when i was young like 11-14 i was bullied so bad by other girls and was called weird and shit because i was a a lot weirder and louder than other girls and like they’d throw shit at me and not even only girls like boys did to they’d throw bits of eraser at me so it’d get stuck in my hair and it was awful and i cried almost everyday from getting bullied on the bus and id come home crying and it was really awful and i was p miserable and not wanting to take the bus but after i met new friends and people rew up and i felt more accepted in my friend group thats when things stopped and things got better and even tho i was still made fun of from time to time it didnt affect me as much as it did when i was a bit yonger so this is a post just to let u kno that things do get better and if you find people who love you and are like you then you will go far in ife and also for urself, gather confidence!! im still not the most confident person in the world but im much more confident then i was back then and now im in college and pretty happy with lnew friends and being in touch with highschool friends so its rly nice and i hope u guys are all ok i love u all (kisses)
Welcome to the Dollhouse: Rose Byrne Launches Female-Run Film Company
Rose Byrne is well known for her quirky, comedic performance in Bridesmaids, but the Australian actor is about to take on a rew role behind the scenes as cofounder of a production company aimed at financing female-fronted films.
The Dollhouse, as it’s dubbed, is the work of Byrne and Australian auteurs Gracie Otto, Shannon Murphy, Krew Boylan, and Jessica Carrera, who call themselves “five female filmmakers committed to exploring the creative boundaries of film, TV, and theater,” according to the company website.
The primary goal of The Dollhouse is to develop projects—like its first film, about a woman obsessed with Dolly Parton—with a strong female presence, Otto told ScreenDaily. “This formalizes what we are already doing. Sitting around the dinner table, we have always been sounding boards for each other,” she said.
The Aussie collective is one of several new initiatives launched by actors with the aim of creating more compelling roles for women. Lena Dunham recently cofounded A Casual Romance with Girls producer Ericka Naegle and co-showrunner Jenni Konner to develop projects that “push the ball forward on gender and sexuality in interesting ways,” as she told Variety.
Fed up with a lack of scripts for female actors over the age of 30, Reese Witherspoon founded her own production company, Pacific Standard, with Australian producer Bruna Papandrea in 2012. Together they produced Gone Girl, Wild, and the forthcoming female-driven buddy-cop comedy Hot Pursuit.
Driven by a similar goal—providing more filmmaking opportunities to women of a certain age—Meryl Streep recently funded an inaugural screenwriting mentorship program for women over the age of 40.
It makes sense that Hollywood’s top talent are forming their own companies to fund the movies they want to see on screen: In 2014, women accounted for just 17 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films.
Um, that’s new. Not quite anything to fuss over, but you may find some jumbled text somewhere in the blog. It wasn’t there yesterday! I can’t make any sense of this kookymess, but it’s nothing that’s screwing with the site itself so I’ll figure it out later.
A Therapy Rat. If I were to say that’s all she was to me.. I’d be lying.
She was so much more.
Now, excuse me if you think she was just a rat. You need to understand that everybody has a once in a lifetime animal.. and ‘just a rat’ happened to be mine. I’ve owned many animals in my short amount of years, and have had many that have come very close to touching my heart as much as Serephine did.. And they had 14 years to do so.. Some had even more.
She touched my heart, in 3 short years. She lived to be a total of 5 years old.
Serephine’s background is rather common, of a albino rat. She was born in a rat mill of sorts, bred for laboratories and such. When old enough to be separated from her mother, she was sent to the Delhi College lab, where she spent a year and a half being poked and prodded, and practiced on by veterinary students. She was successfully spayed there, among other things. A student there, who has long since graduated, was told by a professor that Serephine, and two of her siblings, were going to be euthanized because they were no longer useful to the college. The student, called up a old teacher of hers, TJ, and asked if she could take the rats to her vet class at the school TJ taught at.
Serephine and her siblings had been saved. Here’s where it gets interesting.
Now, fast forward 6 months. Serephine is 2 years old by this time, and has been living at the vet tech class for the last few months, in a cage with her siblings. She has not yet been named, nor have her siblings. She herself is rather cautious and careful, keeping to herself at the back of the cage, while her siblings seem to be more.. violent, due to fear.
September 2013.. School starts, and in comes 3 fresh faces, new to the program. 16 year olds. All loud, and cooing over every animal in the animal room, everything ‘cute’ and ‘cuddly’ that is.
Except, for the short, dark haired girl in the back.. Me. I noticed the rats at the back of the room and asked TJ, the teacher. Turns out, these rats never had been socialised because nobody liked them.
But I did. I found them fascinating. My work began that day. Within a hour, I had the rats out of that cage, and asleep in my hood. Despite the bite marks and scratches that covered my hands, I had succeeded. Work continued for months afterwards.
I named the rats. Serephine, and Spindle, while a friend named the third, Mary Jane.
Serephine came home with me, in January of 2014. She was a late christmas present.
And she was the best present I’ve ever gotten. I’ve owned her since, along with two other rats, Tilika and Alonsah. But enough about her background.
Let me tell you about Serephine, in all her glory.
Serephine is a odd little girl. She’s never been fond of a peanut but she loves banana- strawberry baby food. She has this thing about my sweatshirts. She only likes mine. Nobody elses. But.. instead of preserving her favorite sweatshirt, she instead chooses to chew holes in it, making it into her nest. When I was convincing my parents to let me have rats, I made a long list of why they’re good pets and such.. One reason was that they groom themselves more than cats.. and by god, is that true with her. Every chance she has, she grooms herself. She’s weird though. She drinks water, gets her little paws wet.. and then grooms herself. She’s basically showering and I think that’s cool. Serephine has a thing for licking tears away whether they’re happy or sad. Now, I realize that this is due to the salty taste, but deep down I like to believe it’s because she senses my emotions and loves me.
Serephine has a tendency to fall asleep on me. And when she does, if you turn off everything, and close your eyes.. and listen really hard.. You can hear the little puffs of air coming from her as she breathes. That’s my lullaby. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep to the sound of her breathing.
Most of my days are spent in bed, with Tilika and Alonsah crawling all over me and the bed, trying to explore more than just my bed. They try and jump off and go onto the windowsill and climb curtains. But not Serephine. From day one, she laid with me. The day I met her, she fell asleep in my arms while her siblings slept in my hood.
She loves Eeyore. Don’t ask me why, but she’ll cuddle that stuffed animal. She loves Josh. She curls up and watches the screen when I skype him. She loves his sweatshirt. When he first gave me it, she slept in it everyday. And now, whenever its lying on my bed, she ignores every other place to lay and lays inside it. She loves poptarts. She loves Allys hair, and staying cuddled in it. She loves to cuddle up in Slater’s fur. She loves riding around in my bag, as I walk around town. She loves the playground. Serephine.. loves life.
I don’t think I could have gotten through the last 3 years, without my therapy rat.
She’s been fighting so hard, to stay with me. In March 2015, Serephine developed a benign mammary tumor in her right armpit. Slowly, she has started to thin out, and slow down, and I can no longer allow her to suffer. After everything she’s done for me.. I have to do this for her. She kept me alive.. And now it’s time for me to let her live on in memories, healthy and young, like when I met her.
My dad told me to take as much time as I need, to come upon this decision… If I had my way, I’d have the next 20 years with you.
Thank you, Serephine, for being the cloud that shaded me from blinding sun. You will never be ‘just a rat’. If you don’t find that to be called love.. then I don’t know what is.
Rest in Peace, baby girl. (???) 2010 - April 18th, 2015
Caring for and Connecting With Homeless Adolescents
BY: Lynn Rew
Homeless adolescents face multiple obstacles during a phase of life when they should be developing skills and patterns of behavior that will contribute to being productive members of American society. But because they have become disconnected from the usual socializing institutions of home and school, they may attempt to connect with other youth from similar backgrounds. Homelessness not only poses a threat to the public health but also, more importantly, the nation suffers the loss of human potential as the numbers of homeless youth grow.
Adolescents living in homes and communities with few external assets lack connections to caring adults including parents, teachers, and neighbors. These are the youth who are more likely than others to run away or be thrown out of their homes. Researchers have noted that runaway behavior, particularly in early adolescence, is a critical time to intervene in a positive way because it is often the gateway to serious criminal behavior, substance abuse, and chronic homelessness.
Far less is known about the strengths of homeless youth than about their deficits and needs. In addition to self-care practices, homeless youth described numerous examples of connecting with others. They developed a community of peers, a street family, from whom they realized unconditional acceptance and acquired information to ensure their survival. This phenomenon of caring and connectedness was described in contrast to the estrangement they felt from their families of origin and other adults in institutions such as hospital emergency departments. Community responses to the needs of homeless adolescents should focus on their strengths and not merely their deficits.