The saddest is when it’s a child

When it’s a child, when the family is tangibly real to you, when you know the parent. What to say to them when their child dies by suicide… The saying is real: A parent should never have to experience the death of their child. I simply cannot imagine the horrific thoughts, reactions, parents experience at the loss of their child, especially under the scenario of suicide.…

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Comedian Richard Jeni – A Big Heaping Pile of Me

I had just watched (an obvious re-airing of) Richard Jeni’s 2005 cable special “A Big Heaping Pile of Me” in early ’07. Lou and I had decided that he was good (in our book), funny, and that we should keep track of coming specials and performances of his. Funny how that went down. As it were, there will be no coming specials or performances.…

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PA State Treasurer Bud Dwyer Commits suicide on TV

Bud Dwyer commits suicide on live TV. Not that I have or had any connection to Pennsylvania or anything on that day. But I do remember that morning of the live TV airing of him offing himself. The TV was on in the dayroom in the company barracks. I was in Korea and had gone to the barracks (I lived in the NCO barracks a block away) for something and happened to stop in the dayroom to talk to some of my soldiers.…

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