kalynroseanne:

  1. Because if we wrote the ways we’ve not yet said “I love you” and stacked them paper-thin on top of one another, they would topple over only as they were reaching Saturn.

    For instance:
    “I would watch you dance in rhythm with your heartbeat until it was too dark to see,
    and then I would read your movements like braille against my own body until the light fell on us again.”
    “Death, no, please. 67 years were not enough.”
    “Why won’t your softness leave my head?”
    “It hurts too much to look at you right now. But please stay until it doesn’t.”

  2. Because we don’t yet understand death; Don’t want to let its feelings of finality reign over us. Let me write you into story in such a way that the ink wraps its fingers around my memories and holds them there, safe from the land of forgotten faces and distant voices.

  3. To give a voice to things not spoken about enough, because they are stifled or drowned out by ignorance, apathy, dictators, cowards, the masses. Because we refuse to stop talking about sex trafficking or the fact that racism isn’t dead. People need to know that children still fight wars and religious persecution is not a thing of the past. That they didn’t ask for it, nor was it their fault. That there are papers reaching towards Saturn that were written with them in mind.

  4. To give the mind a chance to catch up to the heart. And vice versa.

  5. To do the things we do not do off paper, say the things that choke us every time we try to say them.

    For instance:
    “When I sit beside you my whole body feels electric. And I don’t know if this is an illusion that is the fault of the space we keep between us, or real fields of energy that could ignite a forest if they touched.”
    “It’s not okay. It’s not okay at all. You came so close to loving me that I ended up trusting you right before you disappeared. I say it’s okay. I say we can still be friends. It’s not okay. This is not a way to treat a beating heart.”
    To leave. Sometimes to stay.
    To take your face in my hands and kiss you.

  6. To understand.

  7. Because we’re still so far from Saturn.

-Why We Write | Kalyn RoseAnne

npsoak:

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"Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it."

— John Eldridge (via dishevelment)

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Literature that helps inform masses of people, that helps individuals understand feminist thinking and feminist politics, needs to be written in a wide range of styles and formats. We need work that is especially geared towards youth culture. No one produces this work in academic settings. Without abandoning women’s studies programs which are already at risk at colleges and universities as conservatives seek to undo the changes created by struggles for gender justice, we need feminist studies that is community-based.

[…] By failing to create a mass-based educational movement to teach everyone about feminism we allow mainstream patriarchal mass media to remain the primary place where folks learn about feminism, and most of what they learn is negative. Teaching feminist thought and theory to everyone means that we have to reach beyond the academic and even the written word. Masses of folks lack the skills to read most feminist books. Books on tape, songs, radio and television are all ways to share feminist knowledge. […] This is a step in the right direction.

If we do not work to create mass-based movement which offers feminist education to everyone, females and males, feminist theory and practice will always be undermined by the negative information produced in most mainstream media. The citizens of this nation cannot know the positive contributions feminist movement has made to all our lives if we do not highlight these gains. Constructive feminist contributions to the well-being of our communities and society are often appropriated by the dominant culture which then projects negative representations of feminism. Most people have no understanding of the myriad ways feminism has positively changed all our lives. Sharing feminist thought and practice sustains feminist movement. Feminist knowledge is for everybody.

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— bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody (via marinashutup)

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fallontonight:

WEB EXCLUSIVEJosh Gad tells us what happened when he auditioned for Juilliard back in the day!

classicrockboy:

videohall:

News Anchor in my area loses it over a Fat Cat that likes to swim.

I have a thermodynamics test to study for and yet here I am reblogging videos of aquatic felines

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comedycentral:

Click here to watch Jon Stewart discuss the child immigration debate. And stick around for his extended interview with Hillary Clinton.

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"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important."

— Gary Provost (via strawberrysaturn)

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learnhowtoadult:

werejustpaperpeopleinapapertown:

risarodil:

This design is now available for pre-order as an 11”x17” poster at DFTBA Records!
You might remember this one from the three designs I did for Harper Teen last year, all of them based on quotes by the awesome T. Michael Martin (YA Novelist, Vlogger, Nerdfighter, and the co-host of How to Adult). Mike had the awesome idea to make this available in physical form, and all thanks to the lovely people from DFTBA, this is now a thing!
You can pre-order it right here (or click on the image to be redirected)
Huzzah!

This is awesome!

Thank you! :D
- Mike

learnhowtoadult:

werejustpaperpeopleinapapertown:

risarodil:

This design is now available for pre-order as an 11”x17” poster at DFTBA Records!

You might remember this one from the three designs I did for Harper Teen last year, all of them based on quotes by the awesome T. Michael Martin (YA Novelist, Vlogger, Nerdfighter, and the co-host of How to Adult). Mike had the awesome idea to make this available in physical form, and all thanks to the lovely people from DFTBA, this is now a thing!

You can pre-order it right here (or click on the image to be redirected)

Huzzah!

This is awesome!

Thank you! :D

- Mike

truerunner:

"Why can’t run like a girl also mean win the race?"

