Collected Layers
Joseph’s Corner - Ch. 2 - A Little More Time

Joseph’s Corner - Ch. 2 - A Little More Time

April 14, 2019

As I started putting together my poems for “A Little More Time” I wanted to make sure that I was being as authentic as I could without ending the book on a sad or hopeless note. I decided that the best way to do this was to start with only a few pieces from the years that I felt suicidal and gradually take pieces from my timeline leading up to 2013 when I first started to feel like myself again. One of the most important things that I figured out from writing the last 22 years is that I feel better when I leave off my journals with a positive message. Now, even on my worst days, even if I write 10 pages about how helpless, humiliated, and disgusted I may feel, I will make it a point to turn it around for the last few lines. When I end with pain, I felt pain. When I ended with hope, it left room for me to keep going. I felt a little more free. I felt a little more able to cope with my life and the world around me. There is a lot of truth to the saying “ We write our own story.” I think that “A Little More Time” is where I first started to realize this.

09 A Tribute to John Kelly

09 A Tribute to John Kelly

April 4, 2019

Today would have been John Kelly's 33rd birthday. We've decided to make it a yearly tradition at the JCK Foundation to honor his memory by re-airing the podcast we created in 2018 in his honor. This episode is John’s story told by friends, family members, and acquaintances. We share their memories of him to show the world who John Kelly was and why his legacy will never die. Sit back, relax, and enjoy learning about the legend that is John Cleaver Kelly.

More stories of John >> JCKFoundation.org/johnkelly

08 John Kelly’s Vision

08 John Kelly’s Vision

March 28, 2019

It’s been 8 years since we lost John Kelly. Today is always a heartbreaking day. We miss John so much, his love and energy lit up a room. He was always looking for adventure, and nothing filled him with more joy than seeing a smile on your face. We wish everyone got to meet John and experience the happiness and comfort he gave to so many of us.vJohn was a visionary, he didn’t live his life by the book and he constantly fought for the underdog and for what was right. He wasn’t afraid to dream big, and his vision lives on stronger than ever as he continues to push the JCK Foundation forward. We will never stop dreaming and we love you so much legend. Thank you for being you.

 More stories of John >> JCKFoundation.org/johnkelly 

Joseph’s Corner - Ch. 1 - A Little More Time

Joseph’s Corner - Ch. 1 - A Little More Time

March 24, 2019

It’s our pleasure to share with you the incredible writing of Joseph Fusaro. Joseph reminds us so much of John Kelly. His natural ability to connect and his instinct for kindness isn’t something you see everyday. We'll be featuring Joe on our blog for the next few months as he tells his story through the progression of his writing. Each excerpt is from a book of poetry or prose Joe wrote over the last decade. Start with Chapter 1 of “A Little More Time” and get lost in the work of a legend.

JCK News vol. 2

JCK News vol. 2

March 17, 2019

Enjoy the introduction to The Legends Program!

07 The Faces Behind Kelly’s Heroes

07 The Faces Behind Kelly’s Heroes

March 13, 2019
On this week's episode of #collectedlayers we talk about the faces behind the #KellysHeroes campaign. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing people believe in the work we do at the JCK Foundation. We share the stories of our first 9 "Kelly's Heroes" hosts and how their dedication pushes the #JCKF forward in more ways than one.

Guests: John, Mike
Host: John
Editor: Mike
Producers: John, Mike
Musicians: TaiCheeba, Jaō
Graphic: Dom Frabizio

We're now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.

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John Tessitore reads “Who is Chris Leddy?” by Chris Leddy

John Tessitore reads “Who is Chris Leddy?” by Chris Leddy

March 3, 2019

Chris Leddy of @mindful.memos is not only a great writer, but a true explorer of the mind. Here's a short piece introducing himself, he'll be featured on our blog multiple times over the next few months. Check us out on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.

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Writer: Chris Leddy
Reader: John Tessitore
Producer: Mike Esposito
Photographer: Unknown

06 Liana Rosenman and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

06 Liana Rosenman and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 24, 2019

This week on #collectedlayers we talk with the co-founder of Project Heal, Liana Rosenman. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we are so honored to have Liana on this episode. When Liana first struggled with her eating disorder, it happened almost silently. It took a family friend (who had struggled herself) to connect the dots for Liana before she finally started getting the help she needed. This is a common theme as 70 percent of people who suffer from an eating disorder don't get treatment. It's a disorder that often is greeted with confusion and silence. She used her experience to create Project Heal while still in High School to provide hope to others suffering.

Guests: Liana Rosenman
Host: John Tessitore
Editor: Mike Esposito
Producers: John Tessitore, Mike Esposito
Musicians: Bobby Davis, TaiCheeba, Jaō
Photographer: Unknown

We're now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.

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Mike Esposito reads “No to More Than Just Food” by Alyssa Gutierrez

Mike Esposito reads “No to More Than Just Food” by Alyssa Gutierrez

February 17, 2019

My name is Alyssa Gutierrez and I'm a 16-year old passionate about eating disorder recovery. I strive to help others find the light that hid from me for so long. No one should have to endure such painful and harrowing behaviors as I did. I, along with others, are encouraging you to start and continue recovery. Enjoy our 5th audio blog. Check us out on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.

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Writer: Alyssa Gutierrez
Reader: Mike Esposito
Producer: Mike Esposito
Photographer: Gracie Beth

05 Mental Health and Dating with B+L from Not Your Girlfriend’s Podcast

05 Mental Health and Dating with B+L from Not Your Girlfriend’s Podcast

February 10, 2019

Dating is something that inevitably effects our mental health, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. The anonymous B + L talk with Mike and John about some of the mechanics behind when and how to open up to your partner about mental health, as well as how to respond if your partner opens up to you! We also touch upon the importance of communication, language, consent and much more.

Guests: B+L
Host: John Tessitore
Editor: Mike Esposito
Producers: John Tessitore, Mike Esposito
Musicians: Joanna Schlatter, TaiCheeba, Jaō
Graphic: Dominick Frabizio

We're now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.

JCKFoundation.org/collectedlayers