how to quiet your brain down:

let your goddamned iphone die for a couple hours. 

go on a nature walk with this guy.

drink wine on a log in the middle of nowhere until you can’t feel your cold feet or the things that made you sad this week any longer. 

spot an owl. go swinging. feel lucky. 

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Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us—a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain—it’s also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves. It’s made of exertion, that dowdier cousin of impulse. Sometimes we care for another because we know we should, or because it’s asked for, but this doesn’t make our caring hollow. The act of choosing simply means we’ve committed ourselves to a set of behaviors greater than the sum of our individual inclinations: I will listen to his sadness, even when I’m deep in my own. To say “going through the motions”—this isn’t reduction so much as acknowledgment of the effort—the labor, the motions, the dance—of getting inside another person’s state of heart or mind.

This confession of effort chafes against the notion that empathy should always arise unbidden, that genuine means the same thing as unwilled, that intentionality is the enemy of love. But I believe in intention and I believe in work. I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones.

Leslie Jamison, goddess 

stuffaboutminneapolis:

Taco Cat Opens In Minneapolis

We are Taco Cat, a bike-only taco delivery service in Minneapolis, MN.
Call 612-270-8007 to place an order. We take cash, credit, or barter.

I need to find some southsiders to hang out with and order some of these. Oh, and I love the FAQ’s part of their website…

Q: I’m drunk and what is this?
A: Taco Cat is a late-night, bike-only, taco delivery service in Minneapolis, MN.

Q: Why is Taco Cat delivery only?
A: It’s easier and cheaper for us to operate this way.

Q: Can I pick up my order instead?
A: No.

Q: Do you only deliver on bike?
A: Yes. We should make up some bullshit about sustainability or something, but we just like to bike.

Q: How did Taco Cat start?
A: No one delivered tacos. We stepped up.

Q: Where can I get a Taco Cat shirt/merch?
A: You can add one to your order or pick one up at The Alt bike shop.

Q: Is it Tacocat or Taco Cat?
A: We don’t really know. It’s both.

Q: Did you know that Taco Cat is a palindrome?
A: Yes.

Q: Are your tacos made from cats?
A: No and you aren’t funny.

Q: Are you hiring?
A: Probably not.

Q: Are you a legally licensed business?
A: Who the fuck are you? You want tacos or what?

http://www.tacocatmn.com/

Once upon a time, I went on a date with the guy who started this, and I think it was mainly because a) he named his taco business after my favorite palindrome and b) he had a corgi. 

Taurus: This week, the world might give you puzzles to solve; it might give you mazes to navigate. This week, your world is going to be so full, and it’s going to ask you to work, and it’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle. Try to ride out the challenges, try to ride out the weirdness, try to ride out the feelings of uncertainty. Ride this out and see where it’ll take you; ride it out and see what new worlds you can find; ride it out and you’ll find the strangest, brightest joy.

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Scorpio: This week is going to test you a little bit, maybe; this week is going to give you chances to glow and chances to rise and chances use your magic. And you can be weird if you need to, this week. You can be angry, you can be inscrutable, you can defend your boundaries and your dreams and your life with every bit of passion in your bright beating heart. Don’t even bother with anyone who doesn’t care about you. Don’t even bother with the places that feel wrong. Drink enough water. Read about love.