Why Suicide? The Sad and Dark Allure of Death

Why Suicide? The Sad and Dark Allure of Death

My wife’s blog

Carry on, Daughter

I was shocked this week, not unlike many others, to learn of the suicides of two high-profile stars: fashion designer Kate Spade and popular TV star and chef Anthony Bourdain. Two celebrity suicides in one week, both by hanging, both leaving behind families with young children.

Why are these deaths so shocking to so many? It’s because two people who seemed to have it all took their lives at their own hands. Kate Spade, a fellow journalism grad from Arizona State University (I graduated in 2004), was living “the life.” Prolific designer of purses, shoes, clothing and more, she had risen from selling men’s clothes at an obscure boutique in Arizona to starting her own New York–based design company “kate spade handbags” in 1993 with her husband, Andy, brother of comedian David Spade. By 2006, Kate and Andy had sold their company for a total of $80.1 million — not…

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A Lesson In Technology

A Lesson In Technology

I just recently had a lesson in Technology. Two years ago I built a pretty nice computer for its time and I installed Windows 7 because 8 just wasn’t that great…… get it? Continue reading “A Lesson In Technology”

My trip to Cancun Update

My trip to Cancun Update

My trip to Cancun has been amazing. The locals have given us the royal treatment and there isn’t enough time to do everything that there is to do. Yesterday my wife and I went to the Xcaret Park and there was no way that we could cover everything. We swam in a subterranean river, rode in the extreme adrenalina boat ride, got a massage, and lounged in hammocks on the beach. Later that night we participated in the dinner and the show. What a performance, the singers, and the dancers were amazing. I was moved.

Feeding The Soul

Feeding The Soul

After 6 weeks of a close call with my mother-in-law (who is in hospice) and months of working in the field. I am looking forward to my trip to Cancun for seven days. Blue sea, warm sun, & clean beaches will be food for the soul. A special thanks to those who have been so supportive and helpful in our difficult times.

Digital Equality

Digital Equality

I recently came across a question from a person who is considered an expert in the literary field:

Q. What is “digital equality” as it pertains to the literary field? Not social media.

This is what I came up with from the KDP community. I believe it is one possibility, but the whole thing is so fluid, that it could all change in six months anyway:

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My SkyDive

Hospice Care For A Loved One

Hospice Care For A Loved One

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Caring for a loved one in hospice can be very challenging. It is expensive, emotionally stressful, & time-consuming. Recently, my wife and I had to take her mother (an Alzheimer’s patient) to the emergency room because we thought that she had a cold. Two days before Christmas the doctor told us to begin to prepare for the worst. They refused to feed her for three days because she didn’t pass their swallow test. Therefore, they were afraid to be responsible for her aspirating and developing pneumonia. We asked them to release her to our care and we chose Hospice Of The Valley to continue her care.  Continue reading “Hospice Care For A Loved One”