“For those I leave behind, I am sorry. But this was a long time coming. To my mother and father, “mist” and “most,” please know that this was not your fault. Who would have thought that your darling son would become the most hated etymological monster since “supple” (RIP)? To my dear triplet brothers, “hoist,” “foist,” and “joist,” I love you and am thankful nobody bullies you or even really knows about you. Sometimes, invisibility is a blessing in disguise. To my dear friends Merriam and Webster, you alone stuck to the truth. In your eyes, I know that I will always remain “characterized by high humidity,” and I thank you for such a kindness.”
i had a small death in tears of laughter over this. amazing.
“It occured to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again”—John Green (The Fault In Our Stars)
“The dreams had been terror at loss, at something lost forever; but nothing was lost; all was retained between the sky and the earth and within himself. He had lost nothing. The snow-covered mountain remained, without regard to titles of ownership or the white ranchers who thought they possessed it. They logged the trees, they killed the deer, bear and mountain lions, they built their fences high; but the mountain was far greater than any or all of these things. The mountain outdistanced their destruction, just as love had outdistanced death. The mountain could not be lost to them, because it was in their bones; Josiah and Rocky were not far away. They were close; they had always been close. And he loved them then as he had always loved them, the feeling pulsing over him as strong as it had ever been. They loved him that way; he could still feel the love they had for him. The damage that had been done had never reached this feeling. This feeling was their life, vitality locked deep in blood memory, and the people were strong, and the fifth world endured, and nothing was ever lost as long as love remained.”—
Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko
I just got really sad, because I’m just finishing up my final book for my American Ethnic Literature class. I am printing out my final packets, I finished my last two short assignments, and beginning to work on my final paper. I’ve loved this class. I think this may have been the best class I’ve ever taken in my entire college career. I will really miss it. This quote is one of my favorites from a book we had to read in class.
“I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology. What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse. And, you know, the reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha. And one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about - even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her.”—
President Obama, commenting on the Rush Limbaugh controversy in today’s press conference. (via dcdecoder)
I have a lot of respect for Obama for doing this and saying these things. It turns out not only is he a good president but a fantastic father. respect.
“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”—Thomas Merton (via modernhepburn)