i carry a tongue-tied heart
that has forgotten how
to speak in regular beats.
instead, every second
is a stutter, an
explosion under the skin.
a firecracker bubbling.

is there a scientific name for this?

i carry a land mine
between my cheeks. a
battlefield of lovers
fighting in silence.
mouths that trace each scar
back to the beginning:
the downfall of the
very first star.

keep your eyes open.
we don’t want to miss it.

i carry a fist full of
bad habits.
bitten nails.
a pair of good running shoes.
an empty bottle of whatever
i can afford at the time,
as long as it burns
on the way down.

fill my mouth
with the memories of
what could have been.
—  A.Y // double knotted

A Course in Advanced Tie Knots

Here is all you need to know about “advanced” tie knots: they are useless and you shouldn’t wear them.

Above is the absurdly dumb “Eldredge Knot,” but it’s far from the only offender. Rarely does a week go by where I don’t end up with an email about Pratt knots or Winchester knots or Dubble Bubble knots or some other goofy stuff.

Here’s a summary of useful tie knots:

The Four in Hand

The old around-around-behind-over-through. The classic four in hand knot is simple, easy to tie, holds a dimple well, and is appropriate for any situation. It is slightly asymmetrical, which is desirable. It is more flattering to most men, more relaxed and more distinctive. Really the only time this knot isn’t suitable is with a very skinny, insubstantial tie.

The Double Four in Hand

This is the four in hand knot with an added wrap-around, as seen in this video by our friend GW. Useful if you are shorter and need to use up some extra length from an off-the-rack tie, or if you prefer a slightly fuller knot. I use it once in a while to give more structure to the knot of a knit tie.

The Half Windsor

If you’re one of those people who insists on symmetry, go ahead and use the half Windsor (or the Pratt, I guess). Just know that none of the Windsors ever wore the Windsor, half or otherwise. They wear the four in hand for the reasons outlined above. And look better because of it. (The full Windsor should be the exclusive province of Donald Trump and former NFL stars and other people whose goal is to look like a jerk.)

Everything Else

Is silly bullshit.

Double Pentacle, Cedar Woodcarving -by Signs of Spirit on Art Fire and Etsy

MEANING: The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire, and water. All these things contribute to life and are a part of each of us.

The implication of a 5 pointed star with one point down, is of spirit subservient to matter, of man subservient to his carnal desires. While some see this as representing the dark side and consider it an evil symbol, in Gardnerian Wicca (which is usually considered to be the earliest tradition of Wicca still in existence and from which most subsequent Wiccan traditions are derived) the inverted pentacle is the symbol of Gardnerian second degree initiation, representing the need of the witch to learn to face the darkness within so that it may not later rise up to take control. 

The circle symbolizes eternity and infinity, the cycles of life and nature; it contains and protects. The circle touching all points indicates that the spirit, earth, air, water and fire are all connected and becomes a symbol of the holistic relationship between Human Spirituality and the Physical Universe.

So, by combining the two pentacles, we have the lessons of the physical over the spiritual and the self-awareness facing our attachments to the ‘illusions of manifestation’; balanced with the striving of Humanity (earthly elements) to reach for Spirit (the Divine). 

Aside from the symbolic meaning…
Coop’s carving of this piece is truly masterful! He is taking a board that is less then one inch deep and carving 3 separate levels…without breaking the piece…most of the time…


An Acute Style Ties a Double Four-In-Hand Knot

A few people have asked me for instructions/details on how I tie my tie.  I included steps in the video, but here are a few extra notes.

0:33 - Pinch the double loop as you pull the long blade through so the loop keeps its shape.

0:44 - Pull the edges away from the knot to get rid of some of the wrinkles in the long blade.  


If you wondering, the tie is from Lands End, the shirt is from Modern Tailor, and the watch strap is from the Knottery.  

Munday Fun

Tagged by mellarkiisms

INSTRUCTIONS: spell out your name in songs and tag ten people 

Never too late - Three Days Grace

O. G. - Tech N9ne

Roulette - System of a Down

Across the Universe - The Beatles

Tagging: ask-eric-divergent, double-knotted-shoelace, glhwthrn, notforcalamity (This is silentwaraxe’s OC : D), fourfxld, unabletolie, angelxdemonxhybrid, distractedsecrets, theoryofgloom, and anyone else who’d like to do it.