Volcano — Discover

“…after all that, you couldn’t not be in a little bit of love.” From “Volcano,” an excerpt from The Narrow Door, a memoir of long-term relationships by Paul Lisicky.

via Volcano — Discover

Such a magnificent read! I recommend this to visit and read on your downtime.

Caring For Children With Down Syndrome

Andrea and Keston are both surrogate parents to Delaney, their two-year-old toddler that was discovered to have Down Syndrome as early as 12 weeks during an ultrasound in Andrea’s womb. Andrea agreed to be a surrogate mother for her two friends, another lesbian couple that was having trouble getting pregnant for six years, but when the lesbian couple heard the shocking news about Delaney they suggested Andrea to terminate the pregnancy.

Making a life changing decision, Andrea decided to go through the pregnancy, with the total support with Keeston and their family. The link below is the full story of Andrea and Keston journey with Delaney. Below the story are several links on children with Down Syndrome, and how to care and raise them as normal, loving children. I own no rights to the story or the links supplied below!

The story of Andrea and her lovely daughter Delaney: Surrogate Mom Who Kept Baby With Down Syndrome

“The first years of life are a critical time in a child’s development. All young children go through the most rapid and developmentally significant changes during this time… Children with Down Syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is highly recommended… Because of specific challenges associated with Down Syndrome, babies will likely experience delays in certain areas of development. However they will achieve all of the same milestones as other children at their own pace.” — Therapies & Development: Early Intervention

“As a parent preparing to have a child with Down Syndrome, you are likely adjusting to a reality that you had not envisioned. You will find that parenting a child with Down Syndrome can be as joyous, rewarding — and of course challenging — as parenting any child. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that leads to a combination of birth abnormalities (normally occurs when a fertilized egg has an extra chromosome)…” — Parenting a Child With Down Syndrome

“Including children with special needs into the mainstream classroom can be a healthy experience for all students in the class, though it may require extra attention from the teacher! Teaching students with disabilities requires a lot of creative thinking among other things. Using Turning Point in the classroom can benefit both you and your students. Shy students and students with disabilities that are fearful of answering use clickers, which allows them to answer the question without the fear of being ridiculed for incorrect answers and it encourages them to participate more…” — Using Turning Point Student Response Systems for Students with Disabilities

 

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Sleeping in the Pines
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There’s no denying that Kurt Cobain’s story is both sad and unsatisfying. Unhappy in life, he seems ungrounded in death: his accomplishments, convictions, and musical legacy scattering like ashes to the wind.

Despite his own difficulties, including an unfortunate tendency to land himself in prison for attempted or actual homicide, the end of Lead Belly’s story is rather different. Stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Huddie Ledbetter died in New York City in 1949.  He was buried near the place of his birth, Mooringsport, Louisiana, in the Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HUDDIE “LEAD BELLY” BETTER AND HIS BIOGRAPHY, PLEASE FOLLOW UP WITH THE LINK DOWN BELOW (I get no credit for these posts or links being shared) :
Huddie Ledbetter Biography

Asking For Help

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Past, Present, Future Tarot Spread
Sometimes whenever I feel stuck and I need a better examination of myself I play around with the tarot cards in hope for getting a better idea to assess the problem. Lately I have been going through drastic emotional changes. One second I was very optimistic and full of love. If you had a problem I would not mind listening and find a safe way to guide you to your desired destination.

Unfortunately, when my positive vibes went away I became pessimistic and very depressed. Wanting to let someone in was the last thing I wanted to do, especially if it requires me to let down my guard and open up. For long periods of time I did, and still do, have trouble sharing my thoughts, concerns, and emotions with my best friend whom is also my significant other. Even right now as I type away, I feel as though since my plate full of so many problems, any progress I’m trying to make isn’t working in my favor. So what now?

Simple, I figure out what ingredient I am missing within my recipe of life.

