Now you are ready to see some cinema. And, in this regard, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival does not disappoint. With 200 films on tap, the selection here is among the best of all the Southern California film festivals.
Those with serious mental illness are more often the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators. The stigma abounds and of course this too is a diversion away from the real issues - funding and priority.
I cannot stress enough the importance of staying longer, gathering more information and really utilizing the clues that are given, because often enough these results show there is someone in need of mental health treatment.
After too many mass vigils like the one that followed the Sandy Hook massacre, we have learned that while sympathy is well meant, it does not lead to action. Courage does.
Among other things, if you're adding up casualties in this unnamed war, 1,500 women are murdered annually by their husbands or boyfriends. That adds up to a 9/11-sized disaster every two years.
In the end, this struggle over the meaning of one man's killing spree may prove to be a watershed moment in the history of feminism, which always has been and still is in a struggle to name and define, to speak and be heard.
Whenever I see a photo of Elliot Rodger's blank face, shivers flow up my spine. It is a startling reminder of what could have been. But it's a reminder to keep fighting, too.