Everyone, I would like to announce that my latest poetry book "Triggered; A Poetic Flight Into Madness" has officially been published and is available for purchase!
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash It had taken nearly two years to prepare the vessel properly. Each day, I tended to the monstrous orange blossom, that now stood to nearly the height of a two-story house. I lugged water pitcher after water pitcher to its thorny, green trunk, and lovingly applied fertilizer to the soil that surrounded… Continue reading Go Where You Grow: The Wishing Fruit
Sorrow be the name of my spirit. It is two-fold and bears your face a reminder always of what I have lost. Will you haunt me always? Will the memory of your kiss continue to pluck me from sleep? I have tried to forget your touch but my own will wasn't enough. My love, my… Continue reading Loveless, A Poem
Photo by adrian on Unsplash My class would end in less than twenty minutes, but I was still restless; my craving for lemonade making me bite my lip. Oh, I thought, you sweet and tasty beverage. What I wouldn't do to get some of you. When my professor wasn't looking I would let my head lull against my fist… Continue reading The Arctic Front
Photo by JR Korpa on Unsplash There is a constant tug of war inside my head. I attempt to wait it out, but the longer my patience is forced to tolerate it, the louder it becomes. It is as though there is a speaker system lodged inside my skull, and it constantly repeats the question: Are you sure?… Continue reading Indecision, Haunt Me No More
Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash U.S. News released a thorough study on public health, ranking the states from worst to best based on variables including smoking, access to nutrition, "economic challenges" and, of course, mental health. I had to capitalize on this opportunity to see what commonalities between the best states and between the worst states in… Continue reading Top 5 Best and Worst States for Public Health
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash What is Incarceration Policy? Incarceration Policy is the body of laws, policies, processes, and practices that found the judicial mechanism for punishing those who break the law. I highlight the words "break the law" in particular as a means of demonstrating that those who are incarcerated are not necessarily those who commit… Continue reading Humble Beginnings: A Brief Introduction to Incarceration Policy
Photo by Andrei Lazarev on Unsplash ♦ Today I had the immense pleasure of listening to Professor John Baker speak on the worldwide movement to reduce restrictive practices with the National Elf Service podcast. The amount of presented occasions in which restrictive measures are warranted are actually few and far in between. In this ten minute segment, they… Continue reading Musing on Restrictive Practices in Mental Institutions
I had experienced something life-changing, something I found that the wide majority of people felt REALLY uncomfortable with my talking about.