some blues

It’s true. The popular conception that country music is a primarily white genre is, well, a white lie. Country is a combination of Appalachian folk music and blues. Some of the very first artists to build out the country appellation were black artists, such as DeFord Bailey, a black harmonica player and Grand Ol’ Opry star, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Charley Pride, who became RCA’s best-selling artist since Elvis in the ‘70s. Then there’s the little-known history of the banjo — it’s not as white as you think.

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Fenris was used to attracting attention.

He was no stranger to the feel of eyes as they tracked across his flesh – curious, covetous, hungry. It only bothered him when he was unable to control what and how much they saw, or on the days when the thunder crashed, and the rain fell heavy, and the demons of his past circled and swarmed.

And yet –

Hawke had a way of looking at him that no one ever had. On the days when there were demons, and he hated himself – hated every thought, every action, every inch of tortured flesh – he had only to look for Hawke to see himself reflected back as something he did not have the courage to dream.

Hawke saw something in him Fenris did not. Hawke saw something, and believed in it, and Fenris almost believed it too.

Hawke looked at him as if he was the entire world.

Their eyes met. Hawke smiled. He reached across the breakfast table, and took Fenris’s hand.

“You have the worst bedhead I’ve seen in my life,” Hawke said.

The thunder crashed outside. Hawke squeezed his hand. Fenris found himself smiling, then, slowly, he gave a laugh.


All we knew was a fear of being hunted. And a terrible hunger. 

So we ran as a family. And when we needed to, as a family, we fed. 

Various Damian Wayne Headcanons
  • Since he came back from the dead Damian finds  it extremely hard to sleep without listening to something. His iPod has mostly audiobooks and classical music or opera, but there’s also some jazz, blues, and alternative recommended by Dick, hard rock, rap, and metal that Jason and Tim snuck on there (they believe that even Damian deserves to hear some good music) and pop from Stephanie. 
  •  Damian was raised bilingual (as well as learning eight major languages) and is equally comfortable in English and Arabic. Bruce’s Arabic can be stilted at times, but he’s fluent enough to not have to stop when Damian switches languages mid-conversation.
  • Damian has a schoolboy crush on Cassandra, which everybody except for Damian finds adorable.
  • Damian is very sensitive to refined sugar and detests dishes he deems too sweet. Alfred’s shortbread—more buttery than sweet and melting in the mouth—is the only dessert he really likes, although he’s grown to appreciate Pistachio ice cream.
  • Tim and Damian hadn’t spoken to each other for a while when the incident with the drones took place. Damian can’t remember if they were on good terms or not.
  • For all the flack he gives him, Damian actually holds Jason in high esteem, a fact he’s not willing to admit.
  • Dick was the first one to crack “Damian Code”: when Damian’s scared he yells, when he’s upset he breaks or throws things, when he feels disrespected or ignored he attacks, when he’s comfortable he insults, and when he’s tired he sulks.
  • Superman thinks that Damian is adorable and hilarious, which means that Batman has to regularly check that Damian doesn’t have any kryptonite.
  • Sometimes, especially when the kid’s quietly working on something, Bruce will see how much like his mother Damian looks and it brings back bittersweet memories.
  • Gordon does not like this new Robin at all. He’s rude, arrogant, callous, condescending, and much too young.
  • Bullock likes this new Robin much more than he did the other goody-two-shoes Robins.
  • Dick has a “Damian scale” with 0 being a sneer and 10 being bloodshed. “Maybe don’t come out with us tonight, Tim, it’s an eight on the Damian scale.”
  • Damian HATES it when people tousle his hair. Which means that Jason, Barbara, Tim, and Stephanie do it all the time.
  • Damian didn’t have much fiction included in his early education and was positively giddy when Alfred granted him free rein of the Manor’s extensive library.
  • Damian loves video games and is very good at them. However, he is often over-stimulated and cranky (well, crankier than normal), afterwards, so Bruce limits his screen time, something which Dick,  Barbara, Tim, and Stephanie undermine every chance they get.
  • Dick’s absolute mess of a conglomerate accent and his rapid-fire patter means that Damian sometimes doesn’t understand what he says, which has caused some problems in the field. Damian refuses to admit when he doesn’t catch something, however, leading to frustration on both sides.
  • The first time Goliath landed on Manor grounds Alfred promptly fetched his old shotgun. When Damian climbed off of the Bat-dragon’s back Alfred promptly fetched a stiff drink.
  • Alfred has lost his temper with Damian exactly once. Nobody else was around and neither of them ever mention it, but Damian started treating Alfred with respect from that day on.
  • Damian’s one of those people who purports to despise animals but dotes on his pets and has to be prevented from keeping every stray who ever comes up to him. Kind of like his dad and kids.
  • For all he knows it would never work, Damian still wants his parents back together.
  • Damian is the most sensory-aware of the Bat family with the (probable) exception of Cassandra, meaning that he complains the most about the nasty aspects of the job, bathes frequently, and is easily put out of sorts by some irritant in his environment like Tim. It also means that he likes flowers, bubble baths, silk pajamas, and classical music.
  • Damian gets swarmed by ladies who declare that he is the cutest thing whenever he’s accompanying his father in the wealthy-socialite role, which is intensely distasteful to him, to the point that he considers being forced to attend a social event a form of punishment. 
  • Damian’s favorite game is to sneak around shadowing his dad. Bruce’s favorite game is to let him think he’s getting away with it.
  • Damian would rather exploit loopholes than flat-out break rules. Bruce has kind of given up on this front… It’s just easier at this point to run damage control, and he’s secretly proud of his son’s ingenuity.