That’s where the tarot cards and an open mind comes in. I understand that tarot readings are not concrete, serving an ambiguous message to the public, but with an open mind it can be a helpful tool. So I chose the past, present, and future spread and began shuffling my cards. Once I chose my three cards, I observed each picture closely and analyzed the uniqueness behind all of them.

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Past Card: Eight of Swords

Introduction: When the 8 of Swords appears, you may be holding yourself back because you fear moving into the future, or because you are wary of getting hurt by a new situation, or maybe for no reason at all. Think through what it is that you’re afraid of. The truth of the situations are probably much less frightening than your mind is making it out to be.

General: In general, the 8 tells us that we must be open to defeat in order to ever possibly win. Do not fear the unknown; many blessings reside for you there. Examine your thoughts, speech, and behavior for negativity and know that what you say and do and the choices that you make affect the outcomes in your life. If you need help managing and dealing with your fears, ask for it.

Eight of Swords Interpretation

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Present Card: Reversed King of Wands

Introduction: The King of Wands reversed can signify a man who has been through a lot in his life, and as a result, he typically is warm, kind, and understanding toward others. He himself is likely to have a great deal of energy, but as he has matured, he has begun to understand that not everyone can match his pace. When the card does not signify a literal person in your life, it refers to feeling energetic and also to a tendency toward being lenient with others. If this is in regard to your children, think carefully whether leniency is the best response to them.

General: In general the King of Wands reversed is a positive card. People around you are likely to be kind, tolerant, and understanding. You should have more than enough energy to get what you need to do accomplished. Again, a light haired, older man may play an important and helpful role in your life.

Reversed King of Wands Interpretation

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Future Card: Reversed Five of Pentacles

Introduction: The 5 of Pentacles reversed can point to a time when you are about to move from feeling not very secure into feeling safer. Whether it’s because you’ve realized the time has come to reach out to others, or because you are beginning to see some concrete new prospects, this is a very good thing.

General: In general, the reversed 5 of Pentacles says that in the recent past you may have felt “left out in the cold,” as though everyone but you had everything made in the shade – but that feeling is passing. Your confidence should be beginning to renew now. Trust any reasons you’re feeling for being upbeat.

Reversed Five of Pentacles Interpretation

After going through each card I have noticed that there will be progress made. However, to ensure that progress will be made I must first do one thing. Usually that one thing, asking for help, is very challenging for me because I normally don’t do it. I have a particular mentality instilled within me that if I can do anything once I set my mind to it then I don’t need help. Asking for assistance shows weakness and lack of being independent, so I need to find a way to fix my own problems.

It took me a very long time to ask someone for help, even if they couldn’t physically help me. I was experiencing an interesting level of depression and doubt; I constantly thought about relapsing after making so much progress and fighting the urge on my own. When I brought it to his attention, he immediately reminded me how confident I am, and that my words are just as beautiful as my emotions. After mentioning that to me, not only did I smile, but I started to come to and try to find another way to fix myself– even if it’s little progress.

I’m still not fully happy because I’m slowly letting go of my past and is seeking closure, but the feeling of relief is there. I’m relived that my best friend, and significant other, took the time out of his day to understand why I’m such a way and talk to me with patience and love. My daughter, though she can’t talk just yet, alone is a constant reminder of why I chose to love more than waste time being hateful and full of spite. The temptation is there, I’m not going to hide that matter of fact, towards several cowardly individuals, but at the end of the day there’s no point in doing so. Because of their carelessness I found better, and I’m growing up more.

Calling Out To You

Calling Out To You

I written this out of love for someone, whom I wish wasn’t so far away. Even though he is very far, I still feel some connection between us both. The outside world may never understand this yearning passion I have for him, but I would still try to be there for him, just like he was there for me.

When loving someone express it in your own way. Don’t feel ashamed for doing so because you’re opening up your heart, mind, and soul, releasing a totally different side of you that even YOU never knew that existed. Stay truthful and don’t build a wall.