I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in miracles, meditation, 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 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, grit 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, being and life force 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.

Read the Printed Word!

“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories…water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”

—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

This campaign is SO important!

HB1706 shouldn’t be something that mothers have to fight to have passed.

Big thanks to Jordyn Lake, Louise Alonge and Monica Young featured in these photos for allowing themselves and their choices to be criticized and judged all over the Internet. Kudos to the La Leche League, United States Breastfeeding Committee, Borden and participating restaurants for their involvement and especially to University of North Texas graphic-art majors Johnathan Wenske and Kris Haro for their hard work with the “When Nurture Calls” campaign.

Most of all, HUGE respect and support for ALL nursing mothers of EVERY age for doing what is best for their children. It’s been a minute (or a dozen years, whichever) since I was in their shoes but this image is all too familiar to me after being forced into far too many bathroom stalls for 24 months so as not to offend the delicate constitutions of the masses who seem to have forgotten that breasts are intended for this purpose and NOT as solely sexual objects.

Fight the good fight, mamas!



#WeNeedDiverseBooks because no characters in YA books looks like me.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks because I have a story too.

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Michael and Carissa Alvarado met on the set of a music video. So it seems only fitting that their relationship would have a lot to do with song. 

Michael, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, was only in Los Angeles for a quick trip when he wound up as an extra on a music video set and met Carissa. The pair hung out during the three-hour shoot, and on the way home from there, Michael told a friend that he’d met the woman he was going to marry. Sure enough, after a long-distance courtship, Michael moved to L.A. and married Carissa.

But their musical partnership was also successful. Both solo musicians originally, they combined their talents and began performing as Us the Duo. They’d both agreed that they didn’t want to perform at their wedding, but as they struggled to write the perfect vows, a song came out instead. 

"We had just done the sand ceremony," Michael explains, "and then her dad came up and brought me a guitar, and Carissa a big drum." That’s when the surprised guests found out that they were getting a one-of-a-kind musical performance.

Lyrics like, “I’ll take care of you/ Love you just because/ You and I are better than forever” stood in for traditional vows.

"It was definitely an emotional experience," Carissa said of performing a new song for the first time in front of their nearest and dearest. "But it was super fitting, and there was no one we wanted to share that with besides our family and friends." Though the Alvarados admit to being nervous about both the wedding and their new song, the sweet reactions — including tears! — from their loved ones made it worth it.

And it wasn’t only the Alvarados’ friends and family who were moved by their song, “No Matter Where You Are.” The video, posted May 6, has had more than 50,000 views on YouTube and may help take the couple’s music career to the next level. Not long after they performed their vows, Us the Duo signed with Republic Records. They will set off on a 28-city North American tour this summer, and perhaps because of this video, they’ll have some new fans.  They’re also releasing an album, which chronicles the stages in their relationship from dating through marriage.

Though they’ve only been married for only a year, the Alvarados do have some marriage advice. “You shouldn’t settle for anybody less than your dream partner,” Michael says.

(Source: Yahoo!)

“Buddha was once threatened with death by a bandit called Angulimal. “Then be good enough to fulfill my dying wish,” said Buddha. “Cut off the branch of that tree.” One slash of the sword, and it was done! “What now?” asked the bandit. Put it back again,” said Buddha. The bandit laughed. “You must be crazy to think anyone can do that.” “On the contrary, it is you who are crazy to think that you are mighty because you can wound and destroy. That is the task of children. The mighty know how to create and heal.”

—Anthony De Mello (via lazylucid)

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When 270 Schoolgirls Are Abducted By Terrorists And It Doesn’t Make Global News, Something’s Wrong

A devastating thing has happened in Nigeria: More than 270 girls were abducted from their school in Northern Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It was only after everyday people led a huge campaign to draw attention to the missing girls that the media and world leaders sat up and started listening.

Listen to Nigerian movie star Stella Damasus explain the issue — and hear her challenge the Nigerian government and world leaders to #BringBackOurGirls.

“There isn’t a sharp line dividing humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. All the time, we find animals doing things that, in our arrogance, we thought was just human.”

—Happy 80th birthday, Jane Goodall! (via currentsinbiology)

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Photographer Franck Bohbot captures the classic movie palaces of southern California [x]

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“After spending a few millennia learning how to get along with eachother, the internet has set us back. It just doesn’t forget things. Even when those things should be forgotten. Then things come back later. And everything gets extra personal for the person on the receiving end and only a fraction as personal for the person on the delivering end.”

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“As all advocates of feminist politics know most people do not understand sexism or if they do they think it is not a problem. Masses of people think that feminism is always and only about women seeking to be equal to men. And a huge majority of these folks think feminism is anti-male. Their misunderstanding of feminist politics reflects the reality that most folks learn about feminism from patriarchal mass media.”

—bell hooks (via america-wakiewakie)

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We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.

“When a trim, handsome guy like Joel McHale repeatedly mocks a fat man for being fat on national television, it’s not speaking truth to power. It’s bullying. It’s a reminder to any overweight kid who happens to be tuning in that even if you become as successful as Chris Christie you’ll still be mercilessly mocked for your weight.”

Ezra Klein, Stop making fun of Christie for being fat - Vox (via brooklynmutt)

So many other things to use as ammunition against Christie. 

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I don’t like to play favorites with my flowers but this one in particular is pretty special.

I don’t like to play favorites with my flowers but this one in particular is pretty special.


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