Expect Nothing. Experience Everything.









Midwest born. College graduate. Seattle resident.

Technology is good; people are better.

Lets build communities, not empires.

Lets hold hands, not grudges.

Queer. Vegan. Atheist. Cyclist.








"

I’m done.

I can’t look my gay brother in the eye anymore and say “I love the sinner but hate the sin.” I can’t keep drawing circles in the sand.

I thought I just needed to try harder. Maybe I needed to focus more on loving the sinner, and less on protesting the sin. But even if I was able to fully live up to that “ideal,” I’d still be wrong. I’d still be viewing him as something other, something different.

Not human. Not friend. Not Christian. Not brother.

Sinner.

And despite all my theological disclaimers about how I’m just as much a sinner too, it’s not the same. We don’t use that phrase for everybody else. Only them. Only “the gays.” That’s the only place where we make “sinner” the all-encompassing identity.

"
—  Why I Can’t Say ‘Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin’ Anymore



"Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good."
—  C.S. Lewis (via theohpioneer)

(Source: inspirewiki, via theohpioneer)




Sunday Farmer’s Market. Cycling with flowers.

Sunday Farmer’s Market. Cycling with flowers.




"I believe that the fight for legal marriage for gays and lesbian is a symptom of much larger issues. I think it suggests a fear of our own sometimes dark and painful history. That it speaks of a failure of the imagination, an unwillingness to be up to the task of living outside what is expected and safe. It smacks of a desperate need to have our loves sanctioned by someone, anyone. The church, the state, it doesn’t matter. we’re so needy for validation, we’ll take whatever you’ve got. I’m afraid that we’ve run out of the courage to stand apart, to celebrate our difference, to embrace the fact that we have survived no matter what the circumstances. I don’t want to be “just the same as everyone else,” which, from the sound bites surrounding the issues, is apparently our new battle cry. We have always found each other, loved each other, and made homes for each other with no need of their laws and institutions. We have had no rules, no roles, and yet we exist. I fear we will become too dependent on tolerance; that we will cease to be while waiting for someone in authority to tell us that we may."
—  Why I Don’t Want to Marry (and Why I Don’t Want You to Either), Joy Parks



hareemm:

perfectly put. saddest reality.

hareemm:

perfectly put. saddest reality.

(via amodernmanifesto)




"You told me that opportunity isn’t endless, that loves isn’t random and that we’d be picking pieces of each other off ourselves for the rest of our lives. I thought you were so damn dramatic. I had no notion you were so right."
—  Breath by Achy Obejas



explore-blog:

Fantastic New York Public Library conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on tolerance, criticism, and the importance of changing your mind on a regular basis

explore-blog:

Fantastic New York Public Library conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on tolerance, criticism, and the importance of changing your mind on a regular basis




namastetoyoutoo:

This is by far my favorite tweet ever.

namastetoyoutoo:

This is by far my favorite tweet ever.

(via bencrowther)




I see in today, a thing of beauty. 
Indefinite. To be created, experienced, witnessed, or given. 

I sit in a cold I’ve created, an emotion I’ve found.
Admiration for other. Other unknown.
For now. For what do I seek?

Is it the experience, the moment, or is it the end?

Beauty can be found in the forgotten. The subtle. The presence.
Loathing in the past, forgotten, too. 

There is more than loss in a failure. 

Thrive

Beauty is abound. With it there can be the other end; ugly truth, cold truth. 

Trepidation 

Archaic

Shall I be stuck, settled at the bottom or struggling to the top, gasping for air. 

Err 

There is more than what is lost in err. 

Today can be a beautiful day, I will find it. 

It’s okay to be stuck. 

There is more.

I see in today, a thing of beauty. 
Indefinite. To be created, experienced, witnessed, or given.

I sit in a cold I’ve created, an emotion I’ve found.
Admiration for other. Other unknown.
For now. For what do I seek?

Is it the experience, the moment, or is it the end?

Beauty can be found in the forgotten. The subtle. The presence.
Loathing in the past, forgotten, too.

There is more than loss in a failure.

Thrive

Beauty is abound. With it there can be the other end; ugly truth, cold truth.

Trepidation

Archaic

Shall I be stuck, settled at the bottom or struggling to the top, gasping for air.

Err

There is more than what is lost in err.

Today can be a beautiful day, I will find it.

It’s okay to be stuck.

