Category Archives: Political Rants

World Health Day: Let’s Talk Depression

Today is World Health Day- “Let’s Talk Depression.”

What does depression feel like? It hurts. It’s an overwhelming feeling of being utterly alone, isolated- a burden. Triple gravity pulling you down until every little task seems almost insurmountable.

Depression doesn’t differentiate between rich or poor or race or creed.  Some might say, “Oh, it’s all in your head, just snap out of it.”  There is no “snapping out of it,” without help. Depression is an ailment of the mind, just as angina is an ailment of the heart.  Both can cause extreme pain and systemic symptoms and must be treated. Yet, there’s a stigma attached to depression and other mental illnesses.  Many are ashamed to admit to being depressed and wouldn’t ask for a day off or tell a friend about it; yet, they wouldn’t think twice about requesting time off for angina or an acute asthma attack.

Be #stigmafree. I challenge you to talk to someone today about depression. At the very least it opens to door for parity.

And if you are depressed and need someone to talk to, my “door” (i.e. messenger or phone) is always open.  You can also talk to the wonderful people at the suicide prevention lifeline  1-800-273-8255.

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Water is Life

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Upon this rock, this land,

I pledge my heart; I pledge my hand.

Water is life; I stand-

 

Water protectors hand in hand,

1st Nations and veterans stand,

Upon this rock, this land.

 

Promises given, promises taken, and

Ripped away by a soldier’s hand;

Water is life; They stand-

 

Eye to eye across the sand,

Defenders, desecrators, take a stand,

Upon his rock, this land.

 

The fight-  the soul of the land.

Which one shall win this hand?

Water is life; You stand-

 

Upon the Earth, our only land.

Promises should be kept as planned.

Upon this rock, this land;

Water is Life; We stand.

 

NOTE: The image was captured during a Dakota Access Pipeline and Sabal Trail Pipeline Protest on the FL capitol lawn.

My America, The Eagle Distressed

My, America, the Eagle Distressed

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To even contemplate that we, as a nation, are akin to an Eagle— one with the Freedom of the skies; to have the time, the Liberty, to speak about this noble bird in any manner with total impunity, without fear of mortal retribution or imprisonment, is absolutely the epitome of said Liberty, our Constitution eternal.

Yet, these very Freedoms that we have been given, and the idle time for such contemplation, has placed our nation in distress. Our nation, the majestic Eagle, appears to be tearing itself apart.

The left wing bites at the right wing,
right wing pulls off feathers from the left wing,
Until not enough remain and our Eagle nation flounders

Meanwhile, vultures gather hungrily,
waiting, watching the sky for discarded wingbits–
hoping that they’ll get more than pieces.

Where the vultures lurk, we do not wish to go.
We do not wish to be ripped apart and subjugated to Theocratic rule,
intestines bared and bones scattered.

I wish that we all would look past our own feathers,
if only for a minute,
and relish the heights that we have gained.

I pray, I meditate on the words set forth in our grand contract: “[no person shall] be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.” So, think again if you desire to pluck the vane from the feather on the other wing, even if it seems to not belong with your own. “ALL persons born or naturalized in the United states… are citizens of the United States.”

Shall we climb higher or go to the vultures domain?
Shall our words lift the other wing, even with respectful dissent?
Or Shall we continue to pluck out that which offends until there are only vanes of the same colour?
Can we afford to ignore that we indeed, The Left Wing and Right wing,
are essential if our great nation is to stay in Flight?