Two years ago I wrote a post called The Failing of a Town. This tragic piece features the story of Deon Gillen of Livingston, Montana. Gillen was repeated bullied in school, often being called stupid and retarded. After numerous failed attempts over several years by his mother to get the school to intervene, Deon finally … Continue reading The Failing of a State
Every member of your community is unique and adds to its colorful fabric. Everyone has something to offer and everyone should be heard – no matter their age or social standing. And just maybe their words are the exact ones you need to hear. ______________________ I love metaphors. The connecting of apparently unrelated items and … Continue reading Peer leadership and searching for your own Billie
Eight years ago I wrote my first blog post here. The topic was silos; how cities and towns isolate themselves and competing against each other to the detriment of both - while cooperation would be mutually beneficial. Silos aren't limited to civic strategy and geographic jingoism though. They're everywhere. Silos are easy to create. They … Continue reading Battling our Epidemic of Loneliness
Montana's Joint Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee (in the state I live) turned heads in June when it made the decision to consider cutting the department’s budget by $93 million during the next two years. That’s a 15 percent reduction during the last biennium and on top of cuts proposed by Governor Steve Bullock … Continue reading Why Do We Hate Our Kids?
Last week it seemed like I was bombarded by articles on the impending doom descending upon our adolescents due to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Pretty much every article cited a study done by San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health associate research professor John W. Ayers just published in the scientific journal JAMA … Continue reading Rebutting the Hysteria: More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why”
I watch Netflix - as I'm sure quite a few of us do. A couple of months I was looking at their original section and I noticed "13 Reasons Why." I had read about it and thought about watching it ... but no matter how intrigued I was, I couldn't get myself to dive into a … Continue reading “13 Reasons Why” … And Why It Matters To Your Community
Over the course of my recent blog series, "On the Road to Your Community's Perfect World," one of the main tenets I've stressed has been that every member of a community, no matter who they are, has value and should be recognized for their unique gifts. Everyone adds to the fabric of your community. In the piece, … Continue reading Why ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Matters