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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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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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

Oh, goodness

While I was out escaping from all kinds of mayhem that may be happening, my companion has just turned 64. This is certainly not anything I had planned. You might have heard I am terrible with remembering these sorts of things. I had months of preparation and still almost flubbed it. Well to make up for it I celebrated with her for a few days. By the time we were finished she had surely had enough…

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The most difficult thing is planning ahead because that takes a certain mentality. I am one of those let’s live in the moment types of people. Don’t fill my head with a lot of facts regarding some future event because my memory is slow fragile and limited. It seems that I deliberately avoid learning new information. I consider information things that I can really use. They’re not just random…

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A normal heart

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The next movie I see will be A normal heart about the gay health crisis based upon a largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer. I heard interviews about the movie and it sounds like the tort of thing I would enjoy. There was an interview with Jim Parsons of The Big Bang and another one with Larry Kramer and I decided I could learn from watching this movie.

Kramer is now 79, far older than he…

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