A Lesson Steven Universe can Learn from Adventure Time

Adventure Time is ending soon, and honestly I don’t know exactly how to feel. I’m not exactly caught up on the series, but I freaking love the show! It’s what got me back into animation and broke me out of the stupid “tv animation is for kids” mentality. Many credit the show for bringing back quality animation to TV, if it wasn’t for Adventure Time we would’ve never gotten Steven Universe (for many reasons, one being that Rebecca Sugar worked on Adventure Time before starting Steven Universe). Now a days, the Adventure Time fandom has dwindled a bit and Steven Universe has pretty much replaced it, which is a shame because I still think Adventure Time is a good show. I might still think it’s slightly better than Steven Universe (OMG did I just say that?). At least it does do some things better than Steven Universe (and SU does do some things better than it). 

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Let’s look at some of the things Adventure Time Does Better. I think it’s better at world building than SU, it’s more creative, its stories are more varied, it’s more experimental, and its non story arc episodes are better. Now to be fair, Steven Universe and Adventure Time are structured differently. Steven Universe is more story arc driven while Adventure Time is more about the smaller stories or adventures. Yet Steven Universe is not a purely story driven show, there’s a lot of “filler episodes” that don’t develop the larger story arc (in fact, there isn’t a story arc in the show right now). There are a lot of people who complain about these episodes, but I personally don’t hate the Beach City Episodes (that’s what I call episodes that are about the residents of Beach City) but they could be a lot better. Now let me list a bunch of great Adventure Time episodes: I Remember You, Princess Monster Wife, Thank You, Root Beer Guy, Jake the Brick, Simon & Marcy, BMO Lost, Gold Star, Dark Purple, Sky Witch, a lot of Stakes and more. Why did I list those episodes, because they all had one thing in common, they barely featured Finn. Now Finn is overall the main character of the show, but in those episodes, he wasn’t the main character. That brings me to my main point, Steven Universe needs to be less involved in Steven Universe. 

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Now I don’t hate the kid, he’s very likable. Finn is likable as well, but there are reasons him not being too involved in certain episodes work. It allows other characters in the show to get the spotlight and get some good character development. In Steven Universe, Steven is almost always involved in everyone’s stories to a degree (many would say he’s too involved). Some episodes really would’ve improved if Steven was much less involved or in the focus, such as Onion Gang. Onion Gang was the last episode released at the time of the posting, and it wasn’t really that good. The biggest problem in the episode was Steven himself. He wasn’t unlikable, but he wouldn’t shut up, he acted uncharacteristically dumb, the episode ended with Steven having a pity party since Onion wasn’t completely dependent on his friendship (until it turns out Onion was dependent on his friendship outside of the summer so no lessons were learned) and it was one of those episodes that made me go “seriously Steven, you’re 14!” He was weighing down the episode is what I’m saying. Now imagine if the episode didn’t feature Steven that much. The episode would feature Onion meeting the Soup gang and they would probably go on an adventure. The episode probably wouldn’t involve much dialogue, giving Steven Universe a chance to show it’s visual story telling props like Thank You did with Adventure Time. It would’ve at least made the episode more memorable. 

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Now not every episode that should’ve featured Steven less were because Steven is annoying (he usually isn’t) it’s because it would’ve been stronger character development. Seeing how characters interact without Steven on their normal everyday lives or on a little adventure gives the chance to develop their characters more. Peridot rarely learns a lesson by her a volition, it usually involves Steven telling her what’s right and what’s wrong so her changes aren’t usually as compelling. In Drop Beat Dad, we spend most of the time with Steven so Sour Cream’s story is not nearly as compelling since he isn’t really the focus. Seeing a story from different character’s points of views would develop them a lot more, and seeing how they interact with the world outside of Steven or with other characters would make their characters more three-dimensional. The point of these “filler episodes” are to build world and build characters, but it’s sometimes hard when Steven shows up and distracts focus from those characters, or is just there being extraneous. Imagine if in Sky Witch, Finn went on the adventure too and we constantly had him making comments. It really would’ve detracted from the episodes and the Bubbline shipper bait. It would’ve also been a weight on the story since Finn wouldn’t have had a reason to be there outside of him being the main character. That’s how I kind of feel about Steven being included in episodes that he isn’t needed like Too Short to Ride. The next episode in the show is Gem Harvest and it seems to be about Lapis and Peridot raising a pumpkin pet. Well in theory it might, but chances are Steven is going to stick around the whole episode and be an unnecessary third wheel. Which would you prefer? An episode about Peridot and Lapis raising a pumpkin, or an episode about Peridot, Lapis and Steven raising a pumpkin. I’m not even a lapidot shipper and I know that I would rather have the episode  be about just Lapis and Peridot. 

