The signs as popular 80′s songs...

Aries: Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses (1987) - She’s got a smile that it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories.

Taurus: Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield (1981) - But lately something’s changed, it ain’t hard to define. Jessie’s got himself a girl and I want to make her mine.

Gemini: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson (1982) - She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene. I said don’t mind, but what do you mean I am the one?

Cancer: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears (1985) - Help me make the most, of freedom and of pleasure. Nothing ever lasts forever.

Leo: She Drives Me Crazy by the Fine Young Cannibals (1989) - She drives me crazy like no one else. She drive me crazy, and I can’t help myself.

Virgo: Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper (1984) - If you’re lost you can look and you will find me, time after time.

Libra: Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds (1985) - Don’t you forget about me, I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby.

Scorpio: Tainted Love by Soft Cell (1981) - Don’t touch me, please, I cannot stand the way you tease. I love you though you hurt me so.

Sagittarius: You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC (1980) - Working double time, on the seduction line. She was one of a kind, she’s just mine, all mine.

Capricorn: Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics (1983) - I travel the world and the seven seas, everybody’s looking for something.

Aquarius: Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp (1982) - Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.

Pisces: With or Without You by U2 (1987) - Through the storm we reach the shore, you gave it all but I want more.


quilt #8 Welcome to Forever. A marriage quile for Anne and Noel by _amandapanda_
Via Flickr:

The spray of lilac fell from his hand upon the gravel. A furry bee came and buzzed round it for a moment. Then it began to scramble all over the oval stellated globe of the tiny blossoms. He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression, or when some tought that terrifies us lays sudden siege to the brain and calls on us to yield.
—  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Non serve
che parli
del tuo amore passato
non dirmi
che il tuo amore passato
è stato un errore
nelle notti stellate
davvero hai camminato
con l'altro
piano piano
lungo le piccole strade
devi ricordare bene
la luce della luna
come l'acqua
non negare
il tuo amore passato
è bellezza
tutto ciò
che è fatto
con cuore sincero
non si può rinnegare
in futuro
non mi lamento
mia cara
rispetta il passato
amami sinceramente
—  Wang Guozhen, Rispettare il passato
When I Think of the Signs, I Immediately Think of...

Aries: painting with water colors

Taurus: laughing so hard you can’t breathe 

Gemini: reading a whole book without stopping 

Cancer: rolling down a hill 

Leo: speeding on a back road 

Virgo: whispering in a movie theater 

Libra: sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag 

Scorpio: planning an adventure with maps and markers 

Sagittarius: getting up to watch the sunrise 

Capricorn: having a snow ball fight 

Aquarius: roasting marshmallows over a campfire 

Pisces: driving at night with the windows down

“The Ideal Neuron” 

by Adriana Bellomo 

Spring 2016 Independent Research Project

This what the ideal neuron would look like under a microscope once it has undergone the Golgi Stain. 

A. Pyramidal Cell

B. Purkinje Cell

C. Smooth Stellate Cell

D. Spiny Stellate Cell

Book quotes for the Signs...

Aries: “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”  Kurt Vonnegut - Player Piano

Taurus: “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist

Gemini: “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland

Cancer: “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”  John Green - Paper Towns

Leo: “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Virgo: “Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”  Markus Zusak - I Am the Messenger

Libra: “Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ 'You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” E.B. White - Charlotte’s Web

Scorpio: “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”  John Milton - Paradise Lost

Sagittarius: “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”  Joe Klaas - Twelve Steps to Happiness

Capricorn: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”  J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Aquarius: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”  Jack Kerouac - The Dharma Bums

Pisces: “Have you ever noticed how ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision to make?” Terry Johnson - Insignificance

Sopra gli stagni, sopra i monti e le vallate,
sopra le foreste, le nuvole, gli oceani,
al di là del sole, oltre gli spazi eterei,
al di là dei confini delle sfere stellate,

spirito, tu ti muovi con agilità

Charles Baudelaire, Elevazione

The signs as lines of poetry...


