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Looking for Meaning

Looking for Meaning

Rebecca’s friend Rachel ran up to her with big news: “I know who the tooth fairy is.” They were in second grade.  The night before, Rachel had awakened while the tooth fairy was exchanging the tooth left under her pillow for a dollar. “It was my dad!” she said....
Struggling With The Truth

Struggling With The Truth

My father-in-law used to say, “They don’t cut pants as full as they used to.” It didn’t seem to occur to him that he was taking up a bit more space inside those trousers than he did when he was a younger man. This used to make me smile. Until I reached my sixties....
Getting to the Truth

Getting to the Truth

Shortly after the 2016 election, the actor Denzel Washington was attending a screening of his movie “Fences.” On the red carpet a reporter asked him about a news account claiming that he had switched his vote from Clinton to Trump. He responded, “If you don’t read the...
Facing The Messy Truth

Facing The Messy Truth

Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module onto the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. I was eleven years old. My mother and I watched Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” on a black and white TV in a cheap motel room. Mom had spent most of her remaining...
How Truth Heals Us

How Truth Heals Us

“I hear a ‘but’ coming.” Joy and I have said that to each other hundreds of times. We anticipate a “but” when we hear statements like this: “That is a striking shade of chartreuse.” “Those peppers certainly did add some zip to the yogurt.” “Spending...