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Links of the Week – April 3, 2015

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* Shatner Pays Tribute To Nimoy

* Takei Calls For Boycott

* Astros Unveil The Eat-On-The-Go Chicken And Waffle Cone

* We Need A Middle Class President

* 5 Charts That Show How The Middle Class Is Disappearing

* Can We Guess What Your Reading Habits Say About Your Love Life? – (Mine was FRIGHTENINGLY correct.)
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* How Old Do You Actually Act? – (I got 5-years-old. *sigh*)

* Angry Little Garden Gnome

* What My Zodiac Sign Says About Me – (Again, correct.)

* “I Thought I Was Bipolar” Shirt – (Need)

* PostSecret: Jazz Hands

* PostSecret: I Feel Like A Hostage

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* Monkey Meets Puppies For The First Time, Wants To Snuggle Them As Badly As Anyone Else – (Ow! My heart just exploded!)

* Tim Cook: Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Are Dangerous

* Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling – (Proof that God loves us. He’d love me more if he’d magic these to my house.)

* The Problem With Cars And Self-Absorption

* The Spirit Of Atlanta: A Quest For Context Of 1920’s Atlanta – (Awesome old pictures of the city!)

* The Scandal Of A Crucified God (A Good Friday Reflection)

* The Importance Of Doubt (A Holy Saturday Reflection)

* When The Right To Discriminate Collides With The Rites Of Holy Week

* The Right’s Made Up God: How Bigots Created A White Supremacist Jesus

* How ‘One Nation’ Didn’t Become ‘Under God’ Until The 50s Religious Revival – (My favorite read of the week!)

* You Don’t Have To Go To Work On Opening Day Because The Brewers Wrote You An Excuse Note

* Watch Guys Attempt To Explain How Periods Work – (Hysterical. And a little sad. 🙂 )

* What The Hell Is That Tribble Doing?

* Rape Suspect Had Burns At Court Appearance – (I would get on a plane right now, given the opportunity, and go to Ohio and beat this fucker to death with my double wall Miken. PLEASE let me do it!)

* Transgender Elders Show Us The Meaning Of Survival

* ‘Child Abuse’ For A Girl To Dress Like A Boy? – (Sigh…)

* Man Thinking About Just Packing Up And Making Exact Same Mistakes Someplace Far Away

* What To Do When You Hate Yourself

* Me On My Future Plans

* How I’m Going To End Up

* Sex Doesn’t Sell…

* It’s All About Falling In Love With Yourself…

* The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth And Lou Gehrig

* Girls Baseball Team Wins Championship At Boys’ Tournament – (Not just a little local tournament, a USSSA NATIONAL tournament!)

* Menswear Dog: The Most Stylish Dog In The World – (THIS! Blog of the Week!!!)

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“And when she is done, she will head for town, center, she will board the first bus she sees. Find a seat by a window, ride to the end of town.

And then? She stops. She does not know. She has not thought this part through. But it occurs to her then she can just keep on riding. It is possible, yes. She will just stay on the bus and ride. To some other place, some other town. She will look for it out all the windows. And when she sees it at last, she will know.”

Some Other Town, Elizabeth Collison


“Death will get us all. Moreover, astrophysicists tell us, even the earth and the solar system will one day be destroyed as the sun explodes in its dying gasp. On a more finite level, life is filled with threats to our existence: accidents, disease, violence, unemployment, poverty. Life easily looks threatening.

If we do see reality this way, how will we respond to life? In a word, defensively. We will seek to build systems of security and self-protection to fend off the hostile powers as long as possible.”

The Heart of Christianity, Marcus J. Borg


“It’s less embarrassing for people to think I look stupid when I intentionally look like a boy, than for them to think I look stupid when I’m trying my best to actually look like a woman.”

Deanna Dennis


“I am also learning how to feel. I’m learning that it can be safe to experience emotions. Running away – literally and figuratively – only temporarily removed me from the pain I was feeling. In order to exercise in a healthy way, I had to learn how to feel without searching for a way to self-destruct. It’s been a massive struggle to learn to accept myself. I’ve had to work to believe that I am OK exactly the way that I am, that nothing needs to be ‘beaten’ out of me.”

– Kenzi Rome, http://twloha.com/blog/making-my-workouts-work-me


“[L]ook more closely at the hard things in life: They’re trying to tell you something if you’ll listen.”

