life by committee

The Trump administration’s top family planning official doesn’t think birth control works

  • Trump will reportedly be appointing not one but two vocal abortion opponents to the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • According to Politico, Teresa Manning — a law professor and anti-choice, anti-contraception activist — will be named deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Population Affairs, which delegates Title X funds to family planning initiatives. 
  • The appointment hasn’t been formally made yet, but according to Politico, “several sources” have confirmed it.
  • Manning, formerly Wagner, has worked both for the National Right to Life Committee and the Family Research Council, and has written a book on the “pro-life movement." 
  • She has used her platform to prop up medically inaccurate claims about the purported link between breast cancer and abortion, which medical experts agree does not exist. 
  • She has also argued at length against emergency contraception. In a 2003 interview with WBUR Boston Manning said the above about contraception in general. Read more (5/1/17)

Ok so I’m still kind of haunted by the fact that Andrew implied that he considers himself a runaway and I’ve been thinking a little about how him, Renee, and Neil all have varying degrees of choosing their names? 

Like, Andrew took Minyard even though he didn’t have to, even though he doesn’t believe in family, even though he’s already spent energy distancing himself from Aaron. 

Neil only kept Abram and discarded the rest [insert emotions for Neil being the variation of his given name that excludes his father’s name]. It was his name when he realized there was more to life than running and, to be frank, when he still didn’t know if there was more life for him to live? He was waiting on his uncle’s call–waiting to see what other moves would be made still–but what mattered was he had government issued papers for Neil Josten: the person he made himself, the person who chose to stay put and hold their ground and  who planted roots in the process. 

And how renee also kept her middle name–made it her first name–but got rid of Shields (& became a shield for her friends years after she stopped being a shield for her parents and testified against them). how she takes her adoptive mother’s name, Walker, after she’s walked away from her previous environments and the “worst” version of herself and spends the rest of her life trying to pay atonement for the sins of her childhood. And like!!! This had no real purpose I’m just Feeling Things


I made this studyblr a few weeks ago, and have yet to properly introduce myself, so here goes!

 - my name is lauren

 - this is a sideblog, i follow with @cchasingthesun 

- i’m a sixteen year old junior in high school

 - i have an 8 class schedule, and i’m taking apush, ap lit, honors chem, honors spanish 3, pre-calc, gym, elections (which is, you guessed it, about the 2016 election, but these days its about current us politics), and an independent study for writing 

- i want to go to school for either political science or social work 

- i’m on my schools life of a student, justice committee, diversity club, and youth & government

- i work at an elementary after school program four days a week

- i dance three days a week

 - i’m going to poland over april break and am attempting to learn some basic polish 

- my work ethic and study habits both leave something to be desired and thats why i made this blog, on a journey to improve both of those things

 some of my favorite studyblrs include: @memoirs-of-a-high-school-student @gaystudies, @apricot-studies, @intellectus, @studylustre and @stvdy-ing

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I live for the cheese of it all, so here’s a small fic I wrote!

It’s not really a secret that Castiel hates Valentine’s Day. It’s a ridiculous holiday created by consumerism to make money off of lovesick idiots. So that’s why, when his best friend Hannah asks him to go to a speed dating event on campus on the holiday, he adamantly refuses.

“Hannah, you can’t be serious.”

“As the plague,” she deadpans. “Please? I don’t want to go alone and you’re the only single friend I have who I’d be comfortable going with me.”

Castiel sighs and pinches the bridge of his nose. “You can’t just go to a bar and mingle like a normal person, can you?”

“Nope! C’mon, it’ll at least be an interesting time.” He can’t really argue that point. Even if it sucks, it’ll be more interesting than his original plans, which included beer, Netflix, and hanging out with his cat.

“Fine. I’ll go.”

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Hibari does put his arms into his gakuran sleeves once in a while

Something I found out while re-reading KHR! from the beginning:

And that he drives a motorcycle.
And that he praised Tsuna for ‘shooting’ Moretti: “Good job. You got the heart in one shot.”

Gods above.

They should have shown that in the anime in my opinion, but target audience concerns won’t allow it, I guess.

Overvaluing Love

By Lakota Rich.

So, before you start questioning how one could possibly overvalue love (although love addiction is a very real thing), I should clarify that the title of this piece is inaccurate. It’s a simpler way of getting at what I really wanted to take space to explore here—why we undervalue relationships that are not romantic and sexual or, in other words, why we don’t value nonsexual and nonromantic relationships as much as we do those that are.

Often, it seems that we make relationships that aren’t about romantic love secondary: we don’t put as much time into them, or as much conscious thought into appreciating and improving them, or we allow them to slip into the background.

Don’t get me wrong—I love love, and I love thinking about it, and I think it’s healthy to really put energy and effort into those kinds of relationships because we do get so much out of them. But why not do the same for relationships that aren’t about romantic love? Why not value our love for our friends and family as much?

I feel the most energized and inspired in my life when I have stimulating, thought-provoking interactions with those around me. And that kind of rush can come from conversation with anyone, although it does usually stem from interactions with friends, family, or significant others.

Essentially, I just wanted to write this to serve as a reminder to be present in all of your relationships, and to put time and care into your friendships. It is so rewarding to foster the growth of those relationships too. I think most of us would agree that balance is important to have within our lives, and it’s time to shift the balance within all of our relationships and understand that we need more than just romantic relationships.

We all love our friends, so why not act like it?



Every movement…every genuine encounter, every episode of revolt, every strike, every occupation, is a breach opened up in the false self-evidence of that life, attesting that a shared life is possible, desirable, potentially rich and joyful. It sometimes seems that everything is conspiring to prevent us from believing this, to obliterate every trace of other forms of life–of those that died out and those about to be eradicated. The desperate ones at the helm of the ship are most afraid of having passengers less nihilistic than they are. And indeed, the entire organization of this world, that is, of our strict dependence on it, is a daily denial of every other possible form of life.
—  The Invisible Committee, To Our Friends, “Omnia Sunt Communia”
Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story. Make a deal with yourself that you’ll attend a set number of social events in exchange for not feeling guilty when you beg off.
—  Susan Cain, Quiet

I’ve gotten a few asks for book recs for Spring. Below is my official list!
(i’ve either read them, or am dying to read them)

Yes Please  by Amy Poehler
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Lean In  by Sheryl Sandberg
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Life by Keith Richards
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

The Cherry On Top by Arielle Hudson
The Bridgerton Series  by Julia Quinn
When Beauty Tames the Beast by Eloisa James
The Travis Family Series by Lisa Kleypas
The Wallflower Series by Lisa kleypas  
Easy by Tammara Webber
Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Anna and The French Kiss (trilogy) by Stephanie Perkins
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Tempest by Julie Cross
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Made For You by Melissa Marr
Golden by Jessi Kirby

Middle Grade (never too late)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Half-way to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
Dark Descendent by Jenna Black
Stray by Rachel Vincent

Gay and Lesbian Romance and M/M Romance 
(m/m is traditionally gay romance written by straight women)

Hot Head by Damon Suede
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Heaven by Jet Mykles
The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley
Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden
The Gravity between us by Kristen Zimmer

LIT and Women’s Lit
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Burnt
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Book Store  by Robin Sloan
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Happy Reading! 



A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in May 2014.  Check out this month’s new releases below.  Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere.  If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!

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The signs at school

Anon Request - This is high school. If you want college let me know.

Aquarius: Pretends not to pay attention but is. Usually the one talking with their friends. Actually knows the answers though. Really likes art class or computer class. Their work is best alone. Bullies people to assert there authority and not show emotions.

Pisces: Daydreams unless they are interested in the topic. Will be your partner if you don’t have one. Most likely in drama club or interested in the arts. Friends with the loners.

Aries: The one in class who even though they don’t know the answer tries anyway. Always lifting spirits. They are great leaders and work well for group projects.

Taurus: Works hard. Knows that school leads to getting a job and making a living. Does everything one way even though there are easier ways to do it. Calls out the bullies. Actually likes the food in the school cafeteria.

Gemini: Picks fights with people they don’t like. Usually isn’t interested in school because they don’t know what they want to do. They want to know everything without learning. They probably if they want can be good at all subjects.

Cancer: Sometimes asleep(happened to me though), awkward, shy, loners. 0 friends. Gotta be bullied. Why you bully us and call us names. Just gets by in their classes. Usually have motivation for one thing they like and that’s their calling. The kids who are very slow at taking notes.

Leo: The ones with mirrors in their lockers. Always asks to go to the bathroom in the middle of class. Actually really smart though. Like ends up being the top of the class. Likes to be at the top of the class enjoys the title. Class president, Student Council President, etc…

Virgo: Smart. Literally loves school and loves learning new things. Will correct the teacher if necessary. Hates the athletic and arts part of the school. Why do their books always end up on the ground? Why cant they go to the library in study hall? Study hall is really noisy.

Libra: Tries to do everything all at once. Is really smart but actually is really lazy. Thinks they can balance school work and social life. Probably on the prom committee, in the band, in student council, language club, a athletic club. Has tons of friends who are all in the same class together. Usually they quit if something is really hard for them. Usually packs their lunches and shows it off.

Scorpio: Hates school and the idiots inside them. Why do they all wanna talk to me? Hates their teachers. Always gets like a point off on a test for no apparent reason. They are actually really smart. Teachers just don’t like them. Ends up doing all the work in the group project. No credit given.

Sagittarius: Rather be in gym class. Hates boring classes. Loves to debate on topics and voice their opinion on maters. Likes classes where they can be hands on with that they are learning. Starts fights because they voiced their opinions. Will out the cheaters.

Capricorn: Actually likes math and science classes. They are dedicated to doing well because they don’t want to fail. They sometimes will be so focused on trying to get work done that no one sees them. They love to learn and analyze situations. Always talking about their future career or GPA.