A Book of Hours.
(A Book of Hours is essentially a tiny illuminated manuscript, typically used for devotional content, prayers, or to record the liturgical year and other important dates. It was mostly carried around by women.)
A+ Televison: The Fosters
The official synopsis of this series is, “a multi-ethnic family mix of foster, adopted, and biological kids are being raised by two moms.” Choice of word is important and it most certainly gives an impression. The fact that “two moms” was used instead of “lesbians” or “gay couple” is so goddamn important and tells you so much about the focus of this series. Their sexual orientations are detached from the premise of the show because it’s being said that hey, this is a norm. Two moms can be a norm just as much as two dads or a mother and father can be.
Most often you see the children of gay and lesbian couples being bullied, the parents coming to the rescue and having to explain to them that they will face these prejudices. Yet you have the opposite of that here. These children know who their parents are, they understand that there’ll be prejudice, and they don’t need to accept anything because there isn’t anything to accept; these are their mothers and that’s just as plain as saying the sky is blue.
And god, is that ever so refreshing to see.
A friend of mine is raising money for his anti-bullying nonprofit, the Teaching Peace Initiative! Read on:
The Teaching Peace Initiative is a student-founded, student-powered, student-led nonprofit focused on bringing comprehensive, effective bullying curricula to classrooms across the country and the world.
Right now, we’re faced with a bullying epidemic with wide-spread, tragic effects, and anti-bullying efforts that barely scratch the surface. What’s really going to make a difference is not posters or canned assemblies, but comprehensive peace curricula that encourages kids to discuss what peace and tolerance mean at their core, allows them to put positive problem-solving strategies into practice, and challenges them to embrace their role as citizens and make a positive change in their community. Students engage even better when these lessons are taught by older students.
They’ve already gotten a lot of praise from politicians and educators! They’ve started clubs in several schools across the country! They’ve recently expanded internationally! And they’re setting their first fundraising goal at $5000 so they can keep doing good work.
BONUS: An anonymous donor has agreed to match all contributions up to $5000, so until TPI reaches its goal, all donations will be doubled! So please give whatever you can, even if it’s just signal boosting to give TPI some much needed publicity. And if you’re interested in starting a TPI branch at your school, become a Regional Executive Director (picture that on your college application) by following the directions here! Thanks for your help! Tumbl on.
BAROSSA. BE CONSUMED.
This is an actual tourism commercial for the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Someone thought this was a great idea given Adelaide’s reputation for horrifying murder.
@outrospection: just sayin’, come for the food and stay for the wacky serial murders.
@outrospection: DOES IT MAKE YOU WANT TO VISIT THE BAROSSA?!
@astro_noms: all I got out of that is that if the wildlife doesn’t kill you, at least they’ll make a *killer meal out of you
just what in the wild blue yonder is going ON down there
The light of dawn is death, and
you cry death, death, and
there is no heart
left in you.
everything has been left to weather in the sun and rain for too long.
one no longer needs it,
dawn is now full upon the hills,
you can feel it
It is the pounding of your horse’s hooves
the heaving of flanks the pressing of air in lungs
Who would notice you, if you did burst, and you fought no more? What difference would it make?
abandon hope and even despair
You have already thrown it away; you do not know how to find it again.
This is the beginning again. light finally breaks, and you feel your heart leap within your breast.
what if there was like
a confirmed asexual character
anything at all
wouldn’t that be swell
Guardian of the Dead, by Karen Healey, has a secondary character who is explicitly ace, though there seems to be some confusion on the narrator’s part with aromantic. Only one I know, though.