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Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide

Close persons and friends may appreciate a list of all things Newt Scamander-related, to help them understand how to care for this unique creature.  Here is a composed list, which shall be ongoing.  Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide - pg 1.

Brief notes and Findings:

  • When very deep in thought, Newt will usually put something to or in his mouth.  Fingers pressed to lips, wand between teeth, or, in unfortunate circumstances, tie being chewed on.  These are the signs of a happy, productive Newt, and should not be bothered.  Make note to check back in several hours, as this Newt is likely to forget to eat.
  • An angered, protective Newt is a very dangerous Newt.  He is very easily recognizable by sharp, command-like instructions, nonverbal spells cast at your assailant(s), and a need to stand in front of you.  Note: This Newt is not harmful to you, and once all external dangers are removed, should be gently and cautiously talked down, both with quiet words and soft touches.  Some outside assistance may be required; i.e. a light calming draught or a fluffy, non-violent creature.
  • When frustrated, Newt can become exceedingly waspish and sarcastic.  Do not take these attacks to heart, and give him space.  Your Newt will come to you with a proper apology eventually, and you can help him work through his most recent problem then.
  • Even at the best of times, a happy and content Newt will forget about basic necessities, such as eating and sleeping.  It is important to make sure that he is getting enough of both, and has regular contact with those outside of his case, regardless of current research.  Note: Exceptions must be made for creature hatchings, births, or injuries.  Newt will not respond to any outside force during these times.
  • While very shy, Newt is an extremely tactile creature himself.  If it’s noted that he has spent too much time sequestered away with his creatures, attempt small, forward gestures and light hair pettings.  A Newt who is comfortable with you may offer cautious touches or hugs in return.  Be sure to accept these, and reward all interpersonal behaviour with smiles, affectionate words, and treats. Note: Chocolate and marzipan are always accepted.  
Yoko Ono’s “Cleaning Pieces”

CLEANING PIECE I 

Write down a sad memory. 

Put it in a box. 

Burn the box and sprinkle the ashes in the field. 

You may give some ashes to a friend who shared the sadness. 


CLEANING PIECE II 

Make a numbered list of sadness in your life. 

Pile up stones corresponding to those numbers. 

Add a stone, each time there is sadness. 

Burn the list, and appreciate the mount of stones for its beauty. 

Make a numbered list of happiness in your life. 

Pile up stones corresponding to those numbers. 

Add a stone, each time there is happiness. 

Compare the mount of stones to the one of sadness. 


CLEANING PIECE III 

Try to say nothing negative about anybody. 

a) For three days 

b) For forty-five days 

c) For three months 

See what happens to your life. 


CLEANING PIECE IV 

Write down everything you fear in life. 

Burn it. 

Pour herbal oil with a sweet scent on the ashes. 


CLEANING PIECE V 

Let a list of arbitrary names come into your mind as you go to sleep. 

Say “bless you” after each name. 

Do this with speed, by keeping a constant rhythm, so, in no way, you would hesitate to bless them.

Often compared to the last female in a dominant position in its environment, the Crested Thatcher, the Right Honorable Theresa May, MP, quickly adapted to the changing conditions of its habitat to replace the David Cameron as the dominant species of its territory. However, the constant outside challenges and the (as many ornithologists are calling it) “totally fucked situation” of its nesting area may prove threatening to its dominance.

DESCRIPTION

The May has only been the top species of its environment since July 2016, so it’s too early to tell how well it will adapt to its new apex status. From what we know of its time at the bottom of the British political food chain, its behavioral patterns have been a peculiar combination of rampant conservatism and progressive attitudes. It has fiercely defended women’s and worker’s rights, and been agreeable on same-sex marriage. On the other hand, it has been quite territorial, and has been known to flap its wings wildly in the direction of confused targets, such as the 2013 Go Home Vans, which offered to give undocumented immigrants a “ride back” to their home country or else they’d “face arrest.”

