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Reblogged from explore-blog

We’re picking up cues from our culture about the way we live our lives and the pace at which we live our lives. Rest isn’t a priority, because so often rest is confused with laziness.

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Rest, instead of being something passive, is actually an act of resistance. We live in The City That Never Sleeps — so resting may be the most countercultural and spiritual thing we do with our lives.

The Theology of Rest (via explore-blog)
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Reblogged from lion-blanc

missmomomiya:

gingerminion:

lion-blanc:

so you should go to this website here and put in the date of your birthday

(mine’s national chocolate cupcake day!!)

IM RICE PUDDONG EWWWWWWWWEEEEWWWEEEEWW

I’m guacamole I’m so disgusted right now what the heck

Um. National TV Dinner Day? Does that even really qualify as food, though?

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unamusedsloth:

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

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200 Day Hiatus Challenge (Catch-up)

Day 12: Favorite Season 1 Male Solo: Rose’s Turn—Kurt Hummel

So powerful! From the angry beginning in the hallway to the larger-than-life staged performance, with KURT lights in the background, to the lyric-changes to reflect Kurt’s own struggle to gain recognition, to the Burt-Kurt heart-to-heart in the wake of the performance. I love love love it.

Day 13: Favorite Season 1 Duet: 4 Minutes—Kurt and Mercedes

Brass band, cheerleading uniforms, sexy choreography and Kurtcedes bonding! Woohoo!

Day 14: Favorite Season 1 Group Number: Keep Holding On

This felt like the first time that the larger Glee Club was a cohesive unit. The solidarity with Quinn (the teary-eyed smiles Kurt gives her!), the choreography, the raw emotion on peoples’ faces (Finn, Quinn, Kurt and Mike, in particular). This was the moment when the club was codified as the safe haven for social misfits. I get weepy.

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200 Day Hiatus Challenge: Day 9

Cast member I would most like to meet:

Darren. 1) He seems to really enjoy fan interactions and I would much rather make someone’s day than risk irritating them. 2) He seems easy to talk to. I think I’d genuinely enjoy hanging out with him. 3) Fine. He’s my biggest celebrity crush since Michael J. Fox in Family Ties when I was seven.

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200 Day Hiatus Challenge: Day 8 (late)

Favorite scene:

The Sex Talk. It is so good! So uncomfortable, and Kurt’s emotions are so high and so vivid on his face, and Burt is so intent on just plowing through and making sure the important stuff gets said, and it is so true, and so beautiful. I basically took notes in preparation for when my kids hit puberty. And I want to show it to every group of teenagers I know.

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200 Day Hiatus Challenge: Day 7

Favorite character:

Kurt Hummel. Sue hooked me, Kurt kept me watching. I love him in all his friendships and relationships (canon and non-canon—I am a Kurt multi-shipper, for sure). I love hims with his dad, with Sue, with Finn, with Rachel, with Mercedes, with Blaine, with Emma, with Schue (putting up with no nonsense), with Elliot, with Karofsky, with Sebastian, with Santana, with Brittany, with Puck, with Unique, with Sam, with Quinn… Kurt is such a human character, I just love him to pieces.

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200 Day Hiatus Challenge: Day 6

I’m probably biased, since religion is my profession, but Grilled Cheesus is my favorite. The balance between absurd Glee humor (Finn’s “coming out” scene just gets funnier and funnier the more you watch it) and heartbreaking drama is well-played. This episode changed the way I watch Glee and it changed the way I am a pastor. Kurt’s dismissal of organized religion on the basis of it’s hostility toward him opened my eyes to why I couldn’t be silent about same-sex inclusion any more. Silence communicates complicity with those voices of hate. Kurt broke my heart, and I’m still learning from those little moments in that episode.

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Reblogged from bostonwithoutther

20 days until the wedding

bostonwithoutther:

gracefulclearing:

bostonwithoutther:

Making a “holy shit we get married in less than 3 months” checklist.

do you mean less that 3 weeks? Because 20 days is waaaay less than 3 months…

Oops yup. Less than 3 weeks

Congratulations! The details will come together, the day will be awesome, and best of all, you’ll be married!!

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20 days until the wedding

bostonwithoutther:

Making a “holy shit we get married in less than 3 months” checklist.

do you mean less that 3 weeks? Because 20 days is waaaay less than 3 months…

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Hiatus Challenge: Day 5

All time favorite song.

I Feel Pretty/UnPretty

The story telling, the vulnerability, the unexpectedly beautiful mash-up, the reminder of a song from my youth that I had almost entirely forgotten, the intimacy and awkwardness between two women with deep insecurities. This song made me weep. I love it. There are other songs I listen to more, but more because they are connected to characters I’m more invested in. I’ve never been a huge Rachel or Quinn fan, but this song gets to me, so it lands in a category all its own.

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200 day Hiatus challenge: Day 4

What character did you first fall in love with?

