Stigma and the Elephant in the Room, to the Point of No Return and Back

by Rob Leathen I went public not for any sympathy and not for any pity but because I firmly believe that silence does nothing but strengthen stigma. Early in February 2019, I knew something wasn’t quite right with me. The continual arguments with my wife, the emotional outbursts, unexpected crying and anger. Anger with everybody …

Human Kindness

by Peggy Sweeney I have been very blessed in my life to be able to be a small part of several human kindness professions. Everyday people who dedicate and risk their lives to protect, serve and care for others: law enforcement and correctional officers 911 emergency dispatchers firefighters (as of 2018, 67% were volunteer) pre-hospital …

Friend

  Don't tell me that you understand, don't tell me that you know, Don't tell me that I will survive or how I will surely grow. Don't tell me that this is just a test, that I am truly blessed. That I am chosen for this task, apart from all the rest. Don't come at …

Missing You

by Peggy Sweeney Author's Note: This is a story about my child who is estranged from his family.  In August of 1977, a baby was placed in my arms at Chicago's O’Hara Airport. Just four and half months old, he arrived from Seoul, Korea. He was the second of two babies my husband and I …