Lately, I’ve been thinking about money. And I’ve been thinking about working. As readers know, I tried working last month. It turned out really bad for me. But as kids graduate high school and college this time of year and they start turning to the job market, I’ve began really thinking about whether it’s even … Read moreShe Works Hard For The Money
I specialized in ethics when I studied philosophy. There’s many aspects of ethics and one of them is adequate housing. I’ve recently written about housing here. It’s not an issue I’ve covered a lot on my blog, but it’s an issue I’ve discussed elsewhere quite a bit. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, NPR did a yearlong … Read moreHousing First and Housing Initiative of Florida
If you happen to live in a safe and secure home, you’re incredibly lucky. For millions of people, it’s just not possible. People with disabilities, battered and abused women and children, people with substance abuse disorders–they all, typically, struggle with finding a place to live, let alone a home of their own. I grew up … Read moreHelp End The Affordable Housing Crisis
It’s estimated that about 7 million jobs will be lost due to automation over the next 10 years. Many of these jobs are cashier and general retail jobs. Already, Walmart has stores that are completely cashier-free. The savings in having automation is partly what drives these advances. Many people worry about lost jobs. And the … Read moreWhy UBI Should Become A Key Issue For Political Platforms
I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory
Honor his legacy by considering UBI. And read this article by philosopher Jason Burke Murphy.
I have thought about placing my undergraduate thesis online, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. As part of my research for my undergraduate thesis, I re-traced the Trail of Tears. I visited the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and then followed the trail to present-day Oklahoma, visiting the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. After … Read moreRe-Tracing The Trail Of Tears: My Undergraduate Thesis
When I was about 16 years old (that is, when Bill Clinton was President), I had the pleasure of meeting Hillary Clinton. I traveled with members of Healthy Start Florida, a couple of my teachers and other girls from my school to Tallahassee for Children’s Week. We were all interested in health care for children, … Read moreMeeting Hillary Clinton
People use signs, signals, actions and words in order to communicate. In the United States, I’ve been increasingly worried that we are starting to use different languages to communicate with one another. I don’t mean Spanish and English. I mean our whole landscape has become so polarized and many of us live in such information … Read moreA Series Of Misunderstandings: Political Communication In The Contemporary United States
I ask people, “Would you like to win the lottery?” They say, “Yes!” I ask people if they support a UBI and they say, “But, but, but…” There’s not a whole lot of difference, except a UBI would be about 800.00 per month (according to proposals I’ve read). Not millions of dollars. It would allow … Read moreReasons For A Universal Basic Income
I’m reading the book Boundaries. It’s really a wonderful book. I’ve learned through that book that God has certain spiritual laws in place in addition to laws of nature. I seek to discover each. Let’s take a look a climate change. Many unschooled Christians think super storms, like the hurricane we experienced in Florida this … Read moreClimate Change: God’s Law of Consequences
Last week, I was in therapy and the topic of more daily tasks for me to do came up. After reviewing my past year, I think I’ve remained pretty busy! For example, in the past year, I was: -Involved with NoDAPL and received a letter from President Obama on the matter. -In regards to NoDAPL, … Read moreReview of the Past Year
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I recently contacted the White House regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. I asked Obama to oppose it, specifically. Today, I got a letter from him via email. He didn’t come out to oppose the pipeline exactly. Here’s what he had to say: Thank you for writing, and for your thoughtful input. As President, my … Read moreSo, Obama Emailed Me
Interesting article at the Guardian.
Interesting article about the humanities here.
I mentioned earlier that I wanted to write down the skills I have gained as an activist and try to incorporate them into my resume. Here’s a short list of skills I have developed from my activism work: Campaign strategy and planning Building a movement and organizing in community Campaign communication: face to face mobilization … Read moreActivism Skills
For the past month or so, I have been involved in the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I have done many things with this movement, and wish to incorporate my activities into my professional experiences. As you will see in my previous post, I wrote a Letter to the Editor which was published in the … Read moreWhat I’ve Been Doing
In this essay, I want to argue that we should refer to psychotic disorders as brain disorders, but that doing this doesn’t mean giving primacy to the biomedical view versus the biopsychosocial view. In keeping with some of my previous thoughts, let’s assume you get a broken leg. Furthermore, let’s assume that your broken leg … Read moreCalling Schizophrenia a Brain Disorder doesn’t Give Primacy to the Biomedical Model
Introduction It seems like a cruel joke. People who are already in disadvantaged positions are, on top of that, vulnerable to brain disorders. Then, the society that produced the disadvantage (poverty, racism, sexism, etc.) stigmatizes the person for having an illness. I want to be transparent here. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I live openly … Read moreJustice at Both Ends: Preventing and Treating Psychotic Disorders through Social Justice
My undergraduate thesis in philosophy, entitled The More Freely He Breathes: Colonialism in the United States, explored indigenous colonization drawing upon work in Native Studies. All of my prior education prepared me for taking up the research role, during which time I consulted experts across campus, students, experts from other universities, American Indian philosophy, and … Read moreIndigenous Studies
There’s an article here about how experts have decided that we need a large-scale, federally funded effort to end stigma of mental illness. It’s a good article. Check it out.
As I mentioned previously, I live on a protected environment. I have also worked with an environmental organization. I did business development for a local environmental nonprofit. I had to quit when I fell ill. But perhaps my biggest environmental accomplishment is helping get the lake and wetlands I live on protected. I received a … Read moreHappy Earth Day
Last year or so, I posted about living on a protected environment. My neighborhood had the lake and wetlands I live on protected. So, we have been letting things grow as they wish. Turns out, things have grown quite a bit! Take a look:
Right now, as I write this, my area, Daytona Beach, is struggling with a “homeless problem.” City officials don’t know how to handle the problem. Some have proposed a shelter in the area, but the city doesn’t know if it can afford it. They want surrounding cities to pitch in. For all the discussion of … Read morePoor People and Having a Voice
I just received the newsletter for the American Patient Rights Association. I was recognized for my work as a Web Content Editor: A big thank you to our Volunteer Website Content Editors APRA also wishes to recognize the great work by our volunteer website content editors Jennifer Lawson and Stephanie Kumar. They work hard to keep our website updated with … Read moreVolunteer Recognition
One of the projects I have worked on has to do with mental illness. I worked as a case manager and I found that, in my area, there were few resources available to my clients. A friend and I came up with the idea of a website that could serve as a resource for people … Read moreA Dose of Reality