1. simplyorthodox:

    Yesterday morning, monks from the Kiev-Caves Lavra Fr. Gabriel, Fr. Melchisedek, and Fr. Ephraim stood on Grushevsky Street in Kiev with a cross and icons, between the demonstrators and the Ukrainian special police force “Berkut”, and stopped the conflict. They entered the arena as peace-makers, and not in support of one side or the other.

    Although they were invited to join the “people”, the fathers only prayed and sang the Paschal troparion: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life,” wrote the Ramensky deanery of Moscow on its facebook page. The conflict ceased.

    (Source: pravoslavie.ru, via ruthtastic)


  2. helloyoucreatives:

    Go without your phone?

    Maybe a good Lenten practice?


  3. "

    Talent is just the necessary-but-not-sufficient condition for a career as a writer. … Have talent, then learn your job. That starts with the mechanics of writing — how to create a character, how to define a milieu, how to distinguish voice, how to plot, pacing, all that stuff. You know, the writerly stuff.

    It also means understanding the market, and understanding the business. … Go to your local book store. Stare at the shelf you want to be on. Read and stare and read and stare until you understand what you’re looking at. That’s your market.


    You know why I list my occupation as “writer” and not “author?” Author is a title. Writing is a job. Don’t be something, do something. Put your fingers on the keys and make words appear on the screen.
    Have some talent, learn your job, understand the market, and do the work. And then you’re very likely to make a living. And if you also get really lucky you get the castle in Scotland and you can hire Mr. Bates to dress you every morning while Mrs. Patmore makes your pancakes.


    YA author Michael Grant answers a reader’s question about whether it’s possible to make money as a writer. 

    Also see what John Updike and Michael Lewis had to say on the matter.

    To work on Grant’s “learn your job” point, learn from the best

    (via explore-blog)

    (Source: explore-blog)


  4. ourtimeorg:

    We should stop the name-calling


  5. ourtimeorg:

    In case anyone was wondering, here’s another reason why raising the minimum wage matters


  6. dabomb.com

    In a speech today, the Pope said that the internet is "something truly good, a gift from God." 

    What is your best internet-related story?  That first AIM signifying hours of your future spent analyzing an away message? Posting pictures from the best vacation ever to Facebook?  Meeting your future husband on Match? (Ahem. That last one was me.)

    I’ve experienced every emotion while looking at a screen, thanks to a faithful wireless connection and access to other people. Thanks, Internet!

    But also, you’re the worst sometimes.  I love you so much that you have the power to break my heart. Ours is a complicated love story, but I hope we’ll be together forever.  

    I’ll always think you’re dabomb.com.



  7. Yeah, this is kind of gross, actually.  Wearing the right gym clothes has almost nothing to do with being on innovative, justice-seeking, or battle-waging side of history.  

    I get that you’re trying to make my workout epic, but I think you’re trying too hard here.



    Adidas, History is Proof


  8. But I say, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.


  9. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

    (Source: whitepaperquotes, via yeahwriters)


  10. Just a segment from a speech given by Neil Gaiman about the importance of imagination and books:

    And the second thing fiction does is to build empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.

    Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.

    You’re also finding out something as you read vitally important for making your way in the world. And it’s this:

    The world doesn’t have to be like this. Things can be different.

    Read more here: Why our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading, and Daydreaming