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“How did Cas even get the Colt out of the safe in the first place?”

“…”

“Dean, you put the Colt back in the safe right?”

“…”

“Dean?”

“It was under my pillow”

So. Questions.

1. How did Cas know to look under Dean’s pillow?”

2. At what point in that prior scene where Cas appears to have spent 3 seconds hovering in the doorway to Dean’s bedroom only could he have got the Colt from under Dean’s pillow? Hmm?

3. Why was Dean so shifty about it when admitting to Sam that was where Cas had taken it from?

Do you want me to answer these questions? Or shall I leave it up to your good selves to put two and two together just like Sam probably did hence Dean acting all shifty in the first place?

Here’s a hint:

Cas spent far longer in Dean’s bedroom than just the clip we were shown.

Cas spent considerable amounts of time in Dean’s bedroom in the general vicinity of his bed and pillow.

Cas was able to ‘distract’ Dean long enough to swipe the Colt away from underneath his pillow.

Hmmm… Do I really need to spell it out any further? :P

‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’ So said St Catherine of Siena whose festival day this is. Marriage is intended to be a way in which man and woman help each other to become what God meant each one to be, their deepest and truest selves.
—  Richard Chartres, Bishop of London during the Royal Wedding.

soulfulspikethekiller  asked:

and 16 & 17!

Thank you! <3

16. Which character do you wish was developed more?

Hmm…Well, my usual answer is Drusilla, which I go into a lot of depth about throughout my blog, so I’m going to switch things up a little and say Kendra. She was wasted potential personified.

Though they couldn’t appear to be more different, Faith and Kendra both work very well as ‘shadow selves’ of Buffy, dramatic foils who she fears becoming and who she very well could have become without the support of her friends and family.

On one hand, Faith represents the uninhibited, impulsive, primal nature of being a slayer. She relishes violence and it takes three dead bodies, a coma, prison time, and a few motivational speeches from Angel for her to come to her senses on that front. In that respect, Faith is very much the ‘id’, the unrestricted part of a slayer that is all about basic instinct and doing what she wants when she wants. Buffy is very much aware (and alarmed) that this could easily be her if she doesn’t keep herself in check. And indeed, she has her moments.

“I know Faith’s not gonna be on the cover of Sanity Fair, but… she had it rough. Different circumstances, that could be me.”

- Doppelgangland.

But equally, Kendra is someone Buffy also could have been had circumstances been different. While Buffy went under the radar of The Watcher’s Council until she was fifteen and was allowed a pretty normal life before then, Kendra was taken away from her parents to train under The Council when she was just two. She lived a strict, lonely life where she was taught utter obedience to The Council and was allowed no freedom or independence. Being under The Council’s thumb too much is something Buffy was equally mindful of (to the extent that she went renegade in the season 3 finale to avoid this fate). And had Buffy been recognised as a potential earlier in life, she could’ve easily been like Kendra. Where Faith represents Buffy’s fear of losing control to her slayer instincts, Kendra represents Buffy’s fear of losing control to the authoritarian system of The Council. Disciplined Kendra therefore represents the ‘superego’, with Buffy being the ‘ego’ who has to balance the other two sides of her out.

A lot of exploration is given to the parallels between Faith and Buffy (and rightly so, it’s one of my favourite ongoing plotlines and I wear my fuffy badge with pride). However, less examination is given to Kendra and Buffy, though I think that would’ve been equally interesting.

I would’ve loved to have seen Kendra stick around for the rest of season 2 after What’s My Line. Not just so these parallels could’ve been explored in more depth, but also to see Kendra flourish and slowly start to question the authority that she’s been told is unquestionable her whole life. It would’ve been badass to see Kendra eventually take charge of her life and rebel against The Council as Buffy did.

I’m also a strong advocate of an alternate season 3 where Kendra dies but was “only a little dead”. After she gets better, Buffy, Kendra, and Faith all patrol together and become a formidable team.

17. Which character do you wish had less of a focus on them in the show?

Perhaps Andrew. He was basically the sole form of comic relief in season seven, but for me it didn’t always hit the right notes. He was kind of like a walking piece of reference humour with half of his lines being shout outs to obscure comic books I’ve never heard of.

That being said, Tom Lenk is a great actor, and Storyteller was a really good episode. So I don’t have a strong dislike of the character per se, he just didn’t strike much of a chord with me personally.

I’ve always felt Jonathon would’ve been a better candidate for joining the Scoobies in season seven.

(20 Buffy asks)

The study authors recruited a group of around 600 volunteers to write about a past experience that was either positive, negative, or neutral…The people who used the exercise to make their memory feel more meaningful used a generic second person — as in, “you never know what might happen” or “you win some, you lose some” — at a much higher rate than the rest of the study participants; across the board, those who used “you” also tended to think of their past experiences as more distant from their present selves.

Phrasing things through the eyes of some hypothetical “you,” the authors argued, helps to transform a personal event into a more universal one. “Generic-you is used to express norms in both ordinary and emotional contexts,” they wrote, “producing generic-you when reflecting on negative experiences allows people to ‘normalize’ their experience by extending it beyond the self.” Saying “I react this way when I’m sad” can feel like an intimate bit of self-disclosure; “you react this way when you’re sad,” on the other hand, places you in the company of other sad people across time and space. We all like to think we’re special, but sometimes, it’s comforting to remind yourself that other people have been, and will continue to be, where you are right now.

