Watch With Glittering Eyes...

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” ~ (Roald Dahl)

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The winningest Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI,according to TMZ.

TMZ cites anonymous sources who say that Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM overnight and was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. The charges, according to TMZ’s sources, are “DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.”

This is Phelps’ second arrest for DUI. He was also arrested in 2004 in Maryland at 19-years old and plead guilty in exchange for 18 months probation. Since then, his only entry in the Maryland Public Records lists are minor in nature – including a 2011 case for driving without proper registration, for which Phelps also plead guilty.

We have reached out to Phelps’ representatives, who have not yet responded to a request for comment.

Article: SwimSwam

To the Anon who just sent me this, I don’t think it warrants a full discussion until all the facts are known.

Also, is it our place to… Well, dissect this? Before we know any facts? Even when we know the facts?

What I will say is there is NEVER any excuse for driving under the influence. NEVER.

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7 Life Lessons From ‘The Great Gatsby’

1. Optimism is a noble, if futile trait.

Throughout the book, Gatsby is characterized as being authentically hopeful, in spite of the adversity that he faces, and the lies he consistently tells. In the end, Nick almost idolizes him in spite of his dubious morality. Fitzgerald writes, “Gatsby turned out all right at the end,” implying that, even though he died fighting for his passions, he went down nobly.

This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament” — it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.

2. Money can’t buy you love (or friends).

Gatsby attempts to woo Daisy with his lavish parties and home, but ultimately, he fails, mostly because Tom informs her of the truth: He made his fortune in an illegal manner. What’s more, none of Gatsby’s party attendees show up to his funeral, aside from Nick.

At first I was surprised and confused; then, as he lay in his house and didn’t move or breathe or speak, hour upon hour, it grew upon me that I was responsible, because no one else was interested.

3. Unbridled passion isn’t always a good thing.

Gatsby and Daisy’s brief affair goes unnoticed for a time, until Tom catches Jay making eyes at his lover out in the open. Perhaps if Gatsby had contained himself, the pair could have followed through with their whimsical plans.

But Tom’s passion, when let loose, has even more of a detrimental effect; his red-hot emotion is quick to take a violent turn, as he slaps and injures his mistress, Myrtle, when she playfully teases him.

"Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!" shouted Mrs. Wilson. "I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai - "

Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.

4. It’s not easy to leave your past behind you.

As the tragic conclusion and poetic closing lines to Fitzgerald’s book tell us, the past can be a messy thing to escape. As hard as Gatsby tries to shirk off his reputation as a bootlegger, he’s unable to do so.

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

5. Don’t critique others

The book kicks off with Nick professing his inability to critique anyone less fortunate than himself, which we learn eventually leads to his empathy for Gatsby. His open-mindedness gives him a deeper perspective on the people around him and protects him from falling subject to the glitzy, surface-level materialism of the ’20s.

I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.

6. Physical beauty is fickle and fleeting.

From the moment we’re introduced to Daisy, she seems more like a beautiful caricature of herself rather than an actual person. She flits and giggles and wins the heart of Gatsby, but ultimately leaves him in the dust in spite of his immense efforts.

The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house.

7. You know what they say about assuming.

Fitzgerald’s tragic story quickly goes from sad to sadder, and many of the terrible events that unfold are based solely on false assumptions. When George discovers that his wife has died after being hit by a car, he assumes that Gatsby was the driver and proceeds to take revenge on him. In fact, Gatsby was covering for Daisy. Says Nick:

I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.

Full article: Huffington Post

Happy birthday F. Scott Fitzgerald!

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Where Ever The Current Takes Us


Hello world! My it’s been a long time since I’ve done this but I got some inspiration to write again. So please let me know what you think! Also sorry for any typo’s I was doing this on my tablet and it didn’t like me a certain times, or ever. :) -Ash

Please god, I will do anything to see her through this. In all 25 years of my life, I don’t think I have ever prayed harder, nor have I wanted anything more. Not a gold medal, not to be an Olympian. Nothing.. I silently looked around the room. The faces of my loved ones and Ariel’s silently sitting there, her mother in the corner sobbing quietly into her fathers shoulder. Her brother starting out the window with Spencer. My mother and father sitting quietly there eyes brimming with tears as they watched the pain there dear friends felt. I felt a gentle hand touch my arm. I turned my face to see my younger sister pati sitting there, her eyes bloodshot from tears “She’s gonna be fine Conor. She’s a fighter” she whispered to me. I looked down a ever so slightly nodded my head. “I hope so Pati, she’s everything to me. I would change places with her in a heart beat if I could, I just wish I would have been home to protect her” I said. Tears were threating to spill over; I focused on the floor trying to regulate my breathing and push them back in. We’d been here since 11 last night, she’d been in surgery for 13 hours. I’d gone through every single emotion I could. I was scared, scared the only girl I ever loved wouldn’t make it.
Hurt, hurt that she felt this was something she couldn’t speak to me about. Angry, angry at god for making her feel this pain. Angry at myself that I couldn’t protect her.

I felt Pati’s hand stroke my arm ever so gently, it gave me comfort to know that our families could come together in my time of need. My mind wondered back to the day where I first saw her I could remember it like it was yesterday…

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Ash is BACK:)

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Anonymous asked: Loved your Longsinger story and can't wait for the next part. I particular liked that you included Yannick. I think the lovely Frenchie is way to underrepresented in fanfics. Any chance you have something in the works with Yannick in a more central role. I would love to read that.

Bless you dear Anon and I’m so happy you enjoyed it:) You’ll be pleased to know that Part Two is currently under construction. Hopefully it will do it justice.

I know what you mean! Yannick is underrepresented which is why I’m happy to write him in when I can. But perhaps it’s time for him to take center stage:) Is there any particular scenario you have in mind? 

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Yoga And Paddle Boards Spell Disaster (A Conor/Angela Mae One-Shot)

Hello dears! Thank-you tremendously for the love for Schmelps fluff. It’s much appreciated as always. I’m working my way through requests. I do feel enormous guilt for those who have been waiting for such a long time and appreciate the patience and understanding of those people. This one was requested by Angela Mae and as always, I’m happy to try and oblige. I took inspiration from this photograph.

Synopsis: The Dwyer clan, an awesome photographer and paddle boards… What could possibly go wrong?

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