HABITAT

The “Brexit” natural disaster which enabled the May’s rise also caused its entire habitat to be engulfed in flame, to which the May seems bafflingly immune. It appears to approach the issue of living in a post-apocalyptic ecosystem by attempting to turn its habitat into an ill-advised meritocracy with little-to-no reliance on migratory experts, and has toyed with the idea of withdrawing from certain civil rights agreements of the continent. Whether it plans to do this for the benefit of the species or because its feathers look appealing when placed next to footage of riots remains to be seen.

A Handy Field Guide To Spotting Awful World Leaders

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, July 14, 1895

Don’t be a fright.

Don’t stop at road-houses.

Don’t say “Feel my muscle.”

Don’t cultivate “bicycle face.”

Don’t talk bicycle at the table.

Don’t go out after dark without a male escort.

Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.

Don’t wear a garden-party hat with bloomers.

Don’t ask “what do you think of my bloomers?”

Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys.

Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.

Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes to “see how it feels.”

Don’t ride a man’s wheel. The time has not come for that as yet.

Don’t carry a packet of cigarettes in the pocket of your pantalets.

Don’t sneer at the lawn tennis girl, or maybe she will not ask you to be a bridesmaid. 

Don’t scream loudly because you see a strange man in the field  - it may be a scarecrow.

Don’t lift up your skirts suddenly to astonish people by showing them your bloomers.

Y’know, something is telling me that Will and Eleven might have some sort of connection that we don’t know fully about yet… It’s curious to me that Will’s able to manipulate the lights and the radio to communicate with his mom in the first place—not to mention his uncanny survival ability in the Upside Down despite the likely fatal toxicity—leading me to believe that he may have a sort of ability allowing him to do that. But the way Eleven shows almost as much genuine concern for someone she’s never met as the boys do for their childhood best friend and the way she seems to so strongly connect to his presence in the Upside Down….it just seems like they’re intertwined in too many ways to be coincidental 

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Phil Coulson & Melinda May

“… She’s always been there, when Phil’s needed her the most, and she remains his driving force…”

The crossover nobody asked for, but the mod is a crossover ho.

Bonus sort of

What do you do? Occupational Therapy! (Part 1)

Hi everybody! Occupational therapy first year second year student here to answer the question, “So, what is occupational therapy exactly?”

Many people in the medical field may have heard the name or have some vague concept about what occupational therapy (commonly abbreviated OT) is, but others may have not, and certainly there are a large number of people not in the medical field who have no idea what this is. In fact, it’s probably easier for me to start by explaining what OT is not:

  • Occupational therapy is not career counseling. (That’s the name of my blog!) Yes, the independent words seem like synonyms of one another, but they’re totally different things.
  • Occupational therapy is not physical therapy. A lot of times, they get prescribed together (OT/PT), to the point where medical providers act like “oh-tee-pee-tee” is one long, bizarre word meaning “please exercise this guy”.
  • Occupational therapy is not just group craft time, nor is it artistic busywork. Many OT providers do choose to use art as a component of their therapy (which I’ll explain more about later), myself included. Sometimes laypeople and even medical providers look at this and don’t think it can have any value because on the outside it looks fun and playful. Because everybody knows that in order for therapy to work, it has to be super boring, and the minute you start to have fun it ceases to be therapeutic!

Okay, so those are probably the most common misconceptions about what occupational therapy is not. So we’re back to our original question, what is occupational therapy? That’s a good question, and in fact, the American Occupational Therapy Association is currently in talks to agree upon a simple definition encompassing exactly what we do, which will be announced at the 100th Birthday of OT happening in 2017. 

In the meantime, we’re having to get by with our own simple definitions, and here’s mine:

Occupational therapy is therapy that focuses on an individual’s ability to enjoy life the way they want to as a measure of success.

That means that, for an occupational therapist, the most important measure of whether they are succeeding in providing therapy is whether or not their patient is able to participate in the things they want to do. Right now, if you’re in the medical field (or even if you’re not), you might be scratching your head and saying “uh, isn’t that what every medical provider wants?” And the answer is, yes and no. 

So let me break this down a little further.

The reason the name “occupational therapy” confuses people (see: not career counseling) is because in our society, our “occupation” specifically means our job. But in occupational therapy, an occupation is defined as any meaningful activity that a person does to occupy their time. Under this definition, your job is definitely still your occupation, but so is being a parent, going to school, playing with your pet, engaging in your hobbies, participating in leisure activities, and so on. 

It encompasses all the roles in your life (employee, parent, sibling, student, child, friend, volunteer). And, here’s the most important part: your occupations are totally different than somebody else’s occupations. You may be the same age, live in the same area, and have the same diagnosis as someone else, but your therapy will be totally different because it’s going to focus on the crucial aspects of what make you, you!

This is not at all to say that other medical professions don’t care about you as a person, or that they don’t know how to adjust their tactics to fit their patient’s personal needs. Not at all! Good medical professionals in every field will have elements of this holistic viewpoint in their practice. But at the end of the day, if a surgeon has a guy open on his operating table, it doesn’t matter whether this guy uses his knee to play basketball, to perform martial arts, or to dance at the grocery store and embarrass his kids; all that matters is that the surgeon needs to replace the knee. (Cue kneeologists correcting me in the comments.) 

But when the guy is recovering from surgery and learning how to do things again, his occupational therapist will be the one taking that into consideration.

We’ll look more at how OTs do that in Part 2 of this series!

IN WAR A TOWER OF STRENGTH

Virginia Military Institute Cadets
New Market, Virginia - May 15, 1864

The year was 1864, and for three years the Federal Army had tried everything to defeat the Confederate forces. Many battles had been fought with both sides winning and losing. Casualty counts were far beyond what anyone had considered possible. General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had lost a major battle at Gettysburg, but the South’s willingness to fight for their independence had not diminished.

Federal strategy began to focus on destroying the South’s infrastructure which supplied Confederate forces in the field. In May, Federal General Franz Sigel’s army began its march from Winchester, intent on destroying the Virginia Central Railroad located in Staunton. If successful, General Lee’s Army would no longer receive the rich stores and supplies from the Shenandoah Valley.

To stop the Federal advance, the sparse Confederate forces under the command of General John C. Breckinridge and General John D. Imboden gathered all the troops they could muster. The Virginia Military Institute’s Superintendent Francis Smith was asked if his “School Boy Soldiers” would fall in. Taught from the very beginning at VMI the principles of duty and honor, the young men were eager to prove their worth as soldiers. The cadets marched for 4 days covering 80 muddy miles from Lexington to New Market in the drenching rain.

The battle of New Market began in earnest on the stormy morning of the 15th with lightning, thunder, and cannon fire echoing across the valley. General Breckinridge had not wanted to deploy his 250 young VMI cadets, and held them in a reserve position on the battlefield. But when a large gap opened in the center line of battle, Breckinridge with tears in his eyes said, “Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.”

As the boys moved forward behind their colors the storm greatly intensified, with lightning, thunder and driving rain. Now in the eye of the storm, under heavy cannon and musket fire the cadets began taking casualties. Undeterred, they fought forward through a low section of the field with standing water and deep mud, with a number of the boys losing their socks and shoes. A 12 pound Napoleon cannon was abandoned in the face of the cadet’s charge, which the cheering boys captured. A Confederate officer watching the cadets said their charge “surpassed anything that I witnessed during the war.”

General Breckinridge would later ride to their position and say “Young gentlemen, I have you to thank for the result of today’s operations. Well done, Virginians…well done men!”

The actions of those brave cadets fulfilled the motto of VMI, and would be remembered daily from that day forward. “In Bellō Praesidium - In War A Tower Of Strength”.

Art by John Paul Strain

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