A work in progress

My name is Valarie, I'm 29, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I write, and paint, and I love all things creative.

Body of a Woman

fables-of-the-reconstruction:

Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs,
you look like a world, lying in surrender.
My rough peasant’s body digs in you
and makes the son leap from the depth of the earth.

I was lone like a tunnel. The birds fled from me,
and nigh swamped me with its crushing invasion.
To survive myself I…

We’re perched headlong
        on the edge of boredom
We’re reaching for death
        on the end of a candle
We’re trying for something
        That’s already found us

—James Douglas (Jim) Morrison, from “An American Prayer” (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (via feellng)

(Source: feellng, via infjconfessions)

brittanysimon:

micdotcom:

Most people give the homeless change or leftovers, Mark Bustos is cutting their hair

For the past few months, New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos — who normally spends his days working at an upscale salon — has been volunteering on his days off to offer haircuts to homeless people he sees on the street. With a simple phrase, “I want to do something nice for you today,” he has been helping people get a fresh, uplifting makeover.

For people who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the makeover can also serve a useful function: looking presentable for a job.

Inspiring thanks he received from one man | Follow micdotcom

I just began crying. This is beautiful.

(via girlwithalessonplan)