The summer of 2014 has been one for the books. As the meetings and work abound, the memories of the season will continue and will allow for this summer to continue to live on... at least until summer 2015 rolls around.
And we want to help. And we're afraid to. We're afraid of not knowing what to say. We're afraid of looking too closely into the deep and bottomless well of someone else's unhappiness, afraid of how those dark waters may beckon to us.
The sad news of beloved comic Robin William's death was followed by reports he was fighting Parkinson's disease. His widow, Susan Schneider, reveale...
Words have meaning and intent, and denial of this fact is ignorant. I believe that in the great cage match of life, enlightenment destroys ignorance, and enlightenment is my truth, my whole truth, and nothing but my truth, in whatever way I choose to illuminate the darkness of my own tightly-locked closet.
I have had relationships with two men with the surname of Williams who completed suicide -- one, my fiancé. The other, someone I never met, but for whom I felt the most sincere love and appreciation for the gut laughter he brought up in me, and billions, time and again over decades.
Regardless of the cause of death, grief is the same. One doesn't trump the other in that department. Losing a loved one, for lack of a better word, sucks. Period.
May this world continue to be blessed with fearless artists who are inspired by Robin Williams' comedy, courage, and creativity. May we pour out compassion. May we be aware of mental health and the sickness that comes with it.
As the world continues to move forward in the weeks after learning that one of its most beloved performers made his transition at his own hand; the co...
Why should we pay cable companies big monthly fees for a huge lineup of programs we never watch but are charged for. Research shows that folks with 300 channels only watch an average of 12 of them. Why not pick and choose just what we want to watch and pay for each show as we go? Or, as the industry calls it: pay-per-view.
We can't help but be a little grateful that his fame is shining a spotlight on the very real but little discussed aspects of Parkinson's. Yet it brings into focus that the disease is more than just what we publicly acknowledge: tremors, rigidity, trouble walking and a host of other motor skills problems.
The Dalai Lama wrote a wonderful book called, The Art of Happiness. In it, he makes clear that essentially, it's the quest for happiness inspires us to awaken in the morning. Wars happen because everyone wants what they want, and believe that getting it will make them happy. Fights happen for the same reason.
He had an uncanny ability to make people feel like he was their friend and that they really knew him. He gave you his attention -- whether you were a guy with a magic marker, or an audience of 5,000 -- you mattered.
Is it just me, or does everyone else's newsfeeds read like the world is going to hell? I mean, seriously, the torrent of bad news is so unrelenting th...
I think the producers sometimes succumb to the emotion of the moment and don't stop to think that in honoring one in the manner they did for Williams it does a huge disservice to those who are shown for a second or so with an 8x10 glossy.
Maybe the pain of death -- of all the deaths this summer -- will finally remind us what it means to live.
We need to show all of America's nearly 43 million people with mental illness the same compassion and empathy we've shown Robin Williams. They all deserve to live a full life, all of us need to benefit from what they have to give, and it can be done at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives.