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When Harry Styles stepped on the stage set up at Rockefeller Plaza Tuesday morning (May 9), dressed in a black shirt and richly colored pink suit (that Matt Lauer said he was jealous of), it was pure pandemonium – some fans had been waiting for days for this moment.

“Our line started to form on Saturday afternoon,” Alex Ficquette, TODAY’s plaza producer, tells Billboard. “They were in sleeping bags, the line hit six city blocks this morning. I haven’t seen it this crazy since Justin Bieber last year.”

Styles was not only kicking off the Citi Concert Series on TODAY’s summer lineup, but also delivering his second-ever live performance (his first being on Saturday Night Live weeks prior). During his SNL performance, he debuted the track “Ever Since New York,” and though the song has yet to see an official release, that didn’t prevent the young, primarily female, crowd from singing every lyric.

This morning, Styles performed that track again as well as his hit “Sign of the Times” (he released the music video yesterday), and also debuted a new song: the bluesy, rock-driven “Carolina” that features a catchy chorus of “la la la’s” while Styles repeatedly sings, “She’s a good girl.”

While Ficquette says, “There’s a distinct energy here of people who are excited to hear the solo material,” that didn’t stop Styles from dipping his toes into an old One Direction song.

Before leaving the stage – it was specially built to be in the middle and lower to the ground than TODAY’s normal stage, “so he could be completely surrounded by his fans, he wanted that,” says Ficquette – Styles had one final surprise. “I’ve never performed this before,” he said with his signature smirk. “Let’s see how it goes. I wrote this four years ago.” He then led fans through a sing-along of “Stockholm Syndrome,” off the 2014 1D album Four.

As Styles sang his opening verse, he brought new meaning to the lyrical question, “Who’s this whisper telling me that I’m never gonna get away?” Considering that on the chorus of “Sign of the Times” he sings over and over again, “We got to get away,” it’s clear Styles isn’t done chasing whatever he’s after… but following the stunning solo performance he delivered on TODAY, he appears to be headed in the right direction. - Billboard

RP Starters for kids/kid muses!

( These are starters that can be used with kid muses! This was a request. )

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Rain, Rain: Our muses play in rain puddles together during a light shower!

Go away: One muse hides under the bed from the big storm outside!

Monsters!: One muse is convinced there’s a monster under the bed!

I didn’t do it!: One muse drew/painted all over the walls!

Ready or not!: Our muses play a game of hide-and-seek!

I’m not going!: One muse really doesn’t want to go to school!

But I’m not tired: One muse simply refuses to go to bed! 

Excuse me, sir: Our muses go house to house selling chocolate!

Sugar rush: One muse had way too much candy and is now super hyper!

Pretend: Our muses play ‘pretend’ together - costumes and all!

Ouchies: One muse falls down and scrapes up their knee!

Nightmare: One muse wakes up from a scary nightmare!

Uh oh!: One muse gets caught stealing some candy from the store!

Yuck!: One muse refuses to eat their healthy veggies during dinner!

Would you like a glass?: Our muses open a lemon-aid stand! 

Time to bake!: Our muses make pie… except, it’s made out of mud.

Play with me! Now.: One muse demands the other plays with them!

I’m fi- achoo!: One muse is sick… but they refuse to stay in bed and rest!

Birthday: One muse throws a a giant birthday party for the other!

Splish splash: One muse teaches the other how to swim!

Read to me: One muse reads the other a bed-time story!

Tag, your it!: Our muses play a fun game of tag!

Oh no…: One muse got lost on their way home from school!

I want it!: One muse throws a tantrum in the store for a toy/item they want!

Draw with me: Our muses finger-paint together!

The mean kid: One muse is being bullied by another student!

Peaceful outing: Our muses go to the park together!

It’s a giraffe!: Our muses go to the zoo! One is scared of some of the animals.

Just a few more minutes: One muse is too obsessed with watching t.v!

Makeover!: One muse insists to give the other a makeover - makeup and all!

A fort for us: Our muses make a blanket/pillow fort together!

Pillows: Our muses have a pillow fight!

Up all night: Our muses have a sleepover with snacks and movies!

Boo-hoo: One muse is having a bad day and keeps crying over everything!

Snip Snip: One muse tries to give themselves a hair-cut… and fails.

I’ll fix it!: One muse breaks something and tries to fix it with glue before someone notices!

Do you want to build a snowman?: One muse wants to play in the snow! However, the other would rather stay inside.

It’s mine!: One muse simply refuses to share any of their things!

Rotten: One muse keeps misbehaving everywhere they go!

Detention: One muse gets in trouble for something at school!

Turtle: One muse is too shy to play with others and stays alone!

Can we keep him?: One muse brings an animal home without permission!

Condescending
You look down upon me

Make me feel like loose change
A last minute use

Never keeping me around long
Always there to haunt my mind

That feeling you leave behind
As if I always need to look over my shoulder

To make sure those things really did happen
To check that you won’t try anything new

A ghost in my past
I wish you’d let me move on

You rain down your wrath of hell upon me
And what really hurts is the fallout

You use it as an extra tool of destruction
Impacting the lives around me

The one thing it does though
Is allow them to see the truth about you

And they can then see the truth about me
That I’m not imagining things

“The Shape of You,” a Yamazaki Sousuke and Rin Matsuoka AU One Shot

Summary: Sousuke is not capable of dancing. He uses his legs to run for his life, not sway. His life has been teeth and fists, an eighteen-hour overtime grind, a bending swoop too close to the edge. He can admit that his life is a dance with the devil, a multitude of missed steps and failures.

But he can also admit that it has always been a dance with Rin, adapting to his movements, tripping up and crashing down, building it all back up into an unbreakable love that could only be created when an uncontrollable force like Rin and an immovable wall like Sousuke collided.

In which Sousuke tries.

Tags: ewoatt!verse, Alternate Universe, Sexual Content, Mutual Pining, Strippers & Strip Clubs, Grinding, Dancing, Romance, Shower Sex, Blow Jobs, Body Worship

Relationships:
Matsuoka Rin/Yamazaki Sousuke, Nanase Haruka/Tachibana Makoto

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Stop.
Do you really admire him,
or do you admire
how much he admires you,
the kind thoughts you can see in his eyes?

Stop.
Do you only adore
how much he adores you?

Are you dreaming of
the one you still love,
the one you still can’t let go of,
seeing you together

and burning inside?

You still want vengeance as much
as you want repentance.

Know thyself.
This doe eyed boy does not deserve such pain.
Stop.

— 

An open letter to myself, imploring that I do not break hearts as mine has been broken.

S.K.K.

November 12, 2015

Dylan Klebold and ‘Beautiful’

Dylan Klebold’s affection for The Smashing Pumpkins - those purveyors of often-melancholy alt-rock who became icons in and of the ’90s - has been well documented. If ‘Disarm’ is the band’s track that he identified with most personally (selecting it to be played on the ‘my thoughtz’ page of his website that never came to be), then ‘Beautiful’ (1995) encapsulates his notions of romantic love. A number of Dylan’s writings reference this track directly, and sometimes indirectly. We can’t know whether the indirect references were deliberate, or inadvertent due to the song resonating with Dylan’s feelings, but I thought a comparison of the lyrics with his scribblings was worthy of a post.

(I recommend pressing ‘play’ on the above video while perusing this post :))


Beautiful, you’re beautiful

As beautiful as the sun

Wonderful, you’re wonderful

As wonderful as they come

And I can’t help but feel attached

To the feelings I can’t even match

With my face pressed up to the glass

Wanting you

(Opening verses from the song Dylan wrote in his day planner on the page for May 4-10, 1998)


Beautiful, you’re beautiful

As beautiful as the sky


(From Dylan’s day planner, April 13-19, 1998)


Wonderful, it’s wonderful

To know that you’re just like I


You seem a lot like me.

(From Dylan’s never-sent letter to his love. Both ‘Beautiful’ and Dylan’s fantasies involve a love who is a kindred spirit, a soul match.)


And I’m sure you know me well

As I’m sure you don’t

But you just can’t tell

Who’ll you love and who you won’t

No, who’ll you love and who you won’t


You don’t consciously know who I am, & doubtedly unconsciously too. I, who write this, love you beyond infinince.

My love will find me. She feels as i do right now, i can feel it. We will be inseparable. Her & i.

(From Dylan’s never-sent letter to his love (former), and journal (latter). Dylan’s acknowledgement that his love probably doesn’t know who he is, and simultaneous conviction that they are soulmates and definitely *know* each other on a spirit level is evocative of the chorus’s first two lines.)


And I love you, as you love me


I love her, & she loves me

(From Dylan’s journal, possibly written on 2/2/98, two months before he wrote the lyrics in his day planner. Maybe he was consciously referencing the song, maybe it was subconscious, or maybe this affirmation or assertion of requited love is pure coincidence.)


So let the clouds roll by your face

We’ll let the world spin on to another place

We’ll climb the tallest tree above it all

To look down on you and me and them


We will be free, to explore the vast wonders of the stars. To cascade down everlong waterfalls, & thru the warmest seas of pure happiness… no limits… no limits. Nothing will stop us.

(From Dylan’s journal. His imagery is far more melodramatic and sensational than that of the Pumpkins (of course ;)), but shares an idealistic notion of true love being linked to and shared in nature.) 


