Links of the Week – July 17, 2015

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* ‘The Fried Chicken Capital’: Where Racial Progress Began Along The Rails

* When I’m Walking With Someone And Casually Trying To Fix A Wedgie

* The Geeky Hooker
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* Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake On A Brownie Crust

* This Cute Pup Has Only Half His Body, But He’ll Win Over Your Whole Heart

* We Don’t Know What Store Employs Costumed Guinea Pigs…

* 12 Signs She’s The Type Of Girl You Should Marry

* Baby Girl Gets Her First Glasses, Can See Clearly For The First Time – (Amazing! Your heart will EXPLODE!)

* PostSecret: Yes

* PostSecret: Awkward

* PostSecret: Flag
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* The Secret History Of Black Baseball Players In Japan

* Cat Fur To Make Kitten Britches: Fine, 43. You win. Whatever. – (Blog post of the week AND my life.)

* Demonia Disorder 3-Strap Combat Boots

* Archie McPhee Coloring Books
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* MLB Unveils Greatest Living Players, Franchise Four 

* Tree Planting Tradition Of Cosmonauts Continues With Space Shuttle Mission

* 26 Things That Are Definitely Completely Legit
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* This Guy’s Instagram Account About Being A Third-Wheel Is Heartbreakingly Hilarious

* What Happens When You Make Hawaiian Rolls With Mountain Dew

* Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Chip Brownies

* Fashion It So: Star Trek: TNG – Episode 7:23 – Emergence – (Hysterical as usual! 😀 )

* Poll: Which MLB Position Player Had The Best Pitching Performance This Season? – (David Ross! My secret boyfriend!)

* Parents Dedicate New Safe Space To Daughter Who Felt Weird In Class Once – (Perfect!)

* Accidental Devotional: Don’t Let Scarcity Steal Your Encouragement – (Don’t just think it. Tell them how much they mean!)

* Is This The Solution To ‘Throw Away’ Kids? – (Yes! More of this!)

* New York Times Cooking: Our Most Divine Chocolate Recipes
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“Just how and when we tell the truth – or keep silent – can often reveal the difference between genuine integrity and none at all.”

Best of Bill, Bill W.

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Links of the Week – July 10, 2015

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What A Shot! 38 Amazing Sports Photos

* Breathtaking Ruins Of The Soviet Space Shuttle Program

* Ranking Women Somehow Not Issue in Miss USA Debacle

* Mango-Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie

* Ending A Conversation With My Crush

* Aww! Watch This Rescue Kitten Grow Up With His Golden Retriever BFF

* LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time

* The MLB Manager Tree – (“The following managerial ‘tree’ connects all 30 current major league managers back to either John McGraw, Connie Mack or Miller Huggins, Hall of Famers who played for Ned Hanlon, ‘The Father of Modern Baseball.'”)
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* PostSecret: Catnap

* PostSecret: Hold

* PostSecret: Waste – (It never matters…)

* Milk Chocolate Cookie and Cream Cookies
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* South Dakota Man, 101, Competes In National Senior Games – (Throwers gonna throw!)

* Gaslighting Is A Common Victim-Blaming Abuse Tactic – Here Are 4 Ways To Recognize It In Your Life

* What If We Treated All Consent Like Society Treats Sexual Consent

* 7 Reasons The Kindest People Are Actually The Strongest

* Star Trek Yeoman Martha Landon Kicks Much Vaalian Ass!

* Star Trek Voyager’s Seven of Nine On Dealing With Sexual Harassment
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* “What’s attractive about a man who isn’t excited as hell to be with you?…”

* Jimmy Carter: “I Believe Jesus Would Approve Gay Marriage”

* Blog Post Of The Week: You Saw Me

* 1972 Hartford Whalers Jersey – (So beautiful it makes my heart ache!)

* The Pirates Banded Together To Save The Grounds Crew From The Tarp Monster
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* Child Therapist Excited To Actually Be Seeing Patient With Psychological Issues

* This Bozo From The Audience Tried To Charge His Phone ONSTAGE In The Middle Of A Broadway Play

* Colorado Teen Pregnancy Drops 40% — How They Did It

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“‘He wasn’t evil, Miss Cora,’ I finally said, still choking back sobs. ‘He wasn’t. He wasn’t.’

‘I know, chile,’ she interrupted, kissing my forehead. ‘He was a sick man. Sickness took all reason from him. Same as with a lot of folks. I ‘speck there is very few evil folks. Just a whole lot of sick folks.'”

Drinking From A Bitter Cup, Angela Jackson-Brown

“I don’t believe in happily ever after, but I do believe in happy right now. And right now, I am happy. But more than my being happy, I am not frightened anymore.”

