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We must never forget that human motives are generally far more complicated than we are apt to suppose, and that we can very rarely accurately describe the motives of another.
Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Idiot (via pastizche)

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Bringing Imagination to Life with Pancakes and @kevin_blankenship

For more of Kevin’s fantastical pancake art, follow @kevin_blankenship on Instagram.

For Oklahoma writer, producer and cartoonist Kevin Blankenship (@kevin_blankenship), keeping his creativity alive as a working dad came in an unlikely form: pancakes.

Forgoing an inkwell for a bowl of pancake batter, Kevin brings cartoon creations to life on his griddle. As he explains, “Becoming a parent really slows your creative juices if you’re not careful. A full-time job can sap the rest. Although I don’t get to draw as much as I used to, I found a way to incorporate it into Sunday breakfast every week. The results have gotten out of control and taken a life of its own.”

"I have two eager boys who like making pancake requests," he says, "so my feed is peppered with odd, but fun submissions. The three-year-old’s requests are the toughest. If it’s not a tree monster with skeletons hanging from it, it’s a velociraptor with boxing gloves or a monster with a chicken head and octopus arms, bunny ears and big feet. I love the creativity—and he’s a tough critic. Syrup won’t solve any of my mistakes."

Want to try your hand at pancake cartooning like Kevin? He shares some pointers below.

"I use Bisquick in every recipe, milk, one egg, three tablespoons of organic sugar and one tablespoon of vanilla," Kevin explains. "I thin the batter and use condiment bottles for control."

Most importantly, however, Kevin advises, “Let the kids participate. It’s fun that way. Enjoy the mistakes (with syrup) and start simple. I started with Mickey Mouse—It’s just three circles. You don’t have to have an artistic background to do it, just have fun.”

Reminds me of my childhood and early parenting, we did much more simple pancake art…was always in a hurry to eat them :)

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Above all do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday I walk myself into a state of well being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. Thus if one keeps on walking everything will be all right.
Søren Kierkegaard  (via poetgirl)

Ahhh, experiencing this…

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He Wants Me

He wants me to be with Him where He is.“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am…..” John 17:24a

That is one good reason to respond to His invitation to have relationship now. That first step of believing He is who He says He is or that daily time of reading His love letter and pouring out my heart to Him. He gave Himself and His words. I can give myself, ‘as I am, not as I should be, because none of us are as we should be.’ (Brennan Manning quote)

He wants me. 

I want to let that sink in a little deeper. 

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You are Christian only so long as you look forward to a new world, so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in, so long as you emphasize the need for conversion both for yourself and for the world, so long as you in no way let yourself become established in a situation of seeming calm, so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come. You are Christian only when you believe that you have a role to play in the realization of this new kingdom, and when you urge everyone you meet with a holy unrest to make haste so that the promise might soon be fulfilled. So long as you live as a Christian you keep looking for a new order, a new structure, a new life.
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He who dismisses with contempt what men regard as sacred becomes their law-giver, who dares more than anyone is more right than anyone.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment.

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I want to ponder this…I don’t understand the second part but the first part is speaking to me. 

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