And I’m sure you know me well

As I’m sure you don’t

But you just can’t tell

Who you’ll love and who you won’t

No, who’ll you love and who you won’t

No no, who’ll you love and who you won’t

No no


Don’t let your life wrap up around you

Don’t forget to call, whenever

I’ll be here just waiting for you

I’ll be under your stars forever

Neither here nor there just right beside you

I’ll be under the stairs forever

Neither here nor there just right beside you


Helplessly loving, waiting, and being ever-present but hidden at the same time sums up Dylan’s approach to the object of his affections rather perfectly. 

anonymous asked:

I can't stop thinking about the soulmates AU you posted! I really love the premise, and Barry's "promise to dump my body somewhere else" pulled at my heartstrings too. Except now I'm wondering how this would have played out without the soulmark conveniently (well, or inconveniently, depending on the perspective) the encounter, because Len already seemed somewhat reluctant about killing Barry before that. Ack, why is this so intriguing?!

I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been thinking of it, to be honest. I enjoyed filling that prompt more than I expected.

And it’s a neat question, what would happen were it not for the Deux Ex Machina of them Bonding…. 

Let’s copy/paste and edit the scene to find out, shall we?

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Christians With Depression

Even though clinical depression has only been medically categorized and developed in the last few decades, the characters who populate our Scriptures were no strangers to it. In the book named for him, Job despairs: “I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water. What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come to be. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; instead, only trouble comes …. I will never again experience pleasure … I would rather die of strangulation than go on and on like this. I hate my life” (Job 3:23-26, 7:11, 15-16, NLT).

King David was depressed. In the opening verses of Psalm 13 he writes, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?” And David’s son Solomon wrote, “I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:17).

We can finally explain this disorder biologically; doctors have come to believe that clinical depression is caused by an imbalance of several chemicals in the brain, namely serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Yet, we still have a tendency to see it as a personal or spiritual disorder. We hear about people with depression and think that they must just be lazy or unmotivated or self-pitying. Even seeing that biblical heroes might have been depressed doesn’t shake our instinct that real Christians just don’t get depressed. We explain those passages away and insist that Christians shouldn’t be depressed, because true joy is found in Jesus.

Unfortunately, the spiritual joy of salvation that comes with knowing Jesus does not always precipitate earthly health or happiness. Christians still get ill, and depression is a sickness—perhaps one of the most insidious ones. Depression inspires a worthlessness that undermines the love and mercy of God. Many Christians who suffer from depression find that their affliction makes it more difficult for them to go to church, pray or engage in acts of charity. The direction of causality here is crucial—depression causes spiritual withdrawal, not the other way around.

Some still say that depression is a result of sin in the depressive person’s life and they may be partially right. Guilt and shame can develop and persist because of secret or unconfessed sins in a person’s life and these perpetual feelings can trigger a depressive episode. This doesn’t mean that “eliminating” sin will cure depression, because sin will always be with us. We are all sinners and we’ll all disobey God’s will at some point—otherwise, what’s the point of grace? As Paul writes in Romans, “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members” (7:22-23). We are all, as Martin Luther would say, fully justified and yet fully sinners. An emphasis on the sin component of depression is basically blaming the victim.

Here it is helpful to look at depression the way we look at cancer. Some cancers are partially caused by the actions of the victim—they might have smoked cigarettes or suntanned too much. Yet there are many who have never taken even a drag off a smoke and those who use SPF 45 sun block and still get cancer. Carcinogens are all around us, and they are somewhat indiscriminate in their selection of victims. Similarly, sin is all around us. Dr. Fred Lee, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a teaching fellow at Harvard University, put it this way, “The mortality rate of all people—believers and not—is 100 percent, because this is a fallen world. Sin begets disease, too, in the same way it begets death. From that perspective disease is our fault—in the sense that we are a fallen race. However, it is not directly the fault of the individual.”

A much more prevalent sin component of depression is the act of being sinned against. Experiences in our lives deeply scar us—something as simple as a popular kid making fun of our clothes or something as horrific as ongoing physical or sexual abuse. Perpetually being sinned against creates young men and women who believe that they deserve their sad state of fate, that they really aren’t good enough, and that no one, not even God, could possibly love them. Medical studies show that repeated traumatic experiences can permanently lower mood-regulating brain chemicals. This is the legacy of sin that exists in the lives of all of us.

Depression should be treated and can be put into remission through a course of psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy and/or antidepressant medication, supplemented by healthy doses of prayer within a loving Christian community. It is nonsensical to tell a depressed person that if they only read they Bible more or had better quiet times, their depression would surely be lifted. That would be like telling a diabetic that faith alone will regulate her insulin levels. Faith alone gives eternal salvation, but in the meantime, God has given us resources by which to make our temporal existences more palatable. Depression can absolutely be healed by the grace of God, but more often than not, through the tools of His servants, like pharmacists, therapists, pastors and friends.

🔴Take a bath:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Ghusl (taking a bath) on Friday is compulsory for every Muslim reaching the age of puberty.” (Bukhari)

🔴Apply perfume:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever takes a bath on friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last friday would be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

🔴Establish Friday Prayer in the mosque:

“O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salaah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allaah [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaah (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!” [al-Jumu’ah 62:9]

The Prophet ﷺ said: “When it is a Friday, the angels stand at the gate of the mosque and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the mosque in succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the mosque in the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel (in sacrifice). The one coming next is like one offering a cow and then a ram and then a chicken and then an egg respectively. When the Imam comes out (for Jumua prayer) they (i.e. angels) fold their papers and listen to the Khutba.” (Bukhari)

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever neglects three Jumu’ahs, Allaah will place a seal on his heart.” (Abu Dawood)

🔴Read Surah Kahf:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever recites Surah kahf on Friday, a Noor will shine for him until the following Friday.” (Bayhaqi)

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever recites the opening ten verses of Surah Kahf will be protected from the fitnah of Dajjal” (Muslim)

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays” (al-Haakim)

🔴 Send salawat upon the Prophet:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Among the best of your days is Friday; so supplicate Allah more often for me in it , for your supplications will be displayed to me.” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah ﷺ! How will our blessings be displayed to you when your decayed body will have mixed with the earth?” He ﷺ replied, “Allah has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of the Prophets.” (Abu Dawood, Saheeh Al-Albani)

🔴Make dua throughout the day:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “On Friday there is an hour when, if a Muslims happens to pray at that time and ask Allaah for something good, He will give it to him.” (Bukhari)

                             ‘ᴍᴀʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs ʙᴇ ᴇᴠᴇʀ ɪɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғᴀᴠᴏʀ;

     Welcome to The Capitol, otherwise known as Panem. For years now, we have been kept entertained by our twelve districts for our annual Hunger Games. Each district must offer up a tribute, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18, to enter an arena and fight for glory. However, only ONE can remain. Victory brings you wealth, recognition, fame and —– life.

     However, the scent of rebellion is in the air, my friends. It seems the districts are ready to fight back against the terror President Snow and the Capitol has brought upon them.

                              ωє ωιѕн уσυ α нαρρу нυηgєя gαмєѕ.’

Stronger than fear is an open group verse based on the hunger games. tributes aged from 12-18 will be accepted. two per district. one male and one female. two mentor positions are available per district, chosen from past winners. the teams in the capital include publicists, stylists, chefs, and rich sponsors to support the tributes.  the possibilities are endless. 

             INFO

activity checks are done bi-weekly. no duplicate fcs accepted. ocs and other fandoms welcome. no supernatural elements. trigger warnings possible and likely. 

            TO APPLY

please send you application here and await acceptance. 

       APPLICATION

Mun Name/Alias:
Character Name:
Faceclaim:
District:
Mentor/Tribute/Escort/Sponsor/Tribute Team:
Small Bio (Larger Bio to come after acceptance):

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“What is human? An ability to reason? To imagine? To love or grieve? If so, we are more human than any human ever will be.” // A SENSE8 GROUP VERSE.

Rules & Information.

•    There will be spoilers for Season 2. If you have not seen the season, yet, please be prepared for this.

•    We have two clusters, at two different ages, but we’ll encourage interactions and connections across clusters. Within each cluster, we will have only one member from any given country of origin. I will potentially allow for two, but please approach me first. I want this to be as diverse as possible, so if there is another country your muse could be from, be creative! Please see the list below for current members and countries.

•    OCs, canons, multimuses are all welcome! This includes Sense8 canons, though I will ensure to preserve the integrity of their original cluster if so. Unfortunately, we can only allow for one of each character and faceclaim.

•    Likely this goes without saying, but play nice. Standard rules of rp etiquette, etc. Reserve drama for in-character interactions.

•    Any questions, or applications, can be directed to me at @atlassouled​. I will be participating in this verse from Sinclair’s blog, but I will be managing the organization here. 

Application.

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The sign exceptions

Fire: LEO…
Known to be the attention sucker but usually keep quiet and observe their environment then slowly want the people around them to think they are fun and likable, won’t overdo it. Can be pretty shy and would rather play video games or take naps than go out and party. Introverted verses extroverted.
Earth: VIRGO
Rolls with the punches and finds alternative ways to offer advice rather than degrade right away. May apologize often. Up for most activities and places and will understand and try different point of views, firstly blaming themselves. Open verses close minded.
Air: LIBRA
Quite obsessive and attached for an air sign. Can’t let go of what was and let it affect their moods. Has no problem reeling people in to walk over them whenever it’s convinent yet claims to be a caring being with high hopes for the world. Traditional in their family and friend values as well.  Emotional verses detached.
Water: SCORPIO
Though privacy and safe spaces are important, being around groups of people is energizing and stimulating but only for a certain amount of time. Hard to tell if they are connected emotionally to others because of how closed off they can be, even if they are having a great time. Guarded verses revealing.