In a recent debate in central Florida, a Tampa area school board is wrestling with removing all native American mascots from its schools in response to the Native American Parent Advisory Council asked the district last year to change all of the mascots.
My brother-in-law took his own life. Wracked in depression and mental illness, he, like so many others, leveraged the effects of prescriptions and alcohol to silence the voices in his head. One night, in a drunken stupor, he moved through the motions he doubtless had practiced many times before. It was empowering to stand between the gap of life and death, to, in the end, stand up and choose life. But this night his mental faculties were exceptionally impaired and he would not stand back up.
Remember Forest Gump? What a great story about a crippled boy who finds freedom by running. Running becomes Gump’s secret weapon for coping, helping, saving lives, and more. Recently, a youth counselor admonished one of my children with sage advice that “you cannot keep running from your problems.”
I recently had the change to go fishing with friend. We were about 17 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico in nearly 40 feet of water. We both had two rods in the water. One rod was for grunt. Since grunt are comparatively small fish, these rods and reels are relatively small with light line. The other rod is for grouper. Read More