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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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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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Thompson’s Take (Opinion): ‘You’re a good kid, buddy’

Today, I had a moment that has led me down a rabbit hole of sorts.  Observer Founder Daniel Thompson I serve as a part-time elementary literacy tutor in the mornings now, and one of my students has had a tough week. And though he missed our session, I saw him standing in the doorway of … Continue reading Thompson’s Take (Opinion): ‘You’re a good kid, buddy’

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Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: ‘As long as my community is well fed’

KENOSHA ⏤ Since I've taken on the role of a community, independent journalist, I have known much encouraging and, frankly, needed support ⏤ both for the Observer and "Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson". However, people have also pressured me to put down other independents, like Koerri Elijah, and treat them as competition. While I … Continue reading Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: ‘As long as my community is well fed’

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Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up

When I returned to this city a few years ago, I had no intention of being a leader in it or the county. If my personality type was based heavily on any type of character, it was always the antiheroes.  This included Han Solo, the Green Power Ranger and Batman (aka rich man with mental … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up

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Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: Somers House mass shooting, fear

KENOSHA ⏤ Sometimes, the written word falls short of expressing the emotion and thoughts we have inside after experiencing trauma. I, Daniel Thompson, am not immune to experiencing this. Sure, written words are convenient if you plan to return to them. But they are cold and distant at their core. Therefore, I'm starting an ongoing … Continue reading Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: Somers House mass shooting, fear