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Author: Dennis R. Upkins

Five Ways You Can Support The Mental Health of People of Color

So you consider yourself one of those mythical “Good White People” that people of color often hear about but rarely encounter. More than that, you actually want to do your part in battling racism. Maybe you have PoCs in your life and you realize it would behoove you to educate yourself on the issues of race. Perhaps the Trump Administration has been a Come To Jesus moment that has galvanized you to take action in battling bigotry. Or maybe you just want to be a better person than you are now and want to do some good in the...

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The Case for Donald Trump

How The 45th Regime Is Doing Wonders for My mental health Many of you may know the story (or one variation thereof) of the oracle Cassandra of Greek mythology fame; not to be confused with DC Comics’ the Oracle or Cassandra Cain, the awesome heroines of modern-day mythology fame. Cursed by the gods, Cassandra was blessed and cursed with prophetic sight that would be believed by none. She could foretell the future and even though people knew she was a seer, no one listened to her or believed her. I said it back in high school, I said it...

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Navigating Depression With Artistry

I believe that magic is art, whether that be music writing, sculpture or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness…Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman. -Alan Moore Artists grappling with depression is very common. After all, the tortured artist is virtually a cliche. Part of the core of the artist’s gifts...

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Where There’s a Will

A visionary by the name of David Bowie once shared a most profound truth: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.” This is the story of the most incredible man I’ve ever met. In a chance encounter, my life was forever changed by meeting this extraordinary gentleman. My best friend and brother, William. It was 14 years ago. I had just moved to Atlanta for art school and was getting acclimated to a new city and a new life. This was also an opportunity for me to redefine myself and possibly have...

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Comfort and Joy: An Alternative Guide To Surviving the Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season. While this time of year should be a time of joy and fellowship with family, for many, it’s a time of anxiety, stress, depression, and even ptsd. For those of you who fall into the latter category, fret not. I have a holiday gift for you. Yes you, the fine individual reading this piece. Ready for it? My gift to you fine reader is this fundamental truth: You are under no obligation to spend your time with people who don’t respect you, are problematic, abusive, or even toxic. As I’m fond of informing others when...

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