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Thirteen Random Things You Like

Learning... Thinking... Writing... Watching the sun rise... Cold weather... Stargazing... Lighthouses... Getting lost in good books... Rain... Long walks... Deep conversations... Painting... Spending time with loved ones

Twelve Great Movies

The Dark Knight... The Matrix... Mad Max: Fury Road... Pride & Prejudice... The Prestige... Ever After... Triangle... How to Train Your Dragon... The Princess Bride... Hocus Pocus... It's a Wonderful Life... Memento

Eleven Great Books

The Qur'an... Sahifa-e Sajjadiya... Tao te Ching... The Count of Monte Cristo... Letters to a Young Poet... The Little Prince... What Dreams May Come... The Gift: Poems by Hafiz... Memoirs of a Geisha... Watchmen... The Autobiography of Malcolm X

jun 29 2010 ∞
oct 21 2016 +
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  • metalsmithing
  • qigong
  • self-defense
  • reiki
  • physics, in-depth
  • advanced yoga poses
  • archery
  • horseback riding
  • spanish
  • french
  • how to fly a plane
  • how to swim
  • beekeeping
  • muay thai
  • brazillian ju jitsu
  • capoeira
  • fencing
  • wilderness survivalism
  • how to think about higher math intuitively
  • how to play a guitar, piano, & kalimba
jun 29 2010 ∞
feb 21 2017 +
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  • See the Northern Lights
  • Love selflessly and entirely, without any inhibitions
  • Fall asleep under the stars after a life-changing conversation
  • Become a human rights researcher & novelist
  • Help bring lasting social & economic progress to a suffering community
  • Support the building & maintenance of shelters, safe havens, schools, and orphanages in conflict zones
  • Be an advocate for human rights in the ME & South Asia; support trailblazing female activists there
  • Plant at least 100 trees
  • Sponsor an orphan
  • If parenthood is in the cards, be an unfailingly supportive, nurturing mother
  • Go to culinary school & become a truly proficient cook
jun 29 2010 ∞
sep 19 2017 +
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Weirdos From Another Planet by Bill Watterson
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
jun 22 2010 ∞
oct 17 2014 +
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Happiness is a perpetuation of positive thought patterns. It's being habitually attuned to lightness, simplicity, uncomplicatedness. It's the courage to be clear-headed, to bear darkness with patience and composure, to become barren of expectation and blame.

Don't be at war with your own being, even if the object is self-improvement. Growth best occurs as a byproduct of nurture, not aggression.

Don't become an enemy to yourself. In a manner of speaking, you're all you've got- you are your greatest responsibility in this brief life, an unbidden gift. Befriend yourself, protect yourself, and become the most solid, faithful companion of your own finite being.

Once you have embraced the self, loving others will come naturally. If you turn away from your own being, however, you will only be able to love other people in fr...