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“Because Grace bats last.”

Anne Lamott

“If love is a casserole, which I believe it is, then an icebox pie is the first kiss…”

– Lisa Donovan, Southern Living – June 2015, p. 88

“I’d been put into a box long before, after all. Each of us has. Are you the ‘difficult’ child or the ‘histrionic’ lover, the ‘argumentative’ sibling or the ‘long-suffering’ spouse? Boxes make us easier to understand, but they also imprison us because people don’t see past them.”

Ghost Boy – Martin Pistorius

“Whatever else they talk about, though, I’ve come to know that there are three topics women will return to again and again in conversation: their husbands, who are often a disappointment; their children, who are usually wonderful; and their weight, which is always too high. Again and again, I hear them commiserate with each other about how difficult it is to make men more responsible and diets more effective. While I don’t understand their problems with their husbands, my heart always sinks when ever I hear them talk about calorie counting. Women seem to think they go on diets in order to feel happier, but I know from experience that this isn’t true. In fact, I can safely say that the less women eat, the grumpier they get.”

Ghost Boy – Martin Pistorius

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Links of the Week – July 3, 2015

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* Me After Every Day At The Office

* When Someone Asks Me Substantive Questions Of What I Do

* 10 Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

* 10 POLITICAL Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

* 10 Things You Need To Be Okay With If You Want A Happy Relationship

* 27 Pictures The Perfectly Sum Up Your Life
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* Zack Hunt : A Word Of Warning To My Fellow Christians About Same-Sex Marriage

* Star Trek Uglydolls – (WANT!)
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* Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America – (Absolutely.)

* Extra Tiny Customized Pet Portrait Fiber Friends

* Hawks Unveil Plan To Win By Damaging Opponents’ Retinas

* How To Change The World From Your Couch – (One person CAN change the world!)
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* Mini Peanut Butter And Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

* “Night Burgers” – Bob’s Burgers – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Joseph Michael: Luminosity

* It Doesn’t Matter That We Don’t Speak Or Read Japanese

* Researchers Say Virgin Mary Actually God’s Second Choice To Bear Son – (“There came a time, the parchment suggests, when God confided to Erica that He couldn’t ‘wait around forever…'”)

* Julia: Super Special Summer Family Togetherness

* This Dude Challenged Himself To Wear Heels All Day And Wanted To Die – (Women too, y’all. We’re just dumb enough to keep doing it.)

* Transgender Swimmer Given Choice Of Harvard’s Men’s Or Women’s Teams

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“We are all important, but not for the reasons we think.”
– Anonymous

“I am trying to do what I can to love, today. Can anything else be more important?”
– Anonymous

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Links of the Week – June 19, 2014

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* Jack King, NASA’s ‘Voice Of Apollo,’ Dies At 84

* Baseball And Black History – (So wonderful!)

* Even Baby Rhinos Need To Snuggle – (Dawwwwwww!)

* Strawberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

* Star Trek Celebrating DeForest Kelley’s Life

* The Old Mansions Of Peachtree Street – (Back when anything north of North Avenue was the suburbs of Atlanta)

* Astonishing Adventure T-Shirt – (Paging Mr. Herman…)

* How To Think Like A Sound Engineer

* PostSecret: Chairs

* PostSecret: Rat – (Me too!)

* PostSecret: Object

* When My Boyfriend Is Giving Me The Silent Treatment – (EVERY. Single. Argument my ex-husband and I ever had.)

* Love Is Not Enough – (I need to carry a copy of this with me always.)

* Cats Are Moody Creatures

* This Disney Princess Softball Team Photo Is Blowing Up The Internet

* Black Work-It Skort – (Don’t be fooled by the name. This idea could make wearing skirts ALMOST bearable!)

WWN Guide To Mercy Killing Your Family If Gay Marriage Becomes Legal – (The funniest thing I’ve read in quite a while! 😀 )

* 4 Mixing FAQ’s For New Sound Techs

* Zack Hunt: Does God Still Heal The Sick?

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* Spaghetti Toes: Taco Bell Is Just Alright With Jesus

* GLIDE United Methodist Church – (God, let all our churches be more like this one!)

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“Before my transition, I was hesitant about calling myself a woman, mostly because I had no desire to live up to the societal expectations and ideals that others often project onto that identity. I use to fear that embracing that identity would be tantamount to cramming myself into some predetermined box, restricting my possibilities and potential. But I now realize that no matter how I act or what I do or say, I remain a woman – both in the eyes of the world and, more importantly, in the way that I experience myself. While I used to view the word ‘woman’ as limiting, I now find it both empowering and limitless.”

