Rowdy, Labrador Retriever (13 y/o), Canby, OR • “He has vitiligo. I’ve seen other dogs that have it, but never so symmetrical. His belly and toenails turned white too (he used to be all black). He’s the ambassador for the American Vitiligo Research Foundation and has built some relationships with kids with vitiligo who may have been bullied because of it. He’s also gone kind of viral. He was on the front page of Reddit for days. They said he looks like Spider-Man, Deadpool, The Hamburgler, Spawn, Venom, Kiss, an orca whale, reverse panda, fried eggs…some people think we bleached his eyes. There should be a movie about his life. He’s declining a bit, but there were many times he should have died. He’s been shot by a cop, survived a poisoning, has had a tumor removed from his ear and the wrong tooth pulled. He’s got some dementia, senior bladder, and barks for no reason. He still acts like a puppy sometimes, too. And he still smiles.”

“That won’t do at all,” scolded Canby, helping him
to his feet. “You can never jump away from Conclusions.
Getting back is not so easy. That’s why we’re so terribly
crowded here.”

That was certainly the truth, for all along the bleak
shore and clustered on the rocks for as far as anyone
could see were enormous crowds of people, all sadly
looking out to sea.

—  Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

try if you can
by aknightley

summary: Keith has liked Lance for so long that you’d think he’d be used to this by now.

“Oh my god,” Shiro whispers incredulously. “You’re ridiculous.”

Keith doesn’t even want to know what expression is on his face for Shiro to say something like that, but he can’t help it.

thoughts: This is literally the worlds best pining fic. Keith was super cute I loved everyone’s friendship dynamic and holy shit I was almost crying at one point. So def worth a read!

Waking up to Astro


  • he always wakes up before you
  • the short amount of time he has between his waking up and yours he spends as well as he can
  • by watching you while you sleep
  • not creepily hes not a sparkly vampire it is ok
  • MJ likes to press kisses to your temple and wrap his arms around you and pull you into him
  • so y’all are spooning while he’s sort of awake and you’re still in the “delirious incoherent mumbling” state
  • He nuzzles his nose into your neck omfg
  • MJ would smile a lot tbh even in the mornings as long as he’s beside you
  • so he would smile into your neck and press a gentle kiss into your collarbone
  • and he would be super sweet and soft and cute
  • until he slides out from behind you 
  • strategically places himself so he’s kneeling at your side
  • lifts up your shirt ever so slightly
  • and starts blowing raspberries into the soft skin of your stomach like his life depends on it
  • which needless to say wakes you up pretty fast
  • he’ll laugh when you squeak in protest
  • will come up and press his lips to your forehead, and then he’ll drag you out of bed and into the bathroom bc he’s hungry and while its his turn to make breakfast he refuses to eat without you
  • you guys brush and he watches you in the mirror making sure you dont go back to sleep
  • when yall are done brushing he’ll wrap his arms around his waist and finally mumble a Good Morning and while you really aren’t awake yet you find yourself saying it back because you know that, with MJ, it’s always a good morning


  • his normal voice is p low and already has like a back of throat lowkey growl esp when he raps
  • so i’ll be damned if his “just woke up and still really groggy” voice isn’t husky and god even lower than usual
  • he wakes up before you 99% of the time 
  • usually sits up and rubs the sleep out of his eyes while trying not to wake you
  • then he’ll lie back down and throw an arm and a leg over you, running one hand all over your body lightly while the other hand is behind his head
  • eventually he’ll get tired of being up while you’re not but decide against waking up
  • instead he’ll just pull you in very close so your head is in his chest
  • and his lips are just barely, barely touching the junction between your neck and your shoulder
  • him accidentally sighing into your neck and you mumble because it tickles and move in closer to him
  • jinjin’s eyes just roaming your body 
  • him taking in every bit of you
  • jinjin gets up and opens the blinds slightly
  • partially because he wants you awake and partially because you look even more like a goddess when your sleeping form is bathed in the early morning light
  • he really wants to write a song for you when you’re like this
  • however you’ve gotta wake up eventually so he hovers over you
  • presses his face to the part of your neck right underneath your jaw
  • and starts mumbling into your neck about how much he loves you
  • it has the effect he wants because
  • you wake up, moaning about how you really dont want to get out of bed, until jinwoo just gives up and carries you to the bathroom
  • the two of you brush and go to eat but not before jinwoo comments on how great you look when you wear his oversized shirts to sleep 


