Author: K.T. Craig

LISTED – Why I’m NOT Pouring Water Over My Head, Icy or Otherwise

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I have been challenged 3 times now to take the ice-water thingy for ALS. JUST. NO.

1. Water is THE most precious commodity in the world. People die without it EVERY SINGLE DAY.

2. Why the fuck would I want to pour water over my head? Icy or otherwise.

3. I don’t like gimmicks. So, sue me. I just know there are charities out there trying to figure out a gimmick that will get them to go viral…because they want what ALS is getting. Gimmicks diminish. Sure, ones like this might be good for charity business…but not everyone who is having fun with water is donating. There are so many videos out there where ALS is hardly mentioned, not mentioned or mentioned in passing. For some, the ice-water challenge is just a fun moment of pouring ice-water over themselves and challenging friends to do the same.

4. I’m a curmudgeon. Plain and simple. And did I mention I don’t like gimmicks.

5. Charlie Sheen is a man I mostly abhor on a molecular level, but I love his video for this. He rains cold hard cash down on himself. Cash he later donated to ALS. ALS needs cash, not the across-the-board abhorrent waste of water that has flooded the internet these past weeks. Thank you, Charlie!

6. I know some are dropping the water and the cash. That’s good…they at least get that the challenge was a total fail in that one was to do one or the other. I’m glad that ALS got an influx of cash…and I’m glad some have figured out they can do both. But I’m not wasting the water. You can’t make me.

7. I did my part. Challenge accepted!

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8. Please donate to ALS. In Canada. In USA. I challenge EVERYONE to donate. I won’t be calling out any specific names. If you’re reading this, consider yourself challenged.

9. Please, for the love of all things holy, STOP WASTING WATER!!!

10. Now that the conversation has started, as far as charities go, please donate to your favourite charities THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Don’t wait for the next gimmick to come down the pike.

Goodnight, Dear Robin…

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Robin Williams - July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014
Robin Williams – July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

 

Love is a wondrous thing. To feel love for someone you will never ever meet in person is a strange and powerful phenomenon. A lot of us are waking up today to a new reality, one in which Robin Williams commits suicide.

It is an exquisitely intolerable reality.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I just want to scream. I want to start screaming and I don’t want to stop. I lost a dear sweet friend. One who made my life more tolerable at times, less dire. I lost a friend who could, with just a few well-timed words, bring me up from the darkness and make my day a little brighter.

And I never ever did anything in return for this friend. It was a one-sided relationship. He gave and he gave and he gave.

I can’t even begin to imagine how Robin’s family and loved ones are feeling today. Their loss must be so excruciatingly painful.

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Wasn’t it always an extraordinary thing to see that man smile.

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Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~ Dylan Thomas

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And he did. He gave all of us his extraordinary life. Goodnight, sweet Robin. I love you dearly. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

LIST OF SUICIDE CRISIS LINES – PLEASE DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MAKE THE CALL. YOU ARE LOVED. YOU MATTER.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to Pop’s King and Reigning Champion

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Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

Happy 86th Birthday to Mr. Andy, history’s most influential creative head.

 

If I were DJing his birthday party, this would be the first vinyl to spin…

It’ll Come To Ya – A World Without Ned

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The character in IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY who kept repeating the phrase It’ll come to ya was right. It does come to me. Every once in a while I’ll be reading or writing…just lost in words and I’ll think Ned Vizzini is dead. Yeah, it comes to me. Like a shit-ton of bricks. It slaps me across the face.

I hate suicide.

NED VIZZINI - April 4, 1981 – December 19, 2013
NED VIZZINI – April 4, 1981 – December 19, 2013

Ned Vizzini wrote about a difficult subject, one that quite often gets swept under the carpet. And he wrote it for a young adult audience. It’s comforting, when one is struggling with depression and mental illness, to know that they are not alone. Where a lot of people don’t talk about these issues, Ned Vizzini took them on face-first. To read IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY is to see the face of depression head on. Ned wrote about it so well because he suffered from it. So much so that he ended his own life this past December.

He had an enchanted life. His writing was widely appreciated. He had a gazillion fans. The movie version of his novel IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (and the book itself is on NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list) was a great success. He had a wife and a young son. For all intents and purposes, he was living the life…on top of the world.

It’s not fair. I hate suicide.

Yeah. Sometimes it comes to me. Ned Vizzini is dead.