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Blur everything else in this picture, I’m eyeing the field notebook. Never leave home without a small book to jot thoughts in! 
12pieces:

Fresh!

Blur everything else in this picture, I’m eyeing the field notebook. Never leave home without a small book to jot thoughts in! 

12pieces:

Fresh!

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.

As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.

I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.

So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.

I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,

“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”

Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!

— Troy Davis
yummyvegan:

Elvis Cake - the Peanut Butter and Banana King
Elvis Cakemakes one cake (two “sandwich” style halves, optional)
Banana Cake:1 box vanilla cake mix (or see note above)1 large ripe banana, smashed2/3 cup vanilla frosting (my egg replacer, subbed for 3 eggs)2/3 cup soy milk1/2 cup canola oil1/2 tsp cinnamon
Peanut Butter Frosting:1 stick of softened vegan buttery spread (my butter replacer)1 box vanilla frosting mix (or from scratch mixture)1/4 tsp cinnamon3/4 cup peanut butter
Chocolate Caramel Sauce (recipe here)1 ripe banana, thinly sliced – for garnish and layering
Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Combine your cake batter as directed – fold in the smashed banana last. Pour into greased cake pans – and bake as directed – until the center is fluffy and baked through. I used two small rectangle baking dishes.
3. Cool your cakes. And whip up your frosting with a hand mixer. Place in fridge to chill.
4. Prepare your chocolate caramel according to recipe instructions. Cool in fridge until ready for drizzling.
6. Assemble your cake! (If you want the ‘cut sandwich’ look you will need to slice each cake and pair it with its half – as I did in photos). Place the first layer on your serving platter. Frost. Add a few slices of banana to the center of the cake. Then add top cake layer over top. Finish frosting the entire cake and top with the remaining sliced bananas. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
7. Serve by drizzling chocolate caramel over top.
(via babble)

yummyvegan:

Elvis Cake - the Peanut Butter and Banana King

Elvis Cake
makes one cake (two “sandwich” style halves, optional)

Banana Cake:
1 box vanilla cake mix (or see note above)
1 large ripe banana, smashed
2/3 cup vanilla frosting (my egg replacer, subbed for 3 eggs)
2/3 cup soy milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Peanut Butter Frosting:
1 stick of softened vegan buttery spread (my butter replacer)
1 box vanilla frosting mix (or from scratch mixture)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup peanut butter

Chocolate Caramel Sauce (recipe here)
1 ripe banana, thinly sliced – for garnish and layering

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350.

2. Combine your cake batter as directed – fold in the smashed banana last. Pour into greased cake pans – and bake as directed – until the center is fluffy and baked through. I used two small rectangle baking dishes.

3. Cool your cakes. And whip up your frosting with a hand mixer. Place in fridge to chill.

4. Prepare your chocolate caramel according to recipe instructions. Cool in fridge until ready for drizzling.

6. Assemble your cake! (If you want the ‘cut sandwich’ look you will need to slice each cake and pair it with its half – as I did in photos). Place the first layer on your serving platter. Frost. Add a few slices of banana to the center of the cake. Then add top cake layer over top. Finish frosting the entire cake and top with the remaining sliced bananas. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

7. Serve by drizzling chocolate caramel over top.

(via babble)

(via veganfeast)

I value life because I realize that too many people waste it. I smile because I realize that too many people cry. I laugh because I know too many people take things too seriously. I lead because too many people have been led astray. I teach because so many people are ignorant. I speak because people need to listen. I listen because so many people have been ignored. I have fun because too many people are always busy. I live for a purpose, because too many people have died for no purpose. I love because too many people show hate. I keep trying because too many people give up. I appreciate what I have because so many people take it for granted. Life is beautiful.
— Jamie Heard

Purpose-filled Journey

  • Syreeta: Why are you in India?
  • Me: I figured that if I wanted to make a breakthrough impact on pressing global issues, I couldn't do it by sitting in the United States. I had to venture out into the world and see what others saw, through my own lens. Hopefully, observations here can propel ideas elsewhere. I've always wanted to come to India. It's the home of Ghandi, Mother Theresa and home to some of the greatest movements for democracy. It's also a place of bahut gerber (much confusion), although I love every minute of it. India offers a dynamic that I'm not sure many other Asian countries could.
  • Syreeta: Why you and not anyone else?
  • Me: Why me? :) I've been extremely blessed with this opportunity. I'd like to think that I have a unique drive, ability to build, and knack for helping people realize their power and potential. Passion and purpose aren't mutually exclusive; they should always arrive together. My life is my work, it's sometimes hard to differentiate between the two. I consider myself lucky that my work and life interact so much; it's a huge part of who I am.
  • Syreeta: Advice for anyone chasing their dreams?
  • Me: It will get lonely, it will. You should have a great team supporting you and the will to endure. Feelings are feelings, and they change (be prepared for that). Always have a plan for your impact..know what you want to get out of every situation. Trust God. Have a mantra. Uplift yourself everyday. Living in a different country yields so many new experiences, but being so far away from the familiar can break you down. Breakdowns are necessary for breakthroughs, as setbacks are setups for comebacks. Last but not least REMEMBER why you're doing what you're doing..and what your life would look like if you were doing something else.

What happens when 620,000 people lend to 615,000 people? #kiva

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