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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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Many of Russia’s greatest writers declared Leo Tolstoy’s magnum opus as the greatest Russian novel ever. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment) showered praise over War and Peace, declaring that Tolstoy had… “profound knowledge- not only of the poetic side of his art, but also the reality he deals with, in its historical as well as contemporary context. In Russia, as far as I see it, only one writer excels in this, Count Lev Tolstoy.“ Ivan Turgenev, considered to be the second great Russian writer (behind Nikolai Gogol) from the golden age of Russian literature, who wrote the anti-nihilist novel Fathers and Sons in 1862 and he called War and Peace “one of the most remarkable books of our age”. However, it’s a shame to know that Leo Tolstoy, himself, rejected both War and Peace and Anna Karenina later in his life, because he didn’t see them as realistic works. War and Peace, however, is very much an outstanding work of literature and philosophy. At over 1,300 pages long (with reference to the Oxford World’s Classics edition), it may initially seem to be one of the most daunting reads of one’s life, but Tolstoy’s prose is rich, it flows well and is not at all a tedious read. The book shifts between narrative, historical and philosophical discussion; alternating between the lives of the Bolkonskys, the Bezukhovs, the Rostovs and then to Tolstoy’s own views on the philosophy of history and free will. 

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Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016.

Our Prince, the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema, was delivered safely at the Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. His Majesty was at Her Majesty’s side during the time of the delivery. Following the Royal Birth, His Royal Highness was first presented to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness are both in perfect health.

All sacred Bhutanese traditions were observed for the auspicious occasion, with His Holiness the Je Khenpo presiding over the religious ceremonies.

Their Majesties and members of the Royal family are filled with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness.

Their Majesties expressed appreciation to the Bhutanese medical team for their service.

Their Majesties also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Zhung Dratshang, Rabdeys, and other religious organizations who performed prayer ceremonies in all the Dzongs and Lhakhangs across the country for the wellbeing of His Royal Highness, Their Majesties, and the people of Bhutan.

We join the people of Bhutan in our heartfelt prayers for the wellbeing of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, and in the expression of our joy on this momentous occasion.

CONGRATS TO THE KING AND QUEEN AND BHUTAN!

Episode VIII Act III Scene I
  • Kylo Ren:Grandfather!
  • Spirit of Vader:Yes!
  • Kylo Ren:(removes helmet and mask) I have dreamt of this day for so...
  • Spirit of Vader:Um...so the helmet and mask. You don't need them?
  • Kylo Ren:I wear them to honor you!
  • Spirit of Vader:...
  • Kylo Ren:What?
  • Spirit of Vader:No. That's cool. You know I had to wear them because of the profound damage I suffered at the hands of my master on Mustafar and with out them I would have died.
  • Kylo Ren:...
  • Spirit of Vader:But on you they look cool. So, you have that going for you.
  • Kylo Ren:...
  • Spirit of Vader:...
  • Kylo Ren:I just...
  • Spirit of Vader:Hey, have you considered joining a wheelchair basketball league? I bet you'd be real good and if your team ever fell behind you could just stand up and start swatting the ball back at the other players.
  • Kylo Ren:...
  • Spirit of Vader:Friggin' hipsters.

Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016.

Our Prince, the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema, was delivered safely at the Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. His Majesty was at Her Majesty’s side during the time of the delivery. Following the Royal Birth, His Royal Highness was first presented to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness are both in perfect health.

All sacred Bhutanese traditions were observed for the auspicious occasion, with His Holiness the Je Khenpo presiding over the religious ceremonies.

Their Majesties and members of the Royal family are filled with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness.

Their Majesties expressed appreciation to the Bhutanese medical team for their service.

Their Majesties also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Zhung Dratshang, Rabdeys, and other religious organizations who performed prayer ceremonies in all the Dzongs and Lhakhangs across the country for the wellbeing of His Royal Highness, Their Majesties, and the people of Bhutan.

We join the people of Bhutan in our heartfelt prayers for the wellbeing of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, and in the expression of our joy on this momentous occasion

—  Statement from His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck‘s official Facebook page
Worldviews and partial understandings in complex systems

I was reading a chapter of my friends thesis this morning and discussing it with her. Most of you may not know, but I did a Ph.D. a couple of years ago, looking at how librarians and archivists can better help social workers do their work (which is incredibly complex and relies on a lot of insider knowledge of how to get people linked into housing, treatment, work etc). This has had a profound impact on me, and shaped how I view the world (i.e. my worldview). It also taught me about how you only ever partially understand how other people work, think, experience the world.

