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Thinking about suicide is not what kills us

Drive faster. If that semi swerved. If I wait for that train. Over and over again our brains give us “outs”.  Stand too close the edge, who would know if I meant to or if it was an accident?  How old do the girls need to be before they don’t need me anymore? The truth that nobody, and I mean nobody, will tell you is that we all have suicide thoughts.  Yup.  Every single sentient human that has suffered or been exposed to real trauma.  Why?  Because we have had to face death: in ourselves or in others, up close and personal.  It changes us.  Ignoring this fact and pretending like it is in someway “shocking” is asinine BS.  Death no longer holds a mystique or fear for us, we have seen it and we have watched it.  We survived it.  Yet it holds us. My young cousin died…

International Elimination of Violence Against Women

Have you experienced violence? Yes. What was done to you? Where would you like me to begin? I have a bullet wound in my skull, traumatic brain trauma from too many blows and too many nearly dead dances with explosions, a knife wound on my chin, a nose broken, arms, legs, ribs all broken at some time or other, feet all with odd clicks and bone spurs from breaks, both arms routinely fall out of their sockets because not enough ligaments or muscle are left to keep them in place… That doesn’t answer what was done, only the result. When did you receive these injuries? Throughout my childhood and early adulthood. What man did this to you? Men and women did this to me. Who? About 500,000 various fighters across five countries would happily have chopped me into tiny pieces as a child, African wars are a bit like that.…

How to Survive National Tragedies

I’ve spent a great deal of my life contemplating the awful, the terrible and the brutal.  This isn’t an exhaustive list but I hope it might help some of you out there trying to come to terms with this horrendous act of insane violence. Helpless It is in our DNA to help others.  A lot of you are veterans, first responders, doctors, nurses and those that aren’t, have a heart of a lion, ready and wiling to help others.  And … you can’t.  There is nothing you can do.  You sit and watch with horror feeling useless. This isn’t true and this is a very damaging thought pattern.  Find a way to help, and it doesn’t need to be the victims of this tragedy.  Find a way to give to another human, if you can find a way to do it for these people in Las Vegas, great but it…

America: why this ARTIST loves & defends her

You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an inactive spectator… We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them Abigail Adams Abigail Adams to my mind is one of the greatest heroines of all time, yet I bet the majority reading this post have never heard of her.  When we think of the founders of the dream that was America and now is the greatest power on our planet I wonder we don’t study those around the founders more?  Christopher Marshall was an apothecary (pharmacist) and a committed patriot (even though he was a Quaker), a friend of John Adams, said: The rich, the poor, the high professor and the profane, seem all to be infected with their grievous disorder, so that the love of our neighbour seems to be quite banished, the love of self and opinions so far…