Tomboy, Liz Prince

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Links of the Week – March 27, 2015

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* A Beautiful Sunrise Over A Bacon Landscape

* Even In Defeat, Georgia State Was A Winner

* Pope Francis Receives Pizza Delivery – To Pope Mobile

* PostSecret: What Might Have Been

* Man Has Carefully Calculated Timeline For Revealing Negative Personality Traits To New Girlfriend

* Rainy Day Street Art – (I love this so much!)

* Neustetter’s ‘Light Experiences’ Illuminate Night – (So beautiful!!!)

* Emory’s Women’s Swim And Dive Wins NCAA Div-III National Championship – (Six in a row!)

* What Does It Mean To Wear Heels?

* Why Men Are Smarter Than Women – (Provocative, but I agree!)

* NASA’s Opportunity Rover Celebrates Mars Marathon Milestone

* “Raising Ryland”: Parenting A Young Transgender Child – (A wonderful short film from CNN Films…)

* The Transgender Life: What To Know, Say, And Understand

* Capitol Police To Congress: No More Drunken 4th of July Parties – (But our congresspeople CAN’T find the time to read legislation before they vote on it. Wankers.)

* Famous Atheists And Their Beliefs

* Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist

* Mo’ne Davis Asks College To Give Baseball Player Second Shot – (I want to give him a second shot – in the head. What in the world makes a college-aged man think it’s OK to call an 11-year-old girl (or any female) a slut? Men? What is your major malfunction with women?)

* 10 Stereotypes To Stop Spreading About Women

* Paw Prints On Your Food – (Dawwwwwww!)

* When You Finally Find Out Who’s A Good Boy – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Bullshit Bill With Bullshit Title Bullshitted About By Bullshitters

* Local Idiot Looking For St. Patrick’s Day Bar That Isn’t “Full Of Idiots” – (Perfect.)

* Microsoft CEO Announces He Can Be Mostly Gay By Q2 2015

* Becoming A Better Man: The Single Greatest Moment Of My Life – (Blog post of the week!
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* The Greatest Lenten Pun EVAH!

* Cadbury Creme Egg Season Is Here Again At Last

* Insult To Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections – (This is what happens when people stop supporting unions. I promise you, this will continue to get worse.)

* 4 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be A Better Spouse

* Lemond – Missing-Ear Kitty Becomes A Furkid – (Adopt a pet today! They love you so much!)

* Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock And the Lighthouse

* Spaghetti Toes: If Love Was Measured In Weight… – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Pineapple Coconut Bars

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“Lisa, I apologize to you, I was wrong, I take it all back. Always be yourself. If you want to be sad, honey, be sad. We’ll ride it out with you. And when you get finished feeling sad, we’ll still be there. From now on, let me do the smiling for both of us.”

– Marge, “The Simpsons,” Moaning Lisa

“Which is a funny thing about boyfriends, I’ve noticed. they too often don’t know about you and jump to unwarranted conclusions. That for instance it was love, a mate you were after, when you really just needed someone to talk to.”

– Elizabeth Collison, Some Other Town

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Links of the Week – March 20, 2015

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* The End Of White Christian America Is Nigh: Why The Country’s Youth Are Abandoning Religious Conservatism

* Justice System to 13-Year-Old Girl: It’s Not Rape Because You Have Curves – (Women, if you’re not enraged yet, you’re not paying attention.)

* Cops On An 11-Year-Old Who Says She Was Raped: “Child’s Promiscuous Behavior Caused This”

* Pope Francis’s Pledge Of Zero Tolerance For Child Abusers Being Tested In Chile

* Alpha Males And Sexual Abuse Of Women

* Understanding Abusers: There Is No Stereotype For Offenders

* “I Am Called A Whore”: Ashley Judd Unloads On The Internet’s Grossest Trolls

* “Son Of A Bitch!” Jon Stewart Hammers “Disingenuous” GOP And “Dumb-Ass” Dems Over Anti-Sex Trafficking Fiasco – (As he should. Fuckers.)

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* National Organization Of Women – (Stand up for women! God doesn’t seem to be helping.)

* Put A Woman On The $20!

* Behold The Unexpected Awesomeness Of The Taco Doughnut

* Racist Oklahoma Video A Sign Of Regression In Race Relations In America

* Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think

* PostSecret: If Jesus Were Here – (He does…)

* PostSecret: Babar

* Find A Death: The Death Of Jeanine Deckers: The Singing Nun – (“It took fourteen years for Jeannine to give up the ‘friend’ thing and sip from the furry cup and join the Order of the Practical Shoes.” And then I died! 😀 )

* Find A Death: The Death of Greg Plitt – (Leg day! 😀 )

* For When You Think That No One Will Ever Love You

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* Disenchanted With Losing, Andy Landers Calls It Quits After 36 Years Of Coaching The Lady Dogs – (A pioneer in women’s basketball, and the only Lady Dog coach I’ve ever known.)

* Psalm 37: How To Receive The Desires Of Your Heart – (As long as God decides it’s OK. And he doesn’t have anything better to do. And he really exists. Now does that really sound like granting the desires of MY heart? No. It does not.)

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* A Boy And Her Dog: Mail Is Not A Gender

* A Boy And Her Dog: Topless In The Locker Room

* A Womanonymous: Shock

* A Womanonymous: Wild Offering – (Post of the Week)

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* Black Bear Lodge Adventure Therapy – (I wonder how much this costs…)

* Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

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* 21 Harsh Truths No One Tells Teens

* 5 Reasons To Suspect That Jesus Never Existed

* Catcher David Ross’ Approach To Game Anything But Routine – (Oh, Rossy! My favorite!)

* Contributions Of David Ross Go Beyond The Numbers

* Joe Maddon Is Binge-Watching ‘The Office’ At Cubs’ Spring Training – (Oh, Joe! My favorite!)

* Largest Group Of U.S. Presbyterian Churches Allows Same-Sex Marriages – (OK, Methodists. We’re starting to look like backward-ass snake handlers now! Left behind, indeed!)

* From Patrick Stewart’s Birthday Party – (Can I get these guys to come to my birthday party?!?)

* When People Ask Me About My Job

* My Weekend Plans

* For The Bodybuilder/Weightlifter/Harry Potter Fan In Your Life

* Sheetcake Arrives At Banquet Saying “Stewardshit” – (Also, DAVID TENNANT!)

* Genderqueer Fashion

* Fuck Yeah, Androgyny!

* Fake Self-Help Books – (!!!)

* “Life’s Lil Pleasures” Mini Book – (The. BEST! ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Nine Handy Curses Appropriate For Modern Life – (“May your coffee always be decaf.”)

* Creekside Cabin: Pet Friendly Cabin On The Creek – (It may be time to plan a vacation week…)

* You Can Now Anonymously Send A “Bag Of Dicks” To Your Enemies (Or Your Friends?)

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* Do Cats Dream?

* Awesomely Luvvie: “Pastor” Creflo Dollar Is Trying To Raise $65 Millon For A Plane

* Awesomely Luvvie: Dear Fellow Christians, About This Christ Crutch We Use To Justify Foolery…

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“Humans will always place our trust in things that will fail us. We will always insist on giving pieces of our heart to things that simply cannot love us back.”

– Nadia Bolz-Weber, “A Sermon On Addiction…”

“How come if you don’t give up on the person you love, the Hallmark Channel calls that ‘romance;” but on the Lifetime Network, if you don’t give up on the person you love, they call it ‘stalking?”’

Deanna Dennis

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#Selma50 – Love, Honor & Funnel Cake

I was humbled and honored to travel with a group of about 60 of us from St. Mark UMC to Selma, Alabama yesterday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was a beautiful spring day with about 80,000 happy, proud folks in attendance. There was a rally featuring the “dignitaries” at Brown Chapel AME, there were arts and crafts, and t-shirts and gifts, Thelma from “Good Times;” more fried foods, home cooking and barbecue than you could shake a corn dog at, and most importantly – the march of remembrance and celebration across that bridge in the footsteps of those courageous, non-violent and determined men, women and children 50 years before.

As I got ready to march across the historic span at the top of the bridge, I bowed my head and said a prayer of thanks for those people whose steps had paved the way for this moment; and I thanked God for the opportunity I had been given to participate in such a moving and monumental event.

No one could’ve ever imagined #Selma50 in 1965. We’ve come so far. Too far to stop or back up. Let’s keep it going.

Links of the Week – February 6, 2015

* Big Papi Uses The Force

* 21 Of The Universe’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries

* Growing Up Unvaccinated

* 10 Reasons Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell

* The Super Bowl Was A Win For Feminism

* PostSecret: Gyrating – (Me too.)

