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When You Can’t March, Show Up Your Own Way

Source: Seattle Times

Many of us want to show up and be effective allies for our friends of color, but we can’t get out there and protest. Perhaps you are a person of color and this is your own fight. If you’re on the fence about attending a protest, read through my reality check before making a decision. We don’t look like there’s anything wrong with us, so we feel we have to...


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Systemic Racism in Mental Health Care: Charleena Lyles



Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This has been a terrible week for the USA on so many levels. There are so many topics I could cover related to this audience, that arise from current events, but I need (and maybe you do too) for this week’s post to address the intersectionality between invisible disability and the racial justice riots that are rocking our cities after the killing of George Floyd by an on-duty police officer.

Three...


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What Does Soft Reopening Mean For Us?


Clearly the world has had enough of pandemic lockdown. This country is more nutso than it’s ever been, and that’s saying something. At first we came together over the existential threat, demonstrating the unity we so desperately needed, pandemic or not. That lasted about 3 weeks. I call it the “Family Lockdown Boogie” era, to commemorate that wonderful video and all the other art that arose from those early days.

Then the shine wore off and...


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COVID 19 Complications: A New Hidden Disability?


It’s only been what, 4 months since COVID 19 hit the US, and a disturbing trend is beginning to show. Some people are reporting that they don’t just recover and move on. Aftereffects of the virus are hanging on, and some of those effects may be long-term or permanent—it’s too soon to know.

For people in this audience, the stories coming out are all too familiar. People who aren’t recovering fully are not believed by their friends, families and sometimes even their doctors, who are learning about this right along with us. There are plenty of articles out there about the medical ramifications; I’m looking at the social ones.



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Musings on Pandemic Privilege

Quote from author Ellen Urbani

I’ve been thinking a lot about privilege lately.  I have this platform through PsychCentral that allows me to air my views to others fortunate enough to have internet access and devices to read on. I can try to use my privilege to help others with less of it.

On a blog like this one, it’s easy to fall back on confirmation bias and not challenge anyone. After all, this is...


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Protesters and the Vulnerable Community

AP Photo Elaine Thompson

In 2010, I woke up in the ICU on a ventilator. With both arms badly broken and a tube down my throat, I had no way to communicate. In order to cope with the horror of complete immobility, I resolved to survive the time on the ventilator and then everything was going to be all right. After the ventilator came off and I was still 100% immobilized, I obsessed on...


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The Secondary Health Care Crisis


It's all over the news, how a second health care crisis is coming. News stories mention people with cancer and chronic illnesses. I’ve mentioned over the last few weeks how people in our audience are going without regular health care that they need while the system is overwhelmed with the pandemic. In many cases, their providers are available, but it’s too risky to go to a clinic where they may be exposed.

I have 5 friends with...


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Senior-Disabled Shopping Hour: A Mixed Review


In places with stay-at-home orders, many grocery stores are offering the first hour of the morning to seniors and people with disabilities. This is supposed to give people who might move slowly a chance to get what they need before younger, faster people come in and snatch things away in front of them. It’s also the cleanest the store is going to be all day, so people with compromised immune systems can touch recently disinfected surfaces...


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The Pandemic of Grief

The Canadian resting place of my 3 cats, which I can't visit now

I don't know about you, but my mind is slipping like a stretched-out bicycle chain. There were so many great topics I planned to write about this week. I had a long chat with Heather Thompson about health privilege, and I was researching another audience-relevant topic, the coming second-wave health crisis when many of us crash because we aren’t getting the...


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Hard Times for the Vulnerable


Spoiler Alert:  This post may ruin the season finale of A Million Little Things for you if you haven’t seen it yet!

I have to admit I’m in a position of incredible privilege relative to the quarantine. I have a tiny house on wheels to myself (well, with 2 cats who let me live here), on a huge wooded lot, with nearby-but-not-too-close neighbors who all care for one another like family. This Saturday we’re having a community garden building day. Our existing garden was just fine for me last summer, but more neighbors want to participate this year. The fence walls have been penetrated by droves of rabbits, sections have become overgrown with invasive weeds. We decided to build a spiffy new structure with raised beds, since none of us are getting any younger. We’re ramping up the garden production this year to ensure a steady, safe food supply through whatever the near future brings. We hope to grow enough to help support our local food bank.