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 12, 2015

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* Planets Of TOS – (The background paintings were the best!)

* Mom Dresses Cat In Daughter’s Crop Top To Prove How Small It Is

* Week-Long Camp Teaches Intellectually Challenged To Ride Bikes

* 17 Times The World Wasn’t All That Bad

* NASA Marks 50 Years Of Mission Control, Plans Apollo Room Restoration

* Learning To Leave The Past Behind In 5 Steps

* What Self-Love Means: 20 Ways To Be Good To Yourself

* NASA Aiming For Multiple Missions To Jupiter Moon Europa

* Winged Greek Leather Sandals – (Woot!!!)

* Lionel Richie T-Shirt – (Brilliant! 😀 )

* If You Love The Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That To You? – (Post of the week. All Christians in particular should read.)

* This Dad Took Some Incredible Color Photos Of His Hipster Daughter…In 1913

* There’s A Drive-Thru Waffle House In Stone Mountain!

* Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches

* No, Your Favorite Food Is Not Like Crack – (Take note…)

* South African Veterinarians Intervene To Save Hope The Rhino

* 7 Habits I’m Breaking Now That I’m In ACOA Recovery – (Me too! I’m not ACOA, but I’m lots of other acronyms!)

* 53 Of The Best Opening Sentences In Literature

* The WNBA Finally Recognizes Its Lesbian Fans
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* Peach Cobbler Cupcakes – (!!!!)

* Man Treats Mother To Detail About His Personal Life

* Ghosts of DC: Walter Johnson Hosts Event For Hunting Dogs On His Germantown Farm – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

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“A good question to ask myself frequently is: What am I looking for – advice or approval?”

– Anonymous

“We must challenge all who assume that feminine vulnerability is a sign of weakness. For when we do open ourselves up, whether it be by honestly communicating our thoughts and feelings or expressing our emotions, it is a daring act, one that takes more courage and inner strength than the alpha male facade of silence and stoicism.”

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating Of Femininity, Julia Serano

“If we truly want to be taken seriously in our identified sex, then we must not only refuse to indulge cissexual people’s compulsion to pigeon hole us in our assigned sex, but call them out on the way that they continuously objectify our bodies while refusing to take our minds, our persons, and our identities seriously.”

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating Of Femininity, Julia Serano

“Unlike gender dissonance, which is only experienced by trans people, gender entitlement can affect anyone. It is best described as the arrogant conviction that one’s own beliefs, perceptions, and assumptions regarding gender and sexuality are more valid than those of other people. Gender entitlement often leads to gender anxiety, the act of becoming irrationally upset by or being made uncomfortable by the existence of those people who challenge or bring into question one’s gender entitlement.”

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating Of Femininity, Julia Serano

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Links of the Week – June 5, 2015

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* Louisiana’s First Female HS Football Coach Driven By Championship Dreams

* The Curse of Being Guilt Prone

* Real Love Is A Choice

* Loving Others Without Expecting To Fill A Void

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* Avocado Shrimp Salad

* Brown Butter Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

* Fox News’ Steve Doocy’s Freak Out: Kids Shouldn’t Know About Genitals, Transgender People Or Other “Stuff That’s Gross”

* What Should We Call Me: Summer

* Tommy Lasorda Once Threw at 15-Inning Complete Game

* Open Minded Man Grimly Realizes How Much Life He’s Wasted Listening To Bullshit

* Girl Claims Senior Photo Was Removed From Yearbook Because She Wore A Tuxedo

* Do You Applaud Caitlyn Jenner Because She’s Brave, Or Because She’s Pretty?

* Opal Stud Earrings – (Ooooooooh! Pretty!)

* What Should We Call Me: When People Want To Talk About What I Have Planned For My Future
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* Here’s What The Duggars Can Teach The Church About Islam

* Color Bars Tank Top

* Wonder Woman Mesh Cami & Panty Set  – (!!!)

* Can Flaky People Make Good Partners?
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* Way Too Many Americans Can’t Afford To Take Care Of Their Teeth

* John Stewart Welcomes Caitlyn Jenner To Womanhood: “Your Looks Are The Only Thing We Care About”

* I Can Haz Cheezburger: Smoke Detector – (Brilliant idea!)

* David Barton Alters Iconic Works Of Art

* Pluto’s Moons Are Tumbing “In Absolute Chaos,” NASA Says

* Dale Gribble T-Shirts – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* 24 Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up Not Fitting In – (SO funny!)