* PostSecret: Hockey

* PostSecret: Helping

* Bakerella: Groundhog Day Cupcakes – (Adorable!)

* Cats Are Looking For Love Online

* Julia: The…Ambivalent Samaritan

* The Fire On The 57 Bus In Oakland

* The Pioneer Woman: Knock You Naked Brownies

* The Pioneer Woman: Queso Fundido – (Lawdy mercy!)

* Brace Yourselves For The Andrew Jones MLB Comeback Story You’ve Always Wanted

* Man Brings Lunch From Home To Cut Down On Small Joys

* Pain And Suffering At Life’s End Getting Worse Not Better

* Why Cambodians Never Get ‘Depressed’ – (“the water in my heart has fallen”)

* Ribcage Necklace

* Bitch Hoodie – (To wear to all my church committee meetings…)

* Scribbles & Crumbs: We’re All Messy People

* “Inspiration Porn Is Not OK”: Disability Activists Are Not Impressed With Feel-Good Super Bowl Ads

* delicious days: Green Onion Pancakes

* Serious Eats: How to Make Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies – (Here it comes!)

* The Gold Lining Girl: Buckeye Graham Crackers

* Woman Has Few Enough Friends To Consider Confiding In Sister

* Study Links Binge-Watching TV To Depression

* Sometimes I Feel Like Things Would Be Better Off If I Never Existed

* The Ice King

* “Good” Children – At What Cost? The Secret Cost Of Shame

* Shame: The Disowned Part Of Self

* O Shame, Where Is Thy Secret Source?

* A Womanonymous: Day 1, part III – (She’s telling my life here.)

* A Womanonymous: Day 3, Three – Signals and voices – (And here too…)

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* Cutting And Self-Harm

* Self-Injurers And Their Common Personality Traits

* Tree Trunks Plush

* Some People Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Say The Grace When It’s Time To Eat – (Hysterical!)

* Hawks Starting Five Named NBA “Player” Of The Month

* 13 Habits Of Exceptionally Likeable People – (Uh. I think I do less than half of these. Maybe I’m not as likeable as I thought.)

Links of the Week – January 30, 2015

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* Introvert Notebooks

* Go! Penguin Go! – (For all you people who love Batman AND hockey!)

* A Pitbull-Dachshund Mix Exists And This Is Not A Joke – (Sweet little freak!)

* Chekov Ear Bug Maze


* Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Vagina Steam At Spa

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* People Who Attempt Suicide Don’t Want To Die

* Therapy Is Work, But Worth It: Alrightynot

* New Era “R2D2” Cap – (So cute!)

* Some Dogs Love Vampire Weekend – (Hello? This is dog – on the bongos.)

* It’s OK, We Can’t Deal With The Feels Either – (Ouch! My heart!!!)

* Census Finds One In Five Children Depend On Food Stamps To Eat

* ‘Zombie Cat’ Crawls Out Of Grave, Finds Its Way Home

* InTouch‘s Transphobic Story On Bruce Jenner Causes Outrage – (Mean people suck.)

* Controversial Homeless Jesus Statue Coming To Orlando

* Yogi Berra Has Some Sage Advice For Bill Belichick And The Patriots – (You tell ’em, Yog!)

* When Another Couple Gets Engaged On Facebook

* Me Trying To Get A Hold Of My Life

* My Reaction To Pretty Much Everything After Reaching My Mid-20s

* Indoor Smores! – (Here it comes…)

 

* January 2015 Ratings: CNN Up Double Digits

* DIY Conversation Hearts – (You Suck! Bite Me! Kiss My Ass! – Sing it, Bart!)

* Bob’s Burgers Tina T-Shirts – (Woot!)

* Sorority Recruitment Disempowers Women – (Preach!)

* Tackling The Biggest Dating Myth: “I’m Unloveable” – (Whatever. If your life looks like a duck…)

* A Bioluminescent Bloom In Hong Kong – (Amazing pictures!)

* “I Think Every Girl Is A Type Of Slut”: What An Attempted Mass-Murderer’s Words Say About Our Sexual Culture

* What To Serve At A Patriots Super Bowl Party – (Funny!)

* “Frozen”: Why Kids Can’t “Let It Go” – (The child psychology of “Frozen”)

* Loch Ness Monster Soup Ladle – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )