SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part Two

September 27, 2021

In part one of this two-part series, I identified five important lessons for facing challenges and tragedy through the experiences of a five-man crew on the sailing vessel Grafton. Joan Druett’s book, Island of the Lost, describes their plight when they wrecked on the south part of the island of Auckland.  About this same time, … Continue reading SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part Two

SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part One

September 17, 2021

Perhaps it is my love of sailing, having gained my ocean sailing certificate last year, that enthralls me about sailing adventures. Particularly shipwrecks and the true stories behind them. A new friend recently referred me to one of these books, Island of the Lost, by Joan Druett.  I imagined the crew and situations as the … Continue reading SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part One

The Essence of Our Identity

June 19, 2021

I am closing in on 65 years of age.  I’ve had a wonderfully full life, filled with great love, adventure, opportunities, challenges, and loss.  In reflection, is there ever a time in our lives where we don’t pause to evaluate the path we are on and where it is taking us?  I was visiting with … Continue reading The Essence of Our Identity

Give Life a Chance – Suicide Ideation – Part Three

May 13, 2021

Final Chapter, Mostly for the Living In my previous blog posts “Give Life a Chance,” part one and part two, I wrote about lessons learned and lived through our experience of losing our son to suicide.  I shared research, summaries, and ideas that our son wrote through his journal entries.  This final part is a … Continue reading Give Life a Chance – Suicide Ideation – Part Three

Everyone Has Something to Say – The Key is to Rethink

April 1, 2021

In a world of many voices, many of them on high octane, it seems the silent space between dialogue no longer exists. You know, that space where you actually ponder to consider another’s opinion before defending your own? That space.  We live in a precarious culture, with a cry for diversity of opinion and a … Continue reading Everyone Has Something to Say – The Key is to Rethink

Replace Cancel Culture with Forgiveness Culture

February 17, 2021

Originally appeared in Deseret News on February 9, 2021 Unity and trust cannot exist without forgiveness.  If “unity” is a new buzz phrase to create a sense of peace and bridge gaps of misunderstanding, it cannot succeed without forgiveness. Martin Luther King said, “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of … Continue reading Replace Cancel Culture with Forgiveness Culture

Bring in Other Voices

February 2, 2021

With all the turmoil in our country and the world at large, it is sometimes difficult to find our voice and really understand where we fit in—to discover our place in the universe and how we make a contribution in it.  What we thought was, now isn’t.  What wasn’t, now is.  How do we discover … Continue reading Bring in Other Voices

Give Life a Chance – Part two of a personal reflection on suicidal ideation

December 15, 2020

In a previous article I reported that despite all of my research and writing about anxiety, depression, and related issues that affect so many, it wasn’t enough to save my 39-year-old son from succumbing to these demons and taking his own life.  Skyler died in August, but he continues to live within us. I have … Continue reading Give Life a Chance – Part two of a personal reflection on suicidal ideation

The Blessings of True Friendship

December 7, 2020

“Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 11, 1945– I learned the true value of friendship from our son Skyler who had many friends over the years—I don’t know of anyone who knew Skyler who didn’t … Continue reading The Blessings of True Friendship

Give Life a Chance – A Personal Reflection on Suicidal Ideation

October 11, 2020

For several years I have been doing research and writing about anxiety and depression and related issues that affect a large percentage of our populous.  These issues have had an especially profound impact on the rising generations.  Our teens and 20 to 30-somethings, who are trying to redefine real purpose, wholeness, and well-being in their … Continue reading Give Life a Chance – A Personal Reflection on Suicidal Ideation