  hospital  death  struggle  growup  uk  health  acting  female  fame  success  girl  interview  job 
april 2019 by aries1988
Thicker than blood: A young Chinese woman's coming of age - SupChina
Always careful about what I ate, she enforced an even stricter diet. Certain types of animal products must be avoided because they contained growth hormones. Some seeds and plants could only be consumed in small quantities because they stimulated the sexual organs, per traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to her belief that the flow of the womb drained the brain, my mother dreaded the approach of womanhood for her daughter, a perilous world filled with lurking eyes and wandering hands.

The only item my mother cleaned with a vengeance was our underwear. She rinsed them by hand, and she boiled them in water. The designated utensil was a large porcelain washbasin with a pair of mandarin ducks printed on the bottom next to the character for “double happiness.” The basin was a wedding gift for her and my father, typical of their time.

“Only boiling water can kill all the germs,” my mother explained her peculiar method. “That place must be kept clean, otherwise you will get diseases, and people will think you are a prostitute.”
body  female  growup  girl  story  mother  chinese  sex  food  tradition  family  education  marriage 
march 2019 by aries1988
The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan

The transfer was symbolically completed in 1999’s The Matrix, when Keanu Reeves, having downloaded a fighting program to his brain, opens his eyes and reverently whispers, I know kung fu.
kungfu  actor  movie  icon  hongkong  growup  bio  book  critic  pain  success  story 
january 2019 by aries1988
Notes on Being Very Tall
From there, every inch takes you further from attractive and deeper into a realm of the freakish, toward human spectacle.

If you asked me who I was then, I would say that I was a reader and a writer, the son of an immigrant, an avid traveler, still a bit too much of a talker. But my body always preceded my person, my mind. My height was an identity that I didn’t identify with, one that was imposed on me externally and that only over time did I learn to internalize.

The usher kept coming down the aisle and shining his flashlight into Palmer’s eyes.
story  growup  body  young  tall  aesthetics  self  anecdote 
march 2018 by aries1988
I'm Finally Ready To Talk About How My Parents Died
Icky’s death was real. From his passing, I learned that death involves recognition of the life that has passed. It brings people together. It follows a logical process. My parents’ deaths did not follow these rules. Rather, it was unexpected, chaotic, and horrifying. It was an explosion that tore through my life and left a film of dusty, smoky particulate in its wake. Immediately after, you are choking and sputtering and gasping for lack of clean air. Eventually, time lets you breathe easier. You think you may have escaped unscathed, but the poison you inhaled settles in any chasm it can find. Let it simmer a good 10 years and it may just become a cancer. Eating you alive all the while without you even knowing it.
killing  crime  murder  death  children  growup  story  memory  parents  loss  love  couple 
october 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Karaoke at Home
Solo singing as an antidote to bullying, racism and rage.
story  immigrant  family  usa  chinese  growup  teenager  singer  hobby 
july 2017 by aries1988
Keeping Track of Every Book You've Ever Read

I love the way those early entries show a young person’s curiosity at work: What did I want to know then? What did I feel I needed? Where did I want to be?

The people we’re trying to serve are readers of The New York Times. I know—because I’m one of them—that readers of the Times have a limited amount of time to read, so they’re looking to us to do an essential triage.

A good review should be thoughtful, should be provocative, and should provide a sense that the reviewer has really engaged with the work. It’s not supposed to be a cold-blooded assessment of what’s in the book. You should feel there’s something at stake. There should be opinion in it, too. And there should be an example of the writing. It’s amazing to me that some people will hand in a book review and never quote from the book. If you’re describing a book, what better way to show it than through the text itself?

A book enables you to live that many more lifetimes, to try out that many more lives and ways of seeing the world. It’s like having your own time machine. What could be more magical than that?
book  girl  diary  growup  story  personal  history  loveletter  reading 
may 2017 by aries1988
从小到大都长得不好看是种怎样的体验?
前几天朋友圈被一篇文章刷屏,老杨的那篇《女孩子,不漂亮也没关系》,我含着眼泪看完,然后跑去跟老杨聊天,我说你这篇文章真是感同身受,然后我们互相安慰了一番,差点抱头痛哭。 老杨说:“在我最近十年的人生里,美貌的缺乏,使我错身很多东西,公主般受宠的待遇,忠贞的爱情,唾手可得的工作机会,以及那不曾意识到的更多。”…
girl  story  growup 
august 2015 by aries1988
Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World
The organization has spent years moving away from its roots in camping and crafts to embrace more modern-day themes. Now some are pushing for a return to tradition.

And, like every other youth organization, Girl Scouts must compete with the flood of choices now available to youths, so staying relevant with programs that attract and retain members is critical to success.

A 2011 overhaul of girl scouting programs abandoned the old badge system and adopted a set of three “Journeys.” It also aligned badges and leadership opportunities with 21st-century ideas revolving around social issues, professional opportunities for women, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the so-called STEM curriculum.

“You try to find the balance,” said Ms. Wright, of Estes Park, Colo. “Girls were wanting STEM, and they needed STEM. That’s where the careers are going to be, and we were going to miss the boat if we weren’t helping to promote that.”

“It’s about making a balanced person — a balanced world citizen, really — who can take her place in any field she wants to achieve things,” said Mrs. Clay, who lives in England and still serves as a scouting volunteer. “And to make a real balanced individual, you have to include the outdoors.”
children  today  usa  growup  debate  stem  female 
october 2014 by aries1988
Sad Dads in the Empty Nest
Fathers occupy a more central place in family life than they once did: Since the 1960s, fathers have more than doubled the number of hours they spend on housework and now do about a third of household chores, according to the Pew Research Center. They have nearly tripled the time they spend with their kids, from 2.5 hours a week to 7.3, a number that is sure to increase with the growing number of men asking employers for paternity leave and other work-life concessions, and the advent of baby-care boot camps, meet-up groups and websites catering to fathers who want to be present in the day-to-day and even minute-to-minute lives of their kids.

Social psychologists talk about the departure of adult children as a time when one social role becomes obsolete and a new one must be discovered. Back when most mothers did not work outside the home, the person whose role evaporated was the woman’s.

Social psychologists talk about the departure of adult children as a time when one social role becomes obsolete and a new one must be discovered. Back when most mothers did not work outside the home, the person whose role evaporated was the woman’s.

Forty or 50 years ago, the overworked male breadwinner often did not have the time or the social permission to develop a close connection with the children he was supporting, and when an adult child left home, that chance could be lost. Today’s men are more likely to have enjoyed the happy unscripted moments that create deeper bonds.
opinion  story  children  growup  parents 
september 2014 by aries1988
Filling the Empty Nest With Animals - NYTimes.com
But they do belong in mine. Back inside our place, I put out a saucer of milk for our guest.

“Look how cute she is,” I said. “Our new roommate.”

My boyfriend understood.

“O.K.,” he said. “We’ll give it a try.”

That was the moment New York began to feel like home.
story  animal  newyork  growup  pet  parents  children  couple 
september 2014 by aries1988

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