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Alaina and Peyton: The Suicide Awareness Project

moving the podcast – interview from June 10, 2014


Episode 28. Alaina and Peyton are working on a school project about suicide awareness, a subject which, in Alaina’s words, “a lot of people don’t like to talk about because it’s a harsh topic. So we figured, why not us?” Listen in as they talk about their project, what it means to them and why they care so much.

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“How much can a school do to prevent cancer? But there’s still support and awareness about it. You can’t prevent it. You can’t prevent cancer. You can’t prevent somebody from committing suicide. But you can raise awareness.”

0:00 ~ we never hear about it
11:05 ~ What should the school do?
13:25 ~ “those who suffer”
16:15 ~ the deep effects of suicide
22:10 ~ Can it be prevented?
27:00 ~ spreading awareness

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Letter Alaina and Peyton posted on the blog
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Out of the Darkness walks 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you see suicidal thoughts posted on social media.
Suicide Hotlines by State

Friendship Expert Cherie Burbach

moving the podcast – interview from February 4, 2014


Episode 24. Cherie talks about how modern technology effects friendship, the questions she’s asked most often, and why it is sometimes hard to open up and be vulnerable within our friendships. We also discuss why communication is so very important to all of our relationships.

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“You can have a lot of different friends that are on a surface level, but if you don’t have somebody in your life who understands you for who you really are, that’s when those sad lonely feelings start creeping in.”

3:25 ~ Has technology changed friendship?
8:30 ~ common questions Cherie is asked
12:00 ~ honesty and vulnerability
16:45~ the stigma of “lonely”
22:35 ~ ways we harm our friendships
28:50 ~ how to strengthen our friendships

Connect with Cherie:
on her blog
on Twitter @brrbach
on Facebook

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Check out Cherie’s column on
Find Cherie’s books on her Amazon page
Cherie’s YouTube Channel

The Vacationers Query Session

moving the podcast – from September 11, 2013


I asked my parents, my aunt, my nephew and his friends a bunch of questions. They were separated into a “grown-ups” group and a kids group when I recorded them, because I wanted to see how the different age groups were alike or similar in their answers. Then I put their answers back to back on the podcast.

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“Edit that out…edit that out!”

0:00 ~ advice for newborns
9:25 ~ making assumptions based on appearance
16:50 ~ being liked or being respected
23:50 ~ What makes a person beautiful?
35:30 ~ ghosts and aliens
45:55 ~ Would you want to live forever?

Do You Believe in Destiny: a chat with my Dad

moving the podcast – from July 2, 2013


I do a series on my blog where I ask random questions and post everyone’s answers. It’s been fun, interesting and enlightening. I’ve learned a lot about how we all see the world from our own perspectives, and yet our opinions and beliefs are often surprisingly similar to one another.

I’ve really enjoyed some of the discussions the Queries have brought on, talks that started with a single question and somehow branched out in multiple directions. This is a snippet of one of those conversations I had with my dad when I asked him, “Do you believe in destiny?”

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Connect with Tom
he’s written a few guest pieces on steadily skipping stones:

In Daddy’s Day – A Brief Introduction
Uncle Joe and the Nun
Uncle Joe, The Seed, and Subsequent Events
How I found out a Nun wears a Habit

Do you believe in Destiny?