Let Me Count The Ways. Also, Reflections of 2021

It has been awhile since I have written here. There have been countless times that I have tried. Always ending up with the same result, blankness.

Not sure how many ways for one person to write about mental health. I do not hold a degree in psychiatry, psychology, or even simple counseling.

Maybe, just maybe, it was the compounding assaults on society of 2021. It was a turbulent year. Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted of murder,

Kim Potter found guilty of shooting a driver, she claiming she thought she was using her Taser. Now, one more assault on society, sentenced this week to two years in jail.

In Georgia three men found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Now, facing a federal trial, a hate crime trial. Outcome yet to be seen or heard.

Then there was, and is, the woman’s right to choose in front of The United States Supreme Court. Regardless of where you and I stand on the issue, the simple matter is still the right to choose. As I was listening to the newscasts about this event my mind went to a saying I heard growing up, “keep them pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen”. I am a man, I have a basic understanding of a woman’s body. I have the basics concerning “reproduction”. My mother told me once, “if men had to give birth, there would be no children”, I believe she was right.

My holidays were quiet, my daughter and grandchildren spent an afternoon with me. I gave the grandchildren their gifts. I spent Christmas day at my best friend’s house. It was a quiet meal, but very delicious.

I am currently reading a new book written by Ashley L. Peterson, “A Brief History of Stigma“(available on Amazon). I am finding it very educational on where stigma and it’s many forms originate. It may take some time to read in it’s entirety, because Ashley has done her homework and I do not want to miss one thing. Ashley L. Peterson has a her own blog, “Mental Health @ Home” . If you have never read her blog take some time and visit it.

I am not quite sure of what I will be writing in my posts this year. I do have some thoughts about what I would like to explore. Will keep you posted!

So dear reader, this is what has been happening in my corner of the world! I have quite a lot of catching up on my reading. Would love to hear some of your thoughts about events in the previous year! Is there one event that stands out in your mind? Please, share them with me and the other readers!

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  1. Chel Owens

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Chelsea

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  2. Ashley L. Peterson

    Thank you! It’s great to see you again.

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  3. fgsjr2015

    When it comes to popular Hollywood productions irresponsibly stereotyping/stigmatizing people living with very serious mental illness, especially schizophrenia, I found the 2008 box-office-hit movie The Dark Knight (as overall entertaining as it was) to be a textbook example.

    In one memorable scene, the glorified Batman character recklessly erroneously grumbles to the district attorney character Harvey Dent that the sinisterly-sneering clearly-conscience-lacking murderer he has handcuffed to a wheeled stretcher is “a paranoid schizophrenic — exactly the kind of mind that the Joker attracts.”

    We had entered the third millennium, yet a 4/4-star-rated Hollywood hit movie could still be readily found flagrantly demonizing mentally ill characters. Where was the societal condemnation?

    For a more accurate perspective on the illness, Schizophrenia.com states, “People with schizophrenia are far more likely to harm themselves than be violent toward the public. Violence is not a symptom of schizophrenia.” Also, these poor souls are more likely to be victims of violence than its perpetrators.

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