Missing Shawna

On April 29th, 2005 five years ago today the South Salt Lake Police Department called to inform our family that my sister Shawna’s body had been found in a hotel room – due to an intentional drug overdose. As a family, we sobbed...

Welcome to Earth

Today I learned of the birth of my little “niece”, Brianna Kathleen. I have the niece in quotes because technically she’s not my niece. At least not by traditional familial standards. In my heart, though, she most definitely...

By Her Own Hand

Oh, how my heart aches today for my friend whose 17-year-old daughter just took her own life. Jessica was (is) a beautiful girl with so much love inside, so much kindness and empathy. An empathy born of her own struggles with despair and hopelessness....