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Doing A Hard and Risky Thing

Doing A Hard and Risky Thing

A dear old mentor of mine passed away a few years ago. But the lessons he taught still help me see things—see myself—a little more clearly. Maybe the most important of those lessons came in  the form of a story he once told on himself in his usual self-deprecating...
Being Ready

Being Ready

My friend John got a call one evening from the dementia unit. His father had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. John’s father had dressed himself, packed his suitcase, and was now waiting in a visitor’s lounge. The staff had tried to coax him back into...
The Peculiar Reign of God

The Peculiar Reign of God

If you’ve always been on a roll—your kids are always happy and healthy and cooperative and like your company, your career ladder feels has always been more like an up escalator, your romantic life is the stuff of steamy novels—then the reflections that follow might...
Making Sense of Suffering

Making Sense of Suffering

“The world breaks everyone.” As an ambulance driver in the First World War, Lt. Frederic Henry had tended to bodies savaged by machine gun fire and disfigured by artillery. He had witnessed souls shaken by violence, carnage, and loss. And it seemed to him that some...
Who Am I Really?

Who Am I Really?

Glenn Close won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2019. Everybody expected Lady Gaga to get the award for “A Star is Born.” Including a stunned Glenn Close. Close had starred in “The Wife,” the film about a woman who had secretly ghostwritten all of her...