Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Sometimes something happens and you find that all the people you knew are like nothing and someone you never saw before will reach out a hand to help.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Depression, is like trying to find a light switch in pitch darkness. Defeating it takes much assistance and resource. First, it’s letting in loved ones that are reaching out, when light will begin to shine.
Since Robin Williams’ death depression has been on all of our minds. And my guess is many of us, from time to time, have suffered from it in various forms. While I can get depressed, and have, it’s almost always related to an event. A big fight with my oldest child can send me reeling back in time to fights with my parents that were left unresolved and I become depressed. I have some depression triggers. We all do.… Read More
When I heard that Robin Williams had died by his own hand I thought of a favorite song. Don McLean’s beautiful Vincent has a line that has haunted me for years. “And on that starry, starry night, when no hope was left in sight, you took your life as lovers often do I could have told you Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” It makes me want to cry. It always… Read More
I didn’t know Robin Williams. I met him a few times. “How do you do?” No eye contact. He politely turned away. He was not a one on one person; that is well documented. He was most comfortable in front of a crowd, where he could unleash his demons. There they became his friends and retreated from the enemy camp. He could fearlessly bring them out to play where he/they would delight the world. And he was a fearless performer. Fearless. But… Read More
Yesterday’s small dedication to the tragic death of the great Robin Williams has already garnered comments. Paul and I are both in shock. We have been saying all day, we need to put something up. We both need to address this. We run a recovery site, people will want to hear from us. The truth is we have not had time to collect our thoughts. Paul is staying at my house in Long Island for two days so we… Read More
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams 1951 – 2014
The other evening I had dinner with a long-time pal. He gets to town every couple of months and, being from the Midwest, jumps at the chance to eat Mexican food whenever he’s this close to the border. Normally we talk about what great families we are blessed to have and dirt bikes and camping – in that order – but this night he was way off center. He kept talking about work. My friend has managed a successful… Read More
Excuse and Explanation, two words, two distinct actions that are not only confused, but often misused. One thinks one is explaining something when in fact they are actually using an excuse. The dictionary defines excuse as a “defense, justification, and an alibi.” Where as explanation is “clarification, account and enlightenment.” Despite their very different meanings we often make an excuse when we should be offering up an explanation. We should be clarifying when we are defending. Here in the… Read More
For the next two weeks Paul and I are taking a blogging break. We will be posting affirmations each day. But tomorrow we go into the studio to spend the week recording our audio book. We are excited by this. But between that and putting together our book tour and organizing what we will be saying and reading on the road, our proverbial plates are full. Not to mention it is summer and we want to gear up for the… Read More
The beat goes on. If you’re of a certain age that phrase will quickly conjure up an image of Sonny & Cher. They were rock and roll royalty. Top Forty titans if you will. The song, written by Sonny, paints a lyrical portrait of changing times. “The Charleston was once the rage, uh huh History has turned the page, uh huh Grocery store’s the super mart, uh huh Little girls still break their hearts, uh huh”… Read More
I’m having a really tough time right now. It’s my day off and laundry is on my list of things to do. Yet when i went out to put in a load in the washing machine I found someone else’s clothes sitting in there. Wet having gone through a cycle. Yeah. I live in a apartment complex. Community washer and dryer. Don’t like it. I used to live in a place that had it’s own right in the apartment. Talk… Read More