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Inside v. Outside is a false choice.

True political movements transcend mere party affiliation.

If you feel the best use of your time and talents is to work inside the Democratic party to further Progressive policies, more power to you.

If you feel the best use of your time and talents is to work outside of the Democratic party to further Progressive policies, more power to you.

We need you all!

A vignette


Sweet is the street

walking in sunshine

skipping on four rollers

snowboarding beyond boarders

breathing octagon crystals

inhalations

gasping to be


Drowned by the gullies

rushing in silt

smothering fish

flooding the news

food delivered, to the door,

in paper

wax

before its time

plastic feeding cretans of the sea

making hay in rhyme

Cost of Endless War: Army Provides Each Soldier a "Battle Buddy" to Prevent Suicides

I only recently learned about this from my daughter's boyfriend who has been deployed to the Ukraine. He has a "Battle Buddy" not to be a friend but so neither of them will commit suicide. And why is that? Because since 2005 the Army suicide rate has exploded.

A vignette--a work-in-progress



Been a while, releasing the pressure...


Had a splendid day,
escaped for a while,
the expectant days bearing down,
abiding confusion of what to do, to say
interrupted in responsibility

Can't change them
can't bow to kidnapping, either
can't assuage guilt
cultivated generation-ally
maybe jesus can do that
but, they have jesus
oh, jesus

Positive Thinking. Grin and Bear It. Fake it 'Til You Make It. Fuck That Noise.

Some of the therapists I've seen over the years since my diagnosis have used shit like this to describe ways of coping or dealing with certain situations. Unlike many neurotypicals, I don't have a 'switch' to 'turn it off'. You see, I'm not just dealing with Asperger's, I'm dealing with life-long depression as a result of not working with it early in life and I'm dealing with the neurological and physical aspects of hemiplegia.

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