I Definitely Grew Up in Ohio

I’ve joked about this before, but a while back it made news that Ohio was the “sweariest” state in the US. Apparently those of us who hail from the Buckeye state swore in 1 out of every 150 phone conversations in the study. Karey & I had great fun talking…

Please – Look Out For Each Other

Warning: This post might be a bit of a downer, but consider it a Public Service Announcement from your friendly neighborhood psychologist. Today is the day in Introductory Psychology that I talk about mood disorders, schizophrenia, and suicide. (Three separate topics that can share common elements). The last item on…

Mourning Resolutions

Through the wonder that is FaceBook, I just received word that a high school classmate of mine, one that I hadn’t talked to in years (but was a FaceBook friend), passed away yesterday. Sudden heart attack at the age of 30. Shock is the right expression for how I feel.…

Not Cruel, Freeing

A friend of mine joined the choir at her church awhile back. After a few months of stressing out over making sure she was always on time for each practice and recital, one of her fellow singers made an off-hand comment saying “We made due without you, we’ll be OK…

Being a Kid is the Hardest Job You Ever Had

My friend Christine posted this morning that it was her little girl, Michelle’s, first sleepover last night. Her daughter refers to her sleepover friend as a “friend” or “sister” and, as Christine points out “Occasionally as ‘brother’, but we’re working on pronouns”. A cute moment for sure, and it reminded…

Be Careful of Creating Memories

A little over 10 years ago I bought my first digital camera. It was a pretty crappy camera, even by the standards of the day, and it also doubled as a webcam. For 2 years my Logitech Quickcam was my companion, and all of my digital camera “firsts” came with…

Why I Don’t Watch The News

I don’t watch the news. Saying that to someone will likely raise an eyebrow, especially since television is flooded with an abundance of news channels today. Growing up in northeast Ohio we had one local station that, by my count, had over a quarter of their broadcast day devoted to…

Naming your Devices To Protect Your Privacy

About 2 months ago I realized that my computer-naming scheme was horribly bland. My Macbook Air, for example, was named “JWMBA”. The Macbook Pro? “JWMBP”. Worse yet were the phones and tablets. “Jon Westfall’s iPhone” was a mouthful to say and write. And despite the vague nature of some of…

What Happens on The Internet Stays On The Internet

Earlier today I received the following email: My name is XXXX.  There was an article you posted on your website. http://jonwestfall.com/XXXX/XXXX Anyway, it is not very flattering.  I have been out of the job for a couple of years and have had job interviews, but when this article comes up,…