❂ Courage, Dear Heart ❂
❂ Courage, Dear Heart ❂

"I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition."

I'm a dirty liberal regretfully spending a season in the heart of Texas. 

what might you find here, you ask? well. body positivity, LGBTQIA news, general social justice, art, science, photography, poems and quotes, the beach, the moon, wolves and big cats, lyrics, songs, beautiful people, nsfw, the occasional fandom-related post, and random shit i find to be hilarious. 

In other words, a clusterfuck of wonderful.

I have a recovery blog dedicated to healing and coping with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and other mental illness and trauma. it's 

Welcome Home

all of my very favorite funny posts are over at 

this guy

and

It's gotten to the point where my general obsessions have so dominated my dash and my heart that i've made a separate blog. if you're into that sorta thing, it's

Fandom of the Opera

uh, i also write and produce art on an entirely irregular basis.

enter at your own risk.

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On eating disorders, the media, and patriarchy
amajor7:

i wrote my art goals/artist statement for the next 100 years.
malformalady:

Graveyard of trees: The milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electromagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the water’s surface surrounding dead trees
Photo credit: Julie Fletcher
triiisia:

Takato Yamamoto on We Heart It.
yearningforunity:

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. 1974
Photo: Geoffrey Hiller
bofransson:

Frances Winder - Flower Silverdale
3rdeyechicago:

tontonmichel:
Still standing.
forever-spoopydragon:

edwardspoonhands:

spectacularuniverse:

I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?
More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.(Source)

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