Closing thoughts

“How was Bosnia” “Where did you go again?” “How was your trip?” “Aren’t you glad to be home?” Through use of this blog and the meaningful photos I shared with friends and family on social media, I did the best I could to encompass the impact this experience and this ...

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“…the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters”

I came across the above bit of wisdom while re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on a train from Budapest to Bratislava during my post-Bosnia trip. While Sirius Black uses this argument to assuage Harry’s fears that Dolores Umbridge could be working for Lord Voldemort, I think ...

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HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com: A New Website for Professionals

  On the final page of my upcoming book, I made a promise. Well, it wasn’t explicitly a promise, but it might as well have been one: “To learn more about how to help the suicidal person, visit this book’s companion website: www.helpingthesuicidalperson.com. The site contains information about books, trainings, ...

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Fight hate, fight genocide

There are eight stages to a genocide, according to Gregory H. Stanton, and for each of those stages, there is a range of ways to battle the hate that feeds genocidal mass murder. Today I want to touch on these antidotes to hate but please review Stanton’s Genocide Watch paper ...

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“What Stops You from Killing Yourself?”

I advise my students to ask their suicidal clients, “What stops you? What stops you from killing yourself?” Some are horrified. They see this almost as a dare, as if they are saying to a hurting, suicidal person, If you really wanted to kill yourself, you would have done it ...

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Lasting impressions

I am dirty, tired, and broke right now as I sit in my final hostel in Belgrade. But I am also happy. From the gut-reaching first-hand testimonies of genocide in Bosnia to driving over massive mountains passes in Southern Albania my summer in the Balkans has been an extraordinary experience. ...

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I can’t believe I’m back in America…

Upon my return to the United States, I was in a sense jet lagged for a week (sorry mom, I know you thought I was just being lazy the whole time). I knew readjusting to having to be places at certain times and not being in such a lax environment ...

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Back

I’ve been back in the States for almost a week now and so I’ve had a chance to let my experiences this summer sink in a little. There are things I already miss. I miss the twinkling lights on the hills surrounding Sarajevo at night, I miss the bustling old ...

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Bosnia: Two Months Later

Well, it has now been roughly two months since I left Bosnia, and incidentally now that I think about it this blog post is roughly two months late (sorry Ann). As I write this, sitting with my two pups in my stuffy apartment, the emotion that keeps coming up for ...

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A Few Moments in Photos

Small signs in another world serve as reminders of the scars that this country continues to bear. I gaze at the physical beauty while marching to honor the lives lost in these woods. Mars Mira will continue to soar through my mind, being our first glimpse into the horror of ...

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