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Now chances for character development isn’t the only reasons I feel like Steven should be less prominent in more episodes, it’s also chances for world building. In Adventure Time there are many episodes starring other characters and usually the world becomes bigger. In Thank You we see an Ice Giant rescue a fire wolf pup and return it to its world. We see how the Ice Giant lives, how the fire wolves lives, and world expands. There are many Adventure Time episodes like that and the world is huge because of it. In Steven Universe, Steven is always involved with everything. In Restaurant Wars, he starts the war and then ends it. In Political Power, the gems are responsible for the power outage and Steven ends up calming the crowd down. In Future Boy Zoltron, most of the episode is about Steven until he meets Frowney and hooks him up with Smiley. There are many episodes like that. The fact that Steven always has to be involved makes the world of Steven Universe feel smaller. Like all of the characters don’t have stories unless Steven is present. I feel like if Steven wasn’t always involved it would make the world bigger and the characters more complex. I think that’s definitely a lesson Steven Universe can take from Adventure Time. 

PS: Yes, I know that there are technically some episodes that don’t feature Steven that much, but those barely count because they are usually being told to him as a story and involves the past like We Need to Talk, Garnet’s Universe, The Answer, and Buddy’s Book. I’m just thinking some of the episodes that take place in the present should involve less. 

“Braindead Leafy fans”

Look, as a fan of Leafy, I know he is problematic. He fucks up a lot. But when he fucks up, his fans are gonna be the first people to call him out on his bullshit. And YES he does make his transitions a bit too long. Yes, he is offensive. Yes, he says stupid shit. Obviously he isn’t the most attractive person on earth. He does repeat things all the time. He has unnecessary shit in his videos that makes it longer. He does a bunch of other bullshit. I KNOW. I fucking know. However, I still love and support that fucking Leaf boy. Why? Because he makes me laugh. He puts a smile of my face. He makes my day better. And despite everythingI truly believe that he’s actually a nice guy.  Yes he’s far from perfect and I’m perfectly fine with that.

“I told you, Swan, I shan’t be joining the Queens of Darkness, I don’t need a tiara—”

“Hold still or I’m asking Regina for a loan of that corset.”

“I still maintain that would look far better on you…”

… in which ex-villain Killian Jones is invited to join the Queens of Darkness, and Emma takes the title a bit too literally for his liking. [insp.] This is the silliest thing I’ve drawn yet bye.

Please don’t crop/edit/tweet and please reblog, don’t repost. ;) Thank you!

Back To Basics

Pairing: Fred x Reader

Request: Hi, i love you’re writing so much! cn i request a oneshot where YN pranks Fred and he ends up confessing that he loves her or something like that and just really fluffy and all the Gryffindors all ship it and stuff! thanks!

A/N: this will come of no surprise to you, but I’m still a bit drunk from last night and am battling a hangover, so please pardon any errors! 

Squicks: slight innuendo

Fred and George certainly live up to their pranking reputations: they had somehow cast a spell or spiked your drink or something so that every time you open your mouth to speak, you make dolphin noises. You weren’t best friends with them or anything like that, but you did get along pretty well. Rather than scolding them on their stupid (yet admittedly funny) prank, you had a better idea: get them back.

The next morning, you knocked on the door of the boys’ dormitory. You had Potions this morning in about half an hour and hadn’t even had breakfast, and you had lent Fred Weasley your text book the night before.

“Hey Y/n, whatcha need?” his identical twin asked, tightening his tie as he opened the door,

“I lent Fred my book last night and we’ve got Potions soon… Is he still in bed?” You ask, peering around George to see, as you suspected, Fred still in his bed.

George turns around to face his brother and gives a chuckle, “yeah, he woke up for a bit about an hour ago, saying something about how we are in our prime youth and we can’t afford to waste it on shitty teachers or something like that”.

A few of the other Gryffindor boys said good morning to you as you walk into the room, up to Fred’s bed with your hands on your hips, shaking your head with a smile on your face, laughing “what an idiot”.

Now, in your head, you had planned to just get your revenge by turning his possessions into otters or something this afternoon, but now you were having second thoughts. Not because Fred looks adorable still sleeping or anything, but rather the fact that you had just seen a better opportunity for pranking him.

