blackboard and chalk

I made a great crafty discovery and I want to share

Sister (and Brother) Witches!

Did you know that you can buy adhesive paper that has the qualities of a chalk blackboard?

I think it’s meant for kids - you stick it onto any flat surface like the wardrobe door or whatever, and the kid draws on it until it reaches the age where it doesn’t like messing about with chalk drawings anymore, and then you take it off.

However, this is a really great tool for anyone doing witchcraft or any kind of ceremonial magic or rituals! You can stick it onto the surface you do rituals on, and draw anything you like - your sigils, whatever-grams, symbols of your deity, your intention, anything - on it, in chalk, and afterwards you can wipe it clean off. Better yet, don’t even stick it, just unroll when you want to and roll up again when you don’t!

And for closeted witches, you can put it on a table that normally has a tablecloth on, or - like I did - stick it onto the back of a cutting board that normally stays mundane side up. Then just flip it for rituals and bam, instant altar. Just add chalk.

The one I found comes in black and green, too, so basically perfection.

How I Organize My Study

Hey guys, so after a number of requests I finally decided to create a mini tour of my study space! Now, my desk may not be as aesthetic or clean as other desks you might have seen around the community, but I do believe that different people have different preferences.

Here’s an overall look into my desk area. As some of you might know, I share a study room with my two sisters, and we each get a corner to ourselves. I like to divide the area into two parts: the desk and the bookshelves.

The Desk

On top of my desk

  • A handmade desk organizer where I keep some stationery
  • A blackboard and chalk for announcements and reminders
  • Some post-it notes
  • A framed inspirational poster thing

‘Inside’ my desk, which has smaller drawers and cabinets inside

  • A hole puncher
  • A pen case
  • Memo pad
  • More post it notes
  • Basic stationery like scissors, pens, and a ruler. I actually have a smaller drawer with unused pens and pencils
  • Markers


  • Things I often use, such as currently used notebooks, journals, flash cards, loose leafs, and my pencil case
  • Journaling and scrapbooking material such as colored/patterned paper, stickers, washi tapes, postcards, and kikki.K paper lovers books.
  • Magazines, extra loose leafs, ongoing journals that aren’t used as often,
  • Books, phone cases, unused notebooks, used notebooks, my crocheting kit, and watercolor and acrylic paints.

Three bookshelves

One: Mostly novels, but it also contains my planner, iPad, bible, kindle, journals I often use, dictionaries, and a speaker. As an avid reader, it’s hard not to stuff my bookshelf with all my favorite books. I do have a larger collection upstairs in front of my room, but you know sometimes you just want to have your dearest books close to you.

Two: Mostly textbooks and subject folders, as well as other educational books. Aside from my school books, I have books from the Princeton review (which I highly recommend), Sparknotes, and books on coding.

Three: SAT material, Avatar: The Last Airbender comics, and three magazine files with old binders, old notebooks, recent magazines, old files I’ll still use in the near future, and my piano theory book. I’ve also stored B5 folders here for when I need to separate the notes in my binder.

On top of bookshelf 1, I have two binders, my Rhodia notepad, and three dreamcatchers. On top of bookshelves 2 and 3, I have another desk organizer that I made myself, with paperclips, staples, clothespins, and small post it notes. I also have my colored pens, mildliners, highlighters, and paintbrushes in pen boxes.

On a side note, I don’t have inspirational quotes or a moodboard or anything on the wall to which my desk faces mainly because they don’t help much. I’d rather have pictures of people who have influenced my life greatly with their music. I think it’s a matter of what keeps you going.

So there you have it! Hope this was thorough enough, and please don’t hesitate to ask any further questions. Aside from that, it’d be really interesting to see others’ study spaces as well, so make sure you tag me in your posts if you ever decide to share it :)

Joseph Beuys - Das Kapital Raum 1970-1977, 1980
27 different types of object, including concert grand piano, film projectors, 50 blackboards with chalk drawings, dimensions variable
Joseph Beuys created this environment for the Venice Biennale in 1980
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

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(While you’re at it learn about this awesome lady)

“Have a biscuit, dear.”

“Look, this ain’t the right moment, Mother Hen. You gotta listen to–” Bill trailed off when Emmy made a vague gesture with her hand, the other still scribbling madly on the blackboard, white with chalk powder. A small plate of buttery biscuits floated in the air almost close enough to touch his eye.

“Take a biscuit. I insist. You look far too thin, William.”

Bill rolled his eye. “Yeah, ‘cause I’m flat, I get it. That was funny the first eleven times. Now you’ve kinda beaten that horse into the ground,” he said, but he did reach to take one.

“Ever the gentleman. I am rather sure etiquette would require you to at least fake amusement,” she quipped.

“Oh, ha ha ha. You’re hilarious,” Bill muttered, voice dripping with sarcasm. “Never gonna call me ‘Bill’, are you?” he asked before turning his eye into a mouth and throwing the biscuit in.

