Tag: kindness

  • If Wishes Were Horses…

    If Wishes Were Horses…

    There are times when grief feels selfish. Today for instance, on the seventh anniversary of my mother's passing. It feels like an act of selfishness to even admit that I associate the holidays with her death, and that such an association leaves me feeling conflicted.[..]
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  • Trading the Porch for an iPhone

    Trading the Porch for an iPhone

      She carried a knitted hat as she walked into the restaurant. Her disabled son only a step or two behind her. He slid into the booth. She walked up to the table where I sat with my coffee. "Put this on my bill," she[..]
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  • Choosing the Simple Way

    Choosing the Simple Way

    I've had a good life, and was born to and among people I've admired and loved. - Wendell Berry   I happened upon this gravestone at a church yard in Tennessee recently. I was there to pay my respects to a beloved uncle who had[..]
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  • Don’t Call It Dementia

    Don’t Call It Dementia

      When I showed up at pre-school yesterday afternoon, the Bean dropped his toys and literally ran across the room and jumped into my arms. He had not been expecting me. The run was his exclamation of delight. Don't you wish everyone would greet us[..]
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  • Family Matters

    Family Matters

    Fittingly, tributes have poured in from around the world for President George H.W. Bush, who is being laid to rest this week, following a long and by all accounts, a joyous life. I, like so many, was moved to tears by the remarks George W.[..]
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  • The Source of All Goodness

    The Source of All Goodness

    As I read the translation of the Hebrew prayer to that in English during last week's Shabbat services (the first I've ever attended), I was struck by a particular description of Creator God: The Source of all Goodness.  During my recent trip to West Virginia,[..]
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  • Writing My Way Through Fears

    Writing My Way Through Fears

      For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
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  • A Case for Meghan McCain

    A Case for Meghan McCain

    Under Arizona law, the task of replacing Senator John McCain falls to Governor Doug Ducey. Political pundits far and wide are speculating on who the governor might appoint. Frontrunners include Jon Kyl, the former Senator from Arizona (1995-2013). Kyl has taken the lead on the[..]
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  • A More Imperfect Union: 40 years Hence

    A More Imperfect Union: 40 years Hence

      The flowers started arriving this weekend. Beautiful bouquets of white and pink roses, pink snaps and lacy baby breaths. The notes attached were from our children, thanking us, telling us how much they love us. Their parents. Happy 40th, Mom and Dad, the notes[..]
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