Ex-Mental Patient Speaks Out in New Hip-Hop Album About Hartford’s Institute of Living

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ex-Mental Patient Speaks Out in New Hip-Hop Album About Hartford’s Institute of Living Describes Experience as “Torture” and Says Hartford’s Not the Only Place This Happens HARTFORD, Conn., October 14, 2022 – Connecticut native Jim Flannery surprised listeners with the release of his debut hip hop album, Sorry It’s Not Funny.  The…

My Connecticut

When I was 26, I took a photograph of the San Diego skyline at night. My purpose was just to capture an image that could be used for the homepage of the American Relight website. Through pure luck, I discovered I don’t suck. That was enough encouragement for me to feel confident enough to submit…

voices for choices

Introducing: Voices for Choices

Two summers ago, I watched as a good friend of mine in North Carolina was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital.  Though he posed zero risk to himself or others, he was handcuffed, forcibly drugged, and locked in a psychiatric hospital for weeks against his will.  I had experienced four involuntary commitments in my life,…

Reflecting on 5 Years of Stand-Up Comedy

This was originally written on April 20, 2018.  I set a fuse on it to publish exactly one year later to avoid the discomfort of publishing my personal thoughts and feelings in real-time. March 29, 2018 is the five year anniversary of the first time I performed stand-up at Winston’s Open Mic in Ocean Beach,…

Gravi-Tee Shirt

The Gravi-Tee Shirt scientifically proven to make you more attractive Prove ItGet More Attractive I’m very picky about my clothing and generally get turned off by having brands printed all over myself. This results in me, mostly wearing solid-colored T-shirts or shirts from events I’ve attended. It would be great if clothing could somehow promote…

An experience of writer’s block

I haven’t written in a while and thought it would be a fun exercise to walk through an explanation of why. It could be called “writer’s block”, but, to me, that suggests I don’t have anything to write about or that the words just aren’t “flowing.”   In actuality, there is much more to it,…

How to write your first blog post

How to write your first blog post.  My first blog post will be a “how-to” article on how to write your first blog post.  After following these five steps, you will be armed with all the tools necessary to begin your blogging career (just like me!). First and foremost, be as insecure and anxious as…