“Anyway, I can grab that book for you if you— WOW what are you doing?!” George asks in alarm.

You had just took your shirt off, leaving you standing in the middle of the boys’ dormitory in a bra and pyjama shorts,

You earn a few wolf-whistles and quiet “what the hell”s, before turning around to face George, “Getting him back,” you reply, “but unlike you, I don’t need to use magic,” you say with a smile, as you carefully pull back the covers of Fred’s bed and slide in next to him, taking off your shorts as well once you’re covered and tossing them out the side of the bed.

Fred was fast asleep, lying on his back with his arm stretched out next to him, where you rested your head and lay on your side facing him. At this point all of the boys in the common room were standing around the bed, looking at the two of you with quizzical looks.

Fred began to stir, before lazily rolling onto his side, his other arm instinctively wrapping around you. The boys in the room all try and muffle their laughters to not wake Fred, but it didn’t work as he gave a little jump to the sudden noise, his eyes fluttering open to see you pretending to be asleep in his arms.

“What the hell?” Fred asks himself in a whisper.

You take this as the right time to pretend to wake up. You open your eyes, looking at Fred with a smile, “Morning, Freddie,” you say in a flirty voice, moving closer to him and placing a hand on his bare chest and nuzzling your head into the crook of his neck. The boys all standing around began to holler, laugh and whistle at the two of you, especially Fred with his eyes widened and looking around frantically.

“Class is in ten minutes you two, you better get dressed Y/n,” George says. 

Fred’s eyes open even wider somehow, as he (without thinking his actions through fully) pulls the covers up to see your half naked body, his mouth dropping,

“Fred!” You squeal, tucking into a ball and giggling a little, as he quickly covers you up again, turning onto his back with his free hand clasped over his mouth, staring up at the ceiling in shock.

The boys in the dormitory were clearly stalling, packing and unpacking their books so that they could stay to see what happens.

“Fred…” you began in a worried voice, “…Don’t you remember what happened last night?”

Fred looked over at you, on your side propped up on one elbow to see him properly. He admires you for a moment, taking in the way your hair falls around your shoulders, and your eyes staring into his… Those eyes are what made him fall in love with you when he first met you.

After a few moments of silence and Fred staring at you, you mumble “how could you”.

“Wait, Y/n, I can explain—“ Fred begins, but is cut off by your abrupt actions,

HOW COULD YOU FRED WEASLEY?!” You scream as you jump out of bed, grabbing a pillow and begin whacking him with it, “HOW COULD YOU NOT REMEMBER, YOU DICK!”

“Y/N IM SORRY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON,” Fred shouts back in panic as he covers his head with his arms to try and block the pillow,

“Do you really think that little of me?! Do you seriously not care enough about me to even remember what we did last night, HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?!” you start to sob loudly and over exaggeratingly, throwing the pillow one last time, before turning around where you stood so your back was facing him, as you bury your face in your hands and pretend to cry loudly.

The boys in the common room had stopped being discreet about staying in the room now, their full attention on you and Fred, who was sat up in bed with his hands in his hair looking terrified.

“Y/n, I’m so sorry… I don’t know why I can’t remember, honestly I…” Fred stops to take a deep, shaky breath, before he too buries his face in his hands, shaking his head. You had started to think that you may have taken this too far, since he looked really worried, but before you could tell him it was all a joke, he continued,

“Y/n, I’ve loved you from our first day at Hogwarts… I don’t know what’s happened… I’ve been wanting to tell you how I feel for so long now… And I don’t know what’s happening…” Fred says as he stands in front of you, holding your hands in his, his eyes starting to water, “I just woke up and you were… I’d never use you like that Y/n I promise, I’m so so sorry…” he says before legitimately crying, shaking his head.

“Oh God, Fred, no!” You say frantically, wrapping him in a tight hug, feeling really really bad now.

The boys that had decided to stay back all “awww’d” and gave worried looks to one another.

“Fred… Shit, nothing happened, it was fake!” you say worriedly,

Fred looks up, his eyes red and puffy, “What?” he croaks out,

“Freddie, I got into your bed just before you woke up, i wanted to trick you into thinking that something happened last night and I didn’t mean for it to get this far… God Fred, I’m so sorry,” You can see the hurt in his eyes, realising that he had not only been tricked into thinking he had taken advantage of you, but also, he had just confessed his love for you.

“But Fred, what you said about loving me… I hope that was true,” you say hopefully, “Because I’ve loved you for a while now too”.

