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praywaits asked:

JACE!!!!!!

JJJAAAAAAACCCCEEE!!!

I’m getting some serious Jace love in my inbox today. Even some “huh, I was kind of anti-Jace until reading his origin” reactions going on. Is it possible that… knowing the history and motivations of a character causes us to care more about them? 

WAIT

I FEEL A LIFE LESSON OF SOME KIND COMING ON

THIS FEELS IMPORTANT SOMEHOW

…NNNNnnnope.

I lost it. Nevermind.

proofreading is an essential skill when it comes to your studies, there’s nothing worse than dropping a grade on your essay or report because of simple grammar errors after you’ve worked so hard on it. These are some of my tips for effective proofreading: 

1. Spellchecker 

Firstly use spellchecker to initially pick up on any spelling errors, make sure it is set to the right language, remember the english language differs in spelling between countries, don’t get caught out. DON’T rely on spellchecker to catch all errors in your work, it does not pick up on incorrect word usage.

2. Print out your work 

It is easier to proofread a hardcopy than from your computer screen, it forces you to focus just on the text and also allows you to scribble down any changes needed. 

3. Proofread with fresh eyes 

Set your work aside for at least an hour, preferably a day. This gives you a break from your writing and lets you look at it from a fresh perspective. Do not proofread when you are in a hurry, tired or stressed. Leave plenty of time to proofread when working out your assignment timeline.

4. Check for one problem at a time 

Do not try to find all errors in one read through. Check for presentation issues, and then go through and read for grammar and sentence structure. Read line per line; paragraph per paragraph. Making notes of any changes as you go through. 

5. Read your work aloud 

It can be helpful to read your work aloud. You may ‘hear’ a problem that you might not ‘see’.

6. Create or use a checklist 

Sometimes a checklist may be provided to you (sometimes in the form of a marking schedule). If you make your own, you can add things that you have problems with to remind yourself to check for these issues. For example, if you have a particular problem with sentence structure or spelling, make a note of this on your list.

7. Have it peer reviewed

Have a friend or classmate read through your work. Do not be afraid of asking for help. Take their suggestions/criticisms positively. They are trying to help. You can arrange to exchange work during the course of the year to return the favour. 

8. Read it again

Once you’ve gone back and fixed your errors, print it off and read it again just to make sure nothing was missed. Once again make sure in planning your timeline ensure you leave plenty of time to proofread, I usually leave myself a day before the deadline. 

any questions, feel free to ask! 

How To Write A Great Essay About Anything

Getting Started

Let’s say you’re a high school student taking English or a college student stuck in a writing-intensive core class. You’re going to have to write a paper. It’s just a fact of life. So instead of fighting it, let’s just make it as easy as possible.

The outline I’m about to give you is simple. Essentially, the format requires just six original sentences and the rest is nothing more than reiteration and support of the ideas in those original sentences. Just like the tactics of Brasidas, you forge the rudimentary shape with the introduction and then all that’s left is defense — everyone (every word) knows their job.

No longer is the professor grading you in terms of the prompt, because you have redefined the dynamic on your terms. You have taken the prompt and made it your own. By emphatically laying out your own rules and track, excellence is achieved simply by following them. You place the reader in the middle of the square, protected by all sides, and methodically move them forward, defending doubts and objections as they arise.

I’ll go into specific examples soon, but here’s a hypothetical outline for a five-page paper:

Introduction

1. Begin with a broad, conclusive hook. This will be the meta-theme of the paper. Example from a paper on The Great Gatsby: “When citizens exhibit a flagrant disregard of morality and law, societies quickly crumble.”

2. Thesis. This needs to specify and codify the hook in relation to the prompt/subject. Ex: “This atmosphere as shown in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby — with blatant corruption and illegal activity — eventually seems to become all but incompatible with a meaningful incarnation of the American Dream.”

3. One sentence laying foundation for first body paragraph. (These are mini-theses for each point you will argue.) Ex: Though Gatsby was a bootlegger, he was driven by hope and love, rather than the greed that motivated his status-obsessed guests.

