Local Canadian artist, Danny Rudniski. Born in Toronto, moved to Saint Catharines to complete B.A./B.Ed. Now painting views of Niagara.
Triathlon. Art. Education. Music. Outside.
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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.
As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I posses a billion dollars.
It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.
The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together.
A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.
The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism.
It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
“The Ironman was not supposed to be for everybody. It was supposed to be for nut jobs.”
There is a great article in Outside magazine this month about the Ironman World Championships in Kona. You can find it here:
…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.
John Green (via amandabrollercoaster)
Writing isn’t math. It has no Pythagorean theorem, but it’s simple to ban adverbs. In many cases, doing so can improve the work in question, as it encourages writers—children, adults, newbies, veterans—to think about structure and diction. The no-adverbs rule only becomes problematic when students don’t learn—just like how there are many words where “e” comes before “i”—that there are times when the rule is meant to be broken.
Even those most famous rulebooks couch their points in qualifiers. Dig past the section headings, and Strunk and White aren’t always against an adverb. It’s in the rush to get it right that those who rely on those rules replace Zinsser’s “most” with “all.” We forget that there are exceptions, that an adverb can go a long way.
Lily Rothman comes to the defense of a much-maligned part of speech. Read more.
The world is filled with conflicting messages, right? Body acceptance in the world of fitness is a topic where conflict often arises. Many people struggle with the messages that they should love and accept their bodies as is, while simultaneously they feel pressured to improve the body they have (lose weight, get stronger etc). It becomes murky territory for those of us who support people on their quests to implement change in their lives, while also trying to make sure they love themselves and stay realistic.
There are people on both ends of the spectrum (though most of us fall somewhere in between). I’ll go into examples of two extremes here, but there are many more types of people out there (don’t want to box anyone in). You may fall into one category or the other, have bits from each, or neither.
Some people are firm body acceptance believers: they see and preach that there’s no reason to want to change your body to fit a certain standard. People in this group often have a hard time seeing weight loss or fitness as anything more than trying to be something you’re not (although they tend to forgive athletes and those being active for health reasons alone). Fitness magazines & advertising can be threatening to this message, so occasionally (not always) you can see a rebellion towards fitness & weight-loss in this group. However, when a person in this group is unsatisfied with their body, they feel it goes against their belief system to want to make changes: therin lies their conflict. They find it hard to reconcile wanting to make changes while simultaneously preaching that no one should fit a standard. It’s tough to be in this group.
On the other end, you have individuals who hate their bodies and feel complacent if they’re not making changes: they’re constantly trying to fit a standard that’s not realistic and lies outside of themselves. This group believes firmly that changing and striving towards the standard they set for themselves is what life’s all about. They don’t feel happy or satisfied with their bodies unless they’re working towards that goal or diligently maintaining it. Often (but not always) people in this group might see body-acceptance as an excuse to be lazy. They find it hard to reconcile body-acceptance while simultaneously feeling as though they’re giving up if they adopt the philosophy that their body is good enough as is.
These are extremes: most people lie somewhere in between, or struggle with aspects of each.
You can love your body AND want to improve it: many people do. :) Here are my thoughts on loving your body AND being okay with wanting to change/improve it (taken from a question earlier today).