Lydia Whirlwind Soldier and I took a long walk together up Grass Mountain and then sat on an outcropping when the sun was high in the sky. A golden eagle shrieked before it settled into a tree to watch and listen.
It is necessary to start the conversation when we see a friend, co-worker or loved one down or depressed. Mental illnesses affect 19 percent of the adult population, 46 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.
The young musicians walked on the stage. They lifted their bows. The music soared. The children’s faces represented some of the best young classical musicians in the world. In the world of music, race, religion or national origin has no favorites. The urge to make music is universal.