So, the article I wrote about previously has come out, in Texas Monthly,and the author has done a bang up job of it! George Strait is on the cover, and I expect he'll get a copy of it, which means he may well read it too. I've had some feedback already from folks who thought it was quite excellent. I'm happy.. that my horrid experience's may somehow be used to promote something good. Then I suppose.. all of what happened will NOT have been in vain... not ever having babies.. and never being honest with my mom about it.. and... and.... and.....
Anyways.. without further adieu, here is a link to it: War Without End, click on the PDF and you get just the article.
It's been a bit triggering, but darn if Bill didn't do an awesome job. Taught me a lot I didn't know (Like there are some 1.5 million veterans here in Texas) along with several big bases, it makes it a Texas issue. I will be going to the event Bill invited me to in mid June, and two dear friends are going with me. I think some other local friends will be a well.
Some of the things our Texas politician's have said about cannabis I'm sure comes just from their lack of actual knowledge of it, or how much it can help folks. As a 3rd generation medicinal user, I have seen it help all those in my family that allowed it too. I'll never, ever be able to thank my Uncle J for helping me sooo soo much in teaching me to use cannabis instead of alcohol. And after my mother died, the last of my immediate biological family, all dead from AL-FRIGGIN-CO-HAUL(you off to death) while we 'water brothers' are still alive and most doing very well.
This is.. very scary for me. To talk about my military sexual trauma like I have to do.. is one long kept secret, but my cannabis use, is quite another. The sheer amount of help it gives me to cope with my over active emotions, from up to down, it keeps me steadier and happier. Some one in the article mentioned the feeling of 'well being'... and that.. is about the crux of it. When you have been tortured for years by the actuals, and then, forced to repress yet relive it for more years.. well, any sense of 'well being' is hard to come by, and cannabis is one of those things that can do it.
Thanks to all that comes here. I am still... having a hard time. Sometimes, I cry over the dangest things. Or I rage at the injustice that continues on a daily friggin basis on so many levels.. Like the kid recently busted with pot brownies, and they are charging him for the whole weight of the brownies. Heck, even if they were hash brownies... goodness, they are talking about life in prison for a 17 year old. When is this insanity going to end??? And a colonel's conviction of sexual assault and sodomy plus other charges was overturned because of the directive that came out telling prosecutors to go harder on sexual assault predators. And so for fucks sake, they let him off because of the negative publicity about it???? REALLY????? Okay.. deep breath. .deep breath. think peaceful thoughts....
Meanwhile in Colorado... where cannabis has been legal for almost 6 months... robberies and violent crime is.. DOWN by a significant amount.. Hmmmm... well then.
<sigh> I just know the good people of Texas will come around.. they love us veterans as much as we love our state.
Over and out,