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A Voice for the Voiceless: A Tale of a Brave Little Knight

Tom's Knight Patch
In April, as the pandemic was building and the world seemed to be spiraling out of control, our son lost his battle with depression and anxiety and made the decision to end his life. Our family was already going through other difficult issues, and this seemed like just one more challenging blow. I wondered at our resilience and how we could ever recover. By the grace of God, we are healing and doing better than expected. My last interaction with my son was so completely normal that it felt...

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Read about Someone Else’s Life . . . It Might Change Your Own

The day the library was closing due to COVID-19, I made a mad dash to grab a few books before they locked the door. I love to read, and the idea of being book-less for who-knows-how-long was not a happy one. I like to read devotional material in the morning, and most of that reading is online, so that wasn’t going to be a problem. But in the afternoon and at bedtime I like to read novels—actual hardbound ones, so I was glad I got to the library before it was too late. Fortunately, one of the...

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It’s Okay not to be Okay

I haven’t been feeling great lately: not sick . . . just not quite right. I’ve been feeling edgy . . . like I’m waiting for something bad to happen . . . like I’m waiting for another bad thing to happen . . . waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop—that’s how I’ve been feeling. I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling well-rested and eager for a new day to begin. I can’t remember the last time I had a really good laugh. I’ve been having a hard time focusing on conversations...

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Something Worth Fixing

I love my little city garden. It’s just 10 feet by 14 feet, but the pleasure I get from it is HUGE. The first year we lived here in South Philly (I can hardly believe we’ve been here almost ten years!), I cleaned and plastered and painted, I found planter boxes to sit along the top of the walls that line two sides of the yard, then began filling the boxes with plants. I put a café table and chairs out there, and voila—a little urban oasis was born. The world outside my front door is often...

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
National Minority Mental Health Month has been observed each July since it was established in 2008. During this month, I took a closer look at how mental health affects minority community members and want to share some of what I learned with you.    Mental illness does not discriminate. No matter what race you are or identify with, mental illness can strike at any moment. Some individuals have easier access to healthcare to help cope with it, or even just a better support system against the...

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