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A New Year: Addiction and Recovery Part 1

A New Year: Addiction and Recovery Part 1

A New Year: Addiction and Recovery Part 1 An opportunity for self-examination. A wish for a fresh start, better choices, happier relationships. But for those with addictions the climb out is a steep one. Addiction and recovery. Those words go hand in hand for many. For some it will be a life-long struggle to find […]

LOVE - Oregon Says I Do, and So Do My Boys

LOVE – Oregon Says I Do, and So Do My Boys

LOVE–Oregon says I do, and so can my boys Dustin and Mark, legally!  I cried when I heard this news. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage Monday, May 19th. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) requested a stay with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent Judge McShane from issuing […]

Arizona: Serving up a New Era of Jim Crow

Arizona: Serving up a New Era of Jim Crow

Arizona: Serving up a New Era of Jim Crow – Arizona Discrimination Law  –  I’ve lived most of my life in fear, however, I made the choice to remain silent, for the most part. I was on a weekend news fast that came to a halt early this morning when I received several messages via […]

That Time I Quit Writing

That Time I Quit Writing

That time I quit writing… Have you ever given up on a dream? I don’t mean you had a bad few days, and decided you couldn’t do it, then when friends rallied around you with nice words of encouragement, and some pics of funny cats, a video of a baby goat, you picked up that […]

Gay Lifestyle The Mother Of All Loopholes

Gay Lifestyle The Mother Of All Loopholes

By Stephanie Neighbour  ~  I’ve always referred to the gay lifestyle as the mother of all loopholes. No one ever expected us to get married, raise children or even stay with the same partner for any significant length of time. My family fully embraced the concept of never having to get too comfortable with any […]

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth by Robbie Cox The news has been filled with so much hate and division as of late.  To make matters worse, the media has done everything in its power to keep it stirred up as journalism has been replaced with sensationalism.  The quest for accuracy and truth is forgotten for ratings and […]

How Spit Toon Got His Name

How Spit Toon Got His Name

How Spit Toon Got His Name   by Eric Kobb Miller I know; I know. It’s the most frequent question I get: “How did Spit get his name?” No, it’s not because he was a dentist; although, the connotation served him well during his career. It goes way back to when he was a Junior in […]

On Silent Trauma by Judith Barrow

On Silent Trauma by Judith Barrow

Silent Trauma is a story of four women affected in different ways by a drug. Stilboestrol is an artificial oestrogen prescribed to women between the decades of the nineteen forties and seventies, ostensibly to prevent miscarriages. Not only was it ultimately proved to be ineffectual it also caused drastic and tragic damage to the daughters […]

Indie Author Vanessa Wester's Journey - Tiny Dancer to Titanic

Indie Author Vanessa Wester’s Journey – Tiny Dancer to Titanic

Many people know what they want to be from an early age.  A good friend of mine was like that.  She knew she wanted to be a primary school teacher and what college she wanted to attend.  And you know what?  She has done exactly what she said she would – she made it look […]

The Pit and the Pendulum: Depressive Episode Recovery

The Pit and the Pendulum: Depressive Episode Recovery

Recovering from a bad depressive episode, I was reminded of the Edgar Allan Poe classic ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ and in particular the opening words, which summed up where I was at:  “I was sick—sick unto death with that long agony” That is as about as close to how I felt as anything I’ve […]

Health Scare Fatigue!

Health Scare Fatigue!

By: Guest writer: Kit Johnson Did you know that farting can cause cancer of the bowel? Or that using lipstick might send your dog Bipolar? If for a second you believed these stories you need help! We are bombarded daily by some new scientific research saying too much or too little of this or that […]

Confessions of a Left Leaning Snowbird

Confessions of a Left Leaning Snowbird

  by  Guest Contributor, Syl Lassman I’m a snowbird, sort of. Like most of my species I have the time and resources to flee winter. However, there are different sub-species. Most here share a common thread. They tend to be elderly, conservative, religious Christians, and religiously patriotic. I am none of those–with the possible exception […]

About Meds, And How Did That Make You Feel?

About Meds, And How Did That Make You Feel?

by:  Guest Writer ~ Kit Johnson   If you are expecting what I might call the usual article about mental health and ‘how I discovered this or that’ and changed my life – forget it. But that’s not say my story should not lift you – quite the contrary! A few years ago I went […]