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I’ve got a picture of Jesus. #16thandmission #sanfrancisco (at 16th St. Mission BART Station)

I’ve got a picture of Jesus. #16thandmission #sanfrancisco (at 16th St. Mission BART Station)

Refreshed the blog for my upcoming trip. Check it out, leave some love: teresawriteshome.squarespace.com

Refreshed the blog for my upcoming trip. Check it out, leave some love: teresawriteshome.squarespace.com

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Aries: This week is for long walks, for wandering as far off as you can, for visiting the quiet parts of yourself that get lost inside you, sometimes. It’s a week for reorienting yourself to your world, for finding new landmarks, for drawing new and expansive maps in your head. It’s a week for pushing yourself just to the limits of your own loneliness, just to the point before it makes you sad, just to the point where it opens up your skull. This week is for drinking coffee in the early morning and listening to Karen Dalton and opening every door you can find.

Taurus: This is a week for talking all the time; it’s a week for telling your life and telling your secrets; it’s a week for spilling everything you’ve ever kept inside you. It’s a week for talking things through and talking things over and making yourself heard. It’s a week for letting your speech go a little wild, for letting your speech show you things you didn’t even think you knew. Don’t spend too much time alone this week, if you can. Spend your days out in the world, spend your days talking, spend your days singing.

Gemini: This week’s going to feel like your head’s in the clouds a little bit, maybe, like you’re floating, like you’re far away. It’s a week for rising above bad things and bitter things, a week for magic, a week for flight. This week, the air around you is going to feel sweet, it’s going to feel gentle, it’s going to help you sleep at night. Remember that your feet are on the ground, remember that you have a body, remember to do your dishes, but let this be a week for flying, let it be a week for dreaming about the sky.

Cancer: This week’s going to feel slow, it’s going to feel easy, it’s going to feel like you’re coasting downhill on your bike: not fast, not wild, just smooth and free. This week, go out when you want and stay home when you want—move like the world is yours. This week, the world’s going to let you feel bright and confident and free, the world’s going to let you believe that your life has never belonged to anybody but you. This week is a bright and glowing gift. Try to hold it, try to keep it, try to let it grow roots.
Leo: This week’s going to be about friendship, about love, about your weird wild heart working hard, getting tugged and pulled all over the world. It’s a week for letting your own feelings crackle and glow and blaze; it’s a week for seeing by their light and waking up in their gentle warmth. Let your heart go a little wild, let it shape your world and tint your vision, let it move you, let it speak through you. Let your feelings breathe but don’t let them eat you, don’t forget to listen, don’t forget to breathe.
Virgo: This week’s going to be weird and it’s going to be great. It’s going to be all about a wild bright power moving through you, making you strong, making you laugh so hard at everything bad that’s ever tried to hurt you. It’s a week for laughing by yourself, with your friends, with your sisters on the phone. It’s a week for laughing so hard that it makes you cry, laughing so hard that it makes you weak. It’s a week for doing whatever you want, whatever you need, safe in your silliness, in your bright strength, in your wild laughter.
Libra: This week, the world’s going to feel big around you, it’s going to feel dense, it’s going to feel so strange, so full, so green. Spend your days in motion, spend your days looking out windows, spend your days listening to weird wild buzzing harmonies in the wind, on the street, in your neighbors’ voices. Listen to the weird dense messages in the sounds your house makes late at night. Listen to songs that make your body feel like it’s going to shatter. Let the world talk to you, let it get noisy, let it make you feel brand new—all surprised and alive.

Scorpio: This week’s going is going to be full of the best surprises: this week’s going to be full of the strangest gifts. This week’s going to be full of letters showing up on your doorstep, it’s going to be full of friends telling you their best secrets, it’s going to be full of wild truths showing themselves to you in your dreams. Let your friends love you this week, let your parents love you, let the whole kind and spinning world love you, let it show you things. Be as kind as you can, and be generous, and read all the time.

Sagittarius: This is a week for feeling a little bit fragile, a little small, a little nervous, a little weird. It’s a week for feeling lost and that’s okay, good even. Call your friends and tell them about it. Listen to songs about being very young. Stay up late, just to see where your brain goes, just to see the things it can do. Ride the bus or drive somewhere far away and feel what it is to be a person, what it is to have a weird body that’s bound by the rules of physics, the rules of your wild feelings.

Capricorn: This is a week for getting ready for a strange great future, for feeling new strength inside you, building, getting ready to show itself. It’s a week for building foundations, for dreaming, for getting new shoes. It’s a week for being a little excited, maybe, or a little distracted, or a little nervous about all these new kinds of brightness just ahead, about all these things that you can’t quite see, yet. Dream about cold days, dream about running away, dream about oceans, dream about new worlds. Read about places you’ve never been and let your imagination get so bold.

