"There once was a boy named Pierre who only would say "I DON'T CARE!  Read his story my friend for you'll find at the end, that a suitable by GreenEyedGypsy
GreenEyedGypsy
GreenEyedGypsy "There once was a boy named Pierre who only would say "I DON'T CARE! Read his story my friend for you'll find at the end, that a suitable
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I actually had to ask once if I was crazy. To answer the question, I would have to say I care, and my friends don't understand.  I Want Crazy ~ Hunter Hayes One of my newest favorites!! by aida
aida
aida I actually had to ask once if I was crazy. To answer the question, I would have to say I care, and my friends don't understand. I Want Crazy ~ Hunter Hayes One of my newest favorites!!
Captured Moments
Unfortunately I'm dealing with this with someone I thought was my friend.  Who knew that as soon as a guy came along she would drop her friends and only hang out with him and his friends. by dollie
dollie
dollie Unfortunately I'm dealing with this with someone I thought was my friend. Who knew that as soon as a guy came along she would drop her friends and only hang out with him and his friends.
things that make you go hmmm
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people by MarylinJ
MarylinJ
MarylinJ “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people
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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people by Katherine Gray
Katherine Gray
Katherine Gray “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people
beauty
The Horse That Would Not Give Up, and the Man Who Loved Him: Read the moving story of superhorse Neville Bardos and his loving owner, Boyd Martin! And watch a video you'll never forget . . . read our blog post! by daphne
daphne
daphne The Horse That Would Not Give Up, and the Man Who Loved Him: Read the moving story of superhorse Neville Bardos and his loving owner, Boyd Martin! And watch a video you'll never forget . . . read our blog post!
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Please. Just... sweep me off my feet. It's OUR day; I don't care if people find it silly. His face... priceless. by sherrie
sherrie
sherrie Please. Just... sweep me off my feet. It's OUR day; I don't care if people find it silly. His face... priceless.
Style for style
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” - Mr. Rogers by kristi
kristi
kristi “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” - Mr. Rogers
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7 things not to say to your toddler and suggestions on what to say instead... I wish everyone who deals with a child at anytime would read this! When you tell a child "no", "stop that", "don't do that" all day... I would tune you out too!!! by robindu
robindu
robindu 7 things not to say to your toddler and suggestions on what to say instead... I wish everyone who deals with a child at anytime would read this! When you tell a child "no", "stop that", "don't do that" all day... I would tune you out too!!!
garden ideas
Story of my life.  Especially when I dream of my friends living on Gallifrey and I can only bring them back once, like in the Christmas Carol.  Then I go out with my friends and make many references that they don't understand. by Sew Much Fun
Sew Much Fun
Sew Much Fun Story of my life. Especially when I dream of my friends living on Gallifrey and I can only bring them back once, like in the Christmas Carol. Then I go out with my friends and make many references that they don't understand.
Who
This is how I was asked out by my best friend. ❤ He took me out to dinner for my birthday and before he dropped me off he gave me a jar filled with 50 Reasons why he loved me. Right before he left he said he forgot one. He pulled it out of his pocket and on it it said "I love you. Will you be my girlfriEND until the END?" What girl would ever say no to that. So any guys trying to get a girl's attention, take some notes. :) by cheryl
cheryl
cheryl This is how I was asked out by my best friend. ❤ He took me out to dinner for my birthday and before he dropped me off he gave me a jar filled with 50 Reasons why he loved me. Right before he left he said he forgot one. He pulled it out of his pocket and on it it said "I love you. Will you be my girlfriEND until the END?" What girl would ever say no to that. So any guys trying to get a girl's attention, take some notes. :)
Loft Ideas
AMEN Sister---"Everything I do and say tells a story of who I am serving. If I am acting out of anger and spite, I am serving the father of darkness and spreading his darkness. If I am honoring to the Lord with my actions, I am serving to further the name of Jesus and spreading His light." ~ Lysa TerKeurst by becky
