CONNECTIONS: Everyone Happens for a Reason

By: Porter-Starke Services Last Updated: January 6, 2010

CONNECTIONS: Everyone Happens for a Reason is a collection of real-life stories and eye-opening facts illustrating our biological need to connect with each other, from the bedroom to the boardroom, from our first breath to our last wish, from the womb to the tomb.

Although our society has never been so seemingly connected- through email, text message, instant message, cell phones, Blackberries, cyberspace chat rooms, etc.- we’re not very connected, not where it matters most.

Whether it’s to help connect with a new friend, or an old lover, or a distant relative, CONNECTIONS was written to help us better identify key connections in our lives while avoiding “missed connections,” typically called regrets. The book features dozens of people’s key connections, including a boy who turned tragedy into triumph; a middle-aged woman who regrettably wedded a career instead of a mate; a California dreamer who pedaled across the country only to find himself; and a surprising revelation from Dr. Mehmet Oz, of “Oprah” fame.

Learn @ Lunch is hosting a presentation on this subject, presented by Jerry Davich, Metro Columnist from the Post-Tribune Newspaper of Northwest Indiana. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at the United Way of Porter County, located at 951 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso, IN. To reserve your seat and lunch, call 219.476.4502 or email

Learn @ Lunch presentations are held every third Tuesday of the month. These free, educational presentations focus on current topics and issues related to mental health. 1.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) are available for $5 when applicable, sponsored by Mental Health America of Porter County. Boxed meals are available for $6.00 or bring your own. Every month, the presentations rotate locations in Portage, Valparaiso, and Knox. To receive Learn @ Lunch e-invitations, email Amanda at or call 219.476.4502.