Michael Brown's Mother Recalls Son's Death, Legacy

Lezley McSpadden says she’ll never forget the day police officer Darren Wilson killed her 18-year-old son, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

In an interview with the Root, Mike’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, says that when she found out that the State didn’t prosecute her son’s killer and the department didn’t find that he had done anything wrong, she needed to find something to make herself feel better. So she started a foundation to reach out to other families who had lost children to police brutality called Rainbow of Mothers.

Mike Brown would have turned 20 years old on May 20.

His story continues to resonate with all of us. We can only hope to one day overcome this grief. His life was taken away by a police officer, who was never charged and prosecuted.

In another recent interview Lezley talked about the only apology she would ever take from the justice system and law enforcement.

#BlackLivesMatter     #JusticeForMikeBrown


The Difficult Thing About Being A Taurus

You’re someone who loves being independent and making decisions for yourself. When others put their two cents in your life, it isn’t always taken with a grain of salt because to you….there’s nobody who can life your life better than you can. And this is true. But the problem with you is that you tend to dismiss the opinions of others when it doesn’t mesh with what you want. Granted, we all want to feel we have things taken care of but nobody has everything figured out. This is where you may need to have a slice of humble pie. Reason being, we all need advice and sound judgment from time to time. It doesn’t mean we don’t know what we’re doing. Sometimes it just allows us to gain insight and receive wisdom from those who have been there, done that.

I’m sorry, but can we please talk about Wonderland?! Like it is about a relationship that basically has no chance of surviving, but they pretended it could because at the time they couldn’t/didn’t want to see it was bad…This is honestly so relatable. And don’t even get me started on the lyrics…I mean:
“it’s all fun and games till somebody loses their mind”
“life was never worse, BUT NEVER BETTER”
“you search the world for something else to make you feel like what we had, and in the end in Wonderland WE BOTH WENT MAD”
“Didn’t it all seem new and exciting? I felt your arms twisting around me. IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES TILL SOMEBODY LOSES THEIR MIND" 



All I see is “wow Russia so homophobic much hate”.
Can’t you even think a bit about the fact that there are people in our country, in Russia, whose lifes are seriously affected now by this anti-propaganda law?
You think we don’t get enough blind hatred from some people in the same country, huh?
If you think that seeing these posts about “eww, homophobic Russians” makes someone feel better, you’re so very wrong. It makes us feel rejected everywhere, not only in our own country, but also everywhere in the world. Making fun of this or hating doesn’t look like a tiny bit of support.
We have amazing culture, we have interesting history, we have beautiful people in our country, but you chose to judge us by a few xenophobic morons.

Hard is not relative. Hard is hard. Who can tell me that explaining to someone you just declared bankruptcy is harder than telling someone that you just cheated on them. Who can tell me that his coming out story is harder than telling your five-year-old you’re getting a divorce. There is no harder, there is just hard. We need to stop ranking our hard against everyone else’s hard to make us feel better about our closets and just commiserate on the fact that we all have hard.
—  Ash Beckham, Coming Out of Your Closet, TEDx Boulder
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)

The data visualization tool used in this video can help you learn all kinds of things about how you will probably die.

In which John discusses the changes in crime rates in the United States over the last 25 years, the minor outrages of the American penny, what will and won’t kill you, the cycles of Internet outrage, rising pharmaceutical prices, and whether human life is getting better even as we feel like it is getting worse.

2015 Horoscopes

Astrology is defined as “the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.”

January 20 to February 18 ~ AQUARIUS

The sexy one! Your middle name is definitely “Charming,” and you can weasel your way out of just about any awkward situation. People can’t help but feel attracted to your magnetic personality. You’re highly social, but you absolutely hate fighting. This is often at odds with you quest for justice in all aspects of your life. You believe in fairness and equality. Not to sound crazy, but you definitely love pets more than people. (Don’t we all, at least sometimes?) 

2015 is a year of monumental change for the better. Expect to meet an important partner in your life journey before the fourth month of the year. If you SHARE this post, three years of good luck.

February 19 to March 20 ~ PISCES

If you aren’t doing something creative in your life, start RIGHT NOW! You’re an excellent lover and a loyal companion, but you’ll grow sour if you aren’t immersed in some sort of creative pursuit at all times. You’re prone to trusting too much and loving too deeply, and you often wind up getting hurt. You’ve scared potential mates away with the depth of your passion. People say you’re eccentric, which means you’re weird in the best way possible.

Good advice for 2015 is to choose your friends wisely. Also, hold tight to your beliefs in late February for huge rewards by summertime. A decade of wonderful luck if you SHARE this forecast with all of your friends!

March 21 to April 19 ~ ARIES

You’re a loving person, but people who mistake your kindness for weakness are bound to have their minds blown! You genuinely enjoy arguing your point for hours – some call it fighting, you call it a lively debate. Despite your impulsivity, you are nothing if not loyal. Once someone befriends an Aries, they’ve got a confidant for life.

2015 promises to be a year of opportunity; doors that you thought were permanently sealed will spring open throughout the year. SHARE this post for three fabulous years of good fortune in love and finance!

April 20 to May 20 ~ TAURUS

In spite of your popularity (babies born in Taurus are said to be the most attractive people on the planet) you truly thrive when you’re  in a stable, long-term relationship. Finding the yin to your yang, however, is no simple task. Some may see you as somewhat self-centered, but that’s just because you won’t let anything interfere with your ultimate goals. You love to go to bed early just as much as you love being the life of the party.

Guess what? You’re about to make lots of new friends this year! Lay low through the winter and attend as many social gatherings as you can starting in March. By June, you will meet a friend or lover who will advance you spiritually and will remain an important part of your world well beyond 2020. Share this post for 5 years of the best luck of your life!

May 21 to June 20 ~ GEMINI

Expressive, intuitive, and sweet. Your two favorite things in no particular order: hugs and long talks with your oldest friends. You’re happiest curled up by the fire with a good book, but that doesn’t mean you’re a pushover. Geminis are particularly good at speaking their minds, and you have the power to make feel people comfortable enough to do the same! No sooner do you form a thought than do you find a way to express it. This makes the Gemini and excellent teacher and companion.

It’ll require tremendous will-power, but listen to your intuition through the 6th month of the year. Don’t let ANYONE make you doubt yourself and you’ll see HUGE REWARDS by the fall.SHARE for 7 years of good fortune for you and your family!

June 21 to July 22 ~ CANCER

Cancers are trustworthy romantics who treasure the few people they hold close to their hearts…You are the stuff dreams are made of. But that’s the thing: your inner circle is SMALL and you’re very careful about who you let in. Most Cancers are picky about who they take under their wing, because once you’re part of a cancer’s circle, you’re there forever. People who don’t understand you will use the word “insane” to describe you, but you aren’t crazy. Or if you are…no worries. You’re crazy in the best way possible.

Dream BIG in the Spring of 2015. Major tides will turn in your life in the fall, and you’ll want to be ready. SHARE this post for 3 fabulous years of simply DIVINE luck!!

July 23 to August 22 ~ LEO

You light up the room when you walk in, whether you realize it or not! While you’re often compared to a lion, make no mistake: A cowardly lion you are NOT! Leo’s are talkative dreamers who know how to kick back and relax. When you’re unhappy, you tend to sink into a slump, and you become grumpy and monotonous. Make sure to always switch up your routine to avoid falling into this trap.

Do something out of the ordinary in either January or July/August of 2015. Don’t be afraid. The risk will be worth the reward. SHARE this post for good luck through 2020!!

August 23 to September 22 ~ VIRGO

You’re a risk-taker, aren’t you?! Be careful on those trips to Vegas, lucky Virgo!  You’re dominant in relationships, but you’re also personable and patient. However, once a Virgo is crossed…that’s it. Done for life. Forgiving is hard for you, and forgetting is even harder, but that’s not to say you can’t change your mind about a person, place, or thing. You love feeling needed (who doesn’t) but sometimes people-pleasing can get in the way of your innermost desires.

2015 is the year that you will become someone’s one and only. Keep your chin up through May for huge rewards in June!  SHARE this little piece of advice with all of your friends for 12 whole years of brilliant luck.

September 23 to October 22 ~ LIBRA

Passionate, creative, but sometimes flighty Libras refuse to waste too much time on faux friendships, and even less for “lame” relationships. Generally speaking, Libras are torn between doing the right thing, and the thing that makes them happy. Libras are the kindest and most compassionate people you will ever meet… But make no mistake: They are NOT to be messed with. That’s why your sign is the kindest warrior on the astrological chart. All things fair and balanced. 

Clean house in February. Yes, Libra, we’re talking about THAT ONE PERSON. SHARE this post for 6 years of the best luck of your life!!

October 23 to November 21 ~ SCORPIO

Notoriously the last person to leave the party, you just might have a habit of winding up in over your head. Extravagance is fine, overindulgence is another thing. Although, it goes both ways. Scorpios are at their best when the overindulge on the good things in life: Love, meditation, and wellness. Yet, Scorpio’s have a tendency to fixate. Be wary of allowing lust or money run your life.

Beware of false promises in late January, but be ready for blissful surprises by the middle of February! SHARE this post for 7 years of incredibly wonderful luck.

November 22 to December 21 ~ SAGITTARIUS

Left to your own devices, a Sag might self-destruct. Surround yourself with the people, places, and things that make you glow. Sexy, silly, and unbelievably passionate, Sags do well in long-term relationships because they’re so high-energy. With that having been said, most Sags are very private people. A precious few get into the inner circle, and the rest are kept far from a Sag’s heart.

Open up your “inner circle” in late March. You won’t regret it. SHARE this for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days of unbelievably perfect luck!!

December 22 to January 19 ~ CAPRICORN

When a Capricorn finds an occupation that meets their core interests, they thrive. Your stability and reliability makes you sought-after professionally. When you work on something that you’re not interested in, it’s a VERY different story. Yikes!! If you’re a Capricorn, you’ve probably been criticized for being too smart for your own good. But that’s okay. Your grouchiness is far eclipsed by your passion for laughter and your love of all things sensual.

Seek an escape from the mundane in April. A day trip at some point during the Spring will lead to a project that will ignite your passion for the next decade…or more. SHARE this for 8 years of simply AWESOME luck!!

I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year. I feel I know you so well that I couldn’t have known you better if we’d been friends for twenty years. You won’t fail me, will you? Only two minutes, and you’ve made me happy forever. Yes, happy. Who knows, perhaps you’ve reconciled me with myself, resolved all my doubts.
—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

John Winston Ono Lennon
October 9th, 1940 - December 8th, 1940

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

John has been a substantial part of my life for as long as I can remember. When celebrating my own birthday on October 9th, I constantly think about him, and how thankful I am to have his music in my life. I have no doubt the world would be a better place if he had never been taken away from us, and I hope very dearly that John knew, when he died, how many lives he affected. He’s been with me through the hardest of times, even though he died several years before I was born. The fact that he is no longer with us has always been upsetting to me and to so many others, but, in the end, John is immortal through his songs, and as long as they continue to play, he will live on. Happy 74th birthday to one of the greatest songwriters that ever was, the one and only John Lennon.


“Fight for those who DESERVE it”

“Be who you are, do what you wanna do, don’t listen to what other people say, as long as you’re not hurting anyone, who the fuck really cares?”

“You only get to be yourself once. It would be a shame, it would be a fucking shame, if you didn’t give it your all”

“The homies are a family. We stand united. We got each other’s back. If you think you have no-one, the Homies are here for you.”

“I can pretty much guarantee Im living a better life then any of the people who tried to bully me.”

“And If you feel like you don’t have one person out there who gives a fuck, Congratulations. Let me tell you YOU’RE WRONG because I CARE ABOUT YOU.”

“Even if you’re super depressed, at least you have SOMETHING to do. If your life ends, you have NOTHING to do. NOW THAT’S DEPRESSING.”

- The Creatures (Mostly from Sly, Seamus, Danz, and Ze)

“You guys saved my life but you saved millions of lifes with your everything, thank you, thanks for everthing you do and stop to actually care about us." 

Your fans, or so called family :)

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)
—  Mary Oliver

“Maybe we need some kinds of revelations to help us see things in a better way. I know I do everyday. Even when you think you have everything in order, that’s when sometimes you begin to lose sight on what is truly important. I think the time I feel I want to give up is the time I am faced with a revelation or a change that proves that life can go on.

I read a quote today about boundaries and compassion and it really hit me hard. I think people have a hard time with this.

"Compassionate people are boundary people…..The heart of compassion is really acceptance. The better we are at accepting ourselves and others, the more compassionate we become. Well, it’s difficult to accept people when they are hurting us or taking advantage of us or walking all over us. This research has taught me that if we really want to practice compassion, we have to start by setting boundaries and holding people accountable for their behavior.” - Brene Brown

That’s when you need to set boundaries, that’s when you need to be honest and to open up and to explain why it is important to be kind to one another. I know I am only human and I am sure I’ve made mistakes and hurt others along the way that I am accountable for but I can’t let it get in the way of me becoming a better person or trying to be a better person. Each step I take is necessary for my life and my goals. Forward is the only direction to go.“ - Joanna Strafford, Tangled 

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Quote: Joanna Strafford, Tangled

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I don’t really have a word for myself, or a category that I put myself in. I don’t think about it too much, I just wear what feels good. If I can look in the mirror with whatever I have on, if it makes me stand a certain way, if it makes me smile, then I don’t care whether it’s from this end of the spectrum or the other end. And growing up and learning more about myself, I feel like life is all about finding the middle, so I have gone back and forth to different styles, from girly to dressing completely like—as we would say in society and for lack of better words—like a "boy.’” - Samira Wiley on labels


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HOLY MOLY IT’S FINALLY FINISHED. I’ve been working on this since yesterday and I’m so so so so so proud of it!! ;7;

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year??? Wow. A whole year since my life was changed for the better. For a lot of people, myself included, Undertale came out while we were stuck in a dark time. For me personally, I was dealing with a lot of loneliness and anxiety because all my friends were moving away to better places and I couldn’t afford to go to college anymore, and I felt like I didn’t belong in the Pokemon Ask community since I was losing interest in it; I didn’t even feel comfortable enough to talk to my squad about it. It got to the point where I felt so hopeless and depressed that I left the group chat and isolated myself for a while.

 Undertale… made me feel less lonely. It made me feel warm and welcome, like I always had a home there with them, and these fictional characters don’t even exist but they still feel real and tangible to me. They feel like my family. I always come back to this game and selfishly replay it because I wanna see my friends again. I wanna play with them and interact with them, and even though I know it’s just a game it feels like a crime to keep replaying it because the game messes with you and makes you think that they’re real, living beings with thoughts and feelings and memories that all get taken away when you reset. This game gives me the feels somethin fierce.

 This was also the first fandom I’ve participated in in a long time. When I was in high school I was into Homestuck, and before this I was part of the PokeAsk community for almost 3 years. There’s always been drama and haters and bumps in the road for every fandom, but Undertale fans were by far the most welcoming I’d ever seen. Everyone was so nice and friendly and open to discussion about strange theories and hidden clues in the game and it really felt like a community. And honestly? Without Undertale I think it might’ve taken me a lot longer to become comfortable with who I am; I also might’ve never met my beautiful girlfriend without this game. I met so many wonderful people and learned a lot about myself in this past year and I am so grateful that it happened.

 Thank you, Toby Fox. Undertale has inspired so many people to be soft and had an impact on so many of us-I hope it continues to inspire others, even when it fades.

This is me an my bro, my big bro who helps me get more gains so I Can be bigger and better.  People say we dress alike and I guess yea were both kinda sneakerheads and I never realy thought about it that much but I guess we prolly both always wearin ball shorts cuz well nothin else feels as comfortable plus were always goin to the gym together so why change?  Man I cant remember life before my big bro, all I know is I was fucked up, drinkin too much, thinkin too much.  All it took was a few times at the gym with my big bro and before I knew it was livin with him an workin out all the time an eatin better and man life just got so easy yknow?  I even fuckin smile more now cuz of my big bro.  I take care of the stupid shit like laundry n gettin food but we do most shit together.  He says that soo nI wont have to work my shitty job that makes me think too much and keeps me outta the gym.  Were both gonna get our personal trainer certificates and that way life will be fuckin sweet all the time.  Hey bro I gotta get goin… the hockey game is on and I gotta pick up some beer for big bro and me.  I dont drink alot anymore but big bro sez its cool to drink beer during the games.  He laughs at me cuz Im always talkin about the plays an shit that happen during the games and sometimes he gives me a knuckley headlock and says how proud he is of me.  Im proud of me too.  I fuckin love my big bro and if anyone tried to fuck with him Id be rite by his side dont give a fuck who it was nobody fucks with my big bro an me. 

