maggie-stiefvater:

Well. This is a thing.

maggie-stiefvater:

Well. This is a thing.

lickystickypickyshe:

After hearing the same question over and over from friends and family — “Why aren’t you married yet?” — art director Suzanne Heintz got tired of it and set out to do something about it. She got herself a little family…of mannequins.

Over the course of 14 years and 10,000 miles of travel, she took her fake family everywhere and took all kinds of “family” pictures….

I loved the comment of Laura:

 She’s underlining the fact that for many people, a family seems to be little better than a trophy or badge to prove that someone has succeeded at fulfilling society’s expectations of them. How many families look great in photographs but are actually empty inside? The point is not to condemn family life, but to refuse to accept that a good life is simply one that looks good to other people.

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smartgirlsattheparty:


“Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like. I promise.”

- Emma Watson

The cleverest witch of her age, y’all.

smartgirlsattheparty:

“Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like. I promise.”

- Emma Watson

The cleverest witch of her age, y’all.

(Source: teenwolfiz)

orphanblack:

Oh Fee.

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"

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

"

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be.  (via oliviacirce)

When I lose hope in the world, I remember this poem.

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Tears.

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maggie-stiefvater:

honestbookcopy:

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them—until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

While we are on the topic of honest cover copy I shall recall this one fondly.

dogjournal:

PUG AND THE BLIND SHIH TZU HE GUIDES ARE ADOPTED TOGETHER - “The middle-aged Otis and Bandit have been together their whole lives…”
A Pug named Otis has been guiding his blind friend, a Shih Tzu named Bandit. They were recently given up to the Humane Society of Delaware County for adoption after their previous owner had to move into a nursing home. Otis leads Bandit around and even helps him eat. Thankfully, Otis and Bandit were recently adopted together by the Workman family in Ohio. Read more from the Columbus Dispatch:

He sticks close by when the two go for walks. He alerts his companion when strangers are coming. Sometimes, he even helps him find food and water.
Otis is no ordinary guide dog, though: His partner, Bandit, is a Shih Tzu.
Together, the dogs are settling into a new home after Chester Workman and his girlfriend adopted them this week from the Humane Society of Delaware County.
***
The dogs landed at the shelter last month after their previous owner moved into a nursing home, but shelter officials said they know little else about their past.
How long Bandit has been blind is unclear.
He arrived at the society unable to see, his eyes dry and irritated.
“After consulting with two different vets,” Girberd said, “the decision was made to remove his eyes to ease the pain.”
Bandit seems pain-free now, with fur growing over his eye area.
“He looks like he’s looking up at you,” Workman said.
Before he and Powelson adopted Otis and Bandit, a sign on the dogs’ cage had read: “We can’t bear to be apart and must be adopted together. Please consider making us a part of your family!”

It’s great to hear that Otis and Bandit can remain together in their new home. Dogs are amazing. Click here for the full story and here for more about the Humane Society of Delaware County. (Photo by Jonathan Quilter)

dogjournal:

PUG AND THE BLIND SHIH TZU HE GUIDES ARE ADOPTED TOGETHER - The middle-aged Otis and Bandit have been together their whole lives…”

A Pug named Otis has been guiding his blind friend, a Shih Tzu named Bandit. They were recently given up to the Humane Society of Delaware County for adoption after their previous owner had to move into a nursing home. Otis leads Bandit around and even helps him eat. Thankfully, Otis and Bandit were recently adopted together by the Workman family in Ohio. Read more from the Columbus Dispatch:

He sticks close by when the two go for walks. He alerts his companion when strangers are coming. Sometimes, he even helps him find food and water.

Otis is no ordinary guide dog, though: His partner, Bandit, is a Shih Tzu.

Together, the dogs are settling into a new home after Chester Workman and his girlfriend adopted them this week from the Humane Society of Delaware County.

***

The dogs landed at the shelter last month after their previous owner moved into a nursing home, but shelter officials said they know little else about their past.

How long Bandit has been blind is unclear.

He arrived at the society unable to see, his eyes dry and irritated.

“After consulting with two different vets,” Girberd said, “the decision was made to remove his eyes to ease the pain.”

Bandit seems pain-free now, with fur growing over his eye area.

“He looks like he’s looking up at you,” Workman said.

Before he and Powelson adopted Otis and Bandit, a sign on the dogs’ cage had read: “We can’t bear to be apart and must be adopted together. Please consider making us a part of your family!”

It’s great to hear that Otis and Bandit can remain together in their new home. Dogs are amazing. Click here for the full story and here for more about the Humane Society of Delaware County. (Photo by Jonathan Quilter)

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