4. One Sentence for second body paragraph. (Just like the sentence you just did)

5. One sentence for third body paragraph.

6. Restate the hook and thesis into a single transition sentence into the first paragraph. “The 1920s as the epitome of excess and reactionism symbolized a sharp break in the American tradition; one that no one seemed to mind.”

Notes/Advice: Some say the thesis should go at the bottom of the intro instead of the top, which I think is a huge mistake. The point of a paper is to make an assertion and then support it. You can’t support it until you’ve made it.

Body #1

1. Rewrite first body paragraph thesis.

2. Support the mini-thesis with evidence and analysis.

3. Restate body paragraph thesis in the context of thesis as a whole.

Notes/Advice:

-Begin with your strongest piece of evidence

-Introduce quotes/points like this: Broad->Specific->Analysis/Conclusion

-Always integrate the quote, and try to incorporate analysis into the same sentence. As a general rule never use more than 5-7 of the author’s words. Normally you can use even less: “It was Jay, who despite the corruption around him, looked forward to what was described as an ‘orgiastic future.‘”

Body #2

1. Rewrite second body paragraph thesis.

2. Support mini-thesis.

3. Restate body paragraph thesis in context of the paragraph above and thesis as whole.

Body #3

1. Rewrite third body paragraph thesis.

2. Support mini-thesis.

3. Restate body paragraph thesis in context of the paragraph above and thesis as whole.

Conclusion

1. Restate hook/meta-theme.

2. Specify this with restatement of thesis once more.

3. One sentence for each body paragraph, surmising its assertion.

4. One sentence for each body paragraph, surmising its assertion.

5. One sentence for each body paragraph, surmising its assertion.

6. Rewrite hook and thesis into a conclusion sentence.

7. Last sentence must transition to a general statement about human nature. “The American Dream — and any higher aspiration — requires a society that both looks forward and onwards as well as holds itself to corrective standards.”


That’s it. Seriously. It works for a paper of 300 words just as much as it does for one of 300 pages. It’s self-generating, self-reinforcing, and self-fulfilling. Could you ask for anything better?

Just like the tactics of the great generals, by laying out the square in advance with clear, orderly lines, you insulate yourself from the chaos of improvisation. You mark the boundaries now so you don’t have to later, and excellence is achieved simply by filling them in with your sentences. Each paragraph is given a singular purpose and its only duty is fulfillment. Like I said earlier, with this structure you place the reader in the middle of the square, protected by all sides, and methodically move them forward, defending doubts and objections as they arise. And that is a great essay.

Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
—  Cesare Pavese

like I’m disturbed by how many ppl r mad I said all that abt that Kylie and tyga pic like I’m sorry but I won’t let that slide bc I know girls that went to high school with me who were manipulated by older men and I know girls who were practically picked up by dudes older than us and literally molded into what those men wanted and it’s amazing how many of them r now stuck with babies and these older men who either leave and get a new young girlfriend bc he gets older but high schools always the same age or stays and treats them like crap and she ain’t got nowhere to go bc she don’t know nothing different she was essentially groomed to be stuck with him the rest of his life and I know that’s not likely to happen to Kylie bc she’s wealthy and famous but for young girls without her mobility and opportunity and the buffer of fame and money and privilege they r less likely to not get stuck w/ that nasty older dude

anonymous asked:

What is the best piece of marriage/relationship advice you could give someone?

Cherish & respect each other.
Whatever that means to each couple, in every situation choose to respect and cherish the person infront of you and the person you chose to love for the rest of your life.
Respect is so important in love, in marriage.
When you argue, respect each other, and learn how to fight fair. When you make decisions respect each other and listen to one another instead of just trying to make your thoughts heard.
Value each other.

And really I think Philippians 2:3 essentially gives one of the most important piece of advice “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.“

time.com
Now's the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions
The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits.

