White Swan (ca. 1850 - 1904), or Mee-nah-tsee-us, was one of six Crow Scouts in Custer’s 7th Cavalry. White Swan went with Major Reno's detachment, and fought alongside the soldiers at the south end of the village. Of the 6 Crow scouts at the Battle of the Little Bighorn White Swan stands out because he aggressively sought combat with multiple Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, and he was the only Crow Scout to be wounded in action, suffering severe wounds to his hand, leg/foot and head.
"I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do.", Kay Redfield Jamison
Teens and millennials will feel a kinship with The Middle star Eden Sher, who created this clever lexicon of invented words to describe emotions and situations that Merriam-Webster simply couldn’t define. Perhaps you know someone who has suffered namenesia, which Sher defines as “the experience of forgetting someone’s name literally one second after they’ve introduced themselves.”
Many, if not most of us, have been through some traumatic event in our lives. When you think back to your childhood you may see flashes of violence, abuse, neglect, or addiction. This might have been your "normal." This might still be your "normal." When we live through trauma something happens to us, without our knowledge. Lies are quietly spoken to our psyches. So what are these lies and who whispers them to those of us who have suffered trauma? First, let’s define trauma. Merriam-Webster…