Food for Thought

A few months ago I read a story about a young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer just as she had begun the second trimester of her pregnancy. She described how she went into warrior mode to protect her own life and that of her unborn child. First, she determined that since she would have to forgo traditional medicine, particularly chemotherapy, until after her baby was born, so her focus was on making her body strong, to show it how much she loved it, with the hopes that it would respond with self-healing. And it did. The months of exercise and sound nutrition kept the disease at bay for the time that was required, and following treatment, she has maintained a state of remission ever

Praying for You

I have always been outgoing, I suppose. I’m the person who likes to chat in the checkout line at the grocery store. And nine times out of ten, people respond positively. I can handle the rest, those who don’t “get” me. But in all honesty, making small talk with random strangers has taken on a different meaning in recent months: it has allowed me to encounter angels. And for that I am grateful. When I was newly diagnosed, reeling from the news that was to change my life forever, I decided that a pretty caftan was just what I needed to hide the belly bulge from malignant fluid that had taken up residence in my abdomen. So off to the store I went in search of the perfect garment to lift my spir

Shades of Grey

I’m a big Grey’s Anatomy fan. Let’s face it, there is something hopeful and inspiring about a group of doctors who are able to don their super hero capes and swoop into a surgical suite to perform medical miracles. They are so skilled, in fact, that most of the time, they don’t even get a drop of blood on their hospital green scrubs as they wave their scalpels, Harry Potter style, healing even the most complicated physical ailments. But real life isn’t situational. Dangerous dilemmas and life-threatening illnesses aren’t neatly resolved in an hour. Hospitals are dangerously understaffed, nurses overworked and spread thin. Doctors do not form cozy personal relationships with their patients, s

Tuesdays with Millet

Many years ago, I stumbled across Mitch Albom’s best-selling book, Tuesdays with Morrie. It was one of those thought-provoking reads, which developed the universal theme that regardless of who we are or where we come from, we share the same uncertainties about living and dying. His overlying idea got me to thinking about what it truly means to be human. I must admit, I can’t offer a succinct, well-thought-out answer, even now, decades later, but then, the great philosophers beginning with Socrates, only scratched the surface of that question. As long as people live, they will wonder, right? But I digress… The book gave me what I believe is the greatest idea of my teaching career. Tuesday ca

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