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Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles played Georg VonTrap in the first play I was ever cast in at Theatre Memphis. I was 8 and played his daughter, Marta. I will never forget how kind he was to all of the children in that production (there were a lot!) and how much he taught us all. He was passionate about theatre and inspired each of us. He will be missed.

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Posted by Jordan Marshall Wonsmos on 09/22/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Trolleys Return to the Tracks for Testing

Well that last paragraph instilled me with a warm feeling...

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Posted by Smitty1961 on 09/22/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Suit Targets 'Destructive' Drivers License Policy

The other way? Why, being white of course! Go get 'em, Josh!

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Posted by Rich on 09/22/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Suit Targets 'Destructive' Drivers License Policy

Now let's see what was the other way of avoiding traffic fines....

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/22/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles had a great voice and used it wonderfully well. Years ago he would came and sing for certain services at the church I attend in Memphis. His presence and his voice and his talent made those events seem all the more special. May he henceforth sing with a choir of angels!

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Posted by David Adams on 09/22/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Moving the Brooks Museum: Public Deserves More Information

"...announcing recently that it would not be averse to leaving its century-old home in Overton Park..."

"The sudden announcement that the Brooks would like to move..."

Am I the only one that believes that those two statements are nothing close to one another?

Certainly the statement by the Brooks board is intriguing. And yes the location in Overton Park is beautiful and appropriate.

But, it also seems that the Brooks board is being deliberate and plans to study options rather than making rash judgments. I suspect that the public will learn a great deal more as the board continues it's evaluations.

Enough with the knee-jerk, the sky is falling protestations.

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Posted by John Montgomery on 09/22/2017 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Moving the Brooks Museum: Public Deserves More Information

"As part of that work, the Brooks Board of Directors recently passed a resolution that adds the option of relocation, outside Overton Park, to our current list of building options for expansion."

Full disclosure, I'm not a museum whisperer or anything like that, so I could be missing something entirely, but what I gather from the Brook's widely disseminated communication last week is that the Brooks has some longstanding issues with its physical plant and it aims to do something, after many years of false starts, about these issues.

And that doing something may or may not result in a departure from the problematic and costly current facility. Isn't this precisely what the museum's Board of Directors is charged with?

Sounds like they are being responsible stewards. So, for the news organs in the community who've generated more than a few copy inches on this topic, tending, by my read, to draw the conclusion that a move is a fait accompli, I ask: ARE YOU being responsible?

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Posted by Mark Parker on 09/21/2017 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

Wonderfully written, Maya. I'm such a fan.

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Posted by Deamonte on 09/21/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles sang at our services in northeast Mississippi. We were honored that he offered this to a smaller church that we'd served as a gift. His voice connected with everyone.

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Posted by Will Berger on 09/21/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Next Door, 2nd Mama Gaia Now Open

I had a margarita on the patio at sunset! Stellar combination!

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Posted by kelly mccallister on 09/21/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Muhammad Ali Meets Stepin Fetchit at The Hattiloo Theatre

Very nice post. Well written with great use of media.

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Posted by Terry Twyman 1 on 09/21/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Deflections: The Roster, TV Angst, and The Buy/Sell Clause

This roster is gonna be tough to whittle down. And you forgot Vince Hunter. He just got the other 2-way deal. Take him and Kobi out of the equation, add Jamychal, and you've got 18 freaking guys signed and need to get down to 15. Not sure many of the middle of the pack guys on the roster can be packaged for more than a bag of chips via trade. I think a couple guys will just be cut outright.

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Posted by Daniel Hester on 09/21/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles was my one & only Quixote & I was fortunate to be his Dulcinea. Goodbye, sweet Charles. You were a lovely, lovely man. So blessed to have known you, so sad that you are gone. Love always, Rita (Durbin) Thomas

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Posted by Rita Thomas on 09/21/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

If you want to end the stigma of mental illness, you will have to end the special HIPPA regulations that deny access of mental health patients to their own mental health records despite the fact that all other forms of protected health information are required by law to be granted upon request.

If a patient has AIDS, a highly stigmatized disease, they still have the right to request their own medical records.

If a patient has depression, they don't have the right to request their own medical records.

We treat people with mental illness worse than we treat people with AIDS, despite that mental illness can be cured in some cases, but there is no cure for AIDS.

Don't believe me?

"Providers Psychotherapy Notes

You do not have the right to access a providers psychotherapy notes.

Psychotherapy notes are notes that a mental health professional takes during a conversation with a patient. They are kept separate from the patients medical and billing records. HIPAA also does not allow the provider to make most disclosures about psychotherapy notes about you without your authorization."
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/…

If you want to end stigma on mental illness, you will have to end the punishment of the mentally ill who choose to reveal their suicidal ideation to a professional with involuntary commitment. Considering even those convicted of crimes can generally avoid involuntary confinement, this treats the innocent mentally ill presenting for treatment for depression or suicidal ideation with a stigma worse than that attached to convicted criminals.

"The laws governing involuntary commitment vary from country to country and state to state, but, in general, laws restrict involuntary commitment to those who are mentally ill and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are deemed to be in imminent danger of harming themselves or others. In the United States, the maximum initial time for involuntary commitment is usually 3 to 5 days."
http://www.suicide.org/involuntary-commitm…

If you want to end stigma on mental illness, you can not socially tolerate attempts by non-physicians to diagnose their enemies with spurious mental illnesses in order to discredit them. However, as the last year's election cycle shows, this isn't only common, but apparently acceptable by even major media outlets.

If you want to end stigma on mental illness, psychiatric evaluations would not be considerable evidence in child custody battles.

"psychiatrists can contribute to custody decisions in evidence-based fashion by assessing parents for mental illness"
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-h…

If there were no stigma on mental illnesses such as depression, admission of depressive symptoms such as suicidal ideation would not result in consequences such as loss of the right to informed treatment and medical records, involuntary confinement in a hospital, loss of perceived fitness for work, and loss of the most precious thing of all, custody of their own biological children.

However, if you deem the sources I've provided as credible, these consequences are exactly what those considering seeking help face.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 09/21/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Jessi Zazu: In Memoriam

Well said. We will love and remember Jessi forever.

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Posted by Eric Kolkey on 09/21/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind ...

The school I used to work at had a small homeless camp develop, a couple and two single guys. The couple was very nice and organized and I would bring them doughnuts before having to open up and they had to move (I found them a place to stash their stuff) One of the guys was an utter ass and I accidentally hit him in the head with a door occasionally. The last guy was full blown nuts but always nice with me. But the landlord called the PD. So what you gots is personalities across the board defying instant judgement.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/21/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

ditto

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/21/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind ...

I feel like I could've written this. It was straight from the heart and soul. As a lifelong Midtowner, with blinders and earplugs, it gave me hope and gives me reason to be be more receptive. You expressed my same sentiments and struggles and his.

Posted by MaryJo Weakes on 09/21/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

Two thumbs up on this. Thanks, Maya.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 09/21/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

all beautifully said, chris davis. 'the rivals' was one of the best times i've ever had in the theatre, and charles billings was a HUGE part of that. what a treat it was being around him and on stage with him.

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Posted by Ann Elizabeth Biz Lyon on 09/21/2017 at 10:43 AM

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