Eating Together

Listen to Audio Eating together can be a holy event. Sharing a meal can nurture body and soul alike. Hearts are healed. Fractured relationships are mended. Bonds of affection are created. The diners come to belong to something greater than themselves: to each other. That’s one of the things I suspect that Norman Rockwell was…

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Facing Reality

Listen to Audio When I finally faced the truth that my father had physically and emotionally abused my mother, I was liberated from my deep need for his approval. For decades I had labored—mostly unwittingly—to win his attention and his respect. My sense of worth hinged on getting the applause that I assumed would surely…

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When the Barn Burns Down

“Don’t forget to give the dog her pill.” That’s all my wife Joy had said. Her tone was perfectly pleasant. She didn’t make a federal case out of it. But my blood started a low simmer that, over the next half hour, rose to a silent but steady boil. When my feelings are hurt, I…

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