where we are in place and time

From the viewpoint of the great Cosmic Beings, the Earth is a kind of purgatory, a schoolhouse where souls can learn to love in a Divine way and spread the Light that will save the planet from perpetual darkness.  Our Earth is a like a spaceship, progressing through the various realms of the universe. The entire human family is travelling on this spaceship. Sagittarius teaches us that no matter what our race, culture, religion, or status in life, by virtue of being incarnated in this time and place, we are all enduring the human condition.

With her I was always
So dizzy and time
Moves like a stop-motion film, where
I am dropped into
Different places without knowing it.
We crawled under the bedroom
Floors and into the
Carpet fibers. She thought I was
Beautiful, in a way that was deep and
Slow like honey. She makes my
Palms sweat. She’s the backseat
Of a car, where we are fingers
Grasping for fingers, my head
On her shoulder.
And then, without warning, we
Loved each other.
I gave her my ocean and fields
Of summer grass; my bed and
All my hot blood.

Just The Way You Are

Requetsed: Yes

Anonymous asked:

I want I an imagine where reader is in never land there are other girls in the island too who are prettier and reader feels insecure and cut herself but pan loves her and tells her she is beautiful and stuff"! Sorry if its confusing

Pairing: Peter Pan x Reader

Fandom: OUAT

Warnings: self-harm,cutting.

Rating: cute 


Y/N’s POV

When the shadow first took me from my home, from everything I had and told me that it would take me to Neverland, where I could live happy and in peace.

In the place where I used to live, the people of my highschool, treated me horribly and bullyed me conctantly because of my physic, or just the way I was. I really thought that that could change, and in a way it did.

You may have noticed that I have said ‘the first’. And that’s because it wouldn’t be my only time in Neverland, but that’s something we’ll talk about later.

As I was saying, when I arrived Neerland, I met this boy that called himself ‘king of Neverland’, Peter Pan. I was inmediatly attracetd by his handsomness. He payed a lot of attention to me the first weeks, but as I got more comfortable with the island, he started getting more into his things, and I mean, it’s completel fine, but when he left me with the rest of the lost boys I didn’t feel that good. I’ll explain.

When I came to the island, I was not only greeted by the so called ‘king’, but also by his multiple lost girls.

I got to know all of them, and they are great girls. Really kind, funny and hard-workers. We, all of the lost girls, are great friends, and it’s not their fault that I felt the way I did.

Having more girls around means having more people to compare yourself with. From all of them, I am the only on who doesn’t look like a model. I mean, I know how I am, my compossition, but being around skinny, beautiful and perfect girls while you are not that pretty, hurts.

My first solution to this feeling I had inside, was to escape from the kingdom, and I actually achieved it. But some weeks later, the shadow found me again and told me that I belonged to Neverland. When I came back Peter was quite angry with me and gave me the silent treatment. 

As now I had all my insecurities and the addition of Peter’s anger, and I knew that trying to escape was stupid I started cutting myself. It surely hurted me, but it made me feel as if all my problems were gone.

                                                   present times

I was in my treehouse laying on my bed when a fuming Peter entered on my room.

“Oh. Hey Pan! Is there something wrong?”

“What is this Y/N?” he asked taking my pocket knife from his trousers. “What the hell were you thinking?!” he more yelled than asked

“Peter I can explain. You don’t even know how it feels to be the fatter and uglier girl on this bloody island! I feel depressed most of the times but no one here gives a fuck! And when you stoped talking to me I felt even worse and I started cutting myself…”

He then looked at me with a mixed expresion of amusement and disbelief. He walked near my bed and sat own next to me, taking my hands on his.

“Y/N, you are the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen in my life, and all the girls in here can’t compare to you, because you are perfect. And when I stoped talking to you it was because I was angry that you wanted to leave, to leave me.”

“Peter I…” I said with tears already falling down my cheeks

He then placed his hand on my cheek and wiped my tears away with his thumb. Then he quietly asked “Can I kiss you?” And I just slowly nodded my head yes when he closed the gap between us with a sweet kiss, while he mumbled several times against my lips the words: “You are perfect, just the way you are.”    

scipunk63  asked:

Imagine an alternate version of the opening as told by Ashi: Long ago in a distant land, I, Ashi, the daughter of the first shape-shifting Master of Darkness, have taken my father's place! I came from the future with a foolish samurai warrior, wielding a magic sword. I tore open a portal in time, and flung him and I into the past, where our word is now law! Now that the fool has returned to the past, we can begin to build the future that is Jack and Ashi!