Mother Hen chuckled. “I don’t think so, dear.”

“You know, I kinda am a supernatural being of infinite knowledge. Older than your galaxy. Not one of your students.”

“A cup of tea?” she suggested, as though she hadn’t even heard the remark, and Bill sighed before pushing the plate out of the way.


crystal cluster from whyalla, eyre peninsula, south australia, australia

330g/1,650cts & 59x120x102mm

“Layers of beige-coloured bladed crystals with white star-burst sprays richly scattered over and amongst as a second generation of gypsum crystals.”

Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate di-hydrate, with the chemical formula CaSO4·2H2O. It is widely mined and is used as a fertilizer, and as the main constituent in many forms of plaster, blackboard chalk and wallboard. A massive fine-grained white or lightly tinted variety of gypsum, called alabaster, has been used for sculpture by many cultures including Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome, Byzantine empire and the Nottingham alabasters of Medieval England. Mohs scale of mineral hardness, based on scratch Hardness comparison, defines hardness value 2 as gypsum. It forms as an evaporite mineral and as a hydration product of anhydrite.


This is a teachable moment, the method, more frenetic than just filling a blackboard with chalk scribbles and eraser dust. The way that Tao learns best is through kinesthetic, hands-on learning.

“When you’re alone back in your room, pull her close, like this.” Tao’s hips are suddenly flush with Xiumin’s and he gasps, the sound louder than he expected. “Go slow. No one needs you to rush.” Those silken words wind tight around Tao, lulling him into a shallow calmness, small sparks igniting under his skin as Xiumin’s hand slips under his shirt to trail his fingers over the small of his back, a tiny whimper caught in his throat when Xiumin’s fingers slide just under his waistband.

He knows that Xiumin can feel his rapidly hardening length under his slacks and his adam’s apple bobs when he swallows nervously. “When we actually get to the bed?” His enthusiasm is showing too much - he knows it, but he wants to have Xiumin rutting against him so hard that his vision goes out when he comes. And he wants to see Xiumin’s face as he falls apart above him.

“When you get to the bed, just make sure she’s comfortable, use protection, and you can decide what position to try together.” His hands leave Tao’s overheated body and Tao has to clench his teeth from voicing his groan.

- Admin J

Spanish Vocabulary - Las materias escolares


  • la materia = a school subject
  • el libro = book
  • la página = page
  • la carpeta = folder
  • el cuaderno = notebook
  • la tarea, los deberes = homework / task
  • la pizarra = blackboard
  • la tiza = chalk
  • el lápiz = pencil
  • la pluma = pen [lit. “feather, quill”]
  • el bolígrafo, el boli = pen [ballpoint]
  • el papel = paper
  • el ensayo = essay
  • el borrador = draft
  • la tesis = thesis
  • la lectura = reading, a reading assignment
  • la lección = lesson, lecture
  • la conferencia = lecture
  • el examen, los exámenes = test(s), exam(s)
  • la prueba = test, quiz
  • el tema = subject / theme
  • la pregunta = question
  • la respuesta = answer
  • el aula, las aulas = classroom, classrooms [feminine noun with masculine article like agua, alma, ave]
  • el título, el grado, la diploma = degree, diploma
  • el jardín de infancia, el jardín de niños = kindergarten
  • el kindergarten, el kínder = kindergarten [Latin America]
  • la escuela = school
  • la (escuela) primaria = elementary school
  • la secundaria = middle school
  • el colegio = high school
  • la universidad, la uni = university, college
  • la escuela de posgrado, la escuela posgraduada, la escuela de postgrado = graduate school
  • la escuela/universidad técnica = vocational school
  • académico/a = academic, related to school/university
  • escolar = scholarly, scholastic / school-related
  • estudantil = student-related


  • el maestro, la maestra = teacher
  • el profesor, la profesora = professor
  • el / la profe = “teach” [informal slang for profesor(a)]
  • el doctor, la doctora = doctor
  • el tutor, la tutora = tutor
  • el estudiante, la estudiante = student
  • el alumno, la alumna = student, pupil
  • el condiscípulo, la condiscípula = classmate / schoolmate [formal]
  • el compañero de clase, la compañera de clase = classmate [more common]
  • el director, la directora = principal / director / headmaster, headmistress
  • el decano, la decana = dean (of a university)
  • el enfermero, la enfermera = nurse
  • el consejero, la consejera = adviser, counselor
  • el consejero académico, la consejera académica = guidance counselor [lit. “academic counselor/adviser”]
  • el socio, la socia = partner
  • el / la colega = colleague
  • el / la conserje (o conserja) = janitor, custodian / concierge (hotel)

