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It’s been twenty-two days since I last played. Clearly, I’ve suffered some atrophy. Bad kitty! Lol

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We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.
We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

It’s been about three months since my last Challenge entry. I haven’t been feeling that well physically, but I couldn’t resist last night’s display.

weekly photo challenge entry

‘Far and Near’

Nico Lang: “Trampire:” Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristen Stewart Matters for Young Women

kristen stewart

But for young women, the culture of slut shaming that the Kristen Stewart scandal represents won’t go away. I might not be concerned for K-Stew, but I am concerned for all the young women today who are tuned into this scandal, ones who are learning that it’s not okay to screw up, ever. Chris Brown can publicly beat the hell out of his girlfriend but still be played on the radio and win Grammys. However, if you ever cheat on your boyfriend, your life is over and no one will ever want to be associated with you. Almost no one will blame the much-older guy you cheated with, and it might actually make him more famous and help his career. Few will care that he was your boss and in a position of authority or that he may have have taken advantage of your youth and relative inexperience. Everything is your fault, and your life will be threatened over it. If you are a trampire, you will be publicly staked for it, even though cheater Ashton Kutcher recently emerged relatively unscathed by the media. No one asked for him to be fired from Two and a Half Men.

I might not be concerned for K-Stew, but I am concerned for my younger stepsister who has pictures of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on her walls, who idolizes and worships them, and who might grow up to hate Kristen Stewart for reasons she doesn’t understand. I’m worried she will be taught that it’s not okay to mess up, learn from it and apologize, because no one wants your apology, just your suffering on camera. I’m worried that she’ll think its okay to harass and threaten women for their indiscretions, even if men get off scot-free. I’m worried she will think this culture of bullying, slut-shaming and rhetorical violence against women is the norm, because you get a t-shirt for it. I’m worried she will learn to internalize the shame brought on far too many women today, for having sexualities, for not being perfect, for not fitting into a box. I’m worried she’ll believe men like Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee are right.

Because even if she doesn’t know who Akin, Ryan and Huckabee are, even if she doesn’t pay attention to politics or the radical right-wing GOP, she does pay attention to Twilight and Robsten. And if we want to empower her to be a strong, independently minded woman who knows that her body, sexuality and safety are legitimate and can stand up for her rights, we need to pay attention, too. This might seem ridiculous to us, and most people I know can’t wait to stop talking about it. But for her, having this conversation makes a difference. Although no young woman shouldn’t think it’s okay to cheat, what we are teaching them right now is so much worse.

Read more @ Nico Lang: “Trampire:” Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristen Stewart Matters for Young Women.

 

I don’t like Robert  Pattinson or Kristin Stewart, and I think “Twilight” is a harmful piece of crap that promotes co-dependency and violence towards women.  However, that doesn’t excuse the public abuse of one young woman and her extremely stupid action. So what if she cheated on him? I think it was a crappy thing to do, yes. I’ve heard rumors that he cheated on her. Again, so what? That’s between her and him, not you and me and everyone else.

Stop sticking your gossipy noses in other people’s business and grow up a little.

 

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Relationship Violence in “Twilight” | Psychology Today

Relationship Violence in “Twilight” | Psychology Today

I love psychology, and I love movies. Every couple of years, I teach a class called “Psychology in Film.” When I tell people about it, they often ask, “Are there enough movies about psychology for an entire class?” My response is first shock, then slight annoyance, then my vocal response of, “Every movie is about psychology.”

An abusive future?

As my initial posting for this new blog, I’d like to focus on the “Twilight” movies (based on the books by Stephenie Meyer). In the past decade, the rise in popularity of vampire-themed books, TV shows, and movies has risen dramatically. While some vampire stories are rich with sexual and cultural lessons, the “Twilight” series, in my opinion, can be used as a display of behaviors that put people at risk for abuse in dating relationships. The popularity of the Twilight series shows just how much attention girls are giving to the examples of lovers displayed in Edward and Bella‘s world. To them, Edward represents the troubled soul who is waiting to be tamed by just the right woman; it’s the modern “Beauty and the Beast.” Unfortunately, the course and characteristics of Bella’s relationship with Edward are actually templates for violence and abuse, and Twilight fans may unwittingly model a relationship that is far from healthy. While relationship violence is extremely complicated and every case is different, some warning signs have been identified by researchers.

via Relationship Violence in “Twilight” | Psychology Today.

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Manta | Bucket List Publications


Manta roller coaster

Flying over the half-mile course in our giant manta ray-shape ride car, we felt the exhilaration of pulling 3 to 4 G’s through more than a dozen twists and high-bank turns, and a thrilling 54-foot drop.

via Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Manta | Bucket List Publications.

Whoo hoo! I do love a good roller coaster! ^_^

John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube

They come from the cities

And they come from the smaller towns

Beat up cars with guitars and drummers

Goin crack boom bam

Voices from nowhere

And voices from the larger towns

Filled our head full of dreams

Turned the world upside down

via John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube.

The Last Time: Ocean

English: Pacific Ocean beach at Ona Beach Stat...

English: Pacific Ocean beach at Ona Beach State Park south of Newport in the U.S. state of Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last time I was at the ocean, it was a little bittersweet because I knew it would most likely be a long time before I’d again walk on a true beach. It was also a very beautiful day, and windy too; the sun shone on the water spectacularly, making the waves sparkle and dazzling my eyes.

D, Z, and I walked along the water’s edge, scattering a multitude of seagulls as we tried to stay on the grassy patches. We soon came upon a stony obstacle, a natural pile of big rocks, small boulders really, and we had to climb over them to continue on our way. It was a little hair-raising, and yet exhilarating. Once we were safely over them, we resumed our stroll, following more grassy patches that became larger and divided by tide pool entrances. We finally came to a body of water too wide for us to cross and so we turned back along the path to home.

All in all, it was a pleasant excursion, despite the cranky five-year-old doing his best to drive his parents batty. I must say, he very nearly succeeded.

An Intoxicating Groove

Your result for The “What kind of band should we form?” Test…

The Latin Musician

79% Latin, 21% Classical, 34% Jazz, 59% Funk, 61% Klezmer, 76% Swedish_Death_Metal and 35% Butt_Rock!

Maybe one of your parents is an immigrant, you’re culturally adventurous, or you just got fed up with the jazz scene. Now you put down an intoxicating groove that attracts the beautiful masses to the dance floor. Just be careful not to down too many tequila shots between sets.

Take The “What kind of band should we form?” Test at HelloQuizzy

 

Well, I know the pagans enjoyed the groove we laid down at the Yule celebration. Lol

Wii Boxing

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Tennis usually works to distract and relax me, to work away the aches and sore muscles, but not today. I tried yoga (mixed with assorted strength exercises) in Wii Fit, to no avail. Still tense and cranky. On to boxing! Turns out I just needed to punch air, and I knocked that computer character on his virtual ass!

Exhilaration, and exhaustion. At least now I’m sore for a reason.

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