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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...
What My Speech Impediment Taught Me

What My Speech Impediment Taught Me

When I was 23 I underwent a six-hour surgery. The physician harvested skin and muscle from my throat and from the sides of my mouth. He used that tissue to construct what is called a pharyngeal flap, a kind of artificial soft palate. You see, I was born without the...
Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

She had endured beatings and intimidation for about a decade and a half. The breaking point came when her husband stuck a pistol in her face. That’s when my mother decided to divorce my father. This happened in the small-town, church-going Deep South of the 1960’s....
Learning to Get Life Right

Learning to Get Life Right

People are more than one thing. Our worst moments do not define us. None of us is merely petty, angry, stubborn, self-absorbed, impatient, or hypocritical. We can also be kind, selfless, courageous, persistent, curious, and honest. Everybody operates from mixed...
Woven Together

Woven Together

We are all connected, whether we acknowledge that or not. I cannot really separate my well-being from yours. What you do affects everyone else. Life is all about relationships. Here’s a brief meditation: This video refers to a passage from Matthew and a prayer. Here’s...