Originally posted on Seth Adam Smith:

Because I’m open about my depression, I get a lot of emails from people who are worried about a loved one who is struggling.  How can I help them?  they ask.

Well, that’s a really tough question to answer, because most of the time I don’t really know how to help myself. The nature of depression is to drain energy and hope from the body, leaving us feeling helpless and alone.

That being said, that feeling can be overcome by the empathy and compassion of others.

About six months into my marriage, I started to go through a really intense episode of depression. It felt like a thick cloud of sadness had settled on me and I began to withdraw from others—including my wife, Kim.

Obviously, Kim noticed the difference and tried everything she could to help me. But I insisted that I didn’t want to talk about it, that…

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Originally posted on Thoughts at Present:

People are not Books.

I finished reading J.D. Salinger’s American Literary classic, The Catcher in the Rye, this week. I cannot stop thinking of one of the things Holden Caulfield says, “I know old Jane like a book—I still couldn’t get her off my brain. I knew her like a book. I really did” (96). It verbalizes a thought I have been tumbling in my head for the past month: People are not the same as books.

Bibliophiles like to brag about their relationship with books. Whether it is about the shear amount of books one has read, the depth at which the can understand them, or being known as a book lover, book people brag.

There are so many cutsie quotes out there to express this pride:

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There is even an article on “31 Signs you like books more than you like people

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Happy Easter

Take a Chance on Me

I took a chance by traveling and living in foreign countries. One of the best decisions I ever made. I miss it, every day.


This was actually published 1 August 2013. It’s received almost 300,000 views. The National Australia Bank teamed up with The Allannah and Madeline Foundation.

Together they are fighting for the “find a voice” campaign.

On the YouTube page, the video’s description explains, “Together, NAB and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation are encouraging people to find a voice for someone who can’t find theirs to help prevent bullying. If you see someone getting bullied, say something.”

Beautiful Message.

This little girl’s acting . . . Wow! Incredible performance.

One person can make a difference.

Originally posted: http://byuwsr.blogspot.com/

Guess what?!?!?! Tonight I went to my concert. EVER! And it was pretty much amazing. So so so so amazing.

Andy Grammer performed, and I was blown away by his incredible talent. (He isn’t just a pretty face.) My favorite was his cover of “Chasing Cars”—probably one of my favorite songs ever. I got chills up and down my spine when he started singing. Absolutely perfect! I couldn’t find a very good recording on YouTube of his song, but here’s one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az0hxmXaYBw.

His song “Crazy Beuatiful” he introduced as “sappy.” But I think it is super cute and catchy.

This concert made me so ready for summer. Can. Not. Wait.

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The blogger of http://nextapril.com/ suggested in a comment that I listen to this song!

Although it’s hard to understand what the singer says sometimes, it has a catchy beat and easily gets stuck in your head. But the music video itself? Super duper creepy.

Do you have any suggestions of what music we should be listening to this spring? :D Please comment below!


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