From #BethlehemBuffalo to Baltimore MD

During the month of December, 2014, I had a plan in place.  I was enrolled in a program which helped with financial aid to go back to college and finish my degree.  My appointment was on January 15th.  Life had never been better.

January 12th of 2015, I was in a severe car accident, which resulted in the temporary loss of my car.  As of today, my car is STILL in the repair shop.  Yes, that’s correct… One hundred and seven days without a vehicle, and counting.  Over the course of those 107 days, my life has been chaotic, and that’s putting it mildly.  From deaths in the family, to friends giving birth, new doctors, surgeons, lawyers, lawsuits, settlements, school, college, concerns for my son’s health, the ups and downs of a typical relationship…  In a nut shell, my life has been anything BUT quiet.

The one thing that has remained consistent over the course of these 107 days, is the nightly news.  Every night, there is at least one breaking news story aimed at defaming a police department, be it local or across the nation.  Having gone to college for criminal justice, I hope you can understand that this literally makes me sick.  Yes, writing is ONE passion of mine, but criminal justice has always been in the forefront.  It disgusts me to hear such things about our police officers, but what’s worse is that sometimes these nasty things are true.

A few days ago, my local police department was being slammed on social media for being a bunch of savage murderers with a license to kill.  What happened was, a herd of bison escaped from a farm a few counties away.  Those bison made their way from the farm, through a couple of counties, across the Hudson river, into our county.  The local and state police tracked the herd for 8 hours, making sure the public was safe.  These were wild bison, charging anyone or anything that got close to them.  Once the afternoon had begun, and the school was beginning to dismiss students, it was ultimately decided that the bison were a threat to public safety.  They were shot and killed.  Well, OMG!  Those bastards!!  Why couldn’t they coax a herd of 15 wild bison onto a heavy duty trailer and haul them to safety?  I’m sure if they knew there were cookies involved, these wild, angry, 1,100lb beasts would’ve fully complied.  Anyway… as I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook, I couldn’t believe the names our officers were being called.  Instead of a “Thanks for keeping us all safe” there were way too many UNEDUCATED people criticizing the same organization that keeps them safe, day after day.  Now, had the police not acted when they did, the wild bison would have eventually killed a citizen and then they’d be bashed for NOT killing the animals right from the start.  Police officers have an extremely difficult job to do.  Add to that, the fact that they have to please numerous different opinionated people. I don’t envy police officers today…  They definitely don’t have it easy.

While attending community college, I learned that despite my good intentions (and those of every other individual interested in law enforcement), our criminal justice system is far too corrupt.  It’s been said that one person can make all the difference.  I don’t believe that’s true in this case.  My opinion?   It has to be a collaborate, nationwide effort involving colleges, police departments, correctional facilities, counselors, court systems and congress to name just a few. BUT… this is where I come in.  Someone has to get the ball rolling, correct?  Even if I’m not a part of the reconstruction process, I can certainly get the right people involved who can get things off the ground. We have to start somewhere!!  Education has to be a priority.  If Obama can mandate health insurance (with good intentions of course) why not mandate education?  Perhaps if that were the case, we wouldn’t have a city like Baltimore burning itself to the ground.  What exactly are they going to gain by destroying their city and killing off their police department?  Well, they haven’t thought that far ahead because they aren’t educated to do so!!  They’re angry, and maybe rightly so, but what the hell is all of this violence going to get them?  And although I haven’t read or heard the quote directly (yet), it certainly doesn’t help to have a mayor encouraging such ignorant, barbaric behavior!

I don’t know all the details/facts pertaining to Baltimore, but… did the officer(s) know that there was a history of mental illness, or health conditions?  Probably not.  So, let’s start by educating officers AND the general public. Once that’s established, why not actually TRY to reform and rehabilitate prisoners?  Why in this day and age is it so difficult to weed out the good from the bad?  Well, because everyone has rights.  If someone feels their rights have been violated, they file a lawsuit, clogging up our judicial systems even further.

I think Obama was absolutely right about one thing… It’s time for some serious change in this great nation.  Now we just have to start making those changes. Who’s game?

Future

Peace, love and happiness ALWAYS,

~Kate

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Info on April’s Monthly Posts and Upcoming Topic Announcements

Awesome blog! Inspiring prompts! So glad to be back!! Can’t wait to start writing and submitting, AND reading other submissions!!

~Kate

Artists4Peace

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Our monthly scheduled post is in just a few days on 4/15 😀

Artists 4 Peace  How does language influence peace?

Thank you to all who participated for this month.

I will be away from the computer but have the posts scheduled to go without me 🙂 Posts will start at 8 AM EST!

