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.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

—Robert Frost (via quotethat)

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Thomas Brummett - The Infinities (of Earth and Heaven)

Artist’s statement:

I combined disparate elements such as mold grown in my studio, stars downloaded from robot cameras in space, snowflakes captured on a winter’s night, to magnolia trees blooming in spring. At the heart of these images are unique camera-less Light Projections which I devised for this project. This series is about my ideas of Infinity.”

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.
—William Blake

Loving someone who cannot love you the same way in return is not weakness. It’s one of the most courageous things you’ll ever do. You are putting your armour at their feet and you are saying ‘I will not fight you in this. I have loved you and that means that I have already won.’

Exotic means there, not here. Them, not us. You, but definitely not me. Exotic is a word defined by the speaker’s perspective, which assumes dominance and normalcy over the person being called exotic.

I’m not a parrot. So don’t call me exotic.

It’s a micro-aggression. It’s a backhanded compliment. And it’s simply inaccurate.

(via theweekmagazine)

(via upworthy)