Frozen in Time

CW: Don't read this if you are in any sort of a bad place. I'm physically safe. I'm mentally shattered. You don't need to do anything. There's nothing anyone can do anyway unless they had serious political connections. I am not a danger to myself or others. No, the danger, as always, is from others, … Continue reading Frozen in Time

Cheez Whiz for Brains

*CW: oblique references to intense subject matter, but without details. The human brain - especially the ADHD brain - has a way of latching on to the most inane of details. It dutifully encodes what the original package writing was on the box of records carried into the courtroom itself. It encodes the original sticker … Continue reading Cheez Whiz for Brains

Trust and Mental Health Treatment (Part 3): What the Asses Meant

Assessment (noun): the act of assessing; appraisal; evaluation Also known as a determination of what a bunch of asses meant. Psychiatrists have fifteen minutes with their patients, so it's already a reasonable assumption that they base the majority of their assessments of patients on immediate impressions, stereotypes and whatever was current when they graduated medical … Continue reading Trust and Mental Health Treatment (Part 3): What the Asses Meant

Empty “Next” Syndrome

Happy Mother's Day to those who are mothers or have the kind of relationship with theirs where they can celebrate them. Happy Mother's Day also to the newly pregnant. Two of my friends delivered that other form of joyous news today. It's kind of an auspicious day to announce that, I guess. I wish them … Continue reading Empty “Next” Syndrome

Heavy Subject Matter (Pt. 1: Mentally Heavy)

CW: This title was meant to be humorous, but what I wrote initially didn't end up humorous. The title became both a play on words and not one simultaneously. I did what I did the last time I tried to write about one thing but ended up writing about another. I split the post. The … Continue reading Heavy Subject Matter (Pt. 1: Mentally Heavy)

Messages in a Bottle#5.5: You Failed *Me* the Day The Newspaper Headlined “Families Trusted ___ To Care for Their Relatives and it Systematically Failed Them,” Too.

CW: Discussions of systematic abuse of various types. This post has a much longer introduction here that explains why I am posting it today. Read that first if you want the full backstory (or forward story as the case may be). I won't give the original date of this journal article. I'm already quoting almost … Continue reading Messages in a Bottle#5.5: You Failed *Me* the Day The Newspaper Headlined “Families Trusted ___ To Care for Their Relatives and it Systematically Failed Them,” Too.

Messages in a Bottle #5: Don’t Tell Me I’m Safe

CW: Discussions of systematic abuse of various types. This week has not been a good week. I've said before that I'm a primary caregiver (along with another family member who still resides in the state) of someone who needs full-time 24/7 medical, disability and mental health care beyond what is possible for us to provide … Continue reading Messages in a Bottle #5: Don’t Tell Me I’m Safe

Lavender is Not Indigo

Purple is my favorite color. What shade? Every shade in the Crayola Big Box. I even count magenta as an honorary purple. Early on, it was indigo. I have a recording of my younger sibling's first word. While my parents tried to document the milestone, four-year-old Lavender can be heard interjecting her thoughts. Everyone's continued … Continue reading Lavender is Not Indigo

*Press It* First they came for…

Leaving aside everything else that is wrong and immoral about this proposed ban, at the moment there are something like 11,000 trans people currently serving openly in the US services and reserves. They are there legally, and it is currently their right to serve openly. Trump’s ban, at first glance, appears to take away their… … Continue reading *Press It* First they came for…