As long as you’re dancing, you can

break the rules. (Mary Oliver)


You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
(Maya Angelou)


My strategy is that some day
I don’t know how, nor with what pretext
That finally you need me.
(Mario Benedetti)


I weary for desires never guessed,
For alien passions, strange imaginings,
To be some other person for a day.
(Amy Lowell)


Even asleep we partake in the becoming of the world. (Czeslaw Milosz)


Love at the lips was touch
As sweet as I could bear
And once that seemed too much
I lived on air.
(Robert Frost)


Everyone in me is a bird
I am beating all my wings.
(Anne Sexton)


To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
(William Blake)


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.
(William Wordsworth) 


For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons;
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
(T.S. Eliot)


The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.
(Langston Hughes)


But we were a maybe
and never a must
when it should have been us.
(Lang Leav)


I tuoi occhi
A Parigi
Hanno una risata gentile
Che mi tiene con sé.

I tuoi occhi
A Vienna
Riscaldano le mani d'inverno
Stretti alle mie.

I tuoi occhi
A Praga
Brillano di notti stellate
Nei vicoli bui.

I tuoi occhi
Sono la solita foto sbiadita
Che porto sempre con me.

The signs as books everyone should read.

Aries: Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks - “I’m not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I’ve gotten from books.”

Taurus: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - “But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better.”

Gemini: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

Cancer: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli - “You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.”

Leo: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - “We didn’t talk about anything heavy or light. We were just there together. And that was enough.”

Virgo: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - “I felt wise and cynical as hell.”

Libra: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - “Don’t Panic.”

Scorpio: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - “In the midst of life, we are in death.”

Sagittarius: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - “You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away- a man is not a piece of fruit.”

Capricorn: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - “She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Aquarius: Modelland by Tyra Banks - “Love is an excuse to be stupid.”

Pisces: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes - “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”

Notti stellate, luce che scompare all'orizzonte, stesi sulla sabbia fredda come le brine d'inverno.
Alzavamo le braccia al cielo come per toccare le stelle così lontane, attimi come vecchie pellicole di un film, sguardi distanti e mani che si lasciano. Ma forse non per sempre, chissà se un giorno ti rivedrò, nelle gelide notti di novembre in un grattacielo di New York.
—  Vuotodentrofelicefuori
Cose che non avremo:
Le lunghe mattine di aprile d’amore e di sogno.
Le sere di novembre con la pioggia incessante.
Le notti d’estate ostinatamente stellate.
Tutte le albe dolcissime d’autunno.
Cose che ho perduto:
Non assaggerò il sapore della tua bocca addormentata.
Non berrò il tuo vino.
Non piangerò con te vedendo il tramonto.
Non sorgerà il tuo ventre tra le mie lenzuola.
Ho un intero tesoro di lacune e di assenze,
un campionario completo di pagine in bianco.
—  Josefa Parra
The signs as I know them...

Aries: A helpful know-it-all with good intentions but bad judgement.

Taurus: The jokester who seems to always be slightly confused.

Gemini: Badass with a sweet smile.

Cancer: Either way too peppy or way too negative, great at balancing other people’s moods.

Leo: Freckles and giggles and is instantly the coolest person in the room.

Virgo: Mispronounces words but is so cute no one corrects them.

Libra: Always gets their homework done and will offer to help you with yours, if you buy them coffee.

Scorpio: The strangest and most twisted person ever, but is very beautiful and driven.

Sagittarius: Can be weak-willed, but will never let you down when you need them most.

Capricorn: Has a lot of books. Knows a lot of secrets. Great at braiding hair. A+ friend.

Aquarius: Most insane person, literally would do anything on a dare. Or on a whim.

Pisces: The most easily angered and also the prettiest, is fiercely independent yet somehow still child-like. 

according to publico, fc barcelona could be handed a €50,000 fine and face a "partial closure of a part of the stands at the camp nou for the first champions league match of next season" due to "the airing of independence chants and the massive presence of stellate flags" during barça's 3-1 win over italian champions juventus in berlin