26 7 / 2014

mllelaurel:

shiralipkin:

So hey. I wrote this.

This article speaks to me on a deeper level I’ve been waiting for, for a while, and says a lot of what I’ve been wanting to say. I was never raised Jewish, though I got pretty good at pretending for immigration services, when I was nine, so that our refugee status would be assured and my family could leave Ukraine and come to the US. My dad has been raised Orthodox, and has been an atheist for as long as I remember. My mom was raised atheist, from what I can tell. It’s the old Russian Jew joke. What’s the Russian Jew’s religion? Atheism. I’m an agnostic, myself. I don’t know what’s out there, and I’d rather form the core of my morality around real live humans, than an abstract higher power. This makes me the most religious member of my family

I have family in Israel. When my mom speaks of the war, both the one going on right now, and the cold war that had been hanging over Israel and Palestine for years, she speaks of busses exploding and the danger to my aunt and her family. She speaks of the persecution faced by Jews around the globe, and it’s not like that’s not the case, it is. 

But she never speaks of what’s happening to Palestinian civilians right now. I’m not sure she knows. I’m not sure she wants to know. 

It’s like a whole nation of people has been swept under the rug, because their suffering is inconvenient. And it’s being done by people who should fucking know better. People whose ancestors have been beaten and killed, and yes, whose suffering has been ignored. 

Like Lipkin, I’ve never been to Israel. By the time I was in my teens, it was too dangerous, according to my mom. But even someone like me got accustomed to thinking of it as mine

There’s something comforting about the idea. But the cost is too high, and the hypocrisy of it too stunning. 

There are people I’ve learned to call my people, slaughtering civilians, right now. Children. Innocent bystanders. And my first instinct is to say, fuck, these Israeli soldiers have nothing to do with me, I’m a Bostonian, I’ve never even had a bat mitzvah. I’ve been inside a synagogue all of four times in my life, not counting those times the one in my hometown let high school clubs use its space. 

But that doesn’t solve the problem. That’s just another way of closing my eyes. 

Like Lipkin, I keep thinking, maybe I’m naiive. Because I want to have kept believing that a people who’ve faced genocide would know better than to turn it around on someone else. It’s not that I believe humanity, as a whole, is good. But I want to believe it can learn better. Learn something. 

Or at least I want to believe that the parts of it committing atrocities have nothing to do with me. 

I don’t know what I can do, aside from knowing what’s happening right now, and talking, and arguing with my family. 

If I was trying to give this post a nice, pat ending I’d say something like “and maybe knowing is a good start,” reference G.I. Joe and feel good about myself. 

I don’t know how to end this post. I don’t know what to do with this knowledge. I don’t even mean that on a practical level. Of course there are ways to get involved, to contact the government, to push against the pull. But on an emotional level, I’m left staring at my laptop screen, unprepared. 

26 7 / 2014

talesofnorth:

There’s such a fooled heart
Beating so fast in search of new dreams
A love that will last within your heart

(via sihayadesigns)

26 7 / 2014

26 7 / 2014

So hey. I wrote this.

26 7 / 2014

the-goddamazon:

gradientlair:

ctron164:

paulamaf2013:

imsirius:

"This might be the higLhlight of my life… It’s up there. It’s right up there." - 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald interrupts an interview with Daniel Radcliffe and puts him under her spell +

LOL…..He gone….

Damn he really is !

I mean…it’s Audra though. He didn’t stand a chance. Hehe. (The video is hilar!)

Daniel look like he found all the answers gazing into her eyes, tho.

(via angelsscream)

26 7 / 2014

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26 7 / 2014

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."

Louise Erdrich (via namelessin314)

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26 7 / 2014

"I am eternally, devastatingly romantic, and I thought people would see it because romantic doesn’t mean sugary. It’s dark and tormented — the furor of passion, the despair of an idealism that you can’t attain."

Catherine Breillat, “Interview by Martin Tsai,” The New York Sun (via thoughtsforbees)

(Source: wordsnquotes, via namelessin314)

25 7 / 2014

walkingfoxiest:

a post where I explain with images how foxes are the best thing ever, and how if you disagree you are obviously wrong

(via fear-and-failure)

25 7 / 2014

daggerpen:

{Image Transcripts:

A series of posters, each with the header “Seizure First Aid” and the footer “Join the Fight. Source: www.epilepsyfoundation.org

The list of advice reads:

Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.

Don’t hold the person down or try to stop his or her movements.

Time the seizure with your watch.

Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.

Put something soft (folded sweatshirt) under their head.

DO NOT try to force open their mouth with anything hard or your finger!

Turn the person gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear.

Stay with the person until the seizure has ended naturally.

Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.

Offer to call a friend, relative, or taxi to help the person get home if they need assistance.

}

texansredneck-princess:

vegan-dweeb:

straightintothedawn:

king-in-yellow:

hopephd:

Seizure First Aid. 

Learn it. Share it. Know it. Use it. 

100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)

This is so important!

So many people don’t understand how to react to a seizure. This is important.

God only knows how many times I’ve done this and how many people I really wish knew this to have helped me as a little girl.

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