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Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's Time We Spoke Up! by DL Larson

A thought from the national news ...

Did you see the young woman who took a picture of herself with the troubled person in the background contemplating suidcide? Many have put names to her selfish behavior. I have my own words and the first one is called ... immature! It's also called detached. Lack of compassion for others lingers in my mind.

I'm shaking my head right now, wondering how we have allowed this calloused behavior to grow. It shames me that our society, our peers as parents have not done a better job of teaching our children compassion for others. If this woman has a child, will she learn compassion? Or will she pass on her un-caring attitude to her offspring? Only time will tell us.

The person contemplating suicide brought me back to my latest historical, Promises My Love.
My character, Francis Frailey, struggles with an abusive past and wonders if ending his life will bring him peace or would killing his abuser calm the revenge rushing through his veins? Neither is a good solution. And as my story unfolds Francis learns another way to combat his demons.

As a help to those struggling with depression and rancid emotions, I placed the following message at the end of my book:

Note from the Author

When I worked at Northern Illinois University, I was in the Department of Children and Family Services office for eleven years. Our department helped educate social workers, counselors, clergy, policemen, etc., through on-going educational programs.

Listening to professionals talk about the domestic problems in our society never became routine. But the hundreds of stories I heard were filled with heartache and senseless acts of cruelty.

Promises My Love was written so all might know there is hope for a better tomorrow. No matter the circumstances, each of us needs to understand we can’t always solve our own problems. If you or someone dear to you is in mental anguish and contemplating suicide, please let someone know.

The National Suicide Hotline is there for you!

Don’t be like Christine and think you can solve your loved one’s problems. She didn’t have the resources we have today to assist those in need. Don’t be like Francis and keep your anguish bottled up.

“Let someone know your pain!”

“Call for Comfort ~ Call to Survive”

“Don’t Wait, Don’t Hesitate”

Call The
National Suicide Hotline USA




These hotlines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


DL Larson

(The quotes are taken from the National Hotline USA website.)

In conclusion, I want the person on the bridge to know ... there are folks who care. There are people who want to help you. Compassion still exists. I pray you learn that and live for a brighter tomorrow.

Til next time ~

DL Larson


  1. Deb,

    I hadn't heard of this selfie you're talking about. But then I don't get the idea of taking pictures of yourself and posting them. There is something that's a little bit vain about it...unless you're on vacation and can't get anyone to take a picture of you with the scenery.

    But back to the subject: IMHO, a person taking a selfie is more involved in themselves so wouldn't think about the welfare of someone contemplating suicide.or may not even be aware of the situation. Was the person aware of what was going on and still didn't act? I'd like to know that.

  2. D.L. What a great note to have at the end of your book.

    I am still trying to wrap my head around the picture you mentioned. I hadn't heard that story.

    F. D. - I agree with you on the whole 'selfie' thing. I'm not sure I get it when it's just for fun...hand the camera to someone else, right? Although I have made use of the technique when no one else was around to capture a moment while on vacation or something similar.

  3. Unfortunately, yes. This gal was taking the picture BECAUSE she noticed someone contemplating jumping from the bridge. She'd rather take a picture than call 911. I can't get her disregard for others out of my mind.
    Thanks F.D. for sharing your thoughts. And Deb, I don't get the selfie think either.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. That is totally sick behavior. Sounds like she has a mental problem as well. I'd put her in an even worse category than the person wanting to commit suicide!
    Morgan Mandel

  5. I agree. Very disturbing behavior!