Can we just take a second to acknowledge

That the Marauders were basically geniuses?

When they were teenagers, they were performing magic that even most adults couldn’t do.

They became animagi and they created the Map all while they were still students.

Like, I feel like this fandom gets so caught up in its ship wars and which characters are better than others that we forget about things like this.

The Marauders could’ve given Hermione a run for her money.

if you point out someone’s insecurity, you will destroy their self confidence and they will never be beautiful in their own eyes.
but if you praise their flaws like, “you look pretty with those freckles on your cheeks” you will cheer them up and they will never forget you because you helped them to feel better about themselves.
the choice is yours, you can destroy or build someone using your words. but you know, life will be better if we know how to help people than hurting them.

let’s face it: we’re all pretty busy, trying to juggle social life, relaxation, work, extracurriculars, and, of course, studying. sometimes it feels like there just isn’t enough time to do everything i want to do and still feel prepared in class.

when you think about it though, there’s lots of time in our day where we could be studying, but aren’t. learning to study on the go can mean you have more free time and better grades!

flash cards: honestly, flashcards can be a lifesaver, particularly for learning new vocab. making physical flashcards can be a way of studying all by itself. if you want to make flashcards online or on your phone/tablet, there are lots of different websites or apps that you can use. my personal favorite is

the best thing about flashcards is that they’re small, so you can carry them anywhere, and whip them out when you have a bit of spare time, waiting for the bus or on the train. any bit of dead time, where you’d usually be tempted to aimlessly scroll through tumblr, can now be used to brush up on your vocab words.

commute: no matter how you get to school each morning, there’s a way to use that time to study. if somebody drives you, or you take public transport, then you can use flashcards, read, or watch videos on a phone, computer, or tablet. if you walk or drive to school, things get a little more tricky, but i’d suggest listening to a podcast on a topic you’re studying or are interested in. i might make a separate post with recommendations, but you can find podcasts on any topic that interests you. if you don’t know where to start, i’d suggest: npr, TED talks, and bbc.

exercise: whether you want to study during your exercise time is up to you, because i know some people like to use it as a way to relax and not think about school, or life in general. personally though, nothing makes me feel more productive than studying while working out. like i said above, podcasts are a great way to multitask between exercise and studying, particularly while using workout machines, lifting weights, jogging, or doing bodyweight exercises. be careful though that you’re not getting so engrossed in your podcast that you slow down or forget what you’re doing.

it can be harder to study if you swim, because you obviously can’t take an iphone in the pool, and because swimming has a way of making the mind completely blank. i use my swimming time as a way to go over information in my head. this works particularly well for verb conjugations, vocab, or memorization. another thing you can do is to write essays in your head as you swim. this works differently for different people, but it can’t hurt to give it a try. at best, when you get out of the water you’ll have organized what you want to write and how you want to write it before you even have to look at a blank screen.

headphones: if you’re planning to study on the go, particularly in busy/loud places like a coffeeshop or the bus, then i’d suggest getting a good pair of headphones or earbuds. i have an old pair of apple earbuds that are so broken that i have to wear them backwards to hear anything, but being able to block out all outside noise would be really useful. some good earbuds (all under $50) are: here, here, and here, and some good headphones (also all under $50) are: here, here, and here.

when studying you can listen to playlists from or or one you made yourself. i’d suggest music without lyrics, like classical, so you don’t get distracted, but do what’s best for you. you can also listen to white noise or other background noise from a website like or

i hope some of these tips are helpful and that you feel like you have more time for you and less stress when exam time comes around!

more of my posts:

+ my posts tag

+ choosing when to make a bullet journal

[a big thanks to @good-grades-and-escapades for giving me the idea for this masterpost]

[header image credit: @vestiblr here]

I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year. I feel I know you so well that I couldn’t have known you better if we’d been friends for twenty years. You won’t fail me, will you? Only two minutes, and you’ve made me happy forever. Yes, happy. Who knows, perhaps you’ve reconciled me with myself, resolved all my doubts.
—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky