power of words

so something I saw on twitter yesterday really bugged me. there’s people saying that the Power Rangers movie is getting way more credit than is due because of the way they handle Trini’s sexuality

ok LISTEN. It was never going to be the case of Trini yelling, “IM A LESBIAN!” or “IM BISEXUAL!” there’s no way they’d be so upfront about it. I thought the scene where she came out was nice, subtle, emotional, and I thought it was in-character how she’s still sarcastic at such a time. After all Trini is what, 15/16/17 in the movie? She’s discovering herself and doesn’t have to be 100% sure. there’s time for that

cuz get this. it’s the first movie. they’ve said there’s going to be 5-7 of them? People are acting like this is the end and we’ll never see her come to terms with this and that she’ll never label herself (though sticking to no labels is fine too of course)

The Power Rangers movie DOES deserve a round of applause for including an LGBT character, just because they didn’t go about it as directly as you would’ve liked doesn’t make it any less amazing. This is a small stepping stone you guys we’re going to see her character grow more confident throughout the franchise and it’s going to be beautiful

Overheard in the Stacks: Knowledge and Power

So sometime last week as I was moving books (the library is in the middle of remodeling), a dad came through with his kid, who was maybe seven.
The boy spotted one of our three or four anti-censorship posters, which featured a picture of a book being burned.

I heard the boy ask his dad why someone would burn a book, and his dad began trying to explain censorship. To the nearest of my recollection, this is how the conversation went.

Dad: “Well, some people are threatened by books.”

Boy: “Why?”

Dad: “Because books contain knowledge. And knowledge is:”
(Waits, clearly expecting his son to say “power”)

Boy: “Words.”

Dad: “What?”

Boy: “Knowledge is words.”

Dad: (is quiet for a few seconds) “…well, that’s not exactly what I was going to say, but that’s true too.”

Then they moved out of my hearing range. The kid’s confident little “knowledge is words” has stuck with me all week though. He was very sure of his answer.

Don’t take life too seriously. Be carefree. Laugh at your mistakes and shrug them off. Life is meant to be lived freely, so live it with happiness.
my condolences to anyone who’s ever lost me
and to anyone who got lost in me
or to anyone who ever felt they took a loss with me.
my apologies.
for the misunderstanding or the lack thereof.
i’m sorry you missed the God in me.
and i’m sorry you missed the light.
i’m sorry you forgot the way i arose like the moon,
night after night.
with the burden to forgive
eager to feed you everything.
see.. i’m a holy woman.
i know what it’s like to give life to a being
without ever needing to press skin against one another.
i’ve practiced how to hold my tongue long enough,
i’m afraid i forgot to say goodbye.
i’m afraid you’re under the impression that i was made to please you.
i was under the impression, you understood me better.
the truth is,
i’m a super woman.
and somedays i’m an angry woman.
and somedays i’m a crazy woman.
for still waiting..
for still loving harder even if i’m aching.
for still trusting that I’m still worth the most.
for still searching
for someone to understand me better.
—  Reyna Biddy
Some days you’re going to feel so unbeautiful. Some days the one you need most is not going to want to touch you, hold you, see you, be around you when you ache, when you need them to choose you without having to ask them to. Sometimes your being a force of nature will go against you. Sometimes putting others before you is going to go against you. And you will hurt darling, how you will hurt. On those days remember how high you have climbed just to feel the sun on your face. How brave you are. Remember sitting on the ledge of that building looking at how far down the ground was and having the confidence in yourself not to fall. Remember staring into the eyes of those who have hurt you and taking away their power by never allowing them to hurt you anymore. Remember clawing your way out of every abyss that you fell into. Now channel that girl, that lioness again. You can conquer anything.
—  Nikita Gill
Words may seem harmless but they, in fact, are alive. Once spoken, with or without intention, they cannot be taken back. They possess the power to haunt, to destroy a soul in its entirety.
—  Lukas W. // Words are alive
Keep a realistic outlook on life. See things for what they are without blowing anything out of proportion. Life is much simpler than what we often make it to be.
Don’t allow him to grow the flowers from your heart if he’s going to bring them to some other girl.
You can start right here. Right now. You have what it takes. So use what you’ve got, and create something beautiful.