When Leaving The House

Yup! There are THOSE days!😂

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Song of the Socially Anxious Mermaid

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

While we use this day to remember our fallen heroes who have died in battle, we should also take the time remember the vets who have died by suicide. According to the Reuters online website, veterans die by suicide—22 deaths a day or one every 65 minutes on average. This is usually committed by those who are 50 years and older, with numbers of 69% or higher. That doesn’t include, for example, the data from 2012— where there were 349 on-duty suicides.

When our soldiers come home, it won’t always be visible scars…but at times emotional ones. These invisible scars can come in the form of warning signs. According to Maketheconnection.net, these signs can include:

  • Feeling hopeless, trapped or feeling there’s no way out
  • Having persisting or worsening troubling sleep
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Engaging in risky behavior without thinking of the consequences
  • Feeling like there’s no reason to live

In addition to those examples, there maybe more signs that require immediate attention. These may include:

  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Frequently talking, writing, or drawing about death or about items that can cause physical harm
  • Behaving violently such as punching holes in walls, getting into fights or engaging in self-harm acts
  • Putting their affairs in order, tying up loose ends, and/or making a will

In Riverside, CA today, members of the organization, Veteran Suicide Awareness Project, had their 3rd annual Memorial Day Ruck March. In this event, they can walk as nearly 40 miles, while carrying 22 pounds of rucksack to signify the 22 veterans who commit suicide everyday. One woman, the event organizer and an Air Force Veteran herself, Evita De La Cruz, carried 22 pounds of her husband’s belongings—such as his boots and helmet from Iraq—who died by suicide in 2013 after serving in the military. The proceeds will go to families who had a vet that die by suicide. I hope their event went well to shed light on suicide and our vets.

If you are a vet or you know a vet who may need help, contact the link below:

The Veterans Crisis Line is 800-273-8255, then press 1. Help via text is available at 838-255 and veterans can chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net.

Readings:Riverside Ruck March Shines Light On Veteran Suicide

Me Right Now…

Sorry for being MIA. I’ve been really busy juggling school, student teaching and work and having a bit fun. Trust me I NEEDED it. It’s been one heck of crazy month. I’ll fill you later.

Wonder Con

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Wil Weaton and Ann Weaton (bottom right)

I can’t wait! This weekend is WonderCon! In case you don’t know WonderCon is the sister convention of ComicCon International. It’s not the most well known convention, but that’s the great part of it! It’s not as crowded and there are better chances of being to able to meet and greet your favorite stars, comic book artists and authors. It’s very intimate.

Originally it took place in San Fran, but because it’s convention was being remodeled back in 2012/2013, it relocated to the Anaheim Convention Center. Since then it has been a big hit especially being that it’s right across from the Disneyland Resort.

What I like is that I’m able to be around my people—my fellow geeks/nerds—and not have to worry about the real world for the next 3 days. It’s the biggest thing I look forward to all year, because it’s the only time I really, really have fun, because it’s one of the few things I can afford. The next best thing to sleep. Not to mention, I juggle school, work, student-teaching all year long, why shouldn’t I treat myself for all the hard work I do? I am hoping though that one day, I will be able to dress up, but it costs too much. I might as well buy real clothes, especially the fact I work from paycheck to paycheck.

I haven’t been to the main convention—Comic Con- since 2009, because basically now days they do a raffle ticket for those. Back in 2009, you could just pick a day or days like you would now for Wonder Con. Comic Con nowdays seems to be dictated by the big movie corporations and just seem to bring in more people now more than ever and now it’s just crazy crowded! Attendees who’ve I’ve talked to in WonderCon, said a long time ago Comic Con was like WonderCon when it wasn’t as crowded, tickets were cheaper, and it wasn’t— in a sense—by big movie industries. But I don’t know…I feel like slowly it’s gonna turn into Comic Con: The sequel. I just feel like Comic Con now days is more for those who have money and/or posers…you know…people who just said they went there and met celebrities, yet they will NEVER admit they’ve been to a comic type convention…or those same people who made fun of your obsession in your favorite tv shows, movies, books and/or comic books. 😛

I tried getting into the exclusive signed lottery (which is done usually onsite) for example “Constantine” and “Black Lightning”, but I didn’t get ANY of them them!!!! This is going to be the first year I won’t be able to meet and greet any of the actors from my favorite tv shows.😭😭😭 What the hell Comic Con International?!?!

Well I guess there are some panels I look forward to attending to…and I’ll be hanging out with some new friends I met at AnaCon…but I’m too terrified! What if things don’t work out well between us? Think good thoughts, think good thoughts!

As the picture above, the pictures below are from last year’s WonderCon. Enjoy!

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Cast of Prison Break, Season 5 (Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller; who have featured in “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow)

Cast of Gotham

Pop Culture Coalition featuring Brandon Routh from Legends of Tomorrow