Originally posted by thy-golden-child

…just yes, please omg I need this 

anonymous asked:

I am getting tired of all these William and Kate should look to etc etc. We are not the parents. We don't know their children nor take care of them. I find it personally rude to 'advice' other parents on how to raise their children when they're not even asking us in the first place. My parents are especially sensitive with such questions as they were 'told off' by others when I was born. William and Kate should try to forge better relationships with the media, but we have no say in these matters

I completely agree. Same with discussions today about Gabriella not attending the football event. There are plenty of times where only one child attends a particular event. They know what’s best for their children. Charlotte seems like she can handle anything but George is a bit more sensitive. Same with Gabriella. Very few of the people in the fandom are parents themselves, and none of us are parents to famous children. We have to respect their parenting choices. I feel pretty strongly about that

anonymous asked:

Ooo for the "tigerstar has descendants in every clan au" who do you think the mothers of the wind and sky kits could be?

hmmm. that’s an excellent question…

I’m not sure about skyclan, bc in this situation we’d have to have either tigerstar travel to where skyclan is, or be in an au where skyclan was never banished in the first place, both of which would dramatically alter the timeline and the cats in skyclan while tigerstar was alive. So I really can’t say.

As for WindClan, hmm lemme look at my Darkest Hour allegiances to get an idea on who was in windclan at the time… we have Ashfoot, Morningflower, and Whitetail listed as queens. Morningflower and Ashfoot are siblings (with Onestar too, apparently) according to the wiki, and if I remember right Morningflower was a queen when Brokenstar drove out WindClan, so she and Ashfoot would probably be of a similar enough age to Tigerstar. Whitetail is Onestar’s mate, and Heathertail’s mother. Ashfoot is also Crowfeather’s mother. 

I’m gonna say… Ashfoot. It’d be interesting having another one of the journeying cats (crow in this case) have a half-brother that’s Tigerstar’s son. Also, Tigerstar killed Gorsepaw, Morningflower’s son. What if Ashfoot saw that while pregnant with Tigerstar’s kits? Imagine how betrayed she’d feel, her mate just killed her sister’s son (that sounds like some classic Erin Hunter drama). Soon after, she takes Deadfoot as a mate instead, and then we have crow. 

anonymous asked:

My go to happy thought is aaron pulling the "hotel stay #2" on rebecca when he knows she walks by rhay time everday past the mill on morning "walks". Aaron opens that bedroom curtain real wide and starts to work Robert up where hes practically chowing down on Aarons neck and starting to unzip Aaron's jeans. Aaron's not going to let another White miss the show.. these sisters need to learn their place ;)

Please can we have more Aaron being all over Robert when they’re near? Not so much Chrissie as I’m certain she doesn’t give a crap anymore, but I wanna see that rat cry. Even better if he can make eye contact with her when he’s kissing Robert or when Robert is basically chewing his neck? Yeah.

I was never good at dealing with the part where people left my life. Sometimes it felt as if my heart and dreams were shattered to pieces. But then I came to realize that them leaving had little to do with me.
The people who come into our lives are there for a reason. We’re often not aware of it, but I believe their purpose is to bring what we need in that time and place of our life. They leave for that reason too.
We let people touch our lives and when they do, they leave a mark. Whether it’s heartbreaking or heartwarming, we are never the same. At least I never was. At some point, I started to feel like I evolved into a slightly different and a more understanding version of myself. I came to know that dreams might die and eventually other dreams will awaken. And maybe, without realizing it I touch lives and dreams too. And if so, may it always be with love, wisdom and compassion. Because in the end what matters the most is what we learn and how well we pass it on.
Even when dreams come to die.
—  aashiquidreams  // Journal of Dying Dreams

yeah, Reiner, let’s talk about this, real quick, real quick. 

We all know Eren Jaeger, yes? 

cute kid. 

well balanced. 

great temper. 

totally, totally…

even-tempered guy. 

You uh, remember where he’s from?

yeah, yeah, there’s this uh, great little village, you might’ve heard of it, great little place, beautiful landscape, stucco style housing, great neighborhood for kids, lots of families, real estate value has been going up for years. 

yeah, well, he’s uh, from this little town. 

and uh, if you don’t remember…

this kid’s, uh, mom and his entire village, well. 

they got utterly destroyed.

by you. 

and uh, well, this guy’s MO is

It’s kind of his thing. 

he’s said it a million times. 

And you thought that…

you could not only reason with him, and convince him that he should leave with you, that he should just walk away or else he’ll destroy the walls and the entire population living within it…

but you also thought that this kid

yeah this one. 

was gonna….be totallllllly down to pal around with the two people responsible for killing his mother and destroying his village. 

yeah. 

ok reiner. 

The 2 Elements of an ORIGINAL STORY IDEA

If you’ve been doing this writing thing for more than one day, you’ve likely experienced the following worry: 

“What if my story idea ISN’T ORIGINAL?”

And if my experience is any indication, things spiraled downwards from there: “What if it’s cliche? What if there’s nothing new here?! It IS cliche. It ISN’T original. I’m a failure! ALL MY WRITING NEEDS TO BURN!”

Calm yourself. There’s a way to make sure that your story concept is unique.  

First, what IS a story concept? It’s the initial idea that made you want to write the thing. It’s the “What If” question that starts everything off. Later, it will be the promise that hooks the reader or audience, and makes them want to experience the story. 

So for example: What if Cinderella was a cyborg? What if a rat wanted to be a french chef? What if a fish had to venture across the ocean to find his son who’s captive in a dentist’s office aquarium?   

All great concepts. All of which seem to be comprised of two elements: something that we already know about, a set up that establishes expectations, and then something contrasting and surprising, which creates irony or surprise.  
So the first element of a successful story concept is FAMILIARITY. 

Establishing expectations? Something we already know about? Familiarity?! That sounds like the definition of UNorginal. 

Hear me out. 

What do readers do when foraging for a new novel at the bookstore? Certain readers gravitate to certain shelves. Some go to mysteries, some to crime, a whole lot to romance, and the rest to the other genres that are too numerous to list.

 Why is this? Because genres give them a pretty good idea about what they’re going to get. Readers already know the conventions of the genre. They’ve already put in the work of learning, accepting, and enjoying these conventions. 

Genres give both reader and writer something to go on right away. For the reader, genres are expectations for story events, setting, character, and more, which are automatically enjoyable to them. For a writer, it’s a set of expectations which can be flipped to create something remarkable and unique.  

It’s like telling a joke. Without a setup, there can’t be a punchline. 

The genres are the setup, the individual twist the author puts on that genre is the punchline. Or in other words, readers truly do want the same thing –only different.  

To illustrate this, let’s take a look at one of the most successful stories of all time.

With space ships, interplanetary travel, sentient robots, and aliens running amok, Star Wars LOOKS to be the kind of story that requires the audience to expend lots of mental energy to comprehend and believe. At first glance, it seems that imaginations are going to have to stretch a great deal, and there won’t be anything familiar to ground us – this SEEMS like an uncomfortably new, unwelcoming world. But I doubt if anyone has ever felt uncomfortable or unwelcome while watching Star Wars. And the reason for this can be summed up with one ellipsis-ended sentence:

Suddenly, all is clear. This isn’t the hard-to-imagine future, this is the PAST. We’re not being asked to imagine and believe a totally new world; we’re being taken to the realm of “far, far away”, a place we’ve known since childhood. Isn’t “a long time ago” just another way of saying “once upon a time”? Yes, it is, so we know where we are now. We are in a fairy tale, a myth.  

The familiarity of fairy tales sets us at ease and sets our expectations in place. Expectations which Star Wars meets with flying colors: A farmboy who must become a knight. A princess imploring for aide. A mystical wise-old-man mentor. Sword fights between good and evil. A magic that operates like religion. A dark lord and a dark side. Star Wars was built upon something we already know, something timeless, something we’ve always enjoyed. 

And once those well-known expectations were set, Star Wars was free to add the unexpected and create one of those most memorable story worlds ever.
Think of a story you love, and you’ll probably be able to identify the something-already-known aspect of it.  

How about Harry Potter? 

When we hear “boarding school”, mental images and probabilities are instantly conjured in our minds. We picture classrooms, dormitories, a campus with very old buildings, kids in uniforms, a giant place for meals, living through a schoolyear with a bunch of kids your age, etc. Even if we don’t know much about boarding school, we all know what regular school is like (even us homeschoolers over here *waves*) and our expectations for that are nearly identical from person to person.  

So what does this prove?