Why am I making a post about this on my 1d Larrie blog? Because I think with so much being unknown behind the scenes right now, and everything from the continued existence of the band to Larry being questioned, people are feeling anxious and stressed, but not getting the solid info they need to understand what is truly going on.

And I think that the difficulty we all face now is that none of us can really fully understand all the nuances because we only have small snippets of info, not all of which is reliable. And the situation is clearly complex, with (in my opinion) multiple teams and other entities all putting both truth and misinformation out there. Claim and counter claim. We as a fandom or fandoms can’t actually have a full understanding. And that’s tough to come to terms with.

What’s also difficult is that because of this complexity, we all use our life experiences and world views as lenses to try and interpret from day to day as best we can. That interpretation can change as ideas emerge. Our friends, mutuals or even blogs we follow may change their views profoundly in these circumstances and it feels sudden to us, maybe even another emotional loss after all our other losses.

Fandom for many of us has an added overlay of profound emotional investment and connection, in the band members, in the music, in their relationships, in our connections with other fans. I myself now have dear friends around the world who I met through fandom.

All of these issues are joining together at the moment to cause tremors and unease in the fandom right now, I think. But sometimes accepting the complexity and the unknowns can help, to allow us to be aware and be kind and understanding of other fans, who may be coming from a profoundly different place in terms of worldview and investment in the band and fandom.

Or you may not accept that you don’t know, and go on a quest for more information and understanding. That’s fine too.

Or you may decide you need to leave, take a step back, become a Finnish death metal blog, whatever you need. This is definitely ok. You can come back or not (you do not owe anyone to be a Teflon Larrie or stay when it is painful to stay).

I think…..we don’t know what is going on. I have beliefs about Larry still being real, and one direction still being a band, that are what I believe given all the info I know right now. I might be fully right or completely wrong. I’m ok with that but I understand from others they are not ok.

And that is ok. I just hope we all keep talking and analysing and dialoguing respecting each other. Because I love this band, the boys in it, the fandom and the shining stars in it. And I’m going to do my best to keep going and showing my support to all of those beings for as long as I can.

anonymous asked:

!!! uve seen princess tutu? what do u think of it? i rewatched it recently cuz i remember liking it a lot

I LOVE princess tutu, it’s one of my favorite shows! I watched it four times in the span of a year and showed it to all my friends and I own it on dvd. I think it’s a beautiful story with really interesting and important themes (abuse, societal roles, masculinity and femininity within fiction, the responsibility that comes with storytelling, etc) and its one of the most profound magical girl shows I’ve ever seen, right up there with utena, and I learned a lot about ballet and everyone should watch it

Bhutan’s Royal Couple Announce Birth Of Baby Prince 

Bhutan’s royal couple today announced the birth of their first child, a baby prince, delighting the remote Himalayan kingdom where the monarchy is revered.

The newest royal, the son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, was safely delivered at Lingkana Palace in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu on February 5, the royal media office said.

“Their majesties and members of the royal family are filled with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness,” it said in a statement.

“With the blessings of the guardian deities of Bhutan and protectors of the dharma (divine truth), and the prayers of the Bhutanese people, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey (prince) are both in perfect health.”

The prince’s birth was marked by sacred Bhutanese traditions with the Je Khenpo, the chief abbot and spiritual leader of the majority Buddhist nation, presiding over religious ceremonies, the office said.

The baby’s name has yet to be announced.



What white people are really asking for when they demand forgiveness from a traumatized community is absolution. They want absolution from the racism that infects us all even though forgiveness cannot reconcile America’s racist sins. They want absolution from their silence in the face of all manner of racism, great and small. They want to believe it is possible to heal from such profound and malingering trauma because to face the openness of the wounds racism has created in our society is too much. I, for one, am done forgiving.

“We spoke to Reedus about Daryl’s busier second half of the season, why he doesn’t care for Alexandria and the possibility of more interactions between Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride).”
- TV Insider, February 2016

Let’s make this a positive thing to hold onto.

The writers have obviously separated Carol and Daryl a whole lot. And Often.
The moments they get to share together aren’t as frequent as they used to be but the reception of them by the viewers has only gotten bigger and better each season.
The scenes they are given are always meaningful and undeniably profound enough to resonate and keep them connected throughout the frequent breaks forced upon them.
The show has a tendency to sometimes take the CARYL bond and its potential for granted and therefore its maintenance at times gets neglected and maybe even forgotten by the main storyline. 

But the good news is that despite the neglect and non-focus, the CARYL bond refuses to be extinguished.
The chemistry and the unmatched compatibility of these two characters continues to be the thing that people want to see more of. 

