On the movie Platoon, when one of the men is injured and crying out in agony, Sargent Barnes (excellently played by Tom Berenger) puts his hand over the man’s mouth and says, “Take the pain! Shut up and take the pain!” So the soldier puts on his brave mask and stops screaming, hiding the hurt … Continue reading Ditch the Mask Before it Kills You
So much hate in this world today, and it’s difficult to remain fully immune to it sometimes. At least for me. Seems there’s madness everywhere I turn. Short tempers, raised voices, bullying, mocking, beatings, murders… Good grief. As you may or may not be aware, “go kill yourself” has apparently become an acceptable insult, at … Continue reading I Choose Love…No Matter What
A study done in 2016 shows that a majority of Americans (59%) think people are too easily offended (www.pewresearch.org). This being the case, I suppose it's like that old saying goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." I don't normally hear these people speaking out, I hear about the offended ones. I can't really express … Continue reading Kind of a Jerk Move
"Can You Dance in the Rain? Can You Sniggle at the Pain?" By Rob Weddle One can buy the world. Another giggles while evil is uncurled. One hurls dead glances at innocence. Another jabs at the ventricle of a child seeking recompense. One lynches hope with words. Another can waltz seamlessly from laughter to acidity, … Continue reading Can You Dance in the Rain? Can You Sniggle at the Pain?
Teen suicide has risen dramatically in the last 20 years, and one of the best ways we can help is to encourage depressed and vulnerable young people to TALK ABOUT IT. Hey, I've been there. I tried to commit suicide in my early 20s. The details are in a couple blogs I wrote in December … Continue reading Don’t Give in to Suicide
When I was 10 years old, my Uncle Aaron (“Uncle A”) introduced me to the rock band KISS, and my life was never the same. Many people enjoy music, but then you have people like me: SUPER FREAKS. I have music playing in the car on the way to work, all day while I’m working, … Continue reading No Pain is Wasted