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“I could go mad, I realize as I parse this thing out to its furthest implications. There is nothing more disquieting than loving someone who does not love you back and won’t tell you why, or give you any sort of glimmering of understanding. The inanity of heartbreak lies in the unfathomable mystery of another’s heart – how can she not feel exactly the way I do? In other, more plaintive and pathetic words, how can she not feel joyous and enthralled about our time together, and yearn for more of it? How can she seem to feel so indifferent to me, so coldly uninterested? I had thought we were experience something together, and now it appears I’ve been a fool. There are no words to describe how humiliating and disappointing this is.”

The Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen

“‘…Vivian blew this up into a love affair in her own mind. Of course, she knew it was all in her own mind, but that only made it more intense; you know how that works, I’m sure.'”

The Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen

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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 1, 2015

* Is Rejection Worse Than Death?

* Anxiety Always Comes With Shallow Breathing

* A Boy And Her Dog: Dysphoria, Body Image, And Self-Consciousness At The Beach – (Post Of The Week!)

* Scribbles & Crumbs: 7 Ways To Remember Hurting Mothers This Mothers’ Day

* Avocado Egg Salad

* Bigfoot Cake! – (I MUST do this!)

* Raising My Rainbow: My Sons’ Reaction To Bruce Jenner

* 33 Of The Funniest Things To Ever Happen On Yik Yak – (“My GPA is so low it’s got boots with the fur.”)

* A Straight Guy Asked His Gay Friend To Prom And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

* R2-D2 Is A Droid With A Lot Going On Inside

* Tech Ministry: The Importance Of Prayer – (THIS! “Matthew 21:13 says, “‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer’…” Did you catch that? It’s not to be a house of moving lights and slick videos.”)

* Beware Of Falling Monkeys – (I can’t seem to get past the embarrassment. ” It’s ok to fail!!  Ok to make a mistake.  Sometimes, the way we learn best is by doing something wrong the first time.  We learn how NOT to do something.  Unfortunately, many times we don’t even TRY new things for fear of not being good enough, or making a mistake or getting embarrassed.”)

* How To Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits

* #RedFlag: Mental Illness Meets Social Media – (Watch this Tuesday at 9pm on HLN. It’ll give you a little idea of what my life feels like when things are bottomed out.)

* 10 Situations Where Christian Bakers Should Refuse To Bake Wedding Cakes – (Yes, ma’am! 😀 )

* Frolicking Sumo Wrestlers

* 24 Hour Cable News? Stop Fooling Yourself

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* 11 Thoughts Every Runner Has After Finishing A Marathon

* Justice And Judgement: From Stonewall To Baltimore

* Furkids Adoptable Cats – (I got my boys there! Get you one!)

* Karl Barth Meets Billy Graham

* The Skit Guys: Grace – (What if I accepted this forgiveness and forgave myself as well? What if I finally let all my wrongs go? It’s not that I can’t talk theologically about grace. But believing and accepting aren’t the same thing. This video felt like a pardon.)

* Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Crashes Into Mercury

* NPR: The Bus Station – (Gorgeous photojournalism!)

* Dear White Facebook Friends: I Need You To Respect What Black America Is Feeling Right Now – (Stop thinking you know what Black Lives are like if you’re not living a black life.)

* The Simple “Secret” To Making A Woman Orgasm No One Understands

* Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn’s Death Ruled A Suicide – Mother Threw Away Handwritten Note

* Baddest Mother Ever: In Baltimore, You Hear What You Expect To Hear

* When I Ask My Mom Why I Have Trouble Meeting Decent Guys

* Local Man’s Apartment Located In Sex Desert – (Mine too! 😀 )

* Prayer Call Center Checking Facebook Posts Against Actual Prayers

* 13 Compelling Arguments For Why You Should Have A Cat In Your Home

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Rhett Butler: You know, I’m sorry for you, Scarlett.
Scarlett Butler: Sorry for me?
Rhett Butler: Yes, because you’re throwing away happiness with both hands and reaching out for something that’ll never make you happy.

– Gone With The Wind

“I was irritated at how I felt. To sit around ‘heartbroken’ (the first word, unfortunately, that came to mind) was foolish, it was maudlin and contemptible and weak – oh boo hoo, she’s in London, she’s with someone else, go pick up some wine, fuck Carole Lombard, get over it. But the thought of her gave me such continual anguish that I could no more forget her than an aching tooth. It was involuntary, hopeless, compulsive. For years she had been the first thing I remembered when I woke up, the last thing that drifted through my mind as I went to sleep, and during the day she came to me obtrusively, obsessively, always with a painful shock…”

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”

– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest – (Best book I’ve ever read. What a mindfuck!)

