The TADS Beacon

Friday, December 13, 2013

 

Nearly a year has passed since the shooting in Newtown, CT, and the reality of the situation is settling in on the affected families.  Several difficult days have already been endured: Christmas, birthdays, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and now the first anniversary.  Our nation mourns along with these families because this crime was particularly senseless, taking the lives of innocent children and heroic educators.  My own personal experience allows me to understand, to some extent, what the parents of the deceased children in Newtown are going through, as my son died far too young.  But I also have sympathy for the family of the shooter, because my son suffered from mental illness and died by suicide four years ago.

Newtown has captured the attention of the American public and it is a story which keeps coming back into our consciousness, most recently with the release of the report of the state attorney.  Mass murders seem to be gaining in frequency in our country, but Newtown is different than the rest because of the complete irrationality of killing so many who were so young.  It doesn’t seem possible to make sense out of this tragedy, but it does seem appropriate to ask ...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

Wednesday, March 7th   Jeff’s birthday was last week. We had planned to hold suicide prevention training to a large group of educators on that day, but Mother Nature had other ideas. On the eve of the 24th anniversary of Jeff’s birth, it started snowing … and it snowed, and it snowed, and it snowed! (Where was all this snow when Deb and I took a ski vacation two weeks ...   Read more...
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So when the new year began, I thought perhaps my life would slow down and I could relax a little bit.  But January proved to be a very busy month.  I count eleven events that I attended that had to do with advancing the TADS cause … I also managed to squeeze in two business trips.

Most of my TADS events were just laying the groundwork for future efforts, or meeting for coffee or dinner to strengthen relationships.  None of them were of epic proportions … but, I have to confess: I love meeting and talking to people – so it has been a good deal of fun.

Of special note is that January marked the beginning of Project INTERFACE’s service to Groton-Dunstable.  We on TADS are quite stoked about this.  Speaking with the Director of Project INTERFACE, Margaret Hannah, she told me that they received about ten calls from Groton-Dunstable during this first month.  I hope these ten callers have found comfort from this service … and I hope many more will as well.

I spoke publicly on two occasions about Project INTERFACE.  The first was on Dr. Martin Luther King weekend at our new church, The First Parish Church of Groton.  Their practice is to have a few members of the congregation speak about their experiences in public service.  Rev. Elea Kemler – who happens to be a living, breathing saint of a woman – allowed me to borrow her pulpit for a few minutes.  She may learn the rue the day …  Also, the Groton-Dunstable School Committee invited me to their meeting on January 24th to speak about Project INTERFACE.  My thanks go to Chair Jim Frey and Superintendent Joe Mastrocola, who have been very supportive of my efforts over the past several ...

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

JeffreyThings slowed down a bit for us in December as we prepared for the holidays.  Nonetheless, we prepared for Project INTERFACE coming to Groton and Dunstable in the new year.

The big event for us was an information session that we held on December 15th at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.  This event initially was intended to provide guidance counselors and school nurses with the knowledge they would need to take advantage of Project INTERFACE and we thought it would be nice to provide them lunch.  Right away we realized that this info is needed by all the schools who serve Groton and Dunstable and so we also invited Nashoba Regional Tech and the Parker Essential School and Lawrence Academy and Groton School.  Then we thought that police, fire, and EMTs could benefit from Project INTERFACE.  And then we included the clergy, and the boards of health and the libraries … and before we knew it, we had invited over 40 people.

Our hope was that by getting this large group together for lunch, they could get to meet each other and do some networking – and that’s exactly what happened, to our great satisfaction.

After lunch, we all gathered in the Black Box Theater (a great facility!) and I took the opportunity to show some videos of Jeffrey, which I think set the ...

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