mge (Marcia Epstein)


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Folk icon Judy Collins on work ethic, mental health and what keeps her optimistic

I first "met" Judy Collins through her music. I met her in a different way when she was a keynote speaker in the 1990's at an annual "Healing After Suicide" conference which is part of the annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology.

I am so pleased that LJW reporter Joanna Hlavacek invited Judy Collins to speak about her personal experiences with depression, substance abuse and suicide. And so pleased that Judy Collins spoke eloquently about these, including her statement, "I think talking about issues in mental health is vital to the solutions..."

Joanna and Judy, thank you so much for your public conversation about life challenges. I know that Words Save Lives, that hearing someone's story of moving through darkness to better days builds hope and safety for others. Thank you both!

September 23, 2016 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parking proposition prompts blowback from Oread landlords

I love living in the Oread neighborhood, and want all our residents to enjoy living here. So, as for this proposal to prohibit "stacked parking" where the only access is an alley, please consider the perspective traffic and pedestrian safety.

If that doesn't say enough, then I encourage people to carefully walk and drive (slowly, please) our Oread Neighborhood alleys.

There is little space. Safely entering and exiting parking spaces off the alley is complicated by: cars driving at different speeds through the alley, cars entering the alley from either end, pedestrians (some with their pets) walking to and from various destinations, residents walking to and from dumpster and recycling containers, vegetation (especially near the ends of alleys) that limits visibility, narrow streets at the end of our alleys,...

PS This parking guideline is only one very small part of the proposed Oread Design Guidelines. And that meeting was only one in a very long series with many opportunities for public discussion about every aspect of those guidelines. For more info see

July 31, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Black Lives Matter Candlelight Vigil

Lovely photos. Thanks. Where can we find the related story?

July 11, 2016 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transgender students reflect on challenges as lawmakers pursue bathroom policy; Lawrence school board prepares for discussion

What brave students! Thank you so much for speaking up for all the transgender and gender nonconforming youth in USD 497.

Misgendering, calling and/or treating people by a gender different from the one they know they are, greatly increases the risk of suicide. On June 1, Gov. Brownback signed the Jason Flatt Act for Kansas, mandating some training, policies, and procedures for staff of accredited schools in Kansas. Policies to protect students so they may safely use the bathroom of their gender identity decreases violence toward, and suicide attempts by, transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

June 12, 2016 at 6:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transgender activist sues Kansas over birth certificate

Stephanie is the woman she is. Her legal documents should reflect her truth. Just because Stephanie was assigned male at birth does not make that accurate. Birth certificates get changed for adoption, names, other errors. Legal documents that do not reflect the person's authentic gender create problems with travel, in legal situations, and more. By pursuing this against the state of Kansas, Stephanie is advocating for so many to be treated respectfully.

And a love-based advocate is who Stephanie is. Learn more about her amazing work through Transgender Faith Tour and Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project and her Huffington Post blog and...

February 25, 2016 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'People's State of the Union' to take place Sunday at library

This is an opportunity to share a story that will become part of a bigger story about what We, The People need community leaders, the Governor, the President to hear: about important issues and experiences. I'm really looking forward to being part of this & what comes next.

For more info, head to this event on Facebook. You don't have to be a regular Facebook user!
USDAC #PSOTU2016 ~ Lawrence, KS

January 27, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence artist looks to shed light on lesser-known pieces of Kansas history

Dave Loewenstein is internationally known for his community murals. We are very fortunate that he calls Lawrence, KS home. A history of the diverse people of the 105 counties that are known as Kansas is a huge project, but Dave is the person with the heart and skill to bring diverse people together to make this happen. Those who missed this first Lawrence meeting are encouraged to get involved by sharing ideas, and offers to help, with Dave through mail or email. Please do. The results of this project will make Kansans proud!

August 27, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arrest Affidavit: Super 8 owner allegedly stabbed wife because she was 'fat'

That headline is a missed opportunity to educate people that violence is not caused by the victim. A perpetrator's, or alleged perpetrator's, explanation does not identify the cause of the violence.

July 19, 2015 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two-spirit couple wed 'white man way' in Lawrence

Darla & Mattisa Harrison, thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you experience much support. I'm sure that you are building hope in others that they too, can be true to themselves.

June 28, 2015 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Music camp teaching girls how to rock in more ways than one

I believe there is no health without mental health, and no mental health without art. And I'm happily volunteering my social work skills for Girls Rock! Lawrence camp.

Girls Rock! Lawrence camp provides the opportunity for female and trans youth to learn and grow in so many ways, including: confidence, cooperating with others, communication, challenging stereotypes, and working together to create music. I am certain that this year's campers will look back at the week as a major influence in their lives. The campers, the adults in their lives, the volunteers, the donors, the musicians performing for camp and in benefit shows, and the organizers are all to be commended for making this happen.

Get out and enjoy the Girls Rock! Lawrence Showcase at The Bottleneck on Saturday, June 6, And later this summer, Girls Rock! Lawrence CD Release Party. You will be moved emotionally and to the dance floor, by these youth who are so passionate about their music.

June 3, 2015 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )