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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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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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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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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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Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

I’ll be completely honest with you guys, most days the thought that repeats in my head is, “I don’t want to do this.” However, every day I drag myself — sometimes kicking and screaming — to do that specific activity (mostly exercise or work) to which I’ve made a commitment.  Because, after I do it, … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

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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?’

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County: Public Health hosting vaccination clinic Wednesday morning (Feb. 9)

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will be hosting a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the ELCA Outreach Center ⏤ 6218 26th Ave. ⏤ tomorrow, Feb. 9.  Planned for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the clinic not only offers residents a vaccination, but also a $25 Visa gift card while supplies lasts, according to … Continue reading County: Public Health hosting vaccination clinic Wednesday morning (Feb. 9)

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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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‘Framing and Sobriety’: An observation on how one affects another (podcast)

KENOSHA ⏤ As of Jan. 1, 2022, I am officially five years sober from alcohol, after roughly also a decade of alcoholism/binge drinking. However, while that is a cause for celebration in my life, the milestone leaves me thinking about why it's so hard for many to reach that goal. Therefore, I've identified some things … Continue reading ‘Framing and Sobriety’: An observation on how one affects another (podcast)

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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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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

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County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will host a COVID-19 booster dose clinic this Friday, Oct. 8, at the Kenosha County Job Center. The clinic at the center ⏤ located at 8600 Sheridan Road in Kenosha ⏤ will run 9 a.m. to noon. County officials stress the clinic is “intended to serve eligible individuals … Continue reading County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

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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’