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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Nina Langton’s scary experience with depression and suicide. • The latest statistics on teenage mental health. • A teen’s brain is still developing. • Limiting smartphone use in schools. • Tips to get teens to put down their smartphones. • The Gray Nomad’s body-image and insecurity.

This blog falls in the category of Health and Hiking. My two other blog categories are Science and Energy, and Inspiration and Hope. My next blog is planned to be about cancer.

Teen depression has surged, fueling concern about iPhones and other smartphones. It’s become a serious issue. The following is excerpted from an article We need to Talk about Kids and Smartphones in Time Magazine on 6 November 2017, written by Markham Heid.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Who was Stephen Paddock really? • Alarming suicide and gun statistics in USA. • A lesson from Australia. • A lesson from the Las Vegas shooter.

Woops! Part 3 of the climate change series is still coming (sorry for the delay). The next series is on Inspiration and Hope, although this blog doesn’t seem like hope until you read down further.

I will also write a future blog about the magnificent scenery of the Oregon coast – the photo below is just a teaser I took last week.

LAST WEEK WHILE STROLLING ALONG AN EMPTY BEACH ON THE OREGON COAST, I talked with a friend about gun statistics and death statistics. In this peaceful setting, with gentle waves rolling in from the Pacific ocean, we were about as far away from gun violence as we could be.… More

I heard some sad news recently. A 16-year old autistic boy named Max hanged himself in Kansas. The event touched me personally because I had posted a blog about Max more than a year ago. I quoted a letter from Max’s mother, in which she referred to Max being bullied in school. She complimented the open friendship offered to Max by Kara (my grand-daughter) and her friends. The emphasis of the letter was not critical, just thankful to Kara and friends. Some excerpts follow:

“Hi Kim, I wanted to send you a note and tell you about Kara. She has seen my son Max several times this summer, and has been very nice to him. She and her friends even play games with him at the local swimming pool, where they shoot baskets and probably let him win at the game of PIG.… More

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