Reblogging as a signal-boost.

Mez Dispenser

I originally posted this as as a Facebook Note.  I’ve cross-posting it here so more people can contribute to the discussion.  Thanks to everyone who has already written comments. I’m overwhelmed by the response.

UPDATE:  Within one short week of writing this 2,000 word essay, it has received over 28,000 words of comments and feedback on this blog and Facebook. Clearly, people have a lot to share and have been holding a lot inside.  Thanks for sharing.

Let’s talk about despair.

I’m sitting in a bar in Bowmanville, the Village Inn, drinking a gin & tonic and reflecting on the funeral service I attended an hour ago. I knew David Rice through our shared community work. He was a volunteer with the Toronto Cyclists Union. He was my age, born in 1973. Last week, he took his own life.

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