soulful spillings

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Missy Meany ten years later….. Yes that’s right folks, yesterday was the TEN YEAR anniversary of Ned’s Declassified. INSANE!!! My heart still beats hard for this show, as well as everyone who was a part of it, and it will go down in history for being one of the best experiences of my life. Nick fam forever! And you know, if you miss us, we’re on Teen Nick every single day. Get your fix ;) 
#nedsdeclassifiedschoolsurvivalguide
#tenyearanniversary
#missymeany
#holyshitthisstillfits
#childhoodbliss View high resolution

Missy Meany ten years later….. Yes that’s right folks, yesterday was the TEN YEAR anniversary of Ned’s Declassified. INSANE!!! My heart still beats hard for this show, as well as everyone who was a part of it, and it will go down in history for being one of the best experiences of my life. Nick fam forever! And you know, if you miss us, we’re on Teen Nick every single day. Get your fix ;)
#nedsdeclassifiedschoolsurvivalguide
#tenyearanniversary
#missymeany
#holyshitthisstillfits
#childhoodbliss

Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.
— Frances Hodgson Burnett  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege, via yanchik)

I’m a little late on my #soulfulsunday post, and decided this weeks would be more personal. To me, love is the highest act of faith. Real love and faith go hand in hand, there is not one without the other. I also believe the same for respect and love. This is my belief. With all of that said, I’ve learned after almost four years with this man, that we all have to define what love is for ourselves. Choosing to love, honor, trust, and respect the same person every single day is no small feat. And I don’t think that part of love is mentioned enough. It’s not all roses all the time, and I wouldn’t want it to be. I am proud of the work I put into our relationship, and I’m the first to admit that it isn’t always easy, but when it’s the right person, it’s always worth it. Loving another person so deeply forces you to examine the love you have for yourself, and that’s not always a happy place to go. I have learned that real communication can only be had when there is an established safe ground set for both people to speak from. From this I’ve learned not only to speak kinder to others, but also to speak kinder to myself. What I’m really trying to say is, loving others, loving this man, has brought more joy to my life than any THING I have ever achieved, purchased, or been given. Let’s allow ourselves to embrace love, give love, RECEIVE love, and spread love anywhere and everywhere. Take a leap of faith and love harder. Love honestly. Tell your pride to take a hike. Tell the ones you love how much you love them. And most importantly, lets all take a moment to acknowledge that all great things come from conscious hard work, and that’s something to be proud of. Love and light friends.
#soulfulsunday 
#healing
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I’m a little late on my #soulfulsunday post, and decided this weeks would be more personal. To me, love is the highest act of faith. Real love and faith go hand in hand, there is not one without the other. I also believe the same for respect and love. This is my belief. With all of that said, I’ve learned after almost four years with this man, that we all have to define what love is for ourselves. Choosing to love, honor, trust, and respect the same person every single day is no small feat. And I don’t think that part of love is mentioned enough. It’s not all roses all the time, and I wouldn’t want it to be. I am proud of the work I put into our relationship, and I’m the first to admit that it isn’t always easy, but when it’s the right person, it’s always worth it. Loving another person so deeply forces you to examine the love you have for yourself, and that’s not always a happy place to go. I have learned that real communication can only be had when there is an established safe ground set for both people to speak from. From this I’ve learned not only to speak kinder to others, but also to speak kinder to myself. What I’m really trying to say is, loving others, loving this man, has brought more joy to my life than any THING I have ever achieved, purchased, or been given. Let’s allow ourselves to embrace love, give love, RECEIVE love, and spread love anywhere and everywhere. Take a leap of faith and love harder. Love honestly. Tell your pride to take a hike. Tell the ones you love how much you love them. And most importantly, lets all take a moment to acknowledge that all great things come from conscious hard work, and that’s something to be proud of. Love and light friends.
#soulfulsunday
#healing
#love

Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.
— Jim Henson  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: psych-quotes, via thatkindofwoman)

Their high school principal
told me I couldn’t teach
poetry with profanity
so I asked my students,
“Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.”
in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas
then straightened out like an SS infantry
“Okay. Please put your hands down.
Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.”
blank stares mixed with curious ignorance
a quivering hand out of the crowd
half-way raised, like a lone survivor
struggling to stand up in Kigali
“Luz, are you sure about that?”
“No.”
“That’s what I thought.”

“Carlos—what’s genocide?”

they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
can’t even talk about “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
is pregnant.

I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”

“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”

“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”

…what’s genocide?

they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them

…what’s genocide?

Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him

…what’s genocide?

Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade

…what’s genocide?

she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal

…what’s genocide?
…what’s genocide?

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Luz, this…
this right here…
is genocide.”

— Carlos Andres Gomez, What’s Genocide?  (via rampias)

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There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
— Vincent van Gogh  (via wanduring)

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pyrrhics:

fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

In the dark of the ocean, some animals have evolved to use bioluminescence as a defense. In the animation above, an ostracod, one of the tiny crustaceans seen flitting near the top of the tank, has just been swallowed by a cardinal fish. When threatened, the ostracod ejects two chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, which, when combined, emit light. Because the glow would draw undesirable attention to the cardinal fish, it spits out the ostracod and the glowing liquid and flees. Check out the full video clip over at BBC News. Other crustaceans, including several species of shrimp, also spit out bioluminescent fluids defensively. (Image credit: BBC, source video; via @amyleerobinson)

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DOPE

pyrrhics:

fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

In the dark of the ocean, some animals have evolved to use bioluminescence as a defense. In the animation above, an ostracod, one of the tiny crustaceans seen flitting near the top of the tank, has just been swallowed by a cardinal fish. When threatened, the ostracod ejects two chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, which, when combined, emit light. Because the glow would draw undesirable attention to the cardinal fish, it spits out the ostracod and the glowing liquid and flees. Check out the full video clip over at BBC News. Other crustaceans, including several species of shrimp, also spit out bioluminescent fluids defensively. (Image credit: BBC, source video; via @amyleerobinson)

iamtryingathing !

DOPE

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“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson
A bookstore is somewhat like an ocean—it may look the same but it is always changing if you are a careful observer.
— Paul Yamazaki (via booklikes)

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