My creative outlet in the midst of the chaos called my life.

The feet are steeped in the waters of life first.  This makes sense of course because our feet bear the weight of our lives with each step and stumble.  Next come our ankles and legs, on which we bend and maneuver.  We sit down, trying to steady our torso—our trunk and core—on the seat.  A hand is placed on our forehead in an effort to prepare us, but there is no way to prepare for the submerging and submission.  As our chest, head, and finally our face is dunked under the water our breath is taken away, as well as our sins.  As the hand comes under our head and lifts us back up into the still air to applause, we realize something has changed.  Our clothes are wet, we are out of breath, heart beating violently, water streaking down our face, and our soul aches.  Our soul has been touched by the invisible hand within us all.  A hand that squeezes gently, reminding us that our hearts beat for Him.  Reminding us that we have now made a vow to serve Him.  We have been drenched in the living water, forever changed, forever the same, forever evolving.  Cry out to our God with joy and thankfulness.  We have been forgiven, and He is within us… forever. 

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"Blade Runner"

One of the ground-breaking sci-fi films of the 80s. A blend of science fiction and film noir, two of my favorite genres.

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I don’t really understand how that is a question up for discussion on television news. I mean, even putting aside the gajillion ways that white people are privileged by, for instance, being able to think that whiteness is “normal,” studying world history from Eurocentric perspectives,  and etc etc:

- White people are less likely to be arrested for the same crime than black people, and black people serve longer (much longer!) sentences than white people.

- Marijuana use is similar among black and white populations in the U.S., but young African Americans are more than THREE TIMES more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession or use than white Americans. 

- Racial bias in hiring in the U.S. is well-documented and persistent.

- African American students are far more likely to be punished in schools, even though they are not much more likely to break school rules than their white peers.

- Even after accounting for reasons like education disparity, geographical distribution, and occupation, there is a persistent wage gap: White people make are paid more than African Americans due to racial discrimination. 

- White people in the U.S. on average have lower mortgage rates than African Americans.

White privilege is a fact of every facet of American life. I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but this is not a political issue or a subject for debate. It is well-documented and irrefutable.

This is a topic of great interest to me.  I often call myself a “recovering racist” because I am constantly trying to understand and weed out my racist thoughts, actions, and indoctrinations.  We (whites) are taught to ignore our privilege, assuming everyone is equal.  This makes us (whites) feel happy with the world, that we don’t have to worry about race issues anymore… because they’re not a problem (often coming from the “colorblind” rhetoric).  This IS a Big issue.  Please read-up on the subject from a wide variety of authors to make your own choice.  However, I will agree that the United States was built on a platform of legalized slavery, propagated by the media to “prove” that people of color (originally African Americans, now you can find it among all people of color) were less than human as a way to justify and negate the guilt and damnation of the Christian God of chattel slavery.  If this is new to you, please do some research from various sources. 

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Still one of my favorite television series.  Amazing!

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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]


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Important, always-relevant comic done by the wonderful Ursa Eyer.

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I don’t think anyone sets out to change the world, and I think if you have that delusion going into journalism you’re going to end up disappointed. All you can do is write what you feel, stick to your conscience, stick to your guns, and sometimes it’s not always popular, but the readers do respond, I will say that.

Carl Hiaasen 

Hiaasen’s latest book, Bad Monkey, is now in paperback 

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What did the maths gadget say when it left?

"Calc u later!"

This is wonderfully horrible I had to share it.

Grace Hopper