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Humble Beginnings: A Brief Introduction to Incarceration Policy

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

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On Growing Beyond Adulthood

Adults can make bad decisions with good intentions.  Adults can be hypocrites.  Adults can be wrong.  As a child, the romantic understanding I had of what life is for the human being was not ignorant of these things; rather, their importance was dimmed relative to that of who I might become.  I was starstruck by my own future.

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Dreamscapes: An Otherworldly Descent

In my dream, I am taken down into the cool summer blue of the underworld. Here, the water acts of its own accord, twisting up in beautiful crystalline spirals (or down, or meeting together in the center, in a balanced whorl of brilliant geometry). I have been led down here - at first against my… Continue reading Dreamscapes: An Otherworldly Descent

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The Value of Your Anger

If you take nothing else from this article I wrote for Advancing the Dialogue, take this quote: “Now, it is important, more than anything, to codify in writing the validity and beauty of emotion as a means of understanding when it is truly time for significant and potentially frightening change.”

Advancing the Dialogue

Initially, I imagined that this article would be a first-step aid in working through the ordeal of mental illness during a time of political strife. I would have emphasized the need for self-care – and I still do in fact – as time away from the dramas of over-arching “civil” society is a need we seldom allow ourselves to fulfill. I would have given some of my own particular go-to’s for alleviating a depressive episode, or a psychosomatic panic attack, in the privacy of one’s own space.But that is not what needs to be written right now.

Now, it is important, more than anything, to codify in writing the validity and beauty of emotion as a means of understanding when it is truly time for significant and potentially frightening change.

Many across the world, much less in the United States, are feeling a combined surge of grief, shock, and frustration…

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