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Re: “Don't want to go to college, eh? Here's a dirty secret — you don't have to

While I certainly don't feel as if those who don't wish to attend college should feel obligated to do so, one should be aware that there are significant benefits to doing so. One need only Google income and college graduate to quantify the economic benefits.

Anecdotally, college and graduate school were crucial to my ability to obtain and retain gainful employment for the past decade and a half. A key component of this was the development of critical thinking skills and the exposure to ideas, theories, art, culture and people I wouldn't have otherwise. These experiences have played a significant role in shaping my adult life. Certainly I'd be a very different person if I'd not spent those 6 years at university.

Posted by TobintheGnome on 08/28/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina, Thank you for sharing your heart-wrenching story. Last year my nephew took his life. He was attending an Ivy League University. He was 21 years old. He was brilliant. He too was suffering from depression. He took his life on my birthday. I pray for his mother, my sister, daily. I cannot even imagine the pain she is suffering.

Posted by Anna on 08/27/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina...Thank you for sharing this in hopes of helping other families. So beautifully and painfully written! I still think of Cam often and love you so much! Shelly

Posted by Shelly Patterson on 08/22/2014 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina...I love you and your courage to share this with the world in hopes that it will help other families who are facing this. Beautiful and heartfelt. I still think of Cam often and what an amazing young man he was. Love you! Shelly

Posted by Shelly Patterson on 08/22/2014 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Oh my beautiful friend. This is viscerally honest and heartrending. You are the bravest soul I know. Peace to you, Jimmy and Ali.

Posted by Janet Ivey-Duensing on 08/22/2014 at 4:57 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) would like to thank Ms. Patterson for sharing her story, and the Scene for providing her with this opportunity.

TSPN offers free resources on mental health and suicide prevention via its website (www.tspn.org).

If you or someone you love is severely depressed or actively suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. Trained operators are standing by 24-7 to provide you with the help you need.

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Posted by Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network on 08/21/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

Haaaaa @Kim ... I may take you (and Otis, if I can catch her) up on that.

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Posted by AbbyW on 08/21/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

Omg in crying... So sad!!!!

Posted by Melanie Vare on 08/21/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Heartfelt and brave. Thank you, Tina.

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Posted by Sara A. Fortenberry on 08/21/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Beautifully written piece, Tina. Thank you for sharing it, for your bravery, and for your honesty. Sending you love and wishing you peace.

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Posted by Mimi E on 08/21/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina... thank you so much for your bravery. This is what grace means to me.

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Posted by clairecgibson on 08/21/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina, just ... wow. I am in awe of your writing and your willingness to share this story. Thank you.

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Posted by Hal Humphreys on 08/21/2014 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina, I am in awe and in tears. Thank you for sharing this.

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Posted by Kim Green on 08/21/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Thank you for sharing your experience and difficult wisdom.

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Posted by Concertina Terpsichore on 08/21/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Teachable moments in aircraft emergencies

Ah, companionship. It's essential for soaring through this life.

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Posted by KindFriend on 08/14/2014 at 10:01 PM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

You can come over and pet Otis the Cat anytime you like. She is a sociopath, but her fur is very soft.

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Posted by Kim Green on 08/13/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “What they don't tell you about trying to get pregnant, from cycle crashes to sex on demand

http://cashforyourteststrips.com/

Posted by James Tovet on 08/11/2014 at 2:45 AM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

Just what the proverbial doctor ordered for any person (gender irrelevant) who thinks that he/she will find that equally proverbial true and lasting love match on reality TV shows like 'The Bachelor' or 'The Bachelorette'---

A four-legged domesticated animal who is always there to render a warm snuggle, a wet kiss, and bottom-less love and devotion.

And even when it is not feeding time.

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Posted by Conslor on 08/08/2014 at 4:29 AM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

I know he missed you. I just know. From a dog lover to another. He missed you.

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Posted by frequentwiner on 08/08/2014 at 12:05 AM

Re: “When will this damn season of heat, dust and dressing in single layers end?

i agree with Doyle- you could have filed this away for a year when we actually have a summer.

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Posted by Terence on 08/04/2014 at 8:55 AM

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