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I strive to have an outside pulpit one day.
Aug 22, 2014

I strive to have an outside pulpit one day.

Immersion in the lake feels like like a baptism after a long, full-heart day; the freshwater soothes salty eyes. And here, too, I find grace.
Aug 21, 2014

Immersion in the lake feels like like a baptism after a long, full-heart day; the freshwater soothes salty eyes. And here, too, I find grace.

Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road.
Aug 20, 2014 / 1 note

1. Don’t try to piss quietly. Nobody in a public restroom thinks you’re knitting in your stall. They came to piss, just like you. And if you have to take a dump, do it. Get over your fear of public toilets. It’ll make life a lot easier.

2. Masturbate. Masturbate a lot. Talk about it with your friends. You’ve got the right to make yourself feel good and brag about it just like all the boys with extra large kleenex packages on their desks.

3. If you want the large fries, get the large fries. Hunger and appetite are nothing to be ashamed of, just human. Don’t ever feel guilty for eating in front of others. You need to nourish your body to stay alive. We all do.

4. Laugh as loud as you have to, no matter if you snort or gasp or literally scream.

5. Fart when you have to.

6. Always remember you weren’t born to visually please others. Forget the phrase “what if they think it’s ugly”. If you think it’s lovely, it is lovely. You wanna wear it, wear it!

7. Speak your mind! You can learn to do so without insulting others or shoving your opinion down other people’s throats.

Seven Simple Ways To Free Yourself, from girl to girl (via fawnbabe)

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Aug 19, 2014 / 187,708 notes
The problem of Slytherin is that JKR has significant authorial bias. She is a Gryffindor, this is a heroic epic, and Gryffindor qualities are favored because those are the qualities she values most in herself. Gryffindor actions are consistently downplayed - Sirius’s prank against Snape, the twins’ near-manslaughter of Montague, Hermione’s scarring of Marietta Edgecombe—have no long-term repercussions and aren’t treated with the weight they deserve (and in Hermione’s case, JKR has defended the action in interviews.) Meanwhile, Slytherin House is generally portrayed negatively: Gryffindor is treated like the hero House and Slytherin like the villain House, when the possibility exists that they could have been so much more. The world, after all, does not exist in terms of pure good and evil—and if the Houses are really meant to be as good and as bad as portrayed, well, there are the problems with world-building and plausibility that I’ve mentioned above.
Aug 19, 2014 / 4,767 notes
The old Cook County Hospital. What an impressive building.
Aug 19, 2014

The old Cook County Hospital. What an impressive building.

Aug 16, 2014 / 3,463 notes
This is pretty ok.
Aug 15, 2014

This is pretty ok.

Bean // drop of mercury // cloud gate
Aug 14, 2014

Bean // drop of mercury // cloud gate

Aug 14, 2014 / 6,266 notes
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Be present, Spirit of God, within us, your dwelling place and home, that this starless night will be penetrated by your light, all troubles calmed by your presence, all evil redeemed by your love, all pain transformed by your grace, and all dying glorified in your risen life. Amen.
Aug 13, 2014

Be present, Spirit of God, within us, your dwelling place and home, that this starless night will be penetrated by your light, all troubles calmed by your presence, all evil redeemed by your love, all pain transformed by your grace, and all dying glorified in your risen life. Amen.

Music in the park. (This city might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.)
Aug 13, 2014

Music in the park. (This city might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.)

It even feels like home.
Aug 11, 2014

It even feels like home.

Aug 10, 2014 / 5,475 notes