It proves that one half of your story’s concept must be grounded in something we already know, and know well. These are the expectations you are going to establish for your reader, before the second element of your concept upends everything and creates something wholly unique. 

You need FAMILIARITY. You need to ground your concept in something WELL-KNOWN. Only then will you be able to create something ORIGINAL. 

Where can familiarity be found?  

1. Genre Conventions 

2. Occupations 

3. Well-known stories  

The possibilities are not limited to these categories, of course. Familiar subjects can be found within many other areas. However, Familiar elements seem to share certain qualities … 

Provides a rough timeline

⦁ Conjures imagery

⦁ Sets expectations for events, characters, opposition, etc

⦁ Has natural potential for conflict 

⦁ Serves as a goal-oriented backdrop for the plot

To see how this works, let’s look at Harry Potter again: 

Familiarity: Going to boarding school. (An occupation)

Timeline: A school year (which Voldy always lets Harry complete before trying to kill him again, bless him.)

Story Expectations: When we hear “school”, we know what we’re going to get.

Imagery: Boarding school conjures tons of possibilities. 

Conflict Potential: It’s a thousand kids living in one castle with a handful of adults – there’s going to be conflict. 

Goal-Oriented: School is inherently goal directed. You want to graduate. And in the case of boarding school, you want to win the house cup. 

But of course, this familiar environment is only HALF of the concept for Harry Potter. The other half, of course, is WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY. Which brings us to the 2nd element of a successful story concept, which will be the subject of the next post.

Oh, you had me living a lie for a year? Maybe I'll just go ahead and dismantle every aspect of your life.

Well I was had! I been took! I been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok!

This is a trailer trash roller coaster. All aboard!

The Lies

I thought I was in a slightly tumultuous but overall fun relationship for a year. I had gotten out of a 12 year relationship when I met Fuckboi, he was so charming and handsome I thought I won the lottery! He was super pushy about saying “I love you” first and defining our relationship. He introduced me to his family. His niece started calling me Auntie. He tells me about his 3 children and their mothers and lies about how the mother of his oldest hates him and is keeping him away from the kid.

But then things started getting weird. His “ex” started calling all the fucking time, multiple times a day. They had children together, but the grandmother had custody the lie I was told to make it seem normal was that both of them had jobs where they traveled a lot, so they signed legal guardianship over to the g-ma to make schooling & emergency issue easier. Then she moved down to the city we were loving in for “work training”. Then she was moving down permanently without the kids. When I asked why the kids weren’t coming, the lie I was told they need to stay in the same school Um, they are 6 and 4 I’d say staying with parents is more important at that age than their peer group. It was weird, but I’m the cool girlfriend and it wasn’t my place to tell them where their daughters should live.

His “work” was in the cannabis industry, kind of. He worked with the “ex” brother in law going to legal states, buying pounds at a time and trafficking it via USPS. So, when he tells me he’s going to Oregon I think nothing of it.

After a week in Oregon, a lot of stories aren’t adding up, like his phone is always dead even though he carries a power bank with him. THEN one of his “friends” starts posting cuddled up selfies with him. I quickly put 2 and 2 together and dump him for cheating on me with this chick in Oregon.

The Truth

After I dumped him I made a messy facebook post on his wall, which the mother of his oldest child sees and she contacts me and lays out the truth!

He never contacts his oldest daughter, even though he has her cellphone. No one is keeping him from her.

  • He owes $20k in back child support for her, as he has never once made a payment and he moves around a lot & works under the table, so the mother was never able to collect garnishments or anything.
  • He has a huge criminal record starting with rape he committed at age 15, and then a lifetime of fraud, larceny and drug charges I knew nothing about!
  • His “ex” who moved to our city was his girlfriend of 9 years who was very much still in a relationship with him
  • They willingly gave up the 2 children because they preferred to use drugs; him - heroin, her - pills
  • There is a FOURTH child!?!?!?! He and the mother conspired to pin the paternity on another poor sap and it’s been 17 years now that this other man has been paying for a kid that is not his
  • I was his side chick
  • His family knew and played along in the lie and included their 10 and 16 year old children in the lie!
  • His chick in Oregon is actually his starcrossed lover from childhood! And every time they would try to be together one or the other would end up in jail!
  • The Oregon chick ALSO has a criminal record highlights include criminally negligent homicide from a DUI where she killed her passenger, fraud, larceny, drug charges

This shocked me, so I paid for a criminal background check which is how I learned of their records.

