I Admire John Fetterman For Speaking Out About His Depression Diagnosis

When it comes to mental health and mental illness, speaking the truth out loud is difficult. Especially if you are in the public eye.

Last week, Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman checked himself into a hospital for clinical depression. The statement from his office is as follows:

“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks.”

I admire Senator Fetterman for recognizing that he needs help. There are far too many who either refuse to acknowledge their illness or turn to alcohol or drugs to numb their feelings. Of course, it goes without saying that the right will use this opportunity to knock him down.

I admire the Senator for doing what he had to do. Though he is putting his needs first, he is also speaking to and for the millions of us who live with this disease. If he can be brave enough to step up and ask for assistance, than the rest of us can.


The 1619 Project Movie Review

There are two types of history. The first is the one that is told by the ones who hold the pen. The second is the truth, which is often withheld by those who want it to be buried.

The new six-part Hulu documentary, The 1619 Project, is based on the book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story co-written by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Told through the lens of Hannah Jones’s familial history and the lens of American history, she reveals what most of us (hopefully) already knew.

This country is built on racism and the backs of black Americans. Since they arrived as chattel more than 400 years ago, every dignity, respect, and human right has been denied to them. Over the course of the series, it delves into the various ways that multi-generational disenfranchisement has created a legal, social, and financial vacuum that has yet to be filled.

As difficult as it is to watch, I feel like it is necessary. The film speaks to the potential of his country and its (somewhat) inability to face up to our collective sins. Obviously, we have work to do. But at the same time, there is a feeling of hope, knowing that there are enough people in this nation who truly believe in its ideals and do not pay it lip service.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

The 1619 Project is available for streaming on Hulu.

Sanditon Character Review: Captain William Carter

The schedule for the Character Review posts will be changing to Friday (or Saturday at the latest from now on).

I apologize for not posting last week. I had other writing that had to be done.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the book and the television show Sanditon. Read at your own risk if you have not watched the show. There is something to be said about a well-written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

Young love sends us down a path that logic would prevent. But young love is also a powerful force that has the power to change the world. In Sanditon, there is an instant connection between Captain William Carter (Maxim Ays) and Alison Heywood (Rosie Graham). Alison is the younger sister of Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams). Captain Carter is young and enthusiastic and quickly falls for Alison. She in turn returns his affection with equal alacrity.

But while he is head over heels in love, he also knows that his past could come back to bite him in the ass. This reminder comes from a fellow soldier, Captain Declan Fraser (Frank Blake).

What Captain Fraser also knows is that love is more than words. It is action, it is putting the needs of the one you love over yours. This proves true when William and Alison go boating. The boat capsizes and Alison nearly drowns. When they are both back on shore (thanks to Declan), William states that he cannot swim.

This revelation sends her away for good and into the arms of Declan, who she can see with new eyes.

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To sum it up: For love (of any kind) to last, it requires compromise, understanding, and honesty. But Captain Carter does not understand this, sending the one he wants into a future that does not include him.

Which is why he is a memorable character.

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