Kenyatta Yamel

I write about various issues, mostly related to mental health. I am a certified peer specialist in Milwaukee, WI

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Complimenting workers

I was at the Brady street festival Saturday with my companion and another friend. We were looking for food and that area has plenty of restaurants. My friend had been looking for a brat but I was running on empty so I needed to go to the first place available. We ended up at a place with burritos and such. It was a very interesting experience. We were seated so that we could check out the crowd…

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The Truman show effect

The Truman show effect

I just finished listening to an episode of This American Life called Human Spectacle. It began with a segment in which people told mental health professionals they believed that their lives were a reality show and that everyone around them was part of the show. Apparently there was a movie about this idea called The Truman Show in which a man was actually being watched by people all over the…

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Tagged: mental healthNasubireality tvSweepstakes LifeThis American LifeTruman Show Effect

Joe Biden for President, Now!

Joe Biden for President, Now!

Andy Borowitz has a wonderful response to the idiots who scream about wanting President Obama for impeached. Obviously they have nothing better to do and don’t understand what impeachment really means. A bunch of silly ass repugnants in the house of representatives could actually bring government to a halt with foolish list of charges and a vote to impeac, just as they did with Bill Clinton.…

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It begins to fall

It begins to fall

One thing that happens as you begin to grow older is that you have more discussions is the number of discussions you have concerning your health. For instance when I called my sister recently she talked about signs of her blood pressure. She felt that her grand-daughter was raising her blood pressure as a kind of wild child. She would have fits and these were very disturbing.  I don’t recall…

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Tagged: diseasehigh blood pressurehypertensionlicetyphus

Blasts from the past and present

Blasts from the past and present

Recently I spoke with a former co-worker who told me she had seen an old friend of ours who had fallen on hard times. It was not surprising. We had seen one another in several years. She had been a peer support specialist and we met while riding on the bus out to the Mental Health Complex. She was going to be in the training class for peer specialists and I was co-presenting. She was in and out…

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Tagged: employmentMental Healthmindfulnesspeer supportrelationships and friendswellness

The continuous horse race

The continuous horse race

The elections in America are just one continuous horse race as speculation about who’s on top, who’s surging and who may or may not run takes over. There is barely any time to notice issues. We can’t pay attention to the children flooding into our country from Central America. And the issue only exists for Republicans to use as talking points alongside Benghazi and other attempts to manufacture…

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Tagged: Bill ClintonImmigration reformJohn McCainPalestinePresidential electionssarah Palin

Naming the dead

I am struck by the way that the names of the dead from Israeli bombardment of Gaza have disappeared. This latest round of killing was touched off by the killings of 3 Israeli hikers and the allegation that Hamas was responsible. Then a group of Israeli settler killed a Palestinian youth and his name was in the news. There were apologies and an investigation and charges were brought. And then,…

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Running the bastille and playing hoops

Running the bastille and playing hoops

Milwaukee’s premier summer festival has ended but our tourist season has only begun. For example this weekend is Bastille Days. It has been a very diverse event and I will be there with phone cameras snapping pictures for my Facebook page. One or two women will be with me as I attempt to ruin things for everyone else.Today I was spreading the word about the event, which is free to attend. Unless…

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Tagged: Bastille DaysexerciseFesta ItalianainclusionMental Healthpeer supportrecreationtourismwellness

Oh, goodness

Oh, goodness.

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So, who do you know wants to work?

So, who do you know wants to work?

Despite my aversion to planning I actually did a lot of planning in my life, before and after I was diagnosed with a mental illness.  I went through several different careers before finding my current one and I did scout around to learn about the agencies where I am working.  I am listening to friends tell me about their retirement plans and I understand I need to be doing that same kind of…

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Tagged: Certified Peer Specialistemploymentpeer supportself-actualization