Whipping Girl, Julia Serano

“In trans women’s eyes, I see a wisdom that can only come from having to fight for your right to be recognized as female, a raw strength that only comes from unabashedly asserting your right to be feminine in an inhospitable world. In a trans woman’s eyes, I see someone who understands that, in a culture that’s seemingly fueled on male homophobic hysteria, choosing to be female and openly expressing one’s femininity is not a sign of frivolousness, weakness, or passivity, it is a fucking badge of courage. Everybody loves to say that drag queens are ‘fabulous,’ but nobody seems to get the fact that trans women are fucking badass!”

Whipping Girl, Julia Serano

“The feminist assumption that ‘femininity is artificial’ is narcissistic, as it invariably casts nonfeminine women as having ‘superior knowledge’ while dismissing feminine women as either ‘dupes’ (who are too ignorant to recognize they have been conned) or ‘fakes’ (who purposely engage in ‘unnatural’ behaviors in order to uphold sexist societal norms.)”

Whipping Girl, Julia Serano

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Links of the Week – May 22, 2015

* Is It Too Soon To Share More Pictures Of Cats?

* Galaxy Stud Earrings – (Pretty!)

* 28 Google Image Searches That Did Not Disappoint
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* Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

* Jim Lovell and the Apollo Program – (Beautifully done!)

* PostSecret: Voyager – (The Original Series for me…)

* PostSecret: It Isn’t What I Like

* PostSecret: A Girl On The Team

* Salted Caramel Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cookies
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* Faucet Makes Water Look Like Latticework

* Hardee’s Most American Thickburger – (Urgh)

* A Tortoise Trying Tiny Pancakes – (Squee!)

* Rainbow Waffles – (!!!)
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* George Michael Made Me Go Wild: How “Faith” Changed A Gay, Southern, Gen-X Teen’s Live

* Women’s Tee By Cartel Ink

* Another Women’s Tee

* Women’s ‘Wicked Garden’ Lace Pinup Top – (Cutie patootie!)

* Girl Scouts Welcome Transgender Girls – (Woot!)

* Burned Cat And Fawn Become Instant Friends At Animal Shelter – (And my heart fell out and bounced around on the floor!)

* Study Has More Disturbing Findings About Campus Rape Of Freshmen Women – (“A stunning 28% of the women said they had been a victim of either an attempted or completed forcible or incapacitated rape before college, from the age of 14 through 18, according to the study. That number jumps to 37% for all women surveyed from the age of 14 through the start of their sophomore year.”)

* ‘Father’ To Marry ‘Son’ In Bucks County – With Court’s Blessing

* 9 Amazing Photos Of Dogs Before And After Their Rescues!

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“Even later, starting in the fourth and fifth centuries, when Christian scribes emerged as a professional class within the church, and later still when most manuscripts were copied by monks devoted to this kind of work in monasteries – even then, some scribes were less skilled than others. At all times the task could be drudgery, as is indicated in notes occasionally added to manuscripts in which a scribe would pen a kind of sigh of relief, such as ‘The End of the Manuscript. Thanks Be to God!'”

Misquoting Jesus, Bart D. Ehrman

“Feelings are neither right nor wrong. It is what we do with them that we need to concentrate on.”

– Anonymous

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Links of the Week – May 15, 2015

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* My Conflicted Relationship With Female Beauty

* Pranksters Plant Tree On Baseball Field

* Why Do Some Trans Women Conform To Societal Stereotypes Of Femininity?

* People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

* Zombie Wordplay

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* My Paralyzing Perfectionism

* The 35 Best Things That Ever Happened In A Yearbook

* Adventure Time Bracelet – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* When Couples Are Out Of Sync About Sex

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* Millennials Leaving Church In Droves, Study Finds

* Wingnuts Have Weaponized Jesus: How The Religious Right Hijacked Christianity

* I’m Christian And Happy That Atheism Is On The Rise: America’s Right-Wing Theocracy Needs To Chill

* Zack Hunt: A Faith Worth Believing And A Church Worth Belonging To – (He got every bit of this right!)

* Scribbles & Crumbs: 7 Ways To Support Others During Tough Times

* Fox News Host Doesn’t See Great Need For Title IX Protections Because “Girls Are Better At Fundraising”
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* 23 Pictures That Are Way Too Real For Every Girl

* 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right

* The Forgiveness Myth – (THIS!)
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* Quarterback Fulfills 4th Grade Promise, Asks Childhood Friend With Down Syndrome To The Prom

* Biloxi Shuckers Cap – (Best cap of the year!)