The Revenge

I PROFUSELY thanked the ex for telling me the truth about the situation. I mulled on it for a bit trying to convince myself to simply consider myself lucky and just walk away with my dignity intact. But then he’d be winning and I knew I had everything in my power to come down on him like Thor’s hammer.

  • I gave the ex ALL of his info - SSN, State ID#s, current and past known addresses. With this she contacted her state’s Child Support Services.
  • He now will have his Drivers license revoked and can’t get one no matter the state he moves to until he is current with his past payments.
  • If he ever gets a real job 25% of his wages will be garnished
  • He now has a warrant for his arrest in the state his oldest kid lives.
  • He’s trying to play house with his new GF and contacted the mother of his oldest to arrange a meeting with his kid and his gf’s child. The mother is “playing nice” and pretending it’s a-go and he is planing a trip to visit the daughter. He will not see her, at the “meeting” he will be seeing the police and they will arrest him for failure to pay, and he won’t get out of jail until he pays a sizable chunk of the $20,000 past-due PLUS bail!
  • I gave the ex his info THE DAY BEFORE his federal tax refund was set to go out, She was fast enough at getting his info to CSS that they INTERCEPTED his full tax refund and now he has for the first time paid for something for his child.
  • His past due child support is also going on his credit report
  • I know the name of the business his ex brother in law owns and uses to launder his drug trafficking money, I dropped a dime to the IRS. So, he’s losing his only steady income soon and can’t get a job a Walmart due to his criminal record, and if he DOES manage to find someone that hires without criminal background checks he will lose ¼ of his paycheck.
  • I told this story to two of my “hacker” friends and they got into contact with hackers more talented than themselves and are now going to “take care of” a few more things for me, like finding the guy who was conned into paying for a kid that’s not his.

anonymous asked:

LISA. If every song from Halbum was a fic, what fic would they be?????

Meet Me In The Hallway

Just let me know I’ll be at the door, at the door
Hoping you’ll come around
Just let me know I’ll be on the floor, on the floor
Maybe we’ll work it out

  • Red Brick Heart : Uni AU. Harry had turned up at the halls of residence expecting fun, new friends, and maybe a life experience or two. What he doesn’t expect is a surprise roommate who’s loud and dramatic and obsessed with tea and is maybe, actually, all he’s ever wanted.

Sign of the Times

Just stop your crying, it’s a sign of the times
We gotta get away from here

  • Here In The Afterglow1970’s AU. In a tiny town in Idaho, Louis’ life is changed forever by the arrival of a curious stranger.

Carolina

She’s such a good girl 
She’s a good girl 
She feels so good

  • You’ll Breathe Me In (You Won’t Release)  AU where Louis is a 25-year-old driving instructor and Harry is a 17-year-old virgin who’s really awful at seduction, except for the time he gets Louis to fall for him and fuck him senseless and take him on kinky adventures.

Two Ghosts

We’re not who we used to be
We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat

  • Love Is A Rebellious Bird :  AU in which the boys still make music. Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who “has made Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and Liam are around too.

Sweet Creature

But we’re still young
We don’t know where we’re going but we know where we belong

I know, we started
Two hearts in one home

  • Never Be : The one where Harry Styles moves to Connecticut from England for nine months as a part of a study abroad program, and he just so happens to move in with Louis Tomlinson and family.

Only Angel

I must admit I thought I’d like to make you mine
As I went about my business through the warning signs
End up meeting in the hallway every single time

  • Gods & Monsters : The instructions were simple: seduce and destroy Harry Styles. Not once did they discuss the option of Louis actually falling in love. So, naturally, that’s exactly what he did.

 Kiwi

And all the boys, they were saying they were into it
Such a pretty face, on a pretty neck

Driving me crazy, but I’m into it, but I’m into it
I’m kind of into it

  • Escapade : In the grand scheme of things, finding a date for a wedding should be no problem for Louis Tomlinson. He’s rich. He’s handsome. He’s reasonably well behaved. But when the wedding is for his lifelong best friend (and former boyfriend), and is happening in under a month, finding a date for the ceremony and accompanying festivities becomes more of an adventure than he ever could have planned for.

Ever Since New York

I need something, tell me something new
Choose your words, ‘cause there’s no antidote
For this curse
Oh, what’s it waiting for?
Must this hurt you just before you go?

