Trust is the glue of life

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen Covey January 21, 2015 The topic of discussion in my Social Media Ethics class this week is trust. Why do we trust certain people? Social media has definitely made trust rather interesting because we seemingly trust strangers if they display certain qualities. Our assignment this week is to focus on an individual that we trust on social media and explain why. In my opinion, the number of followers a person has does not identify that a person is or is not to be trusted. It is of complete irrelevance. I will be the first to admit that it is hard to picture a man who not only led the Black Parade but brought to life one of my most favorite albums of all time, as a down to earth daddy and fan chatter-upper. But, it is true. Gerard Way, former frontman of My Chemical Romance, has become one of the most interesting people to follow on the net. The above videos show the evolution of Gerard’s appearance. At first glance, one may be quick to dismiss Gerard as trustworthy based on looks alone because he is known to have been very theatrical in his My Chem days with all kinds of makeup and still sports bright red hair to this very day. Does someone’s outward appearance make us subconsciously decide if someone is trustworthy or not? In class this week, I outlined that what I believe makes an individual trustworthy are the following qualities:...

Song Post #130: Demolition Lovers

September 6, 2014 Song: “Demolition Lovers” – My Chemical Romance This is one of my favorite My Chem songs. If you read the lyrics, the song seems a little twisted… but everyone needs a Thelma to their Louise.

Song Post #124: The End.

Photo: 8.31.06 – Up after my surgery. August 31, 2014 Eight years ago today, I was laying on an operating table and feeling my heart racing out of my chest as they performed Radiofrequency Ablation on me to correct my heart arrhythmia. These eight years have taught me so much about myself, the things that I want, the things that aren’t important, and a new level of appreciation for everything–which is not to say that I was unappreciative of everything before that. As crazy as it sounds, I’m happy that I went through all of the insane things that I did because it has showed me that taking things for granted is all fun and games until it is ripped out from underneath you and you are faced with the cold reality that nothing will ever be the same or the way that it was ever again. It’s a harsh truth. I will never be that twenty-one year old girl who was only fixated on my training in wrestling and getting through college, again. Instead, my focus is on doing everything and experiencing everything in life. I do not want to set limits for myself or ever settle for anything. I’m determined to make today, tomorrow and so on… count, with no restraints. There is no limit. Photo: My before and after surgery heart rhythms. I eventually want to get a tattoo of the after rhythm to symbolize a big part of my life–the first time my heart beat correctly. Song: “The End.” – My Chemical Romance Story: After I had the surgery to correct my problem, I felt...

Song Post #35: Under Pressure

June 3, 2014 Song: “Under Pressure” – Bert McCracken & Gerard Way Story: Well, this is a cover of the original song done by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Have you heard the story about how this song actually came to be? It’s pretty wild… I learned about it while watching a documentary on Queen. The band’s bassist, John Deacon, created the bassline and kept playing it over and over again. The band paused for a food break and when they came back, Deacon had forgotten the arrangement. Luckily, drummer Roger Taylor was able to remember it. Can you imagine this world without that bassline… or this song? In the documentary that I saw it also said that both Freddie and David didn’t want to be around each other while recording vocals and wanted to leave it a surprise of sorts to the other. However… I believe the story goes that one of them kinda snuck a listen. I forget which–but how funny! Gerard and Bert collaborated on their cover of the track for tsunami relief back in 2005. The Used also featured the track as a bonus on a re-release of their album, In Love and Death. So, there you have...

Song Post #1

April 30, 2014 I love to challenge myself… remember how I did the whole 365 photos/a photo of myself a day for a year thing two years in a row (a few years ago)? Well, I wanted to do something different this time… something more meaningful. To me, music speaks. I can feel the chords and rhythms take over when I put on certain songs… and they have also become almost like time capsules where they hold memories–good and bad–when I hear them played again. I decided it might be fun to see how many songs I actually have a story about. My musical taste spans across the board from post-hardcore to pop rock. Chances are, you may find a little Britney Spears mixed in with The Receiving End of Sirens. I thought for post number 1, it was best to begin with my favorite song. “Famous Last Words” – My Chemical Romance Story: After I had heart surgery, I was really depressed and felt traumatized from how quickly everything had gone from being so fun and exciting to uncertainty and fright. At the time, My Chemical Romance had just released a new album, The Black Parade; a concept album about a patient. I felt like I related to the album from the very beginning because of the lyrics, “Come one, come all to this tragic affair…,” as well as, “…found a complication in your heart, so long…” The very last track on the album is called, “Famous Last Words.” My closet doors were both mirrored at the time, and I took a dry erase marker and wrote really...