here, have some childhood nostalgia
whAT THE FUCK
YOURE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT
LITERALLY SCREAMING. I SPAT MY DRINK ALL OVER MY SCREEN. this is so wonderful. ohmyjesus.
two grown up girls crying here as they recognized eVERY FUCKING SINGLE SONG OMGS
I FEEL OLD IM 16 I SHOULDN’T FEEL OLD
This is annoying me to no end what’s the one after American dragon, both me and my sis know the tune but we can’t match up the cartoon?!?!?!?!?! WHAT IS IT?!?!?!
^^IT’S THE MOTHERFUCKING POWERPUFF GIRLS DUDE.
and srsly… i’m nearly 20 and i sang along to every song with lyrics.
THE POKEMON SONG HIT ME LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN THO.
i lost it at rugrats
KIM POSSIBLE WHAT
you lost me until rugrats, holy shit I feel old
MY CHILDHOOD ALL IN ONE POST
WHEN I GET A NEW PHONE MY CLOSE FRIENDS WILL BE ASSIGNED THESE AS RING TONES
I BET THAT IF TWO KIDS LIVED IN THOSE TWO HOUSES THAT THEY WOULD COME OUT ON THEIR ALMOST CONJOINING ROOFS OUTSIDE THEIR BEDROOM WINDOWS AND TALK AND BE BEST FRIENDS AND FALL IN LOVE.
I will not write fluff to that. I won’t. No.
LUCY I FOUND IT
But what if instead of two kids, it was, say, a kid and an old woman? And at first they just ignore each other and keep their blinds down and curtains shut, but then the kid climbs out onto the roof one spring morning to get a frisbee and she’s got the window open bc it’s so nice out and she tells him to cut that out, it’s not a jungle gym and maybe the kid shows off a bit and nearly falls, and the old woman catches his arm…. anyway, so sometimes they leave the windows open and the kid’ll show off his comic books or asks what rhymes with ‘beautiful’ (and it’s totally for homework shut up), and the old woman tells him about all the protests and marches she took part in, and asks him the name of that one cute pop star (it’s absolutely for her crossword now shush). And the old woman gives the kid relationship advice, and doesn’t tell when he tries a bit too much of his parents’ liquor cabinet one time, and the kid comes over and shows her how to use the smartphone her daughter bought for her, and doesn’t tell when she sneaks a cigarrette out of said daughter’s bag. And when the weather’s too bad to open the windows, they tape silly pictures or notes to the glass for the other to see (the kid makes sure to make his extra big so she doesn’t have to admit her eyeight isn’t what it used to be), and when it is nice the kid will sneak over and leave seashells on her windowsill, because the old woman said once she misses the sea, but she can’t travel like she used to. And one day he peeks in her window and sees her on the floor, and calls 911 and basically saves her life because she had a stroke and nobody would’ve known in time otherwise. And when she finally gets back from the hospital, just for a while because her daughter’s talking about a retirement home where she’ll have plenty of medical care and lots of friends her age, the kid comes through the window and then pulls another kid through the window who he introduces as his boyfriend, and says he wanted her to meet him. And she sniffs and interrogates the boyfriend in proper elderly relative fashion, and then declares him worthy of her boy— barely. And when she finally does have to go to that retirement home, the kid still comes to visit her, and always leaves seashells on the windowsill.
Headcanon that when Pyrrha was little and first found out she had control over Magnetism it ended up like this
This morning I was washing the dishes and started thinking about the relationships in The Song of the Lioness Quartet you know, like you do.
And I was thinking about Alanna and Jon and how when they got together there wasn’t this who fuss about her being a girl and wanting to be a knight. The revelation of her gender changed pretty much nothing in their relationship. He respected her as a colleague and also as a lover. And, later, Alanna called of fthe relationship because the dynamic changed and she had to really figure out that even though she loved him, it wasn’t going to work. And it hurt, but it was the right decision.
And then there’s that scene with Thayet where she cries to Alanna about how she feels so guilty about building a relationship with Jon because he’s “her man”. And Alanna comforts her and says that he’s not anymore and he never was in the way that he’s Thayet’s. She lays out how different their relationships are, but never negates the depths of love in their respective, and very different, relationships.
