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The Day the Silence Died

Ian 'Harry' Harris

Jim Schroeder - published on 08/02/14

As we awoke to the slight morning chill, a renewed vigor found its way into my soul. Trekking our way back to the abandoned ranch in completion of our thirty-four mile loop, I once again found myself grateful for the things that only harsh deserts and long brotherly backpacking trips seemed particularly acute at reminding. Like the joy of cold water and rested toes. Later that day, as we waded through the Rio Grande with the Santa Elena canyon walls soaring 1,500 feet above, it seemed so clear. I just wanted to be one with Him, one with her, one with them, and one with myself in wherever the path would lead next—in the silence of my soul.  

Jim Schroeder, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville, Indiana.  He resides there with his wife, Amy, and their six children.  He received a BS from Ball State University and graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University in 2005. He completed an internship the University of Louisville School of Medicine / Kosair Children’s Hospital and did his postdoctoral fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital through the Washington University School of Medicine.  He also writes a monthly column entitled Just Thinking ( designed to inform, educate, and motivate parents and providers in applying pertinent research in meaningful, practical ways.

Further Suggested Readings

Guyland by Michael Kimmel

The Demise of Guys:  Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It by Philip Zimbardo & Nikita Duncan

"Children, Media, and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Children," presented by Center on Media and Human Development, School of Communication, Northwestern University.

"Linked In:  Assessing Youth’s Consumption of Technology" ( January 2013

"What Autism Teaches About Relationships—What Technology Does Not" ( September 2013

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