Stimming is not just a coping mechanism


I see this defense of stimming a lot:

  • It’s wrong to train autistic people not to stim
  • They use it to compensate for overload
  • Or to focus
  • Or to compensate for other problems
  • Or to express distress

All of this is true. But it also misses the point. Stimming isn’t just…






Hades speaks to me on a spiritual level

why does tumblr always relate to the satan of every fandom

Because it’s easier to identify with a flawed character then some kind of ultra human the hero normally is portrayed as.

Possibly also because Satan figures in media typically live in dark holes in the ground, spend most of their time laughing at others’ misfortunes, and communicate primarily by means of passive-aggressive snark.

That last comment

(Source: octaviasblake, via stonecoldapples)

Suicide Awareness: Dr. Sophia Yin


A few months ago, veterinarian Dr. Shirley Koshi died by suicide.  

Just a few days ago, we learned that Dr. Sophia Yin took her life.

The founders of VetGirl, Dr. Justine Lee and Dr. Garret Pachtinger are deeply upset about the growing concern of suicide in veterinary medicine.

The question remains, why is veterinary medicine so “predisposed” to suicide?

People with mental illness or suicidal thoughts frequently suffer more than they have to because they are afraid to speak up.   That has to stop.  Nobody should have to suffer or die for fear of speaking out.  There is nothing shameful about mental illness or suicide.

VetGirl wanted to make our recent webinar on suicide awareness available, free for everyone. This is a growing concern in veterinary medicine and we should not be afraid to talk about this concern.

Originally aired on May 21, 2014, this VetGirl webinar, “Suicide awareness in veterinary medicine: Should we be alarmed?” (given byJeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW) reviewed the prevalence of suicide in the veterinary profession in order to raise awareness of this sensitive topic and empower attendees to prevent suicide within our ranks.

If this webinar helps just one person in our community, it is worth it.

Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Shirley Koshi, and all the other friends, colleagues, and family members lost as a result of suicide, you will be missed.

Anyone who works in the veterinary or medical professions should really watch this webinar. Anyone who has contemplated or attempted suicide would also benefit from this too. Please signal boost.


suzi eszterhas spent over two years following three cheetah families in kenya’s masai mara. her photos are chronicled in “a future for cheetahs.” here we see two mothers, one with her five twelve-day old cubs (2,3,6-9) and one with her six week old cub (1,4,5). 

at birth, the tiny cubs are blind and weigh about 250 to 425 grams. they will live in a secluded den for the next six to eight weeks, being moved by their mom regularly from nest site to nest site to avoid predators.

the mortality rate for cheetahs under three months of age is 95 percent, and sadly all five of the cubs seen at twelve days old would die within the next week from predation by jackals and birds of prey. happily, the six week old cub seen here survived.

unlike other big cats, cheetahs rely entirely on their speed for defence. as an evolutionary trade off for this speed, cheetahs have small canine teeth — which allows for a larger nasal passage to take in more air when running — and dull, small claws — which is  great for running but so much for fighting.  this leaves slower cheetah cubs vulnerable to lions, leopard and hyenas, in addition to the aforementioned jackals and birds of prey.

(via funnywildlife)