A movement of people who, before the civil war, made it their goal to spawn a body of literature that was wholly American and unique from anything the likes of which Europe had seen. Writers of the movement focused on spirituality, romanticism and intuition rather than clear-cut common sense. Transcendentalist literature was also typically very involved in the abolitionist and women's-rights movements.
Some authors who were part of the movement of transcendentalism include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Emily Dickinson, Theodore Parker, Margaret Fuller, and Harriet Martineau.
The transcendentalists lived mostly in or around New England during the years shortly before the Civil War. The prevalent state of mind at that time was that religion (Jewish and Christian) was something rooted in dogma which simply must have been true, for it had been practiced that way for years. However, the transcendentalists dared to dig beneath---nay, beyond--the doctrines and explore sacred texts and canons outside of tradition, as well as explore their own spirituality. The transcendentalists sought to rebel against typical European classic and contemporary literature, to diverge from the dry, crumbling tomes of old and dip their fingers into romance and adventure and every other little brook sketching out across this new (or reborn) frontier, fiction, of personal spiritual exploration, of peculiarly poetic prose pondering on creation, nature, whatever surrounded him or her...
...Those around the transcendentalists were not so bold. They preferred to stay within the confines of their strictly corseted literature, where they were safe from marring influences that could taint the purity of their perfect art. They were frightened of rebuke, and thus they mocked the transcendentalists and all they stood for, never bothering to step beyond what they, their parents, and their parents' parents had been raised on from the breast on up to adulthood. The transcendentalists scorned such sheeply thinking in their own way, slapping the fleshy red cheek of the slave-owning, high-hat, dogma-pushing, nationalistic, jingoistic, verging-on-capitalist matron that was 19th century American society.
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
~Henry David Thoreau
Japanese word for doll or stuffed toy, literally meaning, 'sew-and-wrap.' Examples are Gloomy Bear
, Ugly Dolls
, Hello Kitty
, Monster Dolls
, Sugar Bunnies
. Despite some of their scary names they are all very cute. Nowadays, you can obtain many complex nuigurumi patterns on the internet and in catalogues, etc. Dekora
-chans (sometimes spelled Decora
-chan) usually wear them hanging on chains or ribbons from their clothing or perched on their hats. If you visit Harajuku
you might see a few of them gracing girls' headwear, tied to wrists, or peeking out of purses.
Eiri-chan: "I just found the most kawaii
nuigurumi at the store the other day!!!"
Rai-chan: "Sou desu ka! Let me see!"
Eiri-chan: "Here, look. His name is Loki!!"
Rai-chan: "Aah, soooo kawaii!!!" ^^
Reiku-kun: "My little sister lost her nuigurumi this morning at the square and now we can't get her to smile."
Raiji-kun: "My mom makes those. She can make her a new one. I can get it for you."
Reiku-kun: "Would you? She'll be so sad otherwise."
Reiku-kun: "Tadaima! I'm home! 'Mouto-chan, look what I brought you!"
Yomi-chan: "Nuigurumi!! Aah, kawaii desu ne! Isn't she cute?? Thank you, 'nii-chan!" <3
Reiku-kun: "I just knew you'd like it!"
To hit on. Learned this messaging with an aussie online who promised he wouldn't try to 'crack on to' me. Apparently it's aussie slang.
"Promise I won't try to crack on to you."
Person With a Developmental "Dis"-ability With Attitude!
Such a person has a DD, and ain't afraid to show it!
A PWDDWA is a self advocate, and KICKS BUTT, more butt than any "typically"-abled person (PWOD), as they crusade for the right to do everything you 'normals' do and to be accepted for it.
PWDDWAs don't hold themselves back and aren't afraid to get married --even to, *gasp*, NORMAL people-- to drink alcohol if they please, rear children, and listen to metal music. A PWDDWA practices self-determination and makes as their own lifestyle choices, not limiting themself. A PWDDWA stick up for their DD family when someone starts "retard-bashing" and downtalking PWDDs. And YES, a heckuvalottta PWDDWAs ride SHORTBUSES!! And are PROUD of it!
PWDDWAs are not afraid to be just who they are and like it that way--so the 'normal' world can just DEAL WITH IT!
"So yeah, we're different.
We still have right to do the same things you do; we'll just do them differently."
I'm proud to be a PWDDWA!