jan 14 2014 ∞
aug 3 2015 +
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  • Capitalism
  • Police brutality
  • Imperialism
  • Prejudice
  • Misogyny
  • Injustice, in any context
  • Ignorance that masquerades as truth
  • Cynicism that masquerades as maturity
  • Self-righteousness that masquerades as piety
  • Double standards
  • The chronic interplay between corruption, exploitation, greed, power, & politics
  • Corporate personhood
  • Colonial feminism
  • Human trafficking
  • Exploitation/disenfranchisement of the weak
  • Disrespect
  • Insincerity
  • Arrogance
apr 10 2012 ∞
oct 21 2016 +
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  • Spirituality
  • World History
  • Physics
  • Mysticism
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Marxism
  • Alternative medicine / herbalism
  • Multiverse theory / parallel dimensions
  • Unexplained phenomena
  • Mentalism
  • The historical evolution of Islamic thought & doctrine
  • Religious pluralism
  • The untapped capabilities of the human mind & body
  • Taoism
  • Qigong
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Nootropics
jun 22 2010 ∞
oct 17 2016 +
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  • wanderlust
  • stargaze
  • ensoulment
  • dream
  • wildflower
  • captivate
  • sunrise
  • sanctuary
  • precise
  • trembling
  • impermanence
  • lighthouse
  • ethereal
  • caprice
  • soulful
  • bleak
  • oasis
  • brevity
  • awestruck
  • footfall
  • echo
jun 27 2010 ∞
oct 17 2016 +
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  • Letting people in
  • Success
  • Being powerless
  • Being vulnerable
  • Failure/ineptitude/imperfection
  • Not being in control
  • Losing my loved ones
  • Not being able to help everyone
  • Being loved
  • Being hurt
  • Being seen
  • Accidentally hurting people
  • Regret
  • Social situations
  • Darkness
  • Driving
  • Human nature
  • Trusting my intuition
  • Disappointing my loved ones
  • Being unfulfilled when I die
  • Things not going the way I need them to
jun 5 2011 ∞
sep 14 2016 +
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  • i was born in south dakota. i have very few memories of living there (we moved when i was ~4), but my strongest one is saying goodbye to my first best friend. her parting gift was a curly-haired doll i still have.
  • south dakota shaped the things i've been drawn to all my life: mountains, cold weather, wilderness, indigenous history & culture.
  • i loved being read to; my mom was my first (and greatest) teacher.
  • i was extremely tomboyish. i grew up with two older brothers and tried to do everything they did. i even beat up their best friend once... he laughed the entire time.
  • there were many tv shows i watched religiously with my brothers... we especially loved the power rangers & ninja turtles and often pretended to be them.
jun 29 2010 ∞
oct 15 2016 +
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  • The time for praying Salatul-Layl is from midnight (midnight is reckoned as the time which is exactly half the time between sunset and the actual dawn) to the time of Adhan for Fajr prayers. However, it can be prayed at anytime after Isha prayers but it is better to pray during the last part of the night near to the time of Fajr prayers.
  • If it is not possible to pray after midnight or before Fajr, then it can be prayed in the morning or any part of the day with the niyyah (intention) of Qadha. If one has missed Namaz-e-Shab there is great merit in performing its Qaza.
  • Salatul-Layl is made up of eleven Rak’ats.
  • The first eight Rak’ats are prayed as normal in pairs of two Rak’ats each with the niyyah of Nawafilatul-Layl.
  • The next two Rak’ats are prayed with the Niyyah of Salatul Shaf’a.
  • The remaining one Rak’at is prayed with the Niyyah of Salatul Witr.
jul 27 2010 ∞
oct 23 2016 +
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  • Men may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.

—Candance Bushnell

  • It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language chiefly made by men to express theirs.

—Far From the Madding Crowd

  • The female doesn’t want a rich man or a handsome man or even a poet, she wants a man who understands her eyes if she gets sad, and points to his chest and says: "Here is your home country.”

—Nizar Qabbani

  • I want a trouble-maker for a lover, Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.
nov 1 2016 ∞
sep 16 2017 +
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  • unassuming, unjudging company
  • calm, uninterrupted silence
  • a long and tender embrace
  • a friendly hand to hold
  • permission to cry freely
  • a change of perspective
  • time away
  • attentive listening with no intent to rationalize or reply
  • a heartfelt reminder of precisely what they mean and how wonderful they truly are
  • reassurance that things will eventually get better, and examples of ways this may happen
  • subtle encouragement to remember all the beautiful things in life... a surprise hike in the woods, a picnic at the park, etc; preferably something they enjoy
  • a reminder that God is the greatest of healers, acquainted with every pain, aware of every heartache... and that He knows.
jul 15 2010 ∞
sep 17 2016 +
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  • his vivid, thoughtful green eyes
  • the way his ears move like antennae when he's trying to listen intently
  • the way he sometimes loses his balance when grooming himself and nearly tips over
  • how he sits like a puffy little duck when he's cold
  • how he vigorously rubs his face against mine to 'kiss' me
  • how he often curls one paw (or both) when sitting
  • how he sits quietly in front of a closed door for hours, just waiting for it to open
  • how he sits huddled in the flower pot outside when waiting for us to let him in
  • how simple things like a laser pointer, rug, or peanut can bring him hours of amusement
  • the whininess of his meows when he gets drenched in the rain
feb 5 2012 ∞
aug 3 2015 +
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My dream animal family:

  • 2 horses named Raja & Kashmir
  • 2 lovebirds named Rumi & Hafez
  • 2 white-tailed fawns named Autumn & River
  • 2 cats named Spooky & Kishmish
  • 2 turtledoves named Shams & Tabriz
  • A babydoll sheep & mini alpaca named Lilac & Perseus

Name possibilities:

  • Ophelia
  • Arabella
  • Phoebe
  • Willow
  • Lily
  • Kavi
  • Andromeda
  • Aubrey
  • Stardust
  • Moonlight
sep 15 2010 ∞
feb 22 2017 +
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  • A genuine, heartfelt smile
  • Soulful eyes
  • The face of a loved one
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Sunrise
  • Lightning
  • Snow-capped mountains
  • Sunset over an ocean
  • Ancient trees
  • Wild horses/deer
  • The harvest moon
  • Rolling fields
  • Wildflower patches
  • Wisteria tunnels
  • The ocean
  • Sea caves
  • Bioluminescent tide
  • Fairylights
  • White clouds
  • Moonlight on a body of water
oct 13 2012 ∞
feb 21 2017 +
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Concentration of Media Ownership

Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.

Media consolidation infographic:

Narcotizing Dysfunction

Narcotizing dysfunction is a theory that as mass media inundates people on a particular issue they become apathetic to it, substituting knowledge for action. It is suggested that the vast supply of communications Americans receive may elicit only a superficial concern with the problems of society, while importance of real action is neglected, and this superficiality may cover up mass apathy. Thus, it is termed "dysfunctional" as it assumed it is not in the best interests of the people who compose modern complex society to form a social mass that is politically apathetic and inert. The term narcotizin...

oct 15 2016 ∞
sep 9 2017 +
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What is your defining characteristic as a person?

  • Empathy

What is your favorite virtue?

  • Humility; it's the highest form of human goodness

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

  • Loved ones, foggy mornings, passion, romance, freedom, light rain in summer, mountains, seashores, sunrises, good books, lighthouses, vivid stars, thunderstorms, deep conversations, good films, a warm hearth, a seaside cottage, autumn leaves, flowers, meditative walks, beaches, oceans, moonlight, scented candles, beautiful poetry, art, travel, animals, wilderness, healing, softness, understanding, communion, wanderlust, gratitude, tranquility, adv...
jun 22 2012 ∞
sep 9 2017 +
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  • The vastness of the universe
  • The true relative importance of every detail we perceive
  • The infinite structural & biological intricacies that comprise each living organism
  • Who we 'are'
  • Who anyone else 'is'
  • How others perceive us
  • How others experience their lives
  • Our memories & pasts
  • Desires versus needs
  • Our impact on the world
  • Nature's impact on us
  • Our impact on fellow creatures
  • Relative well-being
  • The subjectivity of moral values
  • The limits of our cognition
  • Why we dream
  • Time
  • Privilege
may 16 2011 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • The Matrix
  • The Dark Knight
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Prestige
  • Ever After
  • Triangle
  • Memento
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Hocus Pocus
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • V for Vendetta
  • The Princess Bride
  • Before Sunrise
  • Coming to America
  • Rush Hour
  • Penelope
  • He's Just Not That into You
  • Batman Begins
  • The Bourne Identity
jun 22 2010 ∞
sep 20 2017 +
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  • The world isn't a dark place because tons of people are evil. It's dark because tons of people are only as decent as they have to be & don't give a damn about evolving, learning, or contributing beyond that. If you know better, be better.
  • The simple act of listening to someone, without intent to judge or guide or respond, is the most underrated form of charity.
  • Many people are walking around with a lifetime's worth of unresolved emotional burdens that directly influence how they behave & treat others. For a great many, these issues trace back to how their parents treated them. Remember this, it's important.
  • Many of us spend our lives either afraid of the realities of who we are, or intimidated by the very real possibilities of what we could be.
dec 4 2011 ∞
feb 21 2017 +
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  • Everything is a social construct, including gender and the ways in which we observe, perceive, and exhibit it. Every perpetuation of these societal conventions is a willful decision on our part, from the way we speak (women are apologetic and hesitant, men are matter-of-fact and declarative) to the way we publicly present ourselves. Every time we decide to abide by these socially-constructed norms, what are we saying to ourselves, to the world? Who would we be if centuries of the intrinsic, almost universal patriarchal biases of the human race were stripped away?
  • I will never play up to a man's desires unless he is a loved one who gives me the equivalent regard, nor will I ever strive to be attractive or impressive to male sensibilities. If I do anything to improve myself in any sense, it will always be for me and God alone. I am beautiful onl...
oct 16 2010 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • fearless
  • ecstatic
  • loved
  • intrigued
  • captivated
  • fulfilled
  • intellectually stimulated
  • safe
  • calm
  • at ease
  • undaunted
  • badass
  • carefree
  • unhurried
  • zen
  • respected
  • understood
  • spiritually awake
  • purpose-driven
  • inspired
apr 21 2012 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • Are there any external parties who could potentially benefit from sparking, exploiting, or prolonging the conflict?
  • Which external participants can be linked to this conflict? Which side are they on, and why?
  • Who's funding/arming each side of the conflict? Why & to what extent? What exactly are they investing in?
  • How does the conflict relate to U.S. interests? Does the location have any geopolitical significance, natural resources, or hold other such significance in terms of American foreign policy interests?
  • Do any major world and/or regional powers have a stake in the conflict's outcome monetarily, politically, or ideologically? If so: which ones, and what do they stand to gain or lose?
  • Is there a likelihood that the conflict might be serving as a proxy war between tw...
sep 7 2012 ∞
oct 17 2016 +
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  • birds singing
  • meditation chimes
  • falling rain
  • ocean waves
  • soft piano keys
  • gentle lullabies
  • a cat's contented purring
  • melodious arabic/urdu/farsi/punjabi
  • galloping hooves
  • baby animal noises
  • the crunch of autumn leaves
  • the stark crackle of thunder in a stormy sky
  • soulful qawwalis
  • whistling wind
  • capoeira
  • a child's laugh
  • the strumming of a harp
  • spiritual flute music

