Bob Schwenkler

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When Tragedy Strikes

Written by on January 7, 2017

What do you say to someone when they’ve experienced a tragedy? Have you ever felt unsure what to say? Have you ever let that stop you from reaching out to them? My sister’s best friend’s brother killed himself just a

Taking a Stand Against Sexism

Written by on December 17, 2016

What does it mean to take a stand against sexism when doing so could get me hurt or killed? I’d made eye contact with the two women sitting just down the metro from me. My seat was at the end

How I Discovered My Purpose

Written by on August 2, 2016

Advisory: This article gets real in its description of my experience of death and suicide. If you’d rather not go there today you might be better off with something different. ____________ This might surprise a lot of people to hear, but for most of

I’m the Oldest of 4 Children… Not 3

Written by on May 29, 2016

It took me 33 years to be able to speak the words. The first couple times I spoke them I could barely get them out of my mouth: I’m the oldest of 4 children… not 3. And though I was only

Goodbye. Hello.

Written by on February 8, 2015

Tonight’s a good night to release. A decade and change ago I was a living dead person, a hollow shell of a man. In a letter my friend wrote me nearly 13 years ago tonight: “I am scared you will

I am the Schoolyard Killer

Written by on June 9, 2014

Isla Vista, Seattle Pacific University, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, University of Texas…… I know these killers, these men, intimately. This will probably be surprising to anyone who knows me. I doubt that anybody has looked into my eyes and truly

Someday Those We Love Will Die so Let’s Just Love

Written by on March 21, 2014

I’m in a hospital right now. Hospitals are places I’m not used to. Door after door with curtains drawn in front of them. Inside each is someone’s son or daughter. Many of them are also someone’s father or mother. I’m