becky
becky AMEN Sister---"Everything I do and say tells a story of who I am serving. If I am acting out of anger and spite, I am serving the father of darkness and spreading his darkness. If I am honoring to the Lord with my actions, I am serving to further the name of Jesus and spreading His light." ~ Lysa TerKeurst
Favorite Images
Bev Doolittle "MISSED"-1986 Camouflaging the arrow was the key here. I purposely made the arrow difficult to see at first glance. You have to work a little to get the key to the puzzle. Once you see it, the story is waiting for you. For myself, I think the arrow was shot by a young boy. Most warriors would hunt bigger game. But I don't think we'll ever know for sure. -- Bev Doolittle ♥ by nanette
nanette
nanette Bev Doolittle "MISSED"-1986 Camouflaging the arrow was the key here. I purposely made the arrow difficult to see at first glance. You have to work a little to get the key to the puzzle. Once you see it, the story is waiting for you. For myself, I think the arrow was shot by a young boy. Most warriors would hunt bigger game. But I don't think we'll ever know for sure. -- Bev Doolittle ♥
Getting
When people say they don't believe in God, they are in denial. The Bible tells us that the evidence for God is everywhere! I pray that my unbelieving friends will see that evidence and turn to the God who loves them deeply. ~ Click image and when it enlarges, click again to read this 1-minute devotion. by tiffany
tiffany
tiffany When people say they don't believe in God, they are in denial. The Bible tells us that the evidence for God is everywhere! I pray that my unbelieving friends will see that evidence and turn to the God who loves them deeply. ~ Click image and when it enlarges, click again to read this 1-minute devotion.
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From Kate:  The above photo was taken by a friend of mine who was taking photos of damage caused when a room in her house had caught fire, for insurance purposes.  The area she was taking a photo of was the inside of the closet in this fire damaged room. It was taken with a digital camera and has not been inverted to a "negative" as it would appear, nor has it been enhanced in any way. The image taken by the camera is just as you see it in the photo attached. I don't find the central figure to … by ines
ines
ines From Kate:  The above photo was taken by a friend of mine who was taking photos of damage caused when a room in her house had caught fire, for insurance purposes.  The area she was taking a photo of was the inside of the closet in this fire damaged room. It was taken with a digital camera and has not been inverted to a "negative" as it would appear, nor has it been enhanced in any way. The image taken by the camera is just as you see it in the photo attached. I don't find the central figure to …
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Going through so many pains. Grabbing onto Jesus. Pep Squad..loudest female on it lol. Found the bestest friend of all! The one who got away... First time lists so anxious.. Senior year is my mark of the end and how beautiful it was and how I'd never repeat these 4 years ever again YESSS!!..just kidding...i found care, my faith, myself. by nanette
nanette
nanette Going through so many pains. Grabbing onto Jesus. Pep Squad..loudest female on it lol. Found the bestest friend of all! The one who got away... First time lists so anxious.. Senior year is my mark of the end and how beautiful it was and how I'd never repeat these 4 years ever again YESSS!!..just kidding...i found care, my faith, myself.
Getting
True story...you can't change people or their outlook, but you can change how they affect you. Sometimes walking away is the best option. I don't have room in my life for people who can't be real about what they've done or who they are, and I'm happy to have made the decision to drop them and walk away. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you can't admit them, you're only lying to yourself. by Maiden11976
Maiden11976
Maiden11976 True story...you can't change people or their outlook, but you can change how they affect you. Sometimes walking away is the best option. I don't have room in my life for people who can't be real about what they've done or who they are, and I'm happy to have made the decision to drop them and walk away. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you can't admit them, you're only lying to yourself.
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This is how God wants us to be! Some days I just wanna give up...I get tired of having to be that strong girl who never cries and who is always there for my friends. I love them but I sometimes care too much and become emotionally spent! Some days I just wanna be held by somebody and let out all the tears that I have had to hold back for so long and for so many people. God says to "break our hearts for what breaks his..."he never said it would b easy. by AuroraMyst13
AuroraMyst13
AuroraMyst13 This is how God wants us to be! Some days I just wanna give up...I get tired of having to be that strong girl who never cries and who is always there for my friends. I love them but I sometimes care too much and become emotionally spent! Some days I just wanna be held by somebody and let out all the tears that I have had to hold back for so long and for so many people. God says to "break our hearts for what breaks his..."he never said it would b easy.
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"It well may be,  That we will never meet again,  In this lifetime.  So let me say before we part,  So much of me,  Is made of what I learned from you.  You'll be with me,  Like a handprint on my heart.  And now whatever way our stories end,  I know you have re-written mine,  By being my friend...   Like a ship blown from its mooring,  By a wind off the sea.  Like a seed dropped by a skybird,  In a distant wood.  But because I knew you,  I have been changed for good.”  ― Stephen Schwartz by chasity
chasity
chasity "It well may be, That we will never meet again, In this lifetime. So let me say before we part, So much of me, Is made of what I learned from you. You'll be with me, Like a handprint on my heart. And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have re-written mine, By being my friend... Like a ship blown from its mooring, By a wind off the sea. Like a seed dropped by a skybird, In a distant wood. But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” ― Stephen Schwartz
Fall in Love
Kathy Waldron has done 20 consecutive Boston Marathon's, her streak was about to end weeks before the next Boston Marathon due to extreme pain - she could barely walk it hurt so much. She had a temporary fix so she could continue her streak, then later in the year had the permanent fix. "I was really lucky to have a provider who cares about each patient. He tailored his treatment to my needs." Watch her story and more at www.onefamilyofcare.com/ortho by cristina
cristina
cristina Kathy Waldron has done 20 consecutive Boston Marathon's, her streak was about to end weeks before the next Boston Marathon due to extreme pain - she could barely walk it hurt so much. She had a temporary fix so she could continue her streak, then later in the year had the permanent fix. "I was really lucky to have a provider who cares about each patient. He tailored his treatment to my needs." Watch her story and more at www.onefamilyofcare.com/ortho
Favourite Places and Spaces
“To others, the universe seems decent because decent people have gelded eyes. That is why they fear lewdness. They are never frightened by the crowing of a rooster or when strolling under a starry heaven. In general, people savor the “pleasures of the flesh” only on condition that they be insipid.
But as of then, no doubt existed for me: I did not care for what is known as “pleasures of the flesh” because they really are insipid; I cared only for what is classified as “dirty.” On the other hand, I was not even satisfied with the usual debauchery, because the only thing it dirties is debauchery itself, while, in some way or other, anything sublime and perfectly pure is left intact by it. My kind of debauchery soils not only my body and my thoughts, but also anything I may conceive in its course, that is to say, the vast starry universe, which merely serves as a backdrop.” 
― Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye by Raskolnick
Raskolnick
Raskolnick “To others, the universe seems decent because decent people have gelded eyes. That is why they fear lewdness. They are never frightened by the crowing of a rooster or when strolling under a starry heaven. In general, people savor the “pleasures of the flesh” only on condition that they be insipid. But as of then, no doubt existed for me: I did not care for what is known as “pleasures of the flesh” because they really are insipid; I cared only for what is classified as “dirty.” On the other hand, I was not even satisfied with the usual debauchery, because the only thing it dirties is debauchery itself, while, in some way or other, anything sublime and perfectly pure is left intact by it. My kind of debauchery soils not only my body and my thoughts, but also anything I may conceive in its course, that is to say, the vast starry universe, which merely serves as a backdrop.”  ― Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye
My Collages
Letter from a Mother to a Daughter: "My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and d... by sabrina
sabrina
sabrina Letter from a Mother to a Daughter: "My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and d...
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I want you to know that I will always love you more and deeper than anyone else, after knowing your love everyone else will just be a distraction from the sadness of losing you has caused. It don't matter who or what I'm doing you are always on my mind. Everything was so much better and exciting with you. I really believe we are supposed to be. Together As One. I just wanted you to know you are and always will be my only True Love  and i hope you find yours too ;) by bette
bette
bette I want you to know that I will always love you more and deeper than anyone else, after knowing your love everyone else will just be a distraction from the sadness of losing you has caused. It don't matter who or what I'm doing you are always on my mind. Everything was so much better and exciting with you. I really believe we are supposed to be. Together As One. I just wanted you to know you are and always will be my only True Love and i hope you find yours too ;)
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Oh, this is great! My #honeyhoney and I read a post this morning from a man who was losing his wife to divorce after many years. He listed out all the things he wished he would have done. Jun and I agreed we are on the right track. We are doing most of the things on the list already and are committed to doing the rest to ensure this happiness, love and joy we have together never goes away � by rosanna
rosanna
rosanna Oh, this is great! My #honeyhoney and I read a post this morning from a man who was losing his wife to divorce after many years. He listed out all the things he wished he would have done. Jun and I agreed we are on the right track. We are doing most of the things on the list already and are committed to doing the rest to ensure this happiness, love and joy we have together never goes away �
Quotes
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80′s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. The nurse took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.  While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.  I inquired as to her health.    He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.    He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’    He smiled as he patted my hand and said, ‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’ by rosanna
rosanna
rosanna It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80′s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. The nurse took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’ He smiled as he patted my hand and said, ‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’
Quotes
Based on the " Lay of Lúthien " By JRR Tolkien  Lúthien is a Telerin (Sindarin) princess, the only child of Elu Thingol, king of Doriath, and his queen, Melian the Maia.  Lúthien's romance with the mortal man Beren is one of the greatest stories of the Elder Days and was considered the "chief" of the Silmarillion tales by Tolkien himself.  Her character is revered even at the end of the Third Age and honoured still by the likes of Aragorn and various other peoples of Middle-earth.  The legacy that Lúthien left behind can be most clearly seen throughout the later ages in those who stem from her ancestry, including the Royal Family of Númenor,  being the line of Elros of which Arathorn and his son Aragorn were descended, and Elrond Half-elven who was Lúthien's great-grandson.  Luthien was known as the Morning Star, and like her decendant Arwen (Evening Star) fell in love with a mortal man. But her father, Thingol, was determined not to let Beren marry his daughter,  and set a seemingly impossible task as the bride price: Beren had to bring him one of the Silmarils from Morgoth's iron crown, which, after many perils he did, and they were married. But at this time Carcharoth the greatest werewolf of all, was ravaging all living beings on the borders of Doriath. And so Beren, Thingol, Huan the Hound of Valinor, Mablung of the Heavyhand and Beleg Strongbow went out with other Elves to defeat the beast. In this Beren was assaulted by the wolf. Huan then leaped to his aid and killed the beast, but died soon after from mortal wounds, by his friend Beren's side.  Then Beren was carried to Doriath where he died in Lúthien's arms, after she bade him to await her by the great sea in the afterlife. In grief, Lúthien lay down and died as well, going to the Halls of Mandos, where the spirits of the dead await re-embodiment in Valinor (for Elves) and departure from the circles of the world entirely (for Men).  