Here’s a candid shot I furtively snapped during last week’s wedding reception. A young lady in my ward gently holding infant girl (I don’t remember whose) while watching the festivities. 
I’ve noticed that when single, childless women are exposed to young children it awakens a deep and instinctive desire to have children themselves. “Baby lust”, as I sometimes call it. I know that sounds pejorative, but I do recognize the noble nature of the desire to be a mom and raise children.
"I can’t wait to have my own little ones," I recall over-hearing one young woman tell her friend.
"…I can’t wait to dress them up!"
In LDS culture, motherhood is considered the highest calling. And you know what? I see nothing wrong with that. It’s a wonderful thing.

Here’s a candid shot I furtively snapped during last week’s wedding reception. A young lady in my ward gently holding infant girl (I don’t remember whose) while watching the festivities. 

I’ve noticed that when single, childless women are exposed to young children it awakens a deep and instinctive desire to have children themselves. “Baby lust”, as I sometimes call it. I know that sounds pejorative, but I do recognize the noble nature of the desire to be a mom and raise children.

"I can’t wait to have my own little ones," I recall over-hearing one young woman tell her friend.

"…I can’t wait to dress them up!"

In LDS culture, motherhood is considered the highest calling. And you know what? I see nothing wrong with that. It’s a wonderful thing.

So the untimely death of actor Robin Williams has provoked numerous discussions on social networking sites about suicide and depression. 
Rather than regurgitating any cliched platitudes, I’ll just offer a few thoughts:
I always make it point to say someone “died of suicide” rather than “committed suicide.” Severe depression can bring someone to the point to which they’re no longer accountable for their actions. It’s almost like how a torture victim will break down and give a false confession. If someone feels depressed to the point of no hope, they’ll do anything to make it stop.
A cavalier attitude towards suicide only contributes to the social stigma that prevents depressed people from seeking help. We should never equate suicide to cowardice or selfishness. It only discourages people from getting the treatment they need .
We should all know the signs of depression and suicide risk. We should also know how to intervene. The Army’s ACE program offers some helpful guidelines.

So the untimely death of actor Robin Williams has provoked numerous discussions on social networking sites about suicide and depression. 

Rather than regurgitating any cliched platitudes, I’ll just offer a few thoughts:

  • I always make it point to say someone “died of suicide” rather than “committed suicide.” Severe depression can bring someone to the point to which they’re no longer accountable for their actions. It’s almost like how a torture victim will break down and give a false confession. If someone feels depressed to the point of no hope, they’ll do anything to make it stop.
  • A cavalier attitude towards suicide only contributes to the social stigma that prevents depressed people from seeking help. We should never equate suicide to cowardice or selfishness. It only discourages people from getting the treatment they need .
  • We should all know the signs of depression and suicide risk. We should also know how to intervene. The Army’s ACE program offers some helpful guidelines.

Hello, mister lawn chair.

I bought you at Walmart the same night I moved into this house, because I needed a place to sit. I purchased a regular, wheeled office chair shortly thereafter. Ever since, I’ve mostly used you as a convenient place to lay out my clothing for the following day.

And tonight, like most nights, that’s my physical training uniform.