Watch The Very Taystee ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 2 Trailer

Originally posted on UPROXX:

orange new black Orange Is the New Black is a big ol’ lesbian lie , but that doesn’t mean it’s not highly addictive TV. The most Pornstache-centric of Netflix’s crop of content returns on June 6th (so plan on NOT making plans/getting thrown in prison until June 8th), and the full-length season trailer was just released. Two things: it looks like the once-plucky show has wisely hardened, and Piper is barely a presence.

Hey, the more Crazy Eyes, er, Suzanne, the better.

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In Relationships, Are You The Lover Or The Beloved?

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Whenever a friend has trouble in their relationship, I always ask the same question.

“Are you the bird… or are you the hand?”

Some friends think the question suggests one of them in the relationship loves the other more. That’s not true. Their love is equal. It’s just expressed totally differently. It’s like how the word for love isn’t pronounced the same by a German as a Korean.  But it’s definitely the same feeling.

The idea is childishly simple. Which is why I know it’s true. Einstein said if a complex idea can be explained in simple terms it means one understands it. I’ve thought a lot about it and this analogy works for all love relationships.

“The bird and the hand” is pretty much the E=mc2 of love.

Here it is. In relationships, there are two roles: the lover and the beloved. You’ve seen this dynamic at…

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tomorrow night!


From Hateful to Humble Part 2 – Why Your Perspective is so Powerful

Originally posted on The Childless Stepmom:

Little Bear has a birthday coming up. This weekend he asked me exactly WHEN his birthday was, meaning of course, what time he was born. My husband was at work. Guess which adult in the house was NOT present at the time of his birth?  …

There was a time where that very valid inquiry would have sent me slinking silently to my room with tears in my eyes. The constant reminders that we are not their mom are simply everywhere. That may be a childish statement, but it’s a real one, and one that we are allowed to feel. But what I want to do with this blog, to help counter the one about our craptacular perspectives, is this: I want you to know that a change in your perspective creates a place for you to be REAL, and there is NOTHING more satisfying than that.

I find myself…

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Happy 11th Birthday, Colin!

Happy 11th Birthday, Colin!

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — When a Kalamazoo boy told his mother that he didn’t have any friends to come to a birthday party, she created a Facebook page to surprise him — and it got immediate, worldwide response.

The boy’s name is Colin, and he’ll be 11 years old on March 9.

“We were talking about his birthday coming up and I had mentioned it a few times and he said he didn’t want a party. And I said, ‘Why don’t you want a party?” — “Mom, who am I going to invite? I don’t have any friends,’” mother Jennifer recalled Colin saying.

That broke Jennifer’s heart.

About a year ago, Colin was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder and another disorder similar to autism and Asperger syndrome.

“Things like lights and sound and changes will cause him to melt down,” Jennifer explained.

And he struggles with socializing.

“When you put a bunch of 10 year olds and one who acts like that, and they are all going, ‘What’s wrong with that kid?’ You know, it’s hard,” she said.

She said it’s difficult for other children to understand Colin’s disorder.

“If you can see someone with challenges, like someone with crutches or wheelchair, you know you need to open the door for them. But if someone is acting differently, you may not know they have challenges that you may not understand,” Jennifer said.

So she decided to reach out to adults by creating a Facebook page for people to wish Colin a happy birthday. She did not expect anything extraordinary.

“Then some of my friends and their friends will like the page, post some nice comments for his birthday. It will be a great surprise,” she said.

But Jennifer got the first surprise.

What started out as a silly little page to make her son feel better grew to much, much more. In two days, the page got more than 4,000 likes. But Sunday night, a week after it was created, it had more than 8,600.

Among those sharing birthday greetings, pictures and words of inspiration were people from as far away as Scotland and Switzerland. Some shared the struggles they experienced while growing up. Others wrote how Colin’s story is helping them.

She said that when Colin sees the page, he will understand that he’s not alone.

“He’s going to have a lot of friends after this. They may not live by him, but he’s going to have a lot of friends,” Jennifer said.

Colin still doesn’t know about the page. Jennifer plans to surprise him with it on his birthday. She said she’ll get his reaction on camera.

Jennifer has seen so much support for her son that she opened a PO Box for people to send Colin cards.


Say Happy Birthday Online:

Happy Birthday, Colin Facebook

Say Happy Birthday Via mail:

PO Box 756 
Richland, MI 49083-0757

Pope Francis Condemns Racism And Declares That “All Religions Are True” At Historic Third Vatican Council


“God is changing and evolving as we are, For God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it. The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgement. The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture. In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests. In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!” – whoa, Pope Francis!!

Originally posted on Diversity Chronicle:


For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962. Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.” While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world.

The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God…

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thnks fr th mmrs

so the rest of November went like this:

I spent almost a week in Alabama for my favorite uncle’s funeral.

it was small, sad. it was good to see all the people I love, hug their necks, kiss their faces. it was too damn hard to say goodbye to Uncle Peter, though.

I was not ready for it.

I know… no one ever is. but still.

Upon my return to MA, William departed almost immediately for Wisconsin to spend about a week with his mother, who’s recently begun battling cancer.

William & his mom

mom and dad

his little sister and her four children live there, with his parents, and so he got to visit with them, as well

We were all reunited on the 20th and after an uneventful week of school, work, hikes, duck feeding, Marty wrasslin’, and the like -

our next door neighbor’s house burned to the ground on the 27th.

I say “next door”, because it’s the lot right beside ours, but the house is really directly behind ours, across a bunch of water, so we were safe.

the family lives in CT, and this is their summer-home…

the brown house on the right

Sirens and lights were going by our house and we had no idea why…until Noah called to us to come see ‘Neighbor’s house is on fire!’….

beautiful house that the owner poured his heart into

that my mom, ‘aunt’, and ‘sister’ stayed in for a week when they came from Alabama for my wedding. [and another dear friend who flew in from Texas for a couple days too]

the morning after

only remaining semi-wall standing

so heartbreaking, and my view of the lake is that much sadder now.

luckily, no one was injured – the neighbor’s (on the other side) house was damaged some, but their cat was saved – whew.

no word yet on the cause (that we’ve heard, anyhow)

the next day…still reeling…and we’re off to CT for Thanksgiving with William’s fam:

…the next day, people headed to our place for Thanksgiving II: The Turkening

there were hikes and games and movies and leftovers like you wouldn’t believe!

and we discovered someone’s gotten as tall as his aunt!


hope December holds more happy happy memories for us

and less loss.


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