Please, Don't Kill My Son

Watching the video released by Keith Lamont Scott's family was like watching a movie in which you already knew the outcome, but still wished and hoped and prayed you could change it. One of my all time favorite movies is "The Godfather,"  I've seen it dozens of times and each and every time I wish that Sonny would bypass that causeway. But "The Godfather" is fiction.  Black men getting killed on camera these days is real life. ...more

Five Reasons I am Fed Up Today

I don't like being angry but it's impossible to watch current events in the U.S. and not be angry. Here are five reasons why I am angry and discouraged today....more

Children and Guns: Not An Accident

My days usually consist of taking my boys to school, rushing to the office and, when I get the chance, checking the news. Sadly, this past summer was exceedingly cruel and our headlines were inundated with news of a seemingly endless stream of shootings: mass shootings, school shootings, random shootings and murder-suicide shootings....more
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1 Simple Way To Prevent Gun Violence

Listen, this blog's usually about eating disorders and body image, but you all know I'm not afraid to get political.  I am starting a gofundme campaign to donate to the Brady Campaign, a gun control lobby.  I am sick of hearing about gun violence deaths, and I am well aware that the problem is bigger than just guns, but this ain't a bad place to start.  If I had the money, I'd donate 10,000.  But I don't, so collectively, I figure we do....more

We've Got Demons in Our Heads

I first posted this on my blog, Bipolar Me, after the Charleston shootings, but it's still appropriate now.The media don't say it in so many words, but that's what they mean when they talk about "mental illness" after a tragedy, especially one that involves gun violence and mass murder.Demons are responsible. And those demons are the mentally ill (and/or) their medications (or lack of medications). Any way you look at it, we are the demons.Here's one of my favorite examples lately:...more

Valerie, Shayley, Samantha, Sharon, Monique, Zina and Jitka

Valerie, Shayley, Samantha, Sharon, Monique, Zina and Jitka. These are the names of six American women, and a little girl, shot and killed by domestic abusers who easily bought guns online by exploiting our country’s background check loophole – a failing in the law that allows criminals and other dangerous people to buy guns from unlicensed sellers, no questions asked. ...more
Any measures we an take to help save our mothers and children in this country should be explored ...more

How Gun Violence is Ruining My City

The parts of our city where all the shootings go on has become another planet. We orbit reluctantly, wishing that something sunnier was our gravitational force. Not violence and death and children dying on playgrounds because two young men made each other angry....more

Angel or Not - Who Deserves to Be Shot?

I wasn't really going to say much on the Michael Brown shooting that occurred in Ferguson, Mo. a few weeks ago.  There's so much going on and everybody's got an opinion, mine would seem a small voice in the chorus.  But I just wanted to say this....more

Orbiting Zorkon: Gun Violence in Milwaukee

The parts of our city where all the shootings go on has become another planet. We orbit reluctantly, wishing that something sunnier was our gravitational force. Not violence and death and children dying on playgrounds because adults have made each other angry....more

That Weird, Creepy Feeling: On Standing Up and Speaking Out

I stood up to a guy in college who was always playing with a switch blade and writing stories about killing people. I reported him to our RA. The college suspended him for the rest of the school year so he could get mental health help. Meanwhile, his friends shunned me and one even body-checked me at a concert. As if I was the bad guy. Looking back, I now understand I may have prevented the sort of thing that just happened in Isla Vista....more
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