I can even tell you how important this was to how i started conceive of what a healthy relationship looked like as a kid. I read these books at like 11 or 12 and it’s only now looking back how much of an impact they’ve had on me.
In so many other stories these two women would be pitted against each other in some twisted love triangle. Instead, their respective relationships with Jon are celebrated and understood and the friendship between the two of them is just as important. And all of them are based on mutual respect and affection and loyalty.
And this is echoed through every relationship in the books. With Buri, Roul, Gary, George, Liam—all of them are based on respect of each other’s abilities and of each other as people, regardless of gender. There are so many deep platonic relationships across genders and class, as well as equally deep and healthy romantic relationships (omg can we talk about Myles and Eleni because I adore them).
And, not only were they great examples as working relationshps, but as templates for what to do when a relationship isn’t working. The breakups with Jon and Liam, and even the dissolution of the friendship with Alex, were handled with respect and an understanding of the characters as whole individuals. These weren’t healthy and they had to end, some a bit more fatally than others.
As I’m sitting here writing this, I just realized that everything I just wrote echoes so much the sentiments of the wedding ceremony I wrote for my best friends earlier this summer. Respect, affection, support.
And I refuse to settle for anything less in any of my relationships, romantic and platonic. And that it’s okay to leavea relationship when it’s not working. Not only okay, but necessary.
That’s just so powerful to me. And I’m so thankful that I had examples like this.
set of nostalgia drawings by gabriel picolo. i don’t think i have enough space on my tumblr for all his works that i’d like to post.
Former Democratic governor of Ohio Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage for a week and, in his own words, he “didn’t make it.”
In an op-ed for POLITICO, Strickland explains how he failed in his attempt to live for just seven days on $77, the amount the “Live the Wage” campaign estimates is left in a 40-hour minimum wage employee’s weekly pay of $290 after accounting for taxes and housing. Strickland, a Harvard fellow and well-off political operative, was clearly unprepared for just how quickly expenses added up. He had spent his $77 by Thursday after realizing his meager budget left him without the money necessary even to pay for public transportation.
This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.
This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.
The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce includes four books:
Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman Who Rides like a Man
This series was apparently published in the 1980’s which, to me, was really surprising as I discovered it in late 2010’s. The fact that it was still a relevant series speaks to the sustainable and relatable nature of Pierce’s writing.
This is the first series, except Harry Potter, that I really remember getting into. I believe it started on my hometown library’s website when I clicked on a link that essentially said “Recommended Books with Strong Female Protagonists”.
That certainly is a true description of The Song of the Lioness series and in fact all of series within the world.
Alanna, the main character of this series, is a tomboy in the medieval land of Tortall and is about to be sent to a convent for her education while her twin brother is being sent to become a knight. Unfortunately, neither twin has any interest in either life. So they switch places and Alanna becomes Alan, a page in His Majesty’s employ.
The series is Alanna’s journey of hiding her gender and becoming a knight, while still managing to find friends and lovers. It is also the first brick of the Tortall world and Pierce has many series that follow it in the same world.
That’s one of the beautiful things about Pierce’s books: the reoccurrence of past characters. Alanna appears in all of the subsequent series of the Tortall world, some more prominently than others.
Alanna is fierce and magical, but also stubborn and hot-headed. She is a beautifully flawed female character and a wonderful gateway to open kids and adults alike to this magical world of princes, thieves, magic, and treason.
Pierce’s writing is not simple nor is it dense. It is completely appropriate and readable and it is clean, suitable for younger readers. Her characters are inspiring. In fact, Pierce is one of the authors that inspired me to start writing way back in my middle school years.
It has been almost a decade since I discovered this gem of a series and the other ones Pierce has written and I have never forgotten about them to this day.
So, throwback to my formative years of reading strong female characters and about magic and princes. Tamora Pierce’s writing lasts decades past their publication, a mark of a truly great series. I could never recommend this author and this series enough.
Looked into getting a laptop that can turn into a tablet so that way I could have something more convenient to take around the house with me.
Found out that it would cost anywhere from $400 to $1760 on walmart
This is why I can’t have nice things. They all cost as much as I make in a month (actually over what I make in a month)
- Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce (via fytortall)