* The Homeless Shuckers

* Baltimore ‘Looting’ Tweets Show The Importance Of Quick And Easy Image Checks

* Department Of Sidesplitting Signs

* The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

* You Think You Attract The Wrong Men, But You Don’t

* How To Find A Man: Relationships With Broken Men

* 7 Things You Can Never Change About Someone

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“A great sorrow, and one I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are….

How do we know what’s right for us? Every shrink, every career counselor, every Disney princess knows the answer: ‘Be yourself.’ ‘Follow your heart.’

Only here’s what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“She considered her clothes with the same weighing of possible external dangers as she had the new day which had entered through her closed windows and doors.
Believing in the danger which sprang from objects as well as people, which dress, which shoes, which coat demanded less of her panicked heart and body? For a costume was a challenge too, a discipline, a trap which once adopted could influence the actor….

She selected her cape which seemed more protective, more enveloping.
Also the cape held within its folds something of what she imagined was a quality possessed exclusively by man: some dash, some audacity, some swagger of freedom denied to woman.”

– Anais Nin, A Spy In The House Of Love

“The beauty of your arm is exactly like that of your body. If I didn’t know your body I would want it, just from seeing the shape of your arm.”

– Anais Nin, A Spy In The House Of Love

“People cry at weddings for the same reason they cry at happy endings: because they so desperately want to believe in something they know is not credible.”

– Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

“The enemy of love is never outside, it’s not a man or woman, it’s what we lack in ourselves.”

– Anais Nin, A Spy In the House Of Love

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Links of the Week – May 8, 2015

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* Want Millennials Back In The Pews? Stop Trying To Make Church Cool

* This Woman Will Probably Change The Way You Look At Signs For The Women’s Bathroom Forever

* Party Hats For Pets! – (Yaasssssssssss!)

* I Secretly Lived In My Office For 500 Days

* Super Hero Girls: My Daughter Wants Comic Stars That Look Like Her – And Your Son Needs Them, Too

* Meet The Journalist Who Gave Up Her $95,000 A Year Job To Move To The Caribbean

* Amazing Aerial Views Of The Shipwrecks Of Lake Michigan

* ‘Puffed Up Planet’ Orbiting Small Star Discovered By Australian Astronomers

* Scribbles & Crumbs: Why You Are Enough

* Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Media’s Use Of The Word “Thug”: “It’s A Word We Use Instead Of The ‘N-Word'” – (A really interesting and thought-provoking interview)

* Baltimore Violence And The Lack Of Black Men In The City

* “One more to beam up. Grace Lee Whitney, 1930-2015”

* A Trio Of Grace Lee Whitney Publicity Photos

* The Women Of Star Trek:TOS

* Remembering Grace Lee Whitney

* PostSecret: Antone

* PostSecret: Words

* Woman Seeks Man She Kissed At Boston Marathon, Hears Back From His Wife

* Stars Sweatshirt – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Astonishing Optical Illusions For Your Floors And Walls – (Amazing!)

* The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev The Defense Wants You To Know

* Ted Williams’ Legacy Preserved By His Daughter Claudia

* Cat Tats (And Dogs Too!)

* ‘My Name Is Jamal … I’m White’

* A Cancer Survivor Designs The Cards She Wishes She’d Received From Friends And Family

* Blog Post Read By Mother To Shape Child’s Life For Next 18 Years

* Report: Now Sadly The Best Time In American History To Be Black

* ‘Milkshake’ Racerback Tank – (I hate it when that happens!)

* Bo STILL Knows – (Need!)

* A Photographer Captured A Woman’s Dramatic Weight Loss With Creative Before-And-After Portraits – (Love!)

* The 6 Craziest Villains Ever Defeated By Snack Cakes – (I LOVED these when I’d flip through my brother’s comic books!)

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“Slowly we learn that we are all broken, all less than perfect, and that God loves us, each one, wonderfully even so. Slowly we learn that the real love for one another we crave is not the ideal love of my personal facade for your facade, but the imperfect intent to love that my flawed self can offer to the real you.” 

Lloyd Lee Wilson, 2001

“Boris laughed, ‘And you love her yes. but not too much.’
‘Why do you say that?’
‘Because you are not mad, or wild, or grieving! You are not roaring out to choke her with your own bare hands! Which means your soul is not too mixed up with hers. And that is good. Here is my experience. Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you.'”

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“God keeps giving, forgiving, and inviting us back. My friend Tom says this is a scandal and that God has no common sense. God doesn’t say: ‘I have had it this time. You have taken this course four times and you flunked again. What a joke.’ We get to keep starting over. Lives change, sometimes quickly, but usually slowly.”

– Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow

“With no children of her own, she’s destined to remain a daughter.”

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“We have art in order not to die from the truth.”

– Nietzsche

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

– Frederick Douglass, Escaped Slave

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