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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...
The Heart of Friendship

The Heart of Friendship

Friendship, says C. S. Lewis, “is born at the moment when one [person] says to another “What! You too?” You love this thing that I love? And so it was for one of my oldest friendships. In our boyhood and teen years, R- and I shared a love of Tolkien’s Lord of...
Remembering Who You Really Are

Remembering Who You Really Are

My maternal grandparents Joseph and Marie were joined at the hip. My mother and I spent a segment of my childhood and all of my teen years under their roof. They continued to speak German to each other and to my mother. They used broken English with me. Nevertheless,...
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...
Work and Rest and Being Human

Work and Rest and Being Human

As the pandemic wound down, The Great Resignation showed no signs of slowing. In 2021 over 47 million people walked away from their jobs voluntarily. In March of this year 4.5 million more told their bosses to take this job and, well, “I quit.” During the pandemic,...