I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in scheduled working on weekdays and sleeping in on Sundays. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.

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The American Conservative movement does NOT embody the teachings of Christ.


The American Conservative movement does NOT embody the teachings of Christ.

This photo essay is incredible and WELL worth your attention today.  INCREDIBLE, people. Truly

This photo essay is incredible and WELL worth your attention today.  INCREDIBLE, people. Truly


So this is amazing: German photographer and bike-lover Jonas Ginter made a 360-degree spherical panorama timelapse of himself riding around town, using 6 GoPro cameras and a 3D-printed mount.

GOP Governor Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase

But before you go patting Oklahoma on the back too soon…there’s always Governor FAILIN!


Deep, deep sigh.

Meet the Republican Who Thinks His Party Has Failed on Women's Issues

What do you think of the current Republican Party’s approach to women’s reproductive rights?
Abortion is one thing, but when you start talking about limiting contraceptives, that’s going too far. If you truly oppose abortions, you should do everything in your power to prevent unwanted pregnancy — from abstinence, to condoms, to birth control pills, all the way to IUDs and morning-after pills. When you take a morning-after pill, over 90 percent of those women probably aren’t pregnant anyway. And they have no way of knowing in that early of a stage whether or not they’re pregnant. To be able to do something that simple to prevent an unwanted pregnancy — and potentially prevent a pregnancy which might be aborted — is a good thing. And to prevent that, to me, is counterintuitive to saying, “We oppose abortions.” To require a prescription for a drug that has been determined to be safe and effective by the FDA adds basically another $100 to the cost, and to me that discriminates against lower-income women.

What has the reaction to your thinking been like from constituents and colleagues?
The local reaction here in Oklahoma has been very quiet, but I have received phone calls and emails from all 50 states — many from Republicans — who support my standing up for women and women’s access to contraception. I’ve heard from many people, both male and female, who have used the Republican Party’s increasingly radical stance on women’s issues as the reason they left the Republican Party. I’m a physician first. I’m not very politically astute. If I was, I probably wouldn’t say things I say. But on the other hand, after being here for ten years, I’m getting more politically astute. When you look at the Republicans’ inability to win a presidential election, the exodus of women and minorities from the party is significant, and we need to stop that.

But you haven’t gotten any feedback from other Republicans saying, “you shouldn’t be voting like this”?
No, I have a long history of voting my conscience and sleeping well at night, and I think they’ve given up on me. They just know that’s the way I am. I know many Republicans who are adamant in their position, and that’s their personal belief. I respect their beliefs. But what’s frustrating to me is that I know some that come out and say, “You know, we feel the way you do, but we’re afraid to vote that way.” But it’s easier for me, as a physician, to explain why I vote the way I do. I can look people in the eye and say, “I’ve been in an exam room with someone who has always opposed abortions, but suddenly when it’s their 14, 15, or 16-year-old daughter, they start second-guessing things.” I don’t try to guide them in one way or the other — it’s their decision to make, between them, their doctor and their God. And I resent the government stepping into that exam room and standing between me and the patient, and standing between the patient and the patient’s choices.

It’s interesting to me that the Republicans, we are a party of less government, except when it comes to women’s issues, then we become a party of more government interference.

You’re up for re-election this year. Are you worried about getting primary’d by a Tea Party opponent?
I’ll tell you, the Tea Party has done robocalls in my district, encouraging fellow Republicans to step up and run against me. To my knowledge, no one is willing to do that. The national Republican Party makes a huge issue of these contraceptive issues, and the general public are growing tired of it. They’re worried about the cost of paying their electric bill; making enough money to medically support their families; availability of jobs; worrying how they’re going to pay for healthcare.

I’ve been here 10 years and those are the things my constituents are worried about. They have never chastised me about my voting record on these women reproductive issues. It’s just pretty low on their radar. The sooner the national Republican Party realizes that, the more successful they’re going to be in the next national election.

I’ve seen you describe yourself as pro-life. Is that correct?
Well, yes. I’ve never done an abortion and never will. From a personal standpoint, I’m pro-life. On the other hand, people are humans. People make mistakes. And we all have our own personal lines, you know? To me, if you’re pregnant and you’re gonna terminate a pregnancy, you need to do that early on. In my mind, a 12-week pregnancy, if you haven’t made a decision by then, well now we’re getting up to where I start feeling uncomfortable. I’ve delivered 800 babies; that’s the thing I enjoy the most. But on the other hand, I’ve been in the room when people say, “My 14-year-old daughter is pregnant.’ And she may want to be a doctor or a lawyer. And the chances of her getting to do that are really gonna be slim. And doc, she made a mistake one night with a guy that has moved on down the road, and can you help me fix my problem.” I have sympathy for those people. And I will not do an abortion, but I will tell them, “Here’s a number and a place you can go if that’s what you guys decide to do.” At the same time, I’ll put out the idea if you want to carry it, you can put it up for adoption.

So do you consider yourself pro-choice as well?
I consider myself anti-government. I guess that would be pro-choice. Let the woman decide her own fate. She’s the one who has to live with her decision between her and her god or her and her family. And I don’t think the government has the right to step in. Now on the other hand, if she’s 30 weeks along, well then maybe the government does have some right to protect that unborn.

“You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.”

—Julien Smith, The Flinch (via exoticwild)

(Source: quotethat, via 5000letters)

"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm." - John Muir

"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm." - John Muir

LOVING this new album! This track is especially infectious!


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