January 3rd, 2013
…when we go into the voting booth, we should reflect upon whether our vote will advance human dignity and serve the common good. We will vote yes on Question 1, because we believe that allowing same sex couples to be recognized in civil marriage advances human dignity and serves the common good. In voting yes, we are voting for fidelity, commitment, love, and family, all values we learned as part of our Catholic upbringing.
i needed this and i need to be a catholic that stands for this. church is good and i want to help people see that and make sure no one feels like an outcast, ever. there are so many radicals that think they know everything about religion because they’ve been “saved” or “born again” and they feel obligated to force their opinions down people’s throats—they make me want to vomit. i want so badly to be the voice of reason, but i know that people have to find their way through their own experiences and i just have to lead by silent example. 
November 21st, 2012

“If you will die for me,
I will die for you
and our graves will be like two lovers washing
their clothes together
in a laundromat
If you will bring the soap
I will bring the bleach.” 
― Richard Brautigan

nprfreshair:

wired:

archiemcphee:

It’s time for another visit to the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders. These pretty amphibians with perfectly transparent underbellies are called Glass frogs. They live in the cloud forests of South america, are one of the relatively small number of species where the fathers exclusively care for the young, and scientists are still trying to figure out why they evolved to have transparent tummies.

Complete transparency has evolved multiple independent times. This suggests that a translucent underbelly provides some evolutionary advantage. Juan Manuel Guayasamin, an evolutionary biologist who studies glassfrogs extensively as a researcher at Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica’s Center for Research on Biodiversity and Climate Change, explains:

“Most frogs are not transparent because this would expose organs to the deleterious effects of sunlight and heat.” But in transparent glassfrogs, key organs like the liver and digestive tract are covered by a thin layer of light-reflecting organelles called iridiphores. These iridescent cellular subunits may provide a layer of protection from heat and sunlight, a feature that Guayasamin says could give glassfrogs the ability to optimize their internal homeostasis by simply moving about, “covering each organ at a time, as opposed to the entire body cavity.” 

Guayasamin says another hypothesis holds that transparency evolved to help glassfrogs avoid predators (an ability commonly referred to as “crypsis”). ”Most glassfrogs are green and reflect light almost as a leaf. For predators (and amphibiologists), it is quite difficult to find a glassfrog if it is not, for example, calling.”

You can even see their hearts beating inside their bodies. That’s pretty awesome.

Top photo by Heidi & Hans-Jurgen Koch, via National Geographic, bottom photo by Martín Bustamante.

[via Neatorama and io9]

so impressive. nature is legit.

July 4th, 2012
<3

<3

June 1st, 2012

i’m obsessed with the wall of framed sketches that was featured on restoration hardware and started hunting for inexpensive alternatives. after scouring online for vintage blueprints i realized i bought colin a book on baseball history and inside are replica pieces that make the book interactive; such as old tickets, score cards, and even baseball field blueprints! there are so many pieces i could easily make the perfect framed collage from. and we love, love baseball so it just makes sense for this to be in our home!

May 30th, 2012
obsessed &lt;3

obsessed <3

a photo of my parents dancing at our wedding. i&#8217;m obsessed with them. i&#8217;m the most fortunate human being alive. perfect family, legit husband, cute little home, awesome job, safe cute town, great friends. a;ldkfjadljfaskldfja;dfk i don&#8217;t want anything to ever change, ever. 

a photo of my parents dancing at our wedding. i’m obsessed with them. i’m the most fortunate human being alive. perfect family, legit husband, cute little home, awesome job, safe cute town, great friends. a;ldkfjadljfaskldfja;dfk i don’t want anything to ever change, ever. 

a few items i purchased from a fair trade shop in SLO. 

a few items i purchased from a fair trade shop in SLO. 

May 28th, 2012

I hate the word homophobia.

It is not a phobia.

You are not scared.

You are just an asshole.

(Source: auditoryassault, via supdawgchill-deactivated2013102)

should be getting our wedding photos today, until then i’ve been watching this on repeat. if i could offer anyone planning a wedding any advice, get a videographer. you’ll love having the moments you want to cherish forever on video. this will be so fun to share with our children and to watch with family again on our one year anniversary. 

March 20th, 2012
nprfreshair:

smellslikemegan:

George Washington as a middle-aged dad with his record collection.I’ve always wanted to see how presidents would look modernized.. so I’m making it happen. 

Today’s show: how religious rhetoric has influenced American foreign policy from George Washington’s days to the present. [picture h/t emilykilpatrick]

nprfreshair:

smellslikemegan:

George Washington as a middle-aged dad with his record collection.

I’ve always wanted to see how presidents would look modernized.. so I’m making it happen. 

Today’s show: how religious rhetoric has influenced American foreign policy from George Washington’s days to the present. [picture h/t emilykilpatrick]

love, love.

(Source: red-angel-dragnet, via spidersandvinegaroons)

January 19th, 2012
nprfreshair:

Attention TG fans in Maryland and DC: Terry Gross is giving a talk about her life and time at Fresh Air at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD on Feb 3. Strathmore is offering a 40% discount to fans of our Tumblr/Twitter pages, if you’d like to go.
1. Log in or create an account at the Strathmore website using source code: 2241.
2. Go to Terry’s event on the calendar on Feb 3.
3. Put the tickets in your cart. The price will include the promotional discount.

i wish this was happening in san francisco!

nprfreshair:

Attention TG fans in Maryland and DC: Terry Gross is giving a talk about her life and time at Fresh Air at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD on Feb 3. Strathmore is offering a 40% discount to fans of our Tumblr/Twitter pages, if you’d like to go.

1. Log in or create an account at the Strathmore website using source code: 2241.

2. Go to Terry’s event on the calendar on Feb 3.

3. Put the tickets in your cart. The price will include the promotional discount.

i wish this was happening in san francisco!