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jun 29 2010 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • My God, tongues fall short of attaining praise of Thee proper to Thy majesty, intellects are incapable of grasping the core of Thy beauty, eyes fail before gazing upon the glories of Thy face, and Thou hast assigned to Thy creatures no way to know Thee save incapacity to know Thee!
  • My God, place us among those within the gardens of whose breasts the trees of yearning for Thee have taken firm root and the assemblies of whose hearts have been seized by the ardour of Thy love!
    • They seek shelter in the nests of meditation, feed upon the gardens of nearness and disclosure, drink from the pools of love with the cup of gentle favour, and enter into the watering-places of warm affection.
    • The covering has been lifted from their eyes, the darkness of disquiet has been di...
jul 14 2010 ∞
oct 17 2016 +
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Disclaimer: I was forced into this horror by a friend and got carried away. This is probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever done, and that's saying something. ;)


  • Lover of the Ahlulbayt (as)
  • Engaging conversationalist
  • Spiritually aware
  • Deep thinker
  • Concerned about the suffering of those unrelated to him
  • Willing to approach/initiate
  • Tolerant & open-hearted
  • Good-humored
  • Interested in traveling
  • Helps me become a better person
  • Brings me closer to spiritual fulfillment
  • Helps me feel at ease
  • Enjoys reading
apr 15 2011 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • Aaaraam: rest
  • Aahista: gently
  • Aakhirat: afterlife
  • Aarzoo: desire
  • Aasaan: easy
  • Aasaar: signs, indications
  • Aasmaan: sky
  • Aasoo: tear
  • Aazaadi: freedom
  • Adhoora/adhoori: incomplete (m/f)
  • Aeena: mirror
  • Ajab/ajeeb: strange
  • Akaila/akailee: alone (m/f)
  • Akhlaaq: manners, etiquette
  • Aks: reflection
  • Alfaaz: words
  • Anaa: ego
  • Andaaza: experience
  • Andhera: darkness
  • Arwah: souls
  • Asleeyat: reality
sep 18 2011 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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1) Describe your personality.: passionate, inquisitive, free-spirited, playful

2) Define what beauty means to you.: whatever awakens or provokes the soul

3) Describe your current appearance.: glassy-eyed, pale, disheveled

4) Describe your appearance overall.: slender, dark-haired, olive-skinned, petite

