I was at a program a couple of weeks ago where children with autism and/or who were on the spectrum were performing in a holiday recital. The atmosphere was a mixture of excitement and poorly controlled chaos. Some of the children were wide-eyed and expectant. Others had no life in their eyes at all. Some… Read More Poor Kids and Mental Illness
I have waited to write anything as I have watched the developments in the story of the horrific shooting in Oregon because I had to think. I had to think, to wonder, what is going on in America, and what I came up with is that America is not safe anymore. I had been thinking… Read More America Is Not Safe
The late Whitney Houston sang a song that moves me every time I hear it. “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” is a powerful exclamation of self-affirmation, set to music, a kind of “in your face, tribulations!” rendition offered by a woman who had been through a self-created and self-imposed hell but had come out… Read More Knowing Your Strength
It is very hard to understand why any politician would be opposed to paying people a living wage – meaning, a wage that would allow them to live with dignity as opposed to living as virtual slaves to an unfair economic system. It is clear that capitalism and democracy are not one in the… Read More Who Cares for the Poor?
In the ongoing debate on gun control – or more accurately, control on the sale and use of military assault weapons and magazines that have large numbers of bullets – we are hearing that there needs to be more attention paid to mental illness. Mandatory background checks are being touted as a way to weed… Read More Who Is Mentally Ill?