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Homeless Awareness – My Own Story

By Tina Turvey I was not a stereotypical homeless person. I was 4-6 years old. I felt vulnerable and scared most of the time. I was terrified and my mother who was also homeless was abused in front of me. We were never safe. I never felt safe and secure, and these feelings are still […]

World Trauma Day

By Kurt Stapleton Trauma…It has several meanings and definitions for each one of us. In the medical world, trauma is considered a physical injury. Traumatic events cause these physical injuries. These events include domestic violence, child abuse, natural disasters, and severe car accidents. There’s also mental trauma’s that include emotional abuse/psychological maltreatment. School violence, War/terrorism, […]

World Mental Health Day

By Darby Gregersen Fall is officially here, the leaves are starting to change, the seasonal drinks are making their annual debut, Halloween decorations are starting to pop up everywhere and people are starting to pull their warm weather clothes out of the back of their closet. Personally, I love this time of year and get […]

Wife Appreciation Day

By Kurt Stapleton I’m writing this blog about my wife because without her I am not here. My wife and I met while I was deep in my substance use disorder and at a crossroads in my life. I was married and had 2 kids with my ex wife and I was not happy with […]

Back to School

By Darby Gregersen  No matter how old I get, the month of September always gives me a mental image of a brainy worm with a pencil and thoughts about school. Memories from school when I was younger, thoughts about my younger relatives going to classes, thoughts about where I wanted to be with school and […]

9/11 the 20th Anniversary

By Tina Turvey September 11, 2021 Marks the twentieth anniversary of the most traumatic events in American history–the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Towers and the pentagon. Two thousand nine-hundred and seventy-seven people were killed that day, along with 19 hijackers who committed murder-suicide and more than 6,000 people injured. For those of us […]

The Dane County Farmers Market is Back!

By Tina Turvey Only one factor has been able in stopping the decades old tradition of the Madison Wisconsin–Capitol Square farmers market–the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic. Every April through October, the tradition  has carried on throughout my lifetime; enveloping every season that I can remember (the 1980’s through the present). But a good thing can’t be […]

Chrysalis Clubhouse: Rooted/Troy Garden Partnership

Hi! My name is Brent and I’m Shoua. We are Chrysalis Clubhouse colleagues. We are so happy to have this opportunity to share our Rooted-Troy Garden Partnership experience with you.  What was the first day like for you?  Brent: I haven’t been in a garden this year so the first day at Rooted felt tedious […]

Taking time off from work

By Kurt Stapleton For some people this is a no-brainer. For others it’s difficult to do. I fall into the 2nd category. I’ve been working since I was 16 yrs. old and I’ve only taken a handful of vacations in that time. When I was younger I called in sick a lot just to get […]

Experience with Pops

By Tina Turvey Three years ago I had an exciting and beneficial experience–the making and selling organically made frozen treats known as chrysalis pops. The chrysalis pops venture is meant to give vocational skills to people from mental health diagnoses. It did so, and so much more. Along with learning to be proficient in the […]