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My Dad’s favorite television show is Mork and Mindy. His favorite movie, to my knowledge, is Dead Poets Society. To say that Robin Williams has been making me laugh since before I was born is probably not an overstatement.

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When I was a very small child, a family friend gave me a VHS tape of Mrs. Doubtfire. I watched that movie over and over until the tape wore out. My little brother named his favorite stuffed animal after the monkey in Aladdin. 

As a young adult, I judged debate tournaments at Montgomery Bell Academy, the exclusive boys boarding school on which Dead Poets Society was based. When no one was around, I stood on a desk — just to see how it felt.

I can’t imagine the amount of pain a person has to be in to commit suicide — and I don’t want to.

If you need help, or know someone who does, please do something. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:


St. Dymphna, pray for us.