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Postcards From Amanda
Amanda here. I'm into photography, web & graphic design. Blog for The Band Perry, Country Music, Gymnastics, White Collar, Stargate, Star Wars, Harry Potter & other things! I love the color green. P.S. I make my own graphics & check out my other blog: teamflyingsquirrel

zaynobrien:

Fun fact: I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift was actually about Ellen DeGenerous 

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and now I’m lying on the cold hard ground. 

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melitinastanioutas:

tumbling-and-tchaikovsky:

impressedbymckayla:

gymnastike’s favorite photos from podium training includes a photo of Rachel injured…


These people are idiots.

emotion and rare??? more like pain and bad luck

Guess which picture has now been moved to #3? Honestly surprised they didn’t delete the comments…

melitinastanioutas:

tumbling-and-tchaikovsky:

impressedbymckayla:

gymnastike’s favorite photos from podium training includes a photo of Rachel injured…

These people are idiots.

emotion and rare??? more like pain and bad luck

Guess which picture has now been moved to #3? Honestly surprised they didn’t delete the comments…

posted 1 week ago with 126 notes

"I never want to change so much that people can’t recognize me."

Sorry, can’t recognize you.

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Why do you dislike the ice bucket challenge?

my-bff-nastia:

I don’t really dislike what it is or what it stands for, but I don’t like what people have turned it into. I have seen exactly one person include something about what ALS is in their video. Half of the video descriptions I’ve seen don’t tell people to donate. What I do see? People showing off their bodies/competing to make the ‘funniest’ video to try to ‘go viral.’ The message is getting lost. That’s what I don’t like.

I also don’t like the idea of ‘charity by peer pressure’ and I don’t like that people feel the need to brag about the fact that they’re doing something charitable (even though most aren’t donating…just making videos). I donate my time and sometimes money to various things…I did a literacy program for inner city kids at Harlem RBI, I worked in the HousingWorks bookstore, I helped out at a Bellevue Hospital program for survivors of torture, I collected money after Broadway shows for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, I did mailings for the Innocence Project, when I was in high school I ran a children’s non-profit musical theater group that raised $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, I’ve made personal monetary donations to the Human Rights Campaign and UNICEF, I’ve made clothing donations to multiple charities in the U.S. and Germany…… Not once was I compelled to make a social media post about what a great person I was. Not once was I compelled to say THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING, WHY AREN’T YOU? I quietly did whatever it was that I felt would contribute so I could help people. I knew a lot about the charities I was helping, and a lot about the problems I was hopefully helping to eradicate. 

Now with the ice bucket challenge, people get a false sense of superiority and do-goodery because they took 1 minute out of their lives to dump water on themselves. Yes, some people are also donating, and other people are actually researching what it is. That’s great. But if you think even 90% of the people on Facebook flexing their glamour muscles while dumping water over their half-naked bodies have bothered to even google what ALS stands for, you’re wrong. And then, if you refuse to do it, they jump on your back and call you a bad person even though they know 0% of the work you’ve actually ACTIVELY taken part in.

Online activism is a problem. It’s not just this that bothers me but all kinds of online activism, “turn your FB picture to a cartoon for child abuse awareness!” Except by turning your picture to a cartoon and not explaining what you’re doing or linking to research or ways to donate, what exactly are you doing? Cool, now I’m ‘aware’ of child abuse. What’s next? Remember #Kony2012? Kony legit hadn’t been a problem for like six years when that idiocy started. But people watched a video produced exactly for the purpose of pulling at your guilt strings, and they donated money to a charity run by a crazy person while charities like Africare were like UMM HELLO LISTEN TO US, WE’RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FANCY LIKE MAKING A CATCHY HASHTAG BUT WE’RE ACTUALLY HELPING CHILD SOLDIERS WHO SURVIVED THE LRA…ANYONE? ANYONE? NO?

There is some good that comes out of online activism, aka maybe < 10% of people do research the problem and donate time or money. But the whole reason people love it is because they feel like they’re doing something to save the world. It makes people feel good and they barely have to lift a finger. Even those who do donate…do we really need to see screenshots of your “thank you” emails? Can’t you just do something good without telling everyone about it? (It’s kind of like that episode of “Friends” where they say all good deeds aren’t really good deeds because in a way, they’re self-serving, so Joey challenges Phoebe to find a good deed that doesn’t make her also feel good.)

Go ahead. Dump water on your body. Post your video. Then research what ALS is, how to find out if it runs in your family, how to recognize symptoms, and how to actually be of help those who are suffering (because monetary donations aren’t always a good thing…many charities spend more money on mailings and $1000 plate dinners and subscriber gifts than they do on research). Then donate your time.

My Grandma died from ALS and I think the challenge is great for rising awareness! Yes, you make some excellent points and for the first week I saw the videos I had no idea what it was for. Now most of the videos I have been seeing have been bringing up ALS and are better informed. Honestly, hardly anyone had heard of ALS before the ice bucket challenge.
After witnessing the death of a loved one from this horrible disease ANY awareness is good. 10% of people taking the ice bucket challenge seriously and doing their research is better than the awareness pre-ice bucket challenge. There is NO CURE. You might be of a different opinion if you had witnessed someone with a working mind trapped in a body slowly slipping away. No chance of hope only a slow painful death.

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mariners:

Kendrys goes deep, Mariners blank the Blue Jays to complete the sweep. RECAP

mariners:

Kendrys goes deep, Mariners blank the Blue Jays to complete the sweep. RECAP

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16 Realities of Being a Gymnast in the Summer (x)

mybffnastiaaa:

Gymnasts! Share with your friends! It’s SO TRUE.

All very, very true! But I would not have traded it for the world

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sparklesandchalk:

how I feel about Gabby leaving Chows AGAIN:

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no Gabby don’t do it again!!! This makes me sad for Chow and Gabby. I was looking forward to watching her become legendary with Chow

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When a Football/ soccer player trips, falls and slightly grazes knee...

Football player: I'm in so much pain, I'm going to roll around on the floor for five minutes, whimpering like a baby. And then I'm going to slowly stand up and act like I'm overcoming cancer.

When a Gymnast snaps her Achilles...

Gymnast: Oh, I think I broke the floor...

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