There she sang a song of woe before the throne of Mandos Lord of the Dead, of the tribulations and suffering of both Elves and Men, the greatest ever sung, so touching that Mandos was moved to pity for the only time.  As a result he summoned Beren from the houses of the dead and Lúthien's spirit met his once again by the shores of the sea. Lúthien knew that this would be their final meeting, since Beren could not remain on the earth beyond his time and she was thus faced with the prospect of eternal widowhood. Mandos consulted with Manwë, King of Arda. Even Manwë could not change the fate of Men, and so he presented Lúthien with the only choice possible: to live in the immortal land of Valinor, where she could forget all her grief and enjoy eternal happiness along with her people and the Gods (Valar) but without Beren, or to return to the land of Middle-earth together with Beren as a mortal herself, accepting the Doom of Men and sharing in whatever unknown fate awaits them outside the Circles of the World. She chose this latter option. With this she accepted death, and although it was not the fate of her race, she turned creation upside down for her love of Beren and relinquished everything for him and became a mortal woman.   Tinuviel  by Aseamlessbonds.deviantart.com on @deviantART by Maiden11976
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Maiden11976 Based on the " Lay of Lúthien " By JRR Tolkien Lúthien is a Telerin (Sindarin) princess, the only child of Elu Thingol, king of Doriath, and his queen, Melian the Maia. Lúthien's romance with the mortal man Beren is one of the greatest stories of the Elder Days and was considered the "chief" of the Silmarillion tales by Tolkien himself. Her character is revered even at the end of the Third Age and honoured still by the likes of Aragorn and various other peoples of Middle-earth. The legacy that Lúthien left behind can be most clearly seen throughout the later ages in those who stem from her ancestry, including the Royal Family of Númenor, being the line of Elros of which Arathorn and his son Aragorn were descended, and Elrond Half-elven who was Lúthien's great-grandson. Luthien was known as the Morning Star, and like her decendant Arwen (Evening Star) fell in love with a mortal man. But her father, Thingol, was determined not to let Beren marry his daughter, and set a seemingly impossible task as the bride price: Beren had to bring him one of the Silmarils from Morgoth's iron crown, which, after many perils he did, and they were married. But at this time Carcharoth the greatest werewolf of all, was ravaging all living beings on the borders of Doriath. And so Beren, Thingol, Huan the Hound of Valinor, Mablung of the Heavyhand and Beleg Strongbow went out with other Elves to defeat the beast. In this Beren was assaulted by the wolf. Huan then leaped to his aid and killed the beast, but died soon after from mortal wounds, by his friend Beren's side. Then Beren was carried to Doriath where he died in Lúthien's arms, after she bade him to await her by the great sea in the afterlife. In grief, Lúthien lay down and died as well, going to the Halls of Mandos, where the spirits of the dead await re-embodiment in Valinor (for Elves) and departure from the circles of the world entirely (for Men). There she sang a song of woe before the throne of Mandos Lord of the Dead, of the tribulations and suffering of both Elves and Men, the greatest ever sung, so touching that Mandos was moved to pity for the only time. As a result he summoned Beren from the houses of the dead and Lúthien's spirit met his once again by the shores of the sea. Lúthien knew that this would be their final meeting, since Beren could not remain on the earth beyond his time and she was thus faced with the prospect of eternal widowhood. Mandos consulted with Manwë, King of Arda. Even Manwë could not change the fate of Men, and so he presented Lúthien with the only choice possible: to live in the immortal land of Valinor, where she could forget all her grief and enjoy eternal happiness along with her people and the Gods (Valar) but without Beren, or to return to the land of Middle-earth together with Beren as a mortal herself, accepting the Doom of Men and sharing in whatever unknown fate awaits them outside the Circles of the World. She chose this latter option. With this she accepted death, and although it was not the fate of her race, she turned creation upside down for her love of Beren and relinquished everything for him and became a mortal woman. Tinuviel by Aseamlessbonds.deviantart.com on @deviantART
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DATE A GIRL WHO READS
by Rosemarie Urquico

