All the Truth in the World is Held in Stories

All the Truth in the World is Held in Stories Traveler of Paths, Explorer of Books, Spinner of Tales- for a quarter century or more. Also, Hockey.

I want soul bond fic where two people are destined to be together and all that…but they meet too early. Maybe over and over again, and never bond… Because they’re not yet the people who will be bonded to each other.

And then one day, it sparks into life, because they’ve grown up enough, they’ve lived enough of their lives to be the people compatible for the bond to catch.

stefnsailor41:

I think we can all agree this is one of the cutest pictures in the world.

Reblogged from firalla11

stefnsailor41:

I think we can all agree this is one of the cutest pictures in the world.

How is it even this difficult to throw boku amounts of money at the Blackhawks and obtain a ticket?

twoearsandaheart:

THIS IS ME THROWING CONFETTI 🎉🎊

Reblogged from agentpantybunches

twoearsandaheart:

THIS IS ME THROWING CONFETTI 🎉🎊

zenon-bronopka:

carnivaloftherandom:

theorlandojones:

As we wrap up this terrible week and weekend some final thoughts before I get my black ass back to work tomorrow to fight fictional demons instead of feeling powerless against the real ones —
Although he wasn’t by any means a close personal friend, the death of Robin Williams affected by greatly. Working with him and David Duchovny on the film House of D was a privilege and seeing how he treated everyone he encountered regardless of race, class, gender or orientation remains a hopeful reminder that genuine kindness and empathy does exist in the world. Whatever the ultimate reasons for his decision to take his own life I pray for him, his family and all who suffer from the unrelenting grasp of depression and substance abuse. By shining his light on us all for the period of time he did, I am 100% certain that Robin left this world a better place than he entered it with a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.
That said, if we spent even a fraction of the time given to the tributes about Robin and the late Lauren Bacall also remembering the lives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford or Dante Parker (the 5 unarmed black men killed by police just in the past month) or honestly looked at the data about how often police shoot unarmed black men and women in this country we would all hang our collective heads in shame.
In the midst of thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters who came out demanding answers and marching for justice with the powerful and heartbreaking refrain Hands Up. Don’t Shoot. the actions of a small few in Ferguson (many of whom were anarchists that intentionally came into the city to stir up trouble and perhaps a few others from the community who had simply reached their breaking point in the face of racial, economic and social injustice) gave the white power structure the cover to quickly change the narrative to one about the violence in the city (in reality almost entirely perpetrated by the militarized police rather than the demonstrators) instead of the murder of an unarmed teenager by a cop who “never meant for this to happen" (and don’t even get me started on that fuckery which should instead read "a cop who never meant to be held accountable").
In this way, a PROTEST became a RIOT. Images of demonstrators THROWING BACK tear gas canisters launched at them became stories of rioters throwing molotov cocktails AT THE POLICE (and yes I am aware of media reports showing that molotov cocktails were in fact used by protesters in some instances but not in the way that it was ultimately spun). And the police released incendiary and ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT information about Michael Brown that the media lapped up because it reinforced the all too familiar trope that “the violent black dude was a thug who got what he deserved”.
Black victims are regularly eyed with suspicion and contempt (and ultimately deemed responsible for what happened to them) while the media too often generates headlines that exhibit an air of disbelief at an alleged white killer’s supposed actions.
Even in our outrage at what happened at this week and the necessity for our voices to be heard so this story is not swept under the rug, we all know something like this will happen again. And again. And again.
Until each of us (black, white, brown, etc) demands accountability from our elected officials we will get the country we deserve. Tweeting is not enough. Feeling bad is not enough. Acting like we’re overreacting and it can’t really be that bad makes you an accessory after the fact (not to mention an asshole). 
Which is why, as the GIF above shows, I’m giving America a down vote.
So how can we stop feeling powerless? What can we actually do?
Honestly, there are people much smarter than me who can do a better job of answering that question.
But trying to answer that question for myself is a large part of why I do what I do for a living. Because representation matters. Because being in control of our own stories empowers us to show a wide range of depictions of blackness and “otherness” (shockingly, not only do we not all LOOK ALIKE but we also don’t all THINK ALIKE) that are far more interesting than what we’ve been spoon fed in the past. I’m the first to admit that we’ve still got A LONG WAY TO GO and that’s where you all come in.
Although my engagement in fandom is embraced by some and side-eyed by others, these spaces of interaction may in fact play one of the most significant roles in the future of media and representation as we know it. At the very least it will create a future generation of professional storytellers (and social justice advocates) who were raised in the trenches of Live Journal, Tumblr, ao3 and other platforms currently in use or yet to be created.
I know this is your turf and even though there are times some of you wish I’d go away I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to interact with you here.
Together, we can make a difference.
Trollando out.

