Oh, For Writing Out Loud: Product of a Writing Prompt Wherein Agnes Figures Out Some Things About Writing – Follow-Up

Previously on This Must Be Normal, I explored abandoning my early yearnings to work as an indexing/cataloging librarian. My amygdala, forever in overdrive, pushed me to deny myself and instead seek work that offered conditions similar to some of the less-than-ideal ones I’d grown up in and therefore felt most comfortable in—something that made my … Continue reading Oh, For Writing Out Loud: Product of a Writing Prompt Wherein Agnes Figures Out Some Things About Writing – Follow-Up

There’s no mystery to what happened in Uvalde; there were many opportunities to prevent it .

I vote this blog post by Jane Stevens be required reading for all. It’s that important.

ACEs Too High

Thousands of parents, pediatricians, social workers, educators, community advocates, kids, judges, police, district attorneys knowexactlywhat led to Salvador Rolando Ramos running into a school and slaughtering 19 kids and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. And what could have derailed his path, as well as the path of all other recent mass shooters.

To people educated about the consequences of too many childhood adversities and too few positive experiences, what happened in Uvalde is not a mystery.

Research has established that:

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are the root cause of most of our economic, social, physical and mental health issues.
  • People with more than four types of ACEs and few positive childhood experiences have an extraordinarily high risk of violence as both victims and perpetrators, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, alcoholism and drug use, and dying prematurely.
  • What’s an ACE? The 10 in the originalCDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood…

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Oh, For Writing Out Loud: Product of a Writing Prompt Wherein Agnes Figures Out Some Things About Writing

Image courtesy Pixabay My name is Agnes, and I love to write. That sounds like a twelve-step program introduction. Perhaps if unleashed myself to write as much as I want to, I'd need help recovering from the bender. Maybe my loved ones would feel the need to stage an intervention. They'd try everything they could … Continue reading Oh, For Writing Out Loud: Product of a Writing Prompt Wherein Agnes Figures Out Some Things About Writing