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Ask me anything   Submit   ink. charcoal. water. collar bones. feathers. i ache, always.

acculturation and assimilation are not the same. stop using the terms interchangeably. 
frustration rage.
literary frustration rage.

words!
use the words correctly. dictionaries are a thing!

— 40 minutes ago
#words  #assimilation  #acculturation  #dictionary  #research 
Found a new book for my research. Thesis, you will be long.

Found a new book for my research. Thesis, you will be long.

— 3 hours ago
#aaron kupchik  #juvenile justice  #psychology  #academia  #thesis  #criminal law 

More selfie-love. Because I said so.

— 3 hours ago with 2 notes
#personal  #long hair  #selfie  #self love  #mouse 

Selfie love and a new iced coffee maker.
My hair be bangin’ lately.

— 4 hours ago with 2 notes
#personal  #self love  #coffee  #starbucks shame  #long hair 
Ryan's Lion →

birthdaypartyprincess:

Is this post too long for your eyeballs? Here’s the short version: DONATE TO RYAN. He desperately needs funding for his life-saving surgeries and hospital care! DO IT NOW. Don’t make an excuse, just give five dollars. I’d give YOU five dollars if your life was in…

— 4 days ago with 183 notes
#charity  #kickstarter  #signal boost  #children 

insertcoolpunhere:

ltsparkles:

imperialdalek:

kryptaria:

rembrandtswife:

This is the attitude that every creative artist needs to take.

When you’re wondering if you have the guts to post that new fanfic or to send your manuscript to a publisher, remember this.

this is my motto

I need to learn to think this way.

good-advice gobber

oh yes. surprisingly enough- a lot of people do not like what i aim to do. 
"you want to help criminals?” they say.
"no. i want to help juvenile victims of the economy and the juvenile justice system. it was not set up to help them because it was set up to punish the behaviors that developed due to trauma or neglect or any other number of things because they were just trying to survive. they are not criminals. they are victims like everyone else." i reply.

they usually shake their heads or reply with some anecdote about how  some young punk mugged them or tagged their house or broke into their car. 
did you think they were just doing that for fun?
they had their own reasons. 

almost all the kids i have worked with are the victims of abusive or neglectful parents. or they grew up in dangerous situations and had to adjust. or something awful happened to them and they do not know how to cope. sometimes it was drugs.
sometimes it is just about resources; financial, emotional, and otherwise.

so fuck that old man who said my helping those delinquents is a waste of time. 

(via aoizure)

— 5 days ago with 84624 notes
#personal  #work  #juvenile delinquency  #art therapy 
allthateverwasorwillbe:

Homemade Cough Syrup
Ingredients:
honey — Bee Free Honee (vegan) HERE
citrus — lemons (Organic and washed)
herbs — fresh rosemary & peppermint
spices — ginger (fresh or dried/ground), whole cloves, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom
Instructions:
Slice the lemons into rounds and quarter them
Stack and mix the ingredients in a glass jar
Allow to sit for 4-6 hours shaking occasionally
store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months
Use:
simply swallow a spoonful or two to ease a sore throat
Add 2 heaping spoonfuls to a glass of hot water or tea
Cinnamon: Natural antibacterial properties
Cloves: anti-fungal with anesthetic properties
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting
Lemon: Astringent
Peppermint: antispasmodic, antimicrobial and anodyne (pain relieving)
Rosemary: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. 

yes. but i use real honey. there are apiaries all over portland that are wonderful. each neighborhood has a different floral note. 

allthateverwasorwillbe:

Homemade Cough Syrup

Ingredients:

  • honey — Bee Free Honee (vegan) HERE
  • citrus — lemons (Organic and washed)
  • herbs — fresh rosemary & peppermint
  • spices — ginger (fresh or dried/ground), whole cloves, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom

Instructions:

  1. Slice the lemons into rounds and quarter them
  2. Stack and mix the ingredients in a glass jar
  3. Allow to sit for 4-6 hours shaking occasionally
  4. store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months

Use:

  • simply swallow a spoonful or two to ease a sore throat
  • Add 2 heaping spoonfuls to a glass of hot water or tea

Cinnamon: Natural antibacterial properties

Cloves: anti-fungal with anesthetic properties

Ginger: Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting

Lemon: Astringent

Peppermint: antispasmodic, antimicrobial and anodyne (pain relieving)

Rosemary: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. 

yes. but i use real honey. there are apiaries all over portland that are wonderful. each neighborhood has a different floral note. 

(via veggietrey)

— 5 days ago with 607 notes
#honey  #cold remedy  #ginger  #lemon  #cloves  #cinnamon  #rosemary  #sick  #portland  #bee local 

its that time of year;
when i knit a lot
drink lots of hot, apple cider
wear lots of thigh high socks
find it easier to not eat
sleep more
and burrow into everything.

— 6 days ago with 3 notes
#personal  #cold weather approaches 

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karhide:

windandsalt:

friarpark

#this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles. 

our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.

over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.

and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”

first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.

and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.

by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.

anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.

bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me

(Source: rimtiggins, via catherineanita)

— 6 days ago with 300660 notes
#racism  #children  #culture  #anthropology  #psychology  #representation 
Colorado students walk out to protest conservative ‘censorship’ of AP history →

The right-leaning board-members said they believe history teachers should teach nationalism, respect for authority and reverence for free markets. They should avoid teaching any historical events or acts that promote “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

…so…like no history then. gotcha. great job, school board. 
on the bright side, they created a fantastic and ironic turn of events. 

Retired New Jersey history teacher Larry S. Krieger told Newsweek, “As I read through the document, I saw a consistently negative view of American history that highlights oppressors and exploiters.”

yes. and? did you not read american history this way? 

— 1 week ago
#colorado  #school  #education  #censorship  #protests 

just started crying out of nowhere. 
just tears started pouring out of my eyes and i scrunched up my nose.

my brain is processing something in secret.

— 1 week ago
#personal  #tears 

hey there, anxiety. you were hiding for the past few weeks but now you’re back and making me shaky. 

please stop.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#personal  #anxiety  #mental health  #i need to chill 

darshanapathak:

Raise your hand if you’re straddling the line between crippling anxiety and not giving any fucks about anything

everyday.

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— 2 weeks ago with 222916 notes
#personal  #anxiety  #mental health 
"Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales."

Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)

Also worth highlighting is this section:

Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)

So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.

(via elenilote)

I watched a really great tv show on this as well. I cannot remember what it was called but it basically said most of the research surrounding “superfoods” was dodgy.

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(Source: thalassarche, via backonpointe)

— 2 weeks ago with 15670 notes
#food  #nutrition  #sustainability  #amazon  #quinoa  #blueberries  #superfood 
  1. sometimes teenagers take rebellion against their families to the extreme.
  2. the nanny is an extremely underrated show.
  3. romeo and juliet gets too much love compared to his other works.
  4. go watch the nanny right now.

(Source: 1ibertine, via aoizure)

— 2 weeks ago with 306024 notes
#romeo and juliet  #william shakespeare  #the nanny  #fran drescher  #women  #drama