overanalyze; okay: mind; difference; mental health; #thatkenoshajournalist; daniel thompson

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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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 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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Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

Lately, when I consider the Observer, why I founded it and my experiences professionally and in life, I think I started on the wrong foot, quite honestly. You see, I was fresh out of corporate journalism and very much still in the mindset of followers, clicks and trying to cover the “important issues” – which … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

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Inside the Mind: ‘Where have you been?’

KENOSHA ⏤ It has been a long time since I've let you inside my mind, my friends. For that, I do sincerely apologize. However, I'd just like to say to everyone who has continued supporting the Observer and me while I've taken some time off, thank you. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. I … Continue reading Inside the Mind: ‘Where have you been?’

ICYMI: Recent performances around Kenosha

KENOSHA ⏤ Recently, I had the pleasure of catching the performances of my friends Would You Kindly?, Violet Wilder and Spirit Shakers, as well as stopping by Rustic Road Brewing's weekly mic. Would You Kindly? and Violet Wilder at Kenosha Creative Space On Feb. 18, the talented local musicians in Would You Kindly? and Violet … Continue reading ICYMI: Recent performances around Kenosha

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A YAR grant, a KAC donation, and a reminder from Kenosha County

KENOSHA ⏤ This past week's news in the Kenosha community you may have missed includes a Youth as Resources grant reminder, a donation to Kenosha Achievement Center and also a warning on depositing snow on roadways. Youth as Resources applications open until Jan. 14 Currently, youth groups in the Kenosha community can apply for a … Continue reading A YAR grant, a KAC donation, and a reminder from Kenosha County

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Carl the Kenosha Turkey: Feathered friend, fowl foe, or a fine family feast?

If you live in Kenosha, Wis., chances are you're familiar with a local urban turkey that isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers: Carl.  He has over 5k followers on his Facebook, a viral song in his name, bumper stickers that read “I brake for Carl”, and he appears on yard signs throughout the community … Continue reading Carl the Kenosha Turkey: Feathered friend, fowl foe, or a fine family feast?

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Brent Mitchell sings the blues

When I sat down a few days ago to chat with Brent Mitchell, I knew a few things about him already. He is a poet, visual artist, theologian and activist. Brent Mitchell lounges in his home while discussing music and the arts with the Observer's Tammy Peacy. Photo property of Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. His … Continue reading Brent Mitchell sings the blues

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Thompson’s Take: A return to the Golden Rule concerning respect

KENOSHA ⏤ We need to, as a society, go back to sticking to the Golden Rule in an unflinching and aggressively positive way when it comes to respect.  For the uninitiated, the Golden Rule is, in a nutshell: Treat others as you want them to treat you.  Golden Rule invoked to give up on people … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: A return to the Golden Rule concerning respect

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Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

KENOSHA ⏤ I remember my first day covering any government meeting in any community.  In October 2012, I walked into the Kimball County Courthouse in Kimball, Neb., a 23-year-old recent college grad wearing a black fedora and whatever the hell business casual is supposed to be. I sat down, and City Clerk Cathleen Sibal, a … Continue reading Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

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Observer Captures Kenosha (photos): Spirit Shakers, Lunar Lizard and Earthmother at Fusion

KENOSHA ⏤ Fusion hosted one of the best music lineups possible in the city last Saturday, Oct. 30: Spirit Shakers, Lunar Lizard and Earthmother. The show, well attended during the Halloween weekend, not only provided entertainment, but a welcome sense of community in the local scene. Below, please find a gallery of photos from Saturday's … Continue reading Observer Captures Kenosha (photos): Spirit Shakers, Lunar Lizard and Earthmother at Fusion

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Observer Conversations (Video): CUSH, Dr. Cummings attempt to counteract racial bias through Common Read

KENOSHA ⏤ What’s something we all have, but few admit to? The answer ⏤ or at least one of them ⏤ is bias.  As the Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings of Bradford UU Community Church puts it: Bias isn’t inherently bad. In fact, Cummings points out that our ancestors used bias in order to assess situations … Continue reading Observer Conversations (Video): CUSH, Dr. Cummings attempt to counteract racial bias through Common Read