“Okay boys, now it’s time to leave,” George says as he ushers people out of the room, leaving you two alone.

“You’re not just saying that because you feel sorry for me, are you?” Fred asks hesitantly,

“No Fred, I’m not lying to you again, I promise. It got way too out of hand and I didn’t think of how it would all turn out and I just—”

Before you could finish rambling your apologies, Fred’s arms had pulled you towards him, and he had attached his lips to yours. Not forcefully, but gently yet abruptly.

The two of you stood there in his dormitory kissing for what felt like ages, yet still not long enough, before breaking away,

“I’ll admit, it was a pretty good prank, Y/n,” Fred chuckles, looking down at you, “But what I like even better is the view I’m getting right now,”

You remember that you were still in nothing but your lingerie, quickly bending down to retrieve your clothes and hurriedly put them back on, Fred laughing as you do so.

Once you were dressed and had both stopped giggling, you wrap your arms around his neck, “Fred, I honestly am sorry about scaring you like that,” you say sincerely,

“Don’t be, the outcome was worth it,” He says, before tilting your head upwards so that he can kiss you again, making it clear that Potions wasn’t happening today.


These two designs are the ones I’ve listed on both the Etsy shop and currently, but tons more are coming!

Holy crap NEW SPORTS BRAS (and undies coming very soon in a ridiculous amount of styles, like this evening very soon)!  These amazingly awesome bras are available in size XS through 3X and will be available in all current prints and color variants :D.

I shamelessly designed this bra around MY perfect sports bra. I rarely have the patience to deal with stupid cups and wires digging in and riding up, but I still want to make sure I’m not flopping everywhere because that crap is painful.  I wanted something I don’t care to wear around all day.

I wanted great back support with wide straps, comfy elastic, removable cup support, and breathable, moisture wicking fabric.  I also wanted something comfy I could wear under sheer shirts while still supporting mah girls.  The sublimation process is the same, but this fabric is quite a bit stiffer (more tightly woven) than other types I use for better support and zero ‘stretching out’ before lunch.  These can easily be worn over an existing bra if you need extra support as well.

In short:  I freakin’ LOVE them and I hope you do, too :).

what was johnny cade like before he was jumped?

did he still smile widely when he was with his friends, even if he was treated awfully at home? did he laugh at stupid things ponyboy said; at two-bit’s awful jokes and steve’s creative insults?

was he full of hope? did he always believe there was something better waiting for him somewhere? did he trust people? was he open and loving, his every emotion clear on his face?

could he go somewhere by himself and not have to be afraid?

did dally love the other johnny better? did he constantly dream of johnny being how he was before? did he only want the boy he loved to smile more and laugh for no reason; to not have to be afraid of sudden movements and loud noises; certain sounds that reminded him of sharp rings on callused fingers and not being able to breathe right?

did dally think of johnny after he got beat up and cry silently into his shitty pillow at buck’s, trying to keep his shit together because he was supposed to be the strong one? did he sob quietly, because all he wanted was for johnny to be happy, and he should have been there to do something, and johnny couldn’t be fixed?

did they cry together sometimes; johnny shirtless and bruised, dally trying to quiet him while inwardly breaking? did they ache for something better, sharing dally’s last cigarette under a flickering street lamp at three in the morning?

they were never really okay, were they?

they weren’t.

ad astra per aspera (a rough road leads to the stars)

@flange5 is terrible because she likes to send me headcanons for headcanons:

Because I am terrible, I’m imagining Tony buying Steve a star every year after he gets out of the ice. Even during the CW. Even after he ‘dies.’ He actually does it twice the year of the brain delete because, well, he doesn’t remember the first time. 

He doesn’t tell Steve. Ever. Especially now that Steve will barely speak to him after the incursions and everything else. But he just can’t help himself. It still feels like such a great metaphor, you know? The perfect light he can’t touch but which is all the better for that. There’s something almost therapeutic about putting Steve’s name, variations of it, his epithets, nicknames, even the stupid things the baddies called him in fights years ago, on the stars. 

Steve actually finds out when it comes up on an astronomy show as a bit of trivia. Even though Tony’s been doing it anonymously, and the show doesn’t say who it was, floating the idea of maybe a fan club or something, when they call him to ask for a comment, he knows immediately, and he doesn’t even know what he says. It must be vaguely acceptable, because they go away.

Your choice where it goes from there, whether Steve at first gets mad and sees it as an attempt to manipulate or buy his way, or if he recognizes it, or if he just misses his friend. 