Las materias escolares

  • el ámbito de estudio / el campo de estudio = field of study
  • el ámbito de trabajo / el campo de trabajo =
  • el ámbito de… = the field of…
  • las matemáticas, las mates = mathematics, maths [Spain]
    la matemática, la mate = mathematics, math [Latin America]
  • el álgebra = algebra [feminine noun with masculine article like agua, alma, ave]
  • la geometría = geometry
  • la trigonometría = trigonometry
  • el cálculo = calculus
  • las finanzas, la administración = finance
  • la contabilidad, la administración = accounting
  • la gestión = management, administration
  • la economía = economics
  • la estadística = statistics [as a field of study]
  • la historia = history
  • la geografía = geography
  • la antropología = anthropology
  • la ciencia, las ciencias = science, sciences
  • la medicina = medicine
  • la medicina deportiva = sports medicine
  • la odontología = dentistry
  • la educación física = physical education
  • la veterinaria = veterinary medicine
  • la zoología = zoology / animal science
  • la enfermería = nursing / medical study
  • la biología = biology / life science
  • la biología marina = marine biology
  • la ecología = ecology
  • la agricultura = agriculture
  • la arquitectura = architecture
  • la ingeniería = engineering
  • la química = chemistry
  • la geología = geology / earth science
  • la meteorología = meteorology / weather science
  • la astronomía = astronomy
  • la psicología, la sicología = psychology
  • la psiquiatría, la siquiatría = psychiatry
  • la sociología = sociology
  • la filosofía = philosophy
  • la política / la ciencia política = politics / political science
  • la literatura = literatura
  • el arte = art
  • la historia del arte = art history  
  • las bellas artes = fine arts
  • el arte culinario = culinary arts
  • el arte gráfico = graphic arts
  • el arte dramático = dramatic arts
  • el drama, el teatro = drama, theater
  • la historia del teatro = theater history
  • los artes liberales / las humanidades = liberal arts / humanities
  • el periodismo = journalism
  • la ciencia empresarial = business science
  • el negocio = business
  • el Derecho = Law
  • la abogacía = law / study to become a lawyer
  • la lengua, el idioma = language
  • las lenguas extranjeras, los idiomas extranjeros = foreign languages
  • la lingüística = linguistics
  • la traducción = translation
  • la interpretación = interpreting
  • la informática = computer science / information technology (IT)
  • la ciencia computacional = computer science
  • la física = physics
  • la educación, la enseñanza = teaching


  • estudiar = to study
  • estudiar en el extranjero = to study abroad
  • aprender = to learn
  • enseñar = to teach
  • entregar = to hand in, to turn in
  • escribir = to write
  • leer = to read
  • escuchar = to hear / to listen
  • oír = to hear / to listen
  • pensar = to think
  • acordarse = to remember
  • recordar = to recall, to remember
  • practicar = to practice
  • empezar a hacer algo = to start to do something
  • comenzar a hacer algo = to begin to do something
  • ayudar = to help
  • investigar = to investigate / to research
  • licenciarse = to graduate, to get a degree
  • graduarse = to graduate (from school)
  • preguntar = to question, to wonder
  • hacer una pregunta = to ask a question
  • tener una pregunta = to have a question
  • contestar = to answer
  • ensayar = to try out, to test / to rehearse (theater)
  • poner a prueba = to put to the test
  • empeorar = to get worse, to worsen
  • mejorar = to get better, improve
  • desarrollar = to develop, to build
  • desarrollarse = to grow, to develop (oneself)
  • prestar (la) atención = to pay attention
  • equivocarse = to be wrong
  • tener (la) razón = to be right
  • tener sentido = to make sense

*Note: There are some regionalisms in here, and some have so many regionalisms I couldn’t include them on the list.

For instance, “to take a test” has so many regionalisms it’s difficult to list them all. In Mexico you’re probably going to hear presentar un examen. Some places will say hacer un examen, some even put it as el maestro / la maestra pone un examen a los estudiantes

The default way of saying “to take a test” is dar un examen which is literally “to give an exam”, because you hand a test in to your teacher. Along the same lines, the default way a teacher “gives a test” is tomar un examen because they “take” the tests that the students turn in. For that reason, dar un examen is often translated as “to sit for an exam” to help the meaning come across more easily. 

Virtually explore the Parks Ranch Cave in New Mexico with #mypubliclandsroadtrip!

In Carlsbad, New Mexico, the Chosa Draw Area of Critical Environmental Concern contains 2,200 acres of hydrologically-important gypsum karst. Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral that can be used as a fertilizer and in many forms of plaster and blackboard chalk.  

The area has been determined to have one of the densest concentrations of karst features, including Parks Ranch Cave.  The cave, at 4.3 miles in length, is the second longest gypsum cave in the Western hemisphere.  

Close by to world-famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Parks Ranch Cave is a good spot for beginning cavers to explore. 

Explore this cave virtually through the following video by BLM New Mexico!


Here’s an illustration I did for the amazing new edition of the Dance Gazette (02/15). The article is about the importance of positivity in dance education. It was such a great pleasure working with these guys again!