Methamphetamine, an illegal drug that sends the body into overdrive, is surging through the United States. Federal drug data provided exclusively to NPR show seizures of meth by authorities have spiked, rising 142% between 2017 and 2018. "Seizures indicate increasing trafficking in these drugs," says John Eadie, public health coordinator for the federal government's National … Continue reading MEDIA: Seizures of Meth, Coke, Other Stimulants Surging in US – NPR
Over the last several months, volunteers for the ACLU’s Rights for All campaign have been fanning out across the first four primary states asking all of the 2020 presidential candidates a straightforward question: Will you commit to cutting the nations’ prison and jail population in half? That question has never been more urgent, with the United States incarcerating more people … Continue reading ACLU: How to Slash the Incarceration Rate in Half
“You are so brave to share your story,” many people have said to me throughout the years. “Thank you,” I would humbly reply and never felt like I was brave. Each time I share my story of living, surviving and overcoming severe mental illness it becomes easier and the need to be brave becomes less. … Continue reading I CAN RELATE: You Are So Brave… (My Loud Whispers of Hope)
You know what, I've come to realize that the concept of religion and spirituality in general have become possibly even more influential to modern Western pop culture. Think about it, in the news, how often do we hear about the ongoing abortion debate? The folks that deem themselves "pro-life" never hesitate when it comes to … Continue reading ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery
So, I recently came across this rather small photo on the fringe of some random website recently. I was, quite frankly, appalled. Check this out: Let me just say, what the hell!? I really, truly am stunned and disgusted by this ad or whatever you want to call it. Ridiculous. Just to sum it up. … Continue reading ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?
Ever since I started writing my own prayers, I quickly realized that I could craft little devotions that would speak of absolutely any subject or idea that I wanted! It’s between me (my mind) and the pen, that’s it! There are no rules. Actually, truly it is between me and my God, and I have confidence … Continue reading ENTRY: Praying Politically
"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface