Finding My Humanity

Some time ago Marsha and I watched Henry Fonda in the movie “Young Mr. Lincoln.” Afterward, I wondered whether we would ever see anyone again with the character of Old Abe. Then I wondered, would I even recognize such a person if he or she crossed my path? Would I have the eyes to see a young Lincoln? What struck me about Lincoln’s story was … Continue reading Finding My Humanity »

Harnessing the Power of Afflictions

“Captain Ahab assembles his crew to tell them, ‘Whosoever of ye raises me a white-headed whale with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw; whosoever of ye raises me that white-headed whale, with three holes punctured in his starboard fluke–look ye, whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale, he shall have this gold.’” — Herman Melville  Melville wrote these lines in his classic … Continue reading Harnessing the Power of Afflictions »

Rescued By a Baby

In a dark moment I ask, “How can anyone bring a child into this world?” And the answer rings clear, “Because there is no other world, and because the child has no other way into it.”  — Robert Brault In this pandemic-infused environment the world has become a place that’s pretty hard to savor, and if you’re anything like me, the sheltering in place can … Continue reading Rescued By a Baby »