"They stay in my mind, these beautiful people,
or anyway beautiful people to me, of which
there are so many. You, and you, and you,
whom I had the fortune to meet, or maybe
missed. Love, love, love, it was the
core of my life, from which, of course, comes
the word for the heart. And, oh, have I mentioned
that some of them were men and some were women
and some — now carry my revelation with you —
were trees. Or places. Or music flying above
the names of their makers. Or clouds, or the sun
which was the first, and the best, the most
loyal for certain, who looked so faithfully into
my eyes, every morning. So I imagine
such love of the world — its fervency, its shining, its
innocence and hunger to give of itself — I imagine
this is how it began."
— Mary Oliver, from New And Selected Poems (via violentwavesofemotion)
"Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these ‘A-Gay’ white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry."
— Juba Kalamka in this interview (via fridasexual)
(Source: niaking, via joseyrc)
Pretty sure I have an addiction to Advil.
"No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to."
— George Carlin (via thatlitsite)
Anonymous asked: Hi, Laura! Where did you get your prom dress/Where can I get a prom dress that not every other girl will have?
I got my first one in the Fashion District at Santee Alley (for 20 bucks!!), and my second one (the keeper) was from the sale rack at Bloomingdales.
If you’re going for a unique dress, I’d look toward renting a dress – something I totally regret not doing! This way, you can pay under a hundred bucks for a 1000 dollar dress that you’re probably never going to wear again anyway, as was the case for my first prom dress.
so unique ~ ~
"Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay."
— Pat Barker, Regeneration (via vlqri)
(Source: awritersruminations, via vlqri)
"I was never there. Absent, always. It all happened without me. I don’t know what’s happened."
— Samuel Beckett (via blackestdespondency)
Know that you were chosen – for some purpose, for some rhyme, for some thing out there. And in return, you get to choose something, too. You get to choose to engage with a community and contribute to it. You are all so special and so good at what you do.
People don’t dole out compliments here very often or very well. But man, do people deserve them. I look around and I see the most amazing people in my classes. All of us have like, ten thousand reasons to jump with joy!
You are beautiful and smart and talented and a wonderful contributor to the community. Thank you for being such a wonderful you.