This TIME opinion article is disturbing and very offensive. Let me state the reasons.
1) The whole premise rests on the idea that the government is taxing other people more to “make up” for the taxes nonprofits aren’t paying. (false, since we know the government will never have enough money, and never lower taxes just because it finds a new source of income.)
2) The author blames this on the churches rather than the government.
3) Hence, the church is simply “not contributing” what essentially the author believes that it owes (the church owes nothing) and
4) The author concludes that tax-paying citizens are “funding” churches by their taxes!
5) The author pretends that they’re being fair by saying that they want to remove the tax-exempt status of other partisan nonprofits. Planned Parenthood is an example meant to show the way the government funds other partisan nonprofits and conservatives don’t like it. However, they are deliberately misleading because Planned Parenthood is a business that should never have gotten nonprofit status and moreover they receive DIRECT government funding through the taxes we pay not just this “indirect” crap. The government does not give money to churches.
6) The author claims that churches on valuable tracts of land are “not pulling their weight” by not paying property taxes. As though property taxes were owed to the land or something.
7) This article says that giving churches special treatment violates the separation of church and state. However, the very concept of separation of church and state guarantees special treatment for churches. The church doesn’t owe the state anything, that’s real separation. If you think it does, you can’t claim to support separation of church and state.
8) Most ludicrously, the author claims that churches in poor neighborhoods are oppressing the poor by not paying taxes, since this money could be used by the government to help the poor. This is absurd because not only does the church use this same money to help the poor (and it would hardly be more effective re-routed through the government!) but may I remind you that churches are funded entirely by charitable donations coming from the residents of the area in which they are located, meaning that the churches are probably funded by the voluntary donations of the very same poor people they are supposedly oppressing.
9) The last and most offensive point the author makes is that the government needs to seize money from churches, since it would be neglectful for the government to leave the important business of helping the poor up to churches!

Also, Jesus may say to pay your taxes, but this money, tithe money, is God’s money. When Christians give to churches they are giving directly to God, which we consider to be an act of worship. (Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, to God what is God’s.) Therefore, if the government tries to take tithe money, they are taking what is God’s. This is not only stealing but also downright blasphemous, as they are claiming to be more important than God. This is something that would call for mass civil disobedience on the part of American churches.

“I’m a professional”

hey that’s great to hear, but when someone says this all it means is that they are in a paid position for their service. it does not mean they’re successful, it does not mean they’re knowledgeable (Millan is a professional, so is Dr Mercola…). pulling the ‘professional’ card and offering nothing further is essentially saying “i get paid for this so listen to me above others”. be wary of anyone that cannot or will not build beyond telling you they have an income.

like…can I paint a picture for you….imagine every certain day at your local grocery chain is black Friday…for the sake of imagination, lets say every second Friday of the month is black Friday at your local grocery chain…you stand in a long ass line that spans around the entire actual store waiting to be let in….you have your grocery list…lets say your standard eggs, bread and milk….and when you go in to idk…Target, or WalMart or Publix or H-E-B….you run to the milk aisle….and there’s nothing…nothing in the dairy aisle….nothing in the bread aisle…you find a few cartons of eggs….and they’re quadruple what you normally pay for them (and that’s lightening it up for you)…then you go pay for these overpriced eggs with your salary that’s literally barely like 70 U.S. dollars a month in equivalence (so….essentially nothing if you’re the one maintaining a household)…and that’s it it’ll be like that every single time you go grocery shopping until otherwise noted which seems like never and you can’t just go grocery shopping whenever you want….you have to go on this specific day because there are shortages and the lack of product means there’s nothing to sell you…. well…that’s it that’s what it’s like grocery shopping in Venezuela

This is for all the stuff about Alabama, Texas, and whatever other southern states are deciding they have power over the supreme court.
First of all NO THEY DON’T!
Second of all there is a difference between religious marriage, and state marriage. Religious marriage is essentially a ceremony, but actually means nothing. State marriage is what really matters, and that’s what the ruling is about. State marriage is going to an office and saying “we want a certificate saying we’re married.” (not necessarily word for word)… This is what gives you tax breaks and what any controversy is about. The entire point of the supreme court (in general) is that one little word in there…SUPREME! The decision of the SUPREME court overturn any state or local laws claiming the contrary. If you are a same-sex couple in a region where same-sex marriage has been “banned” after the ruling, take that shit to court if you are denied your ability to marry.

