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austinkleon:

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Wonderful book. Sad, of course, but so, so funny, too. (Made me literally LOL several times.) Read an excerpt here.

Recommended.

Filed under: my reading year 2014

Totally wonderful, funny, and sad. I recognized my problems and relationship with my own parents a few years ago. You know how we have these phrases for kids—the terrible twos—I think we should have names for these phases older parents go through as they age. The “everyone is trying to steal my money” eighties and maybe “of course I took my pills!” nineties. And I’m aware this will likely be me at some point.

austinkleon:

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Wonderful book. Sad, of course, but so, so funny, too. (Made me literally LOL several times.) Read an excerpt here.

Recommended.

Filed under: my reading year 2014

Totally wonderful, funny, and sad. I recognized my problems and relationship with my own parents a few years ago. You know how we have these phrases for kids—the terrible twos—I think we should have names for these phases older parents go through as they age. The “everyone is trying to steal my money” eighties and maybe “of course I took my pills!” nineties.
And I’m aware this will likely be me at some point.

Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old — or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.

Mary Oliver

- http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/11/12/mary-oliver-dog-songs/

Sep 7

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

"If you tell people enough times that they are unhappy, incomplete, possibly insane and definitely selfish there is bound to come a grey morning when they wake up with the beginning of a nasty cold and wonder if they are lonely rather than simply “alone.”

Sep 5

(Source: mrbenwyatt)

Sep 1

http://www.schmutzie.com/weblog/me-on-medium-21-reasons-why-it-is-not-my-responsibility-as-a-marginalized-individual-to-educate-you-about-my-experience

A blogger I’ve been following for a long time.

jayywhizzle:

espressonist:

rejennerate:

superwholock-ismy-design:

rainbow-femme:

gallifrey-feels:

distraction:

who the FUCK told society that depression and awkwardness is cute and adorable

bad screenwriters

John Green

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john green is not the problem
john green’s fans are the problem

Reblogging SO fast.

With the added caveat that no author is or will ever be perfect.

Thank you

Why is it we only have these “what about the children” discussions over books labeled YA? These books should be discussed and criticized like any other literature without the added you’re screwing up the kids discussion.
Plus no book or author is perfect. That’s not why I read.

If White Characters Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature

So so true….especially the donut.

New Yorker cartoon

Wow..the New Yorker references Supernatural. Or wait—maybe that’s not what they meant?

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

- Hugh Laurie (via larmoyante)

Using the tools of improv to deal with Alzheimer's

austinkleon:

From a great This American Life segment:

Chana Joffe: Step into their world was a familiar phrase to Karen from the many nights she had spent doing improv comedy. She and her husband are actors. Step into their world is a mantra in improv. You walk on stage, another actor says something,…

This is exactly how we helped my Dad. I just didn’t realize we were using improv! Especially when he would ask where Mom was…she had died just weeks before but he would keep forgetting. The rest of the family would keep reminding him she had died which would upset him terribly—we kept trying to explain to them to just go with where he was. We didn’t lie but we also didn’t keep reminding him if the worst thing that he could imagine happening.