25 7 / 2014

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I’d love to see more books where the characters get together earlier in the story. While the yearning portions of books are lovely and make us flip their pages, I’d love to see more stories where healthy romantic relationships are depicted. Where the curtain isn’t dropped with the suggestion of coupling up = happily ever after. Novels that take us past that point and depict a young couple working out some of their early insecurities and issues; that show us the romance and heartache of settling into a relationship. Like the moment when you’ve hung up on your boyfriend/girlfriend for the first time and you’re cradling your phone, praying they’ll know you want them to call back. Or you’ve slammed a door and you hope they’re waiting on the other side figuring out the perfect words to transform the emotions inside you from anger and hurt to comfort and passion.


Relationships are not a destination. They’re not an end-point. They’re always a journey. They should always be challenging and growing and evolving.

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Tiffany Schmidt, on what makes for a good contemporary romance in YA fiction. She also offers up an excellent reading list of current and forthcoming contemporary novels with well-done romances for YA fiction fans.   (via yahighway)

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25 7 / 2014

barachiki:

How helpful!

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25 7 / 2014

25 7 / 2014

dynastylnoire:


writeswrongs:

By now I hope at least some of you have heard of Javier Payne, a 14-year-old black boy from the Bronx who was attacked by the NYPD last weekend as he was walking home from a hookah shop in his neighborhood.
Cops said he was fighting with another boy, a 13-year-old neighbor in the area. 
So what do you do when two boys are fighting? 
Well, if you’re the NYPD, and the boys in question are black, you throw one of them through a window, puncturing his lung. As he lies there with blood filling his lungs, you handcuff him and refuse to call an ambulance. When you do call an ambulance, you enter the protocol for an adult drunk, instead of a dying child. When the ambulance comes, you refuse to let the paramedics uncuff him. Even as the paramedics explain that this boy is dying, you argue that he’s faking it and that he deserves to die there on the street for fighting with another boy.  When you finally do let the paramedics uncuff him and take him to the hospital, you fail to report that you threw him through a glass window despite dozens of eye-witnesses reporting the opposite.  When you are called upon by the community to account for your actions, you decide to do an “internal investigation” - therefore being accountable to no one outside your division. You encourage the deregulation of police conduct and refuse to let outsiders investigate how you train your officers.
And what do you do, if you’re a concerned citizen who is tired of seeing this? You write Bill de Blasio and you ask him to start an outside investigation into police brutality.  Or at least that’s what I did. And if you want to cosign what I wrote him, you can do that here. And if you want to signal boost that for Javier Payne, you can do that too. You can sign my petition letter here.
(Photo Credit to Enid Alvarez for the New York Daily News)

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dynastylnoire:

writeswrongs:

By now I hope at least some of you have heard of Javier Payne, a 14-year-old black boy from the Bronx who was attacked by the NYPD last weekend as he was walking home from a hookah shop in his neighborhood.

Cops said he was fighting with another boy, a 13-year-old neighbor in the area. 

So what do you do when two boys are fighting? 

Well, if you’re the NYPD, and the boys in question are black, you throw one of them through a window, puncturing his lung. As he lies there with blood filling his lungs, you handcuff him and refuse to call an ambulance. When you do call an ambulance, you enter the protocol for an adult drunk, instead of a dying child. When the ambulance comes, you refuse to let the paramedics uncuff him. Even as the paramedics explain that this boy is dying, you argue that he’s faking it and that he deserves to die there on the street for fighting with another boy.  When you finally do let the paramedics uncuff him and take him to the hospital, you fail to report that you threw him through a glass window despite dozens of eye-witnesses reporting the opposite.  When you are called upon by the community to account for your actions, you decide to do an “internal investigation” - therefore being accountable to no one outside your division. You encourage the deregulation of police conduct and refuse to let outsiders investigate how you train your officers.

And what do you do, if you’re a concerned citizen who is tired of seeing this? You write Bill de Blasio and you ask him to start an outside investigation into police brutality.  Or at least that’s what I did. And if you want to cosign what I wrote him, you can do that here. And if you want to signal boost that for Javier Payne, you can do that too. You can sign my petition letter here.