  • Empty Skies : For three years, Harry has been running from his past. Now, he is moving to London and pledges to fulfil his only dream – making it big in the music industry. Not everyone has a place, though, and the competition is tough. As is his past catching up on him.Louis is part of the biggest boy band of the world, and getting there had meant a lot of hard work, as well as sacrificing parts of his heart and soul. He’s still happy. Maybe not as happy as he could be, but who is he to complain?

Woman

I hope you can see, the shape that I’m in
While he’s touching your skin
He’s right where I should, where I should be
But you’re making me bleed

  • You Are The Blood : A seventh-year Hogwarts AU in which Niall gets all the girls, Liam goes on a journey of self-discovery, Zayn falls in love, Harry wants something more, and Louis tries to figure out once and for all why he, a Muggleborn, was sorted into Slytherin.

From The Dining Table

We haven’t spoke since you went away
Comfortable silence is so overrated
Why won’t you ever be the first to break?
Even the phone misses your call, by the way

  • These Inconvenient FireworksFuture AU in which nobody tries out for X Factor but the boys end up finding one other eventually anyway. Louis is a jaded bastard who owns a cat named Duchess and teaches drama to teenagers, Harry is an idealistic aspiring photographer/part-time footy coach, Zayn teaches English lit and wears leather jackets, Liam saves people from burning buildings, and Niall is Niall.

meridamccool  asked:

The characters you draw and the colors you use are honestly so beautiful. I was wondering if you work as an artist full time? As in, are there places where we can see your work, such as a comic book? Also, do you have any characters with hijabs or headscarves? Anyway, keep up the great work!

Hi, thanks so much! Yes, I art full time! Well, half the day is correspondance, and the other half is art, but it’s my day job. c:

Sorry to say I don’t have any personal art of girls wearing hijabs, but have helped illustrate a character wearing one for a doll line called Woke Girls :D

I do have two girls with generic head scarves, though :

So we were starting a new campaign, and my DM had a terrible experience previously in which the characters never properly met up in-game, so he wanted to make sure this time that all of us ended up in the right place together. Before we started the game he had texted one of the players to tell her there was a secret passage out of her jail cell leading to the place where she (a halfling rogue) could meet up with us. But her phone was acting weird so she didn’t get the text, so when it came time for her to escape, he expected her to know what to do, and she didn’t.
DM: So they’re waiting for you on the other side. The guard is heading for your cell.
Rogue: Uh…I should probably leave now.
DM: *kicking her under the table* Yeah. So. The guard is coming. How are you gonna do that?
Rogue: Can I show him my tits?
DM: What? Why?
Rogue: I flash the guard.
DM: ??? Okay fine, roll persuasion.
Rogue: *rolls a nat 20*
DM: …he is so enchanted by your marvelous tits that he escorts you out of jail and leads you to the rest of the party.

yall arguing that making college education free will render the degrees useless are 1) fucking wrong and 2) fucking selfish

Like there was a time and place where elementary school educations were enough to get by in society, but soon it was realized nah you need high school for the most part in order to survive. so we mandated that all be in school until they’re at least 16 in the usa.

times move on, and the less education you have access to, the less opportunities you have access to, we recognized that with high school in the past, we need to recognize it for college today. 

Our society will literally not be sustainable if we don’t give more people access to higher education to work in jobs with specific skillsets that require college degrees. 

If yall want technological and economic advancements, you need to fucking recognize that the people need more access to education or there wont be enough people to fill our societies demands.

The price of degrees is holding us back as a society. 

I provoked some pre-pubescent panic.

A long time ago when one of my kids was in elementary school, I volunteered to chaperone the fourth grade end-of-school outing to a pool. The kids were nine or ten years old. My job was to sit in a chair and make sure no one got out of hand. I was seated and quiet and therefore invisible to the kids.

A group of four girls set up camp in front of me. At one point, one of the girls left to do something and the other three promptly started talking smack about her. The ringleader grabbed a paper plate and started writing down, “Reasons why we don’t like so-and-so.” They wrote and snickered and had a grand time at the other girl’s expense. Then they tucked the paper plate under a knapsack, linked arms and went off to grab some lunch.

As soon as they left, I snatched the paper plate and buried it deep in a garbage can. When the girls returned, they noticed the plate was gone. Oh, my god! Where did it go?? They started to panic. They asked some other kids if they had seen it. No. They tore the place apart looking for it. Never did find it.

Eventually, the party ended and we packed up to leave. I don’t know if any lessons were learned but I certainly enjoyed watching those little girls quirm for a little while.

SEVENTEEN THEORIES (UPDATED! - S. Coups)

Okay, so my twin and I have come up with theories to Seventeen’s comeback.

We all understand that the concept revolves around the idea of fears and being alone. We see in all the videos an introduction to this fear and by the end of the trailer, they acknowledge these fear. 

So we think…

Vernon: His fear could be wandering aimlessly, unsure of his path. He just walks around, letting time pass by him. He acknowledges this fear by continuing to use that compass until he finds someone familiar to him.

Jeonghan: His fear could be his image or his image in front of the camera/media. It could be that he takes photos because he has an image in his mind of how things look to him, but the outside world may not view his perspective the same. Through media, that can be altered and it can shine a different light on an artist. By facing his fear, he leaves the comfort of the home. By doing this, he accepts how the world is going to view him.

Mingyu: His fear could be related to having this incomplete half to himself. We see him alone, but everything is in two like he once had someone who shared the same similarities and now he feels responsible for filling this void. We could take it another way. We also see a disconnect, especially in the scenes with a mirror. It may portray a disconnect between what he feels inside and what he sees on the outside. I can see this in Mingyu since he often feels uncomfortable with his body. Mingyu faces his fear by finally taking a step back and away from the mirror, almost saying that he will no longer let his physical features define him.

DK: His fear could be not improving. We see his running pace remain the same, and then he eventually drops the timer. DK would be the type of person to always strive to be better and to always work to improve, and not being able to accomplish that can haunt him. By dropping that timer, he allows himself to improve at his own pace without the stress of a physical and materialistic goal.

Woozi: His fear could be related to his talents, his brains. It looks as though he’s trapped in a library, like all this knowledge is kept inside, unable to be shown to the world or appreciated by the world. He may be afraid to share the world his talents.

Jun: He is surrounded by memories. His fear could be that this brotherhood he has with the others will eventually be lost and all he has left to fill this empty space are the memories. He’s afraid to get in touch when a long time has passed since we hear Jisoo’s voice from a voice mail. He faces this fear by finally going out and visit. 

Dino: We see him land on the space “turn to the first space.” This could signify his fear of starting from scratch when they have already put so much work into their team and their music. We see him continue to roll the die like he’s waiting for a new fate, but every time he ends up with the same number that landed him there. This correlates with the “seventeen project 2017” they are portraying, that they are starting over with a re-debut with this new and improved group.

Wonwoo: The fear shown in his teaser is boredom and disinterest. We see him at the beginning staring at a blank wall as he steps out in the hallway. He also see him looking out the window and often sitting and contemplating. He picks up the TV remote, but he just flips through the channels, unable to pick something that interests him. We hear cheering, like fans clapping and cheering but his facial expressions don’t change. He could be afraid of no longer finding interest in what he does, or he could be afraid of fans no longer be interested. But it looks to be resolved as the scene ends with him settling on a channel showing the very place where we found Vernon wandering to. 

Hoshi: Another hard one! He’s waiting for a phone call, but we don’t know what the other line of the phone is saying. The environment in the room changes to something cold when he answers the phone. But after he hangs up the first time, he calls the number on the piece of paper. His fear could be receiving and relaying bad news to others. We see him struggle when he opens the piece of paper with the phone number on it, but he continues to call anyways almost showing us the urgency and importance of the message he received. 

Seungkwan: Money. Money is anybody’s dream and nightmare. We see Seungkwan twirling a coin in his hand. This could signify fear of being greedy, or it could signify his fear of not being able to provide. Either one, we see him accept this has he leaves the coins on the counter of the laundromat. 

The8: Minghao’s fear could be being left. We see him arrive at this home with groceries. When he arrives, no one is home to greet him. We see a note on the kitchen counter where it is obvious for someone to see. When he reads it, we see devastation in his face. This could be that a significant other had left him. We don’t see much of a resolution of Minghao’s fear, but we see DK arrive in time to comfort him. We also see the spinning magic 8 ball, which is suppose to determine your luck, and Minghao happened to get the short end of the stick. 

Joshua: His was sooo hard omg. He could be afraid of betrayal. It could him betraying someone/the group, or it could be someone betraying him. We see in the water that one of the two people puts their hand on the other person’s shoulder and then walks away. He washes his face, almost showing discomfort and irritation and then we see him walking in the hallway only for him to turn back towards the camera. 

