“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give what I have received; and to share what I have been given.”
My yoga teacher ‘Kala,’ ends every class with this beautiful saying.
In Sanskrit, her name means “fine arts,” in Hindu, it means “God of time.”
One morning, after nearly a year of practicing with her at her makeshift studio at a local YMCA, I realized that her parting words were a gift to us, meant to seed our day with the practice of giving and receiving — the innate beauty of sharing our unique presence, attributes and knowledge with others, and to listen and allows others to share themselves with us – the receipt. Allowing these words to seep in more deeply, it dawned on me that giving and receiving is the same act; just different actions or actors separated only by a thing called ‘time’.
Last month, I received a note from a veteran in North Carolina. He had just finished reading my first novel, Beyond The Wall: The Journey Home. It had been recommended to him by a nurse at his VA hospital.
His note read:
“I read your book, Beyond The Wall. I’m not sure if you will ever know exactly how close you really got. Painfully close. But I’m glad someone did. Thank You.”
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“I’m scared.” Her words tumble out. Their weight seem to outweigh her physical form, and she holds our eye contact with large, searching eyes as she repeats the words again, this time with more emphasis. “I’m really scared.”
I nod my head. I know why she’s scared.
We can’t see depression. And because we can’t see it, we don’t know where the bottom is.
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Preview the Power of One at the Community Arts Center Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 6:00pm – 8:30pm 220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport PA I’m excited to share with you a preview of Power of One: Preventing Suicide in America at the Community Arts Center this September. This film is very personal for me, as I […]
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He talks about what he knows. “I had a traumatic childhood,” William shares. It is an understatement. At the age of 6, William Kellibrew was violently sexually assaulted. His body violated by someone he knew — his mother’s friend, a trusted neighbor. To keep William quiet, his attacker gave him one hundred pennies. Hush money. […]
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Care Q/A, Part I Featuring Dr. Robert Chianelli, DMD This is the first in a series of questions and answers with healthcare professionals about how they care for others and themselves. Background: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates there are between 300-400 suicides among doctors every year. The total number of suicides among medical […]
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This weekend, our first IndieGoGo campaign came to a close. What an amazing experience to share and receive the gift of story and community from you all. We learned a lot about fundraising in the age of social media, but most of all, we learned how much Power of One: Preventing Suicide in America means […]
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Twins share a unique bond few ever experience. They share the same space, the same resources — the same code of genetic conduct. Perhaps soldiers in battle understand; they too share the same space, resources, and code. Joe was first; Earl entered the world thirty-five minutes later. Seventeen years after Maggie’s deliveries, it was Joe […]
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