Let's talk about that thing no one wants to talk about

Suicide. We don’t even like to say the word, and when we do it usually comes out in some sort of hushed tone. So let’s talk about it clearly now. The odds are really high that you know someone who has been affected by suicide. Maybe they struggled with ideas of suicide, maybe they attempted, and maybe you knew someone who has died by suicide. Maybe you’re somewhere on that list. Not many people are c…

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The Rookies: Copycats

Most people know that I am a drummer. When I first saw the Beatles' movie, Help, I was totally hooked. I wanted to be just like Ringo, a complete goofball who hit things with purpose. I think we’ll all agree I achieved these goals. As a father, I’ve wondered if and when the boys would start showing an interest in music. What instruments would they play? What songs would fill their iPod or wha…

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Waterproof Phones

I had an interesting conversation with a few friends the other day about the addition of water-resistance to newer model cell phones. All of us thought it to be a reasonable inclusion in a new product, but for different reasons. Some saw the benefit the new feature would bring in damage prevention from accidents (drops in puddles, spilled drinks, etc…) while others thought the benefit was in the n…

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The Rookies: Grace (By Sarah Fetterman)

(Editor's Note: This post is a day late, which when you have finished reading, will make all the sense in the world! Sarah is the principal author on this post, and J will add his thoughts in italics.) I've been thinking about grace a lot lately. When I look at the giant pile of laundry or the suitcase that I still haven't put away from vacation...in August. When it's lunch time (or dinner time)…

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The Apple and The Tree, The Tree and the Orchard

Early in my education as a counselor I was taught about family patterns – the notion that we can (at minimum) gain some insight into what may be happening in our lives by looking at our family history. Disease, mental health, addiction – we all know that these things have genetic links that tie us to our parents, grandparents, and even further. However, we often overlook the fact that family pat…

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