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How to Speak About Suicide

Suicide is a sensitive topic. If you need to talk or find help to cope with emotions, feelings, or situations, here are some resources: National Suicide Prevention LifelineCall 1-800-273-8255Veterans, Press 1 Crisis Text LineText HELLO to 741 741Free. Confidential. 24/7. Introduction Suicide is a sensitive topic for many people. Suicide is the end of a person’s life by their own choosing. Commonly, people will ask why a person has committed suicide. That question …

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Privileged Work

The work place is rarely fair. My experience being employed by Randstad on assignment to Hanley Wood Marketing in late 2003 into 2004 was no exception. While I was the temp employee with no benefits given the nitty gritty tasks that carried the project through—and I have solid documentation from the final client (FedEx) that states my work was key to the success of the program—other employees at Hanley Wood Marketing, such as …

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Golden Horses

No Means No

It doesn’t matter if it’s sex. Drinking. Groping. Kissing. Caressing. Dancing. Talking. Staring. Glancing. Holding hands. Acting. Creating. Working. Building. Cooperating. NO MEANS NO Once should be enough. Twice should suffice. There shouldn’t be a third time. At the performing arts school I went to, safety was number one. At any time, in any rehearsal or performance, any actor, dancer, techie, or anyone involved in the production could stop for their own safety …

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The Sky’s the Limit

Trollwood Performing Arts School is a place where the sky’s the limit. There simply is no better youth development program in the arts. Period. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. I was an alumni from 1989 to 1994. My shows include: The Sound of Music Peter Pan The Music Man Oklahoma! Anything Goes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Under Milkwood I also worked as staff in 1995 as main stage …

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Applause & Praise

I cannot praise Linkin Park more. I began my studies about youth suicide at the University of Minnesota in January 2015, and was working on my field experience for my degree when Chester died. I’ve seen Linkin Park live multiple times over a decade, and I felt the pain. I also looked on as a new generation experienced what my generation did in 1994 with Kurt Cobain, but with trained eyes. We lost …

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