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When the filters come off

I remember the day my son came home with his back a mass of cuts, bruises and blood.  He had just come out of several weeks of sadness, anguish and plans to kill himself.  Almost overnight, the dark cloud lifted … Continue reading When the filters come off

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Random thoughts from a loud black woman

It seems that it’s always a white person who is asking me about my views on race, racism, culture and disparity.  Today that question was posed to me by a black person and although I gave my usual answer, “my … Continue reading Random thoughts from a loud black woman

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Unlock that door

My dad’s face got that look when all the locks clicked.  You know, that l-sure-didn’t-expect-this look. We were there to see my then-12 year old son.  It was his 5th or 6th hospitalization so I had stopped noticing all the … Continue reading Unlock that door

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Phone calls, phantom panels and advocacy

The sign on the door said “closed” but did not explain. Further investigation revealed three clinics under the same management were closed by the court at a bankruptcy hearing. As any parent of a child with mental health problems knows, … Continue reading Phone calls, phantom panels and advocacy

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Everyone needs a posse of parent warriors

Somehow, you can never escape the influence of your mother.  Yet, sometimes you don’t see it for a long while, especially if it shows up in a different context.  Often, in fact, both the influencing and not-seeing can be a … Continue reading Everyone needs a posse of parent warriors

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