certainity of change

If Anais Nin wrote astrology
  • Aries: "She has to make the atmosphere boil."
  • Gemini: "I am like a person walking through a mirror broken in two."
  • Taurus: "In reality I care for a few people very deeply, thoroughly and enduringly. Certain connections cannot change like that."
  • Cancer: "Certain events happen very close to me, others are dim. Some are vital and warm, some have a dreamlike quality."
  • Leo: "At midnight I had always been metamorphosed into a solitary, estranged wanderer."
  • Virgo: "The pain I give is only like homeopathy, to heal the pain given me, but it is not a blow to be given. Insidious and subtle."
  • Libra: "We will both lie to each other, and for the same reason: to create an impossible ideal world."
  • Scorpio: "He ruled my body with a magnetic rule, master of my dancing."
  • Sagittarius: "For me, the adventures of the mind, each inflection of thought, each movement, nuance, growth, discovery, is a source of exhilaration."
  • Capricorn: "At thirteen I wrote: "Is there anyone who will understand me? I do not understand myself."
  • Aquarius: "Talking on the dream, I am always fertile and voluble. It is my favorite realm, and I am so familiar with its technical aspects."
  • Pisces: "Poetic vision is not the outcome of blindness but of a force which can transcend the ugliest face of reality..."
PSA To All Female Kpop Fans

You. Are. Beautiful!!! Just because you don’t look like a certain female idol doesn’t change the fact that you are gorgeous. Always remember this. Own your beauty!

P.S: All you dude fans, you’re gorgeous too 💕

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Dana, if, um… early in the four years we’ve been working together… an event occurred that suggested or somebody told you that… we’d been friends together in other lifetimes… always… wouldn’t it have changed some of the ways we looked at one another?

Even if I knew for certain, I wouldn’t change a day…Well, maybe that Flukeman thing. I could’ve lived without that just fine.

- The Field Where I Died (S04E05)

I don’t understand all the hate for the movies. When they were released, I loved them. While I understand watching them a bit more critically now that I’m older, I’m always going to appreciate them. Sure, they aren’t perfect, and there are certain changes that I don’t love, but Daniel, Rupert and Emma will always be my Harry, Ron and Hermione!

I know a lot of you don’t know since you’re new followers and I deleted all of my old posts, but this is my art from February of 2016:

This is from recently:

The first picture is a little embarrassing, but hey, it shows how I’ve improved. There’s still a lot I don’t know, but I’m proud of how much I’ve done in a year. 

Castiel receives a text from Dean around midnight. He’s back at the bunker, doing research while Dean and Sam are out, working on a case that looks an awful lot like a vengeful spirit.

‘Heya Cas, I love you, if you’re still awake could you look up a few things for me?’

The former angel almost drops his phone, his heart doing a tiny jump. Love. Dean said love.

His fingers tremble as he tries to type a reply, nervous, because it appears that his best friend is finally willing to talk about whatever it is that is going on between the two of them.

Before he can finish and send his reply, his phone buzzes again. Another message from Dean.

‘Son of a bitch! What the hell is this?! Sorry about that, Cas… Looks like I love to kick my brother’s ass.’

This is something Castiel knows; the option to automatically correct certain words and change them to other words while texting. A classic Winchester prank between brothers, it would seem.

He feels oddly disappointed, hurt even, and doesn’t bother to reply. Instead he goes to sleep; the brothers will surely manage to solve the case without him, like they often do. Sleep is something he’s learning to appreciate ever since he’s lost his grace. The most effective way to escape reality, if only for a little while.

When he wakes up, hours later, he notices a new message from Dean. He expects an angry rant, Dean complaining about Castiel sleeping on the job. He gets none of that.

‘Yeah, so you probably figured it out, but Sammy thought it was hilarious to change ‘need’ to ‘love’ in my phone.’

Immediately, Castiel spots a second message.

‘By the way, I changed it back… I can type ‘need’ again.’

Castiel rolls his eyes; Dean’s first message made that perfectly clear.

But then he sees the third message that Dean left him right after those first two.

‘I’ll text you a pic of the crime scene, need you to look into these Enochian sigils for me… PS: I guess Sam wasn’t wrong. I love you.’

Cheeks flushed and heart racing, Castiel fully plans on doing the research and type a long text with all of the required info soon. However for now, he sticks to a language much simpler when he texts Dean back. 

‘<3′

10 tips for talking about news, politics and current events in schools

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In schools everywhere, students are deeply affected by current events. Certain policy changes and related commentary can cause children to experience fear, confusion and anxiety. For example, some kids might fear deportation. Others might be upset about hurtful generalizations they hear regarding their cultures and countries of origin. A lot of kids might fear the loss of rights.

Teachers around the world have shared that having conversations about these topics is challenging, and sometimes they end up avoiding these conversations altogether. So how might teachers facilitate a classroom discussion that allows students to express their perspectives and work through their emotional distress? It’s important to note that an emotionally charged conversation requires a different set of skills than leading an academic class discussion. Here are 10 tips for success:

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1. Come up with class norms. It is hard to have a spontaneous conversation about a controversial issue. Classroom procedures for conversations and discussion can help your conversations go smoothly. At the beginning of the school year, establish guidelines for class discussions with your students’ input. What are the qualities of a good listener? How can students feel heard and understood? What happens if someone becomes overly emotional? Post the guidelines in your classroom, review them periodically, and stick to them during discussions. If you have guidelines in place, students won’t feel singled out if you have to give them feedback about their style of participation.

2. Make sure everyone has the same basic background information. Not all students are politically minded or have access to news media. Before starting a class conversation, provide a basic summary of events. Students are less likely to tune out if they understand what the conversation is about.

3. Provide explanations and clarifications. Sometimes students’ emotions are rooted in confusion, fear, and misinformation. Students look to teachers for information and clarification, so don’t forget your role as an information source. Even if you don’t have an answer, you can search for it alongside your students. If fake news seems to be at the root of the problem, empower your students to evaluate news sources. PBS has an excellent lesson plan for that here.

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4. Avoid debates. There will likely be a variety of viewpoints in your classroom. Debates can be a constructive activity in the context of an organized, structured lesson. Yet when students are emotionally charged, debates can often devolve into arguments and personal attacks. Shift the focus from changing minds to exchanging ideas. Frame the conversation as an opportunity for understanding and empathy.

5. View yourself as a facilitator. If you view yourself as a facilitator, you can provide a comfortable space for students to express themselves and develop their own opinions. Your role is not to persuade students of a particular point of view. Instead, you are providing a safe, structured space for students to work through a specific topic.

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6. Reflect what you hear and encourage students to do the same. Simply repeating back what you hear can be tremendously helpful. It can help students understand their emotions and thoughts about particular issues and events and it can help deescalate emotionally charged situations by showing that you have heard and understood your students. Model this technique for your students and encourage them to repeat back what they have just heard before they respond to a classmate.

7. Provide space for students to experience their feelings. If students are experiencing strong emotions, that is OK. Oftentimes, adults try to cheer kids up when they are angry or sad. This can send the message that they need to suppress their emotions so that the people around them aren’t uncomfortable. Acknowledge their emotions and encourage classmates to do the same. When students judge each other’s emotions with comments like, “You have no right to feel that way,” encourage them to recognize the emotion of their classmate instead. Remind them that people do not all have exact same experience. When you establish your classroom norms, this can be an important point to cover. Brene Brown’s video resource on empathy can help show the importance of allowing others to experience their emotions.

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8. Provide time for independent reflection. Give students some time to write (or create an audio file, drawing or other product) independently so that they have a chance to process the conversation. Let students know that this isn’t a graded assignment, and that you are open to feedback about ways to improve the classroom discussion.

9. Check in with distressed students. If a student is particularly anxious or upset, check in with that student privately. If you are worried about a student, avail yourself of other resources in your building and district so that students get the support they need to function well during the school day.

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10. Consider a class project related to the discussion. A class project can help build cohesion and a sense of community in your classroom. It can also show that even in the midst of controversy and disagreement, people can work together for a common goal. The project does not have to be complicated or expensive. For example, TED-Ed Innovative Educator Kristin Leong created Roll Call, a project that highlights the commonalities between students and teachers.

Author bio: Dani Bostick is a writer, teacher, and TED-Ed Innovative Educator in Virginia.

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there are a million and one ways for a nonbinary person to look and none of those make them any more or less nonbinary. we all have different hairstyles, different clothes, different bodies, and just different ways of presenting ourselves in general. being nonbinary doesn’t mean you have to look a certain way or change anything about your appearance that you don’t want to change. you can look however you prefer to look and you are still as nonbinary as anyone else.

Our Generation and Fandoms

Hello everyone, I’m warning you now that this is going to be a long post, but it is also important.  So I’m sorry about this, but I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and I think it needs to be said.

