Below is a response to our "string video" by a seasoned psychiatric nurse practictioner.  Nothing has been changed and below this email we received is my response.   It's so nice when someone takes time out of their life to be kind and considerate.  Joanne did.



Dear Mr. Johnson,


    I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a psychoanalyst for some 25+ years.  I live in NJ,  have a private practice and I also teach psychiatric nursing.  I am at the point in my doctoral studies of needing to develop a project for completion of my program.  I was Youtube surfing to get some ideas, and I came across your touching video about your experience in the service and working on a psychiatric ward.  

  After looking up your foundation, and realizing how it came to be, I wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss.  Since working with suicidal individuals and teaching about it has been one of my specialties for decades, I don't know how I got side-tracked into thinking about another topic for my capstone.


 Needlepoint   In 2000, When my (then 7 and 9 year old) children's 100 year old grandmother died, less than a year after a 50 year old cousin, they posed the kind of question that makes parents think on their feet.  "Why did grandma live to be 100 and cousin Michael only to 50?"   I took them over to a needlepoint rug.  I pointed out how some threads go the entire length, and some only have a single stitch - usually to add a sparkle to an eye, or a twinkle to a star.  I told them that in God's plan, every thread has a purpose, regardless of it's length, and that if it wasn't there, God's picture for the world wouldn't be complete.  And then I turned the rug over and showed them the tangles threads.  "We live on this side, where it's messy and doesn't make sense.  When we get to the other side, we will be able to see the beauty of the whole picture, and understand his plan."    

  Graham clearly had a positive impact on the world, and the pain of his loss must still be grabbing, especially because it was by his own doing.  I am sorry that his string was so short, something no parent should ever have to deal with. I think that your foundation in his honor and memory is a wonderful way to extend the length of his string and help bring light into the world.  I hope it has brought more light into your family's, as well. 


      Thank you for sharing your story.  It helped me regain my perspective on the course I will choose.


Joanne _

joannegoldstein.apnc@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         ( given to you with permission from Joanne)


"To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a special heart that listens...."  

                                                                       Shaman Medicine Woman




My response:



Thank you Joanne,


  So very nice of you to take the time to write such a nice email.   I appreciate very much your sharing and am now sharing with my wife and two daughters and our friend Kathryn.   I also like the way you explained the rug and the lengths in it.


   I am glad the video was helpful.    I also like your tag line below your signature which is so indicative of what you practice for a living.    Would you mind if I put your email on the GJCAE site and share the story about the rug?  I will not put up your last name and/or if necessary only initials or change the name if that makes you uncomfortable.


  Again so kind of you to take the time to be nice and it is much appreciated.   Yes Graham’s string was short but the colors were vibrant.


Bob J.





     A video on one of the most courageous young ladies you will ever meet.   Courage, one on one. 

Is someone you love, or care for nearby sharing time with you?   A self esteem builder is to take the time to listen.  This video illustrates the strength of sharing time together.


  An inspriing video from TED of Olympic hopeful, Janine Shepherd, describing her voyage from a biking accident to the return to living a good life.  


  The strength of one human spirit taking a cycling accident and recovering in mind, body and spirit.  The spirit of living as practiced by the GJCAE. 




  I just saw this video on the Google blog, done by Googlers, and was so very impressed with the message being sent.  This is part of the Trevor project about the issues of being gay and the issues of low self worth, self esteem at certain moments in life.   The GJCAE is all about living for the moment and realizing situations are just temporary, don't over react but take the time to enjoy the moment and plan for the next.   One of the bottom lines for many people who commit suicide is those dastardly moments when self respect, self esteem, self courage is temporarily lost.   People do things that are irreversible, such as suicide.  We honestly believe the answer to survivial, to happiness, is to do all one can to help each person realize their own sense of self esteem and take pride in who they are and where they can go.

  Life Is For The Living and bad moments become good/great if one can survive an instant longer.   Relax, take a breath and know it only gets better.

  What an honorable video Google did, what grace and dignity shown by the employees you are about to see, and what a nice stepping stone to help all people, straight, gay, or somewhere in between to muster the courage to stay for another day.   Hope you benefit from viewing this video or can use the message to stop to help those who need a bit of encouragement during moments in life.


This video is about a tragedy of life but is eternal is lesson learned.  Living and enjoying the moment is the theme of this inspirational story.



The Ford story of a good man, good family and how a tragedy for one became inspirational for another.


Ask Santa and get an answer back immediately.  If you like it consider supporting the work of the GJCAE.   See who we are and what we do in the video below Santa.  Merry Christmas!!







Video on the history of the GJCAE:



The Story of Graham Johnson

The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment was formed in memory of and to honor the life of Graham Patrick Johnson. Graham was a student at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina and a very special person. His life and how he lived it, and his love of the arts are the inspiration for this organization.  This is a story of overcoming adversity.

The Child, Graham Patrick Johnson, Behind The GJCAE Endowment - Who, Why and What - A Video To The Future



This video from the GJCAE emphasizes how the Power of We, rather than Me, can make positive changes. 






Parts of this video filmed at The Zachary Taylor Orphanage in Kenya, Africa.


 The story of the multicolored string is used to explain how most people fail to live the moment, but live for the next moment.   Before it's too late one must savor and enjoy the moment for what it is and/or for what it can be.


 Enjoy the video on the story of the string.  A mainstay of the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment.