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the best thing about fall

whirr:

The best thing about fall is the smell of burning leaves.

The best thing about fall is your cracked lips trembling in the wake of an awful thought’s first utterance.

The best thing about fall is apple cider.

The best thing about fall is a stranger’s condescension.

The best thing about fall is the trees changing color.

The best thing about fall is an unplaced memory of a fever’s sickly sweet breath beneath a sweat-drenched afghan.

The best thing about fall is watching football.

The best thing about fall is once you saw a beggar crying, as old as you, his face in his hands.

The best thing about fall is wearing scarves.

The best thing about fall is an off-duty EMT higher than hell.

The best thing about fall is corn mazes.

The best thing about fall is being unable to leave your apartment until you need to buy cigarettes.

The best thing about fall is cooking chili.

The best thing about fall is imagining your mother at the end of her life.

The best thing about fall is Halloween movies.

The best thing about fall is rationalizing the divergence of your plans and your actuality.

The best thing about fall is bonfires.

The best thing about fall is coming up from each breaking wave a little further from the shore.

The best thing about fall is carving pumpkins.

The best thing about fall is a repeated lie gaining credence.

— 5 hours ago with 18 notes
ello ello

@laura_gardiner if you’re on that

— 5 hours ago
#social media  #ello  #sure why not 

oldfilmsflicker:

Happy National Coffee Day!

— 1 day ago with 1223 notes
thecarvingwitch:

It’s about 20 degrees cooler in this shade

thecarvingwitch:

It’s about 20 degrees cooler in this shade

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— 2 days ago with 317042 notes
"No one ever tells you that people will leave your life, unannounced. Sometimes they leave the earth, sometimes they just leave you. Things continue. Tomorrow you will wake up and the sun will be kissing your eyelids and it will be a new day for you to drink too much coffee and reread an old book. You will be okay. No one ever tells you that, either. Days will melt together like some candle you burned down to scraps, and seasons will change. You will fall in and out of love with yourself more times than you’ll ever be able to count. It is important to take the time to appreciate your own fingerprints, your own skin. There will be days when it is all you have."
never forget to be kind to yourself. (via splitterherzen)

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— 2 days ago with 20143 notes
Ottobar staffer murdered →

wellthennow:

I am losing faith in humanity 

— 4 days ago with 21 notes

riotgrrrlact:

ohnobutwhy:

This man, Conor Fowler of Baltimore, MD, is a rapist. He raped me and has raped other women I know. He is violent, manipulative, dangerous, and should not be trusted. He is not under any current legal investigation and is still a threat to women in the Baltimore area.

Stay away from him and advise everyone you know to do the same. I suspect he has attacked many women and will continue to do so any time he feels he can get away with it.

It has taken me nearly six years to build up the courage to share this in such a public way and I am doing so in hopes of reaching out to other women he victimized who have not yet had the support or avenues needed to come forward.  I want to do everything in my power to stop him from hurting anyone else, but I can’t do this alone.  Please share via any/all social media platforms and feel free to add commentary.

If you know someone Conor assaulted who wants to talk me, give her my contact information or request it through my ask box if you don’t know me in person.  You are not alone

First things first, I want to commend the woman speaking out. We read, everyday, about more and more sexual assault survivors outing their abusers and I can only imagine how difficult it is to do so. You have courage that I’ve never known and I hope that you continue to flourish and shine. Clearly, you have a lot of support, keep those people close because misogyny, rape apologists, and victim blamers often lurk around. 

Being someone who is very distantly acquainted with this man, I hate to admit that I hesitated when I saw this post because my instinct was ‘how do I know this is true?’ and ‘this guy’s reputation is on the line’ but then I thought about it (asked some questions, got some answers) and realized I was perpetuating everything that I’ve been fighting against and all the things I’m hoping women and men will ‘unteach’ themselves. 

I’m confident that many people I know who know him much better than I do and perhaps even consider him a friend will have the same knee-jerk reaction. 

Stop.

And, now, consider: People don’t just makes these accusations up. And people don’t just randomly accuse someone of a heinous crime six years later (or at any time, really). Less than 1% of rape accusations are false and as much as you may know or like this man, it’s highly unlikely that this falls into that category. 

It’s easy to share an article about the Steubenville, or TKE, or any other men who’ve been accused of horrific crimes against women when they’re distant and far-removed from you.

It’s easy to advocate for change in those cases. It’s a little more uncomfortable when that person is someone you know, but what you don’t want to do right now is perpetuate exactly what you stood against in all those past articles you’ve shared about rape (the current one’s probably being the Columbia University student speaking up). 

So right now may perhaps be a defining moment for many of the people who I know. You’re probably going to learn a lot about yourself in how you react and then choose to proceed here. 

Don’t be like all of those people we’ve hated on for supporting rapists and rallying behind them. 

Just don’t. 

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— 1 week ago with 3270 notes

srushtinator:

this is okay

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and so is this

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definitely this

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as well as this

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but THIS

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AND THIS

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AND THIS

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IS

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DEFINITELY

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NOT

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OKAY

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WHITE PEOPLE, DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS?

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— 2 weeks ago with 7657 notes

ceramicdecay:

euo:

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I WNDHAHSHAHS RND

this is especially funny because if you actually look up the term “race films” you’d know that race films were actually a genre of film made in the early 1900s by black filmmakers with black actors for entirely black audiences. they literally weren’t made for white people lmao. this is of course until black actors were more “integrated” into white film to become more mainstream.

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— 2 weeks ago with 47547 notes
more poutine, please  (at Fritz European Fry House)

more poutine, please (at Fritz European Fry House)

— 3 weeks ago
Had to crop out all the jerks (at The Fremont Troll)

Had to crop out all the jerks (at The Fremont Troll)

— 3 weeks ago

Greetings from Chicago (at Chicago Midway International Airport)

— 3 weeks ago with 1 note
these gals understand how I feel about the gross under-representation of female professionals (especially in the STEM fields) within the toy industry, however these lady legos are one small step in the very right direction #lego

these gals understand how I feel about the gross under-representation of female professionals (especially in the STEM fields) within the toy industry, however these lady legos are one small step in the very right direction #lego

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#lego