Month: June 2019

Book Update: The Specialness that Young Men Crave


Book Update: The Specialness that Young Men Crave I’m writing a book for young men about young men and their mental health. The working title is “Why are the Suburban Boys Killing Themselves?” The book was inspired by the life and death of one of my students and the growing mental health crisis facing young […]

Sometimes there are sirens…


Sometimes there are sirens… My brother and his now-wife got married on Saturday. It was an absolute stunner of a wedding. The ceremony was on the roof of an old, out-of-commission South Philadelphia high school.   For months I watched my brother and his then-fiancee strain and stress over wedding preparations. From the food to […]

Goodbye Room A-205


Goodbye Room A-205 For the past 13 years Room A-205 has been my classroom. However, due to some logistical changes coming next school year, I accepted to move to a new classroom. I’m just down the hall but as my long-time hallway neighbor joked, “it’s like being a thousand miles away.” A-205 was the first […]

A Little Help from My Friends


A Little Help from My Friends Hey everyone, I’m gathering research for my book and I could use your help. I’ve created this survey asking young men (ages 16-24) questions about mental health and masculinity. If you’re a young man between the ages 16-24 I encourage you to complete the survey. And if you do […]

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Welcome to the Writing Room


Welcome to the Writing Room For nearly four years most of my writing as been done at the kitchen table. But since we last talked I’ve converted our guest bedroom into a writing room. For writing this book (working title: Why are the Suburban Young Men Killing Themselves?) I needed a quiet place to retreat […]

A book update, a health update… and apparently I'm looking good these days


A book update, a health update…and apparently I’m looking good these days I’m extremely lucky to have an amazing network of people who are supporting my book effort. Since Monday I’ve received emails and messages of support. People have gifted me books, suggested books, recommended people to interview, and someone even offered to edit my […]

I’m excited to announce…


I’m proud to announce… I’m writing a book. The validation I’ve been desperately seeking for years came twice last week. First, in a heartfelt message, a reader explained how my writing resonates with them and their struggles and that they would be first in line to buy my book… whenever I wrote it. That turned […]

How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?


I was recently asked, “How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?” It’s a really good question. Because we all have a toxic person in our life who, though we may love them or have an attachment to them, they frustrate and anger us. They make us feel inadequate or unwanted. […]

How to Overcome Anything


How to Overcome Anything For the past two weeks I received messages about how either you or a loved one is struggling. Heavy stuff: Depression. Addiction. Anxiety. Chronic illness. Suicidal thoughts. You have reached out and said that this blog has comforted you or helped you. Honestly…I don’t know what to say. I mean, if […]