The in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has resulted in protests in many cities throughout our nation. The weight of non-stop video, protests, riots, accusations, and social media exchanges is heavy for most, and especially for the nation’s law enforcement officers and their families. If you’ve been a part of the blue line family…

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Life has changed a lot during this COVID-19 pandemic. “Shelter in Place” and “Social Distancing” have become household words. Zoom is the new hang out space. More people are homeschooling than not. Masks are the new wardrobe accessory. Personal bubbles have expanded to “six feet apart.” Crazy. Who would’ve thought? A friend of mine threw…

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I grow weary of the way life has become these last weeks. Inhibited. Bored. Days passing without adventure, without interaction. At the mercy of an unseen enemy that seems on one hand a stealthy killer, and on the other, a bark bigger than its bite. And I puzzle over what is the truth… And the…

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Each year I choose a word that becomes the theme in my mind and actions. It gives focus to the ways I plan, my attitude, my goals. Words from previous years include “run,” “speak,” “fearless,” and “restore.” I usually pray and then wait for the right word towards the end of each year, and I…

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H2LOC VP-Active Duty Janine also runs a spouse group for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office called “Thrive 10-35.” This is an adaptation of her letter to their group in response to COVID-19—we thought it appropriate and applicable to spouses and family members everywhere: Dear Family: Our loved ones (cops), first responders, medical professionals and…

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40 Days of Connection It’s official in California. Shelter in place. So here at the Newman residence, three of the “kids” have come home to our pseudo-empty nest and the five of us are “sheltering.” Many of our plans have been cancelled for the next six weeks at least, and our travel plans have changed…

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“I’m OK.” That text said he was alive, but hinted there were circumstances that were definitely not good. My heart sank as I called back. Through heavy breathing and tears all he could say was, “I’m OK, I’m OK, I’m OK…” Detective Bowen took the phone. “Scott is physically OK, but mentally he’s not. We…

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I cracked open my eyes and squinted. It was very dark outside, but all the lights were on in the house. In another room, I heard Chief talking. That’s not a good sign. My thoughts went to the date…October 23rd. It marks the 1st Anniversary of a nightmare…the on-duty suicide of a friend in Chief’s…

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Chief and I have a wonderful friend named Karen we’ve come to know and love who stayed with us last night. She is one of the world’s most effective therapists for cops with Post Traumatic Stress (Disorder/Injury), as she’s cured cops from Northern Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, and the United States. In fact, her guys in…

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