1. Mondays always deserve a little extra—

    I’m not sure what is is about suffering that draws me in — I had a beautiful childhood — chalk full of roaming the mountainside and building forts with my parents&siblings and making a fire in the fireplace when a thunderstorm took our electricity. We played outside, the brat of a teenager I was got abercrombie and fitch clothes once a year.

    I know it’s not guilt (which is everyone’s cynical and critical analysis), but i’m not sure what it is. Hopefully I’ll spend my whole life, or l hope I will, working to just live and experience it.

    Sometimes, I wonder, if it’s because getting to work alongside people who are or have truly suffered is just so honest. Bare, raw, uninhibited actions and emotions. There’s some quote out there posted that (synopsis) says how honest and empathetic people have the hardest time with the world because they expect everyone’s actions to be as honest as theirs. I think that’s truly the way I am… I always mean what I say. And I expect when other people say things that they mean it to (for better or the not so nice).

    Tonight I thanked my dad for being just a good, good person. And for raising me to be an overcaring, need to help, the world is my oyster to play in kind of person.

    God, I am so lucky and I’ll spend every day of my life living. 

     
  2. conflictingheart:

    The brilliant minds at WHEREISEEFASHION pair high fashion images matched with related images, everything from landscapes and contemporary art to different shapes and colors.

    (Source: wetheurban)

     

  3. "I would drink her until my vision is blurry and my friends take away my keys."
    — Rudy Francisco, A Lot Like You (via alotlikeyouu)

    (via rudyfrancisco)

     
  4. fuckyeahtattoos:

    cross section by Alena Chun. Icon Tattoo in Portland, Oregon.

    @alenachun

     

  5. "That’s how you can tell that you’re filling yourself with the wrong things. You use a lot of energy, and in the end, you feel emptier and less comfortable than ever."
    — 

    Glennon Doyle Melton, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed   (via anditslove)

    gah, talk about the truth for this chapter of my life — i can’t wait to work for something i feel connected to again

    (Source: recycledsoul, via anditslove)

     
  6. emchelle:

    Springtime in Texas

    Took a drive into the hill country to see the wildflowers and found this little spot at sunset. I could have stayed here for hours.

    (via anditslove)

     

  7. "We cannot lose what really belongs to us, even if we throw it away. Therefore we need have no anxiety."
     

  8. "I envy everyone who gets to catch a glimpse of your imperfect soul, and those who are lucky enough to see the beauty it holds."
    — You are beauty personified (via nullalibertas)

    (via maryohhhh)

     

  9. "You have more to do
    than be weighed down
    by pretty or beautiful
    you are a fiery heart
    and a wicked brain
    do not let your soul
    be defined by its shell."
    — Michelle K., You Look So Pretty! (via michellekpoems)

    (via beneath-a-lonely-place)

     

  10. "We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost."
    — Ray Bradbury  (via ivyandrose)

    (Source: wishbonesandwanderlust, via nogreatillusion)

     
  11. Catalonia, Spain

    (Source: sallets, via andrewwrichard)

     
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  13. "‎Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out."
    — Alan Cohen (via loveisarevolutionaryact)

    (via relivebeginagain)

     
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  15. heftyhideaway:

    patronsaintofbaddecisions:

    spectacularuniverse:

    I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?

    More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.

    The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.

    Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.

    Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.

    The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. 

    This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.

    This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.


    (Source)

    This is fucking amazing

    i’m convinced that medical science is modern day alchemy.

    (via chiefmcclane)