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Ideally, this blog would be updated on Wednesdays and Sundays, but it isn't.....I don't ever plan to have another spiritual emergency and a brain injury in the same year....

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Happy Anniversary to Rod and Me

Sunday was our first anniversary, the day Rod and I got married. He kept saying we shouldn’t have gotten married on Mother’s Day, but I guess it only overlaps every few years. Every year he puts together a family calendar with a collection of the best photos off his blog. He actually does a much . . . → Read More: Happy Anniversary to Rod and Me

A conversation about artists and money management

There was a point a few months ago when I started ranting about artists and money management:

I do not understand people who can’t handle money, who live paycheck to paycheck. How hard is it to spend less than you make, to save, to separate wants from needs? To invest in quality stuff instead of . . . → Read More: A conversation about artists and money management

When Max got mauled by a bulldog

Max is my dog that I’ve had for 13 years ever since he was a puppy. When I was in the depths of the mental health system, he was the one thing I still connected to. My stepdad knew he was so important to me that he picked Max up in Kansas City and drove . . . → Read More: When Max got mauled by a bulldog

7 important current issues in Kansas City

These are some of the Kansas City current issues I’m working on or thinking about or finding important lately. Bicycles: Kansas City, MO was recently recognized a bicycle friendly city and we got some federal Tiger funding to make it better yet. Let’s increase from 1% bicycle commuters in our city to the 10% in Minneapolis . . . → Read More: 7 important current issues in Kansas City

Why I’m a mental health entrepreneur

There seem to be five different types of mental health advocates:

People who focus on improving the existing system. I used to do this until I got too frustrated trying to talk to audiences who heard never heard of many of the basic research principles that define my work. People who want to work on . . . → Read More: Why I’m a mental health entrepreneur

Happy Birthday, Mom!

For my mom’s birthday today, I’m doing a blog post about how she helped me get to the Olympics in Judo. She’s always been a bit paranoid that going to med school ruined my life since she wasn’t around much for a long time. But I wrote a poem a long time ago about how . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday, Mom!

I got married two weeks ago!

My wedding on bicycle on Kansas City’s riverfront heritage trail:

Well, in the most appropriate category of all for this blog, this is the next big step in my artists life. It’s almost amazing that I was able to come so far in such a short time.  Eight years ago I was recently divorced, unemployed, . . . → Read More: I got married two weeks ago!

How I met my fiance

I was riding along one day doing my normal fall Saturday routine picking up apples at City Market. I was headed toward my friends to meet for the 3:00 bike ride and this dude asked me, “Do you know where the Heart of America Bridge is?”

I said, “Yes, I’ll show you.” I thought he . . . → Read More: How I met my fiance

We need artists to build a social change movement

Art is essential to build a social change movement. How do we grow and expand? Those of us who are artists, athletes, mental health civil rights activists, and people working for change need to use our strengths. We have our numbers, our honest information, our creativity, and our passionate art and stories. Here is a . . . → Read More: We need artists to build a social change movement

Does anyone even know that I’m a Christian poet?

My testimony and public spiritual declaration.

I found this video and thought I would go ahead and make this claim publicly. Yes, I’m a Christian poet. No, I don’t believe your spiritual tradition is wrong.  This statement has the potential to irk both my Christian friends and my non-Christian friends, but I’ll claim it. I . . . → Read More: Does anyone even know that I’m a Christian poet?