Giving Thanks, Even In the Darkness

Today is Thanksgiving. The day we give thanks. And I know that at some point today my grandmother will ask what we are thankful for. So, I figured I’d get a head start on the question and put some of my thoughts down here. In past years, years when the darkness was all around me, […]

Our Masks and Costumes 

It is Halloween, the day when pumpkins appear in more than just our lattes and when parents try to prevent sugar comas in their children. It is also, of course, a day full of masks and costumes.  For those of us who struggle with mental illness, we seem to wear masks all the time, not […]

Taking Mental Illness to the Supremes

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the first case of Court’s new term, Kahler v. Kansas. At issue is whether a state can abolish the traditional insanity defense in favor of a less inclusive mens rea test. As numerous experts have explained, and as I will explain below, the Court should reject […]

Walmart and the American Way

After yet more mass shootings recently, including one that took place inside a Walmart, the iconic American superstore announced it was no longer selling certain types of ammunition, would stop selling handguns in the final few stores that did so, and asked that customers not openly carry their guns in Walmart. Outspoken gun advocates denounced […]

America’s Pastime and America’s Epidemic

Earlier this season, the Los Angeles Angels and Major League Baseball in general experienced a tragedy when young pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room. Yesterday, the medical examiner’s report came out, showing his death was the result of a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his system. Sadly, this […]

Luck-less Lesson

Andrew Luck recently announced he was retiring from football. And I want to use today’s post to briefly touch on the response to his announcement, because it demonstrates a mentality that is so harmful for men everywhere.  Luck’s announcement was abrupt for sure, with the regular season just around the corner. In his announcement, he […]