Aquarius: This week the good things are going to be difficult and the difficult things are going to be good. This is the best kind of week, these are the best good things, but now is not a time to be lazy, it’s not a week to let your fear live and grow inside you. This is a week for going to a place that’s new, it’s a week for changing the air around you, it’s a week for looking directly at yourself, for looking straight at the things you know to be true. Listen to songs that make you feel brave.

Pisces: This week, the days are going to feel long but the nights are going to feel gentle. This week, your senses are going to feel sharp but your brain’s going to feel a little messy, a little confused. This week, the rules of the world are going to seem weird, the logic of the world is going to feel tricky, all winding and tangled up. Trust yourself, even when your brain feels heavy. This is a week for trusting the wisdom in your body, for letting your hands and feet and weird twisty guts carry you.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This week is for long walks, for wandering as far off as you can, for visiting the quiet parts of yourself that get lost inside you, sometimes. It’s a week for reorienting yourself to your world, for finding new landmarks, for drawing new and expansive maps in your head. It’s a week for pushing yourself just to the limits of your own loneliness, just to the point before it makes you sad, just to the point where it opens up your skull. This week is for drinking coffee in the early morning and listening to Karen Dalton and opening every door you can find.

Taurus: This is a week for talking all the time; it’s a week for telling your life and telling your secrets; it’s a week for spilling everything you’ve ever kept inside you. It’s a week for talking things through and talking things over and making yourself heard. It’s a week for letting your speech go a little wild, for letting your speech show you things you didn’t even think you knew. Don’t spend too much time alone this week, if you can. Spend your days out in the world, spend your days talking, spend your days singing.

Gemini: This week’s going to feel like your head’s in the clouds a little bit, maybe, like you’re floating, like you’re far away. It’s a week for rising above bad things and bitter things, a week for magic, a week for flight. This week, the air around you is going to feel sweet, it’s going to feel gentle, it’s going to help you sleep at night. Remember that your feet are on the ground, remember that you have a body, remember to do your dishes, but let this be a week for flying, let it be a week for dreaming about the sky.

Cancer: This week’s going to feel slow, it’s going to feel easy, it’s going to feel like you’re coasting downhill on your bike: not fast, not wild, just smooth and free. This week, go out when you want and stay home when you want—move like the world is yours. This week, the world’s going to let you feel bright and confident and free, the world’s going to let you believe that your life has never belonged to anybody but you. This week is a bright and glowing gift. Try to hold it, try to keep it, try to let it grow roots.

Leo: This week’s going to be about friendship, about love, about your weird wild heart working hard, getting tugged and pulled all over the world. It’s a week for letting your own feelings crackle and glow and blaze; it’s a week for seeing by their light and waking up in their gentle warmth. Let your heart go a little wild, let it shape your world and tint your vision, let it move you, let it speak through you. Let your feelings breathe but don’t let them eat you, don’t forget to listen, don’t forget to breathe.

Virgo: This week’s going to be weird and it’s going to be great. It’s going to be all about a wild bright power moving through you, making you strong, making you laugh so hard at everything bad that’s ever tried to hurt you. It’s a week for laughing by yourself, with your friends, with your sisters on the phone. It’s a week for laughing so hard that it makes you cry, laughing so hard that it makes you weak. It’s a week for doing whatever you want, whatever you need, safe in your silliness, in your bright strength, in your wild laughter.

Libra: This week, the world’s going to feel big around you, it’s going to feel dense, it’s going to feel so strange, so full, so green. Spend your days in motion, spend your days looking out windows, spend your days listening to weird wild buzzing harmonies in the wind, on the street, in your neighbors’ voices. Listen to the weird dense messages in the sounds your house makes late at night. Listen to songs that make your body feel like it’s going to shatter. Let the world talk to you, let it get noisy, let it make you feel brand new—all surprised and alive.

Scorpio: This week’s going is going to be full of the best surprises: this week’s going to be full of the strangest gifts. This week’s going to be full of letters showing up on your doorstep, it’s going to be full of friends telling you their best secrets, it’s going to be full of wild truths showing themselves to you in your dreams. Let your friends love you this week, let your parents love you, let the whole kind and spinning world love you, let it show you things. Be as kind as you can, and be generous, and read all the time.

Sagittarius: This is a week for feeling a little bit fragile, a little small, a little nervous, a little weird. It’s a week for feeling lost and that’s okay, good even. Call your friends and tell them about it. Listen to songs about being very young. Stay up late, just to see where your brain goes, just to see the things it can do. Ride the bus or drive somewhere far away and feel what it is to be a person, what it is to have a weird body that’s bound by the rules of physics, the rules of your wild feelings.

