Viola Davis talks about the childhood hunger problem in the U.S. at Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon. (x)
And it never goes away. It never, never goes away.
I grew up with immense food uncertainty. I did all these things, and I did most of them with two much smaller sisters. I resented them for getting to eat before I did when I was nine and they were two and three, because I was old enough to understand hunger, and they weren’t. I hated my mother for years because we never had anything to eat, and it took until well into my adulthood to realize that she had hated herself, too.
I start asking people what they want to do about dinner starting around nine in the morning when at a convention or other vacation spot. I need to know. Even if the plan is just “oh, food court” or “oh, we have those leftovers,” I need someone who is not me, someone who is less wrecked over their relationship with food, to promise me that I am still allowed to eat.
It never goes away.
Childhood hunger is never satiated.
I have never been in straits quite that dire, but…there was an odd stretch of my childhood when we had very limited food. My mother was very depressed and working unspeakably long hours. Sometimes when she came home, it was easier just to let her sleep than to nag her about food. When I had exhausted cooking everything I knew how to cook (it wasn’t much) I wouldn’t eat. (I imagine she didn’t either.) We had very little money for groceries anyway. There was food in the pantry, since it was my grandmother’s house, and she’d stocked it, but it was like twenty bottles of bulk bbq sauce and expired cans of crushed tomato and stuff. I didn’t know how to turn that into food. Possibly there was no way. Some nights—this was back when you could get tacos for 39 cents at Taco Bell—we would take a dollar and eat and then she would go back to sleep.
The nadir of this came during one summer, when I didn’t have school lunches to fall back on, and so I would frequently go a day or two without eating. I didn’t really feel like I was being starved, because it was a thing I was choosing to do, to help out. I think I believed on some level that if I bothered my mother, she would find a way to fix it, I just didn’t want to bother her because she was so tired.
We got food stamps a little while after that, and it was…I can’t really explain what that was like. We couldn’t believe we were being allowed to have this much food and that it was okay. Mom cried a bit, I think. That whole summer was like we were in this weird little bubble and it wasn’t as good as other people’s bubbles, but it was suddenly so much better in there.
Anyway, TL;DR, anybody who says food stamps are for lazy people, you can unfollow me now and kindly fuck yourself on the way out.
Mr Rogers Facts.
be the person mr rogers thought you could be
MR. ROGERS IS MY HERO.
ALWAYS REBLOG MR. ROGERS.
And now for a Halloween themed post.
Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.
The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.
The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.
This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new.
- An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
- It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
- It is unlucky to kill a robin.
- The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
- There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
- Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
- It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
- A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
- A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
- If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
- If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
- If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
- If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
- Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
- Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
- It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home.
- A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
- In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
- Cardinal Superstitions
- Bird Folklore
- Crow Folklore
- Victorian Funeral Customs and Superstitions
- Superstitions on Death
- Superstitions of Death
- 13 Superstitions About Death and Dying
- Superstitions About Death
- Death Superstitions
- Superstitions Surrounding Death
- Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
- Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
- Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
- Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
- Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
- In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
- Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
- Carry peach wood to have a long life.
- Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
- Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
- Do not whistle at night.
- Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
- Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
- If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
- Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
- Animal Superstitions
- Irish Superstitions and Folklore
- Superstitions From Europe
- Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
- Folklore of Puerto Rico
- Old Irish Superstitions
- Put out all fires in the home the night before Halloween to cleanse negative spirits. Reignite them from a common source on Halloween.
- Burying apples along the path is said to serve as food for souls as they pass through our world.
- The veil between the living and the dead is said to be thinnest on Halloween.
- 13 Halloween Superstitions
- Halloween Superstitions
- Halloween Superstitions and Folklore
Home & Hearth Superstitions:
- Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
- Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
- Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
- Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
- Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
- Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
- Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
- Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away
- Cut an apple in half and give one half to your love for a long relationship.
- Put pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to bring back a lost love
- It is bad luck for siblings to marry within the same year
- If you see a robin on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a crime fighter
- Eight Love Superstitions and Their Origins
- Superstitions About Love and Marriage
- Love Superstitions
- Wedding Superstitions
- Love Superstitions (highlight to read text)
- Smell peppermint to help you sleep
- Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
- Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
- Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
- Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
- Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
- If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
- Never put a hat on the bed
- Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
- Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
- Never sleep with your head pointing east
- Never sleep with your head pointing west
- If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams
- Best Books to Read for Halloween
- Best Halloween Books
- Best Halloween Picture Books
- Great Reads for Halloween
- Halloween Reads
- Reading for October Evenings
- Spooky Kids Books to Read at Halloween
- October Reading List
- Witchy Picture Books
- Halloween 2012 Must Reads
- Killer Ghost Stories
- Creepy Halloween Reads
- Haunted Reads 2013
- All Hallows Reads
- Amazing Paranormal Books
- Forests in Myth, Folklore, and Fairy Tales
- Fantasy Novels Based in Native American Myth
- Ghost Story Collections
- Asian Folktale Picture Books
ignore this - i’m tag fixing for an rp blog i’m not going to probably rp on tonight so i dont want to post there.
Hayley Atwell laying waste to the Agent Carter set: A Timeline
Excited to note that Peggy will be doing a lot of fight scenes. Delighted to read Hayley Atwell’s tweets about it in the meantime.
Go Agent Carter!
How to break up with someone:
Give them a sock and tell them they are a free elf now
If only he had kept driving away…
And the Ferguson saga continues
During the last two decades, many police departments substantially undercounted reported rapes creating “paper” reductions in crime. Media investigations in Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and St. Louis found that police eliminated rape complaints from official counts because of cultural hostility to rape complaints and to create the illusion of success in fighting violent crime. The undercounting cities used three difficult-to-detect methods to remove rape complaints from official records: designating a complaint as “unfounded” with little or no investigation; classifying an incident as a lesser offense; and, failing to create a written report that a victim made a rape complaint.