Rebutting the Hysteria: More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why”

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”

“13 Reasons Why” … And Why It Matters To Your Community

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

Why ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Matters

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

Nurture your “Weirdos”

"We have a new bigotry in America. We don't want to be around anyone who disagrees with us about anything."~ Bill Clinton at the 2013 GLAAD Awards We live in world of conformity. Being different, being ... "not like everyone else is or like your supposed to be" - is bad. Because if you're different, then you're … Continue reading Nurture your “Weirdos”

The Tragedy of “The Scarlett Letter”

Autumn lives across the street from my parents. I'd say she's in her mid fifties. About fifteen years ago she attempted suicide. Living in a town of five hundred, the news spread like a wildfire. As far as I know nobody really knows why she tried.  And I don't know if anyone, other than her … Continue reading The Tragedy of “The Scarlett Letter”