Abortion insurance coverage debate heats up in Lansing
“'Right to Life' wants to force women, who want abortion insurance, to pay for it.”
'Right to Life' believes it has the votes to pass this bill.
*Not all people who need abortions are women
socialistexan said: Wasn’t that a movie Jimmy Fallon was in?
That was Fever Pitch (and I would TOTALLY marry his character in that but mostly for the season tickets)!
Anonymous asked: What does HRSF mean?
It’s my silly acronym for this guy I’m crushing on… it stands for Hot Red Sox Fan.
Because I am also a Hot Red Sox Fan so why not?
do you ever just get a vibe that someone has a crush on you and then you’re not sure if they actually do or if you’re just really really self-absorbed
it’s 10x worse when you like the person so you are wondering if you just want to be with them so bad that you are making the whole thing up in your head.
Anonymous asked: Hi! I just wanted to thank you for your awesome blog, especially because I've been really nervous about some school things today, and decided to procrastinate by going on your blog, and I was greeted with the knowledge that my home state, vermont, has finally approved single payer health care, something we have been working towards for a while. TL;DR- Thank you for being awesome and wonderful
Wow, thank you so much! I was super excited about Vermont, too!
Why we should be more like dandelions or why Peeta was never a weak character.
Sometimes I go out on walks and I like to notice nature. And even in winter occasionally I come across dandelions. In the middle of pavements/sidewalks. A bright yellow in the middle of grey concrete. And I wonder, how can it survive? Nature never stops amazing me with its power of resilience.
Well, that is the nature of Peeta Mellark. A boy born in poor District 12 in Panem, a country with a sick, twisted competition called The Hunger Games with kids killing kids. A boy who grows up with a mother that gives him beatings and verbally abuses him. A boy who has the soul of an artist, a talent for painting, who burns bread on purpose and endures a beating so that he can help someone. A boy that dares to think of purity of self when he’s about to enter a competition that he wholeheartedly believes that will take his life:
“I don’t know how to say it exactly. Only… I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense? I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not. […] No, when the time comes, I’m sure I’ll kill just like everybody else. I can’t go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to… to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.”
Even after the Games, he still tries to keep going. Then he is in those Games again. He tries to not let go of what is right to do. Reminding everyone of Rue. Protecting Katniss. Comforting the Morphling that gave her life for him (one of my favourite Peeta moments ever, by the way). Even before that he had been one of the only people who tried to stop Gale from being whipped to death. Or when he immediately refused to indulge in a disgusting Capitol fashion thing like throwing up over and over again so that you could keep on eating.
When he is rescued from the Capitol, we find out that he was hijacked. A victim of deep psychological torture. His biggest strength, his mind, was taken away from him. At this point is not just Katniss that feels lost, but us, as readers, feel that too. The boy who wanted to be himself can no longer be that. His mind was violated. Our main moral compass in the story was twisted and perverted.
The irony of what happened to Peeta was one of the most powerful, intriguing and interesting aspects found in the books. How impactful was that this guy, who struggled “with how to maintain his identity”, like Katniss once thought, ends up being completely brainwashed and turned into a shadow of what he once was?
When he truly becomes aware of that, he asks to be killed. More than once. He says that he has become that monster that he feared so much:
Who cares? He’s dead, isn’t he?” Tears begin to run down Peeta’s face. “I didn’t know. I’ve never seen myself like that before. Katniss is right. I’m the monster. I’m the mutt. I’m the one Snow has turned into a weapon!
And then his psychological strength comes out in the form of his tremendous effort to recover most of what he had lost. He struggles fiercely to remember, to know what’s real and what’s not. He battles on against all the terrible things and experiences that he went through. He battles against himself so that he can be himself. But he doesn’t give up. He thrives on his war against the monsters that overtook him. That’s a pretty strong message.
Like the dandelion in the pavement, Peeta endures harsh conditions. But he faces his own mind and the flashbacks that accompany him for the rest of his life. He resists. He survives. That’s why he is, in my opinion, one of the strongest characters in the books. He was never weak (like some people claim), he just has a different kind of strength. One that helps him to live.