Dogs in Training

My daughter and I are training our dogs. In the picture above, we have taken them to a restaurant that has seating outdoors. We needed a place that had a lot of foot traffic so the dogs would learn to stay close to us in the midst of a lot of action. This was last […]

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Rainbows

Driving home from dinner Saturday evening, we saw one of the brightest rainbows I’ve ever witnessed. The photo doesn’t do it justice. It was remarkable. Rainbows are a great metaphor as the raindrops in the sky refract sunlight, splitting it into the color spectrum from a particular angle. Similarly as a single source is viewed

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Summit to End Stigma

If you have been following me, you know that I am leading a Grand Challenge to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. Come and join me this June 24-26 at the first National Summit to End Stigma. This will be the broadest national convening on stigma, including over 300 mental health

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Securing Support

My daughter, Ruchi, is training her dog, Divya, to be a service dog. Ruchi has a form of seizure, and Divya provides companionship that actually lowers the occurrences of the seizures. This picture was taken in a classroom on campus while a trained instructor was guiding Ruchi in how to work with Divya. Dogs provide

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Assistance Required

For 18 months after graduating from college, I apprenticed as a handyman. It was a ton of fun. Every assignment required me to learn something new, from fixing steps to repairing washing machines. That said, the window crank above flummoxed me this weekend, some 40 years later. Just could not figure it out and eventually

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Knot Me

I often carry string and instructions for tying knots with me. Knots are amazing, and I like to practice. Before we had tape or common access to staples, we had twine. There are so many knots born of the necessities of life, from transporting livestock to sending supplies. I love simple knots and watching them

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