Or buys him a star and sees if Tony notices. 

I have this total vision of them sending messages in a bottle via stars, neither of them admitting that this is them tentatively rebuilding their friendship. Meanwhile, a few astronomers are following it on twitter, not knowing who is having this epic conversation, but completely shipping it. 

Eventually, they actually have to meet bc heroing, and it’s harder, but they are able to do it.

And later they can literally tell people, should they choose, that (hee) their relationship is written in the stars.

It literally brought tears to my eyes and so I just had to try writing SOMETHING for it. 

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Wig funds for Anna

A lot of you helped with my chemo fundraiser, for which I am eternally grateful for, however now I have a new problem. This illness has taken a lot from me, and now it’s taking the one thing I desperately tried to avoid.

I tried everything to keep my hair for as long as I could, I told my Mum that I’d rather die with my hair than live without it and to some extent I feel like that is still true. Now my hair is coming out properly I had a bit of a breakdown and took an overdose which I spent a few days recovering from in hospital. Admittedly it was a bit stupid but I am not dealing well with this stage of my illness and whilst untimately I am getting better this has made me feel like I’ve had a major setback and it’s effecting my mental health more than I feel like I can cope with.

Wigs are expensive, even shopping for them has left me feeling worn out both physically and mentally. Because of ym circumatances I can’t really afford one even with the help I’m getting so I thought I’d set this up.

Whilst I won’t be getting over the loss of my hair easily, I think having a wig will make it significantly easier for me. This amount may seem small but it’s a lot when you don’t have it so if you think you could help at all please donate or share. This will be the last one I post as I am on my way to getting better but this one last thing will help me an awful lot.

Thanks guys, Anna x

svt reacting to you finding out that you’re not their ideal type

s.coups: would probably feel kinda guilty over how you’re feeling, maybe blame himself for saying something that stupid in the first place. would try to tell you that his ideal type doesn’t mean that he still doesn’t love you

jeonghan: would feel a bit surprised that you would feel this way because he saw you as a really strong person that didn’t really let things like this get you down. to make you feel better he’d probably shower you with affection and say that his ideals type has changed, and now it’s you

joshua: he’d be really sad and also probably guilty because he never intended to make you feel this way!! he’d definitely pull you into a tight hug and start telling you about all things he finds are wonderful about you ~~~

jun: being the dick he is he’d probably say something like “I can’t just limit myself to one type good things need to be shared, don’t they” but then for a moment he’d just drop the facade and be serious and look into your eyes (probably would kiss you and tell you you’re beautiful anyway and it doesn’t matter to him)

hoshi: hoshi would probably be really pouty and look at you with a really sulky face. he’d probably whine a bit before confessing he was lying for the sake of the interview because he can’t decide on an ideal type. would try his best to make you feel better with silly jokes and funny faces

wonwoo: would smile that lazy smile of his and ruffle your hair fondly. “Don’t feel bad about yourself okay? That type thing doesn’t matter to me. Only you do.”

woozi: woozi would be like “what are you serious when did i ever say i had an ideal type what” and he’d just try to deny it. even though he doesn’t really seem to care on the outside, he’d probably be really harsh on himself for making you feel like that

mingyu: he’d get really shocked like !!! What are you serious? Maybe he’d sulk a little but would become really clingy and follow you everywhere announcing that “my ideal type is y/n and no one else”

dk: would probably shed a few tears. would probably deny everything about what he said earlier, and would also try to convince you that ideal types didn’t really matter to him. but once he sees you smile again, the sunshine boy we all know and love would be back to his normal self again

the8: he’d pretend not to notice but ACTUALLY WOULD WRITE YOU A LONG SAPPY LETTER professing his love for u and maybe made you something/ got you flowers. the whole nine yards. or should i say eight yards.

seungkwan: he’d be super dramatic about it like WHAT? NO ? WHAT IS MY IDEAL TYPE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? maybe say something sappy like “now that my eyes are opened, i see that you’re my ideal type” but in the end he’d just. kinda feel bad about it if he hurt you and hug u

vernon: this boy and his fragile heart would probably shatter with guilt let’s be honest… he’d probably get really down and try to tell you that you’re his ideal type now, and try to make you feel better by showering you with affection (well try to)  

dino: dino… poor child doesnt understand.. he wouldn’t really get why you took it so seriously because he’d just made something up at the time. would tell you that he didn’t mean it and that you’re the only one for him.

Eric & Ivanka aren't voting for Donald Trump because they're idiots.

