To our military veterans, the Boundary Waters is a place where the land and country they fought for provides healing. No one better illustrates this than Erik Packard, an army veteran who served two tours in Iraq.
All who have survived trauma know well the feeling of the broken spirit. The loss of faith that comes with having your belief system ripped out from under you.
I not only didn't have to follow a template or measurement of my brain's responses in comparison to the people (Muggles) around me, I also got to satisfy the child-like part of myself that was raised to believe that parentless people (or kids with serious PTSD) could be heroic.
WILL OSCAR-WORTHY "HAPPY" GET OSCAR NOD? Erin Sax's "Happy" is the featured song in the critically acclaimed movie Altered Minds, directed by Michael...
For the next few months the people who are vying to be our next president will be amazingly accessible. If you happen to live in a state like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina you can very easily find an event featuring one of the presidential candidates at which you could ask them a direct question. When the moment comes, what would you ask?
Coming face to face with raw violence changes a person's vision of the world. In this new, unsafe world, threats are everywhere and hyper-vigilance is the new normal. Can carrying a gun help a person feel safer? Can it, at least, give us back our illusion of safety?
Photo by Lesa Amoore Tracee Stanley has developed an innovative practice to help people g...
One of the subjects nearest and dearest to my heart is that of my fellow veterans. I've written several articles over the past year that have cente...
Foreward Reviews, a quarterly magazine focused on books published by independent publishing houses, selected The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War by Michael Putzel (Trysail Publishing 2015) as one of only four works of nonfiction favored by its reviewers as the best books of 2015.
In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states. The table was set in other ways that will lead to a healthy serving of marijuana policy reform in 2016.
Lindsay Tessier was first. Her pitch about Marvel's Jessica Jones arrived three days after the series had gone live. Then came Charley Reid's. Next, L...
Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.
In real life we do our best to hide (the bulk of) our pain from other people. After a bad night, we put on a nice outfit and a big smile and only a trusted few -- if even that many -- ever get to see us with our pain exposed to another's eyes.
The idea is to remain happy and healthy and securely connected, rather than let the stresses dampen your spirit or lead to self-sabotage.
When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words, "I was sexually abused." It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could happen to me.
The holidays can be like a riptide of sadness, the more you fight the currents of sadness, the more you are overcome by them. You aren't a Grinch or a Scrooge if constant reminders of the "happy" season make you sad.