Religious Ephemera You Have to See to Believe

I read once that some people are naturally inclined (personality-wise) toward believing in a higher power, while others are naturally inclined to be skeptical and questioning. I most certainly fall into the latter category. As a small child, I was guilt ridden about sin and very confused about the bad things in the world that…

Understanding Kanye

What are Psychotic Symptoms and how do they Manifest in Kanye West?   The majority of the public discourse about Kanye West’s recent comments praising Trump are missing one vital piece of information: Kanye has repeatedly displayed symptoms of mental illness. He has talked somewhat openly about a mental “breakdown” which he refers to as…

Severed

I lie like a whisper I lie with the lights out And it won’t take me long just to find you And it won’t take me long just to find you I’m allied to the winter So don’t you get clever Don’t you get clever I’m allied to the landslide Gonna leave you all severed…

I Can’t Stop Watching Zit Popping Videos on Youtube

I don’t know why I’m like this, but I know I’m not the only one. At first glance it’s kinda gross: seeing the magnified pores and oily splotchy skin of some random stranger. But after, like, 30 seconds–or the first good pop–I can’t look away. I find my self audibly gasping at some of the…

Waiting for the Next “Biggest” Mass Murder, Part II

Why we Need to to Stop Blaming “Mental Illness” As a psychiatric social worker, some basic  issues come to mind when public figures blame “mental illness” willy-nilly as the cause for mass murder.  1. People who commit mass murder are no more likely to be mentally ill than then general population. Unfortunately, it is an…

Waiting for the Next “Biggest” Mass Murder, part 1

The CDC estimates that over 33,000 people die from gun violence every year. That is 33,000+ preventable deaths. Wednesday 2/14/18 the third largest school shooting in America this century* occurred at a High school in Parkland Florida, leaving 17 people dead and 14 more wounded. It is behind only Virginia Tech (32) and Sandy Hook (27).  …

manhattan is overrated

Manhattan, you are overrated. Without a doubt New York City is one of the greatest cities on earth, but it’s crown jewel—Manhattan Island—is not the sole reason for the city’s greatness. Like anything that is captivating or possesses beauty, at first glance you are in awe with all that you see, but your thrill may…

That certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ is Sexism

People LOVE to hate Hillary Rodham Clinton. You would think she was an actual serial killer with the kind of anger and hatred that she stirs up in some people. But, no, she had the audacity to do something much more antagonizing: she tried to be president of the United States. Institutional Oppression is when:…

Let’s Talk Hope Hicks

  I have two pieces of advise for the White House Communications  Director/former-cover-model-of-Gossip-girl-the-novel: don’t shit where you eat and less is more. Starting with the latter; is it just me or do most of the female public figures in this administration appear to favor drag-queen makeup levels (more on Sanders later)? #unprecedented! Like, just, please…

Welcome to OBIB

Welcome to Outside the Box–Inside the Boro! This is a blog written by a diverse group of individuals who live (mostly) in the outer boroughs of NYC. Each person will add expertise and personal experience to our narrative and diverse range of topics.