I start this journal hoping to be a voice that calls attention to what I see as an increasing disregard for human rights. Each of us is born with the right to be who we are safely in the world around us. The amount of hatred and emotional, physical, political, cultural and financial violence I see aimed at people because they have different beliefs is appalling, and violates everything a civilized society stands for.I do not know what impact, if any, the words I set down here will have. But I do pledge to be honest and avoid judgment as best I can, although that will be hard.

My life journey thus far has had its fair share of wounds and traumas. Because of them though I’ve done some learning along the way. While I will not burden you, the reader, with their every detail, I will identify some of the events that have led me to begin this journal.

I have, as the About Me section says, been shot in the head at point blank range and live with a brain injury as a result. I have lived through the suicides of my adoptive-mother, brother and birth-father. My adoptive father, the greatest gift life has ever provided me, died when I was 15. I have been on my own since I was 16. I lived through some years of homelessness and am a recovering alcoholic.

Well, there you have a bit of background. I have a few subjects in mind to write about in the coming days. In the meantime, I wish you well and thank you for taking the time to read this.

Warmth and respect,

Peter S. Kahrmann


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