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Betty Hill-Swander died June 17, 2013, at the age of 86. Patch photo by Beth Dalbey
Louise DeFazio Frantz June 19, 2013 at 09:40 am
merci beaucoup Merci Beaucoup =) =
Beth Dalbey (Editor) June 19, 2013 at 10:25 am
Louise, what's the greatest lesson you learned from Betty?
Louise DeFazio Frantz June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm
I was very young when I danced for Betty. But I remember her always telling the class to standRead More straight and tall, shoulders back, head up, and smile. and to always believe in yourself =) That was junior high. I'm almost 50 years old now, and can still hear her in my head, whenever I stand straight and tall, and smile =) May she rest in peace \o/
Britkslater@yahoo.com January 4, 2013 at 12:40 am
Dear Emily and Emily's Loved Ones, This is just awful. Sickening awful. I want you to know howRead More angry and saddened I am. I can't imagine the pain and anger you are experiencing. My heart goes out to you. Emily was in my graduating class at Valley High School. The last time I saw Emily was maybe a handful of years ago at Dillard's -where she was working at the time. She rang up my clothes and boy, was it a joy to see her! You know, I didn't know her very well but, her very kind and warm energy with a little dollop of friendly humor on top, i knew that. She was so considerate and respectful. Thanks Emily for being who you were. This peaceful and pleasant, beautiful person, Emily, was an Earth Angel. My heart and condolences go out to Emily's family and friends. I am so sorry for your inconceivable loss. Bless you, Emily. I will always remember you. Sincerely, Britt Slater
Essie Arthur May 30, 2012 at 01:04 pm
People, kids and adults alike, have signs of depression that people are notorious for ignoring.Read More They figure "oh they are being dramatic, or here we go again!" Some people are just closet depressents and smile in public all the time, and they just need someone to talk to, and they will briefly mention here and there that it would be nice to have someone to talk to, but yet no one offers because they are too wrapped up in themselves to notice or take the time to actually "listen" to the person who is in so much emotional pain. We need to offer alot more hugs, grab alot more hands, and offer to be there wholly and completely for "them". I was suicidal for a long, long time and was amazed at how no one, not one person seemed to get past their own self absorbed life to listen to me for 15 minutes. No one had the time. All I needed was a friend, or it was the 800 hotline...well, I was basically on my own at that point. I learned real quick no one cared. And even today I struggle putting much stock in friendship. To me, that's what it will take....a good, strong, "listening ear"....that truly cares. We are a very self-absorbed society, and we need to learn to give back and give to others much more frequently.
Beth Dalbey (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 01:27 pm
Is it a good idea for schools to offer voluntary mental health screening at the beginning of theRead More school year and again at the beginning of the second semester?
Essie Arthur May 30, 2012 at 09:25 pm
I just, personally, don't think that would accomplish anything. Anyone who is suicidal is 9 timesRead More out of 10 embarrassed about it and wants something private and wants to know they can confide in someone that will not think they are "CWAZY". It's just having that confidant available, and unfortunately 800 numbers are just too "far away", and chat rooms are too close and offer more ideas than counsel and advice. It's trying to figure out how to reach high school age kids without making it "administrative". I don't know that I have the answer. It takes the parents, the friends, the churches, and the schools. This is a society problem and, as Hillary would say...it does take a village.