“We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. We’re told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear: A woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things.”How to See a Woman: A Conversation Between a Father and Son (via creatingaquietmind)
America’s First Cat Café Opens: Drink Coffee Alongside Adorable Cats
Yesterday, America’s first cat café opened in New York City. Cat lovers, you now have only three more day to sip coffee and eat pastries alongside adorable cats! Purina One teamed up with the North Shore Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter, to create this pop-up café that’s the temporary home to rescue cats. While the concept of a cat café has been around for a while, with Asia and Europe leading the way, this is the first time one has opened in the United States. Two permanent cat cafés are scheduled to open in San Francisco this year.
The concept is simple. Visitors pay an hourly fee or cover charge to sit and lounge with cats. This one, on 168 Bowery, is free. Sixteen cats roam the premises and you’re welcome to pick one up and snuggle with it. If you fall in love with a particular one, you can even adopt it! (Read about each individual cat, here. Looks like “Sushi” is featured in the photo, above.) To get your feline fix, stop by the store from 10a to 7p each day till April 27. If you’d like to learn a little something, you can listen to different cat experts talk about cat health and behavior. The store’s capacity is limited to just 65 people, so you may have to wait in line.
Via My Modern Met
Several months ago, I dropped and shattered a teacup saucer that my aunt gifted to me shortly before she passed away. I was devastated. Before leaving to go for a walk to cool off, I threw the pieces in the garbage and left to go have a good cry.
While I was out, my spouse carefully gathered up all the little pieces and saved them without saying a word to me, just gave me a hug and comforted me when I got back. He then sought out an elderly couple who repair china in their spare time and got them to fix it for me! It took months because they were quite busy, so there was plenty of time for me to forget all about it.
I came home last night to the teacup and saucer sitting on a table with this note.
This means so much to me, on so many levels. I love and feel loved at a time when I really, truly need it.
Sometimes I definitely get sad, unmotivated, and lazy (but I do not believe in laziness- I think that there is always a purpose to taking a break)
I deal with these feelings by reminding myself of my goals and passions…
And reminding myself that I can do anything I put my mind to
IF I stay engaged and purposeful and deliberate
So I always work to finish each day, exhausted because I did all I can.
Only to wake up and do all I can again.
Seeing that I can do so much more than I imagined is inspiring.
We can achieve so much, you and me <3
And do so much good in this world
But we have to engage and do all that we need to do…
so that we can get to where we want to be
So, think of your goals and know they can be accomplished when you put your best foot forward
Release your potential and pursue your purpose.
THAT will always reposition you.
“We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work.”Insights from the doctor who coaches athletes on sleep. Pair with the science of what actually happens while you sleep and how it affects your every waking hour. More on sleep here. (via medicalschool)
“In fairy tales, monsters exist to be a manifestation of something that we need to understand, not only a problem we need to overcome, but also they need to represent, much like angels represent the beautiful, pure, eternal side of the human spirit, monsters need to represent a more tangible, more mortal side of being human: aging, decay, darkness and so forth. And I believe that monsters originally, when we were cavemen and you know, sitting around a fire, we needed to explain the birth of the sun and the death of the moon and the phases of the moon and rain and thunder. And we invented creatures that made sense of the world: a serpent that ate the sun, a creature that ate the moon, a man in the moon living there, things like that. And as we became more and more sophisticated and created sort of a social structure, the real enigmas started not to be outside. The rain and the thunder were logical now. But the real enigmas became social. All those impulses that we were repressing: cannibalism, murder, these things needed an explanation. The sex drive, the need to hunt, the need to kill, these things then became personified in monsters. Werewolves, vampires, ogres, this and that. I feel that monsters are here in our world to help us understand it. They are an essential part of a fable.”Guillermo Del Toro (via iwearthecheeseyo)