Here's what I know:

It takes two seconds to be nice to someone.

Think three steps ahead.

You don’t really own anything you can’t carry on your back at a dead run.*

Good comedy punches up, not down.**





* Quote from Daniel Keys Moran
** This goes for pretty much everything.
Kick upwards.

 

fearofpop:

A guy is taking his girlfriend to prom. He waits in the ticket line for a really long time but gets them. He goes to rent a limo. The rental line is really long but he eventually does it. He goes to buy her flowers. The line at the florist is really long but eventually he gets the flowers. At prom, she asks him to go get punch. He goes to the refreshment table and there’s no punchline.

mothernaturenetwork:

11 things humans do that dogs hateThere are many ways you can drive a dog nuts — and you probably aren’t even aware of them. So if you want to be your dog’s best friend, find out how you can fix your annoying habits.

mothernaturenetwork:

11 things humans do that dogs hate
There are many ways you can drive a dog nuts — and you probably aren’t even aware of them. So if you want to be your dog’s best friend, find out how you can fix your annoying habits.

"Should parents read their daughter's texts or monitor her online activity for bad language and inappropriate content?"

daeranilen:

daeranilen:

Earlier today, I served as the “young woman’s voice” in a panel of local experts at a Girl Scouts speaking event. One question for the panel was something to the effect of, "Should parents read their daughter’s texts or monitor her online activity for bad language and inappropriate content?"

I was surprised when the first panelist answered the question as if it were about cyberbullying. The adult audience nodded sagely as she spoke about the importance of protecting children online.

I reached for the microphone next. I said, “As far as reading your child’s texts or logging into their social media profiles, I would say 99.9% of the time, do not do that.”

Looks of total shock answered me. I actually saw heads jerk back in surprise. Even some of my fellow panelists blinked.

Everyone stared as I explained that going behind a child’s back in such a way severs the bond of trust with the parent. When I said, “This is the most effective way to ensure that your child never tells you anything,” it was like I’d delivered a revelation.

It’s easy to talk about the disconnect between the old and the young, but I don’t think I’d ever been so slapped in the face by the reality of it. It was clear that for most of the parents I spoke to, the idea of such actions as a violation had never occurred to them at all.

It alarms me how quickly adults forget that children are people.

Apparently people are rediscovering this post somehow and I think that’s pretty cool! Having experienced similar violations of trust in my youth, this is an important issue to me, so I want to add my personal story:

Around age 13, I tried to express to my mother that I thought I might have clinical depression, and she snapped at me “not to joke about things like that.” I stopped telling my mother when I felt depressed.

Around age 15, I caught my mother reading my diary. She confessed that any time she saw me write in my diary, she would sneak into my room and read it, because I only wrote when I was upset. I stopped keeping a diary.

Around age 18, I had an emotional breakdown while on vacation because I didn’t want to go to college. I ended up seeing a therapist for - surprise surprise - depression.

Around age 21, I spoke on this panel with my mother in the audience, and afterwards I mentioned the diary incident to her with respect to this particular Q&A. Her eyes welled up, and she said, “You know I read those because I was worried you were depressed and going to hurt yourself, right?”

TL;DR: When you invade your child’s privacy, you communicate three things:

  1. You do not respect their rights as an individual.
  2. You do not trust them to navigate problems or seek help on their own.
  3. You probably haven’t been listening to them.

Information about almost every issue that you think you have to snoop for can probably be obtained by communicating with and listening to your child.

afternoonsnoozebutton:

blackgirlwhiteboylove:

Every POC got this lesson.

Got this drilled into my brain as a kid. This reminds me of that Chris Rock quote: 

"I will give you an example of how race affects my life. I live in a place called Alpine, New Jersey. Live in Alpine, New Jersey, right? My house costs millions of dollars…In my neighborhood, there are four black people. Hundreds of houses, four black people. Who are these black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down…Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the white man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a fucking dentist. He ain’t the best dentist in the world. He ain’t going to the dental hall of fame. He don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist. See, the black man gotta fly to get to something the white man can walk to."

(Source: bestprankever)

breakingnews:

Official: NYPD chokehold killed man
NBC New York: A New York City medical examiner has ruled the death of Eric Garner, 43, a homicide, saying a chokehold while in police custody killed him.  
The examiner said Garner’s asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors.
A video showed Garner in what appears to be a chokehold during his arrest. He can be heard gasping “I can’t breathe” multiple times.
The New York Police Department has not commented on the report.
Photo: AP via nbcnewyork.com

breakingnews:

Official: NYPD chokehold killed man

NBC New York: A New York City medical examiner has ruled the death of Eric Garner, 43, a homicide, saying a chokehold while in police custody killed him. 

The examiner said Garner’s asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors.

A video showed Garner in what appears to be a chokehold during his arrest. He can be heard gasping “I can’t breathe” multiple times.

The New York Police Department has not commented on the report.

Photo: AP via nbcnewyork.com

popculturebrain:

Pinky and the Brain actors return to swear at each other

(Source: saraarp)

I’m letting you go because I can’t trust you… This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality.

just-waiting-for-death asked
If you were a woodchuck how much wood would you chuck?

kuxco:

enough to forget about my terrible past

dorkly:

5 Superhero Comic Teams Weirder Than Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s a little crazy to think that Marvel Studios is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in production and advertising costs to put out a movie about characters nobody has heard of — much less when those characters include a living tree and a talking, gun-toting raccoon. Then again, these guys might be strange for the movies, but for comic fans, the Guardians of the Galaxy are pretty tame. If you take the last 50 years of superhero teams into account, there are tons of weird groups out there that make the Guardians look like Walmart greeters. We’ve compiled a list of the most misfit-y of misfits below.

To read the list, click here!