Simply Me

My personal blog on what i like, what i write, and more! <3

woodendreams:

The Dark Hedges, Ireland (by Leslie Hanthorne)

And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to say a few words about escapism. I hear the term bandied about as if it’s a bad thing. As if “escapist” fiction is a cheap opiate used by the muddled and the foolish and the deluded, and the only fiction that is worthy, for adults or for children, is mimetic fiction, mirroring the worst of the world the reader finds herself in.

If you were trapped in an impossible situation, in an unpleasant place, with people who meant you ill, and someone offered you a temporary escape, why wouldn’t you take it? And escapist fiction is just that: fiction that opens a door, shows the sunlight outside, gives you a place to go where you are in control, are with people you want to be with(and books are real places, make no mistake about that); and more importantly, during your escape, books can also give you knowledge about the world and your predicament, give you weapons, give you armour: real things you can take back into your prison. Skills and knowledge and tools you can use to escape for real.

As JRR Tolkien reminded us, the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.

Neil Gaiman, from theguardian.com (via thensiur)

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allcreatures:

Picture: Gary Brookshaw/Caters (via Pictures of the day: 5 August 2014 - Telegraph)

neurosciencestuff:

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.

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An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found…

We need to acknowledge our delusions and take responsibility for overcoming them. For example, we can think: “Self-cherishing is currently in my mind, but it is not me. I can destroy it without destroying myself.” In this way we can be utterly ruthless with our delusions but kind and patient with ourself.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)

shiraglassman:

chocolateinthelibrary:

So my family stayed at my aunt’s beach house last weekend and

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there

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is

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literally

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a Harry Potter-themed

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reading nook

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in the cupboard under the stairs

AWESOME

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