Author Archives: Jim Contopulos


I had every intention, until these last few days to title this blog ‘Solidarity’. That was, until I spent some time reflecting on a recent and rare opportunity. As most of you know, we lost our 26 year old son, Nick, after a 13+ year battle to find long term, affordable, quality care for mental […]


How does one ‘see’ a butterfly in a caterpillar? Who has that ability? Our lives, all of us, carry the opportunity for great transformation. But how does this occur? After loving and losing Nick, I have asked myself these questions many times; the questions of “how?” and “what now?” The brokenness and devastation that we […]

Kintsugi – Beautiful Brokenness

At first glance the thought of’ beautiful brokenness seems an oxymoron. When something breaks we immediately thinks it has lost it’s worth. We discard it. This may be true of a dinner plate, but how about something of great value, such as a priceless vase…  or a person? What then? The art of kintsugi pottery […]


Lost……..that’s the dominant thought and reoccurring emotion I have had since we lost our 26 year old son Nick to addiction and mental illness. It’s not an emotion that I am unfamiliar with however. I can’t look back on a life filled with success upon success. The work/career that I found myself in for nearly […]

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