No casserole

I heard something pretty sad today from a mother whose son suffers from severe depression. She said that mental illness is a “no-casserole” disease. If you or a loved one is sick, chances are someone will visit and bring gifts and food. But if you or a loved one needs to be hospitalized for mental illness, folks keep their distance.

If you know someone who has mental illness, bring them a casserole. Or a book.

Cover image by KlarEm

Last cigarette with a ghost

As of today I am no longer smoking cigarettes. I’ve been a smoker since I was 17-years-old. In that time I was able to stop smoking for 4 years! I’m trying to quit again starting today. Wish me well.

I smoked my last cigarette in my car this morning, parked in a supermarket parking lot, drinking Dunkin’ Donuts cold brew and listening to NPR. I don’t remember the show, or it’s content – just a mellow male voice underscored with peaceful music.

The final smoke was passing by unremarkably, until I felt the presence of a ghost.

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Video on refugee screening

If you are curious about the United States refugee screening process, here’s a short, one-minute video from The Huffington Post that describes the process. Thanks Heather M. for sharing.

Westbrook Strong 5K

Today I completed the Westbrook Strong 5K. It was my first 5K and during training, my top time was 34 minutes. I finished the real deal in just over 30 minutes! It was a lot of fun, even though it was down pouring. And of course it supports a great cause.

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