Enjoy and feel free to reblog any of the posts 🙂


Announcements:

We will be off the computer for a few days after the post so please be patient on response to comments or emails.  BUT don’t let that stop you!  I’m hoping for a full inbox of submissions 🙂


Also Gigi and I wanted to announce the next couple of topics so you all have time to prepare and get in as many submissions as possible!

Upcoming Topics:

May

Stories from Life

~ Tell us about incidents that have happened to you that made a…

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Day 2 … Back in the game!!!

WordPress looks a lot different than it did when I left it a few months ago.  However, overnight I managed to navigate all over the place and learn this new version.  Not liking it, but I suppose I’ll adjust.  I can’t get to each of your pages individually, so please… drop me a line and let me know how you all are doing.  In the meantime, I think I’m going to dive back into poetry.  It’s not quite what I wanted to do, but since it comes so naturally, I think I’ll give it a try.  Loving that I’m back to blogging!!  I had no idea how very much I missed it!!

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~Kate

It’s been FAR too long!!!

It has been several months since I’ve had access to my blog.  And with the exception of one, I’ve missed you all!!  I have an ex who happens to be a computer hacker.  So, a few months ago, I handed ALL of my electronics over to my local police department.  Their investigation concluded that he is one of my followers.  Apparently I’ve had conversations with him on here.  Well, I no longer give a shit that this pathetic little man cannot move on with his life, but that’s EXACTLY what I intend to do. The case is now in the hands of the FBI and NSA. Please…keep hacking, you idiot!  It’ll only work out for ME in the long run.  Oh, and did I forget to mention that my boyfriend handed over one of his electronics as well?  DOH!!!

So, after months of being absent, I have found my desire to write again.  I’m not only “back,” I’m back with a vengeance!!  I’m back to writing everyday.  I recently had shoulder surgery (looking at a $60,000 settlement – go piss up a rope with your “Give me $2,000 today or else…”).  Moving on to much bigger and better.  I was born to be a writer and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

I hate to sound so nasty, but you have no idea what this man did/attempted to do to me.  I’m over it, and back in the game, and hope to spend the remainder of the night just catching up on what’s new with the rest of you beautiful souls.

Wishing you all (but one) a fabulous night!!

~Kate

Life vs. Death, Living vs. Existing

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I know the importance of mental health screening first hand, as a person who is Bipolar, with Asperger’s, OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Therapy works.  So does the right combination of medications.  It is the difference between life and death.  It is the difference between just existing and living a productive life with loving relationships.  If you are having difficulties coping, feel you cannot go on as you are, are depressed or have any number of emotional problems, get screened.  Get help. You cannot do it alone.  I know.  I tried.  This may be the single most important decision of your life. And if you are interested you can read about the story of my battle against mental illness.

For screening go to: 

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools

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Mental Illness Awareness Week #MIAW #B4Stage4

I have been diagnosed with several diagnoses, and can’t stress how important this truly is. Thank you for sharing this info Kitt!! It is much appreciated. I already all of my diagnoses, but maybe it can help someone else who might not know they are positive for something. You are awesome for providing this!!

Kitt O'Malley

MHA Infographic

Facts listed on this infographic from MHAScreening.org:

Get Screened, America!

  • 125,000 screenings since the launch of MHAScreening.org in May 2014
  • 66% screened positive for moderate to severe anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD…
  • and 64% of them had never been diagnosed.
  • 44% said they would discuss results with someone.
  • Stay healthy. Take a screen, and talk to a doctor, family member, or friend about your results.
  • After taking a screen, this is what people want most. HELP (most heavily weighted word in word cluster)
  • Take a screen MHAScreening.org
  • MHA Mental Health America#B4Stage4

Why B4Stage4?

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them.  We start way before Stage 4.  We begin with prevention…

This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses, too.  When they first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired…

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Lithium Quotes

Very interesting!!!

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This from my psychiatrist:

We are winning with the bloods. Your latest test is 0.69
Can we increase by another 250mg? Should be our last increase, but we will check it in 5 days in any case.

Quotes:
Lithium tweaks many mood-altering chemicals in the brain, and its effects are complicated. Most interesting, lithium seems to reset the body’s circadian rhythm, its inner clock. In normal people, ambient conditions, especially the sun, dictate their humors and determine when they are tuckered out for the day. They’re on a twenty-four-hour cycle. Bipolar people run on cycles independent of the sun. And run and run.
Sam Kean, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

Of all our conversations, I remember most vividly [Robert Lowell’s] words about the new drug, lithium carbonate, which had such good results…

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