There is more.







thepeoplesrecord:

There have been at least 74 school shootings since NewtownJune 12, 2014
Tuesday’s school shooting in Oregon is at least the 74th instance of shots being fired on school grounds or in school buildings since the late-2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to a listmaintained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for policies it believes limit gun violence.
There have been at least 37 shootings on school grounds this year, which is just barely half over. All told, there has been nearly one shooting per week in the year and a half since Newtown. Everytown identifies a school shooting as any instance in which a firearm was discharged within a school building or on school grounds, sourced to multiple news reports per incident. Therefore, the data isn’t limited to mass shootings like Newtown—it includes assaults, homicides, suicides and even accidental shootings. Of the shootings, 35 took place at a college or university, while 39 took place in K-12 schools.
Georgia, which passed an expansive pro-gun law this year, has been site of the most incidents on Everytown’s list, with 10  shootings reported. Florida was next, with seven. Tennessee claimed five, and North Carolina and California was home to four each. Atlanta was the only city that had three such shootings. Six other cities had two shootings. All told, 31 states are represented on the list of shootings in schools or on school campuses or grounds. 
A February analysis by the group of a list of school shootings since Newtown (which was later expanded) found that nearly half resulted in at least one death. Three in four shooters obtained guns at home, at least in instances in which the firearm’s source could be determined.
Above is a map of the cities where the 74 shootings on Everytown’s list took place.
Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013. You may have to zoom in to view separate incidents in the same city. Cities that were home to multiple shootings are Atlanta; Grambling, La.; Savannah, Ga.; Jackson, Tenn.; Roswell, N.M.; Milwaukee; Augusta, Ga.
Source

WHEN?  WHEN WILL WE MAKE SOME CHANGES?  HOW MANY WILL IT TAKE?
THIS IS TOO MANY.
When the university I work for in Seattle sent out a email to all staff, the FIRST WORD was ‘Another.’  Knowing the reason behind the email and reading the first word, I became outraged.  School shootings have become too common place and this is unacceptable.  
Pledge to vote for candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence  —> GUN SENSE VOTER
See what your state is doing to keep guns from the mentally ill and urge your governor to act —>  ACT HERE

thepeoplesrecord:

There have been at least 74 school shootings since Newtown
June 12, 2014

Tuesday’s school shooting in Oregon is at least the 74th instance of shots being fired on school grounds or in school buildings since the late-2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to a listmaintained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for policies it believes limit gun violence.

There have been at least 37 shootings on school grounds this year, which is just barely half over. All told, there has been nearly one shooting per week in the year and a half since Newtown. Everytown identifies a school shooting as any instance in which a firearm was discharged within a school building or on school grounds, sourced to multiple news reports per incident. Therefore, the data isn’t limited to mass shootings like Newtown—it includes assaults, homicides, suicides and even accidental shootings. Of the shootings, 35 took place at a college or university, while 39 took place in K-12 schools.

Georgia, which passed an expansive pro-gun law this year, has been site of the most incidents on Everytown’s list, with 10  shootings reported. Florida was next, with seven. Tennessee claimed five, and North Carolina and California was home to four each. Atlanta was the only city that had three such shootings. Six other cities had two shootings. All told, 31 states are represented on the list of shootings in schools or on school campuses or grounds. 

February analysis by the group of a list of school shootings since Newtown (which was later expanded) found that nearly half resulted in at least one death. Three in four shooters obtained guns at home, at least in instances in which the firearm’s source could be determined.

Above is a map of the cities where the 74 shootings on Everytown’s list took place.

Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013. You may have to zoom in to view separate incidents in the same city. Cities that were home to multiple shootings are Atlanta; Grambling, La.; Savannah, Ga.; Jackson, Tenn.; Roswell, N.M.; Milwaukee; Augusta, Ga.

Source

WHEN?  WHEN WILL WE MAKE SOME CHANGES?  HOW MANY WILL IT TAKE?

THIS IS TOO MANY.

When the university I work for in Seattle sent out a email to all staff, the FIRST WORD was ‘Another.’  Knowing the reason behind the email and reading the first word, I became outraged.  School shootings have become too common place and this is unacceptable.  

Pledge to vote for candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence  —> GUN SENSE VOTER

See what your state is doing to keep guns from the mentally ill and urge your governor to act —>  ACT HERE

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)








From the New American Movement which aims to establish working-class control of the enormous productive capacity of American industry, to create a society that will provide material comfort and security for all people in which the full and free development of every individual will be the basic goal.

From the New American Movement which aims to establish working-class control of the enormous productive capacity of American industry, to create a society that will provide material comfort and security for all people in which the full and free development of every individual will be the basic goal.

(Source: democracyatwork, via secretrepublic)




 

 

(Source: probablymolly, via secretrepublic)