I don’t get these posts that go like “part of me wants to be a hot girl at the bar and the other part of me wants to read and sip tea in a bookstore”
like you can wear red lipstick and a leather jacket and sip tea and dance in the rain and go to the gym and curl up in bed and get turnt the fuck up and go to church
you can literally have it all sis
the world is yours
This is the most inspiring thing I have ever read
Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.
Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.
Children are not possessions.
Children are not accessories.
Children are not relationship band aids.
They are tiny people with the same amount of feelings as an adult.
But with less capacity to process, express and healthily contain those feelings when necessary.
Be kind to them.
"The lock on your diary wasn’t very good, so it’s your fault I read your diary."
J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels have a great many concerns that express the series’ larger themes of fascism, democracy and diversity. Among them is the struggle for the rights of house-elves, who play an enormous role in the functioning of the wizarding world even as they reap almost none of the rewards of the magical economy.
The house-elves emerge as characters in the “Harry Potter” novels much in the same way that children themselves might become aware of the workings of the economy as a whole. When Rowling’s characters initially enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they think certain things there come to pass by magic. Food appears, beautifully prepared, on dinner tables. Beds are made, fires are lit.
But Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione come to learn that most of these tasks are performed by house-elves, who work not just at Hogwarts but in the homes of many wizarding families. In almost all cases, they are bound to their employers by magic, which is convenient for wizards in two ways: They can force these virtual slaves to do even the most dangerous and disagreeable tasks, and they can do it without paying the house-elves.
Ultimately Harry, Hermione and Ron decide that their concern for non-magical persons and certain classes of magical beings means that they must become advocates for house-elves’ rights as well.
But that is not the end of their education. They also learn that if you want to help people, you have to listen to what they want and need and respect their wishes. When the main characters in Rowling’s series inadvertently free a house-elf named Winky from her rigid wizard employer, they are initially surprised when she is devastated and becomes an alcoholic. The wizards saw her release as a simple matter of her rights, but Winky lost her home and what she perceived to be her family. Instead of just forcing her out of bad conditions, Harry, Hermione and Ron needed to convince Winky that a new kind of life would be better and then deliver on their promises.
And at the end of the “Harry Potter” novels, the three young characters get a powerful illustration of what solidarity really means.
"Why the Harry Potter books are the perfect way to explain Labor Day to kids" | by Alyssa Rosenberg for the Washington Post. (via thehpalliance)
1) The day my sister got back from the hospital after a suicide attempt. I didnt let go for about an hour.
2) Kid just found out his brother was shot and killed.
3) A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.
4) Man sobbing at animal shelter. After being jailed briefly and his dog Buzz Lightyear impounded he couldn’t afford the $400 to get his pet back.
5) A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires that burned across Victoria, Australia, in 2009.
6) Alcoholic father with his son
7) Robert Peraza pauses at his son’s name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.
8) Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012
9) After two double lung transplants and years of battling cystic fibrosis, my good friend passed away last Saturday. This was one of the last pics taken with his mother.
These are probably some of the most powerful pictures I’ve ever seen and some hit close to home.
boys can like pink and not be gay
girls can have short hair and not be a lesbian
boys can like ballet
girls can like video games
boys can be hot without a six pack
girls can be hot without a hairless body
boys can have hair down to their waists
girls can have stretch marks, curves and back fat
gender doesn’t determine what you can and cannot enjoy, what you can and cannot look like or what you can and cannot do
Reblog with your own tips.
- Plan what you are going to eat during the week. On Sundays, I go grocery shopping and buy ingredients for a large salad and two other healthy meals. When I get home, I make the large salad and put it into five containers. Healthy lunches for the week are done. They’re easy to make, easy to grab in the morning when I leave, and keep me eating the good stuff.
If I have time to make one of the meals ahead of time, I do that too. Otherwise, a crockpot might be your best friend.
Keep healthy snacks that you like (for me it’s almonds and natural fruit strips) at school.
- Make exercising a priority. Like sign up for a class. Or schedule time into your planner. Even better if you can make it a social thing. I know teachers who run stairs at school with other teachers and/or walk the building once or twice.
DON’T plan on doing some form of exercise that you hate. You’re going to be busy and tired, and you’re not going to do it. Sign up for a league, go swimming, go walking, go rollerblading, do yoga in your living room… Whatever. But don’t sit here in September thinking, “I’m going to run every day after school!” if you hate running.
Keep yourself accountable for exericing… For me, the best three ways to do this are: 1) Have a plan. Scheudle it, even if it’s a loose schedule. Bring your clothes and a power snack with you to school. Don’t go home and sit down… you’ll never get up. 2) Pay for it. I have an expensive gym membership. I know I need to get my money’s worth to make it worth it. So I go. 3) Make it social. This could be as easy as telling a co-worker that you’re going to go on a run after school. Or, even better, getting that person to go with you!
This doesn’t need to be every day. Twice a week will make a difference. I find that exercise makes me feel good about myself and about life, and it’s a lot easier for me to fall asleep if I got a workout in.
- Use your phone. Seriously. Pick a day to check in with a friend every week. Bonus points if it’s another teacher friend who could use some time to vent too. Support each other.
- Have a bedtime. It doesn’t have to be a strict one. But honestly, staying up until 2 am planning doesn’t always (actually probably usually doesn’t) make your lesson all that much better. Get some sleep. It will help your immune system and brain function.
- Don’t do work on Saturdays. Or Sundays… whichever. Pick a weekend day that you can just live your life and not work.
- Drink water. Bring a waterbottle to work and leave it there. And use it.
Do all these things. Do them all and you’ll be alright.
I’m currently working on 2 and 5.