(Photo Credit to Enid Alvarez for the New York Daily News)

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25 7 / 2014

huffingtonpost:

HERE’S JUST HOW MUCH IT PAYS TO BE CONVENTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE

We’ve come to expect impossible, even improbable standards of beauty to populate our magazines and our television shows. It’s another thing entirely to find they’ve invaded our workplace.

Watch Vox’s full video to see the many other ways these unrealistic beauty standards effect where we work.

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25 7 / 2014

25 7 / 2014

your-daisyfreshgirl:


stunningpicture:

Chinese doctors bowing down to a 11 year old boy diagnosed with brain cancer who managed to save several lives by donating his organs to the hospital he was being treated in shortly before his death.

Incredible

your-daisyfreshgirl:

stunningpicture:

Chinese doctors bowing down to a 11 year old boy diagnosed with brain cancer who managed to save several lives by donating his organs to the hospital he was being treated in shortly before his death.

Incredible

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25 7 / 2014

lightspeedsound:

the-goddamazon:

thewomanfromitaly:

gailsimone:

berenzero:

And people wonder why I love Wonder Woman so much.

Bingo.

The third and last pictures are painting a bdsm picture in my head and I’m not sure what to do with it

I want to date Wonder Woman. ;_;

I NEED ALL OF THESE ON A SHIRT

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25 7 / 2014

talesfromthemek:

swingsetindecember:

kimmi-watch:

Congratu-fucking-lations to Clever TV (whatever the fuck that is), Jeff Davis and the Teen Wolf Cast who were involved in that frankly ridiculous and mean display of reading aloud snippets of fanfiction.

Just think about what…

25 7 / 2014

25 7 / 2014

joshpeckofficial:

this is my favorite image on the internet

joshpeckofficial:

this is my favorite image on the internet

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25 7 / 2014

charminglyantiquated:

a little love story about mermaids and tattoos

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25 7 / 2014

25 7 / 2014

25 7 / 2014

hecallsmepineappleprincess:

justbeinglizzidcp:

jazzy-beans:

"Now come along, Sis. Time to go see the doctor.""Oh, hello, Doctor! How are you? <3"”??… No, no, no. Not THAT one.” 

Dude ok, this happened to me when I was working with Aladdin and Jasmine. We were playing hide and seek with some kids and Aladdin accidentally knocked over a display in one of the shops. So of course the manager comes over and demands to know what the hell is going on to me, and I’m freaking out because I don’t know how to explain why we had enough time to play hide and seek, and Jasmine is at a lost for words…then freaking Aladdin without missing a beat starts RECITING THE MOVIE. He just steps right up to the manager and says “Oh thank you kind sir, I’m so glad you found these two! I’ve been looking all over for you guys..” and Jasmine just naturally falls in rythm reciting the movie too. All the kids we were playing with were in awe, the manager was too shocked for words, and I’m just at odds with myself trying not to fangirl over the entire thing. They even did the whole camel scene (like the picture above)  when we left. Long story short: Aladdin and Jasmine are awesome, and stopped us from getting in huge heaps of trouble 

That’s fucking brilliant.

hecallsmepineappleprincess:

justbeinglizzidcp:

jazzy-beans:

"Now come along, Sis. Time to go see the doctor."
"Oh, hello, Doctor! How are you? <3"
”??… No, no, no. Not THAT one.” 

Dude ok, this happened to me when I was working with Aladdin and Jasmine. We were playing hide and seek with some kids and Aladdin accidentally knocked over a display in one of the shops. So of course the manager comes over and demands to know what the hell is going on to me, and I’m freaking out because I don’t know how to explain why we had enough time to play hide and seek, and Jasmine is at a lost for words…then freaking Aladdin without missing a beat starts RECITING THE MOVIE. He just steps right up to the manager and says “Oh thank you kind sir, I’m so glad you found these two! I’ve been looking all over for you guys..” and Jasmine just naturally falls in rythm reciting the movie too. All the kids we were playing with were in awe, the manager was too shocked for words, and I’m just at odds with myself trying not to fangirl over the entire thing. They even did the whole camel scene (like the picture above)  when we left. Long story short: Aladdin and Jasmine are awesome, and stopped us from getting in huge heaps of trouble 

That’s fucking brilliant.

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