Charity:Water – How Scott Harrison Gave Up Wealth, Drugs, Booze and Porn to Give Millions Clean Water

by Tony Wyman Thousands have lived without love, not one without water – W.H. Auden, poet Despite living a life that most young men would kill for, Scott Harrison didn’t think much of himself at 28 years of age.  In fact, this young man who grew up in a Christian family in Pennsylvania, concluded that, after 10 years of being a highly-successful, highly-paid nightclub promoter, he was the worst person he knew. “I learned, if you were interested in rebelling in style,” he said to an audience at Creative Mornings,…

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Draconian Opioid Crackdown Produces Collateral Victims And Unnecessary Trauma For Chronic Pain Sufferers

photo of protest against opioid crackdown that has deprived chronic pain sufferers the pain medications they rely on

by Richard Cameron   Last May, we published an article about the unintended consequences of the federal and state response to the Opioid crisis. Following that, we received a considerable number of comments that reinforced our contention that the policies that were instituted created considerable more turmoil and trauma than they alleviated. Here is a sample of what we heard. The names have not been published to protect the privacy of the correspondents: “I have MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease). What that is is overlapping autoimmune diseases. I have 8…

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There are Ways to Handle a Midlife Crisis Without Buying a Corvette

by Tony Wyman At 57, I find too many times that I am “that guy,” the older, greying veteran warning younger men to prepare better for middle age than I did, to be in a better place emotionally to handle that moment that will inevitably come when they realize their best days are behind them. Greybeards warned me, of course, when I was in my 20’s and was smarter than everyone else.  And I treated their advice with the same disdain the young men I talk to treat my words. …

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Because We Lack True Friendships, Men Are Living Unnecessarily Lonely Lives

by Tony Wyman A little more than a year ago, I shared a table at an Irish pub outside Dayton, Ohio, with three fellow business executives, men all in their 50’s who held high-paying positions in major companies where they had enjoyed long and successful careers that made them well-respected and affluent members of their communities. And all three of them were miserable. None of them had money problems, unfaithful wives, recalcitrant children or failing health.  In fact, from an outsider’s perspective, their lives were pretty much what they should…

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Is America Suffering from Compassion Fatigue?

by Tony Wyman With the news of the world always at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be surprising that Americans are growing fatigued by a constant stream of bad news, mass shooting, destructive storms and rampaging wildfires.  With almost no way to escape the endless flow of information, more and more people are saying “Enough! Give me a break!” In fact, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center early this year, 68% said they are overwhelmed by the volume of information coming at them day and night.  And,…

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The Death of Madelyn Linsenmeir Shouldn’t Matter More Than the Deaths of Other Drug Victims

by Tony Wyman On October 7, 2018, in the idyllic community of Burlington, Vermont, a 30-year-old mother in police custody laid in a hospital bed where, later that evening, she would take her last breath, succumbing to the ravages of opioid addiction. Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir left behind a 3-year-old son, a life full of promise and unrealized talent, as well as a family that penned her obituary so full of heartbroken melancholy that it touched the world.  Publications like People Magazine, The Washington Post and USA Today in the United…

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Mollie Tibbetts’ Death Was About Violence Against Women – Not Immigration

photo of murder victim Molly Tibbetts at her graduation. Tibbetts death is controversial due to the immigration status of her assailant.

by Tony Wyman Few would have blamed the family of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts if they had joined the president in condemning a race of people the day police were led to her body by the Hispanic immigrant accused of brutally murdering her. After all, they had just suffered through 34 days of unimaginable fear and pain, desperately praying for a miracle, only to be crushed by the news they would never again see Mollie’s beaming smile light up a room again. Emotions will lead us to public statements that we…

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The Fate of Our Families And How We Can Change Course

crayon style drawing of family with Mom, Dad and Child.

by Paul Hamlin This may be chicken and egg argument, but in truth it doesn’t matter.  The American family is disintegrating, and it really doesn’t matter what happened first, whether societal pressures are destroying families or if families dissolving are causing the societal illness.  What we do know is that the family is a representation of the modern society. So, we can argue which came first, but the truth is we cannot solve the problems of society without looking at and solving our family issues. Let’s start with some disclaimers: This is…

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Heart Medicine: Is It Making You Depressed?

image of physician in hospital scrubs and with stethoscope

By Dena Leichnitz A recent study has recently come forth declaring that certain heart medications can lead to depression. However, it was not just heart medications but other medicines such as birth control pills and ACE inhibitors.  However, even doctors are uncertain if we are talking about which came first – the chicken or the egg in this kind of scenario. Very few people go out and celebrate having heart disease, therefore the disease itself and its resulting complications may play a bigger role in the occurrence of depression than…

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The Robin Williams Effect: Why Celebrity Deaths Lead To An Increase In Suicides

Robin Williams meme with photo of Williams and text from his quote about sadness and why depressed people often make a greater effort to please others

by Tony Wyman After comedian Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014, the number of people in America who took their own lives increased 10% over the next five months. Suicide prevention experts call this phenomenon “The Robin Williams Effect” and worry that media coverage of a celebrity’s suicide might be the catalyst that pushes others thinking about taking their own lives over the edge.  If celebrities, with all their fame, adoring fans, remarkable wealth and limitless opportunities can’t find happiness, the thinking goes of a person considering suicide,…

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