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A run I'll never forget by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I was the happiest guy to ever finish seventh place. Fifty yards ahead of me, with about 100 yards to go, was Mike Devlin, the fastest guy on the 1983 Howell Township ... Read on »
Starting over, piece-by-piece, "brick-by-brick" by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Beyond the tree-lined roads and horse farms, and far away from the traffic that routinely packed the Laurelton Circle, my father made his living, one day at a time. I ... Read on »
Real friends let their friends move on by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Ever have a friend who called you a "failure?" And practically laughed about it afterward? And, then, he just seemed to relish in the notion that I would do what I alwa ... Read on »
No parking lot; just paradise by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health They tried to pave paradise. But, to paraphrase Springsteen: The machine? She was a dud. And she got stuck in the mud. I was stunned when I saw the results. The powerfu ... Read on »
Sanity; not fear by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Leave it to a comedian to being some levity to a nasty place, and a nasty world. I watched the Rally Restore Sanity on You Tube, and I had some high expectations. Maybe ... Read on »
It's my hometown by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Where I'm from, the small forests are still dense and filled with entangled trees. The ocean, the rivers and creeks are still blue and clear, and still far removed from th ... Read on »
Living in the air, and for today by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Kevin Casey reached inside a small Ziplock bag and pulled out three-inch-thick stacks of sleeve patches, each pile wrapped in rubber bands, and each patch displaying pair ... Read on »
9/11, kids and why I may be lucky by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The thought seemed so absurd that I was afraid to bring it up. It went like this: I saw the roster of kids playing on my son's 8-year-old baseball tournament team, and ... Read on »
A son's lesson by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I first heard about Tyler Clementi , the Rutgers freshman who's suicide has drawn anger and sorrow, I felt that - as a society - we were going nowhere. But it was ... Read on »
That social networking thing by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The Columbia packet had a sheet that said, "Fill this out for your Facebook profile." I submitted it, and then I quickly forgot about it....until some six months later, ... Read on »
Coping with the greatest tragedy by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As I wind down to my last day at The Bergen Record, I think there's something fitting about the fact that my last assignments have all dealt with Sept. 11, the World Trade ... Read on »
9/11, mental health and infamy by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001. But the mind was one of the most significant, and lingering casualties. On the ninth anniversary of the attacks, it's import ... Read on »
Another chance by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I don't need an economic indicator or an interest calculator, a talking head from a 24-hour news channel or a radio pontificator, to say what's going on around me. I go ... Read on »
Helping those who are near and far by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The New Jersey Mental Health Institute, Inc. may seem like it has a limited reach because it's specified as a " New Jersey " group. But the NJMHI does so much more in s ... Read on »
Winning, losing and then sorrow by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I've looked at pictures of Erica Blasberg over the past few months, and I couldn't help but fall into that black hole of stereotypes that define the culture of mental ill ... Read on »
Last night at a lot of places by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I read a book recently, called "Last Night at the Lobster" by Stewart O'Nan , that made me think of all the boarded-up stores I'm seeing in all these downtowns I come acro ... Read on »
Being awkward is not just unique; it's normal by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I know a girl named "Faith" who wrote a book called "Being Awkward." Honestly, I felt a little awkward about writing about "Being Awkward." But then I keep going back ... Read on »
Doing it together by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Who says baseball is a team sport? Who says it's boring and slow? Who says it can't be a reflection of life, combining all the elements of teamwork, spirit, heartach ... Read on »
War is hell, but suicide is worse by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The Army is losing its battle to stem suicides among troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, with a recent report showing that 32 soldiers in one year killed themselves in ... Read on »
Feats of strength by Tom D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's no fun to lose. But it's fun to compete, and it's an even bigger relief to finish. That's what I'm getting out of this experience of watching my son play in an 8-y ... Read on »