Capricorn: This is a week for getting ready for a strange great future, for feeling new strength inside you, building, getting ready to show itself. It’s a week for building foundations, for dreaming, for getting new shoes. It’s a week for being a little excited, maybe, or a little distracted, or a little nervous about all these new kinds of brightness just ahead, about all these things that you can’t quite see, yet. Dream about cold days, dream about running away, dream about oceans, dream about new worlds. Read about places you’ve never been and let your imagination get so bold.

Aquarius: This week the good things are going to be difficult and the difficult things are going to be good. This is the best kind of week, these are the best good things, but now is not a time to be lazy, it’s not a week to let your fear live and grow inside you. This is a week for going to a place that’s new, it’s a week for changing the air around you, it’s a week for looking directly at yourself, for looking straight at the things you know to be true. Listen to songs that make you feel brave.

Pisces: This week, the days are going to feel long but the nights are going to feel gentle. This week, your senses are going to feel sharp but your brain’s going to feel a little messy, a little confused. This week, the rules of the world are going to seem weird, the logic of the world is going to feel tricky, all winding and tangled up. Trust yourself, even when your brain feels heavy. This is a week for trusting the wisdom in your body, for letting your hands and feet and weird twisty guts carry you.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Night trains in ‘nam. God help us all (at Hà Nội train station)

Night trains in ‘nam. God help us all (at Hà Nội train station)

I've moved

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(via Deep Thoughts With Gadling on Pinterest)

agenda

"When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure an Adventure is going to happen." - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

It’s all happening, everyone.

Tomorrow I turn in the last of my grades for this whirlwind semester, and on March 17, I leave for Vietnam. While dates and plans outside of pre-booked flights are shifty and loose at best, tentatively I plan on hitting North and South Vietnam, then Cambodia, then a quick stop in Malaysia before I meet my roommate in Bali. From Indonesia, I’ll be flying directly to Chiang Mai where I’ll be meeting my teacher friends for the Thai New Year and Songkran Festival

I will be bringing a tiny, retractable bag filled only with a few clothing items and absolute essentials, a lesson on traveling light and quickly, on what true essentials are. 

It will be both a long and quick month, but I look forward to updating you on my adventures. There are sure to be some. #bigbootstyle

"Gemini: This week’s going to feel soft and foggy; this week’s going to feel calm and easy and slow. This week might have you a little distracted from your job and your friends and your electric bill and everything else you think you should be focused on, but it’s not the worst thing to spend time inside your hazy brain. It is a good and necessary thing, sometimes, to let your head fill up with pictures of moss and snow and sand and salty air. It is a good and necessary thing to pay attention to the textures of your dreams. 
"

— TheRumpus.net

I took these while taking a small walk through an elongated, gated park, watching people execute their daily jogs and bike rides. Ian, my neighbor here in Saraburi, picked me up on a friend’s motorbike, and we drove as the sun continued to set around the lake that Khon Kaen surrounds.

I mentioned how easy it is to get around because all you have to do if you get lost is find the lake, and follow it until you’re in the direction you need to be going.

“Like Madison,” he replied.

Like Chicago. 
Like Detroit.
Like home.

My favorite cities in America, ones that I find are easily navigable, all follow the water. Living in Chicago during college whenever I lost my equilibrium walking or getting off of an unfamiliar stop on the CTA, I’d look to Lake Michigan and figure out where east was, then west, then where I needed to go. In Detroit, when you get to the Riverwalk at the end of St. Antoine and you look across the river and see Windsor, you’ve found Cobo Hall and expensive parking structures and Hart Plaza and Joe Louis’ fist.

In this way, Khon Kaen felt so familiar. The second-largest city in the Northern region of Thailand, the size of it is still manageable and the air is less thick. Sidestreet walls are graffitied with paintings, artistic and pulsating with an energy you can feel. The streets smell like grilled everything and tangy fish sauce and rice being steamed. I thought of my mom’s barbeque and the graffiti portraits Chicago kept on her brick walls and the way the brisk air surrounded my skin bike riding along the Detroit River on an autumn afternoon.

That night, Ian and I went with Ian’s expat friends that live in the city to what’s referred to simply as Chocolate, owned by Jordan from California who hangs his friends’ artwork on the walls and plays mellow music over the speakers and serves you himself in between conversations. Ian played guitar duets with his friend Bryn and a bubbly fellow Thai patron, and we spent the night amid the dim Chocolate lights, drinking slowly in the wide, plush couches, belting out Beatles songs and songs they’d written themselves and songs about rivers in the rain that sometimes, at night, look like long, white trains. River, I love you.

"If you find my long sentences annoying, please know that that gives me an enormous amount of pleasure."

— Jamaica Kincaid, from Monday night’s live Writers at Work interview at 92nd Street Y. (via theparisreview)

(via therumpus)