  • he’s up about an hour before you every day
  • because of this you usually wake up to a sweet sticky note placed strategically on his side of the bed, and the smell of breakfast coming from the kitchen
  • what you dont know is how it takes literally forever for eunwoo to actually get out of bed
  • not because he’s groggy or anything because he isnt 
  • when hes awake hes awake and gorgeous and ready to take on the day
  • its ridiculous and unfair you believe hes some kind of wizard because of it
  • but he just takes like twenty minutes to physically leave the bed
  • its because he really, really loves the feel of your legs entangled with his and your face (and lips) pressed to the area of his chest right underneath his collar bone
  • and hearing your soft breathing
  • feeling it reverberating in his chest
  • this is when Dongmin feels the happiest and lightest and most carefree
  • eventually though he does disentangle himself from you
  • you always whine in protest at your arms feeling empty but don’t wake up
  • Dongmin brushes his teeth quickly
  • while looking like an angel tbh
  • then he quickly writes an “I love you so much beautiful” or “breakfast is your favorite today” or “you gave me inspiration for some song lyrics, they’re on my desk if you want to read them <3″ on a sticky note and places it in the middle of his side of the bed
  • he makes breakfast because he knows you wont be awake enough to handle kitchen utensils when you awaken
  • when you finally come out in your zombie state you’re always clutching the sticky note in your hands, and you make sure to whisper how much you love him back into his shoulder while he cooks


  • he sounds like a kitten when he yawns it is your favorite sound in the world
  • y’all always end up in some weird ass sleeping position it’s actually hilarious bc sometimes his hyungs and even the two youngest members pop in to take pictures of you two while you’re both sleeping and like you’ll be sleeping like diagonally with your head on Bin’s chest and your feel hanging off the bed and he’s sleeping like a wooden plank
  • that picture is Minhyuk’s lockscreen
  • but when he wakes up before you he always straightens you up if you’re sleeping in a weird position
  • and kisses your forehead
  • probably takes like 7 million pictures of you 
  • and tries not to text them to everyone because you just look so cute
  • after putting his phone away Bin likes to hug you
  • he’s just a really huggy person he loves your warmth and the feeling of you in his arms 
  • you’re always fast asleep so he traces circles onto your hip bones and draws things on your thighs with his fingers
  • eventually you’ll roll over in your sleep so you’re on top of him
  • he loves it
  • that’s when you, still asleep, straddle him and rest your head on top of his chest and he holds you tight against him
  • every morning he realizes that he loves you a lot because of this
  • when he thinks you both should get out of bed he just calls your name over and over until you open your eyes
  • the two of you brush side by side while watching each other in the mirror because even in the morning Moon Bin looks amazing
  • and you look gorgeous even with your hair sticking out everywhere
  • you always make breakfast because you’re afraid Bin will burn himself or something but his chest is perpetually pressed against your back and his arms are around your waist while you make food for the two of you


  • Minhyuk prefers your stomach over a pillow, any day
  • he just loves how soft and beautiful the skin on your stomach is and loves to rest your head on it
  • the two of you almost always fall asleep that way
  • whenever Minhyuk wakes up he can hear your breathing through your stomach/chest
  • its so calming it almost puts him back to sleep
  • almost
  • he pretty much groans and sits up in bed and gets out  as quickly as possible because he knows the longer he stays listening to your soft breaths the more he’ll fall into the void that is you
  • Minhyuk pulls the covers over you so you don’t get cold
  • he watches you snuggle into them and let out a sigh when you feel comfortable and honestly it is the cutest thing he has ever seen
  • before he knows it he’s smiling uncontrollably 
  • he can’t control himself
  • the poor boy just really wants to talk to you and be with you and spend the day with you
  • so yes
  • he lowkey jumps on top of you while screaming something along the lines of “wake up, wake up, wake up”
  • obviously you
  • wake up 
  • your immediate reaction is to groan and lightly hit his chest because in an unfortunate turn of events you are now awake
  • and have to actually
  • do things
  • but Minhyuk isn’t having any of it and he takes yours hands and pulls you up so you’re sitting up in bed and pushes you off and shoves you into the bathroom and puts toothpaste on your toothbrush
  • you finish brushing before him because he just watches you brush your teeth and then starts to brush after
  • he loves you so much god
  • so you go out into the kitchen to start making breakfast but you just give up because you have no idea how to use anything and in the end Minhyuk ends up making it for you but that’s all right because your morning is better than it could ever be


  • you don’t actually share a bed
  • but whenever he sleeps over you two end up going to sleep at like 4 in the morning because y’all are watching animated movies 
  • so you guys wake up at like noon the next morning on the couch 
  • you originally wake up before him
  • you find that you’re lying on top of him which you weren’t when you went to sleep but that’s ok
  • however you’re very very tired so you just go back to sleep
  • sanha wakes up not long after however 
  • he’s actually p surprised to find you on top of him too
  • but its not like he dislike it in fact sanha finds himself awkwardly wrapping his arms around your waist so you dont roll off on to the floor 
  • he cant help himself
  • i mean you’re close enough for him to so the boy just
  • does it
  • he presses his lips to your forehead and then once more to your temple, smiling shyly at the second kiss
  • its not like you guys haven’t kissed before but it seems more… intimate, in a way, he guesses, when you’re being kissed somewhere that’s not the lips
  • you stir a little bit but just mumble and burrow into his chest and you wrap your arms around him the best you can in his sleep
  • he has to keep from squealing and it is very difficult
  • he’s on his way to nodding off again when he feels his phone vibrating in his pocket and pulls it out
  • his parents are texting him asking if the two of you have had lunch yet and that they’re coming to get him soon
  • crap it’s 1 pm
  • so sanha shakes you awake as best he can while you’re on top of him and the two of you brush really really quickly and throw together a quick lunch
  • you promise to have a sleepover like the one you just had again and the two of you know without saying it that you really, really like sleeping cuddled up together

Cape Disappointment

I was perhaps disappointed that the weather may have dulled my visit to this state park, but the scenery was still exceptionally beautiful. This area of the southwest corner of Washington is where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, and might be what Lewis & Clark had saw when they officially made it to the sea. A short hike from the Fort Canby parking area takes you up to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, down to Dead Man’s Cove and up to the Lighthouse. Pass through the campgrounds and visit Waikiki Beach for a scenic view of the cape from the picnic area and jetty. The setting was tranquil and quiet, and I only wish I could have caught a sunset on this scenery to welcome me into Washington. 


