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18

Apr

doctorwho:

Oisin and Ronan Kang-O’Higgins (ages 10 and 8) from Seattle, WA couldn’t paint their walls, so they used painter’s tape and construction paper to make a TARDIS on the French doors in their bedroom.

doctorwho:

Oisin and Ronan Kang-O’Higgins (ages 10 and 8) from Seattle, WA couldn’t paint their walls, so they used painter’s tape and construction paper to make a TARDIS on the French doors in their bedroom.

Say no to war! War is not inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity.

John Paul the Great on the US invasion of Iraq.

(via mattywattycakess)

How to Be a Happy Writer

freelancewriterbarbie:

Every writer is different, but there’s a few basic, well proven, tactics to keep the person who creates world happy in their own. 

Write for yourself.  Write the story you want to write, the way you want to write it, because in the end, you’re the one doing all the work! If you can’t enjoy the process, then it’s work. Not the fun work, the kind of work you have to go visit a bar afterwards to get rid of the dread. Believe it or not, your story will have little remnants of your psyche when you’re done; and if you didn’t like the story or enjoy the writing of it, it will show. So in the end, if you’re not writing the story you want to write and enjoying it as you go, then readers won’t either! Then what’s the point?

Don’t be afraid to write as freely as you please.While you’re writing that story you know will never sell, just because you like it, make sure not to restrict yourself to certain subjects or certain scenes. Would your friend gasp if they saw you writing Vampires? Or Romance? Or Vampire Romance? If it’s something you want to write, then write it freely and without guilt, to the full capacity of your desire and then sit back and decide if you want others to see it.

Keep your Mind Palace (mental writing place) sacred. Don’t go letting everyone in! It’s tempting, especially if you’re surrounded by supportive writers and readers who are always excited to see more of your stuff. But when everyone is in your headspace, there’s no room for you. You’ll end up trampling the advice to ‘Write for yourself’, because it’s hard not to be influenced by people who have a hand on your agenda.

You need to write with the door closed, so it’s only you who gets to see the writing process and make the calls. Then, once you’re finished, fling open the door and let all the enthusiastic others in to enjoy the profit. You’ll want to share, you’ll want to include others, but it’s desperately important to value the privacy of your own writing headspace. When they’re others inside, it changes how you look at things. You end up looking through their eyes and through your own.

Write often: If this is something you love, if this is something you thrive on, then you need to keep in contact with it. Those first few words may be hard, but it’s like reworking the muscles after a break. It’s only the first few moments, and then it will open up and you’ll feel that connection that you came for to begin with; that fulfillment of words on a page or a world suddenly tangible. The longer breaks you take or the more you avoid it, the harder it will be to start again. Keep in constant practice with it – for an hour a day or ten minutes – and the craft will come easily to you, and you’ll have the strongest connection. It’ll eliminate those sudden declines in quality and you’ll feel more centered with the world.

Read often. Just as important as writing often is to read often. You’re looking at the finished products of your craft and it both gives you field tips on how to write your own but encouragement that it can be done. Read broadly over all genres and all writing styles, to see what new things could inspire you and what horrible mistakes to avoid yourself. Read deeply; take the time to study the words or slip yourself into the character’s voice and absorb it in. Absorb what was good about it and add it to your own; while taking note of what was done bad and improve upon it. Let yourself get whisked away by the story, the voice, the character and then find out how they did it so you can do it yourself; even better.

Keep musing even when you’re not writing. Let the stories and the characters stay in your head. Some of the best plotting is done when you’re away from the story, so don’t push away the talking of the characters or the forming of new plots just because you’re not close to a pen. It’s better to have had the idea and lost it, than to have not had it at all. Whatever you focus on will grow, so let the story continue to churn and boil in your head all the time; and in the process, it will develop into something much richer. You’re a writer, this is what you do. And often times you’ll never feel as centered in the world as when you have a story in your head.

Take time to draw from inspiration. Go ahead and spare that extra time looking through pictures that inspire you or certain lines that spark a story in your mind. Collect things around you that encourage writing and cultivate your Mind Palace; such as certain music that reminds you of a character, a picture so powerful that it tells the story all at once, or a line of dialogue that you want to follow. Have inspiration at hand, and then muse on it when you’re not writing, so it can grow.

