The (short) Shine On Story

(photo courtesy of www.grcmc.org) After we lost Isaac, a song became an anthem, a source of comfort and courage and solidarity. It became a mission, a message, and homage. It was an organic evolution, naturally flowing toward us in our river of grief. Isaac's soul sista, Bailey Barnes, asked us if she could sing the song … Continue reading The (short) Shine On Story

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September is Suicide Awareness Month

During September, you will notice a campaign throughout the US to inform and engage health professionals and the rest of us about suicide prevention and build awareness through sharing the warning signs of suicide. By drawing attention to this epidemic, the campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, encourage the pursuit of mental health assistance, and support people … Continue reading September is Suicide Awareness Month

*Passion*Power*Purpose*

(photo courtesy http://www.brothajames.com) On April 27, national touring hip-hop musician and inspirational speaker, 'brotha James' (aka, Jeremy Reisig) lead an interactive concert/workshop using music and audience participation to discuss making positive life choices and building relationships with purpose. Several IJLF board members joined him as he traveled to Benzie Central High School, Frankfort-Elberta Junior High, Platte … Continue reading *Passion*Power*Purpose*