Our generation has changed, that’s for certain, but changed into what; I don’t know.  Are we toxic, do we just hurt ourselves and the people around us? Are we damaged, suffering from the decisions made for us by previous generations? Are we controlling, doing whatever it takes to make sure that we are always appeased?

I don’t have answers for these questions, but when it comes to entertainment made for us, and the children who have come after us, there are some truths to be said.

Back in elementary school, I would always talk to my friends about cartoons and the like.  We would talk about our favorite episodes, favorite characters, and even just quote some of our favorite lines.  I remember just quoting Ed from Ed Edd n Eddy for a long time, mainly just “Buttered toast!”

But as time went on, mainly as I hit near the end of high school and started into college, the conversations changed.

We changed.

Now all I see is: “I ship (this character) with (this character)”, “I headcanon (this character) as (this sexuality)”, “I headcanon (this character) as (this gender)”

and each of these are followed by angry arguments, death threats, and basic unrelenting rage.  On what…cartoon characters?

Cartoon characters that, none of us own?

I get it though.  There are people who wished there were more characters in cartoons who were like them; whether it be gay, bi, trans, etc.  But the problem is that we can’t just make that fact.  Only those who own the show can, and I’m sorry to say this, but usually when you make a cartoon, you need to have a lot planned out, and if it is never planned for the main character to come out as gay or trans or something else, than it just isn’t going to happen.

Then, there are people who like to say: “this character is (this sexuality/gender/other headcanon)!”

Unless there is spoken or written truth from the show itself, or the creators. Then your headcanon is only a headcanon, not fact.

What happened to us?  We used to just, quietly sit and watch cartoons, laugh when something was funny, feel sad when the characters felt sad, and then shared with others about how we loved the show so much.

But now, we’re just trying to control these kid’s shows for our own selfish desires.

Why can’t we just watch the shows, and be happy about it, with nothing else?

I’m not trying to say that we should stop being fans of the shows that we love, just maybe we should…tone it down?

When did children’s entertainment, stop being entertaining?

anonymous asked:

Okay okay so a strain could cause a soulmate au where you have 2 names tattooed on your body: one for your soulmate, one for your worst enemy. How would yata react to having both names say "saruhiko Fushimi"?

I imagine Yata being so confused, like say the names don’t show up at the same time and you never know which name appears first, enemy or soulmate, so it’s like you could meet someone whose name is on your body but you have no idea if you want to meet them or avoid them forever (which is why things like internet registries aren’t much help, there are probably a few of them where people put their names in with stuff like ‘looking for [X]’ but it’s gamble because if you do find that person maybe you’ve just invited your worst enemy through the front door and possibly ruined your life). Yata has the name ‘Fushimi Saruhiko’ on his left arm for as long as he can remember and he’s nervous about finding that person, like say the reason his mom is divorced is precisely because the man she thought was supposed to be her soulmate was her worst enemy – which also gives Yata a complex because he was born to his mom and her worst enemy while his siblings belong to her and her soulmate Yata’s stepdad – and it’s made him nervous about ever meeting that person. When he moves back to Shizume in middle school he’s sitting there in class the first day as they all introduce themselves and Yata’s entire body shakes when he hears Fushimi walk up and give his name.

After that Yata’s torn because he really wants to introduce himself to Fushimi but he also doesn’t, not knowing what Fushimi’s supposed to be to him, and also wondering if Fushimi has Yata’s name tattooed on his body somewhere too (he doesn’t, yet – Fushimi has his dad’s name written on one side of his torso and sometimes he stays awake haunted wondering if 'that man’ is really supposed to be his soulmate, and if he’s destined to be under Niki’s thumb forever). Because of his fear Yata ends up not helping Fushimi when he spots Fushimi being robbed by the bullies, the next day Fushimi has a black eye and Yata’s all consumed by guilt because his own fear made him let someone innocent be hurt. That’s when Yata decides fuck it, I won’t be afraid anymore and goes over to introduce himself to Fushimi. Fushimi of course wants nothing to do with Yata and reacts coldly to Yata’s request that they be friends, Yata immediately thinks that this means Fushimi must be his worst enemy. But then he still ends up seeing Fushimi taking revenge on the bullies in the bathroom and Yata’s captivated and before he knows it they’re friends. Of course now Yata can’t resist telling Fushimi, one night at a sleepover at Yata’s place, that he has Fushimi’s name on his arm because they’re soulmates. Fushimi doesn’t seem as happy as Yata thought he would be though, because of course gloomy Fushimi can’t help but wonder if this means Misaki is destined to be his enemy someday. A week later Yata’s name appears on the other side of his torso and Fushimi sits there for hours running his hands over it, silent.

