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What Keeps You Going?

What Keeps You Going?

When we returned to the room, Meredith was sitting up in bed. Puffy—her lovingly battered stuffed rabbit—was tucked under one arm. She was sipping apple juice from a straw. A Barney video was playing on the TV. And every nurse on duty in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU...
What Makes Us Who We Are?

What Makes Us Who We Are?

Gracie was around ten weeks old when we adopted her. We had gone looking for an older dog, not a puppy. An abandoned or discarded former pet less likely to be welcomed into someone else’s home. But that’s not how things worked out. Gracie did not jostle with the rest...
All They’re Going to Get Is You

All They’re Going to Get Is You

Don Armentrout stood tall enough to ride the big rollercoasters at Disney World and Six Flags. His balding head formed a kind of natural tonsure, and he peered through eyewear that resembled twin magnifying glasses. When I was a seminarian at Sewanee, Don delivered...
Beyond Anger

Beyond Anger

Polls tell us that a lot of people are angry these days. Habitually, set on steady-boil angry. We’re not talking about a measured righteous indignation at injustice or the momentary blood pressure spikes at life’s little indignities and frustrations. No, the research...
Making Things Right

Making Things Right

Today’s animators use software to create computer-generated images. In the early days of the Walt Disney Studios artists drew each frame by hand. It must have been painstaking work. An old-school illustrator once said this about using pen and ink. At the very moment...