In an L.A. Weekly blog column, Henry Rollins, former frontman for Black Flag and writer, rebuked Robin Williams for taking his own life.
Admonishing a deceased man for actions he took while alive is futile, especially if the belief is that the dead are no more or are no longer in hearing distance is correct. If Williams could read the column, he might laugh, if it weren’t for references to his beloved family. His wondrous sense of humor allowed him to joke about himself and show compassion toward others as he plowed through pain . . .
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I had passed on the opportunity to graduate high school at age 16, which I could have done by taking one summer-school class. Yet, I had opted to stay in school for another year, mainly because I was drifting and wasn’t certain about what to do with my life. When I graduated a year later, I remained adrift but decided to attend what was then referred to as “business,” meaning secretarial school. I discussed this with my mother, and she thought it was a good idea relaying that her mother had once told her: “If you learn to type, you will never want for bread . . .
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Major depression is a debilitating mental disorder. It’s crucial for me to begin with this definitive statement, because it took years – no, decades – to realize that I was impaired by clinical depression and persistent depressive disorder and I needed ongoing professional help. Inwardly, I knew, but fully acknowledged it as my life exploded, and I was powerless to abort the free fall . . .
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Courtni Webb, 17, a San Francisco high school senior, at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island, was suspended until further notice for a poem she wrote about Adam Lanza and the Newtown, Conn. school massacre. The poem does not express grief for the victims but states she knows what drove the shooter, to pull “the trigger” . . .