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achievementhugger:

thebabbagepatch:

ilacktact:

mycosmicreality:

adeyami:

US students will be able to shield themselves during school shootings with the latest in body armour, the Bodyguard Blanket
http://goo.gl/WwvECT
Are fucking kidding me? I have been sitting at home and constantly watching the news after the events of yesterday. For those of you who are wondering, I am a junior at REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL! I was there when the shooter kept running in the halls trying to open the doors and get in. I was there in the dark praying and crying while my librarian kept saying ” they’ll have to kill me before they touch my kids” I have known her for three years, her determination to keep us safe broke her heart. Seeing this, that little children need protection in school. Are we sending kids to a battlefield? I have three little brothers ranging from 5-10, and still people have the nerve to speak about the second amendment? Really? I can’t even type anymore. I’m so disgusted and frustrated. When will you realize that it’s important to have gun control? When a shooter is pointing a gun at your child? Is that when you’ll realize that guns aren’t something to be kept around. People say it’s a free country but honesty, this country is more oppressed and diseased than any other country.

Show me ONE instance where gun control and gun free zones prevented school shootings.



Let me tell you guys a story. In 1996, in a little town in Australia called Port Arthur, a gunman killed 35 and injured 23. This place was a tourist attraction, with plenty of visitors and locals going about their business. 35 people died.That’s 35 marriages, anniversaries, birthdays or uni degrees. 35 people left Port Arthur in body bags.At the time, we had a pretty conservative government, and the Prime Minister at the time (in hindsight) was kind of a dick. But within two weeks of the shooting, Howard instituted a massive reform and buyback of all firearms. 
But it must be a statistical flaw, you say, there weren’t that many massacres before 1996, right? No, WRONG. In the eighteen years leading up to Port Arthur, there had been 13 mass shootings. 
But April, you ask, this couldn’t possibly have worked could it? Wouldn’t it only have reduced the mass shootings? WRONG.Since 1996, there have been ZERO mass shootings. That’s right, ZERO. FUCKING ZILCH. There have been scattered homicides, however:
How many schools have been raided and children murdered? NONE.How many film buffs have been murdered in their seats? NONE.How many innocent lives have been lost to the barrel of a gun? NONE.
On top of this, homicides involving the use of guns, and youth suicide involving the use of guns has declined dramatically, by up to 60%
Australia, however much the environment tries to kill you, is a safe haven, and you can walk the streets with 99% assurance that you won’t fall victim to a drive by shooting.
Your move, America.

achievementhugger:

thebabbagepatch:

ilacktact:

mycosmicreality:

adeyami:

US students will be able to shield themselves during school shootings with the latest in body armour, the Bodyguard Blanket

http://goo.gl/WwvECT

Are fucking kidding me? I have been sitting at home and constantly watching the news after the events of yesterday. For those of you who are wondering, I am a junior at REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL! I was there when the shooter kept running in the halls trying to open the doors and get in. I was there in the dark praying and crying while my librarian kept saying ” they’ll have to kill me before they touch my kids” I have known her for three years, her determination to keep us safe broke her heart. Seeing this, that little children need protection in school. Are we sending kids to a battlefield? I have three little brothers ranging from 5-10, and still people have the nerve to speak about the second amendment? Really? I can’t even type anymore. I’m so disgusted and frustrated. When will you realize that it’s important to have gun control? When a shooter is pointing a gun at your child? Is that when you’ll realize that guns aren’t something to be kept around. People say it’s a free country but honesty, this country is more oppressed and diseased than any other country.

Show me ONE instance where gun control and gun free zones prevented school shootings.

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Let me tell you guys a story.
In 1996, in a little town in Australia called Port Arthur, a gunman killed 35 and injured 23. This place was a tourist attraction, with plenty of visitors and locals going about their business. 
35 people died.That’s 35 marriages, anniversaries, birthdays or uni degrees. 35 people left Port Arthur in body bags.
At the time, we had a pretty conservative government, and the Prime Minister at the time (in hindsight) was kind of a dick. But within two weeks of the shooting, Howard instituted a massive reform and buyback of all firearms. 

But it must be a statistical flaw, you say, there weren’t that many massacres before 1996, right? No, WRONG. 
In the eighteen years leading up to Port Arthur, there had been 13 mass shootings. 

But April, you ask, this couldn’t possibly have worked could it? Wouldn’t it only have reduced the mass shootings? WRONG.
Since 1996, there have been ZERO mass shootings. That’s right, ZERO. FUCKING ZILCH. There have been scattered homicides, however:

How many schools have been raided and children murdered? NONE.
How many film buffs have been murdered in their seats? NONE.
How many innocent lives have been lost to the barrel of a gun? NONE.

On top of this, homicides involving the use of guns, and youth suicide involving the use of guns has declined dramatically, by up to 60%

Australia, however much the environment tries to kill you, is a safe haven, and you can walk the streets with 99% assurance that you won’t fall victim to a drive by shooting.

Your move, America.

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petulantetuk:

liztrade:

stoneandbloodandwater:

iincantatem:

Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years.

He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to…

Interesting thoughts.