The media wants to know about Carol and Daryl, regardless of the fact that they haven’t shared a scene in over 10 episodes or the fact that their current storylines aren’t overlapping at all. 
The concept of Carol and Daryl as a duo, continues to exist despite the fact that the show hasn’t presented them as that as often or as much as it used to for a while now. 

There is a reason why NR is always asked about when Daryl will have more scenes with Carol and not someone else and its because Carol and Daryl together are unforgettable and their seamlessness is something neither character has with someone else.

But there is more to it than that.

Carol and Daryl are multi-dimensional, complex and deep characters when they are on their own but together they become even more so, because there are things about both of them that become more prominent only when they are together.
Vulnerability, softness, light-heartedness and emotional depth, are all things that come through the most and with much more clarity for both Carol and Daryl, when they are together.
Simply put - they invoke things in each other that make them more interesting, more relatable, and more affecting to watch. 

Personally for me and it’s one of the biggest reasons I ship them is the fact that both Carol and Daryl have experienced true comfort, genuine concern and unconditional support ONLY WITH EACH OTHER. 

There is no expectation between the two of them. 

There is agenda to be pursued or even considered.
Their moments belong entirely to each other and that’s why they are able to affect one another with a depth we don’t see with their interactions with anyone else. 
Daryl doesn’t need Carol to explain or justify the things she does and Carol doesn’t need for Daryl to hide or be ashamed of what the volatility and gentleness of his true nature. 


When they are together, it’s magic and each and every time the experience ends up changing them. 

That’s why the world finds them so compelling to watch and why they continue to linger in the minds of the audience, no matter how long the writers press the pause button on their relationship.
After a separation they seem to pick up where they were before and grow from there.
Maybe that’s a detriment in a way because the writers know that the pause button can be used more liberally with them then with some of the other character dynamics.
Thats disappointing to say the least.
The fact that viewers and the media keep asking for more CARYL, however is not.

At the very least with the demand being out there, the pairing is kept in the minds of the writers and AMC, and reminding them that they already have something beautiful in the works and that people want to see it.
AMC already knows the value CARYL has - the existence of official CARYL merchandise says that they do - and the critics response to Carol and Daryl scenes draws attention to that even more.

The question isn’t really about IF CARYL can work but more about WHEN they decide that it DOES. 
Seizing the moment. 

I really hope they know what they are wasting and letting slip away each and every time they press that pause button.
“Never say, never”. I am in too deep to go anywhere anyways!

CARYL On My Lovelies - The Best Is Yet To Come!

Love XOXO

Sanja

*gif by @oohhshiny

anonymous asked:

Hi Sarah, have you read/seen The Martian yet? How do u feel about it?

I really liked it! Being a voracious reader in middle school means you devour a certain number of survivalist books despite your actual level of interest in Nature (Paulson, sides of mountains, families Swiss-Robinson, etc.) so it felt very familiar. But I think the saving grace of the Martian is that, even though it’s really just watching this one guy and a small cast of supporting characters work through an array of problems, it’s funny and human, it doesn’t try to….be more than it is? It’s not saying anything profound and it’s not trying to, it’s just a story about a guy on Mars, the shit he does to survive and the mistakes he makes in doing so, the superhuman effort it takes to get him back and the human element ever-present in that effort.

I cried when he got to talk to his crew for the first time since they’d left him. I’m an everlasting sucker for “communicating vast wells of emotion via chronic understatement and/or mocking” so. It was a A Lot.

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.
—  Henry Miller

The Morning After (Doctor Mechanic version)

Abby’s footfalls were almost silent in the damp grass outside of the remains of Mount Weather. She stood next to Raven who had been staring at the smoke for hours. “We need to go home.”

Raven immediately wiped her eyes. She forgot that anyone else was there. She forgot everything but the burning rage inside of her chest and the profound sadness underneath it. She slowly blinked and titled her head up to look at Abby. There wasn’t anyone else with them. Sinclair was gone. Kane was gone. The grounders who took the Ice Nation assassin’s body away were gone.

Abby reached down for Raven with an open hand. Raven sighed heavily and took it, letting Abby help her stand. Abby didn’t let go of her hand once Raven was on her feet. She looped Raven’s arm over her shoulder to help her walk. Raven tried to pull her arm away, but only weakly and only for a moment.

A horse was waiting for them, tied to a tree and docile. Abby hopped onto the horse and she pulled Raven up behind her. It was dangerous for them to be outside of Arkadia by themselves, but Abby had insisted that they be given a moment to mourn. Abby didn’t ask for the time for herself. She asked for it for Raven.

