The Drug War on Human Beings

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on observation and personal experience.) At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a New York Times opinion piece by Andrea J. Ritchie, describing the nightmare some women are subjected to in the War on Drugs.  These women are often singled out by race, and whether or not any of the individuals in question are guilty of drug offenses this harassment is a national disgrace. Please read all of the statements in Ms. Ritchie’s column carefully.  There are different “reasons” for these injustices, … Continue reading The Drug War on Human Beings

Mature Creativity Versus ????

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on personal observations.) An active imagination is great if you’re a creative person.  However, an adult understands the limits and responsibilities. I have done some fiction writing, and know how it is to let my creativity run amok and then look at the results later.  That’s where editing comes in.  I can’t call it art unless the characters are developed in a human way, the plot is constructed carefully and the wording is readable.  It would be terribly embarrassing if anyone saw my unedited … Continue reading Mature Creativity Versus ????

Define “Assertive”

All my life, I’ve been told by different people that I don’t demand respect when I should.  Some of those same people have also told me to shut up if I push back when they ignore boundaries, so it’s complicated. I’m addressing this because it’s a common social situation.  Other people — of all ages, including young children — have been treated this way, and in extreme cases it isolates a person from the rest of the community.  From an early age, I was the target of contradictory pressure.  I was probably born shy, and the forceful, unsolicited Alice In … Continue reading Define “Assertive”

Image On Kibble Bag Traumatizes Local Dog

Yesterday, one of my social media pals shared the link which appears at the end of this post.  It reminds me of my teen years during the 1970s, when I read Cosmopolitan and decided I was a wallflower.  In spite of the cheerleading tone of the advice in that fine publication, I knew I’d never measure up to the standard. Read whatever you want into the “measure up” expression.  Just don’t read too much into the wallflower thing.  There were plenty of men who were interested in me, and at least a few men whom I found attractive.  There just weren’t … Continue reading Image On Kibble Bag Traumatizes Local Dog