Monthly Archives: October 2015

The call comes…

In the central narratives of many religious traditions, it is often that which is most despised or vulnerable that is the source of new spirit and hope. And the messenger of hope and spirit (Elijah, the Passover guest, or in … Continue reading

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Hmmm…..

I was a bit taken aback one evening not long ago, just a few days before the winter solstice and the various celebrations around the globe that welcome the return of a little light to what seems an ever-darkening world, … Continue reading

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If you can’t walk, talk

Of course it pleases me if you read a post and reflect upon it, but I am even happier if it makes its way into your conversations. Writing about talking with people rather than texting, picting, or emailing is quite … Continue reading

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During the night…

During the night, if another world enters the one in which we ordinarily live, we call it a dream. When it enters in daylight, we often call it illness. Robert Shuman, The Psychology of Chronic Illness We need a dream-world … Continue reading

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We aspire to be detached and we are made and wish to care.

Illness confronts us head on with a marvelous paradox: the reality of impermanence-all things must pass, nothing stays the same-, but also the truth that despite that most fundamental fact, we wish to, we must, go on living, keep on … Continue reading

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The Two Initiations

The first years after diagnosis or disability, for example, serve as a first initiation under the hard hand of illness that often leads us to grapple with fundamental questions about life’s design and significance. What is happening to me? Why … Continue reading

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