Do tears of joy look the same as ones of woe—or ones from chopping onions? In “The Topography of Tears,” the Los Angeles-based photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher explores the physical terrain of tears emitted during a range of emotional states and physical reactions. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/1fELlEk
Above: Tears of possibility/hope. Photograph by Rose-Lynn Fisher/Craig Krull Gallery.
Dennis Wojtkiewicz, Fruit Paintings
as a water sign (cancer), i’m sure i’ll put this emotion organizer to use.
What a brilliant man
ha! this is awesome!
Choose a Lipstick Hue that Matches the Color of Your Labia, & Other Sensual Suggestions
This is the best sexual advice you’ve never been given.
Use coconut oil as a lubricant.
(Yes, the oil that you cook with.) Why coconut oil? Because its pH balance is suited perfectly to your skin (& genitals); because it’s 100% natural; & because it has antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, & antimicrobial properties (all of which help prevent yeast & other vaginal infections).
Stay away from conventional drugstore lubricants. They contain nasty silicones, plastics, & chemicals that are murderous on your natural pH level, not to mention toxic to your health. And because anything that touches the vagina goes directly into the bloodstream, you’re literally putting petroleum & parabens inside of your body (ew). Instead, go natural.
You can find coconut oil at your local grocery in the baking aisle. It’ll be in white & solid in the jar, but as soon as it makes contact with your skin, it’ll melt clear. Perfect not only for your delicate anatomical jewel, but other luscious square inches of skin. Give it a go, but only if you have no allergy to coconuts.
(NOTE: Coconut oil is not compatible with latex condoms.)
Grow your pubic hair long.
The pubic hair trends for the last several decades have been swayed back & forth between bush & bare, with the pendulum currently swinging on the bare side. Naturally, it’s none of my business what you choose to do with your public hair. But I’d like to propose a challenge to you: Grow your pubic hair long.
Why, you ask? It gives the aroma of your succulence/copulence something to cling to.
Your perfume, your smell, is so powerful; probably more than you can fathom. With it, you can seduce potential suiters, relay to your partner that you’re ovulating, & . The notes of your scent changes just as your body changes, from turned on to perfectly pacified, from delicately sweet to strong & earthy.
Your smell, in all its glory, is better when it’s had a few days to cultivate. So should you decide to take this challenge, don’t shower for two days after you’ve got your bush nice & full.
You’ll have to overcome the unfortunate falsehood that your smell is dirty or unbecoming, but consider it a carnal experiment, meant to be fun & educational.
Learn thy body, learn thyself.
Choose a lipstick hue that matches the color of your labia.
Admittedly, I saw this in a film. But scientists have surmised that there is a correlation between the color of lipstick a woman wears & her sexual desirability, much like when a baboon’s fanny turns a flushed red to signal that she’s in heat to horny baboons.
While it might seem unbelievable, it’s no stretch to say that the two could be linked. After all, a woman’s lips — both up north & down south — swell & flush during sexual arousal.
For this exercise, you’ll need a mirror, a well-lit room, & to assume a comfortable seating position with your bottoms off & your legs butterflied open. Whatever color your inner labia is, find the closest possible lipstick match at your local drugstore & wear it with honor.
Even if it’s eggplant purple or a crimson red, & regardless of whether or not it would look good against your skin tone, glasses shape, or outfit… buy it, try it, wear it.
This is yet another carnal experiment that’s meant to be fun. If you never wear the labia-lipstick-color again, designate the tube for when you want to write a love note to yourself (or your partner) on the bathroom mirror.
Channel your sexual energy into other activities.
Try this: Turn yourself on in the morning… but don’t climax. Get yourself there, but don’t go over the edge.
Prolong your orgasm & vow to spend the rest of the day channeling that pent up sexual energy into other activities. Work, perhaps, or housekeeping or that book you’ve been wanting to write.
Sexual energy is creative energy. Use it to fuel your great opus. And when you’ve put all of your sexual potency into your creation, see how you feel. Can you go on to your next great masterpiece? Or are you so crazy with lust for yourself that you can only focus on one thing & that is devouring yourself?
Check in with yourself; see how you feel. Proceed with care.
Sleep without underwear on.
There’s a good chance that your vulva/penis is being muzzled by layers upon layers of fabric for hours on end (i.e., pants, stockings, g-strings, & jockstraps).
Your genitalia, unbeknownst to you, is dying to breathe & splay out into the open air. What better time to do this than while you are sleeping?
So tonight, ditch your underwear & sleep commando. And because summer’s here, that means less thick blankets, & more flimsy, lightweight sheets which will feel like heaven against your delicate skin.