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve. 

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow. 

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book. 

Buy her another cup of coffee. 

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice. 

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does. 

She has to give it a shot somehow. 

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world. 

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two. 

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series. 

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. 

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype. 

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots. 

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads. 

Or better yet, date a girl who writes. by artsuneel
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artsuneel DATE A GIRL WHO READS by Rosemarie Urquico Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve. Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow. She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book. Buy her another cup of coffee. Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice. It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does. She has to give it a shot somehow. Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world. Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two. Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series. If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype. You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads. Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
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From the source of the picture, the blogger writes: The founder of the gulabis is the fearless Sampat Pal Devi, 40, who was married off at the age of 12 to an ice-cream vendor and had the first of her five children at 15. The gulabis, whose members say they are a “gang for justice,” started in 2006 as a sisterhood of sorts that looked out for victims of domestic abuse, a problem the United Nations estimates affects two in three married Indian women. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and “persuade” them to change their ways. “When I go around with a stick, it’s to make men fear me. I don’t always use it, but it helps change the mind of men who think they are more powerful than me” says Pal. She has assumed the rank of commander in chief and has appointed district commanders across seven districts in Bundelkhand to help coordinate the gang’s efforts.    Pal’s group now has more than 20,000 members, and the number is growing.    As an Canadian, I know I have no right to ever comment on another’s culture.    But as a human being, this is one of the most bad ass things I’ve seen and read. by joann
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joann From the source of the picture, the blogger writes: The founder of the gulabis is the fearless Sampat Pal Devi, 40, who was married off at the age of 12 to an ice-cream vendor and had the first of her five children at 15. The gulabis, whose members say they are a “gang for justice,” started in 2006 as a sisterhood of sorts that looked out for victims of domestic abuse, a problem the United Nations estimates affects two in three married Indian women. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and “persuade” them to change their ways. “When I go around with a stick, it’s to make men fear me. I don’t always use it, but it helps change the mind of men who think they are more powerful than me” says Pal. She has assumed the rank of commander in chief and has appointed district commanders across seven districts in Bundelkhand to help coordinate the gang’s efforts. Pal’s group now has more than 20,000 members, and the number is growing. As an Canadian, I know I have no right to ever comment on another’s culture. But as a human being, this is one of the most bad ass things I’ve seen and read.
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These are some facts that J.K.Rowling let slip in numerous interviews. Facts that tell us what all happened nineteen years later…  ~ Azkaban no longer uses Dementors as guardians.    ~George Weasley married Angelina Johnson and had 2 children named Fred and Roxanne.     ~Harry made sure that the Wizarding world knew that Snape was a hero and on Dumbledore’s side.    ~Slytherin House became more diluted and was no longer solely pureblood; however its dark reputation lingers.     ~Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue.     ~Umbridge was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns.    ~The Resurrection Stone is now buried in the Forbidden Forest after being pressed into the ground by a centaur’s hoof.    ~ Voldemort’s curse on the DADA position at Hogwarts has been lifted.    ~Viktor Krum fell in love with a woman back home in Bulgaria.    ~The Death Eater’s Dark Marks eventually faded to look like a scar. It will no longer burn or hurt.    ~ The Quibbler is back to publishing articles about the lunatic fringe & is appreciated for its unintentional humour.    ~Members of the DA still have their coins, as they are like badges of honor.     ~Neville Longbottom worked as an Auror before moving on as the Herbology professor at Hogwarts.    ~The remaining Death Eaters were killed or imprisoned in Azkaban for their crimes, with the exception of the Malfoys.    ~Luna Lovegood married the grandson of the Newt Scamander, author of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’     ~Firenze survived his wounds and was welcomed back into the Centaur herd.     ~Harry will never become Headmaster of Hogwarts since an academic career just isn’t him.    ~Hagrid was still working at Hogwarts by 2017, at 88 years old.    ~Draco Malfoy really cares about his son, Scorpius Malfoy. He is growing him up to be a better person than he was.    ~Centaurs realized that “pro-human leanings were not shameful.    ~Draco and Harry never became friends, but they did come to understand and appreciate each other better.    ~Hermione tells Scrimgeour that she is not planning to embark on a career in Magical Law. Ironically, that’s where she ends up.    ~After his death, Voldemort is forced to exist in the stunted infant-like form that Harry sees in the King’s Cross-like Limbo.    ~Harry would  take his family to visit Dudley’s when they were in the neighbourhood (occasions dreaded by James, Albus and Lily).    ~Aberforth is still at the Hog’s Head “playing with his goats”.    ~The number of Dementors have been greatly diminished because despair and degradation have been lessened in the world.    ~Arthur Weasley fixed Sirius’ motorbike and gave it to Harry.    ~Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the school for witchcraft and wizardry is led by an entirely new headmaster (“McGonagall was really getting on a bit”) as well as a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. That position is now as safe as the other teaching posts at Hogwarts, since Voldemort’s death broke the jinx that kept a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor from remaining for more than a year.    ~Hagrid never married, although he had a relationship with a giantess.    ~Kingsley Shacklebolt became the Minister of Magic after the Second Wizarding War.    ~Harry will not train to be an animagus; his “energies are going to be concentrated elsewhere and he’s not going to have time to do that.    ~Audrey Weasley is wife of Percy Weasley, and they both  have 2 daughters, Molly and Lucy.    ~In the aftermath of the war, the Order was disbanded once and for all.    ~Luna has twin boys named Lorcan and Lysander with Rolf Scamander.and apparently  travels the world, looking for mad creatures.    ~Hermione advanced the rights of magical creatures & eradicated the old pro-pure-blood laws in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.    ~The head of the Auror Office as of 2007 is Harry Potter.    ~Lavender Brown was attacked by Fenrir Greyback. Hermione saved her but she was already injured. What happened to her later on was never really told.    ~Neville Longbottom’s students were impressed when he showed them his Dumbledore’s Army’s Coin.    ~Harry, Ron and Neville didn’t return to Hogwarts for their 7th year. They went straight to get training as aurors and Neville went to work as an auror before becoming a Professor.    ~Harry sometimes visits Hogwarts to give talks on DADA.    ~Hermione is James’ godmother.    ~Hermione Granger was the only member of the trio who returned to Hogwarts to complete their seventh year.    ~Ron worked with George in WWW for some time and then became an Auror.    ~Ginny became a professional Quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies and become the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet.    ~After the war, Hermione found her parents in Australia and restored their memories. by florence
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florence These are some facts that J.K.Rowling let slip in numerous interviews. Facts that tell us what all happened nineteen years later… ~ Azkaban no longer uses Dementors as guardians. ~George Weasley married Angelina Johnson and had 2 children named Fred and Roxanne. ~Harry made sure that the Wizarding world knew that Snape was a hero and on Dumbledore’s side. ~Slytherin House became more diluted and was no longer solely pureblood; however its dark reputation lingers. ~Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue. ~Umbridge was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns. ~The Resurrection Stone is now buried in the Forbidden Forest after being pressed into the ground by a centaur’s hoof. ~ Voldemort’s curse on the DADA position at Hogwarts has been lifted. ~Viktor Krum fell in love with a woman back home in Bulgaria. ~The Death Eater’s Dark Marks eventually faded to look like a scar. It will no longer burn or hurt. ~ The Quibbler is back to publishing articles about the lunatic fringe & is appreciated for its unintentional humour. ~Members of the DA still have their coins, as they are like badges of honor. ~Neville Longbottom worked as an Auror before moving on as the Herbology professor at Hogwarts. ~The remaining Death Eaters were killed or imprisoned in Azkaban for their crimes, with the exception of the Malfoys. ~Luna Lovegood married the grandson of the Newt Scamander, author of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ ~Firenze survived his wounds and was welcomed back into the Centaur herd. ~Harry will never become Headmaster of Hogwarts since an academic career just isn’t him. ~Hagrid was still working at Hogwarts by 2017, at 88 years old. ~Draco Malfoy really cares about his son, Scorpius Malfoy. He is growing him up to be a better person than he was. ~Centaurs realized that “pro-human leanings were not shameful. ~Draco and Harry never became friends, but they did come to understand and appreciate each other better. ~Hermione tells Scrimgeour that she is not planning to embark on a career in Magical Law. Ironically, that’s where she ends up. ~After his death, Voldemort is forced to exist in the stunted infant-like form that Harry sees in the King’s Cross-like Limbo. ~Harry would take his family to visit Dudley’s when they were in the neighbourhood (occasions dreaded by James, Albus and Lily). ~Aberforth is still at the Hog’s Head “playing with his goats”. ~The number of Dementors have been greatly diminished because despair and degradation have been lessened