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Letting Go For Our Own Good

Letting Go For Our Own Good

The Scottish sprinter Eric Liddell was favored to win the 100 Meter at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. He decided not to compete in the event. The qualifying heat fell on a Sunday. For him, honoring the Sabbath precluded work of any kind, including running in a...
We Are All Hurt People

We Are All Hurt People

The past is more than water under the bridge. It lingers with us as a sort of spirit, a guiding force. Some spirits nurture us and sustain us. That’s how my mother and my grandmother live on with me to this day. Their kindness and courage and hope offer reliable...
When Life Gets Murky

When Life Gets Murky

This is the fifth installment of The Best Of Series (originally published Nov. 22, 2019) Each week a few devout atheists respond to my essays. Mostly on social media rather than on the blog or via email. Some of them want to engage in a genuine way. Others are snarky...
Emotional Motion Sickness

Emotional Motion Sickness

They’re struggling. That’s what friends, colleagues, and many of my readers have told me.  Each carries their own unique burdens and cares and uncertainties. And yet what so many of their stories have in common is a sense that it’s hard, I mean really hard, to be...
First Love

First Love

Despite the heat and humidity of late-July Florida, I strapped on my shoes for an afternoon run. The relief of getting out of the house and capturing a few quiet minutes on my own outweighed the threat of heat stroke.*  Andrew, our firstborn, was just a few weeks...