Does it make me a bad person that I am so excited over that spoiler pic of Aaron having a panic attack. Sure, I’d rather he didn’t have to suffer through it but Robert’s going to be there, which is what I wanted from the last time he had one, and hopefully this means Aaron’s going to get some proper help because they’re not just dropping his mental health issues. 

Not to mention the fact that it’s looking more and more likely that he’s going to get spooked by Robert as he comes up behind him, which is then going to mean he’s going to lash out, and the fall out from him hitting Robert is going to be amazing, and they’re going to actually talk about what happened to him in prison, and it’s going to make Robert feel even worse once he finds out the full extent of it. (and breathe)

Yep, pretty sure that I should not be getting this excited about someone having a panic attack and hitting their husband.

Commission for @teamcoolshark! Based on their work-in-progress fic~ 

Thank you again!!! 

Chloe cracker (Hamadryas chloe) is a species of cracker butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Suriname, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil. The Chloe cracker found on Wikipedia has checks just in shades of brown, but other pictures on the net show some blues. I’m not an expert on Nymphalidae morphology, so I can’t say how common the morphs are or maybe one day we’ll find one is a subspecies. Photo by yakovlev.alexey


she’s in a long black coat tonight,
waiting for me in the downpour outside
( x )

Setting Up Your Ostara Altar

It’s Ostara, and it’s a time of year in which many Wiccans and Pagans choose celebrate the balance of light and dark that heralds the beginning of spring. It’s a time to celebrate new life and rebirth – not only the physical embodiment of renewal, but the spiritual as well. Try some – or all – of these ideas to ready your altar for Ostara.

Colors: To get an idea of what colors are appropriate for spring, all you really have to do is look outside. Notice the yellows of the forsythia blooming behind your house, the pale purples of lilacs, the green of new leaves appearing in the melting snow. Pastels are often considered spring colors as well, so feel free to add some pinks and blues into the mix if the idea strikes you. Decorate your altar in any of these colors – try a pale green altar cloth with some purples and blues draped across it, and add some yellow or pink candles to carry the color up.

The Balance of the Equinox: Altar décor can reflect the theme of the Sabbat. Ostara is a time of balance between light and dark, so symbols of this polarity can be used. Use a god and goddess statue, a white candle and a black one, a sun and moon, even a yin/yang symbol.

New Life: Ostara is also a time of new growth and life – add potted plants such as new crocuses, daffodils, lilies, and other magical spring flowers. This is the time of year when animals are bringing forth new life too – put a basket of eggs on your altar, or figures of new lambs, rabbits, calves, etc. Add a chalice of milk or honey – milk represents the lactating animals who have just given birth, and honey is long known as a symbol of abundance.

Other Symbols of the Season:

  • Seeds and bulbs
  • Caterpillars, ladybugs, bumblebees
  • Symbols of nature deities – Herne, Flora, Gaia, Attis, etc.
  • Gemstones and crystals such as aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone
  • Ritual fires in a cauldron or brazier

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