braves nation

Started going through my head right after I saw the election results last week…

Be brave and be kind.

-The National, “Baby, We’ll Be Fine”

Kuretake brush pen, Winsor & Newton alcohol markers, stencil, and Micron pens on an atlas page.

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OCTOBER 29 - LIZZIE VELÁSQUEZ

October may be National Bullying Prevention Month, but for Lizzie Velásquez, combating bullying and empowering others is an everyday way of life. As a teenager, the 26 year-old author and motivational speaker was called “The World’s Ugliest Woman” in a YouTube video. Brutal comments left on the clip suggested that the world would be a better place without her, even going so far as to suggest methods for committing suicide.

Though she was initially devastated by reactions to the video, Velásquez took this as an opportunity to help others by telling her story. She suffers from an incredibly rare congenital disease that leaves her incapable of gaining weight. She is blind in her right eye - with limited vision in the other - and has a weak immune system.

Beyond speaking engagements, writing three books and appearing in the 2015 documentary A Brave Heart, Velásquez has advocated for anti-bullying legislation to be put in place, traveling to Washington to speak with lawmakers and convince them to push a long-delayed bill through.

{ sweet solace }

pairing: george washington x reader

time period: 1700s/revolutionary era

prompt: “a fluffy one with gwash (maybe he’s sick or he has a ptsd episode or he’s just really tired) where he finally lets the reader take care of him”

trigger warnings: hints at the general having a ptsd episode.


Your husband was the general of the Continental Army, and you couldn’t have been prouder to be married to him. He was a fine man who so bravely fought for this nation ever since he was a teenager. Now, they fought for a greater cause–independence for the colonies. 

He’d written you all throughout the war, giving you updates and expressing his fears to you in his letters. You saw a side of the General that few had seen, a side that was often tucked away or thrown aside, for when the men were afraid, your husband had to be the brave one. When he was afraid, you saw it as your job to hold him together. That you did.

It wasn’t long before your husband wrote his last letter to you that said he was on his way home. You reread the letter over and over again, longing for the day that he’d be at your door. The day finally came when the quiet knock came on your door, and you pulled it back to see your husband. 

He looked regal as he wore his cape over his shoulders. His hat was still on his head. His gun was on his back along with the little things he had taken with him to the battlefield. He looked exhausted, but he slowly lowered his hat and smiled up at you as he placed it over his heart. 

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Celebrating National Poetry Month with @mermaideleh

To see more photos of Rhiannon’s life plus videos of her performances, follow @mermaideleh on Instagram.

“#hellomynameis Rhiannon McGavin (@mermaideleh). I’m 18 years old and I live in Los Angeles.

In ninth grade, the Get Lit program came to my school. Students choose a classic poem, write a response and compete with their response in an annual poetry slam. My poem was ‘A Smile to Remember’ by Charles Bukowski — and my response was about how much I hated getting catcalled walking home from school. I scored straight 10s in the classic slam, so they recruited me to represent Los Angeles for Brave New Voices, an international spoken word competition for teenagers. Things definitely went crazy from there.

Growing up, my mom and I weren’t able to go on a lot of family vacations, but last year, I was asked to perform at the Women in the World Summit in New York. New York is where my mom grew up, and it’s her favorite city in America. I was able to take my mom there for a week because of my poetry.

Next year, I’m going to be an English major at UCLA with a minor in developmental psychology. This is my secret dream: I want to produce a children’s show or a children’s book series about Shakespeare and classical literature.” #NationalPoetryMonth

Someone Was Completely Missing In LOK

All right kids, grab some food, some snacks, use the bathroom if need be, because this is gonna be a long ass rant.

Legend of Korra- while WONDERFUL and a truly incredible show, it only mentioned and answered a few questions about Aang, Toph, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko. We learned that Aang and Katara got married and had kids. Zuko was a great firelord and had a daughter and a grandson.Toph had two daughters ( though the baby daddies are not known) and has a few grandkids. Sokka became part of the council . Okay, that’s cool. BUT SUKI WAS IGNORED COMPLETELY. ZUKO’S WIFE IS UNKNOWN. ( we assume it’s Mai) AZULA IS NOT MENTIONED ONCE.

AND I AM FURIOUS OVER THIS.

Remember Suki? The Kyoshi Warrior? The girl who SINGLE-FUCKING-HANDEDLY trained other girls on her island to be warriors, defending their home from the Fire Nation? THE GIRL WHO BRAVELY FOUGHT TRAINED FIRE NATION TROOPS, JOINED THE AVATAR AND TRAVELED A WAR TORN DANGEROUS WORLD, WHO FOUGHT ON TOP OF FUCKING AIRSHIPS,HELD HER OWN IN PRISON, AND HELPED SAVE THE WORLD?

I remember her! APPARENTLY BRYKE DOESN’T.
Suki was so damn important to me, and she is totally left out .
AZULA WAS A MAIN FUCKING CHARACTER, A POWERFUL ENEMY, DANGEROUS AND BEAUTIFUL AND BADASS.

DID SHE HAVE KIDS? Did she eventually recover from insanity? DO SHE AND ZUKO HAVE AWKWARD REUNIONS EVERY YEAR WITH THEIR KIDS?

I just…. She was SUCH a great character and she’s left out like she didn’t matter?

And they don’t even tell us how Sokka died, if he did die.
SOKKA, SWORDSMAN, BOOMERRANG MASTER, IDEA GUY.

I’m just really mad.

vimeo

Forgive my shakey hands for it was alot colder than normal in the arena tonight. Also, on occasion you can hear me singing both National Anthems. Oops! Haha Good thing I know the words to both of them. This post is for those who could not connect with me via Facebook. John, I expected amazing from you tonight but what I experienced along with the rest of the 30,000 plus fans tonight was way more than that! I can not express my gratitude enough for letting us know you would be there this evening. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Bravo John Bravo!! @johnlloydyoungfriends