Then Homra happens and one day not long after they’ve joined Yata notices a mark on his other arm and is incredibly confused when he realizes that he now has Fushimi’s name on both arms. Maybe he decides not to tell Fushimi too but this helps make the separation between the two of them grow wider, because Yata’s on edge now trying to tell himself that there must be some mistake, Saruhiko can’t be his worst enemy and his soulmate, and he’s trying so hard to act natural that it’s making things awkward between them. Maybe Yata tries to ask Kusanagi for advice and doesn’t realize that Fushimi’s actually at the top of the steps just out of sight or something and Fushimi hears the whole thing, that his name is on both of Yata’s arms. This makes him think again that maybe Yata really is his worst enemy and that’s why everything hurts so much lately, why his chest aches every time Yata’s gaze turns away from him. When the betrayal happens not only does Fushimi burn his Homra mark but afterward he lifts his shirt and uses a knife to cut through where Yata’s name is on his side, smiling widely but with a trembling voice as he says that it looks like they were worst enemies after all (when they reconcile Fushimi still has trouble with that, being Yata’s worst enemy and soulmate, and Yata tells him that names on skin don’t matter because he decided ages ago that Fushimi was his soulmate and he’s not going to change his mind now).

lemonclock  asked:

two questions- have you seen the script yet? if not, are you afraid it will be percy jackson or cirque du freak movies kind of inaccurate?

I’ve read the script. Overall, it’s very faithful to the book, but it’s an adaptation, meaning that they have changed certain aspects of it. Including cutting and condensing scenes, and adding a few genuinely interesting and surprising new ones. 

I know any changes will feel upsetting to some folks, but scripts go through like 100000000000 people for approval who all give notes/feedback/tweaks, so it’s almost impossible for it to stay shot-for-shot accurate (and I’m not sure you’d want it to be). 

The characters are extremely true to who they are in the books, and I feel so lucky that Chad was the one to adapt it. There were several new bits of dialogue from Chubs and Liam that cracked me up–he absolutely nailed everyone’s voices and personalities. 

anonymous asked:

Companions react to the Inquisitor being a werewolf

Cassandra: *disgusted noise* Otherwise carries on like nothing changed.

Blackwall: Makes no comment, but laughs too much when Sera suggests the Inquisitor is now the hairiest person in the Inquisition, and he needs to give them his trophy.

Iron Bull: “Always knew you were a freak, boss.”

Sera: Makes more fur and body-hair jokes than you can shake a stick at.

Cole: Whispers about the pain of transformation. Secretly tries to find a cure to give the Inquisitor until and unless they accept their condition.

Varric:   Laughs, accusing the Inquisitor of secretly being Fereldan.

Dorian: Talks about how charming and quaint the whole thing is, but gets nervous whenever the Inquisitor is in his personal space.

Vivienne: Takes the Inquisitor’s transformation in stride and suggests ways the Inquisitor can emphasize their werewolf side with certain changes in dress. Recommends a tailor who specializes in deformities.

Solas: Laughs. Then apologizes, explaining that the situation reminds him of someone he used to know. Refuses to explain further. Carries on as usual.

Josephine: Stresses the heroic actions of werewolves such as Dane in all of her negotiations. Holds the Inquisitor personally responsible for how difficult her job has become.

Leliana: Provides Josephine with tales of werewolves, especially werewolves in Ferelden during the Blight. Will not shut up to the Inquisitor about Swiftrunner.

Cullen: Shrugs, saying, “Many honorable people were werewolves.” Carries on with his duties. His troops chalk it up to him being Fereldan.