5) Live with __ in your heart.: empathy

6) Inner peace comes one step at a time. Name a step.: accept yourself

7) Think about or dream up your significant other. Describe their aura.: reassuring, deep, trustworthy

8) Name a pet peeve.: cruelty

9) Find your perfect place. Describe it.: a snowy valley nestled between mountains... isolated, refreshing, quiet

10) What is the relationship like with your friends?: comforting, loving, loyal

11) What is tragedy to you?: an awakening jolt that compels you to reconsider things

12) What value do you believe in most?: empathy

13) Look into your own eyes for a second. What do you see?: softness, passion, warmth

jan 11 2013 ∞
oct 21 2016 +
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  • The lion roars, the forest falls silent. The lioness roars, the lion falls silent.


  • Be like the flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it.

—Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)

  • Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno.
    • May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell.

—Jorge Luis Borges

  • I would rather have the whole world against me than my own soul.


  • Fatima was a flower from the flowers of h...
sep 21 2016 ∞
feb 21 2017 +
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  • Live simply, in consideration of all other people & things.
  • You don't have to want the things everybody else wants merely because you feel like you should want them. The heart's true desires are intuitive; they don't need to be coaxed or rationalized.
  • Where possible, trust your intuition. It's a storehouse of valuable information your subconscious indirectly wants to give to you, often with good reason.
  • Do, say, and be only what you know to be true.
  • Consider every expenditure & luxury in the context of suffering & deprivation elsewhere.
  • Cherish companionship and relish aloneness.
  • Don't be afraid to demand respect; all beings are owed at least a minimal amount.
  • Always set your own bar, as low or high a...
jun 17 2011 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • Saudade (Portuguese) = an intense, bittersweet nostalgia; "a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves."
    • Hiraeth (Welsh)
    • Keurium (Korean)
    • Wajd (Arabic)
    • Sehnsucht (German)
    • Nostalgia (English)
  • Kintsukuroi (Japanese) = "to repair with gold"; when one takes a broken object and uses gold to fill the cracks, with the understanding that the brokenness has made it more beautiful
  • Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan) = a look shared between two people, both wishing for something to happen, but neither wanting to initiate
  • Synchronicity (English) = "the experience of two or more events that are apparentl...
nov 29 2010 ∞
feb 20 2017 +
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  • Be yourself
  • Engage me in soul-baring, thought-provoking conversations
  • Spend time with me
  • Really, truly listen when I speak; make me the center of your world for a while
  • Encourage me to come out of my shell; ask me direct/personal questions
  • Accept me as I am
  • Give me a hug or squeeze my hand when I'm tense
  • Hold my gaze & smile at me
  • Trust me not to hurt you, and immediately tell me if I do
  • Tell me about your dreams and hopes
  • Show me who you really are, stripped of all pretensions and fears
  • Talk to me about things that interest you
  • Pay me a sincere compliment
  • Write me a meaningful letter
oct 22 2011 ∞
aug 3 2015 +
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  • jasmine flowers
  • china rain
  • hazelnut
  • cherry blossoms
  • ralph lauren romance
  • dior addict 2
  • sweet pea
  • pine wood
  • books
  • the sea
  • fireplaces
  • lavender
  • lilacs
  • lilies
  • freshly mown grass
  • rain
  • warm vanilla
  • laundry detergent
  • faint perfume
  • freshly shampooed hair

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jun 29 2010 ∞
aug 2 2015 +
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  • a brimming cupful of stars
  • a pair of ocean-colored wings
  • a hammock on the moon
  • a magic carpet
  • an invisibility cloak
  • an enchanted tent on a quiet mountain top
  • an eternal sunrise
  • a unicorn with excellent conversational skills
  • a secret cave behind a waterfall
  • a ship composed of moonbeams
  • a universal postal office where an infinity of love letters are exchanged
  • an impenetrable crystal lighthouse
  • a castle on a cloud
  • a room of requirement
  • a window looking out on an eternity of peaceful autumns
  • a playground in the stars lit by pure, youthful laughter
oct 19 2010 ∞
aug 3 2015 +