My son reached a milestone in his life on May 27, 2021. He graduated from college. He had hoped to achieve this goal in 2014, but his mind had other plans. His dream of becoming a video game writer plunged into chaos when his concentration betrayed him and invisible voices overpowered him.

His mind raced, and he fell prey to delusions unaware they had supplanted reality. He lost his college friends who slinked away out of fear, and he hid his problem from me because he didn’t know how to explain the unexplainable. …

Chinook Salmon migrate from ocean to freshwater streams.

After twenty years of research scientists in Washington state, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have solved the mystery of the Coho salmon die-off. The assassin, a chemical in tires.

The slayer, known as 6PPD, is a preservative used to stop tires from breaking down. Miniscule amounts break off as tires hit the pavement. When it rains the chemical, along with every other pollutant on the road, washes into storm drains which flow into the local streams. As the Coho migrate into the fresh waterways they become disoriented, lose their equilibrium, and die before spawning.

The discovery turned into a “Eureka!”…

Monarch Butterflies wintering in Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, CA

I don’t see them at first. I wait as the sun starts to warm the air.

Sleepy, wing-folded monarchs begin to stir in the eucalyptus branches. Huddled and bundled like clumps of fall leaves among the menthol-scented trees. I squint.

The sun’s rays filter through the foggy grove. Pumpkin orange wings veined with inky black designs flutter and flap. As if on cue, one… two… three regal insects peel off from clusters resting on the waxy blue leaves. The magic begins. The dance starts.

Three grows into ten until I lose count. The air between the grayish eucalyptus bark fills…

Photo by Yeyo Salas on Unsplash

Bedlam, Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg’s raw, candid documentary on the mental health crisis in America is difficult to watch. But if you want to understand why America has tent cities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and elsewhere; If you want to understand why the majority of these individuals, even if given an opportunity of shelter refuse; or if you are just fed up by all the insanity on our streets, Bedlam explains how we got here.

“This is a 150-year-old disaster that ended up being the largest social disaster of the 20th century and now of the 21st century,”…

Former NBA player Delonte West's career highs and lows did not revolve exclusively around his professional basketball years.

During early adolescence he began cutting himself and using prescription drugs to self-medicate. His behavior coinciding with a time when early symptoms of mental illness first appear. This is known as the prodromal stage.

He was hospitalized frequently as a child, but it was not until 2008 (in his early 20s) that the NBA player was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This is the challenge of these diseases. …

For those who think climate change is a hoax, come to California, where dawn looks like dusk under a thick orange haze blanket.

The sun blocked by a clogged sky of smoke and ash, so intense it obliterates the years I lived in smoggy Los Angeles. Having moved from the Midwest in the 1970s, I had no idea there was such a thing as air pollution sickness until my sinus went haywire. But this is like nothing else!

When I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, the region’s natural air-conditioning from the Pacific Ocean only required ceiling fans. Of…

Why can’t we show more protests coverage like the one in Denver? Where hundreds lay face down and chanted, “I can’t breathe.”

The most powerful messages are the ones that are peaceful and unified.

We need these imagines dominating the news? Instead of all the looting, fires and anarchy. Yes, I know that’s what makes the news. Yes, I know it’s important to inform, show and tell. I covered news long enough to know what sells and what pushes our emotional buttons.

Except it doesn’t take long for this to become the only thing imprinted in our psyche. We…

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A well-functioning mental health system provides a continuum of care for the entire spectrum of individuals with psychiatric conditions, including hospitalization. Such a continuum no longer exists in the United States
–Treatment Advocacy Center

We were in the midst of a mental health tsunami before COVID-19 landed on our shores. The system buckling from a severe shortage of hospital beds and mental healthcare providers. The problem growing exponentially, with one in five adults or (46.6 million in 2017) Americans living with mental illness.

Those stats gathered three years before COVID-19, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

The updated…

A year ago, before Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford became must-watch TV, the YWCA Silicon Valley booked Anita Hill as its Keynote speaker for the nonprofit’s annual Inspire Luncheon. This fortuitous timing lost on none of the 1900 attendees.

Dr. Hill demonstrated exceptional grace. She spoke about the long game. How after the 1991 confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, she steeled herself for a marathon not a sprint when it came to changing the way women were treated in the workplace.

“I have been on this path for 27 years, and I will not retreat now,” she said.

Moryt Milo

As a journalist, curiosity and awareness anchor my writer’s toolbox. Nature lover. Mental health advocate.

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