Take a peek at your cervix.
*Not for the squeamish or those generally disinterested in the way their body functions.
1.) Buy a speculum at your local women’s clinic.
2.) Read the instructions that the speculum comes with (or read this).
3.) Lube yourself up with some coconut oil (see above).
4.) Lie down, get comfortable, & insert the speculum.
5.) Take a mirror & point it between your legs.
6.) Sit in awe at what you — you! — look like on the inside.
Why? Because your cervix is one of the most vital parts of your anatomy. There’s a good chance you’ve never seen it & the only one that gets the honor & privilege to is your physician once a year.
Be an advocate for your own health & body. By knowing what colors your cervix is (it changes depending on where you’re at in your cycle), by seeing the changes in your discharge during ovulation, you become both empowered & educated, taking all of the power out of your doctor’s hands.
Know thy body, know thyself.
Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a body professional, so please take ALL of my advice — in this post & ones to come — with a meager grain of salt. But especially, use your intuition & follow your heart. You know your body better than anyone else on earth.
Jordan Catalano is an oscar winning actor. Whoa.
And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crook is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!
OKAY SO I KNEW THAT TECHNICALLY IN AMERICA THAT YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT LIKE THE IDEA IS SO BIZARRE TO ME THAT I’D NEVER CONSIDERED THAT YOU’D GET… A BILL?????? FOR BEING…. ILL?????????? I LITERALLY DON’T
how can anaesthetic cost that much??
how is this legal??
WHAT? And I thought having to pay £7 ($11.55) for stronger prescription allergy meds instead of £4 ($6.60) for the less effective store-brand ones was ridiculous.
You have to pay for the ambulance!?
OK, I’m shocked by the prices, but all of the people from other countries who are just shocked that there ARE prices just make me so so sad.
This is so screwed up.
I made 11$ an hour, and had pretty decent insurance. Insurance I paid 150$ a month for.
When I was hit by a car, I was taken to the local ER. The ambulance ride cost to ME after insurance handled most of it was a little under 2,000$. Of nearly 7,000$ on the total bill. (Thankfully Kaiser had a deal with them, my last ambulance ride from college was 14k Back in 2001)
I had broken my elbow in such a way that it chipped OFF the end of the bone and retracted the .7 inch chip up into my muscle. They debated surgery but decided that with the proper muscle exercises I might be able to get it to re-attach naturally instead of doing a 80k surgery.
I had 3 sets of xrays on the arm, and 1 on my knee. My knee was dislocated and had a few torn ligaments.
I was prescribed physical therapy and had to come back for a total of 16 doctor’s visits and physical therapy over the next 3 months.
My cost, out of pocket, AFTER that near 2k for the ambulance, was another SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS when all was said and done.
Which, even with the lowered Insurance rate prices for the stay and visits, would have totaled closer to 28k. Without insurance, for the record, the hospital stay ALONE would have been 42k because they charge MORE if you are uninsured.
To put this in perspective, I made only 24k a YEAR.
I also ran a convention that year that LOST me about 1.5+k out of pocket as well (my own stupid fault but, eh, noob).
So I had nearly 9k, a third my gross income, taken from me for medical, PLUS I had paid out 1.5k in Insurance payments, to, yanno, keep said policy going. That means a total of 10.5k of my income, almost HALF my take home, taken for that medical and insurance. D:
Tell me again how American healthcare isn’t bloated and downright toxic to the poor?
If I hadn’t had that nice big nest egg saved up and set aside FOR said Convention and much larger potential anticipated losses there(and I was 3k towards getting my dream computer and Adobe and a tablet etc), I’d have been royally humped. As it was I was flat broke for part of that year, but had a good enough job and a cheap enough house share situation that I managed to get it all sorted. Most folks don’t have that luxury.
A hospital stay can literally rob a family of house and home, and STARVE a family.
And while there are state assistance programs, they take ages to pay you, and only pay a FRACTION of what you NORMALLY MAKE.
So, yanno, if you were struggling to make ends meet before, you now have 2/3rds what you did before, AND 60k+ in bills you just can’t pay.
And when you DO go back to work? If the hospital SELLS your debt? The new debt owners can Garnish your wages.
Yes, ensure that you loose 1/3rd to 1/2 your paycheck, every paycheck, to make sure they get their money.
And YES, dear international folks who are cringing in horror…. all of this is perfectly LEGAL.
I could go into the horror story of my medical bills - legitimately a horror story - but they’re basically as above. I had insurance, and the remaining costs still required taking out loans to cover. I am one of the lucky ones.
"i don’t support feminism because-"
lol nah we ain’t even gonna talk bye