After visiting Detroit, we took with us the word, Pride! Many community members noted their “pride” and how far Detroit has come and the now ‘new’ Detroit. This community even developed a motto: Detroit vs. Everyone. Wow! That’s super cool. What a motto. It’s almost a superhero themed message for a super city. “Detroit vs. Everyone.” Like a superhero, this city fought back and continues … Continue reading Pride

Day 4

Suicide. Sadly, the town we are staying in experienced several teen suicides in 1 year. Yes. Enough to bring in the government to investigate. Which is a pretty big deal. And this town isn’t alone. Suicide is a nationwide concern that doesn’t discriminate age, wealth, gender, etc. Because suicide is based on emotions. And we all have them. That’s why, I advocate for more proactive … Continue reading Day 4

Stories Align

So we are outside of Pittsburgh, Pa and I randomly asked a teen, “What is the biggest teen issue in this area?” Her response, “Opioids. Some many of my friends use.” I asked, “Why?” “I don’t know. There’s nothing to do. We are stuck here and I don’t know. They start. Get addicted and the treatment doesn’t help.” “What’s missing?” “I don’t know. But it … Continue reading Stories Align

Day 2

“Can’t you just relax,” my husband stated firmly to me this morning. I was shocked by his comment. I mean we are close to Pittsburgh and I just wanted to go visit the city. It was calling me. But it wasn’t calling everyone. Nope. Everyone wanted to relax. So that’s what we did. We hung by the campsite. Instead of tramping through the city, we … Continue reading Day 2