The importance of listening

“On that afternoon I finally learned that when any of us is in pain, the greatest gift you can give is to listen, patiently and purely.” — Mark Lukach

Read the full story by Mark Lukach here.

Articles about suicide prevention

While there have been so many articles about suicide in the news recently, this insightful article by Melinda Moore, assistant professor of psychology at Eastern Kentucky University and clinical division director of the American Association of Suicidology, stopped me in my tracks. Her writing addresses the contagion of suicide, something that suicide-loss survivors inherently understand. You may read her article here: What we are still not getting about preventing suicide, its contagion


Sharing the story

It’s difficult to fathom the tragedy of suicide, especially among youths. I was stunned to read that since last fall, suicide has claimed the lives of eight teenagers in northeast Ohio. Because Linda Shaw, illustrator for The Story of The Bear lives in that area, The Record-Courier newspaper in Kent, Ohio, published an article about The Story of The Bear. Here’s the link to the story.

Thank you

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Today, I dropped off copies of The Story of The Bear at The Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas. Thank you to owner Danny Caine, whose bookshop is the inaugural store to carry this book.



Just a step


From the ups and downs we all experience, we know life isn’t as easy as it looks. In the sweet innocence of childhood, these girls show that a single step — or jump — might  bring out the unexpected smile.

Something beautiful


Today, the honeybees were busy sipping nectar from the flowers of an ironweed plant. This little bee’s abdomen and legs are speckled with pollen as he goes about his business. Each worker bee can visit thousands of flowers in a day and during its lifetime will produce one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey. The anything-but-simple wonders of nature never cease to amaze me.

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