Yesterday I got the idea that I needed to visit the Swan Island Dahlia Farm. My morning schedule had just freed up, and my time was all of the sudden my own. I grabbed my camera, a bottle of water, shoes suitable for walking through the fields, and was on my way. Time elapsed from idea to departure – ten minutes.

Driving to Canby from Portland only takes about thirty minutes. The sky was gray and meteorologists were predicting light rain, which was perfect. I didn’t mind a sprinkle or two.

The Swan Island Dahlia Farm is in full bloom – all forty acres. There wasn’t a crowd and the fields were quiet. I slowly walked through the grassy paths on the property admiring the variety of spectacular blooms.

I was home two hours after I got this brilliant idea, with one hundred fifty pictures to sort through. These are my favorites. Happy Friday, everyone!

KINTPUASH (kint-posh) - Strikes the water brashly, better known as Captain Jack. In 1864, the Modoc originated near Tule Lake, presently occupied by the California-Oregon border. Colonial forced relocation programs pushed the tribe onto established Klamath Reservation in southwestern Oregon, home of their traditional rivals. As the Klamath outnumbered the newcomers, and the reservation was on traditional Klamath land, the Modoc were poorly treated.

In 1865, Kintpuash, a Modoc leader better known as Captain Jack, led the Modoc people from the reservation back to their home. In 1869, the Modoc were imprisoned by the United States Army and returned to the Klamath Reservation, but conditions had not improved, and Captain Jack led a band of about 180 Modoc to the Tule Lake area in April, 1870.

The Modoc warriors had plotted before the meeting to kill General Canby and the other commissioners, as they believed peace was not possible. He shot Canby twice in the head and cut his throat. The Modoc also killed Reverend Eleazar Thomas, a peace commissioner, and wounded others in the party. Canby was the only general to be killed during the Indian Wars.

Over the next several months, various groups of Modoc continued to fight the army, while others began to surrender. Captain Jack successfully avoided the Army until a number of Modoc agreed to hunt him down. Captain Jack surrendered, ceremonially laying down his rifle. He was taken to Fort Klamath, Hanged on October 3, 1873

A Morris family #TintypeTuesday. There is something about this image. The woman holding the hat and the man’s casual stance is a little more every day than the posed portraits we are used to seeing in tintypes and other early photographs. Although they seem from another world entirely, they are approachable.

[Portrait of a man and a woman] Morris, Marriott Canby, 1863-1948, photographer. 1 photograph: tintype; 3 x 2.5 in. [n.d.]

Betsy Ross making the first flag, 1776 [according to legend]. Copy of painting attributed to Frank McKernan., ca. 1900-1982.

Item From Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947- 02/28/1964)

In honor of Flag Day here is a painting of Betsy Ross sewing the first American Flag, according to legend. Betsy Ross’ story was published in 1870 by her grandson William J. Canby, 34 years after her death. Canby learned the story from his aunt Clarissa Sydney (Claypoole) Wilson in 1857.




Over twenty years ago in 1993, Lea DeLaria stepped on stage at The Arsenio Hall Show and blurted out, “It’s the 1990s … It’s hip to be queer, and I’m a bi-i-i-i-ig dyke!” She became the first openly lesbian comic to appear on a late-night talk show, and shortly after, she hosted the first all-gay stand-up comedy special on television.

DeLaria recorded two comedy albums in the mid-nineties before shifting her career toward stage-acting. She starred alongside Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the 1998 Broadway revival of On The Town. In a review for The New York Times, Vincent Canby wrote that DeLaria left audiences numb with pleasure, comparing her “big, assertive stage personality“ to a young Ethel Merman. Both praise and talent combined led to a role as Eddie and Dr. Scott in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show.

Beyond Broadway, DeLaria has recorded several vocal jazz albums, once stating that it’s her “personal goal to bring be-bop jazz back into the gay and lesbian community". Her 2008 album The Live Smoke Sessions can be streamed on Spotify.

Though DeLaria has done film work in The First Wives Club, Edge of Seventeen and Ass Backwards, she is perhaps better known for her time spent on television. From 1999 to 2011, she had a recurring role as Madame Delphina (and Professor Del Fina) on the soap opera One Life To Live. She voiced the character Helga Phugly on the short-lived animated sitcom The Oblongs and held small roles on Matlock, The Drew Carey Show, Will & Grace and Californication.

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