As they rode, Raven held onto Abby’s waist and placed her chin on Abby’s shoulder. She felt so much loss. Her body was giving up and it felt like her spirit wasn’t far behind. She was broken, inside and out.

Abby could feel it. Raven had draped herself across Abby’s back and Abby could feel Raven’s devastation with every breath. She reached back just before they could see Arkadia and touched Raven’s face. It was wet with tears.

Inside, Abby helped Raven down from the horse. Raven started walking away before Abby could put the horse in it’s stall, but when Abby caught up to Raven, she found that the mechanic was walking away from where she usually slept. Raven didn’t stop walking until she was in Abby’s room.

Raven was a zombie as she walked. She was a woman who had lost nearly everything she cared about. She didn’t speak when Abby closed the door behind them. She didn’t stop on her way to the bed. She sat down on the edge of it and shed her leg braces.

She looked at the rigid piece of metal and cloth that she had tossed carelessly on the ground. She dropped her head into her hands and closed her eyes. Abby didn’t know what to do. She didn’t know how to comfort Raven. She didn’t know how to approach her because sometimes her attempts at comfort had angered Raven and that was the last thing she wanted to do.

Raven finally laid down on the bed and faced away from the door. She curled into herself and began to openly cry. It was then that Abby knew what do to. She kicked off her boots and padded to the bed. She gingerly laid down and put her arm around Raven. The could feel Raven start to relax under her arms.

With Abby’s body pressed against her back, Raven let everything out. She mourned so many people who she had lost in her life. She mourned the breakdown of her body. She mourned the people she couldn’t save and the ones that she had helped kill. Raven let everything go in the first place she’d felt safe since being on the Ark.

‘Living impaired also might work.’

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd we’re back!
So I’ve moved into a new place which is gonna be weird comic wise because the backlog I have references me wanting to move out so I’m not gonna address the fact that I’ve moved out again until I do the multi parter I want to do for me moving out and getting used to living alone in my first week. So look forward to that being a think in like, a week I think?
Anyways~ Enjoy!

Baby it’s cold outside

Prompt: you walked here in a blizzard to get your hot chocolate but you forgot your wallet at home, here, let me buy your drink for you

Pairing: destiel

Tags: coffe shop au, au, dean is a barista because yes that’s why, fluff

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Dean is starting to think that he could close the shop and no one would care. There is not a single breathing soul inside except for him. Garth didn’t come to work because apparently he has a horrible cold and Ellen left two hours ago because Jo kicked a kid’s ass at school for God only knows what reason. So here he is, alone in the coffe shop, whilst outside it looks like the freaking apocalypse is about to unleash. Seriously, it’s like “The day after tomorrow”: the blizzard started that morning and it sure doesn’t look like it’s about to stop anytime soon. So of course there are no customers and Dean is left alone in the coffee shop.

“I should just close and leave.” he thinks “I have a warm bed waiting for me and all the Indiana Jones movies. I’m closing this place”.

As soon as Dean stands up from his stool behind the counter, the door opens. The green eyed man almost wants to bang his head on the wall because seriously, he just wants to go home. But the guy that walked in is attractive enough to make him forget about the movie maraton.

His dark hair is soaked and so is his (kind of creepy) trenchcoat.

-Hello. -he says, a low and husky voice.

-Hey. -Dean smiles and then nods at him -Got youself stuck in the middle of the blizzard?

-Yes.

-Looking for shelter?

The man nods. He’s probably in his mid twenties, not older than Dean.

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deaftechie asked:

Omo so many babes to choose from! Since I just got into Winner is it okay to request something fluffy for Taehyun "Beauty can be found in the simplest of things" Also I hope everything is well with you, we are all here if you need us :)

Isn’t WINNER wonderful?! I love their music so much. *spazzing* Thank you, love. Hope you’re doing well too. :)

Taehyun flashed you that devilish smile of his before saying, “Beauty can be found in the simplest of things.”

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anonymous asked:

what is it like being otherkin? I wanna learn more about it without sounding kinphobic.

hmm interesting question! my experience isn’t as profound as some peoples, maybe?? everyone is different. it’s just kind of how i’ve always seen myself, for pretty much my whole life. though I only found the term two years back + i’ve IDed as lionkin ever since. i don’t really have kin memories like some people, but i do have inklings. 

 it’s kind of like how humans know theyre human but they never really think about it because?? they just are?? its just like. life facts. i don’t see myself as human at all, consciously or unconsciously. it definitely helps me get by tho and it’s a massive part of who i am! even though it doesn’t really change much in my day to day life :0 ! i hope that helped :U different ppl will have different experiences so maybe you could ask around if u want more insight? :0