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Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship. Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Wrinting and Life. (via bookporn)
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I Prefer Your Love by St. Vincent

St. Vincent - I Prefer Your Love

(Source: pink--rabbits)

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My plants are better people than me and they know it.

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Just turned away some children handing out Jesus pamphlets.

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Thinking about my mom and drive-thru ice cream sundaes with crushed peanut packets.

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therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
 Aries: This week, something might not feel quite right, like maybe your insides feel all twisted up, like maybe your heart feels sore in your chest, like maybe your thoughts are heavy and weird. Try not to get lost inside yourself. Try not to let your racing brain make you too sad for the world. Focus on things outside you, maybe. Focus on surfaces. Get your hair cut, or wear different clothes, or just look at your face in the mirror. Let this work like magic; this can work like a spell.
 Taurus: This is a week for traveling, it’s a week for moving, it’s a week not to stay still or sit at home too much, if you can help it. Take a bus to a faraway city. Watch the green earth from an airplane, from a mountain, from your roof. You don’t have to feel trapped, not in your your town, not in your body, not in your head. Listen to songs that stay in your head. Listen to songs that keeps you company as you move through your days. Listen to songs that sing you to sleep at night.
 Gemini: This week you can catch your balance, you can hit your stride, you can feel like gold. This week you can let go of the the feelings that are too heavy, the ones that don’t even move you anymore, the ones that have haunted you the most. The changes you’ve made in your life will start bloom and glow, this week. Your desires can sparkle in front of you. Your future can shine. Go to the beach, go to the pool, smell flowers and sunscreen in the air. Listen to songs full of motion and songs full of light.
 Cancer: You might feel scattered this week, you might feel split, you might feel turned around. You might feel like you aren’t even solid, like you’re full of air, like you’re full of water, like you’re full of dreams. Try not to let it worry you. Try not to think that you need to be doing more than you are. This is a week for small kindnesses and small joys. This is a week for being so good to the people in your life. Listen to your favorite song on repeat. Try to believe that you are enough.
 Leo: This week you might feel your blood hot in your veins, you might feel lightning in your head, you might feel a storm brewing in your heart. You can feel like a witch this week; you can feel like the sun. This is a week for tapping into powers that have stayed dormant inside you. This is a week for learning that you are so much weirder than you thought you were. Listen to songs without words, listen to songs full of words you don’t understand, listen to songs sung in the language of your dreams.
 Virgo: You can be so weird this week, you can be so bright, you can do everything you want to do and nothing that you don’t. You can be your own best self this week, or your strangest self, or your bravest self, or the self who shines like the sun. If you keep being as kind as you can, if you keep moving even when you’re afraid, everything dark can fall away. Listen to songs that bring you back to a younger version of yourself. Listen to songs that make you sing.
 Libra: This week, you don’t have to work too much and you don’t have to try too hard. This is a week for watching, for waiting, for giving yourself over to the songs in your dreams and the pull of the moon. If you’re patient, if you don’t hurry, you can watch your whole life start to bloom. You can learn so many kinds of magic if you’re willing to move a little slowly this week, if you live with your eyes open and your feet on the ground and your windows rolled down.
 Scorpio: This week can be so full of joy, full of sweet sunny mornings and tender blue nights. This week can be full of light and full of easy goodness, and that can be enough for you right now. You don’t have to be serious and you don’t have to be hard and you don’t have to bear the full weight of the world on your back. You can let yourself float a little bit, you can let yourself fly, you can let the world be kind to you. You can be kind to yourself.
 Sagittarius: Everything might turn out different than you expected, this week. Everything might turn out better than you hoped. Your predictions might turn out to be wrong this week, and this is such a blessing. It’s such a gift not to be right, sometimes. It’s such a gift to be surprised by the world’s sweetness, sometimes. It’s such a gift to watch your days fill with brighter colors than you ever thought you could see. It can be so good to feel how small you are, this week. Every word you hear can sound like music.
 Capricorn: This week, you don’t have to look at the stars, and you don’t have to dream about the future, and you don’t have to feel the ghosts of your old selves all around you. You can just be quietly alive in your own body, quietly alive in your own small part of the world. All you have to do is keep breathing, all you have to do is remember the ways you’re alive. Sit outside, or take a bath, or watch a baseball game, or eat fruit that stains your hands and popsicles that stain your teeth.
 Aquarius: This week is about knowing the shape of your own weird emotions; this week is about knowing the size of the love and the need you carry inside you. You don’t have to be sad about the things you don’t have. You don’t ever have to feel like you aren’t enough. You can know what you need to keep living, if you pay attention. You can know how to find the truest joy. You can be so kind to yourself, you can find ways to rely on your own heart. Buy yourself flowers, bake yourself a pie.
 Pisces: This is a week for finding your wildest bravery. This is a week for feeling your heart beat. It’s okay to risk embarrassment, it’s okay to risk falling, it’s okay to feel so much ambition you can hardly breathe, so much desire you can hardly see. Let the bright future swell like the ocean. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing and it’s okay if you don’t know the rules. It’s okay to put your dignity on the line sometimes. It’s okay to be humbled by your wild desires.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This week, something might not feel quite right, like maybe your insides feel all twisted up, like maybe your heart feels sore in your chest, like maybe your thoughts are heavy and weird. Try not to get lost inside yourself. Try not to let your racing brain make you too sad for the world. Focus on things outside you, maybe. Focus on surfaces. Get your hair cut, or wear different clothes, or just look at your face in the mirror. Let this work like magic; this can work like a spell.