S. Coups: Coups fear may have to do with going in circles, or lacking direction in general. We see him walking and then he stops to turn around. He continues to walk around only with signs all around him saying “Wrong Way.” When he finally does decide to move forward, he keeps circling the block. This could signify his fear the team going forward, but keep going in circles, or not finding a path to improvement. 


They’re alone to show how each member has their own, unique fear. They all experience it differently. With members shown at the end of the clip, it suggests that no matter how often their fears come and no matter how small they may be, “even though you’re being alone, remember we are on your side and don’t be afraid of all the fears you have.”

We see a cycle through the thirteen boys and it finally ends with leader S. Coups. His lines at the end of his video are more special. 

“I was afraid and anxious since I was all alone.” This is representative of all of the boys’ fears because we see them all tackle these fears alone. 

“Nevertheless we met on thirteen paths and eventually.” This ties in why the all showed up in each others videos. It shows that though they came from different places, different worlds, different opportunities, all of their paths eventually crossed. 

“A complete bond has formed leading us to our brightest moment.” We see that S. Coups finally meets with Jeonghan, bringing all of the videos in full cycle. This shows that together, they will be their best. 

What I observed about nationalities working in a museum [in Vienna]

RUSSIANS (mostly older people)

-       speak German more often than English (and pretty well, too)

-       seem either cold or make jokes

-       just start speaking to you in Russian even though you don’t understand a word. Ask in Russian if you can speak Russian. The answer is always no.

-       sometimes make trouble (touch objects and such)

-       don’t always follow the rules (keep using the flash even though you’ve already asked them not to do it 3 times)

-       are the loudest and biggest groups

-      the young people explain stuff to their families

ITALIANS

-       walk in saying ‚buongiorno’ with a smile

-       behave really well

-       proud to see italian art

-       sometimes chat with you

-       are very happy if you can say even one simple word like ‚grazie’

-       even kids respect art

-       are not as loud as you’d think

FRENCH

 -       are the most low-key people ever

-       seem glad if you can respond to them in French

-       ask where to find a picture but don’t know the artist

-       never make any problems.

-       Good manners

GERMANS

-       humorous and make jokes

-        very nice

-       behave correctly

-       will laugh and say sorry when they set off the alarm

-       complain that we kick them out 10 min before we’re officially closed (‚WE STILL GOT 10 MINUTES!!’)

NORTH AMERICANS

-       literally the nicest people you’ll ever meet

-       will sometimes chat with you

-       ‚how did you know I was from the south? Where are YOU from?!’

-       smile a lot

-       apologize and say ‚thanks’ all the time

-       are cool with everything??

SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE

-       ‚Where is Velázquez? ;)’

-       Speak Spanish. Speak slower Spanish when they realize you don’t speak Spanish

-        Loud and friendly


AUSTRIANS

-       sometimes act as if they own the place

-       complain

-       smile

JAPANESE

-       ask for stuff in Japanese even though they don’t know yet that you speak it

-       may chat with you in Japanese

-       may insist on replying in English

-       ask if you’re really not Japanese while looking at you extremely suspiciously

-       apologize for speaking in English first even though you know Japanese and they had no way of knowing that

-       never ever make problems

-       either first to come or last to leave

-       really impressed with the art

-       try to figure out everything by themselves

CHINESE

-       out of Asian visitors the louder ones

-       speak mostly really good English

-       have really fast guided tours

-       good manners

People from wherever: you close in 20 minutes, why can’t you let us in? why are you closing so early?! Disappointed. *probably thinking Fuck Vienna*

tbc

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You know… I had our whole future planned out. Not just a year, five, or even ten, but the rest of our lives planned out. We were going to finish school then move to a big city to start our careers together. Talk about marriage and decide that our love is much bigger than what a piece of paper can declare. Travel and backpack for two or three months each year, then finally realize that we were too wild to be tamed in one place alone. So we pack everything up and fly to a foreign land and start our lives over until one day we realized that we were expecting; so it’s time to plant roots, preferably one with a porch and a big yard. We watch our kids grow old and embark on their own journey, and that inspired us to pick up where we left off. And so we did until our bones were brittle and old. And through all of this time I fell in love with you more and more until my dying breath… but… nothing ever goes as planned and people don’t always stay together.
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-They could’ve written stories about us.

-m.t.t.