1. No one on earth will ever make me feel ashamed of reading children’s books.

     
  2. akalle:

    Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

    An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者?) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional “housewife” role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.

    (via phatfred)

     
  3. ethically-wrong:

    mmmmbeefy96:

    grandhowler:

    Dude

    holy shit. 

    this is on a whole new level of patience

    This is natural art.

    (Source: best-of-memes, via phatfred)

     

  4. "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."
    — George Santayana (via itsquoted)
     
  5. historical-nonfiction:

    What a mounted crusading knight might have had in 1266, around the time of the Siege of Jerusalem

    (via maryrobinette)

     
  6. animalstalkinginallcaps:

    THAT’S RIGHT. TAKE IT ALL IN. I HAVEN’T BEEN HITTING THE BOWFLEX ALL WINTER FOR NOTHING, YOU KNOW.

    OGLE IT. OGLE MY BODACIOUS BODY.

    (via funnywildlife)

     
  7. heavy-conspiracies:

    I dunno what expression this is, but I think you all should have this picture of Waddles on your blog.

    I concur.

    (via seananmcguire)

     
  8. northeastnature:

    Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum) is one of the most striking ferns in the northeast. You’ll find it in very special shady places where limestone bedrock helps keep the soil nutrient-rich. When you see this pretty fern, thank the tiny ancient sea creatures that built their shells with calcium and left a limestone legacy. Thanks, little guys!

    I live on very acid clay, so I get ebony spleenwort instead in those spots, but maidenhair is SUPER COOL!

     

  9. "If you want to work on your art, work on your life."
    — Anton Chekhov (via itsquoted)

    That being said, a few hours at a figure drawing class never go amiss.

     

  10. "Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy."
    — Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief)

    (via seananmcguire)