Taurus: This is a week for traveling, it’s a week for moving, it’s a week not to stay still or sit at home too much, if you can help it. Take a bus to a faraway city. Watch the green earth from an airplane, from a mountain, from your roof. You don’t have to feel trapped, not in your your town, not in your body, not in your head. Listen to songs that stay in your head. Listen to songs that keeps you company as you move through your days. Listen to songs that sing you to sleep at night.

Gemini: This week you can catch your balance, you can hit your stride, you can feel like gold. This week you can let go of the the feelings that are too heavy, the ones that don’t even move you anymore, the ones that have haunted you the most. The changes you’ve made in your life will start bloom and glow, this week. Your desires can sparkle in front of you. Your future can shine. Go to the beach, go to the pool, smell flowers and sunscreen in the air. Listen to songs full of motion and songs full of light.

Cancer: You might feel scattered this week, you might feel split, you might feel turned around. You might feel like you aren’t even solid, like you’re full of air, like you’re full of water, like you’re full of dreams. Try not to let it worry you. Try not to think that you need to be doing more than you are. This is a week for small kindnesses and small joys. This is a week for being so good to the people in your life. Listen to your favorite song on repeat. Try to believe that you are enough.

Leo: This week you might feel your blood hot in your veins, you might feel lightning in your head, you might feel a storm brewing in your heart. You can feel like a witch this week; you can feel like the sun. This is a week for tapping into powers that have stayed dormant inside you. This is a week for learning that you are so much weirder than you thought you were. Listen to songs without words, listen to songs full of words you don’t understand, listen to songs sung in the language of your dreams.

Virgo: You can be so weird this week, you can be so bright, you can do everything you want to do and nothing that you don’t. You can be your own best self this week, or your strangest self, or your bravest self, or the self who shines like the sun. If you keep being as kind as you can, if you keep moving even when you’re afraid, everything dark can fall away. Listen to songs that bring you back to a younger version of yourself. Listen to songs that make you sing.

Libra: This week, you don’t have to work too much and you don’t have to try too hard. This is a week for watching, for waiting, for giving yourself over to the songs in your dreams and the pull of the moon. If you’re patient, if you don’t hurry, you can watch your whole life start to bloom. You can learn so many kinds of magic if you’re willing to move a little slowly this week, if you live with your eyes open and your feet on the ground and your windows rolled down.

