The most important song of 2016

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One of the great joys of working with young people is that they introduce me to their music. If not for them, a middle aged guy like me doesn’t get to hear incredible artists like Macklemore. His latest song is not just an important message and arguably his finest song to date. It’s a vital […]

Drugs are bad Mmmkay: It’s Red Ribbon Week!

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October 23-31st is National Red Ribbon Week. It’s an awareness, education, and advocacy effort by the National Family Partnership (formerly the National Federation for Drug Free Youth). They invite us to take the following pledge: As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of […]

Escaping the ugliness

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There’s a precarious balance between wanting to know what’s going on in the world and becoming overwhelmed and disgusted with what’s in the news cycle. Henry Miller said, “The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware. Joyously, drunkenly, divinely aware.” That’s my goal (I don’t think Henry meant “drunkenly” […]

All things are boring in moderation

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Some folks can have a glass of wine or a couple of beers now and again without ever developing a problem. They can get a little high from marijuana and go on with their day without becoming stoned and unproductive. These are very strange people from the perspective of folks like myself. They’re “normal people” […]

Perpetuating Stigma Through Unwitting Racism

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In his blog today, B.M. Simpson offers his view that the Black Lives Matter is a “distraction by design.” His outrage starts with Colin Kaepernick for screwing up his weekly respite from the world (televised football). Mr. Simpson seems quite angered that folks he looks to for entertainment would ever take a political stance. The […]

I can’t do normal anymore

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I can’t fake it anymore. I used to be really good at pretending. I could look like I understood when guys talked about what they just picked up at the Home Depot.(The only thing I can do with tools is hurt myself). I would nod appropriately and look impressed when people told me about their […]