Month: May 2013

It Goes On

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.      Robert Frost  The one thing that endures above everything else in this world, in this life, is love.  It never ends.  It is never taken away.  It is what goes on.  It is love that, ultimately, consistently overcomes and…
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For the Want of Intimacy

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.      Helen Keller In a recent New Republic article – “The Lethality of Loneliness” – , science editor Judith Shulevitz wrote about the work of German psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.   In the late 1950’s, Fromm-Reichmann: … figured that loneliness lay at the heart of…
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It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.  That’s always been a tug of war for me.       Jodie Foster  She pours out everything for us.  Sparing virtually nothing.   Medical appointments.  Visitors.  Frustrations with neighbors.  Her fatigue.  Her fears.  Anger at…
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There Comes a Time

There comes a time in all our lives when we must prepare for death. When we become old, get seriously ill, or are in great danger, we can’t be preoccupied simply with the question of how to get better unless “getting better” means moving on to a life beyond our death. In our culture, which…
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April-May Newsletter

Here is the latest STTIT 2013 April-May Newsletter & Appeal Letter_3.  Please read up on STTIT’s board of directors, latest news, and stories.  

Honesty and Transparency

To be nobody but myself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else – means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.       e.e. cummings  We have been talking with each other for several months.  Writing frequently, too.  Growing to…
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Let it Be

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heal, that without distance closeness cannot cure.      Henri Nouwen  As we listened, the frustration was evident in her voice.   It had been several years, but the pain still hadn’t gone away.  And while it is hard enough that…
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Where Does Your Moral Compass Guide You?

This list below is by no means exhaustive.  So it begs the question: For what reasons do you carry a moral compass? We recently spoke with a mental health professional who believes that individuals not only need someone to share life with or “Someone To Tell It To”, but also need a moral compass to…
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When Someone Knows Your Name

Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life.  The thing that I’m most worried about is being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.      Anne Hathaway On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, where they had come to educate children,…
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Mothering is Not for the Faint of Heart

On this Mother’s Day weekend we celebrate our own mothers and grandmothers, our wives, and all those women who give their love to nurture us in so many ways: To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you To those who (have ever) lost a child …  we mourn with…
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