simone biles

athletes choosing mental health over “success”

Recently, a new trend has arisen among athletes. This trend does not involve the latest diet, lifestyle hack, or supplement. Rather, it’s a massive shift in focus from hardware to software. The outer to the inner. It is a shift from physical health to mental health.   Physical health has always been seen as the hallmark of … Continue Reading

Better Living through Biomimicry: The Natural Design of the world

Are we to change the world? To begin answering this question, we must first understand what it is that we are changing. In the greater sense, there is no need to change the world. The world has and will continue to change, with or without our priggish impressions about what should be. If we truly … Continue Reading

Psychedelika: A personal account of 3 Psychedelic medicines

When I think about the impact that psychedelics have had on my life, it’s difficult to overstate their significance. What started out as a relatively innocent curiosity into minutely perturbing my consciousness 7 years ago has led to an unimaginable unfolding of eye-opening events. My journey with psychedelic experiences began with cannabis while I was … Continue Reading

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Neurodiversity in Modern Times

My son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism when he was 17 years old.  For years, I had that nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right, but I didn’t know who to go to with my concerns.  Michael used to come home from school every day and draw a map of the state of Minnesota by memory.  … Continue Reading

Alliance

Please Don’t react; respond.

Through my experiences as a mental health professional and as a person who lives with chronic depression, it has come to my attention that many people don’t know how to provide comfort or respond appropriately in times of need. Instead of listening to what’s being said & taking the time necessary to digest it, reflect on … Continue Reading

dementia: The human being; the particulars

What is dementia? What are the causes? Alzheimer’s is one of many types of brain diseases which have in common progressive difficulties in brain functioning: memory, judgment, planning. While we can describe dementia under the microscope, how it actually occurs is largely unknown. Scientists study how accelerated aging in dementia is associated with substances (such … Continue Reading

reflections from the underground, part 2

Addiction; Predator and Prey When an eagle seizes a salmon too heavy to carry yet its talons cannot release it, they both plummet. The predator becomes prey of the sea. My dearest friend lost her 39 year old son in this epidemic of poisonings with the contaminant Fentanyl. He was addicted to heroin; with compulsions, lack … Continue Reading

To be a Better Writer, I must understand my Needs

Being a writer is like breathing. It brings with it life, clarity, and fuel for the vessel carrying the soul through The Journey. Learning to write, on the other hand, is like learning to ride a bike. Except that this particular bike is extra jerky, producing constantly-shifting aerodynamics making the rider’s body contort in ways … Continue Reading

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