1. xekstrin:




    can we talk about how this fucking pbs show aimed at little kids easily talked about how anxiety is stressful but normal

    Ok no but can we talk about this entire episode? 

    It was called April 9th, and it was actually a response to the 9/11 attacks. It didn’t talk about the attacks themselves, but rather focused on teaching kids to deal with the all of the emotions that they might be feeling as a result. They set up a situation that might evoke similar emotions in children: a massive fire at the school.

    Arthur’s dad was in the fire, so (as you can see above), Arthur is constantly worried about his dad’s safety.

    Sue Ellen is grieving because her journal, which contained a huge amount of precious memories, was destroyed in the fire. Muffy is confused why she can’t just cheer Sue Ellen up by giving her a new journal.

    Buster wasn’t at school that day, and feels confused and guilty that he isn’t sad about the fire like the other kids. He then befriends the school janitor, who has to retire due to an injury that, at his age, is pretty serious.

    Binky actually saw the flames, and is constantly traumatized by the event. He doesn’t tell anyone because he feels like he would lose his tough-guy reputation if he admitted that he was scared.

    The episode teaches kids that all of these emotions are perfectly normal and natural, that there’s not one right way to feel, and that even if it takes a while, things are going to be okay.

    The thing that makes this show so great, in my opinion, is that it knows that kids are intellegent and strong enough to deal with these things if you present them in the right way. It doesn’t hide them, it doesn’t sugar coat them, it just presents them in a way that children can understand and shows them how to deal with them.


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  2. "Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?" - Hillary Clinton at a meeting of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. [x]

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  3. just4ph4se:



    the starry sky on the himalayas


    earth porn

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  4. "To the extent that the word ‘desegregation’ remains in our vocabulary, it describes an antique principle, not a current priority. Today, we are more likely to talk of diversity—but diversification and desegregation are not the same undertaking. To speak of diversity, in light of this country’s history of racial recidivism, is to focus on bringing ethnic variety to largely white institutions, rather than dismantling the structures that made them so white to begin with."

    Jelani Cobb on the failure of desegregation: http://nyr.kr/Qs3Ktj

    (via newyorker)

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  7. rootswillbindus:


    don’t cross oceans for people who wouldn’t cross a puddle for you.

    No, do it. Do cross oceans for people. Love people, all people. No conditions attached, no wondering whether or not they’re worthy. Cross oceans, climb mountains. Life and love isn’t about what you gain, it’s about what you give.

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  8. artandsuchevan:

    "The Little Book of Big Ideas"


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  9. "i want to know your birthday and your parents jobs and if you ever heard them fighting or having sex and if you love your siblings and the worst fight you’ve ever gotten into and if you like one sibling more than the other and what you wanted to be when you grew up when you were seven and your dream vacation and the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you and if you’ve been to therapy and if it helped and the hardest thing you’ve experienced and how you overcame it and if you like what you see when you look in the mirror and if you think appearances matter in a relationship or at all and your favorite movie and which books changed your life and the hardest you’ve ever cried and which grandparent you loved the most and if the words “we need to talk” make you sick to your stomach and why and which holiday is your favorite and which season and which color and if you like rain and if you’re scared of dying and if you believe in god and if you have allergies and to what and what your favorite food is and restaurant and if you like to cook and whether or not you care about cleanliness and what your political views are and if you’re a feminist and your favorite flower and song and if you’d rather own a cat or a dog and if you’d shave off all your hair to give it to a little girl going through chemotherapy and where you’d like to live and honeymoon and what kind of gum and candy you like and what you act like when you’re mad and if you’d rather someone buy you silver or gold jewelry or neither and what clique you were in in high school and what you think your spirit animal is and which flower you’d be and who you admire and which traits you wish were more dominant and if you ever worry you’re a shitty person and what hurt you the most and why you ever thought you were worthless and how someone can make you feel better when you’re sad and if you prefer hugs or kisses and what your house looks like and what your dream car is and which celebrity you think lives the most tragic life and why you think people become so cold and what you think about nature vs nurture and if you believe in heaven and aliens and mermaids and reincarnation and the bible and which feeling is your least favorite and what was the best day you ever had and what would be the best day and if you see yourself as the protector or one who needs protecting and how you deal with your pain and what you would do if you had 100 million dollars and if you think wealth affects people’s morals and what good you think writing is and if you could do it all over, would you and what would you change and what mistake was your biggest and which language you wish you spoke fluently and how many people you’ve loved and if you loved the person you lost your virginity to and if you realize you’re remarkable and what your enneagram is and how you think we could improve the education system and what you think of people who commit suicide and if you think they’re selfish and what you say to them before they did it if you could and what your favorite memory of your childhood is and how you take your tea or if you prefer coffee and when you last wrote someone a handwritten letter and what the best gift you ever received was and what the best piece of advice was and when the last time you cried was and if you’re competitive about board games and which is your favorite and if you feel pressured to settle down and what you notice first in a person and what your top three pet peeves are and if you have any phobias and what you’ve always wanted to do but don’t have the courage to go through with and what you do when you feel overwhelmingly sad and if you ski and if plastic surgery was 100% safe and painless, would you get it and where and why and where you think home is and if you think politeness is important and what you think of indecisive people and if you think there’s ever a reason to go to war and something that scares you and if you believe in therapy and what you want in life and what you look for in a partner and what you want to change about yourself and about the world and who you want to be and who you are. just tell me who you are."

    I Want To Know You by Me (thewastedgeneration)

    For real though.

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  13. ladytrupp:

    moon, you’re beautiful no matter what shade of red you wear

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  14. "I don’t understand why when we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress."
    — Ed Begley Jr  (via climb-higher)

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  15. coastalresidence:

    You don’t get homesick for a place, you get homesick for a time. Back when all you’d hear each morning would be the pitter patter of small feet on floorboards, a child’s distant laughter, the early morning sun peeking through blinds to pool on white washed walls. When you’d step outside to the azure of the sky, and the sea breeze already picking up, carrying with it the scent of peppy scrub and saltbush. When every morning down at the beach you could see out on the headland the surfers’ dusty utes and the hippies’ camper vans rise out of the rock, majestically perched whilst the swell pounded on everything below. You’re homesick for a time when there was only small timber cottages hidden amongst the old and gnarled peppermints and you could play cricket in the middle of the street without fear of being run over. When at night you’d lay out on the verandah, covered in old cotton, counting stars and listening for the fruit bats’ high pitch whine as they fluttered in the night. You don’t get homesick for a place, you get homesick for a time. You miss standing out on that old jetty at dusk with your father, casting a line out in the murky deep blue. You miss watching the rays come out as the sun dissapeared, gliding underneath your dangling feet. How things change. One day today will be the yesterday you yearn for. Live it, because Time stops for nobody. We are forever racing on and on and on.

    (via loveisallthingsmaroon)