|—||Alan Wilson Watts (via purplebuddhaproject)|
the story behind this painting:
I was in an abusive relationship for nine months. I kept trying to get out of it but he didn’t let me and he forced me to do things I didn’t want to do. He put me through incredible emotional abuse (including being the cause of many PTSD symptoms). He finally broke up with me in August and I have been free and happy for the first time in a long time.
But lately, this week I’ve been hating myself for what HE did to ME. And that’s not right. It was not my fault and I refuse to listen to people who tell me it was.
Today I took everything and let it all out. Every time he yelled at me, every time he made me scared of him, every time he made me feel less than I was, every time I said no but he shushed me: I put it all on this canvas. It’s no longer in me. I am free.
The sun flashes jack-o’-lantern grin in this uncanny NASA photo
A haunting face reminiscent of a carved jack-o’-lantern emerges from the active regions of the sun’s corona in this image captured on Oct. 8 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
According to NASA, “the active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.”
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
|—||William Ernest Henley, 1875 (via panatmansam)|
There’s a hotel in the Julian Alps that sits atop Foronon Buinz Mountain and can sleep up to 9 people. You can stay there for free… if you’re willing to hike to the top of an 8,300 foot mountain. Source
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Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.
How to handle the language barrier
German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.
What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.