Naked

Listen to Audio My father Sam was the youngest of thirteen children. The Owensbys lived in a tiny house typical of their Depression-era mill village. Jammed into tight quarters, the older sisters doted on their baby brother like a little prince. Norman Rockwell’s “Surprise” His older brothers took a dimmer view of my dad. In…

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Reconstructive Surgery

Listen to Audio I have had plastic surgery. This is not to say that a surgeon has improved the appearance of my nose or my hips. Liposuction has never reduced my middle-aged belly fat. And even though I don’t fault anybody for getting a little work done on sagging chins and laugh lines around the…

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Beyond Repair

Listen to Audio When our children were young and had been sick, Joy and I always waited at least 24 hours after they were free from fever before sending them back to school. We wanted to ensure their recovery and to keep our children from spreading germs at school. This practice frequently meant that the…

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What You Find at the End of Your Rope

Listen to Audio In a few weeks we will be watching the Winter Olympics.  This year they will take place in Sochi, Russia.  For a few weeks Olympic news coverage centered on the political tensions surrounding the Games.  More recently terrorist attacks in Russia have stirred media speculation about violence possibly marring the Games. By contrast,…

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