A chronicle of ever increasing circles of thought.









Fairy rings occupy a prominent place in European folklore as the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. According to the folklore, a fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it. They are soooooo beautiful!

fairy rings are usually caused by decaying organic matter, generally a tree stump. many types of fungi have symbiotic relationships with tree roots and mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of such fungus. So if a huge old tree was cut down, you’ll often find fairy rings. they can last for years and years as the earth  reabsorbs all the nutrients left behind by the beautiful tree.

sorry, didn’t mean to crush dreams - but i have a degree in horticulture and i was really excited when i first learned this.

maybe fairies and fungi are joining together to mourn the loss of the tree



From a writer’s perspective, it’s even more interesting to find out why they exist on a horticultural level, because it opens up a whole realm of fictional possibilities. Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.

For example, doesn’t that just essentially make this a tree grave? And if folklore has taught us anything, it’s that “fairies” and other spirits usually occupy trees, or have them as their life force. And that’s to say nothing of the folklore of trees being spirits in and of themselves, or kitsunes that live in tree hollows, or dryads, etc., etc.. So, if it’s disrespectful or feels like a slight to step on human graves, wouldn’t that logic transfer to stepping inside the Fairy Circle, AKA, the tree’s grave? It’s essentially giving more fuel to the story, not detracting from it, in my humble opinion!

And this is yet another reason I love K — her perspectives are awesome.

Also because the ring is a grave, the death of the tree means the death of the dryad who occupied it. so the dryad spirit would, in death, be a gateway. its spirit joining this world and the Realm of Faerie.

Sure, fairy rings are cool and all, but can we talk about the bigger picture of this discussion?

I love this post because it shows that science can be really fascinating and wonderful and every bit as interesting as mythology; and it’s still possible to love and respect mythology and appreciate its place in culture without believing it’s literally true and invalidating the science :D

and it’s possible to love and respect science without believing it ends all creativity and wonder and discussion

this post just shot to be one of my favorites on tumblr and I’m not even that into fairy rings

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Ugh this movie is so hot. 

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I’ve been pretty radio-silent because of work and studying for the bar, but I just wanted to take advantage of this platform to note that my beautiful sweet teddy-bear of a dog, Luna, passed away yesterday when a hemangiosarcoma (a hidden tumor, essentially) burst, at only 9.5 years old. I’m wrecked with grief about it. I think I might need a puppy to help fill the dog-shaped hole in my heart, because I don’t know what else to do. 

I’ve been pretty radio-silent because of work and studying for the bar, but I just wanted to take advantage of this platform to note that my beautiful sweet teddy-bear of a dog, Luna, passed away yesterday when a hemangiosarcoma (a hidden tumor, essentially) burst, at only 9.5 years old. I’m wrecked with grief about it. I think I might need a puppy to help fill the dog-shaped hole in my heart, because I don’t know what else to do. 




1800s Week!

John Phillip Simpson

The Captive Slave (Ira Aldridge as model)

England (1827)

Oil on canvas 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.5 cm)

The Art Institute of Chicago

The story of this artwork is quite remarkable.

The Art Institute of Chicago announced in 2009 that it had acquired a painting that had not been viewed or on display for over 180 years.

This is that painting.

There is sufficient evidence to assume that this painting was done by Simpson in collaboration with Aldridge as an abolitionist statement. It was first displayed in 1827 at the Royal Academy of Arts Along with this poem:

But Ah! what wish can prosper, or what prayer

For merchants rich in cargoes of despair

-Cowper, 1782

Recommended Reading:

"The Captive Slave" by John Simpson (1782-1847): A rediscovered masterpiece
Martin Postle
The British Art Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Spring 2009), pp. 18-26
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It will never stop hurting me how much his outfit looks like a the outfits we put prisoners in.  Every time I see it I see an incarcerated man in a modern prison.  And then I am again reminded that no, this is an enslaved man from nearly 200 years ago.  And in that moment the parallels between those two are so sharp and so poignant that I have to stop for a minute and just think about the world.  And I want to scream and cry and burn this nation down and start fresh.  But instead I just find myself a little more dedicated to my activism and a little more humble about the comforts and privileges afforded to me as a white person by other white people at the cost of the lives and freedom of other people.

I think the parallel hit a lot of people really hard.

I just wanted to point out that this isn’t an enslaved man-this is Ira Aldridge, an American actor working (and wildly popular) in Britain during this time. He collaborated with the artist for an Abolitionist work.

This is not a portrait of someone who had no choice over being painted.

I think it’s an important distinction to make because of both the effectiveness of his pose and expression; also to keep in mind the directed, purposeful agency of the man in this painting who is choosing to pose and express the deep emotions he feels. He is very much a part of this artwork’s creation and power.

Another painting of Aldridge performing:



There are a lot of you followers now and it’s about time I do something like this, so thanks so much for following please let me get you a cool pair of shoes! I’m an oxford enthusiast and I’d like to spread the good news of this shoe. I will buy a pair of oxfords in the $60-$80 range for the winner. 

How this will work

  • Must be following (as this is to show some follower love)
  • Enter with one reblog and/or one like, so you can only enter twice
  • I will use a random number generator to pick the winner and announce them on the 27th. I’ll send the winner a message and they’ll have 48 hours to respond. If I don’t hear back, I’ll pick another. 
  • We’ll chat a bit about styles you like, I’ll pull a few options for you to approve, but the final decision will be a surprise!
  • As for getting the prize to you, as long as you live at an address where the post can find you, I’ll send it.

I’ll edit this if we need any further clarifications, but I think we should be good to go. Good luck! 


23-year old Nataly Palacios Córdoba was murdered by her boyfriend in August. Her death caused such a shock that her classmates decided to launch the ‘Love doesn’t kill’ campaign.

Love Doesn’t Kill: Campaign Against Femicide in Colombia

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Turns out the world isn’t such a bad place after all. 


What is your stand on gun control after recent shooting incidents, especially after a shooting at a major airport?

Same as it’s always been. I don’t want to ban guns. I just want to sensibly regulate gun ownership.

Gun owners should be required to carry a federally mandated, state issued firearms license (just like a drivers license) that involves the completion of a safety training course and demonstrated proficiency with whatever firearms they own. (Again, just like the DMV.)

Firearm liability insurance should be required by law for every owner of every firearm (just like auto insurance) and if you can’t afford or don’t qualify for insurance, then you can’t have the guns. In any state with a stand-your-ground law, additional firearm self-defense insurance should also be required.

All licensed gun owners should be required to register themselves as well as every firearm in their possession (along with proof of insurance) with a federal database that is accessible to state and local law enforcement.

Convicted felons, those convicted of gun-related misdemeanors, those under a domestic violence restraining order, or those deemed mentally unstable by the courts should not be eligible for a firearms license.

Most importantly, state and local law enforcement should institute comprehensive firearm confiscation and enforcement programs that actually purge this country of all non-registered or otherwise illegal guns. Getting caught with an illegal gun should be a big fucking deal. I can’t stress this enough. Everything else is bullshit without punitive, incentivized enforcement.

All costs associated with the above policies should be funded through fines, penalties, and additional excise taxes imposed on the sale of all firearms and ammunition. (Yet again, just like parking tickets, DUI fines, and gas taxes.)

Keep in mind, none of this should be construed as an infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. I don’t have a problem with people owning guns. I just don’t think it’s too much to ask that they jump through the same hoops required to legally drive a damned car.










Fun fact: Cheetahs only attack prey that runs

jesus that is good to know.

Yup, that’s the point you just stay still and let it do whatever the fuck it wants that doesn’t involved you getting eaten. 

REALLY FUN FACT for big cats cheetahs are fucking docile as shit

my grandfather ran a cheetah sanctuary in south africa and he’d just lie with them and sleep among them and they’d rub against him and chirp at him they’re big fucking babies

Another Fun Fact: Cheetahs are incredibly nervous animals. One of the (many) reason’s they’re going extinct is that cheetahs are so sensitive and nervous, some of them are literally too nervous to breed. Others will breed, but stress themselves out so much, they’ll lose their cubs.

So zoos with breeding programs had to figure out how to make cheetahs comfortable enough to first of all, get laid and secondly - not spazz themselves into miscarrying.

So what’d they do?
They gave the cheetah’s their very own Service Dogs!

The dogs make them feel safe, protected and secure!


this post just got so much better


I always wanted a pet cheetah Josephine Baker style. 

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Hollywood news.

actually, Fincher is an excellent choice for the darkness of Black Hole. Support!


Michael Jackson - Scream (by michaeljacksonVEVO)

Fashion and music flashback to the 1990s. 


When confronted with someone’s grief or pain, someone’s terror for a sick child or other loved one, someone’s own illness, it is common and understandable to want to ameliorate that grief or pain or terror by cheering them up. STOP DOING THAT. When you tell a person that it’s happening for a reason, or that it’s all going to be okay, or that God has a plan, you are putting a burden on an already overloaded person. Your interaction includes an expectation of a response, and that response contains an expectation of feeling better. You may not realize that you are doing this, but trying to cheer someone up by minimizing their grief or pain carries the message that says, “You should stop feeling the way you are feeling and feel better now.” That’s trivializing what the person is going through. And creating an expectation that they must either respond to or silently try to ignore. In trying to help, you are making it worse.