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Exposed – The Arc of Trauma and Abuse

  Exposed [originally titled Daughter of God] is a 2016 American thriller film, written and directed by Gee Malik Linton [credited as Declan Dale], at his directorial debut. The film stars Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Christopher McDonald, Big Daddy Kane, and Mira Sorvino. While perusing NETFLIX for a music or nature documentary the other […]

Thoughts & Music to share on Resiliency

  I read this article at my friend Helga Luest’s, Trauma Informed Linked In post and shared a comment and I thought to dive a bit more, into why I feel the way I do about ‘resiliency‘. Here is my post comment to the article – Natural Resilience to Major Life Stressors Not So Common […]

The end of an era, David Letterman, Comedy & Healing

  “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” Erma Bombeck Thoughts to share – aahh…the end of an era, David Letterman retires – a time of comedy, deep thought and reflection. I’ve been watching David Letterman since he first appeared back in the 80’s…I would watch […]

Striking a Chord – Anchor Magazine

In the early nineties, Mike Skinner had it all. “I was happily married with my wife…my partner of 21 years. We had five great children. I had a nice home and a very successful business—I had the American Dream,” he says. “Then it all came crashing down…”   article-Striking-a-Chord-Anchor-Magazine (PDF)

The Power of Music – RAP Sheet

Music has a profound way of touching us. Music has given me great joy, hope, and healing. Music has been a lifesaver and that is not something I say lightly. I am forever grateful for its gift. Music continues to help me heal from an abusive childhood that left me with post-traumatic stress, depression, mild […]

Consumer Musician Helps Raise $20,000 for Sexual Assault Support Services

Although stereotypical views of mental health consumers are those of dependent individuals perpetually in need, some people with mental illness are succeeding at erasing such images from the minds of the public. Among such successes is Michael Skinner, a professional guitarist and drummer from Manchester, who has been publicly advocating for a less negative picture […]