~Sister Starla

Beach City Gothic
  • There is a statue carved in to the mountain. You know this. Everyone knows this. You ask, once, who the statue is of. No one knows. There are whispers, hardly spoken. It is a temple. You ask who it is a temple to. No one knows. 
  • A monster attacks the town. You have never seen anything like it. Protectors you have never met step forward and defeat it. They leave before you can thank them. You rebuild what has been destroyed. A monster attacks the town. You have never seen anything like it.
  • There is a boy. His name is Steven. You do not know how you met him. You ask when he came to the town. He has always lived here, someone says, he’s Greg’s son. You think that you have met Greg. You ask where Steven lives. No one knows. No one ever knows. You don’t know anything about Steven. You like him anyways.
  • There is no school. There is never any school. School is out for the summer, they say, but you continue to receive grades. You haven’t been to school. You have never been to school. They continue to send you grades. You’re getting worse.
  • You sit on the beach with your feet in the water. The tide pulls out. You worry that it will not return. The tide returns. It always returns. You don’t remember why you ever worried.
  • The cool kids drive past you. You don’t remember ever meeting them, but you know they are cool. You can’t remember a time when they weren’t the cool kids. You know their names. They do not know yours.
  • You don’t know your name.
  • They are holding the mayoral elections. Mayor Dewey is campaigning. You do not know who he is running against. You do not know if there is someone he is running against. He wins the elections by a landslide. He continues to campaign. He can not stop. There has always been a Mayor Dewey. There will always be a Mayor Dewey.
  • You can not name your parents, but you know that they mean well. They always mean well. You are certain you still live with them, but you don’t know where you live. You do not know your name. You are certain that your parents love you.
  • There are strangers on the pier. They do not look human. You greet them politely and treat them as if they are normal. They are normal. You don’t know why anyone would ever assume otherwise. You think that they are heroes, but you don’t know what they have saved. You treat them with respect anyways.
  • No one ever speaks of the war. You ask someone, once, and they can not remember. The world has always been this strange. There is nothing to fear. You do not ask again.
  • Every day the boats go out to fish. You have never seen them leave or return, only appear and disappear. They return with fish. They always return with fish. You have never seen anyone eat the fish. It is forbidden. You do not know where the fish go.
  • If you walk far enough you will find old places, ruined, full of artifacts. None of them have been blocked off, but you know not to enter. These places are dangerous. It is better to pretend that they don’t exist. 
  • There are lights in the sky that are not stars. Sometimes they grow brighter and fade away. Other times they grow larger. Always larger. Approaching. You do not know when they will arrive.
  • Earthquakes shake the town. There are always Earthquakes.
  • Keep Beach City Weird, the boy says. Beach City has never been weird. Everyone dismisses what he has to say as nonsense. This is normal. Beach City is normal. He never talks to you about the fact you don’t have a name. You wouldn’t know what to say.
  • Steven does something. “Classic Steven”, you say, but you can not remember what makes you say that. You know him. Everyone knows him. He always looks the same. A part of you wonders how. The rest of you replies, “Classic Steven.”
  • One of the strangers is purple. If you look at her long enough, she will shift form. You are not certain she is real. You start to watch other things, waiting to see them shift forms. Most of the time, they do nothing.
  • Half of the games on the boardwalk are out of order. You wait for the repair crew. You are always waiting for the repair crew. You do not know if they can even be repaired, now.
  • There are some plants that you do not go near. You have not seen a Rose in a long time. One day, watermelons are added to the list. You do not know who added it, but no one has eaten watermelons since.
  • They hold a parade each year. You know this. You remember having watched the parade, but you do not know what it is for. You do not know when it is held. No one does. It seems uncertain the parade will ever come. You wait for the parade.
  • There is only one empty lot you have ever seen, and it sits behind the Big Donut. Nothing is ever built there. You do not know who owns the lot, but it is empty.
  • You miss your parents. You aren’t certain when they left, or if they are even gone. You miss them anyways.
  • You are always friendly. You have always been friendly. You accept all of the strangers. Except for the ones who have been run out of town. You do not talk about them, except in rude whispers. What a jerk, you say. You are friendly. You do not want to be run out of town.
  • There are storage units. They do not look large enough to hold much. You walk in to one and you walk. You keep walking. There is no end to the storage units. You could spend your entire life in the storage units. When you finally walk out, you are not to certain as to if you’ve actually left. You do not enter one again.
  • Do not go up to the lighthouse, they tell you. You would go up when you were young, in hordes, and not all of you would come back. You see children playing in the green. You want to warn them, but you are too afraid to get close.
  • The funland amusement park and the funland arcade sit on opposite sides of the town. You tried to walk between them, but you arrived before you started. You do not know where the switch occurs. You do not care.
  • At night you sleep easily. You do not remember the things that should keep you awake at night. Sometimes, in your dreams, you will see Steven. He is not a part of this dream. Classic Steven, you think. You don’t know what anything means.