  • the clique:we are an inviting group of fans!! everyone is welcoming!!
  • the clique:accuses tyler and josh of racism/homophobia/transphobia over essentially nothing
  • the clique:bases tyler/josh's beliefs off of their family's
  • the clique:sends death threats to people with contrasting opinions
  • the clique:insults people for not spelling out "twenty one pilots" and accuses people of being fake fans if they say "21p" or "TOP"
  • the clique:constantly judges other fans for expressing their feelings about the band in an appropriate setting
  • the clique:patrols the actions and words of other fans
  • the clique:so welcoming!! :)
8 Favourite Albums

, Hiii everyone. I was tagged by the lovely Hannah ( comeofage1) to make a list of my 8 favourite albums! My favourite albums have changed so much over the years of my life, but this is what I like now! They’re all albums I’ve gotten stuck on and essentially listened to nothing else for weeks on end…lol. 

(in no particular order!)

1. X (Ed Sheeran!) - I just really love this album. It’s complex. It’s rhythmic! It’s full of fantastic harmonies and such a range of diverse styles. It’s pretty much brimming with how wonderful Ed is and how talented and skilled he is. This is in both the writing musically, and lyrically: I really think Ed just…gets the human condition. When you listen closely to the lyrics they’re all so sharp and home-hitting. Truly a masterpiece.

2. #3 (The Script) - (I like irony, I’m sorry). I love the Script. I admittedly started listening to them due to two certain boybanders, but they’re totally my style, and my favourite album by them is almost a tie between this one and “Science and Faith”.This one though, there’s just something that resonates with me. “Six Degrees of Separation” and “Glowing” are probably my favourite tracks.

3. FOUR (…..One Dalmation? Something like that?) - Okay this album, while admittedly not 100% my favourite styles (though bits of it totally are) just resonates with me. It’s fun. It’s real. The boys worked hard on it. Sometimes the harmonies are super on point, and I’m such a harmony person that this is something I love. Just the whole album (minus Spaces…) fills me with happy and empowerment and hope for the future :)

4. Bulletproof Picasso (Train) - I love Train a lot, but strangely this is my favourite album by them. (To be fair, their newer stuff is more my style than the old stuff, so I mainly like Save Me San Francisco onwards). This album just made me happy from beginning to end (minus the sad songs…) and I just really really loved it a lot. Highlights include “Just a Memory”, “I Will Remember”, and “Wonder What You’re Doing For the Rest of Your Life”.

5. Vagabonds (The Classic Crime) - This was a close tie with “The Silver Cord”, though my favourite song by them is actually from Phoenix (The Precipice). I’ve loved “The Classic Crime” for YEARS and there’s just something really awesome about their music and I can listen to it non-stop. It’s not always on my normal rotation but I always get really excited whenever any of it plays.

6. V (Maroon 5) - Fuck Maroon 5 for calling their fifth album five. Look at this list. This is bullshit. I actually picked this album to complain about this fact haha but I love Maroon 5 in general and don’t really have a favourite album. I think I probably have listened to “Overexposed” the most but honestly, Maroon 5 and I are just pals overall. Adam gets me. Or, maybe he doesn’t, but the harmonies, rhythms, and vocal tone do. 

I cannot definitively decide on a 7th and 8th, so here are some runners up

- The Chaos and the Calm (James Bay)

- Science and Faith (The Script)

- The Silver Cord (The Classic Crime)

- My Brain Says Stop But My Heart Says Go (FM Static)

- A variety of soundtracks (including Pippin, HIMYM, AD… a bunch of musicals too…) and probably more too!


HEY MUTUALS. Do you talk to me? Have you not done this? YOU ARE TAGGED. I will be watching you! hehe

Worrying about American eagle has me near an anxiety attack shit