Honestly, the character that sucked me in at first was Sue. She was so outrageous. But I wouldn’t say I fell in love with her. I think that honor has to go to Kurt. I very quickly developed squishy maternal feelings for Kurt, and I just want so much for him, now and always.

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200 Day Hiatus Challenge: Day 3

What was the first episode you watched?

Pilot. I remember the energy of the opening cheer sequence and Sue’s first line. The dragging muffler. I remember being really uncomfortable with how strongly the script was pushing Wemma even though Will was married. I loved Emma, but didn’t hate Terri (yet). I adored Sue’s character and was already a Jane Lynch fan—in fact, Jane and Jayma were the only cast members I knew from other stuff.

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Reblogged from anderson-hummels
ficdirectory:

black-john-lennon:

mshoneysucklepink:

wowbright:

flowerfan2:

Whisperyvoices commented about their shoes on the couch… I don’t think we ever see anyone barefoot. It struck me as particularly strange in New New York when Blaine got out of bed and put his loafers on to cook breakfast… Maybe actors don’t like to walk around sets barefoot?

I have would floors and always put on slippers (which are actually sandals that I only wear indoors) as soon as I get out of bed. And I definitely would if I lived in that loft. The floor looks like it’s probably full of chips and splinters.

So someone please tell me something (because I’m sure it’s a cultural thing)…
I notice that in a lot of fics, and I mean a LOT, characters take their shoes off at the door when they enter theirs or someone else’s residence. When I was a kid I was taught this was custom in Japan but not really anywhere else (cut me some slack, I’m 40, when I was a kid there had been such a thing as brontosauruses and Pluto was a planet…still is far as I’m concerned. But I digress). I assume it is also custom in Middle Eastern countries, only for what I learned re: the symbolism of shoes thanks to the fall of Saddam Hussein (beating his statue with shoes) and when that guy threw his shoes at Shrub (what I call Bush Jr.).
So where else is this customary? Because I know round here (I won’t speak for ALL of the U.S., just my experience) we wear shoes at home all the time. This just doesn’t seem that odd to me.

My experience was that it wasn’t just Japan, because my best friends in High School were Korean and Filipino and we always had to take our shoes off at the door of their house. And my college roommate was Indonesian and asked that we did the same. So I don’t know about anywhere else, and can only speak about the people I know, but I don’t think it’s just Japan.

I’ve lived in the Midwest in the States my entire life and I was always taught that removing shoes was a part of being a polite house guest (including at my parents house.)  I’m white.

I grew up in Japan, and the whole taking shoes off thing was new to my American family from S. Louisiana, but as an adult I’ve lived in North Carolina, Vancouver B.C., Central NY State and SW Michigan. I have found that removing shoes when entering a home is pretty normal in places that have lots of snow and/or rain (and not the heavy, but brief thunderstorms of the southern U.S., but the persistent, soaking rain of the Pacific Northwest).

ficdirectory:

black-john-lennon:

mshoneysucklepink:

wowbright:

flowerfan2:

Whisperyvoices commented about their shoes on the couch… I don’t think we ever see anyone barefoot. It struck me as particularly strange in New New York when Blaine got out of bed and put his loafers on to cook breakfast… Maybe actors don’t like to walk around sets barefoot?

I have would floors and always put on slippers (which are actually sandals that I only wear indoors) as soon as I get out of bed. And I definitely would if I lived in that loft. The floor looks like it’s probably full of chips and splinters.

So someone please tell me something (because I’m sure it’s a cultural thing)…

I notice that in a lot of fics, and I mean a LOT, characters take their shoes off at the door when they enter theirs or someone else’s residence. When I was a kid I was taught this was custom in Japan but not really anywhere else (cut me some slack, I’m 40, when I was a kid there had been such a thing as brontosauruses and Pluto was a planet…still is far as I’m concerned. But I digress). I assume it is also custom in Middle Eastern countries, only for what I learned re: the symbolism of shoes thanks to the fall of Saddam Hussein (beating his statue with shoes) and when that guy threw his shoes at Shrub (what I call Bush Jr.).

So where else is this customary? Because I know round here (I won’t speak for ALL of the U.S., just my experience) we wear shoes at home all the time. This just doesn’t seem that odd to me.

My experience was that it wasn’t just Japan, because my best friends in High School were Korean and Filipino and we always had to take our shoes off at the door of their house. And my college roommate was Indonesian and asked that we did the same. So I don’t know about anywhere else, and can only speak about the people I know, but I don’t think it’s just Japan.

I’ve lived in the Midwest in the States my entire life and I was always taught that removing shoes was a part of being a polite house guest (including at my parents house.) I’m white.

I grew up in Japan, and the whole taking shoes off thing was new to my American family from S. Louisiana, but as an adult I’ve lived in North Carolina, Vancouver B.C., Central NY State and SW Michigan. I have found that removing shoes when entering a home is pretty normal in places that have lots of snow and/or rain (and not the heavy, but brief thunderstorms of the southern U.S., but the persistent, soaking rain of the Pacific Northwest).

(Source: anderson-hummels)