Truth.

Officially an Orlando Jones fan. 

Reblogged from zenon-bronopka

zenon-bronopka:

carnivaloftherandom:

theorlandojones:

As we wrap up this terrible week and weekend some final thoughts before I get my black ass back to work tomorrow to fight fictional demons instead of feeling powerless against the real ones —

Although he wasn’t by any means a close personal friend, the death of Robin Williams affected by greatly. Working with him and David Duchovny on the film House of D was a privilege and seeing how he treated everyone he encountered regardless of race, class, gender or orientation remains a hopeful reminder that genuine kindness and empathy does exist in the world. Whatever the ultimate reasons for his decision to take his own life I pray for him, his family and all who suffer from the unrelenting grasp of depression and substance abuse. By shining his light on us all for the period of time he did, I am 100% certain that Robin left this world a better place than he entered it with a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

That said, if we spent even a fraction of the time given to the tributes about Robin and the late Lauren Bacall also remembering the lives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford or Dante Parker (the 5 unarmed black men killed by police just in the past month) or honestly looked at the data about how often police shoot unarmed black men and women in this country we would all hang our collective heads in shame.

In the midst of thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters who came out demanding answers and marching for justice with the powerful and heartbreaking refrain Hands Up. Don’t Shoot. the actions of a small few in Ferguson (many of whom were anarchists that intentionally came into the city to stir up trouble and perhaps a few others from the community who had simply reached their breaking point in the face of racial, economic and social injustice) gave the white power structure the cover to quickly change the narrative to one about the violence in the city (in reality almost entirely perpetrated by the militarized police rather than the demonstrators) instead of the murder of an unarmed teenager by a cop who “never meant for this to happen" (and don’t even get me started on that fuckery which should instead read "a cop who never meant to be held accountable").

In this way, a PROTEST became a RIOT. Images of demonstrators THROWING BACK tear gas canisters launched at them became stories of rioters throwing molotov cocktails AT THE POLICE (and yes I am aware of media reports showing that molotov cocktails were in fact used by protesters in some instances but not in the way that it was ultimately spun). And the police released incendiary and ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT information about Michael Brown that the media lapped up because it reinforced the all too familiar trope that “the violent black dude was a thug who got what he deserved”.

Black victims are regularly eyed with suspicion and contempt (and ultimately deemed responsible for what happened to them) while the media too often generates headlines that exhibit an air of disbelief at an alleged white killer’s supposed actions.

Even in our outrage at what happened at this week and the necessity for our voices to be heard so this story is not swept under the rug, we all know something like this will happen again. And again. And again.

Until each of us (black, white, brown, etc) demands accountability from our elected officials we will get the country we deserve. Tweeting is not enough. Feeling bad is not enough. Acting like we’re overreacting and it can’t really be that bad makes you an accessory after the fact (not to mention an asshole). 

Which is why, as the GIF above shows, I’m giving America a down vote.

So how can we stop feeling powerless? What can we actually do?

Honestly, there are people much smarter than me who can do a better job of answering that question.

But trying to answer that question for myself is a large part of why I do what I do for a living. Because representation matters. Because being in control of our own stories empowers us to show a wide range of depictions of blackness and “otherness” (shockingly, not only do we not all LOOK ALIKE but we also don’t all THINK ALIKE) that are far more interesting than what we’ve been spoon fed in the past. I’m the first to admit that we’ve still got A LONG WAY TO GO and that’s where you all come in.

Although my engagement in fandom is embraced by some and side-eyed by others, these spaces of interaction may in fact play one of the most significant roles in the future of media and representation as we know it. At the very least it will create a future generation of professional storytellers (and social justice advocates) who were raised in the trenches of Live Journal, Tumblr, ao3 and other platforms currently in use or yet to be created.

I know this is your turf and even though there are times some of you wish I’d go away I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to interact with you here.

Together, we can make a difference.

Trollando out.

Truth.

Officially an Orlando Jones fan. 

Reblogged from gwaciepotter

mgaborik10: #ALSIceBucketChallenge I accept @JeffCarter_77challenge. I nominate #MarianHossa #DeanLombardi and @J_muzzz

(Source: barca-penguins)

Reblogged from glovehand

@HLundqvist30: It’s hard to say no to a challenge..(x)

(Source: goalieglove)

Reblogged from gwaciepotter

Kid (Ben): “My name is Ben. I’m wondering what it’s like to play against Crosby, Stamkos, Ovechkin, all those guys..”

Jordie Benn: “Oh! Well.. usually I’m getting yelled at to get off the ice.. No, it’s.. you obviously know who you’re playing against out there. When I just saw.. all I can remember is I just saw Crosby coming down the wing, and I started back peddling pretty quick. I went outside but then he went inside and I just kept going outside and he went right by me, so when he’s on the ice you gotta know where he is and what he’s doing so it’s pretty hard, but it’s pretty awesome at the same time.”

(Source: michaellatta)

Cont. Adventures of Fandom in Real Life

Reblogged from blue--spruce

blue—spruce:

the—northface:

So the bf and I went on a road trip last night to visit some of his super fratty friends from school (like salmon colored collared shirts, neatly pressed khaki pants, two hours in the gym every day, fratty). We were all sitting around drinking, getting ready to go out for the…

Reblogged from secret-life-of-a-defenseman

bakrua:

why is there even such a controversy over why girls are doing better in school. why is this an issue. why cant you just accept for once that men are not fucking better than everything. there is actual proof that girls perform better than boys in school in england but men literally can’t handle that and they have to make up like ten million fucking excuses holy shit

On the surface, hell yeah feminism!

In reality? Those in the educational community (we’re predominantly female, mind) have legitimate concerns that we frequently discuss. The issue isn’t so much “girls are finally proving they’re inherently smarter, how should we stop that” as “We’re observing that a significant subset of our learners are faltering, how do we address that?”

Instructors are seeking to understand the societal factors, elements of modern pedagogical approaches, developmental factors, and other influences that have created the reality that in plenty of scenarios, boys are struggling in school. They may be more likely to drop out of school. Fewer and fewer are entering higher education as well. 

These are legitimate concerns, and while we continue to support, encourage, and provide safe spaces for girls and women, we can’t ignore developing trends among male students. Because a lot of us think that a statement that reads “But he’s a boy, so what can you  really expect” isn’t particularly far removed from “But the student is (a Girl/Black/Hispanic/Poor/First Generation/Muslim/ADHD/Disabled), so what can you really expect”

And really, we’re not okay with that.

And yet, of course, there are fuckheads in this world who blame women for everything, including taking instruction time or success away from men. I recognize that that’s who we’re pissed at here- rightfully so. So go ahead- let’s BE pissed at their frankly ridiculous ravings. Just as long as we remember that there’s a real issue to be addressed when we’ve given our dressing-down. 

Reblogged from notscaredofghosts

brandon bollig accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge

(Source: alexgoligoski)

Reblogged from agentpantybunches

salvamisandwich:

*whispers* evgeni malkin is an animorph pass it on

#this is the only explanation i will accept for his quest to pet every single animal

littlebabyray:

Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson (both WNBA stars) just got engaged!

Reblogged from kuerbisgelb

littlebabyray:

Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson (both WNBA stars) just got engaged!


One final chart (of 5v5 production per 60 minutes over the past few years courtesy of @mikedarnay) to show you just how dominant Crosby has been.
- Pensburgh - Happy Birthday, Sidney Crosby (8/7/2014)

Reblogged from hollyandvice

One final chart (of 5v5 production per 60 minutes over the past few years courtesy of @mikedarnay) to show you just how dominant Crosby has been.

- Pensburgh - Happy Birthday, Sidney Crosby (8/7/2014)

(Source: pensburgh.com)

Reblogged from hollyandvice

brendan gallagher completes the ALS ice bucket challenge

(Source: glovehand)