Thursday, April 24, 2014
“I was born in Togo, West Africa. I came to the United States when I was 3 years old. My dad is an engineer, but in Africa, he was also a poet and a writer who wrote about the democratic process. That’s why he is always pushing me to excel. I’m only 18 years old, but I strive to look professional and to break social barriers and stereotypes. I want to excel and be good at everything I do. I want to go to law school. I try to read up on things I don’t know. I do gymnastics and break dance.”
“Do you think your background is what drives you?”
“I feel that it’s a wasted opportunity if I don’t succeed. But I also think I would be working even harder if I had lived longer in Togo. I only lived there when I was a little kid, so I don’t fully understand the struggle.
My father is a constant reminder. He was very poor when he first came here. He worked as a paperboy and lived with four or five other people in a studio apartment. There is one story he’s told me, in particular, that really motivated him to succeed. When I was little, our neighbors had a party and a kid got a bike for his birthday. I started riding that bike during the party. Afterwards, because our neighbors knew that my dad couldn’t afford to buy me a bike, they gave me an old, broken-down bike with no seat. I was actually happy riding it, but that incident really drove my dad to pursue a better life.”
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
Audre Lorde (via whats-out-there)
guys i dont think we talk about teddy lupin enough
like he was a metamorphmagus and possibly a werewolf
what if he could do both at the same time
what if he could become a chihuahua during the full moon
Whenever I speak with you, I end up dying more, a little more
Frida Kahlo (to Diego Rivera)
Friendly reminder that the Duckbill Platypus is not beaver sized but the tiniest most cutest patootie being in existence
i thought these things were the size of like, large cats or something. ITS FUCKING TINY JESUS
There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?”
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human.
Therapy animals save lives.
These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury.
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"What’s the hardest part about being a veterinarian?"
"Cutting a cat or dog’s fur because they would wiggle all over the place! If you put a leash on them it would be easier, but you can’t put a leash on a cat!"
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
(Oh, my whole heart is breaking.)
You had the kindest, gentlest, calmest presence in the studio and were truly one of the most important people there. You made me feel so at home, and even though I haven’t been there in a year, I’m going back to the studio tomorrow to see everyone and to dance with them, because I know they will feel your loss, too.
You fought long and hard, and I wish you the most peaceful of rests. You will be missed.
“We met on the street a couple of times and had spontaneous dates. This is our first real ‘I’m going to take you out’ date.”
Hamlet: Man delights not me—
Horatio: That’s not what you said last night, my lord.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: WHAT.