Scorpio: This week can be so full of joy, full of sweet sunny mornings and tender blue nights. This week can be full of light and full of easy goodness, and that can be enough for you right now. You don’t have to be serious and you don’t have to be hard and you don’t have to bear the full weight of the world on your back. You can let yourself float a little bit, you can let yourself fly, you can let the world be kind to you. You can be kind to yourself.

Sagittarius: Everything might turn out different than you expected, this week. Everything might turn out better than you hoped. Your predictions might turn out to be wrong this week, and this is such a blessing. It’s such a gift not to be right, sometimes. It’s such a gift to be surprised by the world’s sweetness, sometimes. It’s such a gift to watch your days fill with brighter colors than you ever thought you could see. It can be so good to feel how small you are, this week. Every word you hear can sound like music.

Capricorn: This week, you don’t have to look at the stars, and you don’t have to dream about the future, and you don’t have to feel the ghosts of your old selves all around you. You can just be quietly alive in your own body, quietly alive in your own small part of the world. All you have to do is keep breathing, all you have to do is remember the ways you’re alive. Sit outside, or take a bath, or watch a baseball game, or eat fruit that stains your hands and popsicles that stain your teeth.

Aquarius: This week is about knowing the shape of your own weird emotions; this week is about knowing the size of the love and the need you carry inside you. You don’t have to be sad about the things you don’t have. You don’t ever have to feel like you aren’t enough. You can know what you need to keep living, if you pay attention. You can know how to find the truest joy. You can be so kind to yourself, you can find ways to rely on your own heart. Buy yourself flowers, bake yourself a pie.

Pisces: This is a week for finding your wildest bravery. This is a week for feeling your heart beat. It’s okay to risk embarrassment, it’s okay to risk falling, it’s okay to feel so much ambition you can hardly breathe, so much desire you can hardly see. Let the bright future swell like the ocean. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing and it’s okay if you don’t know the rules. It’s okay to put your dignity on the line sometimes. It’s okay to be humbled by your wild desires.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

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tierradentro:

Elliott Erwitt, Paris (Louvre, Musée de l”Orangerie).

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I was in a bar in Chicago when I told a close friend of 20 years that, despite being a lesbian, I was marrying a man. My friend and I hadn’t seen each other in a while, but we fell back quickly into our old intimacy — those long, rambling conversations we used to have in coffee shops all over Minneapolis. When the subject shifted to an activist group she was part of, I said I’d be glad to help, if they needed a lesbian on their board. She laughed, dismissively. “You can’t call yourself that anymore.” Of all the weird reactions I’d gotten to my engagement, that one pissed me off most.

I’m a lesbian marrying a man. (via salon)

I think what bothers me most about this article is that it sounds like she is willfully living in opposition to who she is. And that she presumably is intending to do so for life. And that she doesn’t acknowledge the privilege accompanying her cishet relationship/marriage and instead whines about people being confused when she still calls herself a lesbian.

But doesn’t having a sexual/romantic attachment to someone mean that they are included in your sexuality? Even if this person is the sole individual in the entire world that you could have feelings towards despite not normally being attracted to their sex/gender?

Idk, maybe I’m awful. People can identify how they want to and that should be respected. It just seems like she’s resisting the bisexual label because it’s not strong enough or something, which I feel like happens a lot and irks me more than I feel like writing about tonight.


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  • Meat eater: what about the people who pick YOUR vegetables?
  • Vegan: Wait, what do you mean MY vegetables? don't you eat vegetables as well? What are you doing for these peoples rights other than using their struggles as a convenient "gotcha card" in attempts to silence vegans from talking about non human oppression? anything? And I'm guessing since you care so much about migrant workers in poor conditions, you are doing everything in your power to fight for those working in slaughterhouses and meat packing facilities since they are known to be one of the most dangerous and unsafe work places in the entire world, yes?
  • Meat eater: Well...
  • Vegan: Don't you think you should spend a little less time trying to belittle the efforts of people who are genuinely trying to cause the least amount of damage to animals, the environment and humans, and spend more time trying to make an effort of your own?
  • Meat eater: um, I mean...
  • Meat eater: bacon lol
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