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)”

– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Without revelation and reframing, life can seem like an endless desert of danger with scratchy sand in your shoes, and yet if we remember or are reminded to pay attention, we find so many sources of hidden water, so many bits and chips and washes of color, in a weed or the gravel or a sunrise.”

– Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow

“A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I’m not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me.”

– Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow

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Links of the Week – April 24, 2015

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Manage Chronic Worry With Worry Periods

* What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner?

* Crispy Avocado Fries With Melty Cheese Dip

* Loaded Butterscotch Cheesecake – (OMG!)

* Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies – (Dead!)

* Dickipedia: Ted Nugent

* Healthy Personal Boundaries & How To Establish Them

* Do Not Obey Your Parents

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* Does God Change His Mind?

* Laguna Beach To Sedona

* Evening Sky Tours

* Red Rock State Park

* Star Trek: TNG – Season 2 vs. Season 6 – (Truth.)

* Trek Lessons

* Transgender Man Leads ‘Men’s Health’ Cover Model Contest – (That’s a hot dude!)

* Transgender Teen Wins Case To Wear Makeup In DMV Photo

* Men’s Story Project Questions Gender Roles

* How To Throw Like A Girl

* Lesbian Couple Fired From Aloma Methodist ECLC After Being Told To Change Their Lifestyle

* Seriously, USA?: Most Of You Know I Grew Up With Two Moms – (Blog post of the week. This story will break your heart.)

* Wrigley Field Ivy Yields Ancient Prize

* After 10 Years In The Minors, Paulo Orlando Hit A Triple In His Major League Debut – (Makes my heart happy!)

* Banging For The Bucks; SEC Coaches Edition – (Looks like Richt’s earning his money!)

* NASA’s New Horizons Nears Historic Encounter With Pluto

* Nautilus Ocean Exploration Vehicle Has Rare Sighting Of Sperm Whale – (Awesome in the true sense of the word!)

* Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupts For The First Time In 40 Years – (Gorgeous pictures!)

* Emory Unveils Water Recycling Facility

* Kitty Sneaker Boots – (Dawwwwwww!)

* Dazzle Glitter Combat Boots – (THIS!!!)

* The Making Of Dr. Oz

*  ‘I Regret Everything’:Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

* What It’s Like To Have Down Syndrome – And Care For A Sister With Disabilities

* Don’t Tell Me When The Next AA Meeting Is

* Behind The Mixer: Take The 15-Point Church Service Review

* Avoiding “Forever Alone”

* For When You Think No One Will Love You

* I Need To Be Loved So Much, I Want To Be Loved

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* Jon Krakauer On Campus Rape, Victim Backlash And Why “Missoula” Was The Hardest Book He’s Had To Write – (Sickening)

* Dakota State Athletics Plays Game Of ‘Dizzy Punt’ – (Hysterical!)

* Spoonflower: Design Your Own Fabric, Wallpaper & Giftwrap

* Oh, God! Teacher Arranged Desks In Giant Circle

* Fast Food Drive-Thru Just Cow Carcass, Bucket For Money

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“I never stopped loving you but there came a time I had to start loving me.”

– Christopher Stone

“She gave me an odd look. ‘You’d be surprised, Theo,’ she said, leaning back in her shawl-draped chair, ‘what small, everyday things can lift us out of despair. But nobody can do it for you. You’re the one who has to watch for the open door.'”

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“On game day, until five o’clock or so, the white desert light held off the essential Sunday gloom – autumn sinking into winter, loneliness of October dusk with school the next day – but there was always a long still moment toward the end of those football afternoons where the mood of the crowd turned and everything grew desolate and uncertain, onscreen and off, the sheet-metal glare off the patio glass fading to gold then gray, long shadows and night falling into desert stillness, a sadness I couldn’t shake off…”


– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.”

– Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“I was terrified of death by the time I was three or four, actively if not lucidly. I had frequent nightmares about snakes and scary neighbors. By the age of four or five, I was terrified by my thoughts. By the time I was five, the migraines began. I was so sensitive about myself and the world that I cried or shriveled up at the slightest hurt. People always told me, ‘You’ve got to get a thicker skin,’ like now they might say, jovially, ‘Let go and let God.’ Believe me, if I could, I would, and in the meantime I feel like stabbing you in the forehead.”

– Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow

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