It hurts my heart to write that little headline because – BY DEFAULT – if you are not voting for Donald Trump, that makes you a better human being.  If you pick a bowl of grits over Donald Trump at a Trump rally, then you’re not the dumbest person in the room.  So naturally, if two of his kids aren’t voting for him, that makes them just a little bit better than literal garbage juice.

But they’re not NOT voting for him by choice.  They were just too stupid to register in time.

Congratulations, Donald Trump.  You want to run the country but you can’t even keep two of your own kids aware of when the deadline to register for a state primary is.  AND YOU STILL DON’T KNOW WHEN IT IS.

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yall need to back off with these fucking assumptions and disrespectful jokes aight like im not fucking kidding these girls are showing support over a TRAGEDY that happened and shook the entire fuckijg PLANET… these are LIVES that were taken and yall manage to disrespect an entire fucking COMMUNITY with ur stupid uncalled for jokes and comments. please shut the fuck up and take a seat and learn a bit about common sense and then u may have a say in this. before that tho yall are wrong as hell and i hope u choke

Logbook of Macbeth’s watchman on duty

4am: All quiet, nothing to report

5am: Devilish cold yet nothing to report

6am: I wanna go to bed, it is so cold and boring, nothing to report

7am: At last the sun is rising, quiet beautiful over the treetops at the horizon

7:15am: Wait, since when is there a wood

7:16 am: Can’t remember having seen a wood there yesterday

7:17 am: Asked superior officer if there is a wood down there, told me not to be stupid.

7:30 am: Still seeng wood

8am: Wood is still there

8:15 am: I have never been one for botany but isn’t one night a bit fast for a wood to grow?

8:20 am: ….I could swear that wood was further off  last time I checked

8:30 am: Wood is moving?

8:35 am: Wood is moving!

8:45 am: That whisky must be better than I thought

8:50 am: So the boss’ wife just threw herself out of the window and crashed onto one of the newly appeard trees which complained loudly, you know what? I don’t give a damn, I’m off to bed!

don’t you (forget about me) ||{post-hogwarts au} sam & helen

If you’d asked Sam where he saw himself three years after graduation, what he’d be doing the weekend after his 21st, he’d have said, ‘no clue’. And that would have been actually accurate. He really didn’t know the name of this place, or what he was doing here. The bass from the dance floor was giving him a bit of a headache, but he’d learned by now the only way to get over that was another drink, and doing whatever stupid shit he wanted to in the moment. The fresh bottle was already in his hand when his friend Rich leaned over. Despite the roar of the night club, he still caught part of what Rich was saying, and his eyes followed where the other guy had pointed.

His friend’s message and implied encouragement was clear, but Sam hadn’t gotten much better at getting girls, and the blonde swaying in the scattered light was clearly out of his league, so he kept his beer with him as he went over to her and began dancing. He’d need something to nurse when she crushed his ego, inevitably. Her long hair was swept back over one bare shoulder. She had a tattoo, script that he couldn’t quite read in the dim light. She hadn’t turned around, so to get her attention and in part to start a conversation— something he could manage only marginally better than dancing— he asked, leaning closer than he would have normally dared, “Hey. What’s your tattoo say?”

So I’ve been told some stupid anon have been spreading the hate in the past days, and well I know how bad that can make you feel even when you try to ignore it…it’s still here’s one of my xtra-silly gifs in hopes to bring even the tiniest smile in those who have been attacked by this a-hole, or just feel a bit down lately…this is for all of you!!

I wish I could do more or have the right words to say but this is all I can do for now… so..Big hugs for everyone and try to keep strong!! \(^w^)/

April is such a great time to be alive. One can get up early and go out into the freshness of a new day. The moon is still casting a beautiful glow, the birds are singing, and it is a time to rejoice and thank the Lord for the beauty and the wonder of fresh-blooming plants, beautiful trees and the joy one feels to be a part of all this beauty.

Of course, to read the paper, which I love and look forward to receiving, kind of casts a bit of gloom because of the stupid war that goes on and on, killing innocent people and costing many dollars that could be used for a much better purpose.

I certainly agree with Cicero, who wrote, ‘I cease not to advocate peace; even though unjust, it is better than a just war.’ Also Samuel Butler, who wrote, 'It has been said that a unjust peace is to be preferred before a just war.’

—  My grandmother wrote editorials in the local paper so often that they wrote a lovely profile on her after she passed. Here is an excerpt from one of her editorials, published in 2008.