Bigger, Faster, More Power

I added a new M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive to my computer today. It’s the second M.2 form-factor, and the third SSD. My original SSD, an OCZ Vertex 3, is still my system drive, but I am moving that to the OCZ RD400. The Samsung 960 EVO I got today will be for large media, like video editing and RAW format images from my D-SLR. I can’t say zoom! Zoom! Or vroom! …

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Where is the time going!?

This semester is going by so fast! There are two more weeks of classes left, then a paper due one week later. Summer will be busy as I work through incompletes and my field experience. My Youth, Internet, & Communication seminar has been busy. Not enough time to teach everything people need to know! The classmates are thankful for learning the technology, and the discussions about youth and online communication. I certainly realized that …

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Celebrity Suicide in the Media

Sometimes you see a news headline like this: Progressive rock legend Emerson dies Then you read the news and discover it was a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot. The only reason I mention this is that I’m in a suicide awareness class right now. In two weeks, we have a discussion about how the media reports suicide. Today, we talked about suicide encounters online. The anonymity and privacy you have online sometimes lets you express …

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Sleeping my way out of a hole

I’ve spent the past three weeks sleeping about 14 hours a day. I feel into a hole of depression. I got sick and needed a visit to the ER and antibiotics for a week in early February. Then my cat got sick and died. That was the turning point. Things are looking up again… probably because the weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. Seasonal Affective Disorder is one of …

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20 Years

Twenty years ago this coming November will be twenty years since a young adult completed suicide in the residence hall I lived in. The event had an impact on me. What if I trigger someone with my research? The Butterfly Effect has been on my mind. What if I get something wrong today that leaves an impact on a student who later takes their life? This is a group learning experience, and I think …

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Facilitation of a Dangerous Topic

In about three weeks, I begin the facilitation of a YDL seminar in Youth Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Response. I’m seeking out a guest speaker for the seminar; it’s not as easy as one would think. I reached out to UMPD; they declined, because they aren’t experts in the topic I’m looking for. That’s fair. I don’t know who is the expert in this field, and that is part of the problem. Where do …

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Self-Care: Ink’d

I have approximately 41 hours [50 hours as of April 2018] of tattoo ink work on my body. It is all original work, no words, but a few Kanji. Many of my cohort have tattoos, so the experience is nothing others are not familiar with. The meanings of everyone tat(s) are varied as they are beautiful. I’m not going to go into the meaning of my art at this time. That’s personal. Instead, …

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Self-Care in Everyday Life

Self-care needs to be an active and conscious act. You must know it is in play for it to be effective. Self-care won’t just happen; it must be a deliberate and dedicated moment of time for reflecting and addressing the stressors in your life. I think I listen to too much music as a coping agent. I always have headphones on. I always have something playing on the computer or MP3 player. I …

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Self-Care Intro

What is self-care? Caring for your mind, body, and soul. Emotional hygiene. Resilience. Stress management. In the Self-Care Seminar, we completed a Self-Care Assessment which covered the following areas: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and professional self-care. I scored highest on psychological and emotional self-care; I think I’m fairly resilient mentally, having been treated for bipolar disorder for years. I’ve been honed to be emotionally connected. Physical and relationship self-care were my lowest average …

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