Listening To: Spare Animals’ “Better Winds” (review)

If I had to sum up Kenosha County musicians Spare Animals' latest EP, “Better Winds”, it would be this: instrumental reverence and nostalgia for music of childhood coupled with the lyrical maturity of looking back decades later. In fact, many of us are bound to have old music from our own lives conjured up in … Continue reading Listening To: Spare Animals’ “Better Winds” (review)

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN practice what you preach

A little while back, I told you that you CAN take a break. And now, after the past week or so, you (and I) know that I do practice what I preach now.  If you preach taking space, take space Recently, I realized that my world had gotten too big.  I was having a plethora … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN practice what you preach

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN let it go, don’t overanalyze

It’s no surprise to people who know me well that I have an incredibly hard time letting a thought go. I overanalyze everything ⏤ even things that will never probably have any real significance to my life. And don’t even get me started on the pains of moral choices in video games.   Overanalysis will kill … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN let it go, don’t overanalyze

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Mental Health Moment: You ARE okay

I won’t lie to you. I have to just tell myself that I’m okay at least a few times a week. If I don’t, I’ll struggle to continue to build toward better. 'Okay' is okay I’m not sure if it’s the decade in journalism or my anxiety disorder, but I always feel like there’s something … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You ARE okay

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MHM: You WILL change people’s minds (just not everyone’s mind)

Lately, I’ve found myself remembering and analyzing an old quote that has rattled around in the back of my mind since childhood: You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the … Continue reading MHM: You WILL change people’s minds (just not everyone’s mind)

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Medical examiner cites increased overdose deaths for third time in 2022

KENOSHA – For the third time this year, Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall is alerting residents to an increase in overdose deaths.  According to a release from Hall received Thursday, the local medical examiner’s office has responded to four overdose deaths since last week. Hall called the recent overdoses “a sad reminder of the … Continue reading Medical examiner cites increased overdose deaths for third time in 2022

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Just a face in the Kenosha crowd: Local music heard in recent months

It's been quite some time since I've shared glimpses of the music created, produced and performed here locally in Kenosha. Whether it's Union Park Tavern, Public Brewing Co., Rustic Road, Kenosha Creative Space or any of our local venues, there is never a shortage of opportunities to support Kenosha bands. And while I've taken some … Continue reading Just a face in the Kenosha crowd: Local music heard in recent months

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Along the Path: Depression and alcohol, my longest companions

Depression and addiction have served as my longest companions in life. Beyond any friends, beyond any family, they were nearly always by my side.

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN make a difference

In our society currently, it can feel like one is simply screaming out into the abyss with most things they try ⏤ without seemingly any difference or meaningful response.  However, I want to tell you that you can and do make a real difference each day. Simple things make a difference There have been two … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN make a difference

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

As much as you may feel pressured not to, you can take a break and take some time to yourself whenever you need. We all need a break in life In my life, I’ve been pressured to do more things than I will ever remember. I’ve even consistently pushed myself to give up sleep to … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

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Mental Health Moment: You ARE enough

Despite the blemishes, inadequacies and general “just not right” feeling advertisements try to instill in us, I want you to know that you are enough, as you are. Struggle of feeling “enough” For most of my life, I have felt inadequate. In fact, it wasn’t until the last few years of my life that I … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You ARE enough

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN choose how you spend your time

I want to tell you something that you might not have heard for a while: You have every right to choose how you spend your time.  Now, in our world full of constant pressures, isn’t that a nice thought? Constant time pressures It’s no secret that, especially as a society, we seem to want to pack … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN choose how you spend your time

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN make it

First off, take a breath. It’s Saturday. Despite whatever you’ve gone through or will in the future, you’ve made it through another week.  You have made it this far.  Oftentimes, if you look at your life in its entirety and the long road ahead, the seeming vastness of it can become daunting. In fact, the … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN make it

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Along the Road: Taking those difficult steps to address anxiety

(Note: Along the Road is a new, ongoing column by Daniel Thompson. Unlike Thompson’s Take, which focuses on broader issues, this column will focus exclusively on mental health and addiction recovery.) I won’t lie to you. Anxiety has always plagued my life. As a child, this normally showed up in shyness or diverting questions to … Continue reading Along the Road: Taking those difficult steps to address anxiety

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Mental Health Moment: You DO have a choice

I think the biggest lies that I used to tell myself often were “I have no choice” or “this is just how things are”. However, both of these only served to keep me in place. They were meant as excuses to keep me comfortable. In fact, I’d like to share a different perspective/choice with you: … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You DO have a choice

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County Public Health hosting monkeypox vaccination clinic at 3 today (Thursday)

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health announced early this morning (Sept. 8) that it would hold a monkeypox (MPV) vaccination clinic today starting at 3 p.m. The clinic will run until 7 p.m. at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road. The county asks that eligible residents seeking vaccination use Entrance B on the … Continue reading County Public Health hosting monkeypox vaccination clinic at 3 today (Thursday)