In the end, just put your hands to the keys and let it lead you.

Happy writing!


SELENE - BEING THE GODDESS OF THE MOON IS NOT ALWAYS EASY. SELENE LOVES EVERYHTING THAT REMINDS HER OF THE BEAUTY OF THE MOON - WHICH BASICALLY IS ANYTHING SPARKLY. TIME IS MOSTLY SPENT WITH HER CATS, AND SHE IS A SOLID FOLLOWER OF THE NIGHT.

SELENE - BEING THE GODDESS OF THE MOON IS NOT ALWAYS EASY. SELENE LOVES EVERYHTING THAT REMINDS HER OF THE BEAUTY OF THE MOON - WHICH BASICALLY IS ANYTHING SPARKLY. TIME IS MOSTLY SPENT WITH HER CATS, AND SHE IS A SOLID FOLLOWER OF THE NIGHT.

(Source: theavike)

twocrowns:

The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better.—Pope Francis

twocrowns:

The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better.

—Pope Francis

17

Apr

apriki:

moses u little shit

signorcasaubon:

Altar of Repose at the Nuestra Señora de Guia Church, Ermita, Manila.
We visited seven churches around Manila on Maundy Thursday night for the traditional visita iglesia. This church, built on what was formerly one of the most glittering neighbourhoods of Manila, was erected in honour of an image of the Virgin found by the conquistadores being worshipped by the native Filipinos on top of a pandan bush. Many have theorized that the image of Our Lady could have come to Manila by way of Portuguese traders from Goa in the interim period between 1521 and 1565, making her older than the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.
Have a meaningful observance of Holy Thursday.

signorcasaubon:

Altar of Repose at the Nuestra Señora de Guia Church, Ermita, Manila.

We visited seven churches around Manila on Maundy Thursday night for the traditional visita iglesia. This church, built on what was formerly one of the most glittering neighbourhoods of Manila, was erected in honour of an image of the Virgin found by the conquistadores being worshipped by the native Filipinos on top of a pandan bush. Many have theorized that the image of Our Lady could have come to Manila by way of Portuguese traders from Goa in the interim period between 1521 and 1565, making her older than the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.

Have a meaningful observance of Holy Thursday.

maronitesoul:

Holy Thursday And Rite of Washing of Feet
The Book of Rituals (Rome, 1839) retains two traditions of the Maronite Church. The oldest one required the washing of the feet of the whole congregation present at the service. The more recent tradition limited the washing to twelve persons representing the Twelve Apostles.
The rite of washing of feet was originally accompanied by a group of hymns with their prayers and a soogitho ( a Hymn ordered according to the letters of the alphabet). The first prayer the soogitho are used in the present service as the beginning of the rite. During the soogitho the twelve person chosen to have their feet washed come forward and take their places at the chairs prepared for them.
The altar is covered in white. A side altar or table is prepared to receive the consecrated eucharist for the Anaphora of Signing of the Chalice. This altar (or table) is covered in white and is decorated with flowers and candles. These decorations should be kept simple.
A cross with the body of Christ on it is prepared in front of the main altar. Lighted candles are placed on each side of the cross.
A pitcher of water, a basin, and towels are placed on a table in the sanctuary.
Twelve chairs are placed in the sanctuary for those whose feet will be washed. Six chairs are arranged on each side of the sanctuary, facing each other. A thirteenth chair is provided for the celebrant. It is placed in the center at the end of the two rows of chairs closest to the congregation and faces the altar and cross.
A priest (or deacon) who is able to sing well is assigned to sing the gospel. The singing of the gospel coincides with the celebrant’s action of washing the feet.
Twelve members of the community (priests, ministers, and lay people) are assigned to represent the apostles. They may be vested in alas or may wear their ordinary clothes.
The washing of feet is done in four stages, three people each time. The washing begins with the three people on the right side of the celebrant, then the three on the left, then the last three on the right, and finally the last three on the left. The last person on the left side represents Simon Peter.
The deacon sings the appropriate text of the gospel (John 13:3-5) as the feet of each group of three are washed, then the choir sings one more verse of the Hymn when the celebrant is seated.
The dialogue between Jesus and Simon Peter (John 13:6-11) concludes the singing of the gospel of John (13:12-20), followed by the closing prayer of the rite.

maronitesoul:

Holy Thursday And Rite of Washing of Feet

The Book of Rituals (Rome, 1839) retains two traditions of the Maronite Church. The oldest one required the washing of the feet of the whole congregation present at the service. The more recent tradition limited the washing to twelve persons representing the Twelve Apostles.

The rite of washing of feet was originally accompanied by a group of hymns with their prayers and a soogitho ( a Hymn ordered according to the letters of the alphabet). The first prayer the soogitho are used in the present service as the beginning of the rite. During the soogitho the twelve person chosen to have their feet washed come forward and take their places at the chairs prepared for them.

The altar is covered in white. A side altar or table is prepared to receive the consecrated eucharist for the Anaphora of Signing of the Chalice. This altar (or table) is covered in white and is decorated with flowers and candles. These decorations should be kept simple.

A cross with the body of Christ on it is prepared in front of the main altar. Lighted candles are placed on each side of the cross.

A pitcher of water, a basin, and towels are placed on a table in the sanctuary.

Twelve chairs are placed in the sanctuary for those whose feet will be washed. Six chairs are arranged on each side of the sanctuary, facing each other. A thirteenth chair is provided for the celebrant. It is placed in the center at the end of the two rows of chairs closest to the congregation and faces the altar and cross.

A priest (or deacon) who is able to sing well is assigned to sing the gospel. The singing of the gospel coincides with the celebrant’s action of washing the feet.

Twelve members of the community (priests, ministers, and lay people) are assigned to represent the apostles. They may be vested in alas or may wear their ordinary clothes.

The washing of feet is done in four stages, three people each time. The washing begins with the three people on the right side of the celebrant, then the three on the left, then the last three on the right, and finally the last three on the left. The last person on the left side represents Simon Peter.

The deacon sings the appropriate text of the gospel (John 13:3-5) as the feet of each group of three are washed, then the choir sings one more verse of the Hymn when the celebrant is seated.

The dialogue between Jesus and Simon Peter (John 13:6-11) concludes the singing of the gospel of John (13:12-20), followed by the closing prayer of the rite.

erikkwakkel:

sexycodicology:

Amazing manuscript in the shape of the fleur-de-lis. It is a Book of Hours for the use of Rome, made circa 1555.

(Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, fonds L’Escalopier 022)

Not your everyday medieval book. I have never seen one like this before. Wonderful display of craftsmanship.

dodgediz:

figureskatingcostumes:

Brian Joubert skating to The Matrix soundtrack for his long program at the 2004 European and World Championships.
Photos by Barry Mittan. 1 and 2.

His outfit ❤

dodgediz:

figureskatingcostumes:

Brian Joubert skating to The Matrix soundtrack for his long program at the 2004 European and World Championships.

Photos by Barry Mittan. 1 and 2.

His outfit 

16

Apr

chincellabellaella:

the-average-gatsby:

imagine a horror movie where you’re trapped in your house with a serial killer but all your lights are clappers

so you’re running for your life from this psychopath while both of you are just aggressively clapping the lights on and off

best idea ever

riseoftheguardiansconfessions:

This series, the books more than anything reminded me that I still believe in fairytales and that the imagination is the key and is like a muscle that must be worked constantly to bring out the magic we each still hold. To let your mind wander and believe in the impossible is the only thing that separates us from our childhood.

riseoftheguardiansconfessions:

This series, the books more than anything reminded me that I still believe in fairytales and that the imagination is the key and is like a muscle that must be worked constantly to bring out the magic we each still hold. To let your mind wander and believe in the impossible is the only thing that separates us from our childhood.

imthegirlthat:

spartanrace:

On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute. 

Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

I wanted to reblog this and show you all the strength. Dont let tragedy tear you apart, let it make you stronger, more resilient.

Reblog if you watch Doctor Who and you’re not from England