Home is Where the Heart Is Free || Pt 1

What is home? According to dictionary.com, home is “1. a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household  2. the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered 3. an institution for the homeless, sick, etc.: a nursing home 4. the dwelling place or retreat of an animal 5. the place or region where something is native or most common 6. any place of residence or refuge: a heavenly home 7. a person’s native place or own country 8. (in a game) the destination or goal.” However, many of us may have some very different definitions of what home is.

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Contradictions

To be alive:

To have a life or to survive.

They are vastly different but inherently the same.

A beautiful life.

A beautiful lie.

Nothing to believe in but we are all fools.

I refuse to believe.

I choose to believe.

I believe there is something more than they are telling us.

Aliens exist.

No they don’t.

We all become aliens at one point in our lives.

I am losing myself.

I am finding myself.

I don’t know who I am anymore.

Everyone lives behind fake smiles and false pretenses so that they can build a better future for themselves.

I will remember every moment forever.

I don’t remember falling in love with you.

You don’t know what you do to me.

You make me happy.

You make me cry.

“It felt like heaven when you kissed me so I ignored all the times you put me through hell.

There is no heaven.

There is no hell.

So where do we go from here?

How to Say Goodbye

This is How to Say

Goodbye to something you can’t let go.

This is how to cope, how to build a

bomb shelter for your soul.

This is 14 lines from love letters or suicide notes

and you can’t tell the difference

because they are one and the same.

There is no difference between heartbreak and murder.

Because it kills you. Because

you are a different person after, with gaping

chunks ripped out of your body. You are still alive

but you are bleeding

and bleeding and no one sees the red stains it makes.

This is crying at public parties and during

class. You are reading The Count of Monte Cristo,

but you are not Dantes

and you cannot take revenge on everything

that did or didn’t happen to you. Trying

will only lead to your own self

destruction.

This is destroying yourself

over and

over

and over again even though it doesn’t work

and it doesn’t change

the fact that it still happened.

This is crying months later

years later

because it is still happening.

Just because one day someone is

gone

doesn’t erase the fact that every

day you will relive every detail

of how they left.

How the world came to be

and then gave up,

came crashing down

in a hurricane of sound

and bloody hands and

crushed limbs and

re-opened scars and bleeding out.

This is living in spite of yourself.

This is a beautiful lie that you keep telling yourself

every day

because being alive is one more day you are not

rotting in the ground with dirt and flowers

above your head.

Watch Amy Schumer Tackle Police Brutality, Body Image and Dog Owners

I just love Amy Schumer’s new show because it takes real life problems and politics and takes them from a corner where they normally wouldn’t be seen or talked about into a form of media that everyone likes to watch. Whether or not people agree is overlooked because of the humor, but I still believe that this show is important because it raises these complicated topics into a real life conversation. Personally, I am proud of Amy Schumer, especially as a female comedian, and her show. It speaks up about the “unspeakable,” but I think it is a wake up call to America, and the world, that these things DO need to be spoken about. And that means A LOT MORE than they are now.

TIME

The dog moms on Inside Amy Schumer prefer to treat their pets’ problems with the usual vet-approved medication. You know, Prozac, Xanax… Valtrex.

In this clip from Comedy Central’s hit series, the women dropping off their pups at Doggy Daycare swap stories of doggy-issues, and how they each rescued their furry companions. While one survived Hurricane Katrina (and was found stranded on a roof with an orphaned boy), the other needs a wheelchair following police-related incident. Amy’s dog, on the other hand, just really can’t go on Twitter.

“Addison has advanced staged FOMO—fear of missing out,” says Amy. “I had to completely take her off social media. It’s too stressful.”

Schumer hasn’t shied away from hot-button issues this season, already tackling misogyny, beauty standards, and aging in Hollywood, among others. Inside Amy Schumer airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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Nick Danforth – The Armenian Genocide’s Samantha Power Problem

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Armenian genocide victims
A picture released by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute dated
1915 purportedly shows soldiers standing over skulls of victims from the
Armenian village of Sheyxalan during the First World War

We are living strange times. Although both Nazi and communist ideologies have made tens of millions of victims, we still have Nazi and communist adepts on one side, and Gulag and Holocaust deniers on the other. Besides, we have the fanatics, on both sides. Even today, Lavrov, the Russian (I almost said Soviet) foreign minister, was vehement about the (unproven information) that Americans instigated one of the East European countries to tear down one of the monuments dedicated to the (supposedly heroic) Soviet Army, while at the same time denying that they are the natural heirs of the Soviet empire, that Putin in foolishly and violently trying to rebuild, as we can see these days in Ukraine.

Things are not different…

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