in the world. ~Arthur Weasley fixed Sirius’ motorbike and gave it to Harry. ~Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the school for witchcraft and wizardry is led by an entirely new headmaster (“McGonagall was really getting on a bit”) as well as a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. That position is now as safe as the other teaching posts at Hogwarts, since Voldemort’s death broke the jinx that kept a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor from remaining for more than a year. ~Hagrid never married, although he had a relationship with a giantess. ~Kingsley Shacklebolt became the Minister of Magic after the Second Wizarding War. ~Harry will not train to be an animagus; his “energies are going to be concentrated elsewhere and he’s not going to have time to do that. ~Audrey Weasley is wife of Percy Weasley, and they both have 2 daughters, Molly and Lucy. ~In the aftermath of the war, the Order was disbanded once and for all. ~Luna has twin boys named Lorcan and Lysander with Rolf Scamander.and apparently travels the world, looking for mad creatures. ~Hermione advanced the rights of magical creatures & eradicated the old pro-pure-blood laws in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. ~The head of the Auror Office as of 2007 is Harry Potter. ~Lavender Brown was attacked by Fenrir Greyback. Hermione saved her but she was already injured. What happened to her later on was never really told. ~Neville Longbottom’s students were impressed when he showed them his Dumbledore’s Army’s Coin. ~Harry, Ron and Neville didn’t return to Hogwarts for their 7th year. They went straight to get training as aurors and Neville went to work as an auror before becoming a Professor. ~Harry sometimes visits Hogwarts to give talks on DADA. ~Hermione is James’ godmother. ~Hermione Granger was the only member of the trio who returned to Hogwarts to complete their seventh year. ~Ron worked with George in WWW for some time and then became an Auror. ~Ginny became a professional Quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies and become the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet. ~After the war, Hermione found her parents in Australia and restored their memories.
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Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day: “Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.” by Dittekarina
Dittekarina
Dittekarina Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day: “Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”
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Was not every child meant to feel innocence? Was not every child meant to feel the warmth and the beauty that I felt that day for a mere hour before we strategically plotted against the ones who were to lead us away from my innocence.  If we all walk deeper into these woods together the fear may not take us all. It may only just take a few. But the few that it does take it will make us stronger. It will give me wrinkles....I never thought it was possible for such a young child to develop these crows feet.  The ones taking away our innocence are giving  the flawless white rabbits matted hair, but I will brush it and we will walk on.  And when the few birds drop from the gun shots fired we will not cower with so much fear as we would if we were alone....no. we will just wipe the blood from their wings and shut their eyes. Use their blood to make our cheeks look like we have a bit of life left in us....and keep going. Stay right by me. Keep my shred of innocence okay, Fox? Okay he says.   If they strike us give them no satisfaction is our agreement. And it's our agreement throughout our whole journey through the woods.   As time has past and I realize death is upon us all and my innocence was never intended to be kept safe forever...I see a light shine through the dark woods and a shout of that beauty I spoke of so long ago...a man of fear behind me shot Fox in desperation....to prove his control of a situation never controlled.   A girl never meant for innocence spat in his face, picked up her friends body, and ran towards freedom. by ririi
ririi
ririi Was not every child meant to feel innocence? Was not every child meant to feel the warmth and the beauty that I felt that day for a mere hour before we strategically plotted against the ones who were to lead us away from my innocence. If we all walk deeper into these woods together the fear may not take us all. It may only just take a few. But the few that it does take it will make us stronger. It will give me wrinkles....I never thought it was possible for such a young child to develop these crows feet. The ones taking away our innocence are giving the flawless white rabbits matted hair, but I will brush it and we will walk on. And when the few birds drop from the gun shots fired we will not cower with so much fear as we would if we were alone....no. we will just wipe the blood from their wings and shut their eyes. Use their blood to make our cheeks look like we have a bit of life left in us....and keep going. Stay right by me. Keep my shred of innocence okay, Fox? Okay he says. If they strike us give them no satisfaction is our agreement. And it's our agreement throughout our whole journey through the woods. As time has past and I realize death is upon us all and my innocence was never intended to be kept safe forever...I see a light shine through the dark woods and a shout of that beauty I spoke of so long ago...a man of fear behind me shot Fox in desperation....to prove his control of a situation never controlled. A girl never meant for innocence spat in his face, picked up her friends body, and ran towards freedom.
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