Superheroines Initiative: Upcoming Street Boutique/Burrito Outreach 10/24

12 Oct


The San Francisco branch of the Superheroines Initiative is hosting another free street boutique/burrito outreach on Saturday, Oct. 24 in San Francisco’s Civic Center near the children’s playground from 1:30-3:30PM. Please join us! For more info, check out the website.

HEROES 101 Radio: The Battle Against Casual Sexism & Its Dark Underbelly 10/6

12 Oct

10703517_281454332048772_726432607384642057_nIn this episode, we’re not only privileged to be joined by Lisa Hofflich from the National Organization for Women (NOW), but also Dorchen Leidholdt, a pioneer in the feminist world and one of the founders and top national voices in the fight against human trafficking.

Listen in on Tuesday nights at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern

The Battle Against Casual Sexism and Its Dark Underbelly

Hero of the Month – The Legacy Initiative, Utah

12 Oct

1932388_645867155483937_1878268828_nWe believe that unsung heroes should have a place in the spotlight once in a while and with that in mind, we’re adding a new category to our e-zine: Hero of the Month.

This month we feature not one person, but an entire group – The Legacy Initiative, Utah. Rather than try to do them justice with empty words, we’ll let the video speak for itself.

Taking Initiative: NATION OF HEROES – The Legacy Initiative

Nothing Scary Here: Halloween Safety for Everyone by Rock N Roll

12 Oct

halloween copy

Who doesn’t love this time of year –  the chill in the air, the smell of pumpkins, the haphazardly strewn spiderwebs and skeleton bones all around the neighborhood, and Halloween. October 31st deserves an article all to itself, but for now, let’s focus on getting everyone (including your pets) through Samhain in a safe and fun way.

Here are some tips from

Safety Tips for Kids:

  • Costumes can be both creative and safe. The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
  • Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths.If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Slow down and stay alert – Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.

Safety Tips for drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Safety Tips for Pets:

  1. Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  2. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  3. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  4. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  5. Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  6. If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  7. Keep your pet inside.

And Safety Tips for Adults: 

  • Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately.   In San Jose call  9-1-1.
  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

Have a Happy Halloween!

It’s That Time Again – Bone Broth on Repeat by Vector

12 Oct

ZOONRF-00250686-001I posted this years ago and at this time of year, it bears repeating. If there’s anything that qualifies as a “super food,” bone broth is it.

So, It’s getting cold around here. Like most folks I know, when it’s cold and gray out, I love to wrap my hands around a nice hot bowl of soup!
But not the canned kind…the REAL kind. The kind you imagine a loving grandma would serve you…or maybe she hit you in the head with that wooden spoon she stirred it with because you were too close to the stove. Maybe you didn’t have a grandma, but, look, anyhow…

Soup. Love soup. When you’re sick, they heal you. They really do. You got the Interwebs, look it up, Chicken soup really can help heal a cold. I’ve recently discovered that the main reason for this mystical healing power is much deeper than just the chicken meat in the soup, but in the actual bones of them plucky beasties, the actual marrow. How do we get it out? We make what’s called bone broth. It’s kind of a funky name, so I just call it broth. Jenny from Nourished Kitchen has a really good article already on her Nourished Kitchen website. Check it out!

The old phrase “you are what you eat” seems to apply here. Bone broth is said to support joints, your teeth and anything related to collagen, like your skin!…makes sense. But bone broth is also supposed to help with your adrenals and aid your digestion of grains. Why? Collagen has been found to help heal the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the stomach and the intestines. This means that heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and many of the conditions associated with intestinal inflammation can be helped with bone broth.

All this and it tastes amazing! I’ve made some killer ramen with this stuff.
All you need is a little sea salt.

So yeah, give it a shot. You can use whatever bones you like. But try to use bones from a healthy source.
Someone said Chinese broth made from boiling fish bones could even revive the dead…so there’s your spooky visual as I say Happy Halloween, y’all!

Here’s a great podcast from Underground Wellness on the subject with Chef Lance, The Flavor Chef…
You can learn more about Chef Lance at


Current Events and Hero Happenings, Oct. 2015

12 Oct



ø The MissFits 4 Life Warrior Dash Team has done it again! Raising almost $25,000 this year, the team of superheroes organized and led by MissFit (Denise Masino) is once again the top fundraising team. The team climbed, crawled, swam and jumped their way through obstacle courses and finally to the finish line. The event was held in Nashville, Tennessee on October 10, 2015. At the event, they were brought on stage to congratulate for raising a total of over $70,000 over the past 4 years. They were then presented a check for over $1,000,000 to present to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of the Warrior Dash. Way to go, heroes!


ø Several heroes in the RLSH community have tied the knot and/or had babies! Congratulations go out to:

Jason “Ira Ui’Raghallaigh” Reibold, Allison “Sakura” Reibold, James “Evocatus” Marx, Krystal “Temper” Marx, Treesong, Grace, Octavius Fong, Dale “Old Superhero” Pople, Karen “Lady Hero” Pople, NightBug and Rock N Roll

ø Project HOPE 2015 was a success with almost 30 RLSH traveling to San Diego, California to pass out a few hundred survival kits and food to the homeless just a mile from Comic Con.


ø There is now a women-only Superhero group called the Superheroines Initiative. Click on the link to find out more about these Wonder Women!

ø Cosplayers and RLSH alike can now help to keep conventions harrassment free! The group, Convention Initiative is looking for recruits! Click on the link for more info.

On The Pole and In My Head by Temper

12 Oct


This month on Bigger Expectations, author Krystal Marx (Temper) shares the trials and tribulations of her pole-dancing lessons.

On The Pole and In My Head