16 Jan 2012

Embracing My Gay and Lesbian Brothers and Sisters

The first time I ever heard about anyone being gay or lesbian was one of my cousins, Jeffrey, who moved to Toronto in the 1960s. My younger sister Karin was closer to Jeffrey than me and must have had some sense of empathy. My immediate family, which included my other

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12 Jan 2012

Murder Most Foul: Who Killed Nick Christie?

This morning I saw a picture of a body,  that of Nick Christie, bright orange after being pepper sprayed, stripped of  his dignity, denied medication, kept in restraints until his body gave out. The story by reporter Radley Balko in the  Huffington Post noted that Nick Christie’s wife of 40

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09 Jan 2012

Things I Left Behind in 2011

It has been 2012 for damn near an hour in the Central Time zone and I thought I should take about my new series: things I left behind. Stuff that got too heavy to carry like, guilt, grown ass lazy sons and daughters, what  I used to be and the

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09 Jan 2012

Join a Support Group!

As a peer specialist part of my job is finding resources for people who are experiencing emotional distress. Having revitalized my wildly successful blog last year I have been flooded with tips for my many dedicated followers. These are among the many support groups I recently uncovered PTAA, Post Traumatic

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08 Jan 2012

The Revolution Will Be in the Mind

The Revolution Will Be in the Mind Rate This Image via Wikipedia  Image via Wikipedia I was not at yesterday’s NAACP Summit, that Eugene Kane wrote about in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I was conducting my own summit at work. But I feel there is a strong connection between the work

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08 Jan 2012

Fatherhood

Yesterday I met a strong black man on the bus Friday morning who I need to tell you about. Months ago I told a story about something ordinary. A poor black man with his daughter waiting at the bust stop. But Friday I was at the bus stop, got on

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27 Dec 2011

Have Yourself a Merry, Inclusive Holiday

This is a holiday shared by many different traditions. Jews, Christians, pagans, capitalists, con men and war planners have all found December to be fruitful. I am a man for all seasons and I don’t mind sharing. I am celebrating the holidays with my family but we have not said

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27 Dec 2011

Christmas with Grace

Tomorrow morning I will be on the flight back to Milwaukee via Detroit. In the afternoon I will be seeing my cat and getting a lot of stern looks from her for my absence.  I hope that by next Christmas I will be living in a better environment and be

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11 Dec 2011

Seriously, You’re a CEO and You Don’t Know Where That Billion Dollars Went?

Standup comic Jon S. Corzine, former CEO of MF Global testified yesterday before a House Committee investigating the scandal surrounding the collapse of the company which declared bankruptcy and announced that over $1 billion in customer accounts was missing. Corzine’s testimony wold have you believe that he had no idea

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09 Dec 2011

We Have the Right to Violate You!

Imagine that you have reported wrongdoing  to the people at the top of the agency and in return you become investigated. Your higher ups come to your house and have you sent to a psychiatric ward without your consent and without a psychiatric evaluation. Your family does not know where

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