life lessons


Garrett keeps fighting!

Garrett Holeve is 5 feet tall.  He has Down’s Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis in his knee.  At age 24, his intellectual functioning is similar to an 8 or 9 year old and he deals with life issues in a similar manner. His mom says: “He can’t tell if a cashier gives him […]


John Wooden 101

I wish there would have been a class titled “John Wooden 101″ when I was in college…or preferably earlier. In fact, I think it should have been a pre-requisite to life. I was brainstorming (no, that’s not a mental health term) about my next blog post and recalled the many […]


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Robin Williams, Sports, and Mental Health

  It’s been hard to avoid the recent deluge of posts and tributes related to the death of Robin Williams.  The nature of his death seemed to bring out opinions and feelings galore, while Social Media exploded in reaction to his death.  In addition to the many posts sharing their favorite […]


Don’t give up…Part II – The Stuart Scott Story

While watching the 2014 ESPN ESPY Awards, many people were likely overcome with a feeling of deja vu and a reminder of the powerful moment that occurred during the very first ESPY awards show.  It’s hard to believe that was 21 years ago, when Jimmy Valvano gave his now legendary […]