Happy Birthday John (and Sean) Lennon.
Today, a very very beautiful and inspirational man would have turned 74 years old. John Lennon, you are one of my biggest inspirations and have so much talent it’s unbelievable. I can only hope that you’re rocking up there in heaven with Stu, Julia, Mimi, George, and all the other musicians…
Photo by me
John Lennon Memorial
Central Park, NYC
I had the honor and privilege to go to the John Lennon Memorial in NYC last summer. It is located in a section of Central Park called Strawberry Fields. (Very fitting!) Many, many people were gathered around this beautiful memorial on a normal Thursday afternoon; some with guitars playing and singing John’s songs. As you can see, people left rose petals in the shape of a peace sign on Mr. Lennon’s memorial. John Lennon’s impact on the world can never take away from what happened to him on this day (Dec 8) in 1980. And although I was just shy of my first birthday when it happened, he has influenced my life in ways I cannot describe in mere words. He has influenced and inspired countless people around the world. We all remember him everyday, but especially today, let’s remember the man who wanted peace and love to rule this world. Thanks for reading, Tumblr friends. :)
October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980
"You may say I’m a dreamer. But I am not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one."
Survivor - The Search Is Over
Rest in peace, Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor who died yesterday at the age of sixty-three.
Rest in Piece, Michael Brown. You were on this earth far too short a time, and were taken from the world and your family and friends far too soon. You will not be forgotten, and your aggressor will not be forgiven. If there is in fact a God out there, He shall make sure the one who took you from…
~And they lived happily ever after~
This was really dumb and a lot of fun to draw :D
THIS IS THE BEST AND CUTEST THING I’VE READ IN A LONG TIME <3
Now that’s a happy ending heck yeah
You know what happens when you give poor people a bigger cash flow?
Suddenly we’re not living paycheck to paycheck. We don’t have to choose between paying the electric bill and the groceries, we can actually cover both. Suddenly we’re not nervously eyeballing the first of the month, because covering rent is no big deal.
We get that funny noise in the car engine fixed even if it’s several hundred dollars, instead of just putting up with the knocking and driving to work with our teeth gritted and fingers crossed every day waiting for the car to just up and die (and then end up spending several thousand on a new used car— being poor can actually be very expensive). We get the house’s leaky windows patched up and hey, the heating bill just went down, look at that. We’re less tempted to rack up debt on credit cards buying— not luxuries, but essential things like food or medicine.
We’ll pay for nannies and babysitters for our kids so we can show up to work that job flipping your burgers. We’ll pay for after-school programs and extracurricular activities so our kids are happy, socialized, and well-rounded.
We’ll funnel that money into more books, movie tickets, weekend getaways, art supplies, a hobby vegetable garden, community involvement, whatever— things that enrich our lives and take away the stress of the working day, because we’re no longer sinking all our time and energy into two or three jobs just to scrape up enough to make the most meager of ends meet. We’ll buy gifts for our loved ones on holidays. We’ll go out to eat more, shop for clothes more— patronizing the businesses that hire minimum wage workers. (How ‘bout that.)
We might put some money in a savings account, yes, but eventually spend it— on major purchases like college or a house, or spend it when retirement rolls around. But by and large all that extra money gets fed right back into the local economy— by workers who are more likely to be happy, less likely to be stressed and exhausted.
I’m not saying having more income will magically fix all problems min-wage workers have. But it will take care of the biggest ones, and enable us to take care of many more.
And you can be damn sure if you give us more income the one thing we won’t be doing with it is hiding it in a mattress and never spending it.
Rich people do that.
Your Food is Secretly Talking About You Behind Your Back
McDonald’s kids booklet c. 1965 (via)
Elizabeth Smart became a household name after she was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 14 and held in captivity for nine months. She was forced into a polygamous marriage, tethered to a metal cable, and raped daily until she was rescued from her captors nine months later. Smart was recovered while she and her kidnappers were walking down a suburban street, leading many Americans who followed her story on the national news to wonder: Why didn’t she just run away as soon as she was brought outside?
Speaking to an audience at Johns Hopkins about issues of human trafficking and sexual violence, Smart recently offered an answer to that question. She explained that some human trafficking victims don’t run away because they feel worthless after being raped, particularly if they have been raised in conservative cultures that push abstinence-only education and emphasize sexual purity:
Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run “because of that alone.”
Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, saying she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum.
“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”