— 

Cari Romm (Science of Us)

Ohhh, so that’s what I’m doing here on Tumblr. ;)

Pure as Mud: Chapter 1

Summary : Dan Howell is muggleborn, Phil Lester is a pure blood. Phil dreams of Slytherin, Dan’s just happy to be a wizard. When conflict arises the boys are broken apart, only to come back together as prefects years later. Can they repair the bond their younger selves broke?

Author’s Notes : This is my first phanfic I’ve written, I really hope you guys enjoy it! Updates will come every Saturday.
I just wanted to mention that I don’t actually think Hufflepuff is the “leftover house” it’s there for other reasons and don’t worry the opinions of the characters will change!

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i follow a trail of pennies and meet you
at the crest of the hill, you holding
a four-leaf clover in each hand
and one between your lips, and i
wonder what liquid luck must taste like
 
see, i know myself; i know all the selves
spaced evenly across the branching worlds
and it is only this world where the tumbling dice
led me to stand before you
(basic probability is taught with cards
and i know nothing about them
but this i have always known to be true:
 
if you let hearts drop from your willing hands
too often, they will come fewer
and farther apart) and i
have no intention of pressing my luck
—  fail to reject (hypothesis)
abstractedfocus

Just so everyone knows, this blog will be participating in Exquisite Enbies this Sunday April 30th! We will be accepting pictures or text about your nonbinary selves! So go ahead start submitting~
-ben

- I took a trip unto the three realms of human existence, met my selves there, and asked them to translate their beings into a song. these are the three aspects of man; of me.

a short, quick ep project before [re]focus

3 songs, 11 minutes in total

I hope you feel; I hope you think; I hope you know

click: bodymindsoul

Many strong girls have similar stories: They were socially isolated and lonely in adolescence. Smart girls are often the girls most rejected by peers. Their strength is a threat and they are punished for being different. Girls who are unattractive or who don’t worry about their appearance are scorned. This isolation is often a blessing because it allows girls to develop a strong sense of self. Girls who are isolated emerge from adolescence more independent and self-sufficient than girls who have been accepted by others.

Strong girls may protect themselves by being quiet and guarded so that their rebellion is known by only a few trusted others. They may be cranky and irascible and keep critics at a distance so that only people who love them know what they are up to. They may have the knack of shrugging off the opinions of others or they may use humor to deflect the hostility that comes their way.

—  Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
lovely moon sign things

aries: a reckless romantic! big hearts and funny minds. lovessss to play it cool and give away as little as possible about their funny little selves. 

taurus: remembers so many little details about people. so exceptionally clever, but in a psychological way as well as an academic way. an aMaZiNG pal

gemini: wants to tell you every detail about their day. wants the world to laugh alongside them. people fascinate them. they have a way with words

cancer: sees romance in buildings and nature. stylish & genius. want the best for everyone around them. protective hearts

leo: is always there to protect & care for those when they need it. so much wit. a talented mind. they bring a lot of light when you’re around them.

virgo: just wants to create art. a gentleman or lady. organic souls. consumes knowledge & loves learning. kind beings

libra: very forgiving, just wants to make everyone laugh. the softest being & very romantic. stands up what & who they believe in

scorpio: colorful & eccentric minds. always go for what they want & usually get it! loved by many, beautiful smiley people.

sagittarius: change EXCITES them. playful & creative. loves meeting new people & sticks by the ones they love. so much LIFE in them

capricorn: so MucH tAlent!!! beautiful minds! stubborn & sarcastic & have too many interests at once. big dreamers & chance takers

aquarius: is embarrassed about the quirks that the world loves them for. absolutely unique, you’ve never met anyone like them. beautiful in & out

pisces: just wants to save the world really. picturesque & arty, the sweetest of souls. they experience romance in every aspect they can

Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us—a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain—it’s also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves. It’s made of exertion, that dowdier cousin of impulse. Sometimes we care for another because we know we should, or because it’s asked for, but this doesn’t make our caring hollow. The act of choosing simply means we’ve committed ourselves to a set of behaviors greater than the sum of our individual inclinations: I will listen to his sadness, even when I’m deep in my own. To say “going through the motions”—this isn’t reduction so much as acknowledgment of the effort—the labor, the motions, the dance—of getting inside another person’s state of heart or mind. This confession of effort chafes against the notion that empathy should always arise unbidden, that genuine means the same thing as unwilled, that intentionality is the enemy of love. But I believe in intention and I believe in work. I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones.
—  Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams

oh my fucking god i have anxiety, ptsd & probably bpd and i’m absolutely sick of the “crytyping jokes are ableist” posts. get over your damn selves. the jokes aren’t ableist. they’re not. they never were. crytyping is a performative manipulation tactic designed to engender sympathy for the performer and make their accusers into aggressors. like… i’m sorry but “i’’’mmm sosorrrryi ddidin’’tt’ mmean ittttt ii gugugeesss ishoulud jjjuustt ddienooww .” is performative manipulation. it is. the fact that it might be coming from someone who has a mental illness doesn’t make it okay, and it doesn’t make it “ableist” to make fun of it. because, as i’ve said, it’s performative manipulation