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November 12, 2019

The Crowd in Salzburg

One of the challenges of traveling is the number of other people traveling, too. Many are moving in big groups that block the street, stand in front of stuff you’d like to see, or cram the sidewalk where you want to walk. As I was walking down a pe...

September 30, 2019

As I stood in the ­middle of the mall, I noticed two young guys in their early teens talking to one another and glancing at me. Before I knew it, one of the boys broke away and lunged straight at me with a knife in his hand. A day that began as a fun adventure took a d...

August 14, 2019

In 1984 I went to Zimbabwe, Africa and spent six years living among the Tonga people. This was a significant change for me and a new beginning.

February 25, 2019

It’s been 21 days since I began my new job. It is official because I changed my LinkedIn profile. I am no longer the Executive Director at the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

December 20, 2018

December holidays are a mixed bag of emotions for me. Sometimes I feel surprise, joy, melancholy, regret, loss, anticipation, curiosity, and more. It’s complicated. 

My children are all in their twenties and live in Chicago where they are in various stages of “the launc...

November 21, 2018

In March this year, I met with the Gatekeeper group at Wapakoneta High School to listen to the concerns, fears, and worries they faced as young people. There are now 19 Gatekeeper groups in Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties and the first one began in Wapakoneta. Gat...

August 13, 2018

This is a great time to look for opportunities to have a conversation or two with your kids as they go back to school and especially if they are heading off to grade school, high school or college for the first time. Here are some ideas that will make this conversation...

July 9, 2018

            Recently, I planned a wonderful evening of art and creativity at home. My wife was away for the evening at her knitting club which meant Calvin-the-cat and I had the whole house to ourselves. Calvin and I pretty much agree to let each other do our own thing...

Get More Curious! Tell Me More!
 

In March, Tammie Colón, Kelly Monroe, and I decided to visit five of the thirteen Gatekeeper groups in our area. These are groups of teenagers who come together regularly to promote awareness of mental health issues in their school. The...

March 12, 2018

What Color Are Your Eyes?

             Some months before my wife and I were engaged we were out to dinner and found ourselves staring into one another's eyes. I remember how relaxed I felt and how comfortably we stayed in that moment of wordless intimacy....

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