homeo- stasis
"i want a brighter word than bright, a fairer word than fair."



If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and to earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I suggest that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
C.S. Lewis 
July 24, 2014 / 17 notes

i have a bottle of wine in my fridge right now and i would open it but i already have a headache so it probably wouldn’t help

thought when i start grading these freshmen’s statistics homework i will probably end up opening it anyway 

July 23, 2014 / 1 note

Keeping the faith in med school and residency


Did you find it difficult to properly maintain your spiritual life in med school and now in residency? You’ve mentioned your involvement in your church, but do you have any other tips for ‘keeping the faith’? Thanks! - medicalmysterytour

I’m not going to lie: YES. Absolutely. It is super hard to maintain and grow in faith when you’re spending all your time reading or sleeping. I had a roommate who was not in med school, and I got jealous that she was able to spend so much time volunteering at her church and doing Bible studies and such. I could see her growing and felt like I was stagnant at times. 

For me it was important to make church attendance a priority, even if I was coming off a night shift or had worked 100 hours that week already. I sang in the choir in scrubs once because I came straight from the hospital. 

I didn’t have a regular enough schedule to join a regular Bible study group, so in order for me to grow and study, I paired up with an accountability partner who I met with 2-3 times a month. We would read through books or certain Bible passages together, share our struggles and prayer needs, and hold each other accountable with our issues. 

Find out if your school has a chapter of CMDA or other religious organizations and join up! Our CMDA in med school met up for weekly devotionals, which were great. If there’s not a chapter at your school or residency, start one! Their website will help you. I’ve been trying to get a resident group off the ground, but we’re struggling a bit with attendance because our schedules are all so different. 

Staying faithful is even more difficult in residency. As an intern you have very few full weekends off, so it was tough not getting to go to church every weekend. It’s much better now though. Around January of intern year, everyone hits this “intern year wall of misery,” which for me was compounded by the fact that I didn’t know anyone in town and I was having difficulty finding a church home with my wacky schedule.

Daily Bible study has always been difficult for me. I tend to want to sit and study for an hour or two, which I don’t usually have time to do. But often I would just work my way through a book of the Bible one chapter or subject heading at a time, and then take 5-10 minutes to sit and think about how it applied to my life and my day. I also use Bible verses as my computer passwords, so I’m forced to learn them (and I have to change them frequently, so I learn new ones). 

Now that I’m a third year, I’ve really just now settled in to my church and feel fairly comfortable there (I’ve been there a year now). I’ve started volunteering a few months ago and I have been going to a home group Bible study for about a year as well.

The best advice I can give you for keeping and building your faith during med school and residency is this: keep asking yourself “what’s next”. If you’re not moving forward, you’re stagnating. Find a bible study group, accountability partner, or a few fellow students/friends who you can do life with together. Going the faith walk alone is MUCH harder than when you have people helping you along. 

July 23, 2014 / 57 notes




Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern’s Hair


this man has gone too far

will he braid my hair?

July 23, 2014 / 108,367 notes

note: it is usually a bad idea to try and memorize the main 20 amino acid structures and their properties and their applicable pKa an hour before you need to go to sleep on the early morning of your biochemistry exam. 0/10. would never recommend. 

July 23, 2014 / 4 notes

the next time i see someone on campus with a cigarette (my campus is entirely smoke-free) i’m going to slap them so hard they land on the doorsteps of the hospitals that are just across the street 

July 22, 2014 / 6 notes


The whole SciShow office is so freaking stoked about this it’s adorable. To be clear, I also have not been this excited about a movie (that wasn’t based on my brother’s book) since Deathly Hallows.


July 22, 2014 / 3,669 notes

since certainlittlething tagged me to do a thing i did the thing. 

these pictures go in chronological order, i think. the first one was my favorite high school senior picture. the other four have all been pretty recent - the second one was when holly came to visit in february (?), the third one was probably one of my favorite selfies ever, the second one was one that kami took when we were hanging out at the zilker pedestrian bridge in april, and the last one was my favorite picture from my alaskan cruise in late may. i think it was taken at icy strait point. it’s been a good year, 2014. 

July 22, 2014 / 13 notes


Dan anticipating their gig at Optimus/NOS Alive 2014. (x)

July 22, 2014 / 1,341 notes


Seascape; 2014 | by Joe Nigel Coleman
July 22, 2014 / 39,454 notes