“Hearing no from God is hard, but I often forget that silent phrase that follows that word. When God says, “No,” he immediately says, “because I want all my promises to be made real in your life.” God never leaves us. Maybe that’s what hearing no is for- to truly believe in his presence.”—Thought about prayer. (via churchjanitor)
Richard Nixon stated, “Castro couldn’t even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.” So, please think of the group as Cuba and me as Khrushchev. Except without all the sexual tension. Or missiles.
“Eleanor & Park isn’t some dystopian fantasy about a world where teenagers swear and are cruel to each other, and some kids have terrible parents. Teenagers swear and are cruel to each other. Some kids have terrible parents. Some girls have terrible stepdads who shout profanity at them and call them sluts – and some of those girls still manage to rise above it. When these people call Eleanor & Park an obscene story, I feel like they’re saying that rising above your situation isn’t possible. That if you grow up in an ugly situation, your story isn’t even fit for good people’s ears. That ugly things cancel out everything beautiful.”—Right on the edge of Banned Books Week, Rainbow Rowelldiscusses when Minneapolis’s Anoka-Hennepin school district, the county board, and the local library board censored her from coming to speak about her YA novel Eleanor & Park. (via millionsmillions)
Fuck mean people. I’m so mad! Why do rude people become doctors or nurses? Don’t work with people if you can’t help being a dick. You’re supposed to care and want to help…not make me feel like a douche for simply being a patient!
“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and the freedom of nations can make them.”—
- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States
April 2nd, 1917
Today A. Scott Berg, author of the new biography “Wilson,” joins us to discuss this complicated, flawed, yet idealistic man.
Sam :Oratory should raise your heart rate. Oratory should blow the doors off the place. We should be talking about not being satisfied with past solutions, we should be talking about a permanent revolution.
Toby :Where have I heard that?
Sam :I got it from a book... The Little Red Book.
Toby :You think we should quote Mao Tse-tung?
Sam :We do need a permanent revolution.
Toby :Still, I think we'll stay away from quoting Communists.
Sam :You think a Communist never wrote an elegant phrase? How do you think they got everyone to be Communist?
some people are just huge fucking assholes… it’s hard not to let it get you down. you make an effort, do all of the right things, go above and beyond and, still, it’s never good enough. the thing is, it’s not actually about the quality of your end product. it is about other people’s inability to trust, to let go, to cede control, and to let you do the thing you’re awesome at. i don’t know if they just don’t trust anyone that isn’t them? if they discount me simply because of my youth? because I don’t have children? or, if, at the end of the end of the day, they are just close-minded, judgmental, bitter assholes incapable of change? sometimes, it gets too difficult to care with all of the obstacles in the way. what is the point of asking for help if you won’t let me help you?! i care